Please note that we are currently reviewing the resources in this section to make sure they are current and accurate.
Drop in between Monday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The resource room is a place to:
- ask about community resources for persons with developmental disabilities;
- receive help in completing service application forms;
- register for programs or services.
Click on this link to access the library:
What is respite?
Respite is simply a ‘break’. It often helps when families have a break from the demands of care-giving. It gives the family time to be free of their care-giving responsibilities for a short time. This allows them to take care of other important things such as rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. It can also give the family member who has a developmental disability or autism opportunities to meet new people, have fun and learn new skills. In short, respite can improve the quality of life of both care-givers and their family members with developmental disabilities or autism.
Respiteservices.com/Ottawa is hosted by SCS. It is a secure website with tools that match you with Direct Support Providers who can provide respite. This service is available to children and adults with developmental disabilities and/or autism in Ottawa.
Click here to access respiteservices.com/Ottawa
Community Respite Services
The respite programs, some of which are funded by the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services and others are private.
Change can be exciting and challenging for lots of people. The transition from high school life to life as an adult can be particularly so. It is a time for you as the person leaving high school and your family to make important decisions about the future. These decisions include making choices about education, employment, volunteering, relationships, community participation and social involvement.
Person-directed planning is an interactive, dynamic, person-focused, ongoing process that helps bring clarity to the decision-making process. It enables the identification of opportunities and experiences that are available in your community. It will help you to prepare, plan, set goals and take action to assist with a successful transition into life as an adult. Understanding and undertaking the steps involved in person-directed planning is often the fist step required to building a good life in the community.
Person-directed planning (also called Person-Centered Planning)
This is an ongoing planning process that helps to determine goals and paths for clients. Person-directed planning begins with listening to families and clients in order to understand what it is that they want in their lives. It builds on dreams, strengths and capabilities. Understanding what is of value to clients and their families and knowing how clients can participate in the community is key to the process.
The following Person-Directed Planning guide has been designed by The Individualized Funding Coalition for Ontario and funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services of Ontario:
A Guide on Person-Directed Planning
For further resources, you may wish to search the internet using terms such as person centred planning, inclusion or social integration.
SCS is not a crisis centre.
Individuals in crisis need to contact the appropriate direct services, here are some options:
- Emergencies (life threatening event or crime in progress)
- Ottawa Police (other emergencies)
- Children’s Aid Society (mandated to protect children and youth from abuse and neglect)
- Child, Youth and Family Crisis Line (24 hour telephone service for children, youth and parents)
- Ottawa region’s bilingual crisis lines (first point of access / crisis team)
- The Distress Center (crisis intervention, information and referral)
- City of Ottawa (Social and Community Support)
These forms can be saved or printed so that they can be filled out. If you need assistance in accessing a form, having it printed or help filling it out please contact our Service Access team at 613-748-1788 or drop into our Resource Room.
SCS community database focuses on local services and supports for children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities and/or autism.
We invite you to browse through the information available. You can search the database by subject or agency. You can also print the information you find.
If you would like more information about these services or you cannot find the service you need please call SCS at 613-748-1788, drop in to our resource room or send us a message at email@example.com.
Most of our resource information can be searched in the Community Information Centre Ottawa database. Below, we have provided links to government sites, other disabilities, services and other pertinent sites that you may find helpful.
Transfer Payment Agencies
Transfer Payment Agencies (TPA) are public non-profit organizations, directly funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS). These agencies are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board is mandated by MCCSS to offer services and/or programs to the community. Service contracts are signed between the parties and describe the nature of the services offered.
- L’Arche Ottawa
- Association pour intégration sociale d’Ottawa
- Canadian Mental Health Association
- Ottawa-Carleton Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities
- Christian Horizons
- Citizen Advocacy Ottawa
- Innovative Community Support Service
- Ottawa-Carleton Lifeskills
- Ottawa Children’s Treatement Centre
- Ottawa Foyer Partage – 613-225-2126
- Ottawa Rotary Home
- Total Communication Environment
- Y’s Owl Maclure Cooperative Centre
Outside Paid Resources
Outside Paid Resources (OPR) are private for-profit organisations. These organisations are directly funded and monitored by TPAs and service agreements are signed between the parties. Families can also purchase services from these organizations directly.
- Bairncroft Residential Services
Residential services (613) 841-6844
- Bergeron Family Home
Residential services (613) 443-3680
- Chamomile Country Project
Residential services (613) 258-1153
- Family Tree Youth Services
Residential services (613) 833-1608
- Genesis Residential Treatment Program
Residential services (613) 744-4693
- Greenland Country Haven
Respite and Day services (613) 832-0708
- Open Arms
Residential services (613) 821-9797
- Partners in Parenting
Residential and Day services
- Precious Homes
Residential services (613) 821-1990
- Les Résidences Kaba & Léonard
services résidentiel (613) 834-6929
- River View Homes
Residential services (613) 835-2324
- Sinclair Children’s Residence
Children’s residential services (613) 821-1929
- Sonshine Families
Residential and Day services
- Welcome Home Children’s Residence
Residential and Day services 613-833-1676
- Ability Online
- Berdhanya Council of Children and Family
- Big Sisters Big Brothers Ottawa
- Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa
- Causeway Work Centre
- Catholic Family Services
- Cerebral Palsy Group
- The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
- Disabled Persons Community Resources
- Families Matter Co-operative Inc.
- Family Services Centre of Ottawa
- Food Bank
- H’Art of Ottawa
- Housing Help
- Lifetime Networks Ottawa
- O-C Transpo (Ottawa Bus Service)
- Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs
- Ontario Central Forms Site (containing all provincial forms)
- Ottawa Police Services
- Ottawa Public Library
- Ottawa Salus
- Site central des formulaires du gouvernment de l’Ontario
- Social Planning Council of Ottawa
- Ottawa-Carleton Catholic School Board
- Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
Community Centres in Ottawa
- Carlington Community Health Services Centretown Community Health Centre
- Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre
- Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre
- Hunt Club-Riverside Community Services Centre
- Lowertown Community Resource Centre
- Nepean Community Resource Centre
- Overbook-Forbes Community Resource Centre
- Pinecrest-Queensway Health and Community Services
- Sandy Hill Community Health Centre
- Somerset West Community Health Centre
- South East Ottawa Centre for Healthy Community
- Vanier Community Service Centre
- Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre
- Ministry of Education – Publications for parents(helpful hints for parents)
- Andrew Fleck Child Care Services
- Centre psycho-social pour enfants et familles d’Ottawa
- Child and Youth Health Network for Eastern Ontario
- Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa
- Children’s Inclusion Support Services
- Children at Risk
- Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre
- Special Services at Home
- The Parent Resource Centre
- Youth Services Bureau
Parents with Special Needs Children Resources
- Understanding Dyslexia and How to Help Children Who Have It
- The Importance of Self-Esteem for Kids With Learning and Attention Issues
- Parenting Tips for ADHD: Do’s and Don’ts
- How to Create an Autism-Friendly Environment for Kids
- How to Discuss Puberty with Your Child Who Has Special Needs
- Creating the Optimal Environment for a Kid with ADHD
- Teens with ADHD: Recognizing Signs of Depression
- Teaching the Person with Autism How to Drive
- Coping With Stress: A Guide For Struggling Parents