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Organizations serving children with special needs celebrate the opening of a new location in Alliston, Ontario. – BarrieNews WAALI

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Local organizations that support child and youth development in Simcoe County celebrate the grand opening of the new South Simcoe One Roof building in Alliston, Ontario.

South Simcoe One Roof creates a central location for four organizations serving children and youth with disabilities and developmental needs.

South Simcoe One Roof is a partnership between Catalpa Community Support Services, CLH Developmental Support Services, Children’s Treatment Network and the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre.

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Friday’s opening came nearly three years after agencies first moved into the building in December 2019, before switching to virtual appointments and later a hybrid model shortly thereafter due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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It is only recently that they have been able to offer all of their services under one roof at the 129 Young St. location.

“We have been able to collectively recreate a site here in Allison where we work together to provide care to families from the same space,” said Rhea Taplin, Head of Ambulatory Child and Adolescent Care at Royal Victoria Hospital.

“The space allows us to offer families that they come from more than one service and can integrate their services and coordinate their care.”

The four groups offer programs and services for local families, including occupational therapy, physical therapy, family resources, adult protection services, infant listening, and preschool language and language, all under one roof.

“These services can come together in the same room to create a common plan for the family. So they’re not running around from appointment to appointment in their community,” Taplin said.

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