facilitating change…customizing support

Ontario Independent Facilitation Network (known as OIFN) envisions people with developmental disabilities being supported to direct their own lives, and live as valued community members and citizens. We are a growing Community of Practice that includes people with developmental disabilities, family members, Independent Facilitators, and other allies interested in creating new ways for people to be supported. We are committed to FACILITATING CHANGE and CUSTOMIZING SUPPORT in the lives of people with developmental disabilities, and their families.

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Weaving a Story of Change

Discover things we have learned through the Independent Facilitation Demonstration Project: the historical context of innovation and change; what people are saying they need and want?; what Independent Facilitation is, and who can benefit; the challenges of getting started; looking forward to what is next.



Living with Disability: What Unlocked Your World?

This CBC Ontario Today episode showcases prodigy jazz pianist Matt Savage, who could not stand music as a toddler.

Because of this autism, Matt spent a lot of time in his room.Therapy and music unlocked his world…What unlocked yours?



In Independent Facilitation: Supporting Arthur in Transforming His Life we explore  how Arthur, with the support of his facilitator, began a dynamic cycle of planning and action. Arthur began receiving individualized supports tailored to his needs and goals. In a very short period Arthur’s life took off and he continues to grow, become more confidant and try new opportunities.

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Independent Facilitation is an ongoing support relationship designed to assist people with developmental disabilities as they work to create CHANGE in their lives. The focus is: create CHANGE; CUSTOMIZE support; DIRECT their lives and maintain control; seek COMMUNITY support as the first option for inclusion; live as CITIZENS.


OIFN Book ClubLove reading? Check out the OIFN Book Club on Facebook, where we discuss books about disability issues and wider ideas of leadership and community. Click the image to join!