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June 2024 Newsletter



April 1st signified the beginning of a new fiscal year for Solidarité de Parents de Personnes Handicapées (SPPH) as well as the time for the renewal of memberships.  Your membership fee allows us to count you as an active member so that we can continue our mission. Your membership and donations are also essential to maintaining our services. We invite you to renew your annual membership from April 1, 2024, to March 31, 2025, at a cost of $10.00 per family
On May 7, an email was sent to this effect. Several of you have renewed your business and we thank you very warmly. If you forgot to do so or you did not receive the message, do not hesitate to contact us so that we can send you the information again or simply to share your questions and comments or if you wish to remove yourself from our list of members.


SPPH’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) is approaching! It will take place on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, at 7 p.m. in virtual mode. This is a must-see event for an association and we would like to meet you again to testify about the activities carried out, the impact of these on families, and present some aspects of our action plan for 2024-2025. 

At the AGM, members will elect representatives to the next HPC Board of Directors. Two positions will be available. Do you want to be part of the decisions made for the organization? Would you like to work on important issues concerning the future of Solidarité de parents? Do you want to make a difference for member families?

In the last few days, you should have received by email the notice of the meeting, the agenda, the minutes of 2023, the nomination form, and the information for renewal and various payment methods.

To receive the link for the AGM, you must first register

AGM registration form



WHEN? Thursday, June 13, 2024, between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. AM. 
WHERE? At La Boîte Gourmande: 445 Laurier Avenue East, H2J 1E5 (across from Laurier metro, north exit). 

➤ Registrations by email at

« This meeting was the first moment in more than a year where I was able to take time just for myself. Talking to other parents helped me feel less alone. I was able to speak freely about the challenges of being a parent of a child with special needs. A huge thank you to the SPPH team for their warm welcome. The first time, but certainly not the last 😊”


About fifteen members of Solidarité met on May 9, during an evening hosted by the Regroupement pour la valorisation de la paternité, to address the subject of co-parenting and the facets of parental commitment. It was a question of a need for mutual recognition, coherence, and communication so that the parental team can be successful, without forgetting the sharing of tasks! 


SPPH’s Head on Leave (TEC) and 60+ programs will benefit from 57 member families this summer from 2024.


“Being a mother of a disabled child means: To give constantly. Be creative. Learn to surpass yourself and stay happy! It’s the best gift I can give my daughter. This will allow me to love her better and help her.”

– Zeineb El hog, Mère de Mariem

We wish a happy Father’s Day on June 16 to these men who, like Richard Duchesne, are present in the lives of their children and who are a pillar for their families.



It’s almost the end of the school year and your children will receive their report card. Good or bad grades, all children need encouragement. Did you know that there is a difference between complimenting and encouraging? 
The encouragement focuses on the progress and the skills deployed, it describes without judging and engages the child’s emotions and reflection.
The compliment underlines the appreciation of a result according to the expectations of a person (parents, teachers, grading system, etc.)

➤ Here is this table of suggested sentences Encourager les enfants pour qu’ils croient en leurs capacités
➤ For more information click here Apprendre, réviser, mémoriser


What if we gave people the opportunity to ask out loud questions that they have quietly about people with disabilities?

AMI-télé presents capsules that give a voice to people with different disabilities: invisible, autism, intellectual disability, head trauma, behavioral disorders, etc., or who have a sibling, child, or disabled partner.

➤ See here the capsules Ça ne se demande pas

Here is an article about the need for support for parents of children who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in their children

➤ Read the article here

DI MOI_Ta déficience intellectuelle – LA PUCE À L’OREILLE 
This podcast gives a voice to 12-15-year-olds at the Centre François-Michelle, a specialized school in Montreal, who are themselves living with ID. They talk to us about arts and sports.

➤ Listen to the podcast here


From June 1 to 7, the  theme of Quebec Disability Week is
“Let’s open the dialogue” 

Our preconceptions, fear of doing wrong, and lack of knowledge can prevent us from taking action against people with disabilities. It is important to get out of our passivity in the face of their differences and encourage their social participation. Let’s become agents of change who make their full potential shine. Let’s open the dialogue. Let them contribute 100% of their abilities.


Dental care received between July 1, 2023, and June 30, 2024, can be applied until June 30, 2024.
The interim Canada Dental Benefit is intended to help reduce dental care costs for eligible families who earn less than $90,000 per year. Parents and guardians may be eligible if they pay for the dental care of a child under the age of 12 who does not have access to a private dental insurance plan.

For more information


Who would like to learn how to ride a bike this summer? 
Do you know the balance bike or trotting bike?

The balance bike has a very simple mechanism because it is a bicycle that you move forward by pushing on the ground with your feet because it has no pedals.

The person must therefore be seated on the trotter bike and when the device is in motion, its driver must push the ground with his feet as one does with a scooter.

You may have already seen very small 3-year-olds on mini balance bikes, but your child is too big? No problem. Tinkering with a trotter bike is very easy. Please remove the pedals from a bicycle that is not too big or too small and will allow your child to touch the ground with his feet when sitting. He will develop the reflex to keep his balance on the bike without falling and his motor coordination. Afterward, you can teach him how to pedal when he is ready. Or on the contrary. Every child is different. It’s up to you to try!

** Please note that due to the summer holidays, the July Newsletter will be taking a day off.

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