United Families of Eastern Ontario

DANEO developed from another advocacy organization  – United Families of Eastern Ontario – which formed in 2008.  UFEO was a coalition of local organizations representing individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. One of their key objectives was to represent a “unified” voice in the many discussions around reform of the developmental services delivery system.

Some of the original alliance groups included:

All of these groups continued to do the family support, program development and information sharing for their membership.

Some of the advocacy inventions performed by UFEO were:

  • Representation on the formation of the local DSO
  • Letter-writing campaign against changes to Special Services at Home program
  • Regular meetings with local MPPs to ensure issues affecting individuals with developmental disabilities were well represented
  • Representation to the Select Committee on Developmental Services in 2014 which resulted in the report: Inclusion and Opportunity
  • Input to the Ontario Auditor General’s review of residential services for individuals with intellectual disabilities which reported in 2014
  • Input to the Ontario Special Needs Strategy – for children and youth (2015)

We thank all those who spent time and energy to build a strong advocacy base in Eastern Ontario.