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MAIL’s Twitter Account
twitter.com/MAIL_charity

MAIL’s Instagram Account
instagram.com/mail_charity/

MAIL’s Facebook Page
facebook.com/MAILcharity

Canadian Abilities Foundation
abilities.ca

Applewood Centre for Adult Learning
applewoodcentre.com 

Autism Treatment Services of Canada
autism.ca 

Autism Ontario
autismontario.com 

CACL-NET-Canadian Association for Community Living
cacl.ca 

Child Development Resource Connection Peel
cdrcp.com

Community Living Mississauga
clmiss.ca 

City of Mississauga
mississauga.ca 

Dani: Developing and Nurturing Independence
https://dani-toronto.com/ 

Ontario Ministry of Children & Youth: Special Needs Support
children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/specialneeds/index.aspx 

SNOW: Inclusive Learning and Education
snow.idrc.ocad.ca

Sprout (USA Based): Parents’ Guide: So Your Child Has Been Diagnosed With Autism…
https://www.joinsprouttherapy.com/guides/parents-guide

Communicating with an Autistic Child: A Parent’s Guide
wiseoldsayings.com/communicating-with-an-autistic-child-a-parents-guide.php 

How to Help Your Child with Autism Cope During and After a Move
homeadvisor.com/r/moving-with-autistic-child/ 

UHN Internship Program for Youth with Disabilities
uhn.ca/corporate/News/Pages/UHN_launches_internship_program_for_youth_with_disabilities.aspx

Autism and Dental Care – A Guide
https://www.emergencydentistsusa.com/autism-and-dental-care/

Answers to All of Your Special Needs Dentistry Questions
emergencydentistsusa.com/dentably 

Guide to Living With Sensory Overload
https://householdquotes.co.uk/sensory-overload/

Sensory Sensitivities and Autism
https://www.autism.org.uk/sensory

UK National Autistic Society
https://www.autism.org.uk/

 


COVID-19 Information and Updates

Website: COVID-19 Symptom
Self-Assessment Tool
Website: COVID-19 Outbreak
Updates and Numbers

 

Website: Ontario’s COVID-19 Page

Website: The World Health
Organization COVID-19 Page

Participate: Survey Regarding
the Impact of COVID-19

Guide: COVID-19 and its
Impact on Life in Canada

 

Well-Being and Activities

 
Video: How to Properly
Wash Your Hands

Video: Sesame Street’s Grover
tries 5 self-care tips for Staying Home

Website: Maintaining Wellness
During a Pandemic

Website: Resources to protect
your health, safety and well-being
during COVID-19

 

Activity: Free Online Fitness
Classes For All Ages through YMCA

Activity: Free Yoga Videos for
All Levels with Lululemon

Website: Try Out a
New Recipe – Cooking

Website: Try Out a
New Recipe – Baking
Video: Let’s Get Moving
with Manisha and Minesh
Video: We Wear Masks –
A Social Story

Video: Coronavirus for Kids:
Why We Stay Home

Video: CBC Kids: What Is
Social Distancing?


Blog: Cleaning Expert and
Author Melissa Maker 

Guide: Living with Worry &
Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty

Article: Mental health apps to take
charge of stress, anxiety and more

Webinar: Emotional Well-Being
During the COVID-19 Pandemic 


Learning, Exploring, and Fun

Game: The Daily Jigsaw 

Video: Learn to Make
Corner Bookmarks

 Learn: Check out Toronto’s tourism
from Home!


Learn: Explore All the Google Arts
and Culture has to Offer

 Game: Play Classic Games
Online WithYour Friends

 

Video: Enjoy a [Virtual] Ride
on Some Rollercoasters

Explore: Live Cams from
Ripley’s Aquarium

Learn: Live Events from
Ripley’s Aquarium

Explore: Videos from
The Toronto Zoo

Learn: Live Videos and Events
by The Toronto Zoo

Learn: Free & Fun Educational
Resources
Video: Rock Painting Ideas
and How-To

Video: Craft Time with
Manisha and Minesh

Learn: Scholastic Learn
at Home

Explore: Google Arts &
Culture, National Parks Service

Explore: Nature from
Around the Globe

 

M.A.I.L. Communications

JUNE 29TH, 2020

Hello MAIL Members,

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak Ontario has made temporary changes to the Passport program to help recipients. These changes came into effect April 1, 2020.

