History of Developmental Services

People were beginning to realize that it would be possible to create enough community programs and services to eventually replace institutions (or facilities, as they came to be called).

In 1974, the Ontario government passed the Developmental Services Act to set the stage for a new approach to services for people with a developmental disability.

Because the new approach focused on community services, as opposed to the original medical model of care, the government also transferred responsibility for services for people with a developmental disability from the Ministry of Health to the Ministry of Community and Social Services.

The government started to look at different living arrangements within the facilities themselves, such as moving residents to smaller units and apartments.


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About the evolution of Ontario's community-based supports and services for people with a developmental disability: