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Health Gateway has put together a list of organizations and agencies that you may find helpful to meet some of your information needs. Follow the A-Z Directory to find out about a variety of organizations and agencies whose work relates to complex chronic conditions and episodic disabilities.
If your organization or agency’s mandate, information and services support people living with complex chronic conditions and episodic disabilities and you would like to join our list of links, please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Our priority is to spotlight Ontario-based government funded and nonprofit organizations).
Ability Online is an online community that reaches out to many thousands of young people with disabilities and illnesses. It is a free Internet community, where young people with disabilities and illnesses connect with all kinds of possibilities that address their needs, as well as meet and chat with other people like them. Young people can make friends, get tips from mentors, and freely participate in an atmosphere of collaboration, companionship and support. This community also provides many benefits to parents, family members and others who want to make a difference in enabling and enriching the lives of those they know and love.
Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability
The Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability (ALACD) promotes, supports and enables Canadians with disabilities to lead active, healthy lives. They provide nationally coordinated leadership, support, encouragement, promotion and information that facilitates healthy, active living opportunities for Canadians of all abilities across all settings and environments. They are an alliance of individuals, agencies and national associations that facilitates and coordinates partnerships among the members of its network.
AIDS Committee of Toronto
AIDS Committee of Toronto is a charitable organization that developed programs and services that respond to the changing needs of the communities of people living with HIV/AIDS. ACT provides a variety services and programs that support and empower men, women and youth living with and affected by HIV to achieve self-determination, informed decision-making, independence, and overall well-being. ACT works with gay men, women and youth to increase their knowledge, skills and resilience in the face of HIV, and reduce HIV transmission.
Arch Disability Law Centre
Arch Disability Law Centre provides a range of legal services (legal advice, legal representation) to people with disabilities that live in Ontario, disability advocacy organizations, and the legal profession.ARCH works with disability organizations and the disability community to achieve greater equality and improve laws and policies that impact on the daily lives of people with disabilities.
Association for the Neurologically Disabled of Canada
The Association for the Neurologically Disabled of Canada (A.N.D. Canada) is a Canadian non-profit charitable organization. The organization is dedicated to providing functional rehabilitation programs to individuals with neurological disabilities. Their goal is to help the neurologically disabled reach their full potential by treating the cause of the neurological disability rather than the symptom. Their unique home-based, non-institutionalized rehabilitation program attempts to stimulate the brain's ability to develop despite injury or inadequate development. It is a program which is individualized to meet the needs of each client and the abilities of each family.
The Arthritis Society
The mission of The Arthritis Society is to search for the underlying causes and subsequent cures for arthritis, and to promote the best possible care and treatment for people with arthritis. The Arthritis Society is Canada's only not-for-profit organization devoted solely to funding and promoting arthritis research, programs and patient care. It has a national administrative office in Toronto, division offices in each province and nearly 1,000 community branches throughout Canada. Each division operates within this structure, navigating with local operating procedures established by their respective board of directors. Divisions are responsible primarily for fundraising, promoting and/or providing patient or client care, delivering education programs and providing advocacy at the local level.
Located in Toronto, Baycrest is one of the world's premier academic health sciences centers focused on aging. Through its strengths in research and education, Baycrest is using the power of inquiry and discovery to improve the health of tomorrow's elderly while at the same time care for and enhance the quality of life of the elderly today. Baycrest provides care and service to approximately 2,500 people a day through the Baycrest Geriatric Health Care System which includes a unique continuum of care from wellness programs residential housing and outpatient clinics, to a 472-bed nursing home, and a 300- bed complex continuing care hospital facility with an acute care unit.
Brain Injury Association of Canada
Organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Canadians affected by acquired brain injury and to promoting its awareness and prevention.
Bridgepoint Health is an integrated health care organization that encompasses Bridgepoint Hospital which specializes in complex chronic care and complex rehabilitation, Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation, Bridgepoint Family Health Team, and the Bridgepoint Foundation. Bridgepoint is affiliated with the University of Toronto.
Canadian AIDS Society (CAS)
Registered as a charity since 1988, the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) is a national coalition of over 125 community-based AIDS organizations across Canada. CAS is dedicated to strengthening the response to HIV/AIDS across all sectors of society, and to enriching the lives of people and communities living with HIV/AIDS. CAS advocates on behalf of people and communities affected by HIV/AIDS, facilitates the development of programs, services and resources, and provides a national framework for community-based participation in Canada's response to AIDS.