The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services has expanded the passport program to include more eligible expenses such as:
– Sensory Items
– Technology
– Home-based Recreation Items
– Personal Protective Equipment
– Essential Service Delivery Fees
– Behavioural Support Plans and Related Interventions

Read on for more details about these changes below:

https://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/developmental/servicesupport/passport.aspx

Thanks

MAY 14TH, 2020

Good morning members,
 
I hope everyone is well and staying safe.
 
I just wanted to share an update about our website http://mail-info.ca/ – We have now added a section called the COVID Hub. Here you can find resources about the information and updates about COVID and we have also added categories for activities, well-being, fun, and more! You can find it by going to our website and scrolling down to find ‘Resource Links & COVID Hub’ or follow this link: http://mail-info.ca/resourcelinks/
 
We hope you enjoy all the new content! 
 
Thank you,
Cassandra
MAIL Admin. Assistant

MAY 8TH, 2020

Hello MAIL Members,
 
Please see below Mother’s Day note from the President of MAIL. To view the video, follow the link at the end and scroll down to hit play. Enjoy!
Mother's Day @ the R! « ChancesR
To all our M.A.I.L. moms,
We wanted to take the time to recognize you as you spend so much time and effort caring for your child. You are real life superheroes who manage situations every day that most would consider impossible to ensure your child is living their best life. Your road has not been easy but you persevered through the doctor’s appointments, schedules and medications. You hold steadfast and do what is best for your child and your family every single day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having a special needs child puts many things into perspective right away. While the world sees and even sometimes pities the limitations your child has, you get to experience what is means to be in the presence of truly unconditional love with someone who gives your spirit knowledge that there is more to life than the material world around us. You are an unrelenting advocate for this special person.

I’m sending a Mother’s Day song to celebrate you. My extremely talented cousin Tyson is the drummer and can be seen in the bottom left-hand corner. Towards the end of the song you will also see his lovely wife Leah, Tyson holding a picture of my amazing Aunt Terry and my two gorgeous nieces Phoebe and Maya holding a picture of their mom. I wanted to send this gift from my family to yours.

We love you, we support you, and above all we thank you for all you have done and continue to do.

Thank you and Happy Mother’s Day!!
Manisha

https://www.facebook.com/20803936/posts/10101541719204359/?d=n

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APRIL 28TH, 2020

Good afternoon members, 
 
Please see below for a shared message from our president:
 
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Hello Everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

It’s been a long time since we have all seen each other and it looks as though it may be for a little longer.

Due to the government mandates, we unfortunately had to cancel our L.E.P. classes, our Social Program and Bowling.

We are still reviewing how to deal with our AGM, but it looks as though our beloved picnic will not be possible this year. This breaks my heart as we have always had this event rain or shine but we have to look forward to a day when we can all meet again and we will make sure that M.A.I.L. is still here for you.

The Board has been sending resources and updates to our membership in order to assist you and keep you informed, we hope this has been helpful. The Board is always here for our members if you need assistance or would like to reach out for support.

We are also sending along a couple of videos for our members to watch which we hope you enjoy. If you have video messages for your friends at M.A.I.L. please send them to contact@mail-info.com. We would love to hear from you and will distribute your message to the membership.

We miss you, our extended M.A.I.L. family very much and look forward to better days ahead

Yours Truly,
Manisha Smith
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APRIL 23RD, 2020

Good afternoon MAIL members,
 
Please be advised that we have been informed that the school permits have been cancelled for the remainder of the term until June 30th. Unfortunately the remaining bowling sessions have also been cancelled.
 
There is some good news – the board would like to share an article regarding additional relief funds that was discussed by the Ontario Government and in association with the Ontario Community Support Association (OSCA). Please follow the below link for more information regarding this:
 
https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/04/ontario-providing-additional-relief-to-the-provinces-most-vulnerable.html?fbclid=IwAR1fwEYQ5SNBK9RBk8_al3PxTkaYBGqdWJO0TJL3Jy6hw2pEZkNPtogVubk
 
For information on Ontario’s Action Plan during Covid-19, please follow below link or open the attached PDF within this email:
 
https://budget.ontario.ca/2020/marchupdate/action-plan.html#section-3
 
Please keep well and stay safe!
 
