About APSAOAdult Protective Service Workers interact directly with the adult who has a developmental disability to help them access and maintain services and supports including GENERIC SERVICES AND SUPPORTS available to any member of the community. The Adult Protective Service Worker helps by supporting the individual to learn ways of managing their life in the community.

The underlying intent of the program is for the  Adult Protective Service Worker to work directly alongside individuals who have a developmental disability to develop a trusting, respectful working relationship with them in order to understand the person’s strengths, areas for development and goals. This partnership needs to encourage active participation and self-determination on the part of the person who has a developmental disability in setting and working towards their goals.

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Applying for the APSW program:

Developmental Services Onatrio (DSO) is the single point of access for Ministry-funded adult developmental services and supports.

The Adult Protective Service Program was established in 1974 following a pilot program called the Hamilton Guardian Project. The Hamilton Guardian Project was initiated primarily to address concerns at that time for the well being of adults who have a DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY who were capable of living independently in the community, but who lacked typical parental or other social support and guidance.

While Ontario’s early history of developmental services focused exclusively on a medical model in which people with a developmental disability were cared for in large institutional settings, by the late 1960s, the concept of “normalizing” the lives of people who have a developmental disability, and the move to integration into the general community, were gaining worldwide favour.