Community Living Belleville and Area provides supports and services to adults with intellectual disabilities, supporting people in 20 locations in the Belleville and surrounding area. Services and supports are individualized for each person and are provided to ensure that people are achieving their identified Personal Outcomes.
This means living in your own home, being an important part of a welcoming community, enjoying friendships with other people and making a meaningful contribution though work and volunteerism.
Passport is a program that supports adults over the age of 18 who have an intellectual disability to be involved in their communities and live as independently as possible. This also includes funding for community participation services and supports, activities of daily living and person-directed planning. The program also provides funding for caregiver respite services and supports for primary caregivers of an adult with an intellectual disability.
COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION AND ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING
- Programs, classes and supports that help develop independence, social and life skills (e.g., literacy, cooking, managing money, computer skills, assistance with personal care needs). This includes fees and supplies.
- Participation in community activities and events (e.g., recreation, club memberships, admission to festivals and museums, sports).
- Pre-employment and employment supports (e.g., skills training, resume development and job coaching).
- Transportation for activities (e.g., transit, mileage, taxis).
- Paying a support worker to help with community participation and daily living activities. This includes a support worker’s expenses while providing support (e.g., meals, transportation and activity fees, expenses for accompanying the person during trips).
Caregiver respite is temporary help to provide a break to primary caregivers. This can be during the day, evening or weekend, and can be in-home or out-of-home.
Respite includes supervising or providing supports for people with daily living activities such as personal care, while caregivers get a temporary break.
Passport funding (up to $2,500) can be used to develop a person-directed plan that builds on the person’s strengths and interests and identifies supports to help them achieve their goals. These supports can be purchased from independent planners, facilitators or developmental services agencies.
Passport funding can cover some employer costs (e.g., Canada Pension Plan contributions, Employment Insurance and Workplace Safety and Insurance Board premiums, vacation pay).
Passport recipients can also use up to ten per cent of Passport funding for administrative supports such as bookkeeping, bank fees, payroll and scheduling support workers.
Expenses NOT covered by Passport
- Housing and home maintenance (e.g., rent, home renovations or modifications, housekeeping)
- Household items and electronics (e.g., furniture, appliances, computers)
- Indirect respite services and supports (e.g., cleaning, meal preparation, snow removal, care of other family members)
- Holiday travel (e.g., personal or family vacations)
- Telephone/telecommunications (e.g., home phone and internet service, cell phone services)
- Groceries, food, and restaurant meals
- Clothing and personal goods and services (e.g., toiletries, spa treatments, aesthetic and cosmetic services)
- Dental care and services
- Fees for therapies/specialized services (e.g. speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nursing, massage therapy)
- Assistive devices and specialized equipment
- Services already received through the Ontario Disability Support Program (e.g., drug benefits, medical aids)
- Tuition for post-secondary programs which can be paid for by government assistance programs (e.g. the Ontario Student Assistance Program), or supports available through an on-campus accessibility office
- Vehicle purchases and/or modifications, leases and rentals
Note: In exceptional cases, the Passport agency may allow expenses that are not normally covered under the program.
For more information, please contact:
Director - Adult/Senior Services and Community Participation Supports
613.969.7407, Ext. 33