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE)
CATIE is Canada’s source for up-to-date, unbiased information about HIV and hepatitis C. It connects people living with HIV or hepatitis C, at-risk communities, healthcare providers and community organizations with the knowledge, resources and expertise to reduce transmission and improve quality of life. CATIE develops and shares information resources, strengthens community capacity and networks, and connects research and practice. CATIE provides information that enables people to make informed choices about their health and enhances the ability of health care providers and other frontline organizations to respond to their clients’ needs.
Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance (CAPA)
CAPA is a grass-roots, patient-driven, independent, national education and advocacy organization with members and supporters across Canada. It creates links between Canadians with arthritis, assists them to become more effective advocates and seeks to improve the quality of life of all people living with the disease. CAPA believes the first expert in arthritis is the person who has it. The organization communicates the latest in health policy issues and knowledge gained from research through its newsletter. Members collaborate and network extensively with other organizations and individuals, and work with federal, provincial and territorial government representatives to achieve CAPA's strategic objectives.
Canadian Association for Community Living
The Canadian Association for Community Living provides leadership for the issue of inclusion, advocating for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities and their families, and helping Canadians and communities build an inclusive country. It also promotes awareness about inclusion and provides the tools for making classrooms, workplaces and communities more inclusive. Moreover, the organization fosters leadership of families in the community living movement and supports efforts on behalf of all people with intellectual disabilities through local and provincial/territorial Associations for Community Living and grassroots networks.
Canadian Association of Independent Living Centres (CAILC)
Independent Living Canada is the national umbrella organizations, representing and coordinating the network of Independent Living (IL) Centres at the national level. Independent Living Canada is a national, bilingual, non-profit organization, and is governed by a Board of Directors which is comprised of a majority of people with disabilities. Independent Living Canada supports the IL movement and strengthens the IL Centres by undertaking activities like policy articulation to develop policies that will strengthen and support the core programs offered at the IL Centres, offering guidance and support to IL Centres in day-to-day operations and delivery of programs and services. Moreover, they develop training and resources to help IL Centres, and provide networking and partnership opportunities as a link for the exchange of information, ideas and resources among IL Centres.
Canadian Association of the Deaf
The Canadian Association of the Deaf (CAD) provides consultation and information on Deaf needs and interests to the public, business, media, educators, governments and others. CAD conducts research and collects data regarding Deaf issues; issues reports on these studies; and provides expertise on them; develops and implements pilot programs. CAD also offers assistance to Deaf organizations and service agencies across the country, and also provide a major library and resource centre on deafness at their office in Ottawa, Ontario.
Canadian Breast Cancer Network
The Canadian Breast Cancer Network (CBCN) is a survivor-directed, national network of organizations and individuals. CBCN is a national link between all groups and individuals concerned about breast cancer, and represents the concerns of all Canadians affected by breast cancer and those at risk.
Canadian Council of the Blind
The Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) was founded in 1944 by blind war veterans and schools of the blind. All officers and directors are blind or visually impaired which gives a unique sensitivity to the needs of the blind community. The CCB deals with the ongoing effects of blindness with specific programs to encourage active participation in local communities, education, sports and recreation and employment. The CCB's primary mandate is to improve the quality of life for Canadians living with vision loss. This requires it to focus on activities that express the concerns and interests not just of its membership but of also its stakeholders - the blind and visually impaired.
Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work
Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW) is a Canada-wide network of organizations and individuals. The mission is to promote and support meaningful and equitable employment of persons with disabilities. As innovators and agents of change, CCRW builds partnerships, develops skills, shares knowledge and influences attitudes. CCRW provides leadership in programs and services for job seekers with disabilities and businesses committed to equity and inclusion. A comprehensive information source for disability and employment resources, CCRW works with businesses of all sizes in all industries through its Job Accommodation Service (JAS)®, Partners for Workplace Inclusion Program (PWIP) and the eLearning Disability Awareness Series (DAS)®, and supports individual job seekers through its WORKink® site.
