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Provinces and their Web Linked Resources are listed in Alphabetical Order, please scroll down to your province. Please note: This is not an exhaustive list of resources, and we will continue to add more as they become known to us.

211~is Canada’s (individual provinces)primary source of information on government and community based health and social services.

Funding: Social Development Projects for People with Disabilities:Social Development Partnerships Program (SDPP-D)~The Disability Component of the Social Development Partnerships Program (SDPP-D) supports projects intended to improve the participation and integration of people with disabilities in all aspects of Canadian society. More specifically, the Program supports not-for-profit organizations across Canada in tackling barriers faced by people with disabilities with respect to social inclusion.

 

Revenue Canada

Disability Tax Credit~The disability tax credit (DTC) is a non-refundable tax credit that helps persons with disabilities or their supporting persons reduce the amount of income tax they may have to pay. For more information, go to www.cra.gc.ca/dtc.

 

Childrens Aide Society

Cease and Desits ~How to stop CAS works from coming to schools and homes and from having any contact with a srudent at his/her school.Also there are the Cease and Desist forms on this page.

 

Benefits

Canada Benefits~ This is the Canadian Government website for disability. Click on the province that you want, then on a the "I am..."a person with a disability, then click on the disability connection.Disability Weblinks ~ Links you to information about programs, services and contacts anywhere in Canada.Departments of Education in Canada~ links to all provincial Education Departments.

Different Types of Benefits~ Includes Employment Insurance, pensions and benefits for housing, education, training, family and people with disabilities,disabilty benefits (residential home,children`s benefits, savings plans and more.

Disability Benefits~ Canada Pension Plan disabilty benefits,child disabilty benefits,Canada Disabilty Savings Grant and Bond, Disabilty pension etc.

Guide to Disabilty and Health Care in Canada~ What does “disabled” mean? You can get CPP disability benefits only if you have a disability that is severe and prolonged.“Severe” means that you are unable to work at any job not just your regular job. “Prolonged” means that your condition is expected to last a long time or to cause death.

 

Private Funding

Jennifer Ashleigh Children's Charity assists children who are chronically or seriously ill, are 21 years of age or under and whose permanent residence is in Ontario. Family income has an impact on granting decisions. Completion of a Request for Assistance Form is required. The Form may be completed by the child's parent, physician, therapist, social worker, teacher or community liaison. Requests for assistance are considered in the following areas as they are related to the childs illness:CRISIS - Emergency Relief; CARE - Respite, Nursing Care; WELLNESS - Therapy, Medical. Any other details about funding and the application process can be found on their website.

President's Choice Children's Charity is dedicated to helping children 18 years of age and under who are physically or developmentally challenged. The aim is to remove some of the obstacles that make everyday living extremely difficult and make it a little easier for the child or family to cope with the disability. PC Children's Charity provides direct financial assistance in the purchase of expensive mobility equipment, environmental modifications, physical therapy, and more. A financial assistance application form must be completed.To be considered a candidate for assistance, applicants must meet the following criteria: (1) Child (18 and under) (2) Diagnosed physical or developmental disability (3)Household annual income $70,000 or less (4)Must be a Canadian citizen and/or have permanent resident status in Canada

For The Love of A Child~ is a charitable organization dedicated to improving the lives of children with special needs and their families. It helps bridge the gap between government funding and private insurance.The goal of our organization is to alleviate some of the financial burden these families endure. Some of the ways we are able to assist children is by providing: Assistive Devices not fully covered by ADP or private insurance;education, conferences, seminars and courses pertaining to a child’s special needs; equipment such as: bath, car, feeding chairs, mobility devices; recreation and leisure for therapeutic use; day camps.

Children`s Wish Foundation~ This foundation is dedicated to fulfilling wishes for children between the ages of 3- 18 suffering from a life-threatening illness.

A Child’s Voice Foundation~ is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating and managing programs that provide tangible help and will make a real difference in the lives of financially disadvantaged children in Canada.

 

Student Grants for Post Secondary

Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities ~ With this it grant provides the student up to $8,000 per each school year for exceptional education-related services or equipment. Application at this link

Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities ~ The Canada Student Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities is a grant that provides $2,000 each school year (August 1 to July 31). You can get this grant for each year of your studies (including undergraduate and graduate levels) as long as you continue to meet the eligibility requirements. Application at this link

Canada Student Loans-Permament Disability Program ~The Severe Permanent Disability Benefit allows for the forgiveness of Canada Student Loans for persons who have a permanent disability and are experiencing hardship repaying their loans due to their disability.Delivered by: Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)Candidates must meet the following criteria:1) have a permanent disability 2)be experiencing exceptional financial hardship with their repayment obligations due to their disability. Application at this link.

