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Ontario's Special Needs Strategy

Ontario is taking steps to support children and youth with special needs get services they need at home, at school, in the community and as they transition to adulthood. We are working together with service providers and educators across Ontario to develop a more coordinated system and help children and youth receive timely and integrated services.

Our Progress

Ontario’s Special Needs Strategy marks the beginning of a new way of delivering services to children and youth with special needs and their families.

We are making progress in the following three areas:

  1. Developmental Surveillance Initiative
    • Improving the early identification of special needs in children and getting them the right help sooner through a new developmental surveillance process;
  2. Coordinated Service Planning
    • Service Planning Coordinators for children and youth with multiple and/or complex special needs will connect families to the right services and supports;
  3. Integrated Delivery of Rehabilitation Services
    • Integrating delivery of rehabilitation services so children have access to speech-language therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy services delivered seamlessly from birth to the end of school.

The Road Ahead

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 and outcomes for children and youth with special needs and their families.

Families interested in learning more about the Developmental Surveillance Initiative, Coordinated Service Planning or Integrated Delivery of Rehabilitation Services can contact their regional office for more information.

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