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Alternate Name OCAPDD ; OCR ; Ottawa-Carleton Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities
Former Name Family Homeshare Program
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Ottawa
Address & Map
229 Colonnade Rd S
Ottawa, ON K2E 7K3
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Intersection Merivale Rd and Colonnade Rd
Mailing Address c/o Homeshare Program
Bus Route Notes OC Transpo OC Travel Planner or Route Timetable
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Parking Free parking
Description and Services
Description (Service) Connects individuals with a developmental disability ("Homesharers") to families and individuals ("Homeshare Providers") in their home within the community. The Homesharer moves into the Homeshare Provider’s home for an indefinite period. Through this experience, the Homesharer becomes a participant in the household and the community. 
Most Homesharers are already active in the community, attending a wide variety of Day Options and supports in both English and French including supported employment at minimum wage or better in an integrated setting, or work options in segregated settings and supports other than work such as life skills, leisure and community participation. Individuals may participate on a part-time or full-time basis. 
The Homeshare Provider receives a daily per diem for room and board and for care and supervision for each Homesharer. The Homeshare Provider also receives an additional payment for relief allowance built into their per diem, as well as seven days of respite. The Homesharer and the Homeshare Provider receives ongoing support from the Homeshare Program Case Managers who make regular visits to provide assistance and guidance.
Hours Program service hours Mon-Sun 24 hours * administration Mon-Fri 8 am-4 pm
Areas Served Ottawa
Eligibility Ages: 18 year(s) and up 
Adults 18 years and older with developmental disabilities who: 
* are capable of attending a wide variety of Day Options or a school on a full-time basis; 
* are involved in competitive employment earning a minimum wage or better
Application Referral to this program is through Service Coordination at 613-748-1788. Priority is based on need, date of referral and availability of service. Must also contact Developmental Services Ontario Eastern Region (DSOER) at 613-748-5899.
Languages English
Fees Service - Homesharers pay for room and board from their Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) or employment income.
Service Categories In Home Developmental Disabilities Habilitation Programs
Waiting List Yes, the waiting list is administered by Service Coordination, must be registered with Developmental Services Ontario Eastern Ontario region (DSOER).
Contact Information
Office Phone 613-569-8993
Fax 613-569-9865
Primary Contact Tom Gillespie, Supervisor Homeshare Program; Phone: 613-569-8993 ext 235; Email:
Primary Executive David A Ferguson, Executive Director; Phone: 613-569-8993 ext 223; Email:
Alternate Executive Louis Renaud, Director of Supports and Services; Phone: 613-569-8993 ext 237; Email:
Other Details
Established Agency in1953; Program in 1985
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Community and Social Services ; Donations - Charitable Registration Number: 107806010 RR0001
Elections The Board of Directors is elected.
Resources Website
Accreditation Operates under the Services and Supports to Promote the Social Inclusion of Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act, 2008 licensed by the Ministry of Community and Social Services.

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