DSO Information

Determining Service and Support Needs

Once we have confirmed that a person is eligible for Ministry-funded services and supports, we will begin the process of completing the application package with them and their family and/or caregiver(s). This application package is completed in two separate meetings.

The first meeting is with an assessor who will help the person with a developmental disability and their caregiver(s) to complete the Application for Developmental Services and Supports (ADSS). This part of the application process helps us get to know the person a little better. We will begin with some general information about their referral, medical conditions, capabilities and background information which will help us get a good understanding of their needs. We will then move to a section called, “Getting to Know You.” In this section, we will talk about things that the person likes and dislikes, as well as about their dreams and future goals.

Next, we will schedule a time to complete the Supports Intensity Scale (SIS). This part of the application tells us about the level of support a person needs to be successful in a variety of areas. These areas include: home living, community activities, lifelong learning, employment, social activities and protection and advocacy. We will also talk about support the person might need for different medical or behavioural issues.