Since the introduction of Special Services at Home in 1982, the effectiveness of direct funding as a mechanism for providing access to disability supports and services has been demonstrated time and again. At present, 41,000 families and individuals access direct funding for a range of services including respite, community participation supports, support in the home, etc.

For many, however, the current policy and funding framework for direct funding is not adequate to support the full range of support needed for living a full life in community including living in a home of one’s own.

This paper explores the current policy and funding structures of direct funding in Ontario and recommends changes that would help expand the capacity of the mechanism to more fully support people to live in a home in community, build a full, rich, life through strong relationships with friends and family and enjoy all that community has to offer.

Click here to download Building a Full Life and a Home of One’s Own in Community through Direct Funding.