Supporting Better Health Care for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Ministry of Community and Social Services


Ontario is improving health care for adults with developmental disabilities through new supports for primary care providers, including family doctors. 

The Developmental Disabilities Primary Care program will be led by Surrey Place Centre and will help primary care providers, like family doctors, provide the best possible care for adults with developmental disabilities through updated clinical practice guidelines and online tools and resources.

These guidelines include information related to the care needs of adults with developmental disabilities, recommendations for person-centred approaches to care, and preventative care measures. By making these resources available, this new program will help people with developmental disabilities access the health care they need.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing $900,000 over two years to fund the Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Program, which is led by Surrey Place Centre (SPC).
  • This investment will help SPC become the source of primary care information for people with developmental disabilities and advance primary care education in Ontario.
  • The updated clinical practice guidelines were published in the Canadian Family Physician Journal in April 2018.
  • There are an estimated 70,000 adults with developmental disabilities in Ontario.
  • The 2018 budget proposes an increased $1.8 billion investment over three years to support developmental services. If passed, it will be the largest one-time investment in developmental services in the province’s history.

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