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 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.

Our Beliefs

  • SSAH /Passport are vital supports, essential for families
  • SSAH /Passport helps people and families to live meaningful lives in the community
  • SSAH/Passport is dynamic changing and growing to respond to individual and family needs
  • SSAH/Passport policies should change and progress with input from individuals and families

The SSAH\PASSPORT Coalition is comprised of  Individuals, Families, Family Groups and Associations.

We are very proud of our history of working collaboratively.

Family 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 groups:

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

Provincial 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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  • SSAH/Passport Provincial Coalition added 2 new photos.

    Here is a Message that the SSAHPC shared at the recent Family Alliance ON conference held Oct 29, 2016 about some SSAH statistics from the past versus the present ones we know. There are 2 pages here to share with you. In addition, there are some important links and some tips for you about what you can do regarding your SSAH funding. These could be helpful; especially, if your son/daughter needs more SSAH support.

  • There is a conference being held by Family Alliance Ontario -Oct 29-30, 2016 that may be of interest to families . Please see the posted flyer or email: familyallianceont@gmail.com or go to their facebook page.

  • After the long awaited Paul Dube, Ombudsman's report was released Wed. Aug. 24th, 2016, SSAHPC members have read this document with tears, anger and frustration. The link for this report is on our web site- News page and FB page (see previous post) Please read one parent's perspective who has said it best ! Please feel free to share this page with other families, your neighbours, relatives and friends. You could even share with your provincial M.P.P. A Parent’s Perspective – August 27th, 2016 Families throughout Ontario have waited patiently for the Ombudsman’s report, “Nowhere to Turn: Investigation into the Ministry of Community and Social Services’ response to situations of crisis involving adults with developmental disabilities”. During nearly four years Ombudsman staff received about 1,500 complaints from families in extreme distress whose sons and daughters have been failed by a broken system that left them to flounder in hospitals, long term care facilities, homeless shelters and even prisons. A wise man once told me if I couldn’t figure out what went wrong to “follow the money” and it would lead to some answers. When we try to follow the money at the Ministry for Community and Social Services we find a reduction of regions in the province from 9 to 5 but no decrease in staff. We find millions of dollars spent on what some parents call dehumanizing, tortuous assessments done on individuals every five years with no services or reasonable funding as an outcome. We find bureaucrats willing to place people with developmental disabilities in hospitals at huge expense rather than support that person at home or in his community for a fraction of the price. We find elderly parents trying to create solutions for their children being left unfunded and unheard. We find not-for-profit agencies turning away people because they have no funds to pay for its services. We find a ministry that funds agencies at twice the dollars that it funds an individual living in the family home, to pay for the same supports. The saddest most shocking part of the report is the telling of stories of tremendous neglect and indifference to the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families by the Ministry of Community and Social Services. One thinks of the mandate of physicians to “Do no harm” and wishes it could be adopted by this bureaucracy. When did it happen that authorities could so easily turn a blind eye to conditions so egregious that they brought hardened police to tears and disbelief regarding the levels of degradation people must live in? So often throughout the report, we are told that it is the police who fight fiercely for better care for individuals and are shocked when met with a bureaucracy that does not respond. Constantly we are told of a ministry that cannot or will not respond to any crisis. Minister Helena Jaczek has apologized to the individuals with developmental disabilities and their families who have been so terribly hurt by the Developmental Service system. She has promised to act on all the Report’s recommendations. Words are nice, but it is actions that people with developmental disabilities and their families need now. It is too late for some; too late for Guy Mitchell and for many others whose tragic stories have not been told in the newspapers. We are grateful for this report from the Ombudsman. It is long and filled with hours of hard, painstaking work to reveal the facts. Now it is up to the ministry to do the right thing and to do it now. *********

  • On August 24, 2016 Paul Dube, the Ontario Ombudsman released the long awaited "4 years coming" report. This document is the result of an investigation related to complaints from families and people on Ministry of Community and Social Services supports to people with disabilities and their families. Here is the link, Find relevant documents on the Ombudsman’s website at: https://www.ombudsman.on.ca/Investigations/SORT-Investigations/Completed/Adults-with-developmental-disabilities-in-crisis.aspx

  • Yesterday on Aug 24, 2016 The ombudsman released their final report after 4 years of waiting for the over 1450 families who submitted complaints about MCSS and met with Ombudsman staff including many family members of SSAHPC . Here is the link to the report https://www.ombudsman.on.ca/Files/sitemedia/Documents/NTT-Final-EN-w-cover-linked.pdf4 We will have more comments and posts about this shocking report.

