Passport and Community Participation Supports
Until June 30, 2011, individuals requesting Passport funding were required to complete the Passport Program application form and submit it to a Passport Designated Agency which confirmed the individual’s eligibility for funding through this program and administered the program. However, as of July 1, 2011, the process for accessing Passport Program funding has changed.
The Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) has revised and updated the Passport Program guidelines to support Passport Designated Agencies in administering the Passport Program. The revised guidelines include the new definition of developmental disability, the new eligibility requirements, and Ontario Residency Requirements outlined in SIPDDA, Regulation 276/10, and in the Policy Directives.
Effective July 1, 2011, Developmental Services Ontario (DSO) organizations will serve as single points of access for people applying for Ministry-funded services and supports under the Services and Supports to Promote the Social Inclusion of Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act, 2008 (SIPDDA).
Under SIPDDA, all individuals wishing to apply for adult developmental services and supports for the first time must contact their respective regional Developmental Services Ontario (DSO) organization to have their eligibility confirmed and to complete the Developmental Services Application Package. This includes individuals who are applying for the Passport Program for the first time.
What are community participation supports?
If adults with developmental disabilities want to become more involved in their communities, their Developmental Services Ontario agency can help by putting them in touch with community participation supports. These supports can be delivered one-on-one or in groups and include things like:
- Enjoying social, fun, or spiritual activities: playing sports, getting involved with a house of worship, trying a hobby or community activity, meeting with other adults who have similar needs and interests as part of a group program in the community;
- Developing self-help skills: getting help with things like learning to brush teeth, get dressed, ride the bus, and go shopping in order to become more independent;
- Continuing to learn after high school: taking a course, volunteering, using public libraries, or participating in activities at a community centre;
- Volunteering or preparing for a job: practicing work-related tasks or skills to succeed at work or as a volunteer.
What is Passport Funding for Community Participation Supports?
People can also apply for direct funding for community participation supports. This option gives people funding to pay for activities that encourage personal development -- helping participants be the best they can be. This can include supports that:
- Ease the transition from school to life as an adult in the community;
- Help them develop independence;
- Build social, emotional, and community participation skills;
- Encourage learning and personal development.
People can choose their own activities and use direct funding to pay for them directly, or they can use the money to pay community agencies that provide community participation supports.
To apply for Passport Funding, please contact your local DSO.