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Disability Programs – Specialized Services

What is it?

The Disability Programs – Specialized Services (DPSS) team offers specialized services that support people with disabilities who experience significant and persistent limitations as a result. The team supports frontline workers via trainings, consultations and other initiatives, and in helping design services to address an individual’s specific needs. 

Who is it for?

The DPSS mostly supports local CMC employees, helping them to develop and provide specialized services to clients with physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorder, and to their families and caregivers.  

As part of this effort, the DPSS team provides  

  • Clinical support to CMC employees 
  • Support to local Special Needs Educators (SNEs) 
  • Follow-up of clients placed outside of Eeyou Istchee 
  • Promotion of Jordan’s Principle, management of applications and support to local applicants 
  • Trainings and presentations on disabilities 
  • Screening and diagnostics through the Cree Neurodevelopmental Diagnostic Clinic 
  • Support to other departments and entities in developing programs for people with disabilities, such as the land-based project. 

In addition, trainings and presentations are available to a broader range of people, and support regarding Jordan’s Principle is available to all community members and professionals in Eeyou Istchee. 

Where is it offered?

The DPSS offers support and services in-person and over telephone and other media. Most disability services themselves are coordinated through the local CMC and the MSDC.  

What is it like?

The DPSS team uses a family-centred, community-based, multi-disciplinary approach to help local CMCs and other agencies deliver services to clients who have special needs. Each service is tailored to the needs of the individuals receiving that service. 

How long does it last?

The DPSS’s support to local CMC employees and Special Needs Educators, as well as follow-up of external clients and anything related to Jordan’s Principle, are ongoing and long-term.  

Other services can be temporary over the short or medium term, depending on the needs. 

How can I get this service?

DPSS services are available through your local CMC community worker.  

Where can I learn more?

To get more information, contact your local CMC.  


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