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.

Click to read the Adult Protective Service Association of Ontario's Constitution.  icon-word  icon-pdf

Applying for the APSW program:

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

When people apply for minsitry funded adult developmental supports for the first time including APSW services and supports , they MUST contact thier local DSO organization to have their eligibility confirmed and complete the Application Package.

Each DSO organization will:

  • Confirm eligibility for those applying for Ministry -funded adult developmental services and supports for the first time
  • Complete the Application Package to assess each individual's service and support needs, and 
  • Link eligible and prioritized adults to available services and supports.

Policy Directives for DSOs (referred to as Application Entities in SIPDDA) are available on the Ministry's website. Please see the links section on this website and for applying to the DSO please see the contact section. Links and contact numbers are available there.