In Ontario, adults with developmental disabilities and their families can use the supports provided by government agencies. They can also obtain help through Passport (or "direct") funding. Based on information from their application package, people receive funding to choose and pay for supports and services directly. (For example, they can hire their own job coach or personal support worker and use the funding they receive to pay them.) People can also use this funding to purchase support from an agency directly. People can apply for direct funding for community participation supports, caregiver respite, and person-directed planning.
Direct funding gives people more choice and flexibility. Developmental Services Ontario staff will talk with you about this option when you apply for services and supports.