Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre (WWCCAC) is thrilled to be the recipient of a $20,000 donation made by TD Bank. The generous donation will be used to ensure more than 900 children, currently identified within the school system as requiring occupational therapy services receive an assessment in the coming weeks.
As demand for home and community care grows in Waterloo Wellington, so too does the demand for school-based rehabilitation programs like occupational therapy and speech language pathology. In 2014-15, the Waterloo Wellington CCAC serviced more than 37,000 people in the Waterloo Wellington Region – of which almost 20% were children.
"We are proud to be the recipient of TD Bank's grant, which aims to support initiatives that create meaningful change and improvements within a community." Says Dale Clement, CEO, Waterloo Wellington CCAC. "With TD Bank's support, we can continue to develop new and innovative ways to meet the growing demand for school-based supports, on a more focused scale."
In June of 2014, Waterloo Wellington CCAC implemented the School Health Support Services pilot, aimed at increasing access to best practice speech and language pathology and occupational therapy services. As a result of the pilot, more than 1,000 students were taken off the wait list. TD Bank's gift will expand and build on this program with the goal of ensuring children receive the support they need in a timely way.
Children identified as needing an occupational therapy assessment might have trouble with fine and gross motor skills and sensory skill development - they may have trouble printing, writing, managing things like their backpack, jackets, toileting, washing hands or difficulty developing coping skills to manage noise levels and other stimulants.
"Regardless of their challenge, we know that these young years are critical in building the confidence of a child and play a key role their ability to succeed in school and build relationships with peers – which is why this initiative is so important." says Martina Rozsa, Senior Director Operations, Waterloo Wellington CCAC.