Thanks,
Cassandra
MAIL Admin. Assistant

APRIL 7TH, 2020

Good afternoon MAIL members,
 
Please see attached link for more support for people who have stopped working due to COVID-19:
https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html
 
What is the Canada Emergency Response Benefit
If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who is eligible
The benefit will be available to workers:

-Residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;
-Who have stopped working because of COVID-19 and have not voluntarily quit their job or are eligible for EI regular or sickness benefits;
-Who had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and
-Who are or expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period. For subsequent benefit periods, they expect to have no employment or self-employment income.

 
Please follow the above link for all details and instructions on how to apply.
 
Thanks,
Cassandra

APRIL 6TH, 2020

Hello MAIL Members,
 
Recently, there has been some new funding available to help families with children who are not attending school or child care due to COVID-19. Please see below link for more information of eligibility and how to apply: 
https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-support-families?fbclid=IwAR1fSFPrisEtcl3to3lZR7x9Qw4QfHY85t9lABnGF-ru2Uln_eoGowga6r8
 
About support for families
While schools and child care centres are closed, parents can apply for direct funding to offset the cost of buying materials to support their children’s learning, while they practice self-isolation and physical distancing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eligible parents will receive a one-time per child payment of:

$200 for children aged 0 to 12
$250 for children or youth aged 0 to 21 with special needs

This funding can help parents with the costs of work books, educational apps, educational subscription services, movies and other tools to support learning at home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parents refers to parents, guardians, and caregivers.

 
Thank you and stay safe,
Cassandra
MAIL Admin. Assistant

APRIL 6TH, 2020

Dear M.A.I.L. Members,

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hope that you and your family are keeping well in these unprecedented times.

The board has been monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely. We have been advised that our permits have been cancelled until May 3rd 2020. We will make decisions closer to the date regarding the AGM and Picnic in accordance with Provincial and Federal orders.

I understand it’s frustrating during these times to keep our members engaged and occupied. Please reach out to any of the Board members if you would like to talk. We are all in this together and it is important to support each other.

We have a few suggestions of some websites and apps which members may find entertaining and useful during this time:

 
Special Needs Education apps/programs:
https://www.commonsense.org/education/top-picks/best-special-education-apps-and-websites
 
Audible App: There are good audio book stories available on Audible and many young reader materials are free right now.
https://stories.audible.com/discovery

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are also some Zoo cams and Museum tours available:
https://nationalzoo.si.edu/webcams?fbclid=IwAR11SdS3AneCoqv5KRxJxg1k7Z2wBOD3BRGr0JCm6Ehzhn_QsxkFtAhujdg
https://www.houstonzoo.org/explore/webcams/
https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams
https://collections.rom.on.ca/?_ga=2.129894671.2002479860.1586053296-1998024356.1569023763

I have been reminded of the challenges our members have faced throughout their lives and somehow they still manage to find joy and positivity in life. We must try to rise to their example.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and advise when we will commence our programs and events.

M.A.I.L. will always be there for its members and we are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Please be safe and diligent and we will see you soon.

Thank you,
On behalf of the Board of Directors of M.A.I.L.

Manisha Smith
President of M.A.I.L

MARCH 13TH, 2020

Dear M.A.I.L. Members,

I’m sure you are inundated with the growing concern and constant news regarding COVID-19. Now that COVID-19 has been officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization and Canada has made recommendations and authorized the closure of many events, the Board members of M.A.I.L. want to update you on how we are going to move forward in these times.

The board has been monitoring the situation closely and have been trying to balance the safety and well being of our members with keeping them engaged with meaningful programming.

With the Province closing all schools until April 5, 2020 and the advice to avoid public gatherings, we are temporarily suspending all M.A.I.L. events and programs (including Bowling) until at least the second week of April. We will also be cancelling our annual Spring Dance.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and advise when we will commence our programs and events.

M.A.I.L. will always be there for its members and we are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Please be safe and diligent and we will see you soon.

Thank you,

On behalf of the Board of Directors of M.A.I.L.
Manisha Smith
President of M.A.I.L