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ReportON Service for Reporting Abuse Launches


News Release

Ontario Helping Protect People with Developmental Disabilities

Province Launches Service for Reporting Abuse and Neglect

Ministry of Community and Social Services

The Government of Ontario is expanding ReportON, a new service for reporting suspected or witnessed abuse of adults with developmental disabilities.

The 24/7phone line and email service is the latest step taken by the Ministry of Community and Social Services to further improve the safety of adults with developmental disabilities.

Abuse is often hard to identify. Examples can include being denied basic necessities like food, shelter, clothing or medicine.  Even if you are unsure, but suspect abuse or neglect of an adult with a developmental disability, you should contact ReportON. Each call will be investigated and the appropriate action will be taken. People can access ReportON by calling 1-800-575-2222 or emailing reportONdisability@ontario.ca. For text telephone (TTY): 416-916-0549 or Toll Free 1-844-309-1025.

Investing in more services for individuals with developmental disabilities is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • About 70,000 adults have developmental disabilities in Ontario. About 18,000 adults receive residential supports funded by Ontario.
  • Agencies providing provincially funded developmental services must comply with 351 quality assurance measures in provincial regulations and policy directives including health and safety and abuse prevention and reporting.
  • ReportON is not an emergency crisis service. If you suspect an adult with a developmental disability is being physically or sexually abused, call 9-1-1 for emergency services.

Additional Resources


Dr. Helena Jaczek

“We are constantly working, and will continue to work, at improving the safety and security of individuals with developmental disabilities in Ontario. Abuse and neglect can take many forms and it’s up to all of us to stop it from occurring. ReportON is an important new measure to further improve the safety of adults with developmental disabilities.”

Dr. Helena Jaczek

Minister of Community and Social Services








People receiving Community Participation Supports are assisted to pursue and establish integrated community based supports, partnerships, connections, social roles, and friendships. Based on the person’s goals and aspirations, people are supported to pursue opportunities in their community that include but are not limited to cultural, social, spiritual, leisure, volunteer and recreational activities. Our focus has been on the concept of social capital and community building.  Social Capital refers to the relationships in our lives and the value these relationships represent. Studies have shown that people who have important relationships in their lives are healthier, happier, safer and achieve more in life. Our work includes moving from segregated environments to environments that are inclusive. We have moved from a culture of providing coverage to people to one that establishes relationships with people and their families. We have moved away from traditional programs to more individualized support offering people a fuller and more enriched life with a more meaningful day. We are moving away from system thinking and focusing on person centered thinking. The more that a person is engaged in their community the more fulfilled and enriched their life is.














"Down Syndrome Answers" helping parents make tough decisions


Learning that an unborn child has Down syndrome can be a confusing and stressful time for parents. They often have many questions about what Down syndrome means to them and their child - When will they walk? When will they talk? How long will they live? - and usually only ten days to decide how to proceed with the pregnancy following the diagnosis. 


Invariably, they will turn to Google for answers and the Canadian Down Syndrome Society is meeting them there with "Down Syndrome Answers," a series of short videos that feature Canadians with Down syndrome answering parents' most-asked questions. After all, there's no one better suited to answer those questions than people living with Down syndrome. 


Beginning today, and coinciding with the start of Canadian Down Syndrome Week (Nov. 1-7), whenever someone in Canada Googles a question about Down syndrome, the answer video will appear at the top of the search results, providing honest and powerful answers to tough questions.


"The majority of prospective parents know very little about Down syndrome," said Kirk Crowther, National Executive Director, Canadian Down Syndrome Society. "Doctors do their best and there are lots of websites offering the medical perspective but they typically use very clinical terms that don't capture the emotional and human side of the Down syndrome story. We wanted to change that with 'Down Syndrome Answers.'" 


Created with the help of creative agency FCB Canada, the campaign gives people both sides of the Down syndrome story, so they can make a fully informed decision about their pregnancy. The project aims to educate the public, increase understanding, and present a fair and balanced story of the developmental disability as told by people living with Down syndrome. 


The videos are hosted on YouTube and on the Canadian Down Syndrome Society website at http://cdss.ca/down-syndrome-answers/.




CLA Hosts a Very Tearful, Somber Ceremony

John Policicchio - Executive Director of CLA speaks to the tearful crowd with a memorial candle burning.

