To access adult services available through Community Living Dufferin you must register with Developmental Services Ontario (DSO). Please click on the link to access DSO for information on the registration process.
The demand for CLD’s services is high. When we are delayed in meeting a person’s or a family’s long term needs, we offer short term, interim assistance. Employment support, behavioural management and social connections are a sampling of what CLD provides.
Options, Learning & Leisure Program
Developing new leisure skills is an important part of enjoying life in our community. CLD offers a variety of flexible leisure and recreational activities. Adults with developmental disabilities and students who are leaving school may participate on a full or part time basis. CLD offers programs on its premises and within the community. Opportunities range from swimming and horseback riding to crafts, woodworking, music and the Click Connect Photography Club. A particularly popular initiative is Creative Partners on Stage; which offers two drama programs created in partnership with Theatre Orangeville. Participants look forward to creating magic with yearly on- stage productions. Contact Karen Bowen for more information.
Effective job coaching can enable people with developmental disabilities achieve their employment potential. CLD assists people with disabilities so they develop good working habits, improve their social skills and increase their productivity. With CLD’s assistance, participants set employment plans. Furthermore, CLD makes arrangements with employers who provide both paid and voluntary jobs and on-the-job training. Staff also helps people connect with and maintain voluntary positions as another possible work option. Contact Paula Reynolds
Community Behavioural Services
Family and caregivers of adults with developmental disabilities often request behaviour therapy. CLD administers this program which provides parents with funding upon approval and a list of professionals who support individuals with Developmental Disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorders. These professional service providers assist families in dealing with behavioral concerns with their son/daughter within the home. Paid for by the Ministry of Community and Social Services, this is a short term program (about six sessions).
Young adults aged 16-30 may access our adult day programs or summer camp. Fees may apply to some of these programs. . Contact Karen Bowen for more information.
Passport is a program that helps adults with a developmental disability to be involved in their communities and live as independently as possible by providing individualized funding for community participation services and supports, activities of daily living and person directed planning. The program also provides funding for caregivers respite services and supports for caregivers of an adult with a developmental disability.
Families may apply for Passport by contacting the Passport office at 1.877.993.8885. CLD can assist families in using their funding by offering individualized and group supports. Contact Karen Bowen for more information.