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(Posted 6:30 p.m., April 14)
Provincial initiative to eliminate waitlists for developmentally disabled over the next four years

Special to Orléans Online

The Ontario government has announced plans to eliminate the waitlists for direct funding for 21,000 people with developmental disabilities.

As part of the government's vision for the transformation of developmental services, the province will eliminate the current waitlist for the Special Services at Home program for children in two years and the Passport program for adults in four years, directly benefiting families in Ottawa-Orléans.

These programs provide direct funding to families and individuals with developmental disabilities, allowing them to customize their services and supports to best meet their individual needs.

In addition to eliminating waitlists for direct support, this investment would:

- Provide support for urgent residential needs for approximately 1,400 people
- Support young adults as they navigate key life transitions such as going to school or getting a job
- Promote community living partnerships through expanded Host Family and Supported Independent Living programs
- Provide more funding for agencies and front-line workers in the community services sector
- Promote innovation and cost-efficiency so that costs savings can be re-invested into improving services

Eliminating waitlists for people with developmental disabilities is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow by focusing on Ontario's greatest strengths - its people and strategic partnerships.

"This is wonderful news for people with developmental disabilities and their families here in Ottawa-Orléans," says Ottawa-Orléans MPP PHil McNeely. "This new funding would help people with developmental disabilities to have meaningful lives and become productive members of our community."

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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