SCS offers in the Ottawa region.

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 with 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.

Find a Direct Support Provider is a secure, user-friendly, and accessible portal that helps to match families with workers or resources for respite, community participation activities and/or developmental programming. The site is available 24 hours every day, and supports both children and adults in the Ottawa region.

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  • Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities Program
    This program provides assistance to parents with extraordinary costs associated with having a child with serious special needs.
  • Special Services at Home
    This program provides funding for the personal development and growth of the family member with a disability as well as relief and support for the family.
  • Passport Initiative
    This initiative was created to provide opportunities for individuals who have a developmental disability and who have left school to find different ways to participate in their communities.

If you require assistance in completing any of these forms, you can call our office at 613-748-1788 or visit our Resource Room at:

Service Coordination Support (SCS)
150 Montreal Road, suite 200
Ottawa, ON, K1L 8H2
Monday to Friday from 8:30am- 3:30pm, except statutory holidays

Additional resources for respite: