Passport is a program that helps adults 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 can provide supports and services to adults with a developmental disability so they can:
Passport funding can also be used to hire a support person to help the individual with a developmental disability, in order to give their main caregiver time to look after other personal or household needs.
Through Passport, individuals and families can choose to either receive money directly so they can purchase their own services and supports, and/or get services and supports through community-based agencies.
The Passport program is for people with a developmental disability who are 18-years-old or older and:
Passport can also help those who care for a person with a developmental disability and sometimes need support themselves. Passport funding can be used to pay others to temporarily support the person with a developmental disability on the caregiver’s behalf.
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. 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.
For information about services for children and youth under the age of 18 with a developmental disability, visit the website of the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.
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.