• Apr. 03, 2013

    Have your say in the 2013 Provincial Budget

    The Ministry of Finance is reaching out to all Ontarians to have their say in what is important to their community. There is still time to have your say, the conversation continues until April 12th. Advocate for your priorities and make sure the government doesn’t leave behind what matters most to you and your family.   Children’s Treatment Centres across the province, such as Niagara Children’s Centre, rely on provincial funding, as do other agencies and programs that provide supports and equipment for children with special needs.  We have lengthy wait lists as the demand for services is greater than our…
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  • Mar. 22, 2013

    2013 Unity Games

    A volunteer high-fives a participant at the 2013 Unity Games
    The Therapeutic Recreation service within School-Aged Services and Clinics at the Niagara Children’s Centre in partnership with Brock University, United Way, YMCA and RAFT hosted the fourth annual Unity Games on Saturday March 2nd, 2013 at Brock University. Unity Games is a day-long event that brings children & youth from across the Niagara Region together using the power of active play to teach values and life skills, such as respect, inclusion, responsibility, communication and diversity. In total 107 children and 55 volunteers participated in the event. Niagara Children’s Centre had 20 youth involved, in two groups – junior and senior.…
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  • Mar. 19, 2013

    It's Tax Time

    Family Caregiver Tax Credit Effective January 2, 2012, the Federal Government has introduced the new Family Caregiver Tax Credit. The credit is designed to provide new tax support for caregivers of dependent family members with special needs. Dependents now include spouses, common-law partners and minor children. The credit can reduce taxes payable by up to $300 on your 2012 tax returns.   Ontario Children's Activity Tax Credit If you have a child enrolled in activities, such as painting classes, soccer, hockey or music lessons, you can claim up to $526 in eligible expenses and get up to $52.60 back for…
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  • Jan. 24, 2013

    Filmpossible 2013 - now open for submissions

    Filmpossible is a video and photography contest highlighting children with disabilities to bring visability to disability. Created and run by Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, it encourages everyone to see disability differently. Use your film or photograph to dispel myths, showcase achievements, demonstrate inclusion or accessibility, or tell a child's story. See past submissions or submit your own original work at The contest is open to all Canadian residents, except Quebec and you could win cash and other great prizes. So tell your friends and family, and get involved!  
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  • Jan. 23, 2013

    Dine and Shine with Niagara Children's Centre

    Dine and Shine logo and slogan
    For children with augmentative communication devices, such as Proloque2Go on an iPad, mealtimes can be a difficult time to be heard. Parents want to include their children in everyday activities, like mealtime, but are often unsure of how to accommodate their child’s unique communication needs. The motto of Niagara Children’s Centre’s new Dine and Shine program is “fill your plate and communicate”. The entire focus of the evening is to incorporate special communications devices into the mealtime routine. “The program creates a real-life environment for parents and children to gain the tools they need to include their children in mealtime.” …
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