The Ability To Live The Life You Want

There are different provincial programs and funding supports that are made available to adults who have an intellectual disability living in Ontario.

Each program has its own requirements and benefits. Please see below for details on how you can get connected.

Assistive Devices Program

The Assistive Devices Program (ADP) is an Ontario government program that provides funding for those with long-term physical disabilities. Devices covered by the program are intended to enable people to increase their independence. The Assistive Devices Program pays a portion of the needed equipment, the user pays the rest.

Learn more about the Assistive Devices Program

Developmental Services Ontario

To apply for supports and services funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services, people and families must contact Developmental Services Ontario (DSO). These supports and services include residential services and supports, activities of daily living services and supports, community participation services and supports, caregiver respite services and supports, professional and specialized services and person-directed planning and supports.

For more information on what Developmental Services Ontario offers, please visit the provincial website at www.dsontario.ca or contact the DSO – South West Region:

Developmental Services Ontario- South West Region
Greenwood Centre Business Complex
3200 Deziel Drive, Suite 309
Windsor, ON N6A 5N6
Telephone: 519-945-3797
Fax: 519-945-4291

If you have any questions related to applying for supports and services with Developmental Services Ontario, please contact:

Sue Armaleo, Manager Family Support at Community Living Windsor
Phone: 519.974.4221 ext. 214
Email: suea@clwindsor.org

Easter Seals Canada

Easter Seals is dedicated to fully enhancing the quality of life, self-esteem and self-determination of Canadians with disabilities. Easter Seals has National Programs that allow persons with a disability to receive either free admission or a significant discount for their support person at movie theatres, attractions across Canada and even transportation using VIA or Greyhound.

Learn more about the Access 2 Card and Disability Travel Card offered through Easter Seals Canada.

Home and Vehicle Modification Program

The Home and Vehicle Modification Program (HVMP) provides funding so that people with physical limitations can do basic home and/or vehicle modifications. The program was established by the Ministry of Community and Social Services and is administered by the Ontario March of Dimes. By reducing or eliminating life safety risks, HVMP modifications enable children and adults with mobility restrictions to continue living in their homes, avoid job loss, and participate in their communities.

Learn more about the Home and Vehicle Modification Program

ODSP Employment Support

Many people who have a disability can work and want to work. ODSP Employment Supports will connect people with a community support provider, like Community Living Windsor, to help people find and keep a job. Employment Supports under the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) can be accessed by or on behalf of a person who meets the disability definition. This is allowed even if the person is not entitled to receive income support because he or she does not meet the standard of financial need.

Community Living Windsor is available to assist you with the process of applying for ODSP Employment Support. To schedule an appointment with our Employment Supports team please contact:

Phone: 519-974-4221

If you would like more information, you may also contact:

Terry Cloutier, Manager, Employment Supports
Phone: 519-974-4221 ext. 235
Email: terry@clwindsor.org

For more detailed information about the ODSP Employment Support program, visit the Ministry’s website.

ODSP Income Support

The Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) Income Support is an Ontario government program that gives money to adults who have a disability. The money comes every month and is to be used for housing, food, and clothing.

To begin the application process, you must contact your local ODSP office and ask to set up a meeting. You can do this in Windsor-Essex County by calling the ODSP Income Support office of the Ministry of Community and Social Services at 519-254-1651.

Community Living Windsor is available to assist you with the process of applying for ODSP Income Support. Please contact:

Sue Armaleo, Manager Family Support at Community Living Windsor
Phone: 519.974.4221 ext. 214
Email: suea@clwindsor.org

For more detailed information about the ODSP Income Support program, please visit the Ministry’s website.

Passport Funding

Passport is an avenue of direct funding that enables adults who have an intellectual disability to pay for help with daily living and respite. Passport was designed to enhance opportunities for individuals who have an intellectual disability, who have left school, and who are seeking access to community participation supports.

To apply for the Passport Program people who live in the Windsor – Essex County area must contact Developmental Services Ontario – South West Region at:

Phone: 519-945-3797

In the Windsor-Essex County area, the agency designated to administer funds through Passport is the Community Services Coordination Network (CSCN). They can be contacted at:

Phone: 519-438-4783
Toll free: 1-877-480-2726
Email: passport@cscn.on.ca

Learn more about Passport funding

For questions about the Passport application process or further information, please contact:

Sue Armaleo, Manager Family Support at Community Living Windsor
Phone: 519.974.4221 ext. 214
Email: suea@clwindsor.org

Special Services at Home

Special Services at Home (SSAH) is a family directed program funded provincially by Ontario’s Ministry of Community and Social Services. It is available for children up to the age of 18 years with an intellectual disability and children with a physical disability.

In Windsor-Essex County, the administration of the Special Services at Home program is overseen by Family Respite Services, with service being delivered through three local agencies: Family Respite Services, Community Living Essex County and Community Living Windsor.

If you have any questions about the administration of SSAH, please visit Family Respite Services or contact them at:

Phone: 519 972 9688

Learn more about Special Services at Home