Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario's response
to the Drummond Report
Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario’s excellent response to the Drummond Report can be found here: http://www.ldao.ca/ldao-responds-to-drummond-report/ . Here is their response to Drummond’s recommendation to “Continue to Seek EO System Improvements”
Drummond Report Recommendation 9-1: Focus the efforts of Employment Ontario on clients who need complex interventions. Streamline clients requiring modest intervention to low-cost, self-serve resources as efficiently as possible.
LDAO Response: As outlined under Chapter 8, many individuals with learning disabilities have complex needs that may not be recognized by intake workers doing initial assessments, and therefore require complex interventions, especially when there are co-existing mental health issues. In many cases a self-serve model will not be appropriate. Employment Ontario workers will need to have training in how to recognize and accommodate LDs.
LDAO recommends that Employment Ontario staff be trained to recognize the complex needs of some individuals with learning disabilities, and to provide interventions appropriate to the assessed strengths and needs of the individual, taking into account any co-existing mental health issues.