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Ottawa-Carleton Association for

Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OCAPDD)
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About Us

OCAPDD/Open Hands 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 and Open Hands' 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, they 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.




Spread the word!

Everyone can have an impact on GivingTuesday!

Join OCAPDD on November 29 by pledging your time, skills, voice, dollars to support people with developmental disabilities.

On November 29, 2022, people all around the world are coming together to tap into the power of human connection and strengthen communities and change our world. Will you be one of them? 

OCAPDD will be participating in GivingTuesday and we need your help! 

  1. Spread the word
    Not only do we need your support, we need your help to spread the word. Please tell your friends and family why you believe in our work and encourage them to support us too! 
  2. In this time of uncertainty, there’s a fundamental truth that gives us hope – that together we can do extraordinary things. Over the past two and a half year, the entire world has been coming together to stand up, help out, give back, and heal.
  3. Thank you for being a part of OCAPDD’s Together we can make a difference in our community.

Join the movement today




    Silver Spring Studio is open! 

This Recreation Centre is based at our facility located on Silver Spring Farm on Robertson Rd.  The Studio is a new option that is based on a Fee for Service or Passport funding.  It has two main streams – one is exploring one’s creativity: we offer classes in art, jewellery making, and pottery.  The other stream is Farm to Table – people will have the opportunity to plant, garden, pick the food from the garden, cook and finally eat. Sessions for a half day are $50.00

For more information please reach to Sarah Rado, Service Development Consultant: 

Cell: 613-404-9394

Email: silverspringstudio@ocapdd.on.ca



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