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My child is struggling in school. How can I help?
Every child will have the occasional school struggle, this is normal. If you notice that struggle becomes a frequent issue there are things you can do to help support your child.
What is an Individual Education Plan (IEP)?
An Individual Education Plan (IEP) is a written plan that describes special education programs, supports and services for a student that has different learning needs that may not be supported in the classroom.
How can I get my child assessed for school support?
Every student learns differently. Some students need more support than others.
What services and supports are available for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?
Autism is a lifelong neurodevelopmental condition, depending on the level of support needed, people with ASD and their families may be eligible for funding and support services.
Do I need private health insurance if I have OHIP?
You may need private health insurance to cover additional costs like prescriptions. There are a few ways to start your search and things to consider when finding affordable insurance.
What kind of supports can my child get through school?
If you are new to the Ontario school system and you have a child that needs extra help in school, you will be glad to know that there are many supports available.
What is a disability?
“Disability” is a term that groups different types of conditions that may impact your movements, senses, or approach to how you engage in daily life. There are disabilities that you can see and others that are less obvious or even “invisible”.
What is an intellectual disability?
Intellectual disability is a term used when a person has certain limitations in mental functioning and in skills such as communicating, taking care of themselves, and social skills.
What financial assistance can I get if I have a disability?
If you or a family member have a disability that may impact your income or personal finances, there may be options to help in this list of programs.
My child was diagnosed with a disability. What do I do next?
Steps you can take to find help for your child with special needs.
What are respite services for children with special needs?
When you need extra help managing the day-to-day of caring for a child with a disability, a respite service can assist you.
What is the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and how do I apply?
This program gives financial and employment assistance to people with disabilities.
What is a power of attorney (POA) and when would I need one?
A living will, or power of attorney, is a legal document that gives someone you trust the authority to make decisions for you when you are no longer capable.
What resources are available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing?
There are different types of supports and services available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing as well as their families. If you think that you may have hearing loss the first step is to have your hearing assessed.
How can I get my vision assessed?
Keeping your eyes healthy can help reduce the risk of developing an eye disease. If you think that you may have sight loss the first step is to have your vision assessed.
I have a disability. What kinds of services can I get?
In Ontario, you can get many different kinds of programs and services to support you.
What is the Assistive Devices Program?
In Ontario, the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) helps pay for customized equipment, like wheelchairs and hearing aids if you have a long-term physical disability. The ADP also helps cover the cost of specialized supplies, like those used with diabetes.
Services for Children Who are Blind or Have Low Vision
Ontario’s Blind – Low Vision Early Intervention Program is designed to give children who are born blind or with low vision the best possible start in life. Specialized family-centred services are funded by the province and are available for children.
Is there financial assistance available for post-secondary students with disabilities?
Depending on your individual need or your program there may be different types of financial assistance available.
Does OHIP cover physiotherapy?
Seniors and eligible patients can access publicly funded clinic-based services in communities across the province, covered under the Ontario Health Insurance Program (OHIP).
I have a disability. How do I ask for accommodations at work?
You can ask for reasonable accommodations at any point during your employment once you know that you need a change in your job due to your disability.