Ontario is taking steps to support children and youth with special needs get the timely and effective services they need at home, at school, in the community and as they transition to adulthood. We’re working together with service providers and educators across Ontario to develop these services.
Ontario’s Special Needs Strategy connects children and youth to the services they need as early as possible and improve the service experience of families. We are making progress in three key areas:
Proposals for how service providers and educators recommend implementing coordinated service planning and the local delivery of rehabilitation services have been received. We are now working with identified coordinating agencies, along with partner children’s service providers, Community Care Access Centres and school boards, to implement coordinated service planning across Ontario. Ontario will gradually start implementing coordinated service planning throughout 2016.
Coordinated service planning will provide a single service plan that considers each child or youth’s goals, strengths and needs. Service planning coordinators will lead the development of service plans and will work with families and service providers across the sectors.
We are moving towards a system that is more accessible, coordinated and centred on the needs of children, youth and their families.
We will continue to work with parents, youth, service providers and educators to improve the service experience of children and youth with special needs and their families. More information will be available as ministries and communities work together to implement coordinated service planning, and the local integrated delivery of rehabilitation services.