Special needs

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Special Needs Services and Support Requests

All recreation programs, services and public events offered within the City's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services department are open to participants with disabilities, in respect of terms and conditions in department policy.

Please Note:

Should you or a family member wish to discuss individual accommodation please allow 2 weeks’ notice for processing of the individual request. If you have registered online or by telephone you are still required to provide the 2 weeks’ notice. 

Please contact a Coordinator,

Donna.Quiggin@ottawa.ca– Portfolio Manager – 613-580-2424 ext. 29289
Diane.Cyr@ottawa.ca – 613-580-2424 ext. 29300: Coordinator, Special Needs East District
Katie.jacobsonlang@ottawa.ca – 613-798-3394: Coordinator Therapeutic Programs
Jean.Doyle@ottawa.ca - 613-580-2424 ext. 41226: Coordinator, Special Needs West District
Jodie.Gilvear@ottawa.ca – 580-2424 ext. 29292: Coordinator, Special Needs Central District           
Christina.McCormick@ottawa.ca– 613-580-2424 ext. 29291: Coordinator, Special Needs South District

City Wide Special Needs – 613-580-2424 ext. 29283

Hintonburg Community Centre (program information) – 613-798-8874
Jack Purcell Community Centre (program information) – 613-564-1050

To discuss programming needs, or to suggest new program concepts, or if you have questions contact us at specialneedscitywide@ottawa.ca

Therapeutic Recreation Programs

The City of Ottawa, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Service Coordination, Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre and several community organizations, hosts Therapeutic and Recreation Day Programs throughout the city. This service represents three major areas of specialized programming.

Full day programs currently being offered include the following:
SCEL (Support Community Enhanced Learning), Variety East and West and Rendez Vous (francophone) all serving adults with developmental disability as well as ABI (Acquired Brain Injury Program & Post-Stroke) and SPIRIT (for medically fragile children) please contact 613-580-2424 ext 29320.

Recreation Programs

Programs are offered throughout various community centres giving children, youth and adults with special needs, the opportunity to participate in year round programs that provide recreation and social programming. The social/recreation programs take place throughout the city during the day, evening and weekends. The programs include a wide range of options: community outings, social clubs, After School programs, fitness, aquatics, summer camps for children, youth and adults, health and wellness and other leisure activities.

Support Person

Support Person: is defined, per Section 4(8) Accessibility Standards for Customer Service, O. Reg. 429/07, as follows: "a support person means, in relation to a person with a disability, another person who accompanies him or her in order to help with communication, mobility, personal care or medical needs or with access to goods
Communication Support – may include, but are not limited to captioning, alternative and augmentative communication supports, plain text, sign language and other supports that facilitate effective communication.

A "Family Procured Release for 1:1 Support worker Form-2013" for participants providing their own assistant may be required prior to commencement of the program and the assistant could be subject to an admission fee as per the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service, O. Reg. 429/07, under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, S.O. 2005, c.11.

It should be noted that the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment will be upheld.

Public Event, Meeting or Consultation Accommodations

Please call the Coordinator, Special Needs with Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services at 613-580-2424 ext. 29292 if you require any disability related accommodations to participate in PRCS events, consultations and public meetings.


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