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Community Living Ontario’s initiatives provide people who have an intellectual disability and their families with the resources, knowledge and tools they need to create the life they want as valued members of their community.

Community Living Ontario helped Ingrid envision what was possible for her family. This is her story.

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The Family Leadership Series gave Patricia’s family the support of a community when they needed it. This is their story.

Yvonne Spicer is helping to enhance the lives of people who have an intellectual disability. This is her story.

The Anne Stafford Bursary helped him realize his dream of attending college.
This is Sam’s story.

Finding his voice changed everything.
This is Michael’s story.

Issham - Community Living Ontario - Anne Stafford Bursary Recipient

Your generosity helps to keep Anne’s vision alive, along with the hopes and dreams of youth like Issham. This is his story.

One of the most common problems facing people who have an intellectual disability is the high level of poverty they experience as a result of inadequate levels of income support through the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

Moving people out of poverty must remain a primary objective of reform for the Government of Ontario along with focusing on strategies that build autonomy.

Community Living Ontario has been calling for reforms to sheltered workshops for over 30 years. The Government of Ontario must stay the course on the closure of sheltered workshops and the creation of community-based alternatives for all those affected.

In 2004, Community Living Ontario was thrilled to learn that the era of housing people who have an intellectual disability in segregated institutions was coming to an end in Ontario – giving many people their first opportunity to choose where they live.

Today, there is pressure once again to congregate people who have an intellectual or developmental disability in large-scale facilities. We must learn from our past and not pursue strategies that re-establish congregated facilities and focus on planning for homes in communities built around everyone’s needs.

When the government separated individualized support funding for children (Special Services at Home) and adults (Passport), it created a break in support for children as they entered adulthood that caused huge challenges for people with disabilities and their families.

Community Living Ontario encourages the government to retain the commitment made in the 2018 Budget to provide all people who have been declared eligible for the Passport program with at least $5,000 in funding per year. This reform creates a bridge between children and adult supports that is needed.

Other than some modest increases for staff wages, it has been a decade since developmental services-funded agencies have received any new annualized funding.

As the government proceeds with efforts to streamline spending, Community Living Ontario encourages the government to pay attention to the fact that over the past 15 years, the vast majority of funding for developmental services was spent on expanding supports and services and not on administration and infrastructure.

For a detailed look at our key messages and the action we believe is required, click here.

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