Welcome to the SSAH & Passport Coalition!

Our Mission

We are a coalition of individuals, families, organizations, associations and agencies dedicated to ensuring that families in Ontario receive the meaningful support they require through the Special Services at Home Program and the Passport Funding Program.

Who We Are:

The SSAH /Passport Coalition (SSAHPC) was initially formed in 1990 by a dedicated group of individuals, families and agencies who joined together. We expanded our mandate to include the Passport Program in 2011. We came together for strength and support because of growing concerns regarding the need to expand policy and funding for Special Services at Home program (SSAH)and the Passport program. In the early 90′s , we believe our advocacy efforts encouraged the government to increase the SSAH funds.

SSAHPC continues to dedicate our efforts to ensure our mission is achieved.

SSAH/Passport Coalition is a large and ever growing coalition of families, individuals, agencies, provincial organizations and family networks.

We are very proud of the many groups that are members:

Family Member Groups:

  • Family Alliance Ontario -provincial
  • Windsor Essex Family Network
  • Hamilton Family Network
  • Family Voice Lanark
  • Leeds and Grenville Family Network
  • London Family Network
  • Families for a Secure Future
  • Sarnia-Lambton Family Network
  • Toronto Family Network
  • Thunder Bay Family Network

Other member groups:

  • Brampton Caledon Community Living
  • Brockville and District Association for Community Involvement

Provincial Member Groups:

  • Autism Society Ontario
  • Coalition for Inclusive Education
  • Community Living Ontario
  • Down Syndrome Society of Ontario
  • The Easter Seal Society Ontario
  • Extend A Family
  • Individualized Funding Coalition of Ontario
  • Ontario Association of Children’s Rehabilitation Services
  • Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy
  • Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Association Ontario


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Our Beliefs

  • SSAH /Passport are vital supports and must become First Choice programs.
  • SSAH /Passport are essential for families
  • SSAH /Passport helps people and families to live meaningful lives in the community
  • SSAH/Passport can change and grow to respond to individual and family needs
  • People with disabilities and their families have much to contribute about how SSAH/Passport could progress

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Our Latest News

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    Important Policy Brief

    Dr Patricia Spindel released a Policy Brief to the Minister of Community and Social Services, Premier Wynn and to the Clerk of the Standing Committee...

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  • LATEST ....GREAT News about movement from the Passport Waiting Lis...t for people and their families – Sept 2014 The word is spreading around Ontario . Families are receiving phone calls. We are happy to spread the news even further. What Great News……Families are hearing from their MCSS office/ Passport offices that their sons and daughters who have been on the Passport waiting list for YEARS are being notified that their funds are NOW approved. We say YEAH and keep it coming ! The government has finally responded to the crisis of lack of Direct Funding such as Passport funding for individuals ....Co Chair of SSAHPC, Alison

  • LATEST ....GREAT News about movement from the Passport Waiting List for people and their families – Sept 2014 The word is spreading around Ontario . Families are receiving phone calls. We are happy to spread the news even further. What Great News……Families are hearing from their MCSS office/ Passport offices that their sons and daughters who have been on the Passport waiting list for YEARS are being notified that their funds are NOW approved. We say YEAH and keep it coming ! The government has finally responded to the crisis of lack of Direct Funding such as Passport funding for individuals ....Co Chair of SSAHPC, Alison

  • The provincial government helped ease the burden with some financial assistance for developmental disabilities. Sacha Long explains.

  • Ontario plans to eliminate waitlists for direct funding for 21,000 people with developmental disabilities.

  • Hi! I'm having trouble with password and user name. Any advise....I'm a new member. thanks! I need help!!

  • http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/02/11/job_training_for_canadians_with_intellectual_disabilities_gets_boost_in_federal_budget.html

    Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s budget has small boosts for training programs helping Canadians with intellectual disabilities get to work.

  • Update about the Select Committee on Developmental Services: For a limited time the interview will be available for the following. It is an hour long show. Thanks to Marilyn Dolmage for providing the link. - Cheri DiNovo has a weekly U of T radio show called "Three Women" and last Tuesday her topic was the future of Developmental Services.Cheri (a member of the Select Committee herself) interviewed 2 Liberal members - Soo Wong and Chair Laura Albanese - before Marilyn Dolmage. It will be posted at http://www.ciut.fm/shows/spoken-word/3-women/ just until Tuesday (they keep only one week of archives).

    Tuesdays, 9:00-10:00am The program will cover varied topics primarily dealing with Women in politics. Women at all three levels, municipal, provincial and federal will be guests. Themes will be f...

  • Researchers paint grim picture of preventive care, medications and "band-aid solutions"

  • A “Housing Study Group” was created by the Partnership Table in 2012. This Table brings together representatives of MCSS and the developmental services sector (including agencies and community/family groups). They were asked to investigate the critical problem of residential supports. This Housing Study Group prepared the report “Ending the Wait: An Action Agenda to Address the Housing Crisis Confronting Ontario Adults with Developmental Disabilities” and released it in September 2013. Read more on http://www.communitylivingontario.ca/ They have the report on their web site that you can download.

    Community Living Ontario recognizes the great injustice suffered by people who had an intellectual disability and were sent away from their community to government run institutions over many decades.

  • Recently there has been a lot of talk on the news about a very hateful letter written to a family about their son living with autism. The responses to this letter has been varied here is one in particular by Erin Sheldon from Kingston Ontario that we thought we would share with you. http://www.thewhig.com/2013/08/20/letters-to-the-editor-for-aug-21

    Hateful autism letter is part of larger problem

  • Can anyone provide tips/info when it comes to Personal Development and Growth examples that may be used when applying?

  • Ontario is boosting support for adults with a developmental disability, with a focus on those facing the highest risks.