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Your Impact

Thanks to you, our donors, Holland Bloorview is investing in exciting programs, advancing care, developing accessible technologies and conducting promising research. Thanks to you, our leading scientists, therapists and health care professionals are helping kids with disabilities find their best life, as they become happier, healthier and more independent. 

Do you remember the butterflies you had on your first day of school? We’ll bet you didn’t sleep a wink the night before. With new classmates or even a new school, you put on a brave face, but maybe you were a little scared – scared of being accepted, afraid of not fitting in.

But what if you had to find your way around in a power wheelchair for the first time? Or had to introduce yourself to your classmates through a computer so others can understand you? Learn more...

Dr. Darcy Fehlings is head of Holland Bloorview’s Cerebral Palsy Discovery Lab, leading a group of researchers whose work will have a huge impact on the health and well-being of kids and youth with this condition. 

"At our Discovery Lab, we’re looking at innovations and interventions that can help kids meet their developmental potential, function better and participate in activities they want to do” said Dr. Fehlings. Learn more...

 

The Anxiety Meter is a digital tool used with an iPad or tablet that can detect anxiety levels by monitoring a child’s heart rate.

“When you get anxious your heart rate changes significantly,” said Dr. Kushki, noting that most children with autism experience significant anxiety that can negatively impact physical and mental health.  Learn more...

The Family Advisory Committee (FAC) is the eyes, ears and voice of families at Holland Bloorview. Funded by donors, the FAC is made up of a devoted group of parents and former clients that represent all children and families who come through Holland Bloorview’s doors. Find out more... 

As one of Holland Bloorview's therapeutic clowns, Helen Donnelly brings not only laughter and levity but also a new vision to the practice of therapeutic clowning. Learn more about how Dr. Flap, Nurse Flutter and Nurse Polo are making an impact...

Jean became a member of Holland Bloorview’s Family Leadership Program, joining a team of parents that make sure the wants and needs of families are included in all aspects of the hospital’s care. That’s when her attitude changed. As a Family Leader she felt she should be familiar with all of the hospital’s family support programs, including respite care.   Learn more about Respite Services

Andrea has been at Holland Bloorview for 16 years, helping kids of all ages and disabilities discover that there really is something magical about music. She believes every client possesses an “inner music child,” and she and her team try to tap into it as a way of enhancing their development, health and well-being.Learn more about music therapy at Holland Bloorview.

Every summer, The Independence Program (TIP) works with a group of young adults with physical or cognitive disabilities learning how to live away from home by staying at a university or college residence for three weeks.For some participants, it’s the first time they’ve spent the night outside their family home. Learn more about the TIP program. 

Over the summer this popular outdoor art, garden and summer camp program will invite more than 200 kids to let their creativity and individuality shine as aspiring artists, sculptors, gardeners, puppeteers, story tellers and theatre performers. Learn more about Spiral Garden camp.

Launched last month, On TRACK Concussion Program, a new initiative at Holland Bloorview, is giving kids and parents much-needed relief while they wait for their appointments. Learn more about On TRACK.

 

Dr. Jessica Brian and her team at Holland Bloorview’s Autism Research Centre are looking at how predictors for autism could be discovered in babies who have siblings who have already been diagnosed.Learn more about the social ABC's program. 

Jenette has been with Holland Bloorview for 34 years. She’s seen a lot, caring for countless kids while moving through different hospital names as well as locations. Today, she’s part of a new chapter of nursing at Holland Bloorview – a growing culture of strengths-based nursing that’s helping families feel less anxious and even empowered.Learn more about strengths-based nursing. 

Geoff Feldman is 76 years old, semi-retired and a single parent to a daughter with a disability.  “Basically my whole life revolves around trying to help her,” he said. “It’s extremely tiring, especially as you get older.”

His daughter, Isabelle, was born with what he calls, “multiple exceptionalities.” Though she’s never had an official diagnosis, Geoff refers to her condition as “Isabelle syndrome.”  Read more...