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Speech-Language Pathology Services in Midtown Toronto Area

Are you concerned about your child’s speech or language? Are their words difficult to understand? Do they have trouble communicating, understanding or using language?
Julia is a registered speech-language pathologist working in the midtown Toronto area.  Her range of experience includes assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and adults in schools, rehabilitation hospitals, university-based clinics and homes. She has worked with pediatric and adult clients in the areas of articulation, phonology, fluency, receptive and expressive language, literacy, voice, social skills, and motor speech. Julia has worked with individuals with developmental disabilities, including Down Syndrome and Autism Spectrum, as well as acquired brain injuries.
Julia’s creative and enthusiastic outlook help her to provide therapy sessions that are both effective and engaging for her clients.  Julia has collaborated with family members, teachers and other health care professionals to provide a high level of care.
Contact Julia if you would like more information about speech and language services, or to setup an initial assessment at your home:
Julia R. McCurdy, BSc.H, MSc.
Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Phone: 416-231-4347 Email:

Holland Bloorview Sibling Support Program

Holland Bloorview’s Sibling Support Program will give siblings, ages 7-18, the opportunity to relax, unwind, meet peers who might share lived experiences. It will provide a safe space to talk about what it’s like to be a sibling of someone with a disability. The program is open to any child who has a sibling with a disability, complex medical needs and/or dual diagnosis. 

Holland Bloorview’s Sibling Support Program will be held once a month, at the same date and time as the scheduled Family Education Workshop, on the following dates:

  • Wednesday November 21st, 2018 from 6-8pm
  • Monday December 10th, 2018 from 6-8:30pm
  • Tuesday February 26th, 2019 from 6-8pm
  • Thursday March 21st, 2019 from 5:30-8:30pm
  • Saturday April 27th, 2019 from 9:30am-12pm
  • Wednesday June 12th, 2019 from 6-8pm 
Registration for the Sibling Support Program will open 2 weeks and 2 days before the listed program date.
  • To register Parents/Guardians/Members of your child’s care team/Clinicians can submit a referral form through Google Forms using this link:
  • Once the form is complete and has been submitted, the Sibiling Support Program Coordinator will call families to follow up and complete a profile about the Sibling attending the program and confirm their spot. Full intakes will only need to be done once. Please register for each month individually.  

If you require special accommodations or have questions, please contact Victoria Rombos at or 416-425-6220 ext. 6082

Miles Nadal JCC Winter Registration

ReelAbilities Toronto Film Festival is excited to partner with Comedy Outside the Lines, a full day of comedy and community at the Accessible Theatre Centre! Featuring workshops from Ken Hall (TBS's People of Earth) and Andrew Bushell (Second City House Co. alum), and performances from Generally Hospital and A Sketch Comedy Extravaganza Eleganza.

Let's Talk About Sex and Relationships: This 5-week course continues the conversation from Module 1 by providing an introduction to physical touch, consent, safe sex, and sexual expression. Facilitated by OTs with DreamWeavers. Ask your questions and learn more about how to have fun, safe and rich relationships! For young adults 18-30 with developmental disabilities and/or Autism. 

All Abilities Song Writing: Have a tune in your head that won't go away? Join award-winning musician Ben Wood to turn that tune into a song! All Abilities Song Writing will explore music and lyrics along with the help of instruments and recording your creation! Designed for young adults with developmental disabilities and ASD and open to all.

BC Disability Caucus

Please sign the petition for the Senate to amend Bill C-81 "An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada"... (over 90 disability organizations have been calling for amendments).

Why? Because disabled Canadians deserve the same rights everyone else has.

Dec 11 Token Phase-out Public Meeting

As you may know, TTC tokens and tickets will be phased out by the end of 2019. The Fair Fare Coalition is concerned that the paper Presto tickets that will replace tokens will create more barriers to accessing transit, because they will have expiry dates and only be sold at Shoppers Drugmart and TTC stations, which will reduce 1,000 TTC sale locations, among other issues. 

The Fair Fare Coalition has been asking for a public meeting about this issue, and the date has been set for December 11th. This is our chance to ask the TTC and Metrolinx about their plans and raise our questions and concerns. We need your help to get the word out and pack the meeting! Please share this information widely and RSVP here if you can make it. 

Token Phase-Out: Presto / TTC Townhall
Tuesday December 11
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, Room 203, 255 Front Street West

The Special Needs Planning Froup Fall 2018

On November 22, 2018, the new Conservative Government under Doug Ford made it’s long awaited announcement on Social Assistance Review. Below this message is the latest version of The “Special Needs” Planner which outlines the Government’s announcement.  Please take a moment to review the newsletter and don’t hesitate to provide feedback to me if you wish.

We at the Special Needs Planning Group and Ability Private Client Group believe that it is important that information be shared with the special needs community and as such, please feel free to forward this information to as many people as you wish.

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