About Us.

DAFRS works in partnership with families with a member who has an intellectual disability or a child with a physical disability, providing Family Support (services, resources, and other types of assistance) that enhance the capacity of the whole family to care for one another and to sustain and/or enhance their valued social roles as family members and as members of the community.

 

Services include in and out of home respite and individualized day and living supports. About 500 families are supported each year.The Association began in 1978, a collaborative initiative of families, service providers and the Ministry of Community and Social Services. From its inception, the Association has retained a strong commitment to supporting families with a focus on

  • Individualized approaches that focus on meaningful, community based experiences for people supported,
  • Family leadership through learning, networking and working in partnership to support family members with a disability
  • Promotion and protection of the rights and interests of people who have a disability and their families

The Association is governed by a voluntary board of directors representing various fields of expertise and experience. Guided by clearly articulated values and principles, their focus is on the provision and development of responsive and quality service.

  • DAFRS believes in the essential importance of good family life.
  • DAFRS believes that communities have a fundamental responsibility to welcome and support people with disabilities.
  • DAFRS believes that, when provided with adequate support, families provide the safest, most consistent and loving environment for family members.
  • DAFRS believes in the importance of promoting valued social roles for people with disabilities.

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At Durham Association for Family Respite Services, we believe that all people enjoy a full and meaningful life within the community. With your generous contribution, we are able to work in partnership with families with a member who has an intellectual disability or a child with a physical disability and provide family support (services, resources and other assistance) that enhances the capacity of the whole family to care for one another and to sustain and enhance their valued social roles as family members and as members of the community. Thank you again for your support.
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We believe in the essential importance of good family life.


We believe that communities have a fundamental responsibility to welcome and support people with disabilities.


Webelieve that, when provided with adequate support, families provide the safest, most consistent and loving environment for family members.

Webelieve in the importance of promoting valued social roles for people with disabilities.