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Supporting Someone With a Developmental Disability

Supporting someone with a developmental disability can be a lifelong journey. The disability may impact their life in many ways, from intellectual abilities to physical ones, and the caregiving experience will vary accordingly.

Steps You Can Take Now

No matter what level of care you are providing, or the type of disability you are supporting someone with, here are some steps you can take:

Get Help

Explore our resources below to find community support, peer groups and more.

Capacity Building Grants for Family Support Networks aims to make it easier for families and caregivers of adults with developmental disabilities to find peer support in their community, share information, and build connections. If you are a member of a family support network or an organization that supports a family support network, explore this grant opportunity.

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I’m a caregiver

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Donna Thompson and her Unexpected Journey of Caring

Caregiving is a journey that requires sacrifice, selflessness, and vast amounts of strength. Caregiver Donna shares her insights in caring for her son who was born with cerebral palsy and medical complexities.

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Most of us, at some point in our lives, will be a caregiver to someone close to us. A caregiver provides physical and/or emotional support to a family member, partner, friend, or neighbour. Who do you care for?