Auditor General’s Report 2014

The Auditor General of Ontario released her report yesterday which included an audit of residential services for people with a disability funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services.  The audit identifies the significant challenges confronting the Ministry and offers recommendations to address shortfalls.   Read more…Auditor General’s Report 2014. Residential Services




Ministry to Expand ODSP Medical Reviews in 2015

If you get benefits from the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), you may get a notice that your disability status is being reviewed.

These reviews have always been part of the ODSP system. This is because ODSP is a program that provides support to people with disabilities even if their disability is not permanent.

For many years, however, the Ministry of Community and Social Services did not do medical reviews due to lack of resources. Many people who should have had a medical review have not had one done.

The Ministry received funding this year that will significantly increase the number of medical reviews being done. This means many more people on ODSP will be getting medical review notices in the mail.

Medical Reviews Fact Sheet (click here) talks about what medical reviews are, how they are done, and what you should do if you get a notice.

Changes Coming In 2015 To ODSP Employment Benefits

The Income Security Advocacy Centre ( and the ODSP Action Coalition ( are hosting an information webinar about changes to ODSP employment benefits.  The date and time of the webinar is December 11, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  To register go to: .

The provincial government will be eliminating the Employment Training and Start-Up Benefit, the Employment Transition Benefit and Work Related Benefit.

The webinar will discuss concerns about these changes.

Mixed Messages As To Whether Ministry’s $810M Investment Is Really $810M

In a meeting with developmental service sector representatives on November 3, 2014, senior bureaucrats with the Ministry of Community Social Services apparently stated that the government’s 2014 budget announcement of $810M for the developmental services sector over three years actually represents $372M.   Developmental service providers and families are expressing concern and confusion given that Ministerial media releases keep repeating the $810M figure. Ministry representatives say that the $810M figure is comprised of annual and fiscal dollars but the actual amount of new money being invested in the sector is $372M.

Province Implementing Sweeping Changes To Children Special Needs Services

Under a cabinet approved initiative known as “Ontario’s Special Needs Strategy”, The Province of Ontario has directed provincially funded service providers to convene planning tables and submit plans for the restructuring of service coordination planning and rehabilitation services for children and their families.  Key goals of this initiative include integration of rehabilitation services and coordinated service planning.  Tables are to submit plans to the Province for coordinated service plans by March 5, 2015 and for integrated rehabilitation services by June 1, 2015.   READ MORE

The Changing Face of Disability In A Digital World– MaRS


From wheelchairs and hearing aids to screen readers and voice recognition technology, technology has always played a major role in improving the lives of people with disabilities. New advances in technology are continuing to improve lives and are moving us toward a future where people with disabilities will have a more even playing field, where they will have abilities never thought possible before.”


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