Ontario Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD) Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities (CSG-PDSE)~How It WorksYou can get funding to help pay for disability-related equipment and/or services required for your education. The funding comes from the Government of Ontario through the Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD) and from the Government of Canada through the Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities (CSG-PDSE). You will be considered for both programs by filling out this application form.To be eligible for the Canada program you must have a permanent disability, which is defined as a functional limitation: 1) caused by a physical or mental impairment; 2) that restricts your ability to perform the daily activities necessary to participate in studies at a postsecondary level or the labour force; and 3)that is expected to remain with you for your whole life.

SEVEN THINGS TO REMEMBER: You should keep 7 (seven) things in mind when applying for a Canada Student Loan and this Bursary and Grant. That said, you will have other questions as you go through this process – but these 7 points should get you started on the right track:

 

For sensory issues

Hippo Hug ~ Leslie wanted to find a way to combine her love of sewing with her knowledge of special needs and children’s mental health. About eighteen months ago Leslie created a custom-made weighted sleep sack for a client with Autism who was seeking deep pressure at night. At the time she thought there could be a business there but was happy working as a behaviour consultant. A year later Leslie was looking for a way to continue to stay at home with her son but still engage in something that used her professional knowledge and craft skills.

Warm Buddy~ Karen McKee who is the president of Warm Buddy Company. Her background as a Registered Nurse combined with her interest in alternative therapies, herbal medicine and aromatherapy, led to studies in India at a natural healing hospital. She noted the hospital’s application of herbal preparations and heat therapy to provide comfort and relief for many conditions. Every Warm Buddy is designed to provide sleep therapy and natural relief from aches, pain and stress.Warm Buddy warm-up plush animals have won the prestigious PTPA (Parent Tested Parent Approved) Award for Excellence in Parenting Products.

Innovaid~Weighted Blankets; Travel HoodiePillow; Instant Heat Shoulder PackChewelry and more. At InnovAID, we provide aids to make life easier and more enjoyable . While our products are especially designed to fit children of all ages, we can create products to fit special challenges of adults as well. Many of our products help people who have sensory concerns, such as autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) or Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. In addition to our standard products, we can customize many of our products to suit your unique needs.
Have a special concern? We may be able to create a product that addresses your specific needs.

 

Speech Language Pathologists Across Canada

Speech Language Pathologists across Canada~ as well a list of others under each province who can help with so much more than just "speaking".They can assist with 2 of the core deficits of autism; communication (both receptive and expressive), and social skills.

Please find a link to a listing of some Speech Language Pathologists in Canada by Province.

This is not a comprehensive list, and if you know of any other SLP's who service individuals on the ASD spectrum, let us know and we will add them.

Click here to download the list.

 

Therapies

Canadian Art Therapy~ Art therapy uses visual art-making and the creative process to enhance the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of children of all abilities. Using simple art materials, the art therapist focuses on creative expression to develop the child’s imagination,communication and socialization skills.

Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association~ A person with autism can engage in Therapeutic Recreation with the assistance of a Recreation Therapist. Recreation Therapists focus on an individual’s strengths and abilities to increase or maintain their skills, abilities, sense of independence, and quality of life. Recreation Therapists conduct assessments and, based on the findings, develop goals using recreation activities to teach necessary skills that are required in order for someone with Autism to function as independently as possible in society given their specific strengths and weaknesses. These may include sports activities, music programs, cooking programs, snoezelen and Sensory Stimulation, creative arts, social skills groups and outings and therapeutic swimming.

Facilitated communication(FC), or supported typing, is a discredited technique used by some caregivers and educators in an attempt to assist people with severe educational and communication disabilities. The technique involves providing an alphabet board, or keyboard.

A article by Emma who has autism on those who used facilitated communication and can now communicate on their own~The eventual goal for all who are physically able to ,is independence. And yet both methods Facilitated communication and Rapid Prompting Method are criticised.In fact, no matter what the initial method used to learn to type by non-speaking, Autistic people who have gone on to type independently, people ;like Carly Fleischmann, Tito Mukhopadhyay, Sue Rubin, Jamie Burke and many others and yet it is still questioned.

