Developmental Services Ontario
Northern Region

Your access point for adult developmental services


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The DSO will:

Confirm if you are eligible for adult Ministry funded Developmental Service
Complete an application package to determine your level of support needs
Provide you with information about the available developmental services and supports in your community
Place you on waitlists for developmental supports and services requested
Inform you about other community programs/services that may be useful or interesting for you
Match and link you to Ministry funded developmental services when they become available
Link you with a housing navigator who may help you develop an innovative housing plan
Developmental Services Ontario (DSO) can help individuals with a developmental disability apply for Ministry funded services.
It was established in July 2011, by the Ontario Government in response to the new legislation called The Services and Supports to Promote the Social Inclusion of Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act (2008).

This change was made to ensure the following:
  • There was a single access point to avoid confusion about where to go for adult developmental services;
  • There are clear and consistent ways for determining who is eligible for services;
  • That support needs are determined for each individual by using the same assessment tool across Ontario for everyone;
  • That information can be easily transferred from one DSO office to another; and
  • That there are fair and equitable ways of accessing adult developmental services

Service Partners


Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS): Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP):
MCSS Developmental Services Link: Human Rights Code:
French Language Services Act: Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act:
MCSS Passport Program:


Please select your district:
Community Living Greater Sudbury: Christian Horizons:
Community Living Manitoulin: Community Living Wikwemikong:
Sudbury Community Services: Health Sciences North – Developmental Clinical Services:
Sudbury Developmental Services: L’Arche Sudbury:
Community Living Espanola :
Community Living Algoma:
Wesway Respite Services: Passport Program:
Avenue II: Community Living Thunder Bay:
Lutheran Community Care Centre: OPTIONS Northwest:
Superior Greenstone Association for Community Living:
Atikokan Community Living: MMW Program- Clinical Supports through Surrey Place:
Community Living Dryden-Sioux Lookout: Kenora Association for Community Living:
Community Living Fort Frances:
Third Party Providers of Developmental Services in Ontario

Frequently asked questions

DSO will require the following to assist in determining whether or not an individual is eligible to received services:

Proof of age - must be 18 years or older, provide provide one of the following (birth certificate, Ontario Health Card, Passport; or Driver’s License)
Proof that you are an Ontario resident – provide one of the following: rental or lease agreement, statement of direct deposit for ODSP, Employer record, Mailed bank account statements
Psychological Assessment that tells us about your disability – Your psychological assessment will be reviewed by the DSO office to make sure you are eligible. If there are significant limitations in cognitive and adaptive functioning that occurred before your 18th birthday, and support will belief long, you are eligible to receive services. If you do not have a psychological assessment or if information is not clear, we may be able to assist you in arranging to have an updated assessment.
To book an assessment with DSO, contact our toll free number at 1-855-DSO-NORD (376-6673).

The ADSS (The Application for Adult Developmental Services and Supports) is a tool that includes several components which include: basic demographic and contact information; a person’s lifestyle preferences, strengths and goals for the future; background information on medical and behavioural support needs; information about current services and supports that may be involved; current caregiver and family circumstances; and services and supports that a person is requesting.

The SIS (Supports Intensity Scale) is a tool that helps to identify the pattern and intensity of supports a person needs to participate in everyday activities. During this meeting we talk about the kind of support a person may need at home, in the community, at work or educational activities, in their relationships or simply to stay healthy and safe.

Each assessment is booked over two days. The ADSS is completed first and usually takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete. The SIS would be scheduled on another day, as this appointment also requires 2-3 hours to complete. We do recommend scheduling 3 hours for each assessment.
A respondent is someone who has known the person being evaluated for at least 3 months, and has observed the person in one or more environments for a substantial period of time (parent, staff, job-coach, teacher or self).
A Developmental disability is present at birth or develops before 18 years of age; limits a person’s ability to learn; is permanent; and can be mild or severe.

News and Updates

Stay up-to-date with the latest news about developmental services in Ontario with our Spotlight newsletter provided by the Ministry of Community and Social Services of Ontario.

Request Presentation

Presentations are provided to inform members of our community about Developmental Services Ontario and how to apply for services. Presentations will cover eligibility criteria, information about how to apply, overview of assessments, DS services and much more.
Presentations can be done in person or via video conferencing. To request a presentation/information session in your area please fill out the form below and a DSO team member will contact you regarding your request.

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