Welcome to Ability First Ottawa

Comprehensive services and support for people with disabilities.

Ability First Ottawa (AFO) is a charity organization that provides comprehensive services and support to individuals with development and non-developmental disabilities (ages 10 to 70) and their families. AFO’s mission is to assist persons with disabilities, and their families, reach their social, educational and employment goals, by offering resource infrastructure and skills development in coordination with our supporting community.

Our mission is to assist persons with disabilities, and their families, reach their social, educational and employment goals, by offering resource infrastructure and skills development in coordination with our supporting community.

Core Values

Ability First Ottawa will always consider these core values: 

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Respectful

Ability First Ottawa will always be respectful to its participants and the community.

Caring

Ability First Ottawa cares for its participants and community.

Inclusivity

Ability First Ottawa provides fair and equitable access to services for those from marginalized groups.

Learn about our other core values

Learn more about Ability First Ottawa's other core values and our story of creation.

Since Covid became a regular part of our vocabulary and lockdowns became the norm, we have had to shift our focus. Shortly after the first case of Covid 19 was reported in Ottawa and it became a pandemic, Ability First Ottawa shut down its regular programming.  It was clearly too risky to have immune compromised participants attending any programs.  AFO was also made aware that the rest of the disabled community was stuck at home, unable to leave for fear of catching the virus themselves. 

Therefore, an Outreach Plan was put together to help those with disabilities that were at home and afraid to leave. Safety items were gathered and distributed. These items included face masks, gloves, hand sanitizers, information about the virus and its symptoms.

 

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Ability First Ottawa was very grateful to receive the Ottawa Community Foundation Grant that helped us to provide PPE Kits to people during the first wave of Covid 19. Subsequently, we have received another grant from the Canadian Community Foundation to continue our work and a second grant from the Ottawa Community Foundation so that we can continue with our Outreach work in 2022.

If you are in need of assistance please contact us and indicate that you are interested in the Outreach Plan.

When it is safe to do so, Ability First Ottawa, plans to reopen its regular programming.  However, all programming, other than Covid Outreach, is currently cancelled. We are currently considering online sessions or events.  Thank you for your support and understanding.

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