Ongwanada has been a member of the community for more than 60 years. Our name, an Ojibwa term for "our home," is a fitting symbol for our vision, mission and values.
We support people with developmental disabilities and their families, respecting their rights, increasing their opportunities to make choices and decisions about the quality of their lives and responding to their changing needs.
A non-profit, accredited organization, Ongwanada offers a wide range of individualized services and community supports to approximately 600 people with developmental disabilities and their families in Kingston and Eastern Ontario. Our funding comes primarily from the provincial Ministry of Community and Social Services and we are managed by a volunteer Board of Governors.
Our programs and services are delivered at three main sites in Kingston, more than 20 community residences as well as other homes and offices in the region. In addition to residential options, some services include Day Support, Vocational and Life Skills Training, Medical Services, Occupational and Physical Therapy, Respite Care, Community Behavioural Services and Adult Protective Services.
Research is also important to Ongwanada. We are affiliated with Queen's University and collaborate internationally in research to enhance the understanding and improve the quality of life of individuals with developmental disabilities.