History of Developmental Services

When Ontario built its first institution for people with a developmental disability, attitudes towards people with disabilities were very different from what they are now. People were viewed as patients who needed to be treated, cared for and protected.

Institutions, therefore, provided a medical model of care that focused primarily on the health of the residents.

In keeping with the attitudes of the time, the Ontario Department of Health was originally responsible for Ontario's institutions for people with a developmental disability.

It wasn't until 1974 with the shift from institutionalization to community living well underway that the Ministry of Community and Social Services took over responsibility for services for people with a developmental disability.


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