Welcome to resources to support children and youth with special needs!
Resources to Support Children and Youth with Special Needs
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Child Care and Schools

  • Group settings for children are available in schools, workplaces, churches, and child care centres.
  • Child Care - Early Childhood Education Centres
  • Child Care - Home Child Care
  • Child Care - Preschools and Nursery Schools
  • Child Care - School-Age Programs
  • Child Care - Subsidy
  • Schools

Children and Youth Mental Health

Community Support Resources, Employment, Skills and Training

  • Community services and programs that help parents, children, and youth with employment, life skills training, and access to other supports.

    The services within the topics below are not necessarily focused on children and youth with disabilities, but include people of all ages and abilities.
  • Child Abuse and Welfare
  • Community Resource Centres
  • Employment Assistance for Youth
  • Government Services - Information
  • Information Services for Children and Youth

Cultural Services

  • Cultural services offer a variety of social activities, sports, language-based resources and libraries, while advocating for cultural rights, interests, and cooperation.

    The services within the topics below are not necessarily focused on children and youth with disabilities, but include people of all ages and abilities.
  • Francophone Community
  • Immigrant, Newcomer and Refugee Services

Developmental Services

  • Programs and services for people with developmental disabilities, and their families.
  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Developmental Assessments
  • Down Syndrome
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  • Housing and Residential Care for Children and Youth with Disabilities
  • Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Mental Health for Children and Youth
  • Respite Care for Children
  • Screening Programs for Children
  • Transition Services for Youth and Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Diagnosis and Exceptionalities

  • Services related to a specific condition, including medical services, social activities, and advocacy.
  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Amputees
  • Autism
  • Blindness and Impaired Vision
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Deafness and Impaired Hearing
  • Down Syndrome
  • Epilepsy
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  • Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Spinal Cord Injuries

Entertainment, Recreation and Sports

  • Sports and recreation services for children and youth with disabilities.
  • EarlyON Child and Family Centres
  • Fitness, Recreational and Social Programs for Children and Youth with Disabilities
  • Wish Programs

Funding, Financial and Housing Supports

  • Programs offering housing supports or financial assistance for children and youth with disabilities.
  • Child Care - Subsidy
  • Financial Assistance for Children and Youth with Disabilities
  • Home Modification
  • Housing and Residential Care for Children and Youth with Disabilities

Health, Therapy, Medical Equipment and Travel

  • Medical and rehabilitation services for children and youth with disabilities.
  • Child and Youth Community Health Care Programs
  • Developmental Assessments
  • Health Care Facilities for Children and Youth
  • Home and Community Care - LHIN (Formerly CCAC)
  • Medical Equipment and Supplies - Loans
  • Medical Equipment and Supplies - Sales and Rentals
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics
  • Public Health Units
  • Rehabilitative Care for Children and Youth
  • Screening Programs for Children
  • Speech and Language
  • Vehicle Modification

Indigenous Services

  • Health and social services for Indigenous communities are often a combination of traditional healing, primary care, cultural programs, health promotion programs, resource centres, community development initiatives, and social support services. Indigenous peoples are the descendants of the original inhabitants of North America, who identify as First Nations, Métis, or Inuit.

    The services within the topics below are not necessarily focused on children and youth with disabilities, but include people of all ages and abilities.
  • Advocacy and Social Action for Indigenous Peoples
  • Health Centres and Programs for Indigenous Peoples

Parents, Caregivers, Peer and Respite Supports

  • Services supporting the families and caregivers of children and youth with disabilities.
  • Counselling - Family, Couple, Individual
  • Parenting Education
  • Parenting Groups
  • Parenting Groups for Parents of Children and Youth with Disabilities
  • Respite Care for Children

Youth Services

  • Health and social services for youth (13-19 years) address the specific challenges of becoming a young adult.
  • Employment Assistance for Youth
  • Prevention and Early Intervention Programs for Psychosis (PEPP)
  • Transition Services for Youth and Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities