Passport
 
Passport, a Ministry initiative designed to enhance community participation, provides individualized funding to support individuals with a developmental disability who are:
 
  • Preparing to leave school
  • Seeking community supports 

     
    The funding can be either direct funding for individuals and their family to manage and purchase supports, or, they can have their funds managed through an existing developmental services agency.

There are three parts to Passport: 
 
  • Mentoring – while in high school being linked to people in the community
  • Planning – thinking about what you would like to do in your community
  • Community Participation Supports – skill development and participation 


    As an adult, to be active and included in your community, you may need some help and support.These supports are called “community participation  supports”. For example, a person or agency can help you to:

  • prepare for a job
  • volunteer in the community
  • learn how to get along with others
  • live on your own
  • look after yourself
  • continue your education after high school
  • learn how to shop for yourself
  • use local resources (bus, library, etc.)
  • find out what is available in your community 
 
DSLG can assist with the application process. Individuals with passports funding can purchase services through programs offered such as “Community Connections & Supports”.
 

Application forms, Policy Guidelines and a Person Centered Planning Guide are also available from the Ministry of Community and Social Services web site at www.mcss.gov.on.ca