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Ottawa-Carleton Association for

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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.

Innovation Fund Announcement

Innovation is an important element in improving the quality of life and effectively serving the needs of people living with developmental disabilities and their families in our community. That is why I am pleased to announce that the Board of Directors of the Ottawa-Carleton Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OCAPDD) has established an Innovation Fund to support initiatives that enhance the lives of people with a developmental disability.

A few examples that the Innovation Fund might support, include projects to:

  • develop innovative initiatives or projects addressing residential housing and employment,
  • improve fundraising capacity,
  • introduce technology or expand use of technology,
  • enhance services and service provision where there are gaps,
  • expand communications and increase awareness, or
  • enhance the development of social entrepreneurship.

These projects can be start-ups or pilots. They can stand alone, be attached to existing projects or focus on establishing partnerships with other organizations. Innovation is key. Applications for grant funding between $5,000 and $100,000 may be submitted through the OCAPDD website (www.ocapdd.on.ca). Please review the application form and the Q&A tab on the website for guidance. For further information, contact us at innovationfund@ocapdd.on.ca

Proposals will be carefully reviewed and assessed. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their concepts and their application with OCAPDD Management at an early stage.  All decisions concerning the final selection of successful proposals will be made solely by the OCAPDD Board of Directors.

Application due date: February 28, 2022.
Selection date: April 30, 2022.

We very much look forward to receiving exciting innovative proposals.

Kathleen Stokely, President
Boards of Director

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