We are new immigrants here in Canada and I was informed by the school were my child is enrolled right now that it will take 2 to 3 years before my child can be assessed. Are there any other government agencies or organization who can give a faster assessment for my child?
Editor's Note: I'm not aware of other government agencies that do assessments, however if you speak to your doctor, you should be able to get a referral to a specialist - often associated with a hospital or rehab center.
In this way, costs are generally covered by provincial health plans, but the wait can still be very long - roughly a year the last I checked.
There are also private organizations that will do an assessment for a fee - usually a hefty fee though. Your school or doctor may be able to recommend names.
Another good avenue to try is the 211 service. Although this isn't available everywhere, most major cities do offer this number as a quick way to get information on social services in your area.
You can also go online. You can get "free, confidential, multilingual access to information about the full range of community, social, health and government services." Go to 211canada.ca for more information.
Support services for special needs children can vary dramatically depending on where you live and the type of disability that you are dealing with. Be prepared to invest some time in finding the support services you need.
Lastly, sometimes all it takes is a lot of persistence and pressure to speed up the assessment right in your school. Try speaking to the school superintendent or school trustee.
Hopefully other site visitors can offer their suggestions or names of individuals or groups that can do the assessment for you.
When you do find the services that you need, please come back and share your information, so that others like you will benefit as well.
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Hope this helps!
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