Who We Are
Ensemble is a family-directed resource for families caring for someone with a disability that provides support from birth through adulthood.
Our name, Ensemble, is French for “together” and was chosen for the strength and resiliency found in the connections we build between families, agencies and within the community.
Ensemble inspires possibilities for our family members by promoting family leadership so that families thrive and become active members in the community.
Ensemble was founded in 2000 by two moms whose lives have been affected by their children’s diagnosis of an intellectual disability.
These moms understood the importance of connecting to others as the first step in helping families cope with the challenges of having a family member with a disability. They approached Community Living Essex County with a proposal to fund a family leadership group to strengthen families and change perceptions. The agency saw the benefits of this approach and Ensemble was created.
Ensemble is grateful for this unique relationship and the continued support we receive from Community Living Essex County, which enables us to focus on our work to empower families and to develop positive community awareness resulting in the creation of welcoming communities that include individuals of all abilities.