Everyone's path to employment is different. That's why there are many kinds of Ontario Disability Support Program Employment Supports. Here are some examples:
- help preparing for work
- help finding a job that is right for you
- help keeping a job
- job coaching
- on-the-job training
- help to move to the next level in your career
- software and mobility devices that can help you do your job
- interpreter or intervenor services
- transportation assistance
- assistive devices and training to use them
- tools and equipment you need for your job
- special clothing for your job
- specialized computer training
- other items you may need
You will work with a community service provider to figure out what kinds of supports you need to help you get and keep a job.
If you want to start up your own business
If your goal is to start up your own business, Employment Supports can help you.
Here are some of the supports you may receive:
- help to develop and implement a business plan
- training in money management, record keeping and budgeting
- help with marketing your business
- financial help towards the costs of business tools, equipment and supplies, licenses and certification
- help getting work-related disability supports, such as assistive devices and technical equipment, interpreter, intervenor, reader and notetaker services.
Staff at your local Ontario Disability Support Program Employment Supports office will link you with a service provider that specializes in self-employment.
Services not provided by ODSP Employment Supports
Employment Supports does not provide supports that are available through other public or private organizations such as:
- Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
- Canada Pension Plan
- Employment Insurance
- Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) and other programs available under the Education Act
- Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care programs and supports, such as
- assistive devices or supplies available under the Assistive Devices Program
- home and community support services provided under Long Term Care Community Services Program
- drug and alcohol recovery and substance abuse programs
- goods and services available under the Home and Vehicle Modification Program of the Ministry of Community and Social Services
- private insurance
- health insurance
- disability-related accommodation that is the obligation of an employer under the Ontario Human Rights Code
- medical, dental and nursing treatment and procedures
- prescription drugs, and
- structural modifications to your place of employment.
If you are eligible for help under any of these programs, you may wish to explore these options first.