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Part 2: Vision and Goals

The vision of the Special Needs Strategy is an Ontario where children and youth with special needs get the timely and effective services they need to participate fully at home, at school, in the community, and as they prepare to achieve their goals for adulthood.

The objective of Coordinated Service Planning is to provide children and youth with multiple and/or complex special needs and their families with a seamless and family-centred service experience.

As a result of Coordinated Service Planning, families and children/youth with multiple and/or complex special needs will:

Coordinated Service Planning goes beyond regular inter-professional communication and collaboration that takes place when providers work together in an effort to ensure they are integrating practice and service delivery for children, youth and families. It is a support in and of itself that is intended to decrease family stress by providing families with a formal voice in the service planning process and by assisting families in navigating and coordinating services for their child/youth.

Coordinated Service Planning is based on the principles of family-centeredness, seamless information sharing, and inclusion (see Part 5 for more detail about the principles).

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