PDD – Supports and services

The Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) program helps eligible adults with planning and services to meet personal needs and goals.


PDD Outcome Plan

When you are eligible for the program, your Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) worker meets with you and your support team to discuss:

  • your vision for the kind of life you want to have
  • your outcomes – these are the things that will happen over time to help you build this life
  • your needs and ideas for reaching your vision and outcomes
  • the services that will help you meet your needs
  • where to find services in your community

After the meeting, your PDD worker creates an Outcome Plan, which contains information important for you. The PDD Outcome Plan is the base for more detailed planning. You will share it with the service providers you choose so they can help you develop your Individual Support Plan.

Individual Support Plan

Your service provider and/or the Family Managed Services administrator will meet with you and your support team and PDD worker to create your Individual Support Plan. This plan is finalized within 3 months from when you begin receiving services. It describes how the service providers will help you reach your goals, including:

  • the goals you want to reach within a year
  • the ways you will reach these goals
  • who will provide support
  • how you will know when you have reached your goals
  • what to do if the plan needs to change

You may review the PDD resources and publications to learn more about Individual Support Plans.


You may access one or more of these services based on your Individual Support Plan:

  • home living supports that help you live as independently as possible and do daily activities like banking, caring for your home, making meals or laundry
  • respite services to give your caregivers a temporary break when you live with them fulltime
  • community access supports that help you take part in activities so you can learn, develop, relax, have fun or be with others
  • employment supports to learn new skills and find and keep a paid job
  • short-term support or training to give your caregivers extra help when things are difficult
  • specialized supports from experts to help if you have additional needs because of mental illness, behavioural issues, addictions and/or involvement with the law

Regular reviews

Your Disability Services worker is available to discuss your changing or ongoing needs. They will meet with you and your support team for a regular review to:

  • discuss your situation and the services you require
  • update your plans

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What PDD does not provide

PDD does not provide:

Previous Eligibility