Special Services at Home

Learn how to use your SSAH funding for meaningful and fun experiences in a welcoming and inclusive community where everyone belongs!

Individualized support that can be used for learning new skills, practicing existing ones, improving communication, becoming more independent, participating in community activities or following through on personalized goals. Special Services at Home is tailored for 0-17 year-olds with a developmental and/or physical disability who are Ontario residents. Focusing on personal growth and development, family relief and support, funding helps families pay for services in or outside the home, such as building skills and abilities, and having respite support.

How can Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region help?

Our experienced Support Coordinators can help you with the SSAH application process. We do this through our unique person-centred model, offering individualized one-to-one conversations about how to best fill out the application. Once your funding has been approved, we can help you find Direct Support People and resources. We can also help manage your funding, making sure your Direct Support People and services are paid on time.

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How does my family apply?

Special Services at Home is funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services. To apply on your own, visit the MCCSS website and follow their application process.

Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region Support Coordinators are ready to help guide you through the application process. If you want to talk to someone about the application, or to understand more about Special Services at Home before you apply, we are ready to help you.

Fill out the form to the right of this page, and we will contact you shortly.

I already have funding.

Fantastic! Once funding is approved, families have two options:

1.    To self-administer their funding through the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS).

2.    To ask Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region (EAFWR)  to administer your contract.

Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region Support Coordinators will assist your family with your initial application for SSAH funding – even if you choose to self-administer your funding. If you choose to have EAFWR manage your contract, a Support Coordinator will help you develop a plan for your funding, by providing reimbursement to your family for approved expenses (i.e. respite, camp/recreational fees, etc.) from the SSAH contract, or finding Direct Support People to support your family.

To set up a time to chat with one of our Support Coordinators, please fill out the form to the right, and we will connect with you.

For more information about SSAH, please contact Denise Dietrich-Lelievre at 519-741-0190 x228 or denise.dietrich-lelievre@eafwr.on.ca