Ontario's Special Needs Strategy

Integrated Delivery of Rehabilitation Services

The goal of Integrated Delivery of Rehabilitation Services is for children and youth with special needs and their families to access rehabilitation services (occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech-language pathology) seamlessly from birth through to the end of school, throughout the year, and in ways and settings that best meet the needs of the child and family.

Once fully implemented, children and youth with rehabilitation service needs and their families will have:

The Ministry has been working in partnership with the ministries of Education, and Health and Long-Term Care, as well as community-based children’s service providers and district school boards across the province on the development of local approaches for the integrated delivery of rehabilitation services. To support local efforts, we are taking a phased approach to integrating rehabilitation service delivery, collaborating with education and community sector partners to implement improvements that will better support children’s development and rehabilitation needs, and make it easier to access services.