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CHOICES offers a variety of Services that are available for a fee. Charges are based on hourly rates and complexity of supports provided. In many instances the fees may be offset by grants and financial support from government and other agencies.

The Discovery Program is a highly interactive process where an individual with the support of a worker describes his or her wants, goals, dreams. Using mapping strategies and conversations the individual will have a way to communicate his or her vision for the future. Discovery can be one or a series of meetings depending on the individual and their
CHOICES offers training for those individuals who feel they might like to live independently. This 16 week program is designed to give the individual the skills they will need to be safe and secure living independently in the community. Some of the learning modules include: banking, grocery shopping and nutrition, house cleaning, social interactions etc. We also have peer coaches who help with the program and new members can learn from those who have been living in the community. Modules can be taken in a series or independently.

Developmental Services Ontario (DSO) agencies can provide you with information about services and supports in your community that help adults with developmental disabilities. The DSO can also tell you about other community programs that might be useful or interesting to you.

In the DSO Hamilton-Niagara Region are many ways you can get this information—

Developmental Services Ontario helps adults with developmental disabilities connect to services and supports in their communities funded by the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services. Supports and Services available are:

  • residential supports
  • caregiver respite
  • community participation supports (like recreation, volunteering, employment, or in-home supports)
  • professional and specialized services
  • person-directed planning
  • and other supports to help people with developmental disabilities become more involved in their communities!

Applying for Services and Supports is now easier! To begin the application process the following information is needed:

  • a copy of a psychological assessment.
  • confirm of age
  • confirmation of Ontario residency.

Call Developmental Services Ontario agency, (1-877-376-4674) for information and answer any questions you might have about the eligibility confirmation process.

Once eligibility is confirmed the application process with the individual and their family and/or caregiver(s) begins. This application package is completed in two separate meetings. The assessor will:

  • set a time and a location for two 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).
    • The second meeting is to schedule a time to complete the Supports Intensity Scale (SIS).
    In Preparing for Your Meetings, the assessor will also,
  • Confirm that the individual will part of the application process
  • Confirm that there will be two (2) respondents available for both meetings
  • Confirm that the individual or an authorized person is able to consent, either before or during the meetings.

For more information click: Determining Services and Support Needs

Once the application process is complete, it is important to know that there are waiting lists for many of the Services and Supports. The regional DSO agency will work with agencies in your community to assist individuals in most urgent need of developmental services and supports.

Individuals can apply for funding for programs on employment, volunteering, recreational participation or respite. This is known as Passport Funding. More information from the DSO website is available through the link.

..are becoming more and more important as a means of gathering information and developing strategies for the individuals we support.

A case conference is the first step in most reviews. It is a meeting to discuss any course of planning, action or information for discovery to prepare for an action.

A case conference is set up in order to hear input from any of the people involved in the life of the supported individual before moving forward on a course of action. It does not have to be a crisis…it might be a great idea (like a special vacation or applying for a job…) that needs some extra support in the planning.

And a case conference can be called by any person who supports the individual: a family member, a friend, a staff support worker, a manager, a medical professional…any person who works in the best interest of the supported individual.
CHOICES supports the National Case Management Network definition and principles of case management. CHOICES can assist an individual and/or the family or significant others to navigate the developmental services system in Ontario. This assistance is focused on the achievement of goals in concert with the available resources in the developmental services system as funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services.

Case Management is a collaborative, client driven process for the provision of quality health and support services through effective and efficient use of resources. Case Management support the client's achievement of safe, realistic, reasonable goals within a complex health, social and financial environment.

Canadian Standards of Practice for Case Management
Events include, but are not limited to swimming program, dance, bowling, resume program, day trips etc. CHOICES Members will continue to have the opportunity to engage in S.P.R.I.N.T services daily, weekly and or monthly. Individuals over the age of 18, living with a developmental disability in the Hamilton Wentworth area will continue to be welcomed to participate in community events and or services.
For those unfamiliar with the concept of respite, respite care is a family support service that provides temporary relief from the physical and emotional demands involved in caring for a family member who has a disability. Respite creates greater opportunities for all family members to live actively and participate in community activities and allows parents/guardians time for themselves.

Whether it’s for a few hours, a few days or a week, CHOICES respite offers flexible, short-term care and support that meets the needs of Adults with Developmental Disabilities who live in a variety of environments, such as, at home with their parent or caregiver, or in a associate living program.

An intake process helps determine a match to respite program and the focus or goals of the individual during these times. Individuals requiring a greater level of support then the programs current staffing levels will require special consideration and rates for respite reflecting the level of staffing supports needed.

The respite locations have a theme such as, the development of social skills and community inclusion, building healthy relationships and enhancing basic life skills and activities of daily living such as meal preparation, shopping and household chores.

For information about respite services or other developmental services please contact:

Developmental Services Ontario - Hamilton
140 King Street East,
Suite 4 Hamilton,
ON L8N 1B2
Phone: (905) 570-8888
Fax: (905) 522-5998
Developmental Services Ontario - Hamilton