Executive Summary

We’re proud to unveil this year’s Annual Report, Fostering Inclusive Communities, a tribute to the work that we’ve accomplished together over the past year to realize our vision and achieve our strategic plan. Here is just some of the work you’ll read about.

Towards our goal of Organizational Strength, we’ve continued our work on the critical issue of housing and have decided that now is the perfect time to redevelop our Lawson site as a new, inclusive and affordable housing community right in the heart of Scarborough. In addition, to enhance the quality of our supports and services, we’ve continued transforming how we offer community participation supports and respite services and have relocated our Fosters Clubhouse to an inclusive neighbourhood in downtown Toronto. We’ve done this while maximizing our real-estate resources and managing our finances prudently as you’ll read in our Finance Report.

Towards Innovation, through a multi-partner collaboration, we launched DiscoverMyRoute, a program that teaches and empowers people with an intellectual disability to independently take public transit in Toronto. Hands-on learning and a new mobile app help to build confidence so that learners can commute to work, see their friends and navigate their city safely and independently.

Lastly, our goal of Leadership & Advocacy is advancing through our grassroots membership and community engagement strategy. Leveraging our relationships with Association members and elected officials, we are raising awareness of developmental services, advocating on critical issues, and telling our stories to influence decision making.

We hope you’ll take the time to read these accomplishments, and about the many other ways our staff, members, donors and volunteers have dedicated their time and resources to fostering inclusive communities by supporting the rights and choices and people with an intellectual disability.