The Anxiety Disorders Association of Ontario (ADAO) is a registered charity and non-profit organization based in Ottawa, Ontario. ADAO was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1997. The ADAO began as a community based initiative, with a primary focus on the experiences and perspectives of people who experience anxiety.
ADAO’s vision is to improve the lives of people in Ontario affected by anxiety.
ADAO’s mission is to empower those affected by anxiety through accessible holistic program delivery, education, and support, in partnership with the community.
- Empowerment. We empower individuals affected by anxiety by providing education, resources and support to best manage one’s anxiety, to support loved ones, and to effect positive change in one’s life and in one’s community.
- Respect. All humans are of equal value and deserve to be treated with respect, dignity, and kindness.
- Community, Partnership & Team Work. We maintain a strong sense of community and share a commitment to common goals, based on open and honest communication. We enthusiastically welcome the contribution of clients, volunteers, contractors, partners, other stakeholders, and all members of our community.
- Non-Judgmental Acceptance. Our diversity enriches us all. We support and accept all persons affected by anxiety, in a non-judgmental manner.
- Compassion & Understanding. We listen, support, and provide services in a compassionate and caring environment. We seek to understand and honour the circumstances and viewpoints of all stakeholders.
Current ADAO Programs:
- Anxiety Management Program (AMP) for adults
- Young Adults Program, for individuals ranging in age from 12-18
- Mindfulness Program, for graduates of the AMP
- Train the Trainer Conference, for those wishing to become certified in teaching anxiety management techniques to others
Our programs are offered at out Heartwood House location in Ottawa and are facilitated by caring professionals working to support the Ottawa community in the health/social services field.