As part of transition planning from the age of 16 onwards, families can receive information and help organizing applications for government assisted programs for when their child will turn 18 years of age.
Students who have reached the age of 18 and begin the transition from secondary school to community living or post-secondary studies after completing high school between the ages of 19 and 21, can apply for these programs while still in school.
Families must already receive the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) for the child in order to apply for these programs under the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services:
- the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) offered through Ontario Works
- Passport Funding for Adults with Developmental Disabilities (offered by Developmental Services Ontario )
- Social assistance through Ontario Works (if applicable)
Information, support and assistance is available to adult students and their families to navigate the next phase of their stage of life, including help with:
- Completing application forms correctly
- Obtaining professional assessments to support applications
- Organizing supporting documents
- Ensuring timely submission
- Application follow-up
- Orientation to financial services in the community
- Person directed planning
- Independent facilitator / representation for the person with the disability to assist in decision-making, daily activity living, work, volunteer opportunities
- Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) if not already in place
Many options are available for adult students with varying levels of disabilities to pursue learning and education such as:
- Modified timetable with full-time student status but fewer courses over an extended program completion timeline (for credit)
- Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) application
- Ontario Bursary for Students with Disabilities
- Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities
Information on sheltered work environments are also offered where adults with disabilities have opportunities to work with inclusive employers in jobs suited to their abilities.