Accessible Summer Escapes: Explore these barrier-free outdoor destinations near Ottawa!

What is on your ultimate summer checklist? Making smores by a campfire? A trip to the beach? Or simply enjoying nature exploring trails? Whether you’re on team camp or team beach, you can have a FUN-tastic summer at any of the barrier-free outdoor campsites, beaches and trails near Ottawa! 

While accessibility means different for everyone, Ontario Parks considers barrier-free parks as having level ground (to and from the site), a nearby water source and/or comfort station, a 25-cm high campfire pit, a level parking spot, and an accessible picnic table. Click on the site’s website pages below for more information or contact the park directly. 

Accessible Camp Sites 

Accessible Beaches 

Did you know that seniors aged 65+ and people with disabilities are eligible for reduced camping and day-use fees in Ontario Parks?  You can find a park near you based on the facilities and activities you need. Visit the Ontario Parks website here.

Accessible Trails

As you head out to enjoy these accessible outdoor destinations, remember to put on some sunscreen, dress for the weather, stay hydrated, and know before you go! Enjoy and have a memorable summer with your loved ones!

The information provided in this article is intended for informational purposes only. Rest assured, while we strive for accuracy, we cannot guarantee that all details are entirely current or error-free. Please exercise caution and verify any information by visiting the Ontario Parks website or contacting the facilities directly.  

Celebrating Disability Pride Month

Celebrating Disability Pride Month: A reflection on inclusion and belonging for people with disabilities in the community – by Heather Lacey

July is Disability Pride Month! 

It is a time to celebrate the significant contributions of people with disabilities. People with disabilities are leaders in their communities and businesses and actively assert their rights by calling out injustices around disability inequalities and accessibility. 

It is a time to be proud of the progress society has made in increasing visibility for people with disabilities in the community. However, visibility is only the first step. The true goal is full inclusion and integration— creating a society where people with disabilities can fully participate in ways that make sense to them, with accessibility accommodations as the standard across all programs and services, not just an option. 

While visibility is a significant achievement, it is not the end goal. We have worked hard to ensure that individuals with disabilities are represented in various aspects of life. However, visibility alone does not guarantee true inclusion. It is about providing equal opportunities for people with disabilities to participate, contribute, and thrive in their communities. 

True belonging goes beyond providing accessibility options. It is about creating environments that are inherently inclusive. This means creating spaces, updating policies, and upholding practices that consider the diverse needs of all individuals from the outset, rather than retrofitting accommodations as an afterthought. 

“Diversity is a fact. Equity is a choice. Inclusion is an action. Belonging is an outcome.”

Arthur Chan, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) Strategist

At ABLE2, we are committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB). We have incorporated DEIB principles into our policies, processes, and everyday work. 

We operate on a hybrid work model, ensuring our employees have the flexibility and accommodations to meet their needs. Through a generous grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, we were also able to purchase adaptive office equipment such as power-adjustable desks, ergonomic chairs, and specialized hardware. These investments benefit not only the employees with disabilities but all employees, enhancing their resilience and capacity to support ABLE2’s program users and their families. 

The organization is also proud to have established a Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) to ensure the representation of ABLE2’s program users and people with disabilities in the community. The CAC is vital in influencing decision-making and providing valuable insights to our Board. Notably, a member of the CAC also serves on the Board of Directors of ABLE2 for full inclusion and participation in decision-making processes. The CAC members also organize events and fundraising initiatives and contribute to raising awareness, empowering them to lead and create even more opportunities for community engagement. Establishing the CAC aligns with our vision of an inclusive community where people with disabilities are seen as able, important, and valued and are active members of the community.

We have also developed a volunteer program based on a DEIB framework, emphasizing the importance of inclusive participation. This move is crucial to ensuring that all voices are heard and valued. 

When we instill DEIB into our work ethics, we create a more vibrant community where everyone can thrive, foster a sense of belonging, and break down barriers to full participation in all aspects of life. This is the direction we must take towards a genuinely inclusive society. 

