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March 2023 Newsletter


Dear members,

We invite you to contact us if necessary 


Elena :
Carolyne :
Renée :
France :
Marie-Pier :
Annie :


As we recently announced, at nearly 30 years at the helm of Solidarité de parents de personnes handicapées, Ms. Renée Turcotte has notified her desire to pass the torch at the end of 2023. 

Working at SPPH means being part of a passionate and dedicated team that aims to make a real difference in the lives of parents. We are looking for a dynamic, committed, visionary, unifying, and human person who will take charge of the general management of SPPH.

To apply, click on the button below.

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We want to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Solidarité at a large festive family gathering that will take place in a few months. We would like to take this opportunity to obtain your review and experiences. We need you and your testimonials!

How has Solidarité de parents made a difference in your life? How did Solidarity’s support help you break the isolation? What do you want to say about Solidarité de parents? Please be numerous to respond. We wish to receive dozens of testimonials! Come forward, in writing, video or by phone, we want to hear from you!

Please send us a photo of your family because you are the raison for our being.

Send us a testimonial


“For more than 20 years, the ‘angel’ called Solidarité de parents has been accompanying us, soothing the heavy burden, relieving us when we are exhausted (especially me, the mother) while there is no one I could count on… Coming from afar, you have been the family we do not have in Canada. Without you, I don’t know how far my exhaustion would have come and, as a result, our family (parents and 3 children) could have survived this exhaustion. Some team members leave, and others arrive, but the Heart and the Mission remain the same, at the same height of dedication. 

We can never say thank you enough, thank you from the bottom of my heart, and good luck.”

– Mirvat Hageali (translated from French)

“I was referred to Solidarité de parents by my Social Worker and It’s been an amazing journey! Right from the registration modality which focused on knowing family members, the challenges, and how Solidarité de Parents can be of help. What a carefully thought-out process and a sure way to build the relationship! 

As a single parent of 4 kids, Solidarité de parents have been very helpful; springing pleasant surprises sometimes, Family leisure sponsors (my children and I will not forget the fairies wheel experience!) 

Solidarité de parents have been incredible in helping me with respite, especially on ped days, so I’m able to work on such days and meet up with bills payment. 
I am so glad to be associated with Solidarité de parents, I love the creativity and the high-level professionalism displayed by the staff, some of which is evident in the programs rolled out to help families in different aspects of life. Your emails always leave me with a smile!  
I can go on and on, but let me end with the Newsletter! I have never been so fascinated by a newsletter in terms of design and content as that of Solidarité de parents! Great Job and Kudos to the entire team.” 

– Grace Allanah 


At the next Annual General Meeting that will be held on June 14, 2023, the members will elect representatives of the next Board of Directors of Solidarité de parents. Positions will be filled.

Do you want to be part of the decisions made for the organization?

Would you like to work on important files concerning the future of Solidarité de parents?

Do you want to make a difference for member families?

For more details, contact Renée Turcotte by email by clicking on the button below.

Join our board!


We would like to remind you of the nature of the Repit- program and raise awareness of the economic situation and labour shortage. The respite program is intended to provide occasional support for families who do not have access to resources in their surroundings. The respite team is made up of qualified male & female accompanying persons. Solidarité can offer 3h45 of respite at home for free, but the respite can take place only according to the availability of the organization. It is therefore possible that we may not be able to grant all requests for respite because of various imponderables.   

Respite can take place during the week or on weekends according to the following time slots:

In the morning from 8:45 am to 12:30 pm
Afternoon from 1:45 pm to 5:30 pm
In the evening from 6:45 pm to 10:30 pm

To request a respite, leave a message on Saturday at 514-254-6067 ext. 300. Please give your full name, your child’s name, and your phone number, and mention in the order of preference your 3 choices of respite. 

Learn more about our respite program


We are actively recruiting for our Respite program.

Thank you for spreading the word.

View the job offer


As spring break is coming, here are some ideas to stimulate language, at home, but also outside during the winter.

The CIUSS Nord de l’île de Montréal has developed several video clips focused on language development.

Watch the clips

Educatall offers here some winter ideas to stimulate language.

See the winter ideas

The ABCs to stimulate your child’s language: Feedback on your surroundings rather than asking your child questions.

  • Name and describe the things around you. Do the same with the actions you take (e.g. I look at a snowflake, I pull a red sled, I throw a big ball, I dig a small hole, I look for a pebble, etc.). Use the same words and phrases often. “Children learn by imitation and repetition,” says the speech-language pathologist
  • Give your child space to express themselves. Moments of silence are opportunities for him to speak. Stop a little between each description or explanation. Another important point: focus on your child’s interests. Your interactions will be more enjoyable and learning easier
  • Use daily routines to stimulate her language. For example, when dressing and undressing, name body parts and clothing. Use action verbs (e.g., bend your arm, lift your foot, stretch your fingers, remove your mittens, unfasten your coat, take off your boots, etc.)
  • Put your face at the height of your child’s. Crouch in front of him. In winter, lower your scarf under your chin so that the toddler can see the movement of your lips. Do not hesitate to speak louder: toques and hoods hide the ears and attenuate sounds


The Access to Entertainment for 2 program aims to provide more opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in recreational activities with a companion, without additional financial burden.  The card costs $20 for three years, or $30 for five years.

Here is the list of locations:

  • Centaur Theatre Co.
  • Centre D’histoire Montréal
  • Montreal Science Centre
  • Centre Segal
  • Chateau Ramezay – Historic Site And Museum Of Montreal
  • TELUS IMAX Cinema at the Montréal Science Centre
  • Circus Arts City TOHU
  • Festival De Musique De Chambre De Montréal
  • Geordie Théâtre

  • La Ronde
  • Musee Des Beaux-Arts De Montréal
  • Orchestre Symphonique De Montréal
  • Parc Jean Drapeau
  • Plage Jean Dore
  • Parc Jean-Drapeau
  • Complexe Aquatique
  • Pointe-A-Calliere, Montreal
  • Voiles En Voiles

Learn more about the Access 2 Card


Do you have your Companion Leisure Card for your kids up to 5 years old (CAL)? The procedure is simple, free and allows the companions of the disabled person not to have to pay the entrance to certain tourist, cultural or leisure places in general that are partners.  

Discover directory of partnerships

The CAL now replaces the VATL which was fixed to the back of an identity card. If you still have the VATL, you must replace it with the CAL.

How to apply for your OCL? You must: 
1. Complete the OCL application form available online
2. Submit proof of eligibility and a photo
3. Send it online, by email, or by mail.

How to apply

Click on the button below to consult the list of proofs of eligibility that are accepted.

Eligible proofs


The annual cultural event D’un œil différent is back in 2023 from 15 to 26 March 2023 at l’Écomusée du fier monde (2050, rue Atateken, Montréal, H2L 3L8).

D’un œil différent promotes the visibility and promotion of artists with autism or intellectual disabilities with an emphasis on the creative act and diversity. 

Find a visual arts exhibition and a varied program, including opening and closing events, school activity days, workshops, artistic performances, and off-site exhibitions. This inclusive event will take place and will bring together 400 visitors at the opening on March 15, 2023, at 4 pm. 

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You have to be ready to do your taxes soon, are you familiar with the Income Tax Assistance Service – Volunteer Program?

If you have a modest income and your tax situation is simple, a volunteer participating in this service may be able to help you complete your tax returns and obtain the benefits and tax credits to which you are entitled.

This program is administered jointly by the Canada Revenue Agency and Revenu Québec.

For more information and eligibility criteria

To access the list of tax preparation sessions scheduled in Quebec, click on the button below.

Learn More
Read the documentation


Discover the Manœuvre day camp held in July in Quebec City, which is specially dedicated to young people aged 7 to 17, living with cerebral motor impairment (cerebral palsy).

The intervention consists of a day camp, where a small group of participants will be stimulated (one counselor per child) to do activities using both hands 6 hours/day for 10 days. The use of more accurate measurements of arm movement and sensation using robotic systems will clarify the relationship between measures of brain function and clinical improvements, and thus better understand the significant variability observed in response to interventions.

For more information by email
Visit the website
Read the documentation


Here are the topics for the March presentations of l’Accompagnateur.
To register, click on the button below.

Démystifiez les entreprises adaptées : Un réseau de possibilités
7 mars 2023 | 19h00

Fostering social participation and inclusion through cultural mediation
March 9, 2023 | 12:00

Les services à la population de l’OPHQ et les services éducatifs
14 mars 2023 | 12h00

Le consentement aux soins des mineurs au Québec
16 mars 2023 | 12h00

Faciliter la transition de l’école primaire vers l’école secondaire par une collaboration étroite entre les parents et le Centre de services scolaire
21 mars 2023 | 19h00

Échangez avec les entreprises adaptées de la grande région de Montréal!
28 mars 2023 | 18h00

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Participants are being sought for a research project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada that aims to better understand the use of literacy outside of school for adolescents with developmental disabilities. Participants are asked to create a report of what they do with reading and writing. 

Read the documentation

ANNUAL DAY RNETSA – March 15, 2023

The National Network of Expertise on Autism Spectrum Disorder is the result of a partnership between the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux and the Ministère de l’Éducation. Their annual Day, which will be held this year on March 15 in a hybrid format, either face-to-face in Quebec City or via webcast, will allow you to develop your knowledge of various practices to promote the inclusion of autistic people throughout life and in different environments. On the menu: the testimony of an autistic researcher dealing with neuro-inclusion, virtual reality that raises awareness of autism among the general public, support for the participation of autistic children in educational childcare, mechanisms promoting inclusive education and employment, stigma and power to act in care, the use of video to support the employment integration of autistic adolescents and young adults and the presentation of a community organization,  The House of autism.

To consult the program, click right here!

More information
Read the documentation


From March 19 to 25, 2023, Quebec Intellectual Disability Week (SQDI) will focus on ID and celebrate its 35th anniversary.   Inclusive awareness-raising activities are planned throughout Quebec.   To make sure you don’t miss anything about the next edition, don’t forget to follow SQDI’s Facebook page.
For more information follow their Facebook page!

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La Fédération Québécoise de l’autisme is pleased to announce that their guide on Sexuality, for people with autism is now available for purchase online. For more information please click on the button below.

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