The Ottawa-Carleton Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OCAPDD) supports people with developmental disabilities through a holistic approach including:
- · Individualized service planning;
- · Providing a continuum of innovative community participation and residential options;
- · Recruiting and developing an educated and experienced workforce;
- · Advocacy for individuals with developmental disabilities, their families and support networks;
- · Linking with the community, developmental and funding sectors.
Individuals with a developmental disability live healthy, safe and secure lives as participating members of society, through equitable access to the broadest range of societal supports and opportunities.
Values guide implementation of an organization's Mission. OCAPDD's values are based on the following beliefs.
OCAPDD believes in the dignity of individuals living with a developmental disability, as evidenced by the fact that: they can communicate; they can socialize; they can use public and community services; they can make responsible decisions; they can accept responsibilities; they can get hired; they can choose and realize personal goals; and, they can exercise their rights and responsibilities as Canadian Citizens.
Ø OCAPDD believes that person centred planning empowers individuals with a disability label. In using this approach staff focus on clients and their needs by putting them in charge, when possible, of defining the direction for their lives.
Ø OCAPDD believes that individuals living with a developmental disability should live in a respectful environment, as evidenced by the fact that: they live free from embarrassment, ridicule, abuse and harassment; there is respect for their personal choice within the constraints of their living and working environment; they have opportunity for privacy; confidentiality is maintained and, there is support for their possession of personal property.
Ø OCAPDD believes in family involvement as individuals with developmental disabilities benefit when family members and support staff work together to support a disabled individual's decision making process.
Ø OCAPDD believes that individuals living with a developmental disability should live in a safe environment, as evidenced by the fact that: they live in safe living arrangements; they live free from abuse; they have adequate protection for severe climatic conditions; and, there is an absence of accidents in their environment.
Ø OCAPDD believes that individuals living with a developmental disability should have / live healthy lifestyles (both physical, social and mental health), as evidenced by the fact that: they have involvement in disease prevention; they have involvement in recreation and exercise; they have a healthy diet; they have adequate personal hygiene; they have adequate access to health professionals; they have freedom from self-injurious behaviours; they make informed decisions about substance use (alcohol, drugs); they make informed decisions about relationships in the community; they have positive self-esteem; they are connected to natural support networks; and, there is respite for their family.
Ø OCAPDD believes that individuals living with a developmental disability should have secure lives and equitable access to employment, financial security and secure housing.
Ø OCAPDD believes that individuals living with a developmental disability should have equitable lives and that society recognizes the need to provide the following, as evidenced by the fact that: they can achieve the maximum of their potential; they have equitable access to specialized services; they have equitable access to general and community services; they have equitable access to transportation; they have equitable access to public education; they have equitable access to public funding; and, they receive services in the official language of their choice.
Ø OCAPDD believes that individuals living with a developmental disability should receive a level of support and service which is based on a standard of excellence, as evidenced through all employees and volunteers by: continuous learning; professionalism; integrity; accountability; and, commitment to OCAPDD's stated Vision Statement and Core Values.
Ø OCAPDD believes that it has a fiduciary responsibility to its funders, as evidenced by: its responsibility to handle it finances in a trustworthy manner; and, managing towards achieving a balanced budget each fiscal year.
Ø OCAPDD believes that collaboration with relevant groups generates ideas and solutions that ultimately benefit individuals with disabilities and their families. We are committed to sharing information and resources, giving and receiving constructive feedback, and listening with open minds.
Ø OCAPDD believes in client support and a workplace for staff that respects race, colour, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or national ancestry; and works to eliminate or prevent such discrimination
Founded in 1956 and previously known as the Ottawa and District Association for the Mentally Retarded (ODAMR), the Ottawa-Carleton Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OCAPDD) is the largest and longest-serving association of its kind in Ottawa. The organization had it origins in the determination of a small group of parents who believed that their children deserved access to education. Today, OCAPDD 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 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.
Volunteers-a vital force in OCAPDD-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.