Caring for a child or youth with physical, communication or developmental needs can leave some caregivers feeling isolated and alone. Our Family Engagement Team is comprised of caregivers to Grandview clients and former clients (grads), who use their lived experience and specialized training to support others in their journey.
As soon as you’re referred to Grandview Kids, you have access to a number of helpful Family Engagement Program services (see below).
Family Engagement Offerings
Now that you have been connected to Grandview Kids, you have access to a number of helpful services, even while awaiting assessment or treatment. Our passionate Family Engagement Team – comprised of Grandview Kids parents and grads – is here to support you from day one! Please review the list of services offered by Family Engagement below, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
|Paperwork Parties (workshops)||Help with any of the following applications and processes:|
· Special Services at Home (SSAH) – respite funding
· Assistance for children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD) – provides financial
support for low to moderate income families to cover some extra costs of
caring for a child with a severe disability
· Easter Seals Diaper Credit – Children 3-18; incontinence of supplies, such
as diapers/pullups, and catheters including straight, Foley, drainage bags
· Access 2 Card Program – Discount card for all ages and types of
permanent disabilities that require the assistance of a support person
· Ontario Autism Program (OAP) – Children under age 18, Autism diagnosis
· Disability Tax Credit – Non-refundable tax credit that helps persons with
disabilities (help complete the first page only, requires a medical
professional to complete)
· Interim One-Time Funding – Support to complete online OAP funding
application, once family receives invite
· Childhood Budget Consolidation – Support to complete paperwork once
funding year is over (OAP audit)
|Binder Bootcamp (workshop)||In-person help to organize medical information/reports|
|Online Parent Support (OPS)|
Facebook support group for parents/caregivers of a Grandview Kids client; networking, mentorship, support and resource navigation offered, weekly coffee chats → To join, email email@example.com
|All About Me publications||Support families to create an “all about me” document to share with peers,|
teachers, teams, etc. (good for school transitions)
|1:1 Meetings||Provide peer support, share resources, informal mentoring|
|Networking/Events||Opportunities for family networking and group/peer support: Sensory Santa, Accessible Halloween, park play dates, coffee chats (online and in-person), Resource Fair, peer support groups, etc.|
|Family Leader Program||Volunteer parents, caregivers, clients and siblings who support Grandview Kids as our advocates, ambassadors and advisors (includes Family Advisory Council, Youth Advisory Council, and Working Groups)|
|Ambassador Program||Work with clients and caregivers to help tell their stories about the impact of Grandview Kids on their lives – share stories via media, events and other opportunities, some in partnership with the Grandview Kids Foundation|
|Resource Library||Oversee catalogue of resources and books, which can be lent to parents and caregivers (NOW OPEN!)|
Join our online support group for parents/guardians of Grandview Kids!
If your child is currently receiving services at Grandview Kids, you are eligible to join this closed (non-public), members-only group.
A Facebook account is required.
- Go to: facebook.com/groups/Grandview.OPS
- Then click on “Join Group” near the top right-hand corner.
Anyone can request to join the group, but only those verified as parents/guardians of Grandview Kids will be approved to join by the Group Administrator. You can speed up the approval process by sending an email to the Group Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your child’s name and/or client number.
How to Access Grandview Kids Family Engagement Services and Supports
Please contact the Family Engagement team via email to email@example.com.