Autism National Committee on their policy of facilitated communication~It is the policy of the Autism National Committee that everyone has something to say and a right to say it. Facilitated Communication is one acccepted and valid in which individuals with autism can exercise their right to say what they have to say.

 

ADVOCACY

ARCH Disability Law Centre - ARCH Disability Law Centre is a specialty legal aid clinic. They defend and advance the equality of rights of person with disabilities.

Law Foundations Across Canada-List for each province and territories~ helps out in ceratin areas as in fund for Legal Aide if need to take legal action.Also Public Legal Education and Self Help Resources and links by legal topic.

ODSP Action Coalition -The ODSP Action Coalition advocates for improvements to the income and employment supports provided by the Ontario Disability Support Program.

Individualized Funding Coalition -The Individualized Funding Coalition for Ontario supports the self-determination of persons with disabilities.They believe that all people should have control over decisions concerning where they live, with whom they live, with whom they associate, and how they spend their lives. They have been working to make individualized funding a choice for people. Individualized funding would give people more control over the money that pays for their supports and services.

People First Ontario-People First Ontario is an advocacy group for people who have an intellectual disability. As a group they:

  • promote equality for all persons
  • help people who are trying to speak up for themselves and make their own decisions.
  • teach members about the rights, abilities, and strengths of People First of Ontario

People First Canada -People First of Canada is the national voice for people who have been labeled with an intellectual disability. As a group they advocate for rights:

  • human rights
  • citizenship rights
  • accommodation rights
  • language rights

 

APPS For Mobile Devices to Help those with autism

TouchAutism Autism Apps ~Autism Apps is simply a comprehensive list of apps that are being used with and by people diagnosed with autism, Down syndrome and other special needs. It also includes links to any available information that can be found for each app.

Proloquo2Go~The symbol-supported communication app that gives a voice to people who cannot speak. This is an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) app that teaches children how to construct sentences using symbols and pictures. It also has text-to-speech (in American and British children's voices), word prediction, and a customizable vocabulary and interface.

Niki Talk:~ Niki Talk is an application for AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication), available for iPad, iPhone and Android devices. The app plays an album, that is a collection of pictures (including related text and speech) customized to meet the user preferences.

My Voice ~ This was on CBC News, in 2011: iPhone app that can help people with autism as well people who are recovering from strokes. My Voice Helps with Autism and Stroke: A new communication device that is location aware

Best iPad Apps for Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome~ A list of great apps

Dr. Brown's Apps~ Dr. Brown's apps are designed by a psychologist to help young children with autism, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), or any child who has trouble staying on task.

 

CHILD SAFETY

Children`s Harnesses By Elaine, Inc.~ Child Safety Harnesses for Baby or Toddler; Child-to-Adult Safety Harnesses for larger children and those with Special Needs; and Safety Harnesses to use with an Autism Dog...Safety Harnesses to fit Babies, Toddlers, Children and Adults

ANGEL GUARD ~The ANGEL GUARD deters small children from unbuckling the seat belt holding their car/booster seat in place yet it takes seconds for an adult to remove. It has also been endorsed by the Spring Hill Fire & Rescue for ease of removal in an emergency. This issimple, safe seat belt cover you need to protect your children.

Angel Guard Seat Buckle Safety Guard~SHIPS to Canada.Has your child learned how to unbuckle their seatbelt? Now you can keep your little angels safe and yourself sane with the ANGEL GUARD. Just slip it on and you're ready to go. The ANGEL GUARD is the seatbelt deterrent you need for your kids.
- Slips on easily without any tools
- Works well with special needs children.Easy to remove in an emergency
- Perfect for transportation companies

Angel Guard Seat Belt Buckle Safety Guard 2 Pack~Also sold on Amazon by a Canadian company Vision Store Canada as they sell and ship them

Seat Belt Buckle Guard Pro ~ In 1994 the Seat Belt Buckle Guard was introduced as the first, patented child safety device that deterred children from unbuckling their seat belts while riding in a motorized vehicle. New Buckle Guard PRO is more universal than the original Buckle Guard and will fit the larger seat belt buckles in today’s cars, vans, SUVs, and buses. It has a sleek design and, of course, the famous FDA approved "Push and Turn" child safety cap that is used to secure the device. Easily slips onto the seat belt buckle without any tools. Can be quickly removed by an adult or an older child. Works with car seats, booster seats, and standard seat belts. Works for special needs kids and adults, and on school buses. Made in the USA. Ships to Canada standard shipping.

