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Ministry of Children Community and Social Services: Resuming Visits in Congregate Living Settings


Family-Directed Alternative Support Services (FDA) was founded in 1993 by a group of 13 dedicated families in London, Ontario who wanted to improve the current and future quality of life for their adolescent/adult dependent children with disabilities. These families share common beliefs, goals, dreams and visions. The long term plan of FDA Families is to promote fulfilling lives for their children by creating support circles, continuous avenues of access to programs and services and mutually enjoyable community experiences. FDA is a registered charity, which has successfully convinced the provincial government to create a permanent, flexible, full day community based program for young adults with disabilities. "Project Hope", was established for young adults with profound disabilities who are no longer eligible for educational support, live at home with their families and are totally dependent on others for their care, sustenance and well being.


FDA members actively engage local MPP's regarding further expansion of existing programs and community supports. FDA keeps abreast of programs, services and/or incentives that become available. FDA parents have acquired a wealth of information and experiences which are shared openly and honestly.


We believe that all individuals have the right to a dignified and fulfilling life that includes trust, mutually-supportive relationships and a sense of community that honours and respects individual choices.


FDA endeavours to:

  • Foster and encourage community participation for the individual with the assistance of family and/or friends, in all decisions affecting his/her life
  • Engage in activities to promote the personal well being of individuals with disabilities that augment and/or improve their financial, emotional, and physical security
  • Ensure that individuals, regardless of age, have opportunities to experience "quality" life with productive days that nourish personal growth and fulfillment
  • Encourage community involvement that is consistent with the aspirations of the individual and his/her family
  • Support the individual, his/her family and friends in meeting all of life's challenges and helping him/her in any way possible

Project Hope - "Help with Opportunities for Participation and Enrichment"

Project Hope is an established program in London, Ontario funded by the provincial government. It has been in operation for a number of years under the direction of "Participation House Support Services". It provides programming five days a week year round which allows participants to enjoy enriching activities in house and/or in the community. Project Hope provides regular routines, therapies, stimulation and also offers a wide range of supported integration, inclusion and community involvement opportunities for participants.Project Hope is an appropriately equipped, community based program with a highly skilled, professional staff that supports families who wish to continue to have their adult, dependent, severely developmentally or medically-fragile child at home. It has recently moved from its original home to this beautiful new facility on Adelaide Street in London. With more space, it has opened up the potential for new programming for current participants as well as new opportunities for others in our community.


If you have links to share, please email us with them

Ombudsman's Report:
Nowehere to Turn

Investigation into the Ministry of Community and Social Services response to situations of crisis involving adults with developmental disabilities

What Time is the 9:20 Bus?

Chronicles the story of Paul, a boy with a serious intellectual disability, his journey to adulthood, and how he achieved independence in spite of the odds. It shows what is possible when people with disabilities are given a chance.

W5 - Growing up Scared

W5's Sandie Rinaldo investigates families coping with severely disabled children, and asks government what they'll do for them as they become adults

Day Programs

Please contact providers for current info

Alice Saddy Anago Christian Horizons
Community Living London Crest Support Services Family Service Thames Valley
Forward House Hutton House Leads
Participation House - Dundas St Participation House - Project Hope VON Adult Day Program - Dorchester & Strathroy

Residential Models & Information

DSO & MOH residential lists Legacy Homes
Microboards Plantahome

Parent Groups

Ontario Independent Facilitation Network - OIFN Family Network Thames Valley Ontario Community Services Coalition

Contact Us

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We usually meet the second Thursday of the month

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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to common questions about our group
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