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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Simran Walia, BHSc, MHSc (candidate)

  • Program of Study: Master of Health Sciences - Public, Community and Population HealthSimran Walia
  • Institution: Ontario Tech University
  • Project title: Wait times for Pediatric Rehabilitation Services in Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Durham, Ontario
  • Project background: Children with neurodevelopmental disabilities have specific rehabilitation needs that must be addressed to optimize their cognitive and behavioural development and functioning. A significant barrier to accessing timely rehabilitation is wait times. Grandview Children's Centre (Grandview), a dedicated ministry-funded Children's Rehabilitation Centre (CRC) in the region of Durham, Ontario, provides rehabilitation services for children and youth with moderate to severe disabilities and special needs. However, like many other CRCs, Grandview faces challenges in meeting the high service demand, leading to lengthy waitlists for its core services. With a specific emphasis on the essential services of physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT), and speech-language pathology (SLP), my research aims to generate new knowledge to address this important access and delivery challenge.
  • Project objectives: To synthesize the knowledge about the duration and factors associated with wait times for rehabilitation for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities in Canada. To describe the current wait times for PT, OT, and SLP at Grandview Children's Centre. To determine whether age, sex, residential location, and referral source are associated with wait times in Durham, Ontario.
  • Collaborators:  Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research at Ontario Tech University and Grandview Children's Centre.
  • Supervisor:
    • Pierre Côté DC, PhD (Ontario Tech University)
  • Committee Members:
    • Dr. Heather Shearer, BA (Hons), DC, MSc, FCCS(C), PhD
    • Dr. Dan (Demi) Wang, BMEd, MSc, PhD
    • Dr. Taryn Eickmeier, PhD