What is the Passport Program?
Passport is a program first introduced by the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services in 2006. Passport was designed to enhance opportunities for individuals who have a developmental disability, who have left school, and who are seeking access to community participation supports.
This program funds participation supports using community partnerships and builds capacity in existing day programs to help young adults make a successful transition from school to community participation activities.
Through the Passport Program, participants may choose from a wide range of experiences that focus on post-graduation community activities and the personal development that each individual needs to achieve his/her goals for living as an adult in the community.
Who can apply for Passport?
Passport is intended for residents of Ontario who have a developmental disability (confirmed in writing by a qualified psychologist or psychological associate), and who:
Where can I get additional information about Passport?
Passport Guidelines and a Person Directed Planning Guide are available on the Ministry of Community and Social Services website.
If you live in the CSCN catchment area and you have questions about the Passport Program please contact the Community Services Coordination Network at: (519) 438-4783 or toll free at: 1-877-480-2726. Questions can also be sent by e-mail to: email@example.com
How do I apply for Passport?
People who live in the Ministry of Community and Social Services' south west region (Bruce County, Grey County, Elgin County, Windsor-Essex, Huron County, Chatham-Kent, Sarnia-Lambton, London-Middlesex, Oxford County, or Perth County) can apply for the Passport Program by calling Developmental Services Ontario - Sout West Region toll free at 1-855-437-6797.
Who will make the decisions regarding eligibility and funding levels that may be available to me?
Staff at Developmental Services Ontario - South West Region (DSO - SWR) are responsible for "confirming" that people are eligible to receive developmental services that are funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services, including the Passport Program.
Once eligibility is confirmed the DSO Assessor/Service Navigator will complete the Application for Developmental Services and Supports (ADSS), and administer the Supports Intensity Scale (SIS).
For more information on Developmental Services Ontario please visit the provincial website at: www.dsontario.ca
Staff at the Community Services Coordination Network are responsible for determining the level of Passport funding that applicants are eligible to receive. Access to resources is based on priority for service, individual support needs, community capacity, and the availability of funding.
Do I have options for managing the Passport funds?
Once the funding amount has been determined and when funding is available, an individual/family can:
What types of supports are eligible for funding?
Supports such as work or volunteer activities, activities that develop skills in utilizing community infrastructure (such as transportation services, shopping and libraries), activities of daily living that enhance social skills, independent living and personal management, and employment preparation activities, are all examples of eligible activites.