RESPITESERVICES.COM is a provincial website that consists of agencies funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. We are collaborating to develop a more dynamic respite network for both children and adults who have a physical and/or developmental disability.

For the Sudbury/Manitoulin District, the website is hosted by the Children's Community Network for families of children (ages 0-18yrs) with special needs. The site provides information about respite options and community partners. It also contains helpful resources for families of individuals with special needs and for CHAP workers, as well as a calendar of events section.


The CHAP (Community Helpers For Active Participation) Program facilitates the connection between individuals with disabilities and CHAP workers, through the Family Registry and Worker Database. It also provide information on community respite services and upcoming workshops and events. CHAP workers are hired by the family and are considered self-employed.


The purpose of the CHAP Program is to make the process of recruiting and contracting support workers easier for families. Families can register online at or can complete a paper registration form. Once your registration is received, the Respite Resource Coordinator will contact you to confirm your request for respite support. The CHAP Program will then be a resource to you for selecting your own CHAP worker. The names of suitable workers will be provided to you as they become available.


CHAP Workers promote active living for children with developmental disabilities including autism and/or physical disabilities in their own home, in the family's home, or in the community, while providing parent relief. Workers registered with the CHAP Program are connected with families looking for support and relief. Interested individuals are screened through the program to ensure suitability before they can be matched to families.

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