About the APSW Program
The fundamental objective of the APSW program is to support adults with a developmental disability who are living on their own to live as independently, safely and securely as possible in the community.
APSWs 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 APSW helps by supporting the individual to learn ways of managing their life in the community.
The underlying intent of the program is for the APSW 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 should encourage active participation and self-determination on the part of the person who has a
developmental disability in setting and working towards their goals.
The APSW program is based on the over-arching principle that adults who have a developmental
disability are people first, and focuses on social inclusion, independence, dignity, and self-reliance for people with a developmental