FINDS – Families In Need-Directory of Services For Children With Special Needs

The FINDS Directory was originally developed by the Children’s Treatment Centre to meet the needs of families and professionals in our community. It will hopefully provide you with good information about services that you can access when you need them. You can also contact the Children’s Community Network if you have questions about services for children.

There is a similar directory for youth with a physical and/or developmental disability who are transitioning to adult services. It’s called “Transition: The Journey Towards Adult Services”.

A special thanks to Brenda Finnila for her help in updating the directory, the agencies that assisted in its development and also to the parents who inspired it.

To view this directory, please click on the following link:  FINDS Directory.pdf


Click link for more information Ed Mahony Webinar February 27, 2013 @ 7pm

Event Date: Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
Event Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Webinar Description:
In this webinar, you will learn important skills that a parent advocate needs to develop in order to be successful, as well as how to make the IPRC process work for you. Support material and references will be made available. Mr. Mahony will answer questions about the webinar material however ongoing individualized support is available on a fee for service basis.


Ed Mahony is both a Parent Advocate and Special Education Resource Teacher. He supports parents in learning to provide positive, practical and proven strategies to work successfully with their children’s schools to address special education needs. Ed also provides individual consultation to families in person, online and by phone throughout the province.

Education & Children with Special Needs


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Mark Your Calendars! Parent Education Session- Children with Special Needs This opportunity is for parents to learn more about the local educational programs for children with special needs and the transition planning that occurs.  Sometimes this could be a very challenging time … Continue reading

The Children’s Community Network to Present Research at the 8th International Short Break Association Conference


The Children’s Community Network will be presenting the development, testing, and implementation of the Respite Eligibility Tool at the 8th International Short Break Association Conference happening October 10 -12, 2012 in Toronto.  The conference attracts people from around the world who have a vested interest in respite (called short break in the UK).

The agency began the research and development of the Respite Eligibility Tool with the assistance of Carol Kauppi (a researcher from Laurentian University) in 2008.  The tool has been in use with families since then and continues to be revised and reviewed to ensure reliability.  When this work began, a literature review revealed no known eligibility tools in existence in Canada, the United States or in the UK.  The agency is now working at completing an updated literature review and writing an article on this work to submit for publishing.

The Children’s Community Network looks forward to presenting this information to such a diverse audience.