Based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; Opportunities Mississauga for twenty-one plus is a "grass roots" organization of parents and concerned citizens who want to improve current and future services for our intellectually handicapped children, and adults.
We work with community groups, agencies and businesses to expand services and facilities for intellectually disabled adults and their families.
Who are we
- The beginning
- Opportunities Mississauga for 21 Plus began life in 1998, as the "925421+ Family Network." As our original name suggests, the single focus of that small group was the establishment of "9 to 5" day activity programs.
- Many of OM21’s members are parents who became involved in the
organization when their children with developmental disabilities moved
into the adult world following the end of their school years. Faced with
severely limited programs and services, they banded together to
successfully advocate for the investment of more energy and resources
– working with the Ministry of Community & Social Services and
local organizations like Community Living Mississauga.
An uphill battle very much continues, due mainly to population growth that outpaces increases in funding. Adults with developmental disabilities (and their families) still struggle with shortages of day activity programs and staggeringly long waiting lists for residential services.
- and now..
- Today, our organization represents over 180 families and have widened our scope.
- Since 2004, OM21 Plus's concern for residential and other issues has led us to be particularly interactive with the Ministry of Community and Social Services. The Ministry has undertaken an intensive study of services for Ontario residents with developmental disabilities. OM21 has already been involved in several of the early stages of this study:
- submitted feedback on a preliminary memorandum that outlined key questions related to services;
- members of our Board of Directors have participated in a series of forums organized by the Ministry to consider issues like "funding options" and "family support."
Some of our board members meet the Minister, The Honourable Helena Jaczek (second from the right). February 2015
2017 AGM and Information evening
Everybody is welcome. Join us for our Fall Speaker Night featuring Ron Malis, a financial advisor who dedicates his practice to parents of adults and children with disabilities. Come and learn how you can supplement your child’s ODSP benefits without jeopardizing one's eligibility. See Flyer.
Tuesday, November 7th , 2017
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Applewood School, 3675 Thomas St., Mississauga, ON
-parking lot off Thomas St. on east side of school (towards rear of Stephen Lewis S.S.)
Developmental Services Housing Forum
On November 30th 2016, we were in attendance at a multi-locational (and on-line) forum with the Minister of Community and Social Services and the minister of Housing. The topics were wide ranging and thought provoking. Click here for more information.
Is it unacceptable?
If you think it is unacceptable that in Peel Region in the last 36 months more than 33 adults who have a developmental disability have been abandoned by their families;
it is unacceptable that families have to wait years for clinical supports such as Psychiatrists, clinical assessments, Behavioral supports, etc.; and
it is unacceptable that families requiring residential support have to be in crisis. Families that work within the system and plan for their loved ones future are constantly punished by the lack of supports.
For the above - and more... go to http://www.itisunacceptable.com/ , read more and sign the petition - PLEASE.
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