Legislative Update: Services for the Developmentally Disabled

The Ontario Legislature unanimously passed a private member’s motion to establish a select committee to develop a comprehensive developmental services strategy for Ontarians, to focus on:

  • developing a comprehensive developmental services strategy for people with intellectual disabilities and dual diagnoses; and
  • coordinating the delivery of developmental programs and services across ministries, taking into consideration educational, housing and workplace needs; the need to provide social, recreational and inclusive opportunities; and the respite and support needs of families.

It was noted that support services often disappear for children “when they reach age 19 or when they finish high school at age 21”. Families struggle with paying for private care or giving up their employment to care for their children. Some parents do not know how they will care for their children as they enter old age. Thousands of children and adults are on a wide range of wait lists. There is a significant need for improvement.

Kudos to all of the individuals who came together to unanimously pass this motion on May 16, 2013.

In the mean time, if you are a parent or caregiver looking for someone to assist you in your advocacy efforts; or for advice relating to privacy, substitute decision-making or access to health information, please Contact Us at Lisa Feldstein Law Office.


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