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Ontario Independence Program Research (OIPR)

The Ontario Independence Program Research (OIPR) team includes researchers and clinicians from three children’s treatment centres in Ontario; Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto; ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development in Mississauga; and McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton. In 2011, we began a program of research looking at Residential Immersive Life Skills (RILS) programs for youth with disabilities, funded by the Centre for Participation and Inclusion at Holland Bloorview, with the support of the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation.

In 2014, the OIPR team, led by Drs. Gillian King and Amy McPherson, was awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant to conduct a prospective longitudinal study comparing youth who participated in RILS programs with matched control youth who did not participate.

RILS programs

Our program of research