Welcome to Ability First Ottawa

A resource for those with disabilities and special needs.


Ability First Ottawa is a charitable organization that provides comprehensive services and support to individuals (with or without developmental disabilities) and their families.

Services include our monthly “Awesome Mondays” life-skills program, the Housing Navigation Program, and the Parent Support Program.

Monetary donations and Community Sponsors are welcome to ensure that we can continue offering quality services to our participants and their families.


COVID-19 Thank You Update

We want to give a special shout-out and promote those helping people with disabilities and their families in these hard times. We have the ability to support essential workers and front-line workers by keeping them safe. Please feel free to look at who we are working and those around you to help keep our community safe. link

Support Initiative COVID-19

We have been giving telecommunications, online support, collecting and distributing medical supplies, zero waste gardens and food items to persons with disabilities and their families. Making kits for the homeless population so that they have food, medical supplies and giving them to outreach teams. We are working with other charities, local businesses, and community service providers.

Please Donate through Canada Helps



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You can also check out our availible programs and volenteer positions.

Register for one of our programs
Check out our available programs!

We are always looking for volunteers for our programs.
Check out our Volunteers page!

Charity Number 82619 7394 RR0001

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Great News Ability First Ottawa has a new location at Collab Space https://www.facebook.com/CollabSpace

Programs start on Sept 14 (continues every Monday) at 3pm-6pm and our new address is 70 Bongard Avenue. If interested in signing your loved one with disabilities please feel free to book an appointment via telephone 613-291-5422

More Support Needed for our
Housing Navigation Program!

AFO is currently in need of more donations to provide support to individuals with disabilities living in the homelessness system. Please help us in assisting these vulnerable members of our community in obtaining safe, market-rental housing. Being homeless is EXTREMELY dangerous for individuals with developmental disabilities, and Ability First Ottawa is working tirelessly to provide this population with the support they desperately require.