OAFCCD is seeking more parent involvement.

OAFCCD is pleased to announce that three parents have recently joined the OAFCCD Board of Directors.

OAFCCD needs more parents to join the OAFCCD and keep this important organization alive. We need your voice to help in advocating for improvements to the speech and language system in Ontario. We welcome parents who have struggled with obtaining services for their child and those who have had a successful experience and positive outcome for their child. Parents on the board typically have a child who has or has had speech and language difficulties.

Parents can also join committees or plan activities such as the recent panel discussion (May 7, 2023), or providing public awareness through social media. Volunteering provides opportunities to meet with other parents and provide mutual support. Please consider joining OAFCD if you have personal experience with speech and language services and have a passion for improving children’s services.
If you are interested, contact alison@oafccd.com to connect with a current Board member.

Brief History

The OAFCCD was founded in 1994 when children’s speech and language services were being reduced or eliminated in hospitals and schools. OAFCCD Advocacy was influential in the development of the Preschool Speech and Language System and increased the number of SLPs employed by school boards. Since 1994, it has reviewed provincial policies that govern provision of speech and language services. Its Board of Directors includes parents and SLPs advocating together for service improvements. The OAFCCD website includes articles about how parents can help their child and be involved in speech and language therapy programs, as well as resources to help families navigate the school and special education system. The government is currently revising legislation that will impact speech and language services for children in Ontario. The work of OAFCCD is still needed.

For further information about OAFCCD you can review the of Who We Are and What We Do sections of this website. You can also check out some of the resources we have developed, including the Video Series: The Power of Parents and the Parent Guide for Supporting Success at School.