September 25, 2014 – Ontario is committed to helping an additional 2,000 children and youth with special needs by investing $5 million annually towards rehabilitation services that will expand access to physiotherapy and occupational and speech-language therapy. To reduce wait lists for assessments, Ontario is also investing an additional $1.25 million at treatment centres.
“This investment in rehabilitation services will make a real difference in the lives of children and youth with special needs,” says Jennifer Churchill, CEO of the Ontario Association of Children’s Rehabilitation Services.
“On behalf of Children’s Treatment Centres across the province and the families they serve, we welcome the government’s continued commitment to helping Ontario families prepare for success,” says Churchill.
Ontario has developed a ‘Special Needs Strategy’ that will help children and youth receive timely and effective services at home, school and within the community, as they transition to adulthood.
üTrained providers have a new screen for potential risks to the child’s development in the preschool years.
üNew service planning coordinators for children and youth with multiple or complex special needs will connect families to the appropriate services and support.
üIntegrating a seamless delivery of rehabilitation services from birth through the school years.
In 2013, twenty treatment centres in Ontario provided services to approximately 70,000 children and youth up to the age of nineteen who had physical and developmental disabilities, chronic illnesses and communication disorders.
Children and Youth Services, Health and Long-Term Care, Education, and Community and Social Services are working with parents, youth, service providers and communities to improve the outcomes for children with special needs.
Ontario’s Special Needs Strategy – includes:
|Autism:||Parent Resource Kit|
|Developmental disabilities:||Who is eligible and how to apply for services|
|Disabilities:||Includes Assistance for children with severe disabilities and how to apply for services|
|Mental health:||Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy|
|Rehabilitation:||Children’s Treatment Centres and what they provide|
|Respite:||Out-of-home respite and enhanced respite funding|
|Special Services at home:||Who can get help and how to apply for services|