In June, First Call sent in our submission to the Select Standing Committee on Children and Youth Special Project on Children and Youth with Neuro-Diverse Special Needs.
We note appreciation for the Committee’s interest in the experiences of families raising children with neuro-diverse special needs in seeking assessments and access to supports and services. Our submission shares what we have heard from our coalition members and other networks on these topics. They echo much of what the Committee had heard directly from parents and service providers.
Our submission focuses on: acting on a strong commitment to early childhood development and the evidence underscoring the importance of the early years; barriers to early identification, assessments, and referrals; the layers of inequities in obtaining needed help affecting many families; and multiple concerns about transitions to school age and adulthood.
“It is time to fundamentally reform a system in which the least advantaged children and youth with neuro-diverse special needs are the least likely to get the help they need in a timely way.” – First Call