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Supporting children with special needs in York Region

Supporting Children with Special Needs

December 3, 2019 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. It is estimated that one in nine children have or are at risk for developmental delay in Ontario.

Did you know the years between birth and school entry are critical to a child’s development? Studies have shown that intervening early in a child’s development has a much greater impact than later.

York Region works with children, their families and educators during this important period, to help minimize potential delays in development and promote children’s success in school and their communities. Early identification and intervention services are offered free of charge to families.

Services for children with special needs at home

The Infant and Child Development Services program supports families who have infants and young children who have been diagnosed with, or are at risk of having a developmental delay, within their home.

Parents play a critical role in supporting child development. This program helps ensure families have the supports needed to promote their child’s development and enable them to participate in family routines.

In 2018, 2,171 children received support for their social, emotional and developmental health through the Infant and Child Development Services program.

 

Services for children with special needs in licensed child care

The Inclusion Support Services program supports children from birth to age 13 with special needs who attend licensed child care, licensed before and after school programs, or an approved recreation program in York Region and require support to fully participate in programs.

Including children with special needs in child care programs promotes their development and social engagement and allows parents and caregivers to leave them in a safe environment when they go to work or school. In 2018, 2,008 children received support through Inclusion Support Services in licensed child care programs.

Services for children with special needs assist children in reaching their full potential in all areas of life, help parents families and educators better understand their child’s development and supports the child’s engagement, participation and social relationships.

Children are included and have access to services

York Region is committed to supporting children of all abilities. One of the five priorities of the 2020
to 2023 York Region Child Care and Early Years Service System Plan is children being included and having access to services. This is important because when parents and professionals know about services available in their communities, have up-to-date information and have a system that offers more choice, we make it easier for families to access and benefit from services regardless of their needs.

If you’re worried about your child’s development, York Region can help

For more information about services for children with special needs, including Therapy Services, please visit york.ca/specialneeds or call Access York at 1-877-464-9675.


York Region has programs to support families with infants and children with special needs. It is estimated that one in nine children have or are at risk for developmental delay in Ontario. The Regional Municipality of York en-US News

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York Region has programs to support families with infants and children with special needs.
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