This program helps families who are caring for a child with a developmental or physical disability.
It helps families pay for special services in the home or outside the family home as long as the individual is not receiving support from a residential program. For example, the family can hire someone to help their child:
learn new skills and abilities, such as improving their communications skills
participate in more daily living activities on their own
Families may also receive funds to pay for services that will give them a break (or “respite”) from the day-to-day care of their child.
These funds are allocated directly to families. The purpose is to provide respite for families with children under 18, who have a confirmed diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. The family caregivers are responsible for managing the funds provided to them, and for hiring their own independent service providers.
For more information about obtaining respite support through this funding model, please contact C.S.B.D. at 613-966-7413.
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 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
Individuals who are receiving income supports from the Ontario Disability Support Program can also apply.
Participants in Passport can live independently or in supportive living. Priority is given to applicants who are living at home with their families.
The Ontario Disability Support Program helps people with disabilities who are in need of financial assistance for living expenses, like food and housing. The program provides eligible people with financial help or help finding a job. The Ontario Disability Support Program is managed and delivered by the Ministry of Community and Social Services.