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Now Available: My Search Tool

Service Coordination Support (SCS) for People with Developmental Disabilities is pleased to announce the launch of My Search Tool now available at

My Search Tool

My Search Tool was developed in collaboration with Community Navigation of Eastern Ontario (CNEO), also known as 211 Eastern Region. It offers a library of useful resources and services in the Ottawa area that are selected for the people we support at SCS. We are currently working on adding the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, the United Counties of Prescott and Russell, and Renfrew County.

“We are proud to have provided SCS with the tools to launch My Search Tool, which we believe will be very helpful to people with developmental disabilities who want to find resources or services in their community,” said John Hoyles, Executive Director of CNEO.

When using My Search Tool, the person has the options to complete a search by topic, location, age or distance from their place. Topics were chosen based on areas where demand for resources and services may be greater for an individual with a developmental disability or autism: education, employment/volunteering, finance/funding, health, housing, legal and advocacy, recreation/camp/social, respite, special support care, transition life phase and transportation.

My Search Tool greatly contributes to the progress of SCS’s mission to support people with developmental disabilities and children with autism in finding available resources and planning for the future of their choice.

Temporary wage increase for direct support workers

Learn about temporary financial support to cover a wage increase for people and families who pay for services from eligible direct support workers with funding from the Passport program.

Children receiving funding from at least one of the following direct support programs can also qualify:

  • Ontario Autism Program (OAP) Childhood Budget or Interim One-time Funding
  • Enhanced Respite for Medically Fragile and/or Technologically Dependent Children (MFTDC)
  • Special Services At Home (SSAH)
  • Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD)

Click on this link to learn more:

Session Invitation: Human Rights, Disability and COVID-19

Please join Reach Canada, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) and Ottawa human rights lawyer, Yavar Hameed, on Wednesday, February 10 2021, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, for an educational session on human rights, disability, and COVID-19.

Yavar Hameed will speak about service disruptions, income insecurity and Emergency Orders, during the pandemic and the challenges they create for disability rights advocacy.

Following the presentation, there will also be time for a question and answer period.

Click here to register now

Reach Legal Education sessions are made possible with the generous support of the Ottawa Community Foundation.

Coming Together 2020 Virtual Series: Materials From Keynote Presentation

To access COVID resources from CAMH and H-CARDD:

To access videos mentioned during the keynote presentation:

More resources:

Invitation to a mindfulness group for autistic adults and their caregivers
Some of you seemed to enjoy the mindfulness activity. CAMH are offering a mindfulness group for autistic adults and their caregivers group starting November 14th (there are still a few spots). You can find more information about this group and other mindfulness groups for families, and for people with disabilities, by emailing us at

Prime Minister announces supports for Canadians with disabilities to address challenges from COVID-19

Last week, SCS joined an initiative encouraging provincial organizations and our partners to send a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau and MPs located in the Eastern Region requesting financial support to help people with developmental disabilities deal with extra expenses during the pandemic.

Our Board members took it a step further and connected with local MPs to ensure the message was heard.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced support to help Canadians with disabilities deal with extra expenses during the pandemic.

This support includes a special one-time, tax-free payment to individuals who are certificate holders of the Disability Tax Credit as of June 1, 2020, as follows:

  • $600 for Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate.
  • $300 for Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate and who are eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension.
  • $100 for Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate and who are eligible for the OAS pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).

Click on this link to read the announcement: