Community Living South Muskoka is a registered charity that provides supports to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families commencing at the age of 2 and through to their senior years.
Services are offered in South Muskoka, from SevernBridge and Port Severn/Honey Harbour to the South and from Mactier to midway between Bracebridge and Huntsville in the North.
Community Living South Muskoka is a member of OASIS (Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs), a provincial organization representing 140 agencies that provide supports to individuals and families in the developmental sector.
Community Living South Muskoka and Community Living Huntsville offer accommodation, respite, vocational and children’s services. Through the Resource Teacher program, Community Living South Muskoka serves young children who are at risk or who have a delays in the areas of motor, language, emotional and self help developmental areas. Children with special needs are enrolled and integrated into community pre-school programs with the help of the Resource Teacher. The Resource Teacher also visits the child and family in their home to continue the program.
The Resource Teacher acts as a case manager with the family and assists the family in accessing services for the child such as school, speech therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, behavioural services, medical services, etc. They also assist the family in accessing financial supports available to them for their child. Financial assistance programs that may be applicable include Assistance for Children with Severe Difficulties, Special Services at Home, Assistance Devices Program, Easter Seals, Respite Services, Daycare Subsidy, and Child Care Program Assistants.
The Resource Teacher assists families in integrating their children with special needs into licensed community pre-school programs, as well as designing appropriate programs to meet the child’s specific developmental needs, connecting community services, obtaining appropriate funding when applicable, consulting with community personnel and advocating and promoting the philosophy of integration.
The Children’s Services sector through Community Living South Muskoka also offers a Family Support and Outreach Program. This program is designed to support families with children three to eighteen years that are developmentally disabled. Case workers assist families to maintain their child at home and in the community by assisting in the following:
Helping families access appropriate services to meet their child’s specific needs including respite, financial assistance, counseling, behavioural therapy, occupational and physiotherapy and Special Services at Home.
Providing emotional support.
Empowering families to be advocates for their children. Working with families to help them establish goals for their child, and work towards the achievement of the goals through support and involvement with community agencies.
Support families with their relationship with the child’s school.
The Outreach component of this program is designed to provide support to families in remote areas of the district who may not otherwise have access to services.
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