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More Support For Kids With Special Needs

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More Support For Kids With Special Needs

McGuinty Government Improving Services, Cutting Wait Times For Programs

About 3,600 more kids with disabilities and special needs will benefit from improved services and lower wait times at 20 children's treatment centres across Ontario.

Children's treatment centres across the province currently serve more than 58,000 kids, and provide a range of services -- like rehabilitation, physiotherapy and speech language therapy -- to children and youth with conditions such as cerebral palsy and Down syndrome.  The centres also support kids with special needs, such as autism and learning disorders.

Ontario is investing an additional $9 million per year in these centres. This will support new programs and improve existing services to help ensure kids get the treatment they need faster and closer to home. 

Quick Facts

  • The Ontario Association of Children's Rehabilitation Services (OACRS) estimates that about 3,600 children and youth will benefit from this investment.
  • A one-time investment of $2.5 million will help 12 treatment centres improve outdated clinical data information systems, so they can serve kids and families better.
  • A child or youth may be referred to a children's treatment centre by parents, an educational or health professional, or a physician.

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“"Children's treatment centres are an important part of how Ontario is helping young people with disabilities and special needs achieve their full potential. This additional investment will help serve more children faster, as close to home as possible."”

Laurel Broten

Minister of Children and Youth Services

“"With the continued pressure of increasing wait lists and wait times, children and families have been waiting for services. Today's announcement is a good news story for each and every one of the children who will benefit from these additional services."”

Linda Kenny

Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Association of Children's Rehabilitation Services

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