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Ontario Supporting Better Health Care for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Online Tools Will Help Family Doctors Implement the Latest Practices in Patient Care
Ministry of Community and Social Services

Ontario is improving health care for adults with developmental disabilities through new supports for primary care providers, including family doctors. 

The Developmental Disabilities Primary Care program will be led by Surrey Place Centre and will help primary care providers, like family doctors, provide the best possible care for adults with developmental disabilities through updated clinical practice guidelines and online tools and resources.

These guidelines include information related to the care needs of adults with developmental disabilities, recommendations for person-centred approaches to care, and preventative care measures. By making these resources available, this new program will help people with developmental disabilities access the health care they need.

Investing in better health care for people with developmental disabilities is part of the government’s broader plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, and free preschool child care from 2 ½ to kindergarten.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing $900,000 over two years to fund the Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Program, which is led by Surrey Place Centre (SPC).
  • This investment will help SPC become the source of primary care information for people with developmental disabilities and advance primary care education in Ontario.
  • The updated clinical practice guidelines were published in the Canadian Family Physician Journal in April 2018.
  • There are an estimated 70,000 adults with developmental disabilities in Ontario.
  • The 2018 budget proposes an increased $1.8 billion investment over three years to support developmental services. If passed, it will be the largest one-time investment in developmental services in the province’s history.

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