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Archive for October, 2015

Passport Mentoring Initiative

Posted on: October 29th, 2015 by torontodso No Comments

Student Links _2015 flyer


Passport Mentoring continues to create opportunities for students across Ontario as they think about their life after high school.  Students between the ages of 14 and 21, who have an intellectual disability, are realizing possibilities that begin with their individual interests and ideas.  Mentor Coordinators introduce students to mentors who share the same interests or who hold roles that the students wish to explore.  Mentors are people in the community who have valuable information, ideas, and inspiration for students.  With the support of the student’s personal network (family, friends and supporters), this exploration of the possibilities for their future will inspire students to reach their full potential.

If you require more information about Passport Mentoring, please contact Joel MacIntyre  or Linda White, Lead Mentor Coordinators at 1-800-278-8025 or

To join the Passport Mentoring Facebook fanpage, go to and become a fan today!

Disability Tax Credit- Canada Revenue Agency

Posted on: October 26th, 2015 by torontodso No Comments

Disability Tax Credit- Canada Revenue Agency

The disability tax credit (DTC) is a non-refundable tax credit that helps persons with disabilities or their supporting persons reduce the amount of income tax they may have to pay. Being eligible for the DTC can also open the door to other government programs. For more information, go to or call 1-800-959-8281.

DSO Newsletter – Spring/Fall

Posted on: October 15th, 2015 by torontodso No Comments


Please see the attached flyer!


DSO and Passport FAQ – September 2015

Posted on: October 15th, 2015 by torontodso No Comments

Passport and DSO FAQs sept 2015

Important points to keep in mind about DSO and Passport:

Passport Funding Process

Understanding the roles of the Developmental Services Ontario and the Passport Agency


  1. The Developmental Services Ontario (DSO) is the single point of access for funded services for adults 18 years old and over who have a developmental disability. The DSO staff complete the application for Ministry funded services and supports, including Passport.
  2. In order to be considered for Passport funds or an increase in Passport funds, you must complete an assessment/application package through the DSO. The waitlist for this assessment is up to two years due to the high volume of first time applicants and requests for re-assessment.
  3. If you have had your DSO application completed in the past five years, and there are no significant changes to your situation, another application will not be required.
  4. If you do have a significant changing need, contact the DSO intake line. DSO will review your previous application and triage your application according to Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services priority criteria. Examples of significant changing need include: death or illness of a caregiver; imminent loss of housing or day program. If your situation meets this priority criterion, DSO will complete the update ASAP and the updated application will be forwarded to the Passport office when completed.
  5. Unfortunately absence of day program and/or lack of funding for day supports is not always considered one of the priority criteria at this time, but is considered information DSO can update on your file.
  6. Once your application/re-application has been completed it will be submitted to Family Service Toronto (FST), the Passport agency. It will be reviewed by the Passport office and added to the waitlist. You will receive a confirmation later informing you FST has received your application and providing you with the name and contact information of your Passport Coordinator.
  7. Passport funding is allocated when funds are provided by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services). The DSO does not administer or know when money will be released by Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services for Passport applicants.   If your application is selected, the Passport office will be in contact with you via phone and/or mail.
  8. Passport is not “emergency” funding. If you are in crisis, you can call the DSO to link you to the services and supports you may need.
  9. It is important to keep both DSO and Passport informed of any changes to your contact information.
  10. Call either office if you have any questions or concerns


  1. DSO Toronto Region 416-925-4930             Passport Toronto      416-780-1106

Partners for Planning – Seminars and Webseries – RE: Finances and Legal Rights

Posted on: October 6th, 2015 by torontodso No Comments
October 07, 2015
​Time: 12:00 12:45 PM- Expert Graeme Treeby presents creative workable solutions for funding a Henson Trust. Of particular interest to anyone receiving or about to receive ODSP benefits.
Seminar & Webcast
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM – This seminar provides an overview for families who are concerned about their disabled child reaching their age of majority and how to protect their legal rights.
Seminar & Webcast
October 20, 2015
Interested in learning about the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP), a made-in-Canada, long-term savings vehicle designed specifically for individuals with disabilities?
October 27, 2015
​Time: 12:00 12:45 PM – Expert Tom O’Dwyer provides critical information on eligibility for the Disability Tax Credit. He explains why and how the DTC influences your ability to obtain an RDSP.
Seminar & Webcast
November 03, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM – Join us for an overview of wills and estate planning for people who care for someone with a disability.
Seminar & Webcast
November 09, 2015
​Time: 12:00 12:45 PM- RDSP expert Joel Crocker is in studio to provide insights on what you need to be aware of after opening a Registered Disability Savings Plan. 


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