CWSDS provides a wide range of services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The process to access services is different for adults (age 18 years and over) versus children and youth (under age 18).

Learn more about accessing services below.

Accessing CWSDS Developmental Services for Adults
(Age 18 and Over)

Developmental Services Ontario (DSO) is the initial access point for all adult developmental services funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) in Ontario.

To determine eligibility for services or to complete an assessment prior to a referral to a developmental services agency such as CWSDS, please contact Developmental Services Ontario (DSO), 1-888-941-1121.

Although support through the DSO becomes available at age 18, applying at age 16 is strongly encouraged to help you prepare for your transition into adult services and avoid potential delays.

Learn more about CWSDS adult services and specific access criteria here:

Central West Network of Specialized Care

We work with cross-sector community partners in the Central West Region with the goal of improving the coordination, access and quality of services for people who have an intellectual and developmental disability, dual diagnosis and high support and complex care needs.

Central West Passport Program

We administer the provincially-funded PassportONE program that provides funding for people who have an intellectual and developmental disability to more fully participate in their community.

Day Services

Through Supportive Living Services, we develop person-directed plans and help them achieve their goals based on their interests and strengths.

Dual Diagnosis Services

We provide consultation, assessment, treatment planning, support and education to people with a dual diagnosis and their care providers who live in the Central West Region.

Halton Support Services

We provide service coordination, respite and other community-based services to people and their care providers who live in the Halton Region.

Respite Services

We provide non-emergency respite care for families of people who have developmental disabilities and complex needs.

Short Term Assessment and Treatment Environment (STATE)

Through Supportive Living Services and our multi-disciplinary team, we provide short-term assessment and treatment for people with a dual diagnosis to help integrate them back into their home and community.

Supportive Living Services

We provide Supportive Living to people at eleven homes in the communities of Oakville, Burlington, Mississauga, Halton Hills and Georgetown, as well as through three additional programs that offer specialized supports.

Accessing CWSDS Developmental Services for Children and Youth
(Under Age 18)

CWSDS offers two specialized services and supports for children and youth in the Central West Region of Ontario.

Halton Support Services

Children and Youth
We provide service coordination, resources and support for children, youth and adults in the Halton Region. We are also a Transfer Payment Agency for the Special Services at Home Program for children and youth.

Halton Support Services:

For children and youth intake information please contact:

Aleda Wedekind
Intake Coordinator
Tel: 905-844-7864, Ext. 221
Email: awedekind@cwsds.ca

Respite Services

Children and Youth
CWSDS offers respite care for children and youth at our Bond Street location in Oakville. Alternatively, you can apply for funding to receive respite care for your child or youth within your own home.

In-Home Respite Services:

For children and youth (under age 18) intake information please contact:

Aleda Wedekind
Intake Coordinator
Tel: 905-844-7864, Ext. 221
Email: awedekind@cwsds.ca

Out-Of-Home Respite at CWSDS Specialized Housing Setting:

For children and youth (ages 5-17) intake information please contact:

Christine Higenell
Respite Manager
Tel: 905-844-7864, Ext. 316
Email: chigenell@cwsds.ca