Inclusion means empowering people with disabilities to participate in ways that are meaningful to them. This involves creating opportunities that fully engage them in social, economic, cultural, and political life. It means they have the same access to quality education, employment opportunities, leadership positions, or community activities. We need to continue to listen to the voices of people with disabilities and involve them in decision-making processes that affect their lives. By doing so, we can better understand their needs and aspirations and create policies and practices that truly support their inclusion. Finally, we must continue to dismantle the barriers that prevent people with disabilities to live fulfilling lives. 

This Disability Pride Month, I encourage you to reflect on how we can move from visibility to inclusion for people with disabilities. ABLE2 is dedicated to this vision of a community where everyone is seen as able, important, valued, and empowered to build lives of meaning and joy. We invite you to join us in making it a reality. 

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ABLE2 Feature: Rabia Khedr at the Helm of Disability Justice in Canada

“It has become my purpose; to voice for people who cannot voice for themselves or present their views for themselves in spaces that I occupy or have the ability to reach” 

– Rabia Khedr

If you are part of the disability community, an advocate for people with disabilities, or have been following the recent developments of the 2024 Budget, particularly the Canada Disability Benefit, you are likely familiar with Rabia Khedr. Rabia is a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Awardee, National Director of Disability Without Poverty and a member of the Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities Minister Disability Advisory Group. She is a fearless advocate and champion for accessibility and inclusion. Her influence extends beyond grassroots movements, shaping nationwide policies and standards. Rabia is a driving force in the fight for social justice, disability justice, and human rights, leading the charge for a more inclusive Canada. 

Rabia, who was born with low vision, hails from Pakistan and grew up with a Muslim heritage. Her family moved to Canada in the 1970s and Rabia has since lived in Mississauga, Ontario, where she has raised four children with her husband. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Relations and Political Science from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts in Critical Disability Studies from York University. Her firsthand experiences as a racialized minority, living with a disability and having siblings with disabilities, have deeply influenced her perspective on society. This lens is coloured with empathy, tenacity, and a strong commitment to social justice, and has significantly shaped her advocacy work over the years.

Khedr and her sister, Uzma Khan, receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012

Rabia’s career in serving the disability community was not intentional; “It has become my purpose; to voice for people who cannot voice for themselves or present their views for themselves in spaces that I occupy or have the ability to reach,” she declares with conviction. Rabia began working in disability services and with Ethno Racial People with Disabilities Coalition of Ontario (ERDCO), where she had an awakening about the intersectionality of race, culture, faith, and gender. She has since then pursued a work mindset of being a “systems disrupter.”  She served as a commissioner with the Ontario Human Rights Commission and the City of Mississauga Chair of the Accessibility Committee. “I challenge systems to respond to the unique needs of people with disabilities, taking into account their whole identity, not just the disabled person components,” says Rabia. 

Rabia passionately talks about the intersection of disability and race and how mainstream disability discourse does not talk enough about the barriers that exist within faith and cultural spaces. “I took my lived experience, and I ended up applying it to much of my work. So, the gaps and barriers that I faced, that my family faced, I didn’t want other people facing. So, I decided to do something about it by getting more and more active in this space and establishing organizations, doing research, offering my perspectives in different conversations,” shares Rabia. 

Rabia recalls an unfortunate instance where she experienced discrimination as a racialized woman with a disability. “In a settlement agency, I was waiting for a meeting, and the staff assumed that I’m there for language testing. I’m like, ‘No, I’m here to facilitate a meeting,” she explains. “They only saw my skin colour, and maybe I was not making good eye contact, so they think I was there for support.” In many other instances, Rabia shares that the customer service staff will speak to her companion, instead of talking directly to her. “It’s really hard to dissect the experiences I have to just my disability or gender or hijjab, because it’s a combination. It’s because I’m a racialized woman who covers her head, and people think, you know, I’m oppressed,” says Rabia. She strongly emphasizes the importance of recognizing the intersectionality of race and disability and advocates for creating more opportunities for racialized individuals with disabilities. 

Her passions, inspired by her experiences, drove her to establish DEEN Support Services, an agency offering spiritual and culture-directed services for people with disabilities. She also founded Race and Disability Canada, an initiative dedicated to exploring and understanding the lived realities of Indigenous, Black and Racialized people with disabilities in Canada. 

