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Niagara Support Services has a rich history of providing services and supports to people with a developmental disability.

In 1953, a handful of concerned parents met and agreed to organize for their cause of “NO CHILD FORGOTTEN”. First classes started at the local YMCA with nine students and an all-volunteer staff.

On July 9, 1956, the Agency was officially incorporated by Letters Patent.

In 1960, the Agency began providing adult services through sheltered workshops. In 2015, Ontario began to end provincially funded segregated workshops to help each individual find a new life in the community through employment, volunteering, or other activities.

In 1978, the Agency opened its first group home.

In 1997, the Agency developed a solid working Alliance with Niagara Training & Employment Agency (NTEC), which remains strong to this day.

On March 9, 1998, the Agency had its fifth name change to Niagara Support Services.

Are you a history buff?

Click here to follow the Agency’s complete history – from the commencement of “Developmental Services” in Ontario back in 1839 up to the COVID pandemic. (Note: disturbing terms are used to describe provincial Acts, agency names and people with a developmental disability at different times throughout history.)


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