Programs and Services

Community Resources

Disclaimer:
Grandview provides links to the websites of other agencies and organizations for your convenience. Although these links have been carefully selected, Grandview Children's Centre makes no claims for their accuracy, timeliness, applicability or reliability.

We are continuously adding to our community resources. Click on the links for information on the following subjects:

  1. community services
  2. diagnosis-specific information
  3. funding
  4. government programs and services
  5. medical and health services
  6. online communities
  7. parenting children with special needs
  8. planning for your child's future
  9. post-secondary school
  10. provincial association for children's treatment centres - paediatric rehabilitation
  11. recreation & sports
  12. respite
  13. transitions
  14. travel

1. Community Services

  • 211 - a three-digit phone number and website that provides information and referral to community and social services in Ontario. Certified Information and Referral Specialists are caring, understanding and knowledgeable, and pride themselves on their ability to connect you with the services you need
  • Community Living Ontario - a non-profit, provincial association that advocates for people who have an intellectual disability to be fully included in all aspects of community life
  • Durham Behaviour Management Services - consultation for parents and professionals regarding positive behavioural supports for children age 2 to 12; also provides toileting resources
  • Durham Immigration Portala one-stop, community-based immigration resource designed to welcome and support new Canadians in Durham Region
  • Lake Ridge Community Support Services - Applied Behaviour Analysis services for individuals living in Durham Region with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder or Intellectual Disability
  • Precious Minds - provides support, resources and financial assistance to families of children who have barriers to learning; located in north Durham Region
  • Resources for Exceptional Children and Youth - Durham Region - offering a range of services for children and youth age 0 to 18 years of age with a variety of needs, including an on-site child care centre, case management services and assistance to families facing complex challenges
  • Rose of Durham - a day program that offers services and supports to young parents and their babies, including counselling, prenatal classes and workshops

2. Diagnosis-specific information


3. Funding


4. Government Programs and Services

From the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services:


5. Medical and Health Services

  • Dental Professionals Tool Kit  - guide designed by Autism Speaks for dental professionals to help reduce children’s anxiety levels and increase compliance. The Tool Kit provides general and specific information that may help dental professionals better serve the needs of children with special needs.
  • Eye See…Eye Learn® - provides comprehensive eye exams by local Doctors of Optometry to junior kindergarten students in Durham Region. The eye exams are covered under OHIP when you show your child’s health card so there is no out-of-pocket cost for the eye exam. If the child requires a pair of glasses, they will receive a free pair donated by Nikon Lenswear, OGI and your participating Doctor of Optometry. Apply by June 30.
  • Healthy Smiles Ontarioa program for children 17 and under who do not have access to any form of dental coverage; if eligible, your children will receive regular dental services at no cost to you
  • Medical Decision Aidfamilies often struggle with making the decision of whether medication use is right for their child; this guide published by  Autism Speaks is designed to help parents clarify their values and goals and then talk with their healthcare provider about the options, benefits, and possible downsides of medications. This tool kit can be used at any point in the decision-making process, including the re-evaluation of medications your child is now taking. 

6. Online communities

  • AbilityOnline - a free, monitored and secure online community that welcomes kids, teens and young adults of all abiltiies. Find a friend or be a friend to someone just like you. Separate sections for different age groups and specialized tools help address additional transitional needs and challenges. Parents and professionals are welcome too.
  • ConnectAbility - a website organized by age group and built for people with a developmental disability and their support networks
  • Squag - a social and creative experience for exceptional kids to join, discover and be heard - makes screen time meaningful for kids on the autism spectrum and their siblings
  • more info about networking with parents/guardians of children with special needs

7. Parenting children with special needs

  • BLOOM - Parenting Kids with Disabilities - Parenting a child with a disability presents unique challenges and rewards not often addressed in mainstream parenting literature. On the BLOOM blog, Louise Kinross, writer and editor of BLOOM for Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab in Toronto, sensitively selects and shares articles from parents and professionals in childhood disability treatment
  • Today's Parent - Special Needs Parenting - Anchel Krishna is from the Toronto area. Her daughter, Syona, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy just before her first birthday. Read each week as Anchel blogs about the everyday extraordinary: the regularity/commonalities moms and dads of special needs kids share with parents of "typically developing children," and the exceptionalities that are truly part of each day.
  • more info about networking with parents/guardians of children with special needs