Canadian Diabetes Association
Canadian Diabetes Association’s mission is to lead the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy lives while it works to find a cure. Canadian Diabetes Association delivers their mission by providing people with diabetes and healthcare professionals with education and services, advocating on behalf of people with diabetes, supporting research, and translating research into practical applications.
Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA)
The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) is a consumer-based organization formed by and for hard of hearing Canadians. CHHA works cooperatively with professionals, service providers and government bodies, and provides information about hard of hearing issues and solutions. CHHA is Canada's only nation-wide non-profit consumer organization run by and for hard of hearing people. CHHA’s goal is to increase public awareness of hearing loss and to help Canadians with hearing loss fully integrate into Canadian society.
Canadian HIV/AIDS legal network
The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network promotes the human rights of people living with and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, in Canada and internationally, through research, legal and policy analysis, education, and community mobilization. The Legal Network is Canada's leading advocacy organization working on the legal and human rights issues raised by HIV/AIDS.
Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) develops and provides public policy advice that promotes mental health and improves the lives of people living with mental illness. CMHA Ontario achieves its mission by being a leader in the evolution of Ontario's mental health and addictions system. CMHA contributes their knowledge, resources and skills to provincial policy development and implementation. CMHA promotes mental health in collaboration with others, and furthers equitable access to mental health services, as well as champions the reduction of mental health disparities.
Canadian National Institute for the Blind
Canadian National Institute for the Blind is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure blind and partially sighted Canadians have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life. To do that, CNIB works with clients in their own homes and communities, providing a range of programs and services that help people overcome the challenges of sight loss, increase their independence and achieve their goals. CNIB also advocates for equal access and an inclusive society, and strives to reduce unnecessary vision loss by promoting the effective prevention, diagnosis and treatment of eye disease.
Canadian Psychiatric Association
The Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA) is the national voluntary professional association for Canada's 4,000 psychiatrists. As the national voice of Canadian psychiatrists, the Canadian Psychiatric Association advocates for the professional needs of its members and promotes excellence in education, research, and clinical practice. CPA advocates for support and equitable funding for psychiatric services and mental health research, high quality knowledge translation through their journal, clinical practice guidelines, position statements, and continuing professional development; as well as communications on national positions on matters relevant to the profession.
Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation
The Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR) is a national, charitable organization that responds to the rehabilitation needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. The Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation bridges the traditionally separate worlds of HIV, disability and rehabilitation. The Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation is a leader and catalyst for improved rehabilitation services for people living with HIV through integrated research, cross-sector partnership, education, policy and practice.
Casey House is a specialty HIV/AIDS hospital with community programming including home care and outreach programs. Their commitment is to provide compassionate health care to people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, at all stages of the disease process. Located at 9 Huntley Street in downtown Toronto, Casey House offers supportive (sub-acute rehabilitative), respite and end-of-life care. Additionally, outpatient community programs include home hospice and in-home nursing care, homemaking support, social work and case management, harm reduction, massage therapy, art therapy, nutrition programs and a writing program. Donor and government funding ensures that there is no cost to clients for any services provided.
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world's leading research centers in the area of addiction and mental health. CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy and health promotion to transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues.
Council of Canadians with Disabilities
Council of Canadians with Disabilities is a national human rights organization of people with disabilities working for an inclusive and accessible Canada. CCD’s priorities include disability-related supports, poverty alleviation, increased employment for persons with disabilities, and promotion of human rights, CCD seeks to achieve these priorities through law reform, litigation, public education and dialogue with key decision-makers.
The Canadian Hearing Society
Founded in 1940, CHS is a not-for-profit agency and the leading provider of services, products, and information that remove barriers to communication, advance hearing health, and promote equity for people who are culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing. The Canadian Hearing Society offers a complete roster of essential services, including sign language interpreting; one-on-one language development for deaf and hard of hearing children using play as the medium of learning; employment consulting; sign language instruction; speech reading training; hearing testing; hearing aids; counseling; and the most complete range of communication devices that assist and augment communication, including TTYs (text telephones), visual smoke detectors, baby monitors, signaling devices and alarm clocks.
