People who live in remote communities can experience barriers to clinical services. The Mashkikiiwininiwag Mazinaatesijigan Wichiiwewin (MMW) Clinical Videoconferencing Program offers clinical services using videoconferencing technology to adults with diagnosed or suspected intellectual and developmental disabilities in Northwestern Ontario. Since 2005, our team has collaborated with Northern community partners, including Sioux Lookout First Nation Health Authority and Community Living Dryden Sioux Lookout, to ensure quality and cultural responsiveness during service delivery. Services include:
- Intake and Service Coordination
- Clinical Regional Access Coordinator
- Psychology (i.e., Diagnosis, Eligibility assessment, Dementia, Autism, FASD)
- Behaviour Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech and Language
- Psychiatry (Assessment, Consultation)
- Wellness Groups
We also provide consultation, workshops and training. Topics include autism, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and dementia. Our team is based in both Toronto and Northwestern Ontario, where we travel 2-3 times per year to provide at-home services in communities such as Fort Frances and Sioux Lookout, and fly-in services in communities such as Weagamow and Sandy Lake.
To be eligible for this program, you must:
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Have a supposed intellectual and developmental disability or eligible for Developmental Services Ontario
- Live in Northwestern Ontario
To get a referral to the MMW program, please contact Developmental Services North (DSO-North) by phone: 1-855-DSO-NORD (1-855-376-6673).
Mashkikiiwininiwag Mazinaatesijigan Wichiiwewin is in Ojicree and it means “a group of clinicians helping through videoconferencing”.
The MMW Clinical team visits Northwestern Ontario several times during the year.
The core theme is supporting capacity building locally and embracing Northern culture with integrity and respect.