Screenshot from the Canadian Muslim COVID-19 Task Force YouTube page

“One of the things I’m striving for is respite and residential services that meet the needs of folks with intellectual disabilities, given their faith and culture. There should be a continuation of a familial living environment when they cannot be cared for by family. We shouldn’t strip them of their identity as a whole person and just focus on categorizing and labeling and behaviour planning. It should be that they still have the right to have the same living experience,” stresses Rabia. 

As National Director of Disability Without Poverty, Rabia has led a nationwide movement to ensure the voices of disabled people are heard, to influence government decisions in reducing poverty and to secure public support for ending disability poverty. However, the recent outcome of the 2024 Federal Budget, which promised to lift people with disabilities above the poverty line, only proposed a $200/month benefit that will only affect 600,000 eligible Canadians. In the podcast Good Morning Hamilton, Rabia talks about the outcome of the Canada Disability Benefit and says, “Provincial Governments should definitely not claw back on this benefit because people with disabilities are living in significant poverty, and it’s not good enough for Canada and Canadians. It’s not a cost, it’s an investment in unleashing endless possibilities of contribution that disabled people have to make, like me. There is much more work left to do to #BetterTheBenefit,” But with Rabia at the helm of this movement, advocates and the disability community can continue to be hopeful.

Rabia Khedr and her family

When asked what she is most proud of, she shares, “I’m proud of my kids. I have a very supportive husband who has supported my career path and whatever I do in the community. We’ve raised four kids, and I’m very proud of that.” She also shares her achievement in building DEEN Support Services from ground zero, to an organization that operates on a seven-figure budget through direct fundraising and grants. The organization also has peer support groups for people with vision loss, people with mobility-related disabilities, caregivers, siblings, etc., and created a network of support in the communities. Moving forward, Rabia aspires to have more influence in making positive changes in the system and “to keep occupying platforms where I can reach,” says Rabia. 

Finally, Rabia imparts a powerful insight for people with disabilities: “Education is your biggest arsenal. Know who you are, recognize your barriers, and have a plan for your own accommodation. Be bold about it.” Rabia exemplifies that people with disabilities make positive and valuable contributions to our society. May we continue to be inspired by her tenacity and leadership as we collectively strive for a more inclusive and equitable Canada.

Federal Budget 2024: Canada Disability Benefit

When the Canada Disability Benefit Act was introduced in June of 2022, it sparked hope for many, it made us believe that this would be a way of addressing poverty and enhancing the financial security of Canadians with disabilities.

When the 2024 Federal Budget was presented it provided 1.4 billion per year for the Canada Disability Benefit program. The program is based on a maximum benefit of $2,400 per year/$200 per month for low-income individuals with disabilities. While this is a positive step forward it falls far short of meeting the urgent needs of people living with disabilities in Canada.

There are over 1.5 million people with disabilities in Canada, this benefit program would only make the benefit available to about 600,000 individuals whose eligibility will be based on the Disability Tax Credit, to make matters worse the program will not be fully implemented until 2028 and only at the 1.4 billion level. This program will not adequately address the needs of the disability community in Canada. We can do better!

It’s crucial that we, as citizens of Canada, continue to advocate and work towards building a more inclusive society. We must be supporters, advocates, champions and allies to people with disabilities in our community. We need to continue to remind the government of their promise to people with disabilities, and to all of us that regardless of ability all people will be treated with dignity, and respect and seen as valuable, able and important.

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Disability and Poverty: Social Justice Implementation of the Canadian Disability Benefit

Full Title: Disability and Poverty: Addressing the economics of Social Justice through the implementation of the Canadian Disability Benefit

Imagine yourself in the shoes of a person living with a disability; as you navigate the barriers to accessibility and inclusivity in the community, you are also struggling with the rising costs of living for day-to-day items, lack of accessible and affordable housing, and inadequate support services. But that’s not all—there are extra costs associated with managing your disability including non-covered healthcare services, assistive devices, and personal supports. Now imagine trying to manage all those expenses on a yearly income of $12,250, the typical income for a Canadian with a disability.

