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Have you applied to the Passport Program?

What is it?

The Passport Program is a program of Ontario’s Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services. It offers financial support and guidance to families of people over the age of 18 who have developmental disabilities.

Why should we apply?

This funding has two purposes:

  • It allows the family to hire a person or people who can offer relief and supports
  • It helps the family pay for activities and projects that will lead to the further community involvement, independence, and flourishing of the person with Down syndrome.

How do we apply?

Search Passport funding online or follow this link.

You probably already have much of the documentation you will need for this application, and you can get help with your application from community agencies if you find the process challenging. There are several steps to this application, one of which involves meeting with a representative of Developmental Services Ontario (DSO) to gather information and discern potential opportunities for your young person with Down syndrome.

Your application, once approved, may be placed on a waitlist, which means your family may not immediately start to receive funds.

What have families used their Passport money for?

With Passport funds, families of young people with Down syndrome have been able to

  • Hire a personal trainer and purchase fitness equipment for the young person with Down syndrome
  • Start a business for the young person with Down syndrome to manage
  • Engage a support worker to travel to England with the person with Down syndrome
  • Enrol the person in tai chi and pottery making classes