Ontario is reducing wait times and improving how families of children and youth with special needs in northern Ontario access the services they need, as close to home as possible.
As part of a new $5 million annual investment, Ontario is expanding the family-centred Children's Rehabilitation Information System to five children's treatment centres in northern Ontario. As a result, more children and youth will receive improved access to rehabilitative services, such as physical, occupational and speech therapy. The Ontario government is also committed to expanding access to integrated rehabilitation services in full-day kindergarten classrooms by building on pilot programs.
More young people with autism will also benefit from improved access to Intensive Behavioural Intervention therapy, which helps decrease challenging behaviours, increase appropriate behaviours and promote development.
Improving access to services for children and youth with special needs and their families is part of the Ontario government's efforts to build a fair society for the benefit of all and help people with their everyday lives.
We heard from families about what they need to support their children and youth with special needs, and we took action. We remain committed to helping all children and youth in Ontario achieve their goals, and to fully participate at home, at school and in their communities.”
Minister of Children and Youth Services
These investments will help children’s treatment centres to support more kids with services, such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech and language pathology, that make an important difference in their lives.”
Northern Ontario’s children’s treatment centres do excellent work to ensure children with special needs get the specialized services they need. This new funding means they can hire more staff and help more kids.”
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