This is the reality for over one million Canadians with disabilities. In Canada, where we pride ourselves on our drive for a more socially just society, it is disheartening to see a significant portion of our fellow citizens struggling to make ends meet. According to a report put out by Statistics Canada in 2021, 16.5% of people with disabilities lived in poverty. This compares to 8.6% of people without disabilities who lived in poverty.

The Canadian Disability Benefit (CDB) is a crucial step towards elevating people with disabilities out of poverty in Canada. It will provide much-needed financial assistance tailored to their unique needs and challenges and will significantly improve their quality of life. However, this has not been a priority for the Federal government since 2020, and Canadians with disabilities can no longer afford to wait. We need the CDB to be budgeted for and implemented now, in 2024.

ABLE2 joins The Daily Bread Food Bank and over 40 other organizations in the Fund the Benefit campaign, to urge the Government of Canada to include funding for the CDB in their 2024 budget. Budgeting for and implementing the CDB this year is about staying true to our commitment to a more socially just society. It’s about providing people with disabilities the opportunity to improve their quality of life, and to be treated with dignity and respect.

Today, as we celebrate the World Day of Social Justice, I urge you to act now. Rally your communities, write your MP, tell them to include the CDB in the 2024 budget. Our fellow citizens with disabilities should not live another year in poverty. Everyone deserves the ability to live a fulfilling life and be seen as able, important, and valued.

Sources:

Disability without Poverty. “2023 Disability Poverty Report Card.” 02 June 2022.

Statistics Canada. “Housing Experiences in Canada: Persons with Disabilities.” 10 June 2022.

CBC News. “Financial Support to Keep People with Disabilities Housed Falls Short of What’s Needed: Advocates.” 23 July 2023.

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ABLE2’s 50 Years of Community Service: A Story of Impact

Over the last 50 years we have seen an evolution in our attitudes and actions in the areas of inclusivity, equality, and accessibility, from the enactment of key pieces of legislation to the development of assistive devices and technology, ABLE2: Support for People with Disabilities (formerly Citizen Advocacy Ottawa) has been present through it all.

ABLE2’s story began in the mid 1970s, as Citizen Advocacy of Ottawa Carleton (CAOC). CAOC a non-profit, charitable organization began with a program that matched individuals with disabilities (called Friends) to volunteers (called Allies). The Allies would spend time with their Friends participating in activities within the community and advocating for supports and services that would help their Friends to lead the lives they desired. The Matching Program as it is called today would often result in the development of long-term friendships beneficial to both the Friend and Ally.

Over the years, ABLE2 added more programs, in response to the changing needs of individuals with disabilities and with the addition of these programs came a need for a new name. In 2020, CAOC became ABLE2. This change was not merely sematic; it represented the organization’s changing vision and mission, better represented the range of programs that we offered and the individuals that we serve.

Today, ABLE2 provides not only the matching program but programs that assist individuals with disabilities to build support networks, plan for and build a good life, and manage their individualized funds. We provide support for children, youth and adults impacted by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and through our recent amalgamation with Reach Canada, ABLE2 can now offer a legal referral service to support individuals with disabilities who face issues accessing the justice system.

As ABLE2 celebrates its 50th year of service to the community, there is so much to be proud of, the relationships which have been facilitated, the lives we have impacted, the programs we have built, the partnerships we have made and the part we have played and continue to play in championing the rights of individuals with disabilities.

ABLE2’s story is one of community service and impact, underscored by our vision of an inclusive community where all people are seen as able, important, and valued, but our story does not end here.

The next 50 years promises to be even more impactful and exciting and ABLE2 is committed to being part of all of it.

In closing, I would like to thank all the donors, volunteers and supporters who believe in our vision and who are part of our story. Most importantly, I want to thank the individuals with disabilities and their families for allowing ABLE2 to serve you for the past fifty years and helping us to make a positive impact in the community.

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Human Rights Day: A Time for Reflection

Last November 30, Senator Chantal Petitclerc invited ABLE2 representatives as guests to the Senate of Canada Chambers, where she delivered her statement for International Day of Persons with Disabilities. As a champion of human rights and for building a more inclusive society, Senator Petitclerc recognized ABLE2’s work in providing programs and services that empower people with disabilities to assert their rights and participate fully in the community.  

