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Organization: Developmental Services Ontario  
Website: www.dsontario.ca
Service Description: Nine regional agencies help adults with developmental disabilities find community supports and services

Programs include:

Residential Services and Supports - Housing options, funded by the Government of Ontario, such as group homes, supported independent living, individual residential models and specialized accommodations

Community Participation Supports and Passport - Connects program participants with community participation supports * may be one-on-one or in groups * funds activities for personal development

Caregiver Respite - Services so that primary caregivers can have a break from caregiving duties

Person-Directed Planning - Services to help people with developmental disabilities to set their goals * provide tools and funding to meet those goals

Adult Protective Service Workers - A worker meets regularly with a client to connect them with the community and with community resources

Specialized Supports - Assessment and treatment options that help address specific behaviours and other needs

Direct Funding - Funding provided by the Government of Ontario to be used flexibly for clients' needs

DSO Regions and Lead Agencies:

Central East - York Support Service Network (905-953-0796 or 1-855-277-2121) (catchment includes York Region, Durham Region, Simcoe County, Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough, Northumberland)

Central West - Sunbeam Residential Development Centre (1-888-941-1121)

Eastern - Service Coordination des services (1-855-376-3737)

Hamilton-Niagara - Contact Hamilton for Children's and Developmental Services (1-877-376-4674)

North-East - Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca (Legal name: Algonquin Child and Family Services) (1-855-376-6376)

Northern - Lutheran Community Care (1-855-376-6673)

South-East - Extend-A-Family (1-855-237-6737)

South-West - Community Services Coordination Network (1-877-480-2726)

Toronto - Surrey Place Centre (1-855-372-3858)

Fees: None
Application: Call or visit the local Developmental Services Ontario agency
Eligibility - Population(s) Served: Adults in Ontario with documentation confirming age, residency and a psychological assessment * applicants are screened against a cognitive, adaptive and age-of-onset criteria
Languages: English ; French
Language Note: French programs offered * French publications and website
Area(s) Served:
Ontario  
See Also: Community Living Services

This information was last completely updated on October 13, 2016

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