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.
About 500 families are supported each year. We work with families across Durham Region around individualized day and living supports. We host learning events which are open to any interested families.
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.