You can watch/listen to Senator’s Petitclerc’s statement here: https://youtu.be/R8ChBkqOiHQ?si=z3vVGbCrz_DVJ9Je 

Human Rights Day is an important occasion to reflect on the intersection of disability and human rights. People with disabilities face a range of challenges in accessing their rights, including discrimination, poverty, and social exclusion. In order to address these challenges, there is an urgent need for legal services that are tailored to the needs of people with disabilities, so that they can challenge discrimination and have an ally in advocating for their rights.  

According to a study by Statistics Canada in 2014, people with disabilities are more likely to live in poverty than people without disabilities. Due to additional barriers like accessing education, employment, and healthcare, people with disabilities have limited opportunities, which can impact their ability to fully participate in the community. Having access to legal services, people with disabilities and their families will have the resources and support they need to overcome these barriers and achieve their goals.   

(Source: Statistics Canada https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/75-006-x/2017001/article/54854-eng.htm

Earlier this year, Reach Canada merged with ABLE2 and as a result we have increased our impact on people with disabilities in our community. This merger has helped to further our mission to continue working with partners to provide the tools, choices and connections that empower people with disabilities to build lives of meaning and joy, including fostering access to justice. The Reach Legal Referral Program connects people with disabilities to a network of over 200 volunteer lawyers, mediators, and paralegals in the Ottawa region who provide up to three hours of free, confidential, and personal legal advice. This program helps people with disabilities with a variety of legal issues, such as discrimination, employment, housing, family, education, health, and more.  

Last year alone, the program’s lawyer referrals drastically increased by 45%, revealing the urgent and growing need for legal services tailored to the needs of people with disabilities.  

The impact of providing access to legal services can be seen in Olga’s story, one of the beneficiaries of the Reach Legal Referral Program at ABLE2.  

“…when I started having difficulties walking due to severe pain (I have spine stenosis) I went to the HR contact and inquired the number of handicap parking spaces available, as by the time I started work, the spaces closer to the building I worked, were already taken…  

After hearing my situation and the challenges I was going through, Reach connected me with a lawyer, issued me a certificate and I met with a lawyer free of charge.  

 What I value most about my relationship with Reach, is that they indeed care for individuals like me, they listen and act accordingly, after this, I went back a second time for another issue and again, I was helped.  

 Thank you so much for your assistance and the great work you do helping people with disabilities, at times, I personal feel like having a disability it’s like a stigma, I have a handicap parking permit and I have been approached more than once by individuals questioning my disability, we have gone a long way but there’s still a lot to be done to resolve the many challenges people with disabilities face.. God bless you all involved in this organization, you and all the lawyers helping us are a blessing,” – Olga Medin, Reach Program Beneficiary 

ABLE2’s work is an integral part of creating a more inclusive and equitable society. In providing legal referral services, we can support people with disabilities in achieving their goals and realizing their dreams, whether that means gaining independence, creating a social network, obtaining an education, or securing employment. With the help of our committed partners, generous donors, dedicated volunteers & supporters, we will continue to strive for a world where everyone can thrive and reach their full potential.  

To learn more about ABLE2’s Reach Legal Referral Services, and other programs, visit our website at https://www.able2.org/ 

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Building a More Accessible and Inclusive Community

I appreciated this article from Senator Chantal Petitclerc, a tireless advocate for the contributions people with disabilities have made to our society. She plays a definitive role in building a more inclusive society and inspires people to overcome their obstacles and achieve their full potential.

https://sencanada.ca/en/sencaplus/opinion/we-all-have-a-role-in-creating-an-accessible-canada-senator-petitclerc/?utm_source=senate-enewsletter&utm_campaign=Issue-86&cmp=1&utm_medium=email

With Bill C-22, the Canada Disability Benefit Act, receiving Royal Assent in June there is much to do to alleviate the poverty conditions for people with disabilities. The Canada Disability Benefit Act creates a new supplemental income for people living with a disability, which seeks to support financial security for a community that is twice as likely to live in poverty.

