Developmental Services


The Ministry of Community and Social Services funds services and supports for adults with a developmental disability. The government repealed the Developmental Services Act (DSA) in 2011. The Services and Supports to Promote the Social Inclusion of Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act, 2008 (SIPDDA) is the law that covers services and supports for adults with developmental disabilities.

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Developmental Services Programs

Community Participation Programs

Developmental Services Values Statement:

That all persons live in a state of dignity, share in all elements of living in their community with support and encouragement and have the opportunity to participate effectively.

Developmental Services Programs

Adult Residential Group Homes

All residences provide 24 hour support and supervision to adults with a Developmental Disability whom have differing levels of independence. This home environment  provides residents with the opportunity to further develop activities of daily living skills, social/communication skills, with an emphasis on social inclusion and community participation.

Community Support Programs

• Supported Lodging Homes
• Supported Independent Living

YWCA Community Support Programs (CSP) assist adults in their own home who are dealing with a developmental disability. Supports provided are based on individualized needs in all areas of daily living skills. The emphasis is on skill building development and increasing or maintaining independence.

Recreation & Leisure Activities are offered regularly to provide opportunities to enhance social skills and develop meaningful friendships.

PASSPORT/Direct Funding

This initiative of the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) provides funding for individuals with a confirmed developmental disability and can be utilized for community participation and caregiver respite. YWCA Hamilton as a Service Provider Agency can assist individuals and their families with their funding allocation to meet goals that enhance the individuals’ community participation, develop social skills, independent living skills, volunteering, recreation, and job readiness/education. The focus is on interests and goals that are meaningful to the individual that promote personal growth and development.

Community Participation Programs

Community Access Services for Seniors (C.A.S.S.)

This day program provides older adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to participate in structured community based recreational and leisure activities. The emphasis of programming is on increasing or maintaining social, physical and emotional well-being and thereby enhancing each individual's overall quality of life.

For more information please contact Carol Fraser, Manager Community Supports, at or 905-522-9922 ext. 119

Y’Art - Therapeutic Art

This day program is offered 3 days per week for younger adults with a developmental disability, focusing on self expression and creativity through various art mediums. Y'Art enhances communication, growth and community awareness skills.

For more information please contact Carol Fraser, Manager Community Supports, at or 905-522-9922 ext. 119

Developmental Services Ontario: For information on how to apply for Adult Developmental Services and Supports in Ontario, please click here.

Please click here for Developmental Services Ontario.

For services in French languages please call (905) 522-9922, ext. 2.

Tracey Helwig, Manager Developmental Services
(905) 522-9922, ext. 153

Summer C.R.E.W. - Community Recreation to Enhance Wellness

SUMMER C.R.E.W is a fun and structured recreation-based program that fosters
opportunities for new experiences through community involvement with support
that helps develop social skills and relationships. There will also be a focus on
utilizing resources of YWCA Hamilton and the City of Hamilton. Supports are
provided by professional, qualified staff who can meet developmental, recreational,
and individual needs of participants.

Please click here to download Summer C.R.E.W 2018 flyer - PDF

Sign up weekly or receive a 10% discount when signing up for all six weeks.

Dates and times
July 3 - August 10, 2018 (6 weeks)
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
(905) 522-9922 x 178 or
Location: 75 MacNab St S.
Mindful Yoga
Participate in an inclusive class where instructors will adapt techniques to individual’s abilities.
  • Become more fit
  • Improve your breathing
  • Relax your mind

*Open to adults with developmental disabilities or dual diagnoses.

Please click here to download Mindful Yoga 2018 flyer - PDF

Dates and times
April 10 - May 29, 2018 (8 weeks)
2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
$50 per person
(905) 522-9922 x 178 or
Location: 75 MacNab St S. The Studio Basement Level