Agency Update - Covid-19
Following the direction of the Provincial Government Effective January 14, 2021 DSLG has transitioned to a working with precautionary measures model to ensure the safety of the individuals we are supporting and staff. In keeping the safety of our individuals and staff as a top priority, we will transition most staff to working from home to mitigate the risk to all for the duration of the stay at home order. We will re-evaluate the risks throughout this period and extend the time frame if necessary. This means all location doors will be locked and face to face interactions will be limited. If you receive supports from DSLG your coordinator will be in contact with you throughout this period and support you in the safest way. Please know we will still continue to operate and provide services and supports to individuals during this time period as best as possible.

Inclusive Child Care

The Inclusive Child Care Program provides early identification and intervention services for children enrolled in licensed child care settings. Support is provided to enhance opportunities for inclusion of children with special needs in licensed child care programs throughout the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville.

Children from birth to 12 years of age with an identified developmental/intellectual delay or who are at-risk for later delays, are eligible for services. A child must be enrolled in a licensed child care setting in Leeds and Grenville, or be on the wait list for a child care space. Under the Ontario Regulation 138/15, a "child with special needs" means a child whose cognitive, physical, social, emotional or communicative needs, or whose needs relating to overall development, are of such a nature that additional supports are required for the child.

A psychological or medical assessment to verify the developmental/intellectual delay is not necessary at the time of referral. Family, child care teacher and other agency observations and assessments are accepted.

Resource Consultants employ a consultative model to facilitate the inclusion of a child into the child care program. A range of supports is available to families and child care programs including, but not limited to the following:

  • Family services plans
  • Consultation
  • Developmental screening tools
  • Service coordination and linkages to agency and other community services
  • Transitional planning to school
  • Resource lending library
  • Licensed child care program consultation
  • Child care provider training
  • Enhanced support funding

In addition, Resource Consultants collaborate with the EarlyON Child & Family Centres of Leeds & Grenville with regards to information about child care, child development and services in the community to parents, guardians and caregivers.

Spinclusion Sessions, an interactive game designed by Toronto Community Living to teach all children about diversity and inclusion, can be offered in primary classrooms within local School Boards.

Our Services

Youth and Adult Supports

Youth and Adult Community Counsellors (also known as Adult Protective Service Workers) provide a range of services to youth and adults.

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Specialized Services

A variety of specialized services are available for both children and adults. These include; Psychological Services, Behavioural Services, Social Work Services, Psychiatric Clinic, Child Psychotherapy and Play Therapy as well as Occupational Therapy (OT)

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Community Participation Supports

Supports are designed to provide adults living with a developmental/intellectual disability with meaningful leisure, recreational and community outings. A variety of individualized activities emphasize integrated community outings and assist individuals to achieve personal growth and develop relationships with others.

Foundations / Transitions

For young people who have a developmental/intellectual disability and their families, the transition from school to adult life presents additional challenges.

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Respite Services

DSLG facilitates a number of respite options for both children and adults. Referrals are considered on an individual basis, depending on the needs and length of respite required.

Family Home

Family Home expands the range of residential options available in the community and allows individual needs to be met in a more flexible and personal manner.

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Teaching Respite

Teaching Respite was designed to offer adolescents and young adults opportunities to learn and practice adaptive skills necessary for independent living in a safe and supervised setting, while at the same time providing their families with a weekend of respite.

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Distress Centre

The Distress Centre provides a confidential crisis telephone service to anyone in Lanark, Leeds and Grenville needing support and assistance.

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Snoezelen is a concept in which an indoor environment is created mainly to produce gentle relaxation, security and comfort by using controllable stimuli.

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Inclusive Child Care

The Inclusive Child Care Program provides early identification and intervention services for children enrolled in licensed child care settings.

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Short-Term Treatment Home

Short-term treatment is provided to individuals with a developmental/intellectual disability and/or dual diagnosis who are experiencing personal difficulty, or require a behavioral, adaptive, or medication review/assessment.

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Student Awards

Three student awards are available to a first year student pursueing a career related to the field of developmental disabilities.

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