ConnectABILITY

Community Participation Supports

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Fee for service Directory

This directory contains Community Participation Support, Caregiver Respite and Person-Directed Planning Support listings for transitional age youth and adults that may be purchased using Ministry of Community and Social Services “Passport” funding or personal funds. Cost varies based on an individual’s support needs and program activities.

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Passport Funding

Passport – Family Resource Guide

Developed by Community Living Parry Sound, with funding from the Ministry of Community and Social Services

This video provides an overview of the Passport program, the benefits to the recipient, the activities and tools that are available, and how to apply.

What is Passport Funding? (Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services)

http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/developmental/servicesupport/passport.aspx
Passport is a program that helps adults 18 years or older with a developmental disability to participate in their communities. It also helps caregivers of an adult with a developmental disability take a break from their caregiving responsibilities.

Passport provides funding for services and supports so adults with a developmental disability can:

  • take part in community classes or recreational programs
  • develop work, volunteer, and daily life skills
  • hire a support worker
  • create their own life plans (this is called person-directed planning) to reach their goals
  • get temporary respite for their caregivers
  • Passport is funded by the Ontario Government and administered by local Passport Agencies.

Who does the Passport program serve?

The Passport program is for people with a developmental disability who are 18-years-old or older and:

  • need support to participate in the community while they are still in school, or;
  • Have left school and are living on their own, with family or independently in a supportive living arrangement.

Developmental Services Ontario manages the application process for all provincially-funded developmental services and supports for adults with a developmental disability in Ontario.

Contact Developmental Services Ontario to apply for adult developmental services, including Passport. If you’re eligible, staff there will help you complete a developmental services application package to assess your needs and connect you with available services and supports.

Passport Funding: What Can I Use It For?(Ministry of Community and Social Services)

These tips suggest how Passport funding can help adults with a developmental disability participate more fully in the community.
Passport tip sheet

Passport Program Guidelines for Adults with a Developmental Disability and their Caregivers – (Ministry of Community and Social Services)

Passport Guidelines

Local Passport agencies
Each of the local passport agencies has developed an administration process and forms.

Toronto (Family Services Toronto )

Hiring a Support Worker

A guide for Ontarians with a developmental disability (Ontario Ministry of Community and Social services)
Hiring a worker may give you more choice and control. But hiring a worker also involves many responsibilities or things you’ll have to do. For example, when someone starts working for you, you are responsible for training, paying and managing that person.
Hiring a Support Worker

Purchasing Services or Staff? Tools and Tips for Managing the Process

This presentation will give viewers tips and tools for purchasing services and supports, including hiring personal support workers. The facilitators discuss how to create an easy to use budget, how to find available resources, and many other useful tips for accessing fee based services.

Other Resources

Creative Solutions – Successful family Experiences

A panel of families share their success stories and challenges in creating a meaningful life for their family member that values relationships, unique opportunities and is built on a person-directed approach.

Gladys Chen See, lead parent operating a small tuck/gift shop.

Maria DeMarco, the mother of a young adult who has autism shares her experiences with searching for a day program.

Michelle Del Carmen is the Executive Director of The Centre for Dreams. As a sibling, she shares the familial perspective from a different angle


Funding: Thinking outside the box (webinar)

Learn about Crowd-source funding, alternative funding sources and using your Passport funds.
Coffee Shed Barista program –Gerald Fantone, Job Coach, Coffee Shed

Piecing together funding
Kathy Laszlo, Co-founder and CEO at DANI

What to do with your Passport Money
Erin Kelly ‎Manager, Passport and Person-Directed Planning Programs, Family Services Toronto

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Connections: A Guide to Transition Planning

“Connections: A Guide to Transition Planning” has been developed to help you – the parents of a child with a developmental disability in Toronto and Central East Region – as your child makes the transition from school life to adulthood.

Connections


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Developmental Services Ontario – Toronto Region [DSO TR]

For a list of MCSS funded agencies providing Community Participation Supports http://www.dsotoronto.ca/agencies-list/