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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    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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  • 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.

  • Dear M. Wynne: I have received a post from one of my civil servants for Arlene Berday, Ministry of Community and Social Services regional director/A south west region. Informing me, in essence I have to submit to the DSO for continued supports for my daughter’s on going cure and comfort. This is all well and good, and is information that I am already well aware of. There is a problem with this letter representing Arlene Berday, in that it has nothing to do with my position or what I am asking and demanding from my government. Thus the letter representing Arlene Berday is nonsensical and absurd and is dismissed out of hand simply because it does not address the issues I have raised I require an answer, or at the very least an Honourable attempt at negotiations. So once again I will state the following and I require a timely response. Is it reasonable before law, to remove funding being provided as a contract of fact, for the reasonable care because of a man or women’s age? Is it reasonable for a government to force a man or women to reapply for funds that are already in place and are agreed to simply because a statute requires a man or women to go from one government department to another for the same funding because they have reached an age threshold and have to face the fear and the risk of losing what is already agreed to as reasonable? I say it is discrimination of the highest order. I say it is a charter (s) violation. I say it is immoral I say it is a clear and present threat and danger to my daughters, life, liberty and security of person. I am a Father, I have a duty, an obligation to provide the necessaries of life and to provide cure and comfort and protection for my child. What I claim as my right: As a man, I have a profound fundamental right to father. Let all who would cast their eyes on these words take comfort in the knowledge that their very being and life is because a man chose to exercise that right to father and gave the seed that made you live. This right is profound and fundamental, as are the lawful duties and obligations to bear the responsibility pursuant to that right. The authority of the father is also profound; to exercise such measures of that authority to secure such necessaries of life, comfort, cure and protections that I deem necessary and reasonable in order for my children to grow and mature into the extraordinary citizens they have the potential to be. To not use this authority to see to my children (s) needs is criminal. I reserve the right to order and command my elected representative servants their agents and corporate institutions, to assist me in fulfilling my duties and obligations in accordance with and in keeping with such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society. And furthermore: The duties and obligation of this father that I am, are eternal to my children as is my love for them: they are unconditional and forever, as long as I live. This is my right and in keeping with the best interests of my daughter in my heart and before God. There is no greater thing that a man can do. If what I say is not true, the burden of proof lies with government, under full corporate legal liability under oath and attestation before law to say what I claim is not true. What I require: I require the Ontario Government to continue to honour their contract of fact with me as Shannon’s father, and to continue to provide the funds needed to maintain the reasonable care my daughter is receiving regardless of her age or provincial or federal statute, regulation, ministerial order or program whatever, and in spite of anything whatsoever that could be used to defer, change, reduce, disrupt or terminate the treatment plan that by existing agreement and professional assessment is reasonable and currently in place. If this matter is not resolved in a timely, reasonable manner, and in keeping with my daughter’s needs, I shall bring all government actors playing their respective relevant roles to Law for remedy. If this matter shall see the days accomplished such that reasonable care shall come to an end as of 31 March 2014 and service thereupon withdrawn, I shall use the prerogative writs such as Mandamus to order and compel government to continue to supply funds for my daughter’s reasonable care, until the matter is settled to the satisfaction my daughter is entitled to. What the law says. Canadian Charter of rights and freedoms, Constitution act 1982 Other rights and freedoms not affected by Charter 26. The guarantee in this Charter of certain rights and freedoms shall not be construed as denying the existence of any other rights or freedoms that exist in Canada . What the criminal code says: Duty of persons to provide necessaries 215. (1) Every one is under a legal duty (a) as a parent, foster parent, guardian or head of a family, to provide necessaries of life for a child under the age of sixteen years; (c) to provide necessaries of life to a person under his charge if that person (i) is unable, by reason of detention, age, illness, mental disorder or other cause, to withdraw himself from that charge, and (ii) is unable to provide himself with necessaries of life. The Premier has until the 30 July 2013 to respond after which the matter will be brought to Law for remedy. Regards Doug Bloch-Hansen All rights reserved

