Mission Statement

Family Alliance Ontario is an alliance of citizens that offers knowledge, tools and networking opportunities to individuals with disabilities and their families to assist them to realize a vision that includes having valued relationships, choice and control in their lives, and enables inclusion through meaningful contribution and participation in their communities.


Family Alliance Ontario Accord

Our Shared Beliefs

  • Family networks and family directed groups are dedicated to fostering the strengths, dreams, competencies and enthusiasm of their member families to create inclusive, caring lives for all their members.
  • Informed, involved and confident families are the most effective agents for social change.
  • Parents and people with disabilities are an essential source of expertise with respect to their son or daughter, to each other, and to the community as a whole.
  • Individuals with disabilities are part of the community and as part of the community have valuable gifts and contributions to make.
  • Individuals with disabilities must be included and must lead in all decisions that affect any part of their lives.
  • All children, regardless of disability, should grow up with families and have enduring lifelong relationships.

Our Vision

  • Meaningful involvement of families and individuals with disabilities is an integral part of levels of decision-making with respect to services and supports.
  • Families have the confidence and assurance that their family member will have individualized, flexible, life-long supports to enable them to live valued, productive lives in their community.
  • All children have the right to quality, inclusive education.
  • Family directed groups receive ongoing financial support to ensure they can provide safety net of mutual support for families.


Our Goals

  • Be a strong family voice for change.
  • Support individuals and families in building their capacity toward achieving inclusion.
  • Ensure that support for people with disabilities includes the options of choice and portability through self-directed, individualized funding.
  • Support the work of local family directed groups, and encourage new ones to develop.
Board of Directors 2014-2015
Cindy Mitchell
Joyce Balaz
Susan Popper
Sandra Mothersell
Vici Clarke Kingston
Bonnie Heath Toronto
Bill Hiltz London
Karen Inwood Whitby
Sue Irving  Unionville
Diana Brammal Highgate