DAWN Ontario: Disabled Women's Network Ontario
DAWN Ontario is a progressive, volunteer-driven, feminist organization promoting social justice, human rights and the advancement of equality rights through education, research, advocacy, coalition-building, resource development, and information technology. Their mission is to generate knowledge, information and skills to secure the inclusion, citizenship, human rights and equality of women and girls with disabilities. DAWN Ontario facilitates ongoing debates on fundamental and provocative issues as well as by building the individual and organizational capacities of those working for women’s empowerment and social justice.
DAWN- RAFH Canada: Disabled Women's Network
DAWN-RAFH Canada is a national organization controlled by and comprised of women who self-identify as Women with disAbilities. They are from all backgrounds and all disAbilities. They are a feminist organization working to achieve control over their lives and end the stereotype that labels them dependent burdens on society. The Network began in 1985.
Disability Rights Promotion International (DRPI)
Disability Rights Promotion International (D.R.P.I.) is a collaborative project working to establish a monitoring system to address disability discrimination globally. D.R.P.I. has adopted a holistic approach to disability rights monitoring, with three focus areas: individual experiences monitoring, systemic monitoring and media monitoring. The project adopts a conceptual framework grounded in the general human rights principles: dignity, autonomy, non-discrimination, inclusion, respect for difference, and equality.
Disabled Peoples' International
Disabled Peoples' International is a network of national organizations or assemblies of disabled people, established to promote human rights of disabled people through full participation, equalization of opportunity and development. The goals of DPI is to promote the human rights of disabled persons, to promote economic and social integration of disabled persons, as well as to develop and support organizations of disabled persons.
Epilepsy Ontario (EO) is a registered charitable non-profit non-governmental health organization dedicated to promoting independence and optimal quality of life for children and adults living with seizure disorders, by promoting information, awareness, support services, advocacy, education and research. Through a network of local agencies, contacts and associates, Epilepsy Ontario provides client services, counselling, information and referral services, education and advocacy services for children and adults living with seizure disorders, and for their families, friends, co-workers and caregivers. EO offers long-term programmes to raise standards of care and support medical research into seizure disorders, and hopes to improve public awareness and education through the Provincial Resource Centre, publications, this web site, conferences, and outreach programs.
Epilepsy Toronto has been the place where Torontonians living with epilepsy can learn more about their condition, get the help they need and be a part of a family of caring and supporting people. Epilepsy Toronto prioritizes individual needs, the importance of living as independently as possible and the benefits of community engagement. Their programs address all aspects of epilepsy from the first diagnosis of a child, to the struggles that young people face, to adult needs such as employment and relationships. Through Epilepsy Toronto’s programs, individuals can participate in trainings to build confidence and skills, share their medical concerns and challenges, discuss coping methods with people who understand, involve their schools or workplaces in awareness building, enjoy an outing with friends, as well as learn about the latest epilepsy news.
Hepatitis Association of Canada
The focus of the Hepatitis C Association is to educate the public, both patients and medical providers, about hepatitis C virus. Hepatitis Association of Canada offers factual information through educational programs and support materials. It promotes awareness of hepatitis C on their website and through their programs, by educating people about the risk factors and the necessity of protecting their livers with treatment of the virus if needed, and/or practicing healthy behaviors through lifestyle changes.
HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic of Ontario (HALCO)
HALCO provides services in four ways, including summary advice, brief services and referrals, representation, public legal education, law reform, as well as community development.
House Calls is an interdisciplinary community-based primary health care model for home bound seniors living in a defined affiliated area. The physician led team of medical professionals provides ongoing medical care for frail, vulnerable, marginalized and home bound seniors. The team provides integrated in-home primary care, geriatric care, chronic disease management and end of life care. The team also facilitates linking clients and caregivers to resources in the community.
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development
ICAD is a coalition of approximately 100 AIDS service organizations (ASOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), faith-based organizations, educational institutions and labour unions. As the primary Canadian source of information on HIV/AIDS and development, ICAD enables Canada to become one of the most effective and influential nations in contributing to the global response to the HIV and AIDS pandemic. To date, ICAD provides leadership to Canadians for creating effective global and domestic policies and programs in response to HIV and AIDS; promotes communication between individuals, members, government departments and UN organizations to improve the effectiveness of Canadian responses to the pandemic; delivers skills and capacity building workshops/seminars on HIV and AIDS-related issues; interprets and compiles research findings related to HIV and AIDS and development to enable policy makers, organizational leaders and practitioners to access and use them; as well as supports members in their public engagement activities to raise awareness about and engagement in HIV/AIDS and development.
