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Below is a list of resources available to people with disabilities.

General Rehabilitation and Community Resources

211 Ontario: Find resources in your community:

211 is the information and referral service that provides the people of Ontario with reliable information on community and social services. There is a 211 hotline that connects you with a Certified Information and Referral Specialist who has been trained to assess your needs, answer your questions accurately, and advise you about the services and programs that are best for you.
www.211ontario.ca/

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (Ministry of Community and Social Services)

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) became law on June 13, 2005. The standards will apply to private and public sector organizations across Ontario.
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Arch Disability Law Centre

Arch Disability Law Centre is a specialty legal aid clinic serving Ontario dedicated to defending and advancing the equality rights of persons with disabilities.
Arch Disability Law Centre

Autism Dog Services

Autism Dog Services

CCAC Resources

The community care access centres (CCACs) have a mandate to provide information about and referral to a wide range of community health and support services. You can find the CCAC within your area to obtain assistance.
Community Care Access Centres or call 310-2222.

Canadian Association of Guide and Assistance Dogs

CAGADS is a one-stop resource to provide the general public with information on guide dog and assistance dog training organizations in Canada. CAGADS member organizations are accredited by the International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF) and/or Assistance Dogs International (ADI). Accreditations are conducted on a regular basis by IGDF and ADI which results in CAGADS members having consistent training methods and the highest level of international standards.

Canadian Association of Guide and Assistance Dogs

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Canadian Mental Health Association

Canadian Mental Health Association, Family Resources

Cerebral Palsy Guide

Cerebral Palsy Guide

Community Information Centres

Other community information centres provide a similar resource to 211 Ontario. Some provide search options on their website while others provide only contact information

COTA Health

Mental health and community support services.
COTA Health

Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities/Special Needs

This guide covers topics relevant to the emergency preparedness needs of people with visible and/or non-visible disabilities and seniors with special needs.
Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities/Special Needs (PDF).

Health Care Connect

Finding a family physician… The Health Care Connect program refers people without a regular family health care provider to physicians and nurse practitioners who are accepting new patients in their community. To register for the Health Care Connect program, call 1-800-445-1822, or for more information, visit the Health Care Connect on the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care website. Also, see the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

Health Care Options

Explore different health care choices available in your home community.
Health Care Options

Holland Bloorview Online Family Resource Centre

(formerly Bloorview Kids Rehab)
Children’s rehabilitation hospital.
Holland Bloorview Online Family Resource Centre

March of Dimes

March of Dimes Canada is a not-for-profit, charitable organization supporting people with disabilities. Fee-based and funded services are offered across the province and may be provided in the home, community, school, hospital and/or workplace.
March of Dimes Canada

MIRA

MIRA

Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee

The Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee (OPGT) delivers a diverse range of services that safeguard the legal, personal and financial interests of private individuals and estates.
Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee

Ombudsman

Website where you can find information and news about the ombudsman office, make a complaint about Ontario government services, leave comments and share items with others.
Ombudsman

Rehab Finder

The GTA Rehab Network’s Rehab Finder is a searchable database of rehabilitation programs/clinics/services provided by hospitals and Community Care Access Centres (CCACs) across the Greater Toronto Area.
Rehab Finder

Special Needs Planning Group

The Special Needs Planning Group’s sole purpose has been to assist families in establishing plans to provide their family members who have a disability with a decent quality of life.
Special Needs Planning Group

Support for Students

The Education Act requires that all school boards provide special education programming for pupils with ‘exceptional’ status. The Ministry of Education hosts a web page providing details on the procedures used in defining a pupil as ‘exceptional’, how placement decisions are made, how decisions may be appealed when the parent does not agree with the IPRC’s decision, and more.
Identification, Placement, and Review Committee (IPRC)

Toronto Rehab Hospital

Toronto Rehab Hospital services.

Assistance Dog Resources

Assistance Dogs International

A coalition of not-for-profit organizations that train and place Assistance Dogs. The purpose of ADI is to improve the areas of training, placement, and utilization of Assistance Dogs as well as staff and volunteer education. Members of ADI meet regularly to share ideas, attend seminars, and conduct business regarding such things as educating the public about Assistance Dogs, and the legal rights of people with disabilities partnered with Assistance Dogs, setting standards and establishing guidelines and ethics for the training of these dogs, and improving the utilization and bonding of each team. COPE Service Dogs is a Accreditation Candidate of ADI.
Assistance Dogs International

BC & Alberta Guide Dogs Services

BC & Alberta Guide Dogs Services

Bergin University of Canine Studies

Home of The Assistance Dog Institute, offering rewarding degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Inspired and informed by the breakthrough work of Dr. Bonita Bergin, it is the world’s first and only academic institution dedicated to advanced education and research in the timeless human-canine relationship, canine-related businesses and leading-edge assistance dog training and partnerships.
Bergin University of Canine Studies

Canadian Guide Dogs to the Blind

Canadian Guide Dogs to the Blind

Dogs with Wings

Dogs with Wings

International Association of Assistance Dog Partners

A non-profit, cross-disability organization representing people partnered with guide, hearing and service dogs.
International Association of Assistance Dog Partners

Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides

Lions Foundation of Canada mission is to assist Canadians with a medical or physical disability by providing them Dog Guides at no cost.
Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides

National Service Dogs

National Service Dogs is committed to enriching the quality of life and enhancing the independence of children and families living with autism and special needs by providing them with specially trained Labrador and Golden Retrievers.
National Service Dogs

Pacific Assistance Dogs Society

Pacific Assistance Dogs Society

Brain Injury

ABI Network

ABI (Acquired Brain Injury) Network

Brain Injury Association of Canada

Brain Injury Association of Canada

Community Head Injury Resource Services

Community Head Injury Resource Services

Ontario Brain Injury Association

Ontario Brain Injury Association

Spinal Cord Injury

Canadian Paraplegic Association of Canada – Ontario

To assist persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities to achieve independence, self-reliance and full community participation.
Canadian Paraplegic Association of Canada – Ontario

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