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Children With Differing Abilities


Ages birth to 21Halton Region’s Children’s Developmental Services provide a variety of programs and services for children who are at risk or demonstrate a developmental delay. We are committed to quality services that are based on current research and practices. 

Available programs

Infant and Child Development Service (ICDS)
Developmental and therapy services for children birth to 5 years of age who are at risk or have special needs and meet program criteria

Inclusion Services
Provides services that support quality inclusion in licensed child care programs for children birth to 12 years of age

Family and Community Behavioural Services (FCBS)
Behavioural services for individuals 2-21 years of age who have a diagnosis of developmental disability

Project Lifesaver Halton
Program, led by Halton Regional Police Services, helps families protect members who may wander or bolt, typically individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease, autism, down syndrome, acquired brain injury or other kinds of cognitive impairment.

About our services

Services are:

  • free
  • available to Halton residents
  • inclusive and family-centred
  • based on current research and practice
  • coordinated with community partners who provide additional supports
  • provided by developmental consultants, occupational therapists and resource consultants

Parents are partners in the planning process for their child. Together we will identify your child’s goals, work with you to reach those goals and explore other resources available in the community.

Program eligibility

Each program offered by ‘Children with Differing Abilities’ has unique eligibility requirements.  To determine if your child meets specific program criteria, please review the eligibility requirements below. 

Who can apply to participate in a program?

Parents or anyone with parental consent can complete the application process.  This includes:

  • doctors
  • hospitals (including occupational therapists, physiotherapists, dieticians and nurses)
  • community professionals (public health nurses, community therapists)
  • other infant development programs (i.e. when a family has moved)
  • community agencies (Children’s Aid Society, ErinoakKids, Reach Out Centre For Kids)
  • child care providers

Eligibility requirements by program:


Resources, community partners and diagnostic tools