Helpful Links

 ombudsman-nowhere-to-turn OMBUDSMAN REPORT
On August 24, 2016 the Ontario Ombudsman office released their report entitled “Nowhere to Turn”. This report addresses the experiences of people with a developmental disability and their families in Ontario. The Ministry of Community and Social Services and their community partners are committed to providing an improved experience for people and will continue with the Transformation work that has already begun. The link below will enable you to access the full report.

Nowhere to Turn


CatholicCharities Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Toronto

Mary Centre receives some funding from Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Toronto. Catholic Charities is dedicated to ensuring the provision of health and social services and to providing leadership and advocacy on behalf of its 28 member agencies. These community agencies deliver services in a committed, caring and empowering way that reflects the values of the church. The people who are served live and work in the Greater Toronto Area, as well as in Simcoe, Durham, Peel and York.


 Charity Village Charity Village

Charity Village is Canada’s supersite for the non-profit sector. This on-line service centre is dedicated to encouraging, supporting and servicing 200,000 Canadian charities and non-profit organizations, and the millions of professionals, staffers, volunteers, donors and supporters who make them an important part of our national fabric.


DSO Developmental Services Ontario, Toronto Region

We serve adults living in Toronto, Etobicoke, North York, and Scarborough. We can provide you with information about community services and resources and assist you in connecting with MCSS-funded developmental services and supports.


NADD-Ontario NADD (Ontario Chapter)

The mission of the Ontario Chapter of the National Association for the Dually Diagnosed is to advance mental wellness for persons with developmental disabilities through the promotion of excellence in mental health care.


link-OADD Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities

OADD is a professional organization of people working and studying in the field of developmental disabilities throughout Ontario. Members include agencies and organizations; university and community college students and instructors; service provider direct care staff and managers; family support workers; case managers; psychologists; social workers; and other dedicated individuals.


link-Ontario Opportunities and Action: Transforming Supports in Ontario for People who have a Developmental Disability, May 2006
Message from the Minister of Community and Social Services.


Persons With Disabilities Persons with Disabilities Online

This Government of Canada site provides a broad range of information on disability-related programs and services in Canada.


Seniors on the Margins Seniors on the Margins: aging with a developmental disability

This is a brochure produced by the National Advisory Council on Aging, which describes the Council’s position on the situation of Canadians who are aging with a developmental disability. It identifies a number of gaps and challenges with respect to the unmet health care, social and financial problems that impact on their capacity to age well and provides recommendations for action in each of these areas.


link-ShareLife ShareLife

ShareLife is the charitable fundraising arm of the Archdiocese of Toronto. ShareLife supports 29 agencies, including Mary Centre, which reach out to serve those who are struggling in our community. All ShareLife agencies help those in need regardless of religious affiliation.


link-SpecialServices Special services at home
The Special Services at Home (SSAH) program of the Ministry of Children & Youth Services helps children and adults with a developmental disability to live at home with their families by providing funding on a time-limited basis to address individual needs. With this funding, families can purchase specialized supports and services.


link-Surrey Surrey Place Centre
Surrey Place Centre is a community-based organization that provides a wide range of services including complex assessment, diagnostics, and treatment for people living with autism, Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities.