Failing Grade to Ontario Special Needs Strategy:
Ontario’s current model of Local Health Integration Network “LHIN” in-school therapy is rated an “F” by parents. The government’s boasts that this will improve with their ‘Special Needs Strategy’. All they are doing is adding service navigators we feel this will fail as NO additional funding has been provided! It is a disaster waiting to happen.
Ontario is NOT using our Scarce Tax Money Wisely:
Ontario should be investing in Physiotherapists, Occupational therapists, as well as Speech and Language therapists. They need to work hands on with children and youth with ALL disabilities. Many Special Needs Children, Youth and Adults can have a useful life and given the chance will be contributing members of society. Children with multiple disabilities deserve substantial better care.
Champlain LHIN CEO agrees that therapy is consultative! Therapy provided is not meant to help a child!
Parents must fight for hands on therapy as many are forced into debt, depleting family bank accounts and taking out a second or even third mortgage. Families become drained both emotionally and financially.
Thank you Filipa and Paula for sharing your concerns.