Useful Links

Everyday Ordinary Lives Group

Family and friends of people with developmental disabilities who want to live an everyday, ordinary life in their own homes, neighbourhoods and communities. The group came together because of the shortage of funding in Ontario to pay for support workers. One of their goals: to share stories about meaningful community involvement and the inclusion of family members and friends in their neighbourhoods and communities. Stories shared include a few common features: dedication,  support worker funding (often called direct funding), valued roles and inclusion, as well as good facilitation and planning.

Inclusion Action in Ontario

Inclusion Action in Ontario is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the inclusion of students with disabilities in education and the community. They believe that inclusive education is the foundation of an inclusive life. They fight for the right of students with disabilities to have a good life in the community, employment and educational opportunities, meaningful volunteer work, real choice, security in housing, and close reciprocal friendships.

Marsha Forest Centre

The Marsha Forest Centre is a registered Canadian Charity formerly known as the Centre for Integrated Education and Community. It was founded in 1989 to foster the development of inclusion. Marsha was a leader regarding inclusion in Ontario, other parts of the country and world. The Centre’s program focus is the development of future leadership for inclusion through the creation of focused programs, materials and research that will create a world where Everyone Belongs.

Microboards Ontario

Microboards Ontario is an incorporated provincial organization that is committed to promoting and supporting the development of Microboards across Ontario. A Microboard is a group of committed family and friends who join together with a person who has a disability to create a supportive not-for-profit corporation. The key principle of a Microboard is that each person has the capacity to express their will and preferences in some way.  As a result, each person can be involved in directing their life and taking charge of key decisions with the support of others.

Ontario Independent Facilitation Network (OIFN)

OIFN envisions people with developmental disabilities being supported to direct their own lives, and live as valued community members and citizens. This growing Community of Practice includes people with developmental disabilities, family members, Independent Facilitators, and other allies interested in creating new ways for people to be supported. They are committed to FACILITATING CHANGE and CUSTOMIZING SUPPORT in the lives of people with developmental disabilities, and their families. For more information go to OIFN-Overview April-10-2013  or the website:

Our Common Vision Partners:

Family Alliance Ontario

We are a strong family voice for change.  Family Alliance Ontario supports the well-being of persons with disabilities and their families, and promotes the inclusion of persons with disabilities into all aspects of community life.

People First of Ontario

We promote equality for all persons. We support people who have been labelled to speak up for themselves and make their own decisions. We want people in the community to see us as people first.

People for Personalized Funding

Formerly called the Special Services at Home Passport Provincial Coalition (SSAHPC), we are a group of parents and allies who care about people with disabilities. We help the friends and families of people with disabilities to learn about, obtain and effectively manage personalized support funds.

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