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History of ALSO


The roots of Assisted Living Southwestern Ontario go all the way back to 1938 when a workshop for adults and children with physical disabilities opened on Ouellette Avenue in Windsor. This organization was called the Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy.  

In 1991, we formally adopted the name Association for Persons with Physical Disabilities (APPD) of Windsor and Essex County.  

In 2010, APPD underwent another name change to Assisted Living Southwestern Ontario. This name better reflects the diverse assistance we offer to adults with physical disabilities, brain injury survivors and the frail/elderly.


PHILOSOPHY OF INDEPENDENT LIVING It is the right of individuals to live with dignity in their chosen communities and to participate in all aspects of their lives. The consumer is the expert in her or his own service delivery. 

The philosophy of independent living encompasses the concept of “The Dignity of Risk” which  is – the person with a disability should have the opportunity to:

  • make their own decisions
  • take risks
  • make their own mistakes
  • take responsibility for the consequences

Vision, Mission, and Values


Working collaboratively, we envision a day when people with physical disabilities fully participate in all aspects of community life as the norm and not the exception.


To provide customized service to adults with physical disabilities that ensures for opportunities to live, work, and play as full and equal citizens.


Quality – We are committed to continuous improvement.

Accountability – We guarantee responsibility and accuracy to our consumes, staff, funders, and the community as a whole.

Responsiveness – We respond positively to change and challenge.

Respect – We respect the strength and value of each individual.

Accessibility – We are committed to increased access in all aspects of life.

Collaboration – We seek efficiencies through partnerships both internally and externally.

Leadership – We lead by finding solutions

What People are Saying

“ALSO has been an integral partner in allowing partners to return home, where they want to be, with their
outstanding support for the patient and their family.”

David Musyj, Chief Executive Officer, Windsor Regional Hospital

“ALSO is the hidden gem of Windsor. It’s hard to believe that such an amazing contributor to our community is not
a household name.”

Ryan Jershy, Owner of Home Instead

ALSO is a charitable organization. We gratefully accept in kind donations from the public.
Charitable Registration Number is 118848712

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