In a very moving, tearful ceremony tonight at Community Living Algoma (CLA) on 99 Northern Ave., memorial leaves were added to the ever-growing Memorial Wall tree that recognizes those that have passed-on in the CLA community.

The Memorial Wall was an idea from a member of the Community Living Algoma Family Network in the Sault. They wanted a place to honour, respect and cherish the memories of all those that have shared in the CLA journey, both those with developmental disabilities and those who were employees.

“They are with us in spirit,” wrote Lezlie Wilson, CLA's Executive Assistant, in a statement for SaultOnline.com

“Their legacy ensures that we provide the richest and most meaningful opportunities for people to enjoy life in the community.”

The Memorial Wall was approved in the spring of 2013 by the board of directors.

“A committee was formed to discuss/plan and implement this wonderful idea for Sault Ste. Marie and their district locations of Wawa, Hornepayne, Elliot Lake and Blind River.”

Dumanski Compass Imaging designed and created the wall but the committee chose the design of a tree with each leaf placed, in memory of one who has passed, with their name printed on the leaf.

A slogan of “Always on my mind, forever in my heart,” was incorporated into the design and came out in the speeches tonight.

Proceeds from the 2014 Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation’s Charity Golf Tournament made the Memorial Wall possible.

This is the third year that the Airport Development Corp.’s Charity Golf Tournament has allowed the ceremonies, maintenance and extension of the Memorial Wall to continue.

CLA would like to thank the SSMADCs Charity Golf Committee and their board of directors for this partnership.




$156,000 to upgrade and repair local community agencies

By Content Team -

cla staff

The provincial government is investing $156,000 for repairs and renovations for eight projects at non-profit agencies in Sault Ste. Marie as part of its Partner Facility Renewal program, announced David Orazietti MPP today during a visit to Sault Ste. Marie by Minister Dr. Helena Jaczek.

“Community agencies provide invaluable help to so many Ontarians. Investments in these projects will result in stronger services and better programs for those who use them in our communities,” said Orazietti. “This type of investment in infrastructure renewal means that agency staff can focus on delivering high-quality supports in our communities.”

These investments include:

– Community Living Algoma is receiving $131,000 for 7 projects such as window replacement, resurfacing driveway and heating/cooling upgrades

– Women In Crisis (Algoma) Inc. is receiving $25,000 for upgrade replacements of HVAC systems

Through the annual Partner Facility Renewal program, the province is investing $16 million for upgrades and repairs at more than 170 community agencies across Ontario. These investments help developmental services, community services, Violence Against Women agencies, and Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy agencies better serve clients.

Community Living Algoma’s Executive Director, John Policicchio said, “Community Living Algoma expresses our appreciation to Minister David Orazietti for his ongoing support of developmental services in our community. The funding allocated through the Partner Facility Renewal is much needed funding for the seven minor capital projects which have been approved. The funding will ensure that our properties are adequately maintained to ensure safe, updated and modern buildings for individuals with a developmental disability.”

Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province’s history — about $160 billion over 12 years. This is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. In 2015, the province announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life.

“Our government believes that people in need deserve all the help we can give them. By investing in our community facilities, we are making sure that vulnerable Ontarians have safe, accessible places to go when they need support the most.” said, Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services

Supporting community agencies that help those most in need is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.







Building a Good Life In Community
Transition of Sheltered Workshop - Presentation
Community Living Algoma’s Journey
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Community Living Algoma is a not-for-profit organization that provides supports and services to over 800 children, youth and adults with a developmental disability and their families throughout Sault Ste. Marie and the District of Algoma.

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Community Living Algoma Summer Employment Success

For the past 25 years, Community Living Algoma has offered employment services for the people we support in our community. In the summer of 2015, the agency launched its very first summer employment program geared to transitional-aged youth.

A grant proposal was submitted through the Canada Summer Jobs program to help offset the costs of launching the project and in May it was confirmed that the agency would receive funds to hire three job coaches for the summer to work with the students.

Three students were selected to participate in the program. Community Living Algoma partnered with three local employers who offered the students jobs that totaled 30 hours per week for each person. The employers were responsible for paying the wages of those students.

With the initial success of the pilot program, Community Living Algoma intends to involve a greater number of young people in the summer of 2016.

If you are an employer wishing to participate in the summer employment program or a student wanting to get a summer job, please contact us at 705-256-7564.



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