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Ontario Special Needs Strategy – Get Involved!

Posted on: February 5th, 2015

Ontario’s Special Needs Strategy

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. Coordinated service planning and the integrated delivery of rehabilitation services will improve service experiences and outcomes for children and youth with special needs and their families.

The goal of Ontario’s Special Needs Strategy is to help children and youth with special needs get the timely and effective services they need by:

  • Identifying children’s needs earlier and getting them the right help sooner;
  • Coordinating service planning for children with multiple or complex special needs; and,
  • Making rehabilitation services more seamless from birth through the school years.

Ontario’s Special Needs Strategy lays the foundation for a system where young people with special needs get the timely and effective services they need to achieve their full potential.

What Will it Take to Improve Services?
Achieving this vision for children and families will require:

  • Change at the provincial and local levels
  • Collaboration across sectors
  • Innovative approaches to addressing challenges and barriers

What the strategy means for families:

  • Seamless experience of services
  • Clear access and service plans
  • Smooth transitions
  • Telling their stories once

* information contained above was obtained from the provincial Special Needs Strategy

Get Involved! There are many ways for you to participate:

  1. Online Survey: Complete an online survey at: Special Needs Survey. The survey will be available until 5 pm on February 16th.
  2. Write: Send us an email at [email protected].  Submissions will be accepted until 5 pm on February 16th.
  3. In-Person: Attend a feedback session. RSVP and learn more at: Focus Group Sign-Up

For more general information on this process, please visit: Ontario Special Needs Strategy

Schedule for Nipissing, Parry Sound and Muskoka Focus Groups:

  • February 10 – Staff, youth, parents – Canadore College 19 College Drive, North Bay
  • February 17 – Staff, Youth, Parents – District Social Services Board – Kilbear Room 1 Beechwood Drive, Parry Sound
  • February 24 – Staff, Youth, Parents – The Pine Room, District Municipality of Muskoka, 70 Pine St, Bracebridge
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