Improving Access to Services for People with Developmental Disabilities

Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services

The government of Ontario is improving access to services for adults with developmental disabilities and their families by finding better ways to connect them to supports available in their local community.

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The Ontario government has announced supports and resources for adults with developmental disabilities, including:

  • Hiring more Developmental Services Ontario staff, who help people with developmental disabilities find services and supports in their community.
  • Expanding the Adult Protective Service Worker program, which matches adults who have a developmental disability and live on their own with a worker who helps them with their everyday living needs, access community resources, and set and achieve goals.
  • Increasing access to clinical professionals and specialized services at home and in the community for people with an exceptional dual diagnosis or complex behavioural and medical needs.
  • Helping more people gain work experience by partnering with the Ontario Disability Employment Network to better coordinate services and increase capacity across developmental service agencies, Employment Supports service providers, school boards and employers.
  • Expanding family support networks, which are groups made up of caregivers who help give adults with developmental disabilities and their families a sense of belonging and help connect them with appropriate services and supports.