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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    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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  • 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/


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    Requesting Advance Passport Funding - Family Alliance Ontario, FAO Survey

  • Remembering Judith Snow Jun 3, 2015 Posted by CLO-admin, Communications & Marketing Coordinator. It is with a deep sense of loss that we announce...

  • 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.

  • Agencies cite critical gaps in adult autism services | Toronto Star

    Province lacks plan, fails to respond to all-party recommendations, says letter to ombudsman

  • Support Family Alliance Ontario's efforts to respond to government's knowledge of how families are still struggling.

  • SSAH/Passport Provincial Coalition shared a link.

    Ombudsman

  • SSAH/Passport Provincial Coalition shared a link.

    Passport is a program that helps adults 18 years or older with a developmental disability to participate in their communities. It also helps caregivers of an adult with a developmental disability take a break from their caregiving responsibilities. Passport provides funding for services and supports…

  • 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

  • SSAH/Passport Provincial Coalition shared a link.

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

  • Amanda Fenlong shared a link to SSAH/Passport Provincial Coalition's Timeline.

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

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  • 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...

  • SSAH/Passport Provincial Coalition shared a link.

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