Citizen Advocacy Ottawa is a small but powerful registered charity and is one of the few organizations that supports people of all ages across disabilities spectrum and their families – those living with physical, developmental, intellectual, mental health, age-related and multiple diagnoses challenges.

Right now in our community, there are people with disabilities who feel alone and isolated. There are people with disabilities whose hopes, dreams, and, sometimes, basic needs are not being taken seriously. What they’d really like is to feel included. What they’d really like is someone who will talk with them, listen to them, support and encourage them, do things, go places, and help them in any way that a good neighbour or friend naturally would.

There are also ordinary citizens who intentionally want to give their time to make a positive difference to the life of a person with a disability. They voluntarily represent and protect the rights and interests of other people. They help them face challenges and encourage them to participate in the community life of Ottawa.

Citizen Advocacy Ottawa, founded in 1974, is one of the few agencies supporting people of all ages across the disability spectrum. We are a place where people with disabilities and their families feel welcomed, safe, not judged, able to speak their minds and where they receive the recognition, guidance and support they are seeking. At Citizen Advocacy Ottawa we recognize the resilience of individuals with disabilities and their families as they struggle for access to support and services. We look for innovative and creative ways to build healthy, safe and inclusive futures in our community.


Our vision is of a community that welcomes and values the participation and contribution of all its citizens, including those who live with disabilities.


To enhance personal choice and community participation for persons living with disabilities through advocacy support.

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Lifetime Networks works with families to create a personal support network for their loved one with a disability. We know that for someone with a disability, a good life grows from a genuine circle of support that evolves and changes as life does.

We believe in a future where people with disabilities:

  • have the safety and security of strong personal relationships
  • are part of a caring and vibrant community that encourages them to contribute
  • experience a great quality of life surrounded by strong circle of support
  • enjoy financial security

Kyram is a bright, intelligent eight year-old boy with a great sense of humour, who loves meeting new people. He also has high physical needs – he is non-verbal and uses a wheelchair. However, he can communicate with people through assistive devices, such as the one he controls by a tongue click. Like other boys his age, he attends school, loves slapstick comedy and is learning to read and write. He lives with his widowed father, Myles. As a single parent, the challenges of being the primary caregiver for a child with a disability leave little energy or time for things others take for granted, like spending time with loved ones.

With the help of his facilitator a personal support network has been built around Kyram. His network helps prepare and cook meals, provide respite care for Myles and has even helped the family raise much needed funds to provide quality at-home care for Kyram.

Kyram & Myles Dear

Lifetime Network Focus Person & Parent