More Supports for Children with Special Needs in Durham Region
Ontario Supporting Expansion at Grandview Children’s Centre
NEWS May 19, 2017
Ontario is helping children and youth with special needs in Durham region get the care they need sooner by supporting the construction of a new facility for Grandview Children’s Centre.
Tracy McCharles, MPP for Pickering-Scarborough East, Joe Dickson, MPP for Ajax-Pickering and Granville Anderson, MPP for Durham made the announcement on behalf of Minister of Children and Youth Services Michael Coteau this morning at Grandview. This support will create more treatment spaces, shorter wait times and a modern facility so that families can access the care they need sooner.
Grandview Children’s Centre was designed in 1983 to serve about 400 children per year, but increasing demand — partly due to Durham region’s growing population — means that the centre now serves over 6,000 children and youth each year. The support announced today will help the treatment centre better meet this growing demand.
Grandview Children's Centre offers a range of services to children and youth with special needs, including occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech-language pathology, social work services, audiology, therapeutic recreation and family resources and support.
Providing important rehabilitation services for children and youth with special needs is part of the government’s plan to help all children and youth in Ontario thrive and reach their full potential.
“Through our Special Needs Strategy, our government is working with communities to develop a more co-ordinated system to help children and youth with special needs receive timely, integrated services. With this new support for our partners at Grandview, we are committed to providing these children with the help they need to participate fully at home, school and in the community.”
– Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services
“Supporting children, youth and families in Durham region has always been a priority for our government. Grandview Children’s Treatment Centre will be receiving $31 million in funding for a new facility. As a parent with a child who was treated at Grandview this investment is very meaningful.”
– Tracy McCharles, MPP for Pickering-Scarborough East
“Our government is committed to supporting Grandview Children’s Centre with $31 million in funding to construct a new facility in my riding of Ajax. I have worked for 12 years, advocating on behalf of Grandview, and I would like to thank the staff at Grandview for their persistence and to my colleagues for their assistance.”
– Joe Dickson, MPP for Ajax-Pickering
“I am overjoyed that my colleagues and I are able to be here today to make this historic announcement. Our government has listened to the voices of Grandview families and staff, which is why we are so proud to commit to funding for the construction of a new facility that will bring much needed services to Durham children and families.”
– Granville Anderson, MPP Durham
“This is a momentous, long- awaited announcement for Grandview Children’s Centre. The demand for expert paediatric rehabilitation services in Durham is growing, and today’s news paves the way to positively impact future generations of Grandview kids for years to come. Children and youth with special needs and their families in Durham region can now be assured to receive the specialized clinical therapies, medical services and supports they require in a facility that will be designed to optimize their strengths and inspire their achievements. Grandview thanks our local MPPs, The Region of Durham and the Town of Ajax for their tremendous support in making this dream a reality.
– Lorraine Sunstrum-Mann, Chief Executive Officer, Grandview Children’s Centre
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