  • Doug Bloch-Hansen 43 Millers Road London, Ontario N5Z 4N4 Premier of Ontario Hon John Gerretsen, Attorney General Kathleen Wynne Ministry of the Attorney General Room 281 11th Floor 111 Wellesley Street West 720 Bay Street Toronto, Ontario Toronto , Ontario M5G 2K1 Hon Ted McMeekin Ministry of Community and Social Services 6th Floor, Hepburn Block 80 Grosvenor Street Toronto , Ontario M7A 1E9 8 July , 2013 Dear M. Wynne: I have received a post from one of my civil servants for Arlene Berday, Ministry of Community and Social Services regional director/A south west region. Informing me, in essence I have to submit to the DSO for continued supports for my daughter’s on going cure and comfort. This is all well and good, and is information that I am already well aware of. There is a problem with this letter representing Arlene Berday, in that it has nothing to do with my position or what I am asking and demanding from my government. Thus the letter representing Arlene Berday is nonsensical and absurd and is dismissed out of hand simply because it does not address the issues I have raised I require an answer, or at the very least an Honourable attempt at negotiations. So once again I will state the following and I require a timely response. Is it reasonable before law, to remove funding being provided as a contract of fact, for the reasonable care because of a man or women’s age? Is it reasonable for a government to force a man or women to reapply for funds that are already in place and are agreed to simply because a statute requires a man or women to go from one government department to another for the same funding because they have reached an age threshold and have to face the fear and the risk of losing what is already agreed to as reasonable? I say it is discrimination of the highest order. I say it is a charter (s) violation. I say it is immoral I say it is a clear and present threat and danger to my daughters, life, liberty and security of person. I am a Father, I have a duty, an obligation to provide the necessaries of life and to provide cure and comfort and protection for my child. What I claim as my right: As a man, I have a profound fundamental right to father. Let all who would cast their eyes on these words take comfort in the knowledge that their very being and life is because a man chose to exercise that right to father and gave the seed that made you live. This right is profound and fundamental, as are the lawful duties and obligations to bear the responsibility pursuant to that right. The authority of the father is also profound; to exercise such measures of that authority to secure such necessaries of life, comfort, cure and protections that I deem necessary and reasonable in order for my children to grow and mature into the extraordinary citizens they have the potential to be. To not use this authority to see to my children (s) needs is criminal. I reserve the right to order and command my elected representative servants their agents and corporate institutions, to assist me in fulfilling my duties and obligations in accordance with and in keeping with such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society. And furthermore: The duties and obligation of this father that I am, are eternal to my children as is my love for them: they are unconditional and forever, as long as I live. This is my right and in keeping with the best interests of my daughter in my heart and before God. There is no greater thing that a man can do. If what I say is not true, the burden of proof lies with government, under full corporate legal liability under oath and attestation before law to say what I claim is not true. What I require: I require the Ontario Government to continue to honour their contract of fact with me as Shannon’s father, and to continue to provide the funds needed to maintain the reasonable care my daughter is receiving regardless of her age or provincial or federal statute, regulation, ministerial order or program whatever, and in spite of anything whatsoever that could be used to defer, change, reduce, disrupt or terminate the treatment plan that by existing agreement and professional assessment is reasonable and currently in place. If this matter is not resolved in a timely, reasonable manner, and in keeping with my daughter’s needs, I shall bring all government actors playing their respective relevant roles to Law for remedy. If this matter shall see the days accomplished such that reasonable care shall come to an end as of 31 March 2014 and service thereupon withdrawn, I shall use the prerogative writs such as Mandamus to order and compel government to continue to supply funds for my daughter’s reasonable care, until the matter is settled to the satisfaction my daughter is entitled to. What the law says. Canadian Charter of rights and freedoms, Constitution act 1982 Other rights and freedoms not affected by Charter 26. The guarantee in this Charter of certain rights and freedoms shall not be construed as denying the existence of any other rights or freedoms that exist in Canada . What the criminal code says: Duty of persons to provide necessaries 215. (1) Every one is under a legal duty (a) as a parent, foster parent, guardian or head of a family, to provide necessaries of life for a child under the age of sixteen years; (c) to provide necessaries of life to a person under his charge if that person (i) is unable, by reason of detention, age, illness, mental disorder or other cause, to withdraw himself from that charge, and (ii) is unable to provide himself with necessaries of life. The Premier has until the 30 July 2013 to respond after which the matter will be brought to Law for remedy. Regards Doug Bloch-Hansen All rights reserved

  • This is whats on my mind, constantly, as I continue to advocate for my very sick daughter, in a social health care system gone that makes no sense and has lost reason. Many people make the error of life by defining them selves in terms of what they do (which is easy) rather than who they are (which is very hard) Here's a big part of who I am and it is for my children, and I challeng anyone to say otherwise and prove it. What I claim: As a man, I have a profound fundamental right to father. Let all who would cast their eyes on these words take comfort in the knowledge that their very being and life is because a man chose to exercise that right to father and gave the seed that made you live. This right is profound and fundamental, as are the lawful duties and obligations to bear the responsibility pursuant to that right. The authority of the father is also profound; to exercise such measures of that authority to secure such necessaries of life, comfort, cure and protections that I deem necessary and reasonable in order for my children to grow and mature into the extraordinary citizens they have the potential to be. To not use this authority to see to my children (s) needs is criminal. I reserve the right to order and command my elected representative servants their agents and corporate institutions, to assist me in fulfilling my duties and obligations in accordance with and in keeping with such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society. And furthermore: The duties and obligation of this father that I am, are eternal to my children as is my love for them: they are unconditional and forever, so long as I live. This is my right and in keeping with the best interests of my daughter in my heart and before God. There is no greater thing that a man can do. If what I say is not true, the burden of proof lies with government, under full corporate legal liability under oath and attestation before law to say what I claim is not true.