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OM21 Plus

113 Lakeshore Road West

Box 22

Mississauga, Ontario,

L5H 1E9

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Building Opportunities in Mississauga for adults with intellectual disabilities

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.

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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."

With the minister

Some of our board members meet the Minister, The Honourable Helena Jaczek (second from the right). February 2015

Community Base Sites
These base sites have been set up in cooperation with Community Living Mississauga. Currently there are four base sites in Mississauga run by CLM. They offer varied and interesting day activities for the individuals they support. The activities vary from horseback riding, swimming, music, computers to walks around the community.

Current initiatives
Residential Concerns
This committee is dedicated to the residential concerns for these young (and not so young) people.

Step By Step Initiative

Opportunities Mississauga for 21+ and Christian Horizons proposed the creation of a home  that will offer residential/respite services to 12 people for the cost normally associated with the provision of such services for 4 people in a traditional “group home.” Unfortunatly, the Ministry rejected our proposal.

Ontario Families in Crisis.
12,000 families in Ontario need help. Does Ontario Care? See www.ontariocares.com

Respite Services
The need for respite services is often overlooked. We have an active committee reviewing the available services and how they can be better integrated to better serve our community.
We are building our infrastructure of committees. Specifically, Residential, Transportation, Fund raising & Public Relations. We do encourage, and welcome, interested individuals to join us.
2016 Information Evening. On November 1st, OM21 hosted a presentation by William Cutbush, Lead Investigator for the recently released report “Nowhere to Turn” by the Office of the Ombudsman, Ontario. The report summarizes the investigation into the response by the Ministry of Community and Social Services to crisis situations of adults with developmental disabilities. Sixty recommendations were accepted by the Ministry with a commitment to follow though – we look forward to the progress report early in the new year. As well, the role of the Ombudsman’s office and how it might assist families was explained by Sharon Anderson, Early Resolution Officer. An active discussion period followed to end a very informative evening.

Our presentors

Read the report and its background.

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.


Our Members of our Provincial Pariament Local Day Programs/Resources
Links to many other resourses

Opportunities Mississauga for 21 plus (www.om21.ca)