A Word About Language
Sometimes we’re asked why we use the term special needs. The Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth was established by the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth Act (2007). Our legislation does not define the term special needs, so we are required to use the definition in the Child and Family Services Act (CFSA). The CFSA (1990) defines a special need as: A need that is related to or caused by a developmental disability or a behavioural, emotional, physical, mental or other disability. We understand that some young people prefer the term disability, differently-abled or other terms that they more closely identify with. For the purposes of this project, we will be using the term special needs as defined under the CFSA.
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