Learning Disabilities Association of Canada (LDAC)
Learning Disabilities Association of Canada (LDAC) is the national voice for persons with learning disabilities and those who support them. LDAC is dedicated to a level playing field for individuals with learning disabilities to enable them to function as citizens with equitable opportunities and to develop to their chosen potential. LDAC accomplishes these goals through public awareness about the nature and impact of learning disabilities, advocacy, research, health, education and collaborative efforts.
Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario
The Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario is a charitable non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children, youth and adults with learning disabilities. Their mission is to provide leadership in learning disabilities advocacy, research, education and services and to advance the full participation of children, youth and adults with learning disabilities in today’s society. LDAO furthers the educational, social, recreational, legal, medical, vocational and employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities in Ontario. In addition, it acquaints professionals working in the fields of education, recreation, legislation and justice, health, vocational training and employment – with the current literature and research in the field of learning disabilities, as well as creates public awareness of learning disabilities by informing the public of the issues and challenges faced by people with learning disabilities.
This site is designed to be a source of information about lupus as well as about Lupus Canada, its Member Organizations and Divisions. Lupus Canada is a national voluntary organization dedicated to improving the lives of people living with lupus through advocacy, education, public awareness, support and research. The organization educates people about their legal rights and entitlements, works with politicians and government to enhance policies and legislation affecting people living with lupus, informs and educates the public on what lupus is. Also, Lupus Canada provides funding to enable medical research to find causes, cures and treatment of lupus.
Mood Disorders Society of Canada
The Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC) has evolved to become one of Canada’s best-connected mental health NGOs with a demonstrated track record for forging and maintaining meaningful and sustained partnerships with the public, private and non-profit sectors throughout Canada. MDSC was launched and incorporated in 2001 with the overall objective of providing people with mood disorders with a strong, cohesive voice at the national level to improve access to treatment, inform research, and shape program development and government policies with the goal of improving the quality of life for people affected by mood disorders. MDSC’s overall objectives include raising the awareness of mood disorders as treatable medical disorders and working to eliminate the barriers to full community participation. In addition to reducing discrimination and stigma among the public, treatment and service providers, and governments, MDSC is committed to building a national clearing house of information and resources related to mood disorders issues, and advocating for the creation of adequate and accessible, stigma free programs for those Canadians living with or suffering from a mental illness.
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
The MS Society of Canada has a membership of 28,000. It is the only national voluntary organization in Canada that supports both MS research and services for people with MS and their families. The mission of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is: “To be a leader in finding a cure for multiple sclerosis and enabling people affected by MS to enhance their quality of life”. Some of the values that MS Society holds include finding the cause, prevention, and cure for multiple sclerosis in the shortest possible time, enhancing the quality of life for people affected by MS, increasing general awareness of MS issues and the MS Society of Canada, as well as increasing responsiveness to MS issues among governments, local authorities, corporations and other relevant organizations.
National Network for Mental Health
The purpose of the National Network for Mental Health, which is run by and for mental health consumer/survivors, is to advocate, educate and provide expertise and resources that benefit the Canadian consumer/survivor community.
Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario
Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario provides resources, expertise and leadership for older adult centres and seniors groups through advocacy, education, networking and innovative direction. The OACAO has a membership of 126 centres, organizations and individuals involved in working with older adults representing over 300 staff and 150,000 older adults across Ontario. Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario provides ongoing liaison and advocacy with government and other provincial associations in matters which affect older adult centres and older adults, and educational programs for members through workshops.
Ontario Brain Injury Association
The OBIA develops, provides and disseminates information and educational tools that define, discuss and describe all aspects of acquired brain injury. It promotes public awareness of the effects of acquired brain injury, its incidence and prevalence. OBIA is committed to providing on-going support to persons whose lives have been affected by this medical condition.
Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors
The Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors represents and supports its members in providing a continuum of quality not-for-profit long term care, seniors’ community services and housing. OANHSS is the provincial association representing not-for-profit providers of long term care, services and housing for seniors. Members include municipal and charitable long term care homes, non-profit nursing homes, seniors' housing projects and community service agencies.
