TORONTO, March 7, 2014 /CNW/ - Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals
with Special Needs (OASIS) extends its gratitude and appreciation to
the Provincial Legislature's Select Committee on Developmental Services
on the release of its interim report on March 5, 2014.
Since its formation in October, 2013, the Select Committee held a series
of public hearings around the province where they heard from
self-advocates, family members, health care and social service
professionals, advocates for people with developmental disabilities and
stakeholder organizations. The interim report summarizes the
Committee's observations and describes a system that is broken and in
dire need of repair.
"We have seen first-hand, countless families struggling to make ends
meet and having to make decisions that most Ontarians would never have
to contemplate", said OASIS President, Jane Joris. "We are optimistic
that the final report will include a Vision for the sector,
enhancements to ensure that people get the services and support they
need and set out a strategy for Developmental Services in the Province
The next stage of the Select Committee's work is to develop
recommendations for a provincial strategy on developmental services.
OASIS and its member agencies look forward to the final report which is
scheduled to be released in May, 2014.
OASIS is a volunteer run, member driven organization. Our member
agencies serve over 65,000 of Ontario's most vulnerable citizens and
employ 25,000 full and part-time staff. Our 171 member agencies
currently provide more than 85% of all developmental services funded by
the Ministry of Community and Social Services.
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SOURCE: Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs (OASIS)
For further information:
Jane Joris, President OASIS
Office Telephone: 519-381-7488