SEAT BELT COVER - Angel Guard - Buckle Guard~ships Worldwide including Canada

Debbaudt Legacy Productions, LLC (DLP)~ Debbaudt Legacy Productions, LLC (DLP) is a video production partnership formed in 2004 that is dedicated to providing the finest in professional training tools for autism education and awareness. DLP's autism training videos have since helped revolutionize training for law enforcement, first response and criminal justice professionals throughout North America. DLP's videos illustrate autism-related safety and risk and 21st century training issues for law enforcement and first response agencies. DLP videos can help ensure and enhance officer, responder and citizen safety and the management of your agency's time, resources and liability.

Autism Risk and Safety Management ~ Dennis Debbaudt was first to address the interactions between law enforcement and people with autism in his 1994 report Avoiding Unfortunate Situations. He has since authored a full length book, over 30 reports, book chapters and produced innovative and acclaimed training videos for law enforcement and first responders such as paramedics, fire rescue, police, and hospital staff who may respond to an autism emergency. Dennis has written for the FBI's Law Enforcement Bulletin and is a cited resource for the Department of Homeland Security. He has developed training and consulted to the NYPD and Chicago Police Department. Since 1995, he has presented multi-media training at the invitation of the Illinois Attorney General, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's Team ADAM, Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police conference, Fire Safety Educators of the Rockies Conference, Project Lifesaver International, Houston, Cincinnati, Toledo and New Hampshire training academies and Iceland 112 among many other conferences, for universities and school District and in training rooms throughout North America and the United Kingdom.

National Service Dogs ~National Service Dogs (NSD) is a non-profit Registered Charity specializing in breeding, training and placing Labrador and Golden Retrievers with children who have autism. NSD also provides service dogs for individuals with physical and visual challenges.

 

Across Canada Resources

Access 2 Entertainment Card Application Form ACROSS CANADA ~The Access 2 Entertainment card provides freeadmission (or a significant discount) for support persons accompanying a person with a disability at member movie theatres across Canada. The person with the disability pays regular admission. This program was developed by an advisory group of nine national disability organizations, in conjunction with Cineplex Entertainment.Persons with a permanent disability who require a support person when attending a movie theatre are eligible for the card. Theapplicant must agree to follow the terms and conditions for use of the card

Disability Travel Card ACROSS CANADA~The Disability Travel Card provides free travel for support persons accompanying a person with a disability when traveling with Via Rail, Greyhound Bus, Coach Canada or Motor Coach Companies of Canada.The person with the disability pays regular fare. Persons with a permanent disability who require a support person when travelling are eligible for the card. The applicant must agree to follow the terms and conditions for use of the card

Tuition Fees and Charitable Donations Paid to Privately Supported Secular and Religious Schools ~a link to Canada Customs and Revenue Agency ~ This information is for parents who have a certain specialschool in mind and they have a friend or family member who wishes to pay. This gives you the information on whether the donator's moneycan be tax deductible.

Council of Ministers of Education, Canada ~Provides a forum for education ministers from the provinces and territories to discussissues of shared concern, undertake educational initiativescooperatively and represent pan-Canadian educationinternationally. It also provides additional information and linksconcerning education in Canada.

Canadian Autism Intervention Research Network (CAIRN) ~ This site is dedicated to promoting effective, evidence-based early diagnostic methods and treatments for children with autism spectrum disorders.

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.We 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.

The Association for the Neurologically Disabled of Canada~A.N.D. Canada is a Canadian non-profit charitable organization. We dedicate ourselves to providing functional rehabilitation programs to individuals with neurological disabilities.

Easter Seals of Canada ~ For financial assistance for families with special needs children and adults. Easter Seals operates as a network of provincially licensed members that deliver programs and services to children with physical disabilities in their community.

Learning Disabilities of Canada~a network of provincial/territorial and local partners, who provide cutting edge information on learning disabilities, practical solutions, and tools you can use

Autism Awareness Centre Inc.~ The Autism Awareness Centre believes that education is the key to success in assisting individuals who have autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), Asperger Syndrome and other disorders such as Tourette Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). With numerous social, communication, and behavioural intervention methods and the more recent field of biomedical interventions, it is important to keep parents and professionals on the leading edge of new information.

 

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