Ottawa-Carleton Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities
200-250 City Centre Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1R6K7
Phone: (613) 569-8993
Fax: (613) 569-9865
The Ottawa-Carleton Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OCAPDD) supports people with developmental disabilities through a holistic approach including: History
Founded in 1956 and previously known as the Ottawa and District Association for the Mentally Retarded (ODAMR), the Ottawa-Carleton Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OCAPDD) is the largest and longest-serving association of its kind in Ottawa. The organization had it origins in the determination of a small group of parents who believed that their children deserved access to education. Today, OCAPDD provides support to hundreds of persons with developmental disabilities, in every aspect of life whether seeking work opportunities, securing living arrangements or dealing with day-to-day tasks. Since fully a third of OCAPDD's clients are also affected by physical disabilities and other medical considerations, the scope of the organization's support is in direct response to level of need.
OCAPDD's management team oversees the operation of several residences, day programs and support services, which in turn are staffed by several hundred full-time and part-time employees who support individuals living either in family settings or independently. Residential programs are open 365 days a year, with night and relief staff playing a crucial role. A director is on call at all times.
A volunteer board of directors, which includes parents of persons with developmental disabilities, ensures the continued health of the Association. Board members are also tireless advocates on behalf of all persons with developmental disabilities.
Volunteers-a vital force in OCAPDD-contribute literally hundreds of hours each month in every conceivable activity, from organizing outings and tending gardens to servicing computers, mending clothes, and repairing and painting program facilities, to cite just a few examples.
- · Individualized service planning;
- · Providing a continuum of innovative community participation and residential options;
- · Recruiting and developing an educated and experienced workforce;
- · Advocacy for individuals with developmental disabilities, their families and support networks;
- · Linking with the community, developmental and funding sectors.
Individuals with a developmental disability live healthy, safe and secure lives as participating members of society, through equitable access to the broadest range of societal supports and opportunities.