History of Developmental Services

In 1935, the Ontario government established training programs in the institutions so that front-line staff would receive appropriate training in order to take care of the residents. Doctors and nurses taught the courses. The subjects included:

  • employee responsibilities regarding relationships with residents and other staff
  • standards of behaviour, such as personal habits, cleanliness, loyalty and professionalism
  • protecting and safeguarding equipment
  • daily routines on the wards
  • recognizing the physical signs of illness in a resident, and
  • identifying special diseases, such as tuberculosis and heart disease.

As time went on, attitudes towards people with a developmental disability changed. New concepts and technological advances led to a deeper understanding of the needs of people with a developmental disability. As new programs and services evolved, so, too, did staff training and development.

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