We offer a variety of group sessions and workshops, led by a guest speaker, who provide information on a variety topics to people with developmental disabilities and their caregivers.

Financial Planning

Webinar: Fireside Chat with Graeme Treeby 

Join us for a fireside conversation with Graeme Treeby. As a parent of a child with a disability and member of the Bright Futures team with over 30 years of experience we will be speaking with Graeme on his personal experience. Graeme will discuss what he has recommend for families and what he himself has done. You will have the ability to ask your own questions to Graeme and the Bright Futures Team.


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Overview of Bill 47

Join Cheryl Wiles Pooran, experienced human rights, labour and employment lawyer, for an overview of Bill 47. Learn what the implications are for everyone in the developmental services sectors, including families who hire support workers. This session will provide families with an understanding of employment standards, injuries on the job, and Canada Revenue Agency reporting and remittance obligations.


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Understanding Power of Attorney, Substitute Decision Maker

Lawyer, Brendon Pooran, will help you understand the provisions of the Health Care Consent Act, the Substitute Decisions Act and the Mental Health Act as they relate to a person with an intellectual disability and their families, as well as, the implications on service providers. You will also review the limits of the current legislation relating to matters affecting an individual’s property and personal care.


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Transition Workshops

This workshop is for families of children who are getting, or have recently been, discharged from Early Intervention Services (EIS).

Join us for an informative workshop that will help you, and other families, understand programs and services that may be  available to your child once they are discharged from EIS.

Following the presentation, you’ll have an opportunity to book a one-on-one video or teleconference meeting with a case manager to help you discuss your personal needs.

Following the presentation, you’ll have an opportunity to book a one-on-one video or teleconference meeting with a case manager to help you discuss your personal needs.

** Please note at this time, this workshop is being offered virtually. However, in order to provide you with relevant supports in your area, please register for the office location closest to you.

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To book an appointment or to find out more:

Call 905.898.6455 ou 1.866.257.9776, ext. 2356.   

If you are calling please mention the program name, date, time and location you would like to attend. 

Appointments are made on a first-come, first-served basis. 

For questions or more information email Diana at DKusturic@yssn.ca.

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Getting ready for High School 

Getting ready for High School and Transition planning workshops are offered to students in each school board due to differing programming and services offered in York Public and York Catholic school boards.

  • We will discuss the differences between Elementary and High school.
  • Services and supports available in public High Schools
  • Tips and strategies to help you and your child prepare for life in high school

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Who should attend?
Families who have a child in grade 8 with an IEP attending York Region District School Board.

To find out more:

Call  905.898.6455 or 1.866.257.9776, ext. 2574.

Information Fairs

Looking for information on mental health support and developmental ­services in York Region and South Simcoe?

Get information on:

Mental health crisis and recovery support

  • Case Management
  • Community Crisis Response Service,
  • Peer Support
  • Accès simplifié

Developmental services

  • Case Management
  • Children’s Case Coordination
  • Crisis Response Network
  • Developmental Services Ontario Central East Region (DSO CER)
  • Family Peer Mentor Support
  • Passport Program
  • Respite Services
  • Transition Planning

Our Information Fair takes place in the spring and fall, check back for upcoming dates.

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