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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Special Needs Strategy

 

THE ONTARIO SPECIAL NEEDS STRATEGY

In April 2014, the province announced the implementation of the Special Needs Strategy (SNS).  The Ministries of Children and Youth Services, Community and Social Services, Education and Health and Long-Term Care are moving forward with a strategy to improve the delivery of services for children and youth with special needs aged 0-21 years in Ontario.
 

The Special Needs Strategy has 3 goals:

  1. Developing and implementing a new standard developmental screen for preschool children.
  2. Putting in place coordinated service planning processes for children with multiple and/or complex needs.
  3. Developing local implementation plans for the integrated delivery of rehabilitation services (Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy) so families experience rehabilitation services delivered seamlessly from birth through school exit.
 

Toronto Region Approach 

In Toronto, representatives from school boards and local community agencies from the Ministries of Health, Child and Youth Services and Community and Social Services are participating on two community planning tables that have been formed to develop consensus based proposals for the region. The Toronto Catholic District School Board is a mandatory signatory to the planning proposals and TCDSB staff are actively participating in the planning process.  The ministries have clarified that during the special needs strategy development period it is expected that “As District School Boards and agencies/organizations work together in local communities to develop proposals for the Special Needs Strategy, we expect that existing service capacity and service levels for children and youth with special needs and their families be maintained.”  The timelines for submission of the proposals are June 15th, 2015 for the Coordinated Services Planning Table Proposal and October 30th for the Integrated Rehabilitation Services Planning Table Proposal.
 
 

Stakeholder Engagement Opportunities 

 
Family and Stakeholder Surveywww.surveymonkey.com/r/TO_SNS_Feedback
 
Detailed information about the Ontario Special Needs Strategy is available at http://specialneedsstrategy.children.gov.on.ca . You are welcome to visit this site.

 

 

Special Needs Strategy, Toronto Region Bulletin

Special-Needs-Strategy-Toronto-Region-Bulletin.pdfSpecial Needs Strategy, Toronto Region Bulletin.pdf

Special Needs Strategy, Toronto Region Bulletin 2.pdfSpecial Needs Strategy, Toronto Region Bulletin 2.pdf