The new Canada Disability Benefit has not been implemented yet. Cabinet must agree on a date when this legislation “comes into force” and then the regulatory process will begin. It is this process that will determine important elements of the Canada Disability Benefit, such as eligibility, the application process, appeals process, and the amount of the benefit. Importantly, the federal government has committed to co-designing this program with the disability community and has pledged to do so in the legislation. This legislation will make a difference for people with disabilities in their day-to-day lives, and move us closer to a more accessible and inclusive community.

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Celebrating National AccessAbility Week

Last week we celebrated National AccessAbility Week. On Wednesday May 31, 2023, I joined the City of Ottawa 20th annual AccessAbility Day activities with Mayor Sutcliffe delivering the Proclamation of AccessAbility Day in Ottawa followed by a variety of engaging speakers who shared their perspectives on the topic.

On Thursday June 01, 2023, myself and the team at ABLE2 had the honor of meeting with Stephanie Cadieux, Canada’s Chief Accessibility Officer. Ms. Cadieux is an independent special advisor to the Ministry of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion. Her role, the first in Canada, was created under the Accessible Canada Act. She is responsible for monitoring and reporting on outcomes achieved under the Act, as well as providing the Minister of Employment and Social Development, The Honourable Carla Qualtrough with advice on systemic and emerging accessibility and disability inclusion issues.

The Accessible Canada Act (ACA) is a landmark federal legislation in Canada aimed at creating a barrier-free society by 2040. Ratified in 2010, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) served as a commitment by the Government of Canada to advance the rights of individuals with disabilities. The legislation established Accessibility Standards Canada (ASC) to develop national accessibility standards. ASC has established several technical committees that are actively developing standards that remove barriers in several different priority areas. Compliance with standards developed by ASC is voluntary unless they are adopted into regulations.

2040 is not that far away to fulfil Canada’s commitment to ensure that all Canadians, including the over 6 million individuals with disabilities, have equal opportunities to fully participate in society.

ABLE2’s work is part of the solution. Our belief in a society where everyone is included, valued and respected is at the heart of what we do. Our programs and services are designed to support people with disabilities achieve what they want in their life. That can be gaining their independence, creating a social network, obtaining an education or landing a job. We look forward to working with Ms. Cadieux and our other partners to achieve a Canada that celebrates everyone’s abilities and achievements.

To learn more about ABLE2’s programs and services please visit our website or contact me through LinkedIn.

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Volunteering with ABLE2: Making a Difference in Your Community

Volunteerism is the foundation of ABLE2

ABLE2, formerly known as Citizen Advocacy of Ottawa-Carleton, started in 1974 by David Hall, and Eileen Scotton was the first Executive Director. ABLE2 aims to create opportunities for people with disabilities to lead fulfilling lives by providing them with support, resources, and services.

Initially, the organization recruited volunteers from local communities who would offer one-to-one assistance to individuals with intellectual disabilities through the Matching Program. Over the years, ABLE2 expanded its services and programs to support a broader range of people across the disability spectrum, including Build Community, Person-Directed Planning and Facilitation, Funding Brokerage and the Fetal Alcohol Resource Program.

There are several ways to volunteer with ABLE2. One of the most popular options is still through the Matching Program. The program matches individuals with intellectual disabilities with volunteers from the community who act as their Ally. Volunteer Allies provide one-to-one support, assistance, and guidance to help the individuals achieve their goals and lead meaningful lives. The benefits for those who are matched include: reduced loneliness and isolation, help to achieve hopes and dreams, assistance to develop personal networks and relationships, decreased vulnerability, increased self-confidence and improved mental and physical health.

Grace and Maryse’s Story

Grace Daigle, who was feeling lonely after moving to Ottawa from Toronto, joined ABLE2’s matching program to find a companion. Maryse Cote-Singer, a volunteer, joined the program after learning about the need for volunteer allies on the organization’s Facebook page. Maryse saw many ways she could help Grace, and she provided practical assistance as Grace navigated a new city. Now, their visits are all about having fun. They celebrate milestones, birthdays, and holidays together, and spending time together and talking about their week means the world to both of them. Maryse considers Grace part of her Ottawa family, and Grace says Maryse makes her day.

ABLE2 achieves its goals is through volunteers. Volunteers play an essential role in the organization, and their contributions are critical to offering friendship and support to those in need.

By volunteering with ABLE2, you can make a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities in your community.

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