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Families Matter Cooperative is thrilled to introduce the first Donate for Talent event, an original auctioning fundraiser which will feature unique auction items, services and experiences from individuals and local businesses.

In collaboration with Les Moulins La Fayette in Hintonburg, the Donate for Talent launch event will take place on June 6, 2019 and will feature a live auction, food and refreshments, as well as the reveal of exclusive online auction items.  The online auction will remain open throughout the month of June.

Innovative Housing Solutions

This series of dynamic and informative short videos explores innovative housing options for persons living with an intellectual/developmental disability. Each segment includes practical content and key information on four distinct housing options:

The Coffee House Series
More great events to be scheduled!

Funded by the Ottawa Community Foundation, the Coffee House series is designed for parents, siblings and caregivers of individuals living with a developmental disability to get together and share knowledge and experiences, build networks and access essential information on community services, programs and support systems.

To date, a number of the coffee houses were held on subjects such as: Registered Disability Savings Plans, the DSW Cooperative, Innovative Housing Options, the Sibling Journey and many other topics.

More sessions will be held prior to the end of December and in the New Year.

Stay tuned for details!


Survey for Families on Technology 

The Ontario Developmental Services Innovative Housing Task Force is interested in collecting information about the use of assistive technologies to increase, maintain and improve independence and quality of life of persons with a developmental disability to live, work and participate in their community.

They would like to collect this information and put it in a format that can be shared with others so everyone will benefit. Would you please take the time to share your knowledge and experiences on the subject?  Simply follow the link below.

The Future of Families Matter Co-Operative
Network Survey

Families Matter Co-Operative (FMC) is an emerging not-for-profit organization striving to empower families who support adult loved ones with developmental disabilities, through greater access to knowledge, skills and connections.

In an effort to launch new and innovative activities and initiatives that foster a more informed, connected and resilient community, we need to better understand your needs and interests.  Please take a few moments to provide your input on the gaps FMC could potentially fill in our community and types of services you would like to see FMC provide families that are not readily available.

Check out our benefits and find out why so many families are members of FMC!


  • Ontario will support 1,000 additional adults with developmental disabilities to participate in their communities through the Passport program
  • Over the next two years, the government will work with families and community partners to transition over 400 young adults currently in the children’s system into adult developmental services
  • For ODSP recipients, Budget 2017 increased the cash and liquid asset limits from $5,000 to $40,000 (for singles, effective January 2018) and also increased the income exemption for cash gifts from $6,000 to $10,000 per year


TORONTO, March 8, 2017 - The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) today released its Final Report on Legal Capacity, Decision-making and Guardianship.  


A Message from the Honourable Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services

On November 30, 2016, I was pleased to host the Developmental Services Housing Forum at the Artscape Sandbox in Toronto with my colleague, the Honourable Chris Ballard, Minister of Housing. There were also four simultaneous regional sessions held across the province that same day in Orangeville, Chatham, Ottawa and Thunder Bay. The session was also webcasted.

Our goal in hosting the forum was simple: to encourage people to share their ideas on how best to remove barriers, improve opportunities and support innovative and inclusive housing for adults with developmental disabilities.

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