About Us

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Ongwanada has been a member of the Kingston community since 1948 and has been working in developmental services since 1967. A non-profit, accredited organization, Ongwanada supports people with developmental disabilities, with a special focus on those with complex needs, and their families, so they can lead full lives, effectively supported in their communities.

Our funding comes primarily from the Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services and we are managed by a volunteer Board of Governors.

Our programs and services are delivered at three main sites in Kingston, more than 20 community residences as well as other homes, including the Southeastern Regional Transitional Treatment home and a home specifically designed for those with complex needs. In addition to residential options, additional services include, but are not limited to: planning and case management, clinical services, respite, community behavioural services, Adult Protective Services and community participation supports.

Ongwanada currently maintains several strong community partnerships, such as with Queen’s University to collaborate internationally in research to enhance the understanding and improve the quality of life of individuals with developmental disabilities.

The organization also has a strong regional and provincial presence as a lead to many initiatives in the developmental service sector.