8. Planning for your child's future

Partners for Planning Resource Network - online resources for families

  • Partners for Planning - a non-profit organization started by and for families with a relative with a disability. Providing support, seminars, and resources to help families create a good life and safe, secure future for their loved ones.
  • Planned Lifetime Networks is a resource from the Ontario Adult Autism Research and Support Network
  • more info about planning for your child's future

9. Post-secondary school

  • Community Integration through Cooperative Education (CICE) -  the modified CICE program at Durham College is designed for individuals with intellectual disabilities or significant learning challenges who can benefit from the opportunity to build confidence, gain independence and enjoy the college experience first-hand by learning at their own pace in programs such as Early Childhood Education, Hospitality Management and Fitness and Health Promotion.

10. Provincial Association for Children's Treatment Centres (CTCs) - Paediatric Rehabilitation


11. Recreation & Sports

  • Abilities Centre - located in Whitby: a fully accessible, state-of-the-art multi-purpose 125,000 square foot facility committed to the development of an inclusive and integrated environment for people of all ages and abilities; facility offers 3 full regulation basketball courts, 200 metre six-lane track, cardio/fitness, weight and sensory rooms; programs include sports, recreation, drama, music, art, and life skills
  • All Abilities League - Oshawa Kicks Soccer Club - an inclusive, soccer based program for children, youth and adults with physical and/or intellectual disabilities encouraging fun and fitness with engaging activities that promote independence and self-confidence enabling athletes to develop physically, socially, and personally within a fun, soccer-focused team environment. 
  • Bridging the Gap - sport wheelchair loan program facilitated by the Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association; nominal fee applies
  • Canadian Paralympic Committee - information about parasport, including how to participate, coach, volunteer and find equipment
  • Canadian Super Kids Program - All-American Soap Box Derby
  • Challenge League Sports - special sports for unique players in Durham Region
  • Durham Attack Recreational Volleyball - contact Lawrence Flynn at flynn_lawrence@hotmail.com for information about their free sitting volleyball drop-in program on Friday nights for age 10 and over
  • Durham Rowing Club - located in Port Perry: adaptive rowing program; participants must be able to swim and follow instructions
  • Durham Steelhawks Sledge Hockey - team plays in Whitby; all ages and abilities welcome
  • Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association - dedicated to the development and promotion of athlete-centred, amateur wheelchair sport programs
  • ParaEquestrian Canada - information about para-equestrian including therapeutic riding, competitive para-dressage sport and more
  • ParaSport Ontario - learn how to get involved in parasport as an athlete, coach, official, classifier, guide or club volunteer
  • Therapeutic Recreation at Grandview Children's Centre - a variety of programs and activities offered for children and youth up to age 19 with special needs; available at various times and locations throughout the year
  • Ultimate Canadian Cheer - co-ed cheerleading team open to athletes of all ages; practices in Pickering, competitions throughout the GTA
  • Variety Village - located in Scarborough: fitness facility dedicated to improving the quality of life of all people, regardless of their abilities; offers specialized programs and services without barriers, intimidation or other obstacles
  • Wake Robin Farm - located in Uxbridge: offers para-equestrian and therapeutic horseback riding
  • Wheelchair Tennis - interactive map listing contact information for wheelchair tennis programs in Canada; facilitated by Tennis Canada
  • Whitby Yacht Club - sailing programs run from June to September and are fully adapted for any ability
  • WindReach Farm - located in Ashburn: offers therapeutic horseback riding; the facility is designed to meet the needs of individuals with a variety of disabilities and includes fully wheelchair accessible pathways, trails, buildings, barns, stables; welcomes both the special needs and able-bodied communities

Funding for Recreation & Sports

Tips for participating in Recreation & Sports


12. Respite


13. Transitions


14. Travel