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Adult Protective Service Worker

The Adult Protective Service Worker program supports adults with a developmental disability who are living on their own. The goal of the program is to help them live as independently, safely and securely as possible in the community.

Adult Protective Service Workers work directly with the person who has a developmental disability to help them find and maintain supports, including:

  • medical and dental care
  • counselling for emotional support during stressful life changes, and
  • social and housing services.

Who can apply

Adults aged 18 years or older who have a developmental disability are eligible for the Adult Protective Service Worker program if:

  • they live in Ontario
  • they live on their own in a community setting or plan to move to a more independent community setting
  • they have limited or no significant social supports, and
  • need, and request, the type of assistance that APSWs provide.

Note: there is no upper age limit for eligibility for the Adult Protective Service Worker program.

How to apply

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

Learn more

The Ontario Disability Support Program helps adults with disabilities and their families who are in financial need or who want to work but need some support.

Read the guidelines about the Adult Protective Service Worker Program.