TORONTO, May 18, 2013 /CNW/ - OASIS congratulates Whitby-Oshawa MPP
Christine Elliott on the Resolution of a Private Member's Bill calling
for the creation of a Select Committee on Developmental Services.
OASIS is a network of over 170 agencies that provide services and
supports to individuals with special needs that are funded by the
Ministry of Community and Social Services across Ontario.
The Resolution, which received all-Party support, will establish a
Select Committee to address the urgent need for a comprehensive
Developmental Services strategy to deal with the requirements of
Ontarians with developmental disabilities as well as those dually
diagnosed with a developmental disability and mental illness.
"Our services are being stripped away, resulting in reduced quality of
care and increased risks to staff and the people who rely on our
services. At the same time, wait lists for services are increasing at
an alarming rate." says Jane Joris, President of Ontario Agencies
Supporting Individuals with Special Needs (OASIS).
The need for a comprehensive strategy was brought to the media forefront
recently when, out of desperation, parents have dropped off their adult
children at Developmental Services Ontario offices and others have
refused to pick up their family members from respite programs.
The Select Committee will focus on the needs of children, youth and
adults with developmental disabilities, and coordinate the delivery of
developmental programs and services across provincial ministries,
taking into consideration educational needs, workplace opportunities,
housing needs and social, recreational and inclusionary opportunities.
"We understand the difficult economic situation facing our province.
That's why we've worked collaboratively with the government to identify
efficiencies, close institutions, and help return Ontarians to their
home communities to be with loved ones, in turn further containing
costs," said Joris.
SOURCE: Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs (OASIS)
For further information:
about OASIS member agencies, please visit the OASIS website at www.oasisonline.ca or contact OASIS President, Jane Joris at 519-381-7488 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.