Ontario Association of the Deaf
Ontario Association of the Deaf (OAD) is Canada's oldest Deaf non-profit consumer organization. OAD is working for the purpose of ensuring equality and protecting the rights of Deaf Ontarians. In 1886 Ontario Association of the Deaf was founded as a social club and now is leading as a political/advocacy organization to ensure quality of life for Deaf Ontarians. The Ontario Association of the Deaf also provides leadership, resources, and activities that promotes and protect rights, equality, and access of Deaf Ontarians. Some of OAD's initiatives include consultation and training, consumer advocacy, access advocacy, deaf outreach program, in addition to many others.
Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities
The Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities exists to support professionals and students working and pursuing careers in the field of developmental disabilities, through the promotion of the highest standards of research, education and practice.
Ontario Federation of Community Mental Health and Addiction Programs (OFCMHAP)
The federation brings together community mental health and addiction services in the province of Ontario to help members provide effective, high-quality services through information sharing, education, advocacy and unified effort. The federation envisions a community mental health and addiction system which is accessible, flexible, comprehensive and responsive to the needs of individuals, families and communities, shaped by many partnerships, respectful of human dignity and rights, and accountable to those it serves. Ontario Federation of Community Mental Health and Addiction Programs works collaboratively with representatives of Community Mental Health and Addiction Programs in Ontario toward enhancing the community mental health and addiction system.
Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA)
OLTCA is the largest long term care provider association in Ontario and the only association that represents the full mix of long term care operators - private, not-for-profit, charitable and municipal. Their member homes are regulated by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and provide care and accommodation services to residents throughout Ontario. OLTCA’s members operate 430 long term care homes in communities throughout Ontario that provide care and accommodation services to nearly 50,000 residents. OLTCA works to ensure that members’ issues, concerns and solutions are represented and heard at tables where decisions are made that affect the sustainability, growth and development of the long term care sector.
Ontario March of Dimes
March of Dimes is a community-based rehabilitation and advocacy charity for people with physical disabilities. Their goal is to enhance the independence and community participation of people with physical disabilities every day through a wide range of programs and services across the province. Ontario March of Dimes provides programs and community services that improve accessibility for Canadians at home and work. It also administers government funded services such as the Home and Vehicle modification program, provides a wide range of employment, job development and placement services, as well as advocates for people living with physical disabilities; keeping a watchful eye on important issues and contributing in the decision-making process with government at all levels.
Ontario Neurotrama Foundation
The Foundation, with funding support from the Ministry of Health and Long- Term Care, works with consumers, researchers, practitioners, policy and decision makers to create not only a research agenda but also knowledge mobilization agenda to create the necessary changes to reduce and/or eliminate this devastating injury and to improve the quality of life for those Ontarians living with a neurotrauma injury.
The Ontario Job Opportunity Information Network for Persons with Disabilities
The Job Opportunity Information Network (JOIN), for Persons with Disabilities is a network of 22 community agencies who deliver ODSP Employment Supports in Toronto. JOIN assists persons living with disabilities to find and maintain employment, and assists employers to recruit qualified candidates to meet their hiring needs.
PATH Employment Services
PATH Employment Services is committed to ensuring the meaningful employment of people with any type of disability and to the enrichment of our communities. PATH Employment Services works collaboratively with job seekers to develop employment plans. PATH works with clients to achieve and maintain meaningful, quality employment, provides efficient and effective services in support of the business and industrial communities, refers clients to community agencies, assessments, or training when appropriate, as well as advocates for the rights of people with disabilities to eliminate artificial, arbitrary barriers.
Providence Healthcare, a Catholic-sponsored facility, provides rehabilitation, complex continuing care, long-term care and outreach programs within a welcoming community of compassion, hope and healing. Providence Healthcare is a leading Toronto health care facility, specializing in rehabilitation for patients who have experienced strokes, orthopaedic surgery, or lower limb amputation, or who require specialized geriatric rehabilitation, assessment and treatment. Programs and services are provided through three Integrated Care Divisions: Providence Hospital, one of Ontario’s largest rehabilitation and complex continuing care facilities; the Cardinal Ambrozic Houses of Providence, a long-term care home for 288 residents; and Providence Community Centre, specializing in community clinics, caregiver support, education and neighbourhood outreach programs, such as the nationally acclaimed Adult Day Program.
The Schizophrenia Society of Canada exists to improve the quality of life for those affected by schizophrenia and psychosis through education, support programs, public policy and research. Using a federation model, the Schizophrenia Society of Canada works with provincial Schizophrenia Societies to improve the lives of individuals living with schizophrenia, as well as their families. Advocating on behalf of individuals and families affected by schizophrenia is an important part of the SSC's mission. The organization is committed to improving the quality of life for those affected by schizophrenia and psychosis through education, support programs, public policy and research.
Special Needs Opportunity Windows (SNOW)
As an essential part of the Inclusive Design Research Centre at Ontario College of Art & Design University (OCADU) SNOW is dedicated to universal design practices in education. This site has been designed as a virtual hub for people with disabilities, parents, educators, technologists and others to engage in topics and forums related to inclusive education and accessible technologies. SNOW is an accessible interactive site that acts as a space to unite community members and organizations to engage with resources, current events, upcoming conference, online courses and social networking groups on projects related to accessibility and inclusive design. SNOW offers innovative approaches on how to incorporate technology into teaching practices, what to consider when planning and teaching for the diversity of learning needs in the classroom and how to work within the public school system to acquire the individualized services needed for all students.
SPRINT Senior Care
SPRINT Senior Care is an accredited, not-for-profit community support service agency in Toronto. It provides a wide range of practical and low-cost services to seniors and their caregivers. Offered services help seniors stay safe, connected, and live as independently as possible, as well as prevent premature or inappropriate institutionalization. SPRINT also provides services and support to caregivers.
St. John’s Rehab Hospital
St. John’s Rehab is the only hospital in Ontario solely dedicated to specialized rehabilitation. As the site of Canada’s only dedicated organ transplant rehabilitation program and Ontario's only dedicated burn rehabilitation program, the hospital is recognized as a leader for its expertise in developing individually customized inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. The highly skilled and committed staff also provide specialized treatment, education and outreach support for people recovering from: amputations, burn injuries, cancer, cardiovascular surgery, organ transplants, orthopaedic conditions, strokes and neurological conditions, traumatic injuries and complex medical conditions/procedures This 160-bed hospital in North Toronto is a community affiliated teaching site for the University of Toronto and teaches students from many other post-secondary institutions. Leading-edge research is conducted in our specialty programs in partnership with other health care and provincial agencies.
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
Toronto Rehab is one of Canada’s largest academic health sciences centre dedicated to adult rehabilitation, complex continuing care and long-term care. Toronto Rehab is also home to the second largest rehabilitation research program in North America. Toronto Rehab is committed to maximizing life. Toronto Rehab helps people live their lives to the fullest, regardless of impairment. Toronto Rehab helps them regain independence and quality of life through: individualized care that helps people rebuild their lives and achieve goals that are meaningful to them; interprofessional teams that use their diverse skills and expertise to deliver exceptional care and superior outcomes; integrated care and research so that our patients participate in research and benefit from discoveries; innovative models of care that shorten hospital stays and improve outcomes so that individuals can recover their independence and get home sooner; leading-edge assistive devices and technologies developed by our researchers to improve the day-to-day lives of people with disabilities; as well as a patient and family-centred approach that involves patients and families as full participants in the health care team.
The Virtual Ward is a new model of care, designed to support patients who are at high risk of readmission to hospital and their family doctors for a few weeks after hospital discharge. The virtual ward takes the best elements of hospital care and applies them to patients living in their own homes.
West Park Healthcare Centre
Founded as a sanitarium for tuberculosis patients, West Park has expanded on its role as a leader in tuberculosis care to develop services for other respiratory illnesses and complex conditions. West Park provides specialized rehabilitation, complex continuing and long-term care services, helping individuals manage difficult health challenges like lung disease, diabetes, stroke, amputation and musculoskeletal issues arising from a life-changing event or illness. Some of the programs and services at the West Park include: rehabilitation and community living (helping patients overcome such health challenges as stroke, lung disease, amputation, severe trauma or brain injury through active rehab care and support); complex continuing care (providing compassionate and respectful chronic care in a warm and therapeutic environment to residents who need longer term medical and nursing care); as well as long-term care (providing a home-like environment, quality nursing and supportive care to the frail elderly and those not able to live safely on their own).