  • SSAH/Passport Provincial Coalition shared a Page.

  • very good article on RDSP... All families who have a child with a disability should have an RDSP.

  • SSAH/Passport Provincial Coalition shared a link.

  • Check out Family Alliance Ontario survey results

  • SSAH/Passport Provincial Coalition shared a link.

  • This message is being shared from Family Alliance Ontario, one of our partners of SSAHPC. Family Alliance Ontario would like to advocate to insure that families across Ontario have similar experiences with the Passport funding program. We have heard from families that they are confused about some aspects of Passport and that there are some inconstancies in access to an advance of funds. We are asking families who receive Passport funding to complete a very short survey about this. This survey is completely anonymous. Please click on the link below to complete the survey. Thank you for your assistance. http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/cindy-kabel-mitchell/requesting-advance-passport-funding/ Requesting Advance Passport Funding - 0% fluidsurveys.com Requesting Advance Passport Funding - Family Alliance Ontario, FAO Survey

  • Guest Column from the Windsor Star: Don’t segregate children because of special needs Contributor: By Alison Ouellette Apr 21, 2015 - 8:39 PM EDT Last Updated: Apr 21, 2015 - 8:54 PM EDT Some history is important to share after all the news articles, letters and commentary about the John McGivney preschool closing. My son attended this preschool when it opened in 1978. He lived with both physical and developmental challenges, including acute specialized medical needs. Thirty-five years ago he was not eligible to attend a regular preschool. But opportunities improved because we educated ourselves about what was important and normal for all preschool children and advocated for inclusion. We learned that being with his peers was one of the most normal and important building blocks to our son’s life. His growth and education did not hinge on fixing or curing him. After a number of years being segregated, we enrolled him in a regular preschool with his sister when he became eligible in the 1980s. He met many children, made friends and loved laughing and playing with the other children. Our family learned a huge lesson — that David was perfect just the way he was. He didn’t need fixing. He needed relationships that would prepare him for life. He learned by being with other children as early childhood education dictates, by learning through play and he was motivated by his peers to achieve skills. His teachers focused on individual skill development and looked to the resource teachers for support to develop ideas to achieve those skills. My mother always said, “A good teacher is a good teacher, is a good teacher.” Yes, we wanted our son to achieve whatever skills were possible, the same as what we wanted for our other two children. We knew because of his disability certain things were not possible. He used a wheelchair and adapted equipment that was designed for him. We moved forward to focus on the positive and achieve what he could. We adapted as we went along. A wise educator, Jim Hansen from Hamilton, once said, “All means all.” Today, children with disabilities can be supported to attend and participate in regular preschools. Physio and occupational therapy follow them through the services of Children First. Resource teachers and resources are available in the regular preschools and schools. Any special equipment that is needed stays there with the kids, just as a wheelchair belongs to the individual child. I would not want to go back to the old days of segregation where only kids with disabilities go to special schools together. Every disabled person who is successful will tell you it is because their parents not only believed in them but believed in inclusion and found support for their child. All parents know we need to advocate for our children — disabled or not. We cannot be silent about separating our kids from the regular stream of life. This separateness promotes isolation and loneliness. It does not prepare them for life in our community. In the past century, parents were told to place their child, go away, forget about that child and go on with their life. I was one of those parents. When the professionals said special institutions, far away from communities and neighbourhoods, were best for their child, most parents believed and trusted them. Years later, we have learned of the atrocities that went on in those so-called special places; the children were not safe. The past 35 years have seen splendid growth in supports and resources available to individuals with disabilities and their families in our community. Individuals and their families have advocated for the best everyday life. Let’s not separate or segregate our fellow citizens ever again. Let’s not go back to last century’s mistakes. Throughout life half the battle is being there alongside our friends and neighbours. Let’s support children and people with disabilities in our regular community services. Remember “ it takes a village to raise a child.” Alison Ouellette lives in Windsor and is an advocate for children disabilities.

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