Welcome To Family Alliance Ontario

We are an autonomous alliance of citizens who offer knowledge, tools, and networking opportunities,
to individuals with disabilities, their families and friends. Our mission is to assist people in realizing a vision that includes valued relationships; choice and control over their lives; and enables inclusion through meaningful contribution and participation in community.


  • People with disabilities, along with their families, will be a pivotal part of decision-making with respect to services and supports.

  • People with disabilities will have individualized, flexible, life-long supports, to enable them to live a valued and productive life in community.

  • All children will be accessing a quality, inclusive education.

  • Family directed groups will receive ongoing financial support to provide a safety net of mutual support and support the well-being of families.


  • 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 autonomous family directed groups and encourage new ones to develop.
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  • Autonomous family networks and family directed groups are dedicated to fostering the strengthsdreams, 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.

What we Offer

Knowledge, Tools & Networking Opportunities


Check out our links to helpful resources and websites.

Affiliated Networks

Find a family network near you!

Upcoming Events

Join us at upcoming events.

Uncovering the People's History Project

Uncovering the People's History Project logo
The People’s History Project is designed to foster an understanding around Canada’s poignant history of institutionalization for people experiencing a disability. The project strives to deepen the broader public’s understanding of the impact of the institutional care model, on people, their families, their loved ones and the community on whole.

Upcoming Events

An Introductory Workshop to CareMaps: October 15, 2018

Discover how CareMaps can help you understand and improve your family’s experience.

TWO Sessions:   2:00-4:00pm   and   6:00-8:00 pm in Toronto.        
Limited to 25 persons per session

You’re invited to learn about the concept of Care-Maps — a drawing of the people and services in your care network. CareMaps can help you better understand and manage your own situation, identify missing resources, and describe your needs to others.

In this two-hour workshop, you will learn to create and use your own CareMap.

An Atlas CareMap is a diagram of a person’s care ecosystem, showing who cares for whom, and how. Many people have found it easy to learn to draw and use CareMaps, and valuable to do so. The process of thinking about and drawing a CareMap has helped people to more clearly see and to better understand their existing care ecosystem. For many, this has led to action and/or changes in perception resulting in stronger ecosystems, better care and more confidence in managing their care situation.

Introduction to CareMaps video (https://vimeo.com/256814921).

Rajiv Mehta, CEO of Atlas of Caregiving, will be conducting this Atlas CareMap Workshop


Suggested Registration Donation:  $25.00 Click here to register.

Family Alliance Gathering & AGM – September 14/15, 2018

September 5, 2018
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  FAO 2018 Gathering & AGM Don't miss out on Family Alliance Ontario's Gathering and AGM,  September 14-16 in Toronto!  This is a great opportunity to reconnect with acquaintances, make new connections, share inspirational stories, engage in mutual learning and explore solutions to help move forward! The Uncovering the People's History Project will also have its official launch during at the  gathering. Click on the brochure at the beginning of this notice to find out more information including the location. Any questions? To register, please email Joyce Balaz at: familyallianceontario@gmail.com. Notice of Meeting Sept 2018

PATHS & MAPS: October 16-18, 2018

A Person-centred way to Build Community PATHS & MAPS Workshop will be held in Toronto, October 2018! Join Jack Pearpoint and Lynda Kahn for this interactive and engaging 3 day course in which they use the course book, materials, content, and questions, to support everyone to belong as community members, as well as strengthen their facilitation practice.  For more information check out the brochure for more information: PATH MAPS flyer October Toronto 2018

Family Alliance Ontario
Current Board Members

Family Alliance Ontario is governed by a volunteer board of directors. Each elected director serves a two year term with eligibility for re-election for additional terms. To see our current board composition and the term each member is serving, click on a specific director's name.

June 20, 2009

Vice President November 13, 2011

President April 2013

Term expires 2018

May 15, 2010

Vice President April 2013

Term expires 2019

October 30, 2017

Founding member of Family Support Network

Term expires 2018

May 15, 2010

Term expires 2019

October 1, 2017

Term expires 2019

June 20, 2009

Term expires 2018

January 25, 2014

Term expires 2018

October 1, 2017

Term expires 2019

November 13, 2011

Secretary January 25, 2014

Term expires 2018