In an investigation report released today, the Québec Ombudsman presented its findings and recommendations concerning the health services and social services provided to children with an intellectual disability or an autism spectrum disorder. In its opinion, these children must have access to the required services in response to their needs, without being hampered by rigid rules based on the kind of impairment.
Ombudsperson Raymonde Saint-Germain believes that "at a key stage in the development of children with disabilities, continuous access to services is a pressing matter. The Québec Ombudsman’s recommendations are realistic and are aimed at this critical goal. Reform of the health and social services network is the right context for implementing the recommendations. Above and beyond administrative merging of institutions, the primary concern must be genuine service integration for these children’s benefit."