Approximately 30,000 people in the Ottawa area have developmental disabilities. Most of them have a family that provides at least some of their support. Only those individuals under the age of 18 are entitled to Ontario government services (with the exception of the Ontario Disability Supports Program).
Once you reach the age of 18, you are triaged through a rigorous assessment process managed through a government agency. This assessment dictates what services and support will be the most useful. It does not promise their availability. In a nutshell, this is the gauntlet that parents and their offspring have to navigate. The wait for an assessment is somewhere between 6 months and 3 years, once the individual is 18. Once the assessment is written up, the wait for services can be anywhere from 1 year to 10 years and more. Just as an example, there are approximately 900 people in the queue for residential support in the Ottawa area.
FMC was founded over 10 years ago and continues to operate in this environment. FMC serves families that are starved for information on how they can work on their own and with others in the community to build and fashion the resources and supports that their loved ones require to be an included part of Ottawa. Families are anxious for the guidance to construct the innovative solutions to provide meaningful daytime activities, safe social interaction and appropriate supported housing.
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Our vision is for people in Ottawa with developmental disabilities, their families and circles of support to have a good life and to be welcomed fully in the community. Full participation includes meaningful daytime activities, housing and recreation, along with the supports needed to be as independent as possible.
We are an autonomous family organization. We offer support, information, networking opportunities and innovative solutions for families, whose loved ones have developmental disabilities. We work with other organizations to help families provide a full and inclusive life for their loved ones in this community.