Acronym Glossary

Acronym Organization Description
DSO Developmental Services Ontario Developmental Services Ontario helps adults with developmental disabilities connect to services and supports in their communities. There are nine agencies across Ontario to serve people. This organization is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services.
MCSS Ministry of Community and Social Services The programs of the Ministry of Community and Social Services help to build communities that are resilient, inclusive and sustained by the economic and civic contributions of all Ontarians.
MCYS Ministry of Children and Youth In 2003, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services was created to:
  • make it easier for families to find the services to give kids the best start in life,
  • make it easier for families to access the services they need at all stages of a child's development,
  • and help youth become productive adults.
MHLTC Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is working to establish a patient-focused, results-driven, integrated and sustainable publicly funded health system. Its plan for building a sustainable public health care system in Ontario is based on helping people stay healthy, delivering good care when people need it, and protecting the health system for future generations.
OPGT Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee The Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee ("OPGT") delivers a unique and diverse range of services that safeguard the legal, personal and financial interests of certain private individuals and estates. It also plays an important role in helping to protect charitable property in Ontario. Operating within the Social Justice Programs and Policy Division of the Ministry of the Attorney General, the OPGT has approximately 400 staff located in six offices throughout Ontario. Services are provided by multi-disciplinary teams of dedicated staff with experience in the health care, social work and financial planning fields. They receive professional support from lawyers, accountants and investigators.
ODSP Ontario Disability Support Program The Ontario Disability Support Program helps people with disabilities who are in financial need pay for living expenses, like food and housing.
CCAC Community Care Access Centre CCACs are dedicated to getting you the care you need in your home and in the community. Our people, values and programs all reflect our drive to deliver exceptional home health care.
OHSA Occupational Health and Safety Act The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) is Ontario's cornerstone legislation for workplace health and safety. Other contributing legislation includes the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA), Part II of which deals with the prevention of occupational injury and disease and the Human Rights Code, which often has to be considered in dealing with OHS issues.
NFP Act Not For Profit Act The Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act provides federal not-for-profit corporations with a new set of rules that are modern, flexible and better suited to the needs of today's not-for-profit sector.
AODA Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act The purpose of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) is to ensure that all Ontarians have fair and equitable access to programs and services and to improve opportunities for persons with disabilities. The Act will eventually cover all of these areas:
  • Customer Service Standards
  • Information and Communication
  • Employment
  • Transportation
  • Built Environment
QAM Quality Assurance Measures Regulation 299/10 The regulation on quality assurance measures sets out the ministry's expectations for service agencies that support adults with a developmental disability and for application entities.
RDSP Registered Disabilities Savings Plan The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is a long-term savings plan to help Canadians with disabilities and their families save for the future. If you have an RDSP, you may also be eligible for grants and bonds to help with your long-term savings.
ASD Autism Spectrum Disorder Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex condition that impacts normal brain development and affects a person's social relationships, communication, interests and behaviour.
AO Autism Ontario Autism Ontario is dedicated to increasing public awareness about autism and the day-to-day issues faced by individuals with autism, their families, and the professionals with whom they interact. The association and its chapters share common goals of providing information and education, supporting research, and advocating for programs and services for the autism community.
NVCI Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training focuses on prevention and offers proven strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage.
SMG Safe Management Group Inc. Recognized by the Ministry of Community and Social Services, our humanistic approach to safe management includes comprehensive training programs and individual specialized consultations to promote both individual and community safety. Safe Management Group offers customized, effective and proven training and consultation services to families, clients and staff.
SIL Supported Independent Living Supported Independent Living is a program offered to provide support to individuals with disabilities where they live. Supports could include money skills, groceries, attending appointments and advocating on a persons' behalf.
ISP Individual Support Plan The Individual Support Plan (ISP) provides details about what is most important to an individual with developmental disabilities so that everyone involved in supporting that individual can focus on those areas. Developed through a Person Centered Planning Process (PCP), the ISP collects information concerning personal preferences, dreams and wishes, medical history/current medical concerns, and communication preferences.
CNSC Community Network of Specialized Care The Community Networks of Specialized Care (CNSC) are a way of linking specialized services and professionals to pool their expertise to treat and support adults who have developmental disabilities and mental health needs and/or challenging behaviours (ie. dual diagnosis) in the communities where they live. The Networks bring together people from a variety of sectors including developmental services, health, research, education and justice in a common goal of improving the coordination, access and quality of services for these individuals who have complex needs.
SIPDDA Social Inclusion of People with Developmental Disabilities Act, 2008 The Services and Supports to Promote the Social Inclusion of Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act, 2008, is a law we created to give people with a developmental disability more independence and choice. This legislation is the foundation of Ontario's plan to improve developmental services.
Passport Passport Dollars Funding provided by MCSS that provides funding for meaningful day activities and respite.