Ontario Resources for Persons with Disabilities

Source: Ontario WorkinfoNet, www.onwin.ca

[#1] ] Planning an accessible meeting:  Checklist
  Use these guidelines of the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment & Infrastructure to ensure that your building or event is accessible to   people with disabilities.

[#2] Adaptive Technology   Resource Centre (ATRC) - University of Toronto
  Dedicated to ensuring that the design of emerging information technology is   inclusive of people with disabilities. ATRC provides information on   assistive technology that helps individuals achieve their personal goals and   makes education accessible.

[#3] Assistive Devices   Program (ADP) - Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
  Provides information on financial assistance for Ontario residents with   long-term physical disabilities to obtain assistive devices essential   for independent living.

[#4] Business Takes Action   (BTA)
  BTA is a Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME)initiative. Their   mandate is to provide the tools and resources to employers in removing the   physical and attitudinal barriers associated with hiring persons with disabilities.  

[#5] Centre for Student   Development - McMaster University (Hamilton)
  Services to students on campus -- personal concerns; students with disabilities;   academic performance; personal development; peer helpers and volunteers.

[#6] Centre for Students with Disabilities - Algonquin   College
  The Centre provides guidance in developing education support services to   students with disabilities, to help students become independent   learners in the College environment.

[#7] Community Living Ontario
  Supports individuals with intellectual disabilities live, learn, work   and participate in all aspects of living in the community. They also help   families and the community to provide a welcoming and supportive environment.  

[#8] COSTI Immigrant   Services - Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
  Education and social service agency serving newcomers to Canada. In the   Toronto area, COSTI operates five employment and training centres, six ESL   training centres, a centre for Foreign Trained Professional and Tradespeople,   a Rehabilitation Centre for people with disabilities and a Family   Counselling Centre. Immigrant settlement services.

[#9] Counselling &   Disability Services - York University
  They provide a range of services, including personal counselling, group   development workshops, learning skills training, support and academic   accommodation for students with learning, mental health, physical, sensory   and medical disabilities.

[#10] Disabilities Flyers - YMCA Employment Services   Information Warehouse (Toronto)
  Downloadable information flyers (PDF files) on Toronto resources for people   with disabilities.

[#11] Accessibility Services - Fanshawe College
  Students with disabilities can access counselling, assessment, and   academic assistance.

[#12] DisAbled Women's  Network Canada
  DAWN Ontario advocates for inclusion and equality for women with disabilities   in Ontario. Links to web sites of Ontario disability organizations.

[#13] Employment Services - Canadian Paraplegic   Association Ontario
  CPA Ontario offers employment services for persons with disabilities,   including career counselling, employment mentoring, assistive technology, job   search, job placement, and employment supports. Employers are offered   qualified applicants and on-site support in accommodating employees with disabilities.  

[#14] LinkUp Employment   Services (Toronto)
  At its centre in downtown Toronto, LinkUp helps persons with disabilities   find jobs through many cross-disability programs: assessment of skills and   abilities; employment consultants to help with job searching; workshops and   seminars; presentations by businesses. Assessment of training needs and   eligibility for grants.

[#15] Literacy and Basic   Skills - Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
  Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) Program; Literacy for Adults with   Developmental Disabilities; Literacy Profile of Immigrants.

[#16] Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) - Ontario   Ministry of Community and Social Services
  Income support and employment support for people with disabilities in   financial need.

[#17] Ontario March of   Dimes (OMOD)
  Helps Ontarians with physical disabilities participate more fully in   community life. Employment programs focus on vocational assessment, skills   training, supportive employment and job placement services.

[#18] PATH Employment Services   (Hamilton)
  PATH is a Hamilton employment agency for people with disabilities. Job   Find Club.

[#19] Project ADVANCE - Learning Disability Services -   York University (Toronto)
  A six-week summer program to prepare high school students with specific   learning disabilities for the challenges of university. Students learn   about: academic strategies; study and life skills; adaptive technologies;   availability of campus support; and more.

[#20] Services for Students with disABILITIES (SSWD) -   Brock University
  Find out about on-campus services for physically or learning disabled   students. Services include note taking, exam accommodation and advocacy.

[#21] Services for Students with Disabilities - Student   Development Centre (SDC) - University of Western Ontario (UWO)
  A variety of services are available to assist students with disabilities   in adjusting to the university environment.

[#22] Special Olympics Ontario   Kitchener-Waterloo
  A completely volunteer driven organization that provides year-round   opportunities in sports training and athlete competition for children and   adults with intellectual disabilities.

[#23] Volunteering -   Ontario March of Dimes
  Discover the benefits of volunteering with this organization that is   dedicated to creating a society inclusive of people with physical disabilities.  

[#24] WORKink Ontario - The   Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work
  Explore resources, tools and articles relevant to Ontario job seekers with disabilities.  

[#25] YMCA Employment   Services Information Warehouse (ESIW) - Toronto
  ESIW collects and provides information about employment services available in   the Toronto North area. Topics include: job finding clubs; wage subsidy;   foreign-trained professionals; newcomers; experienced workers; persons with disabilities;   and more.


Best Practices in the Home-Based Employment of People with Disabilities
  This handbook, from the Canadian Centre on Disability Studies, provides   guidelines for the planning, implementation and maintenance of successful   home-based telework arrangements. Find suggestions for workers, employers,   and organizations.

Canadian Association of Independent Living Centres   (CAILC)
  Located across Canada, Independent Living Centres (ILC) offer peer support,   skills development, and an employment program designed to empower people with   disabilities to live independently.

Canadian Association of Professionals with Disabilities
  This non-profit association is dedicated to maximizing workforce and   community participation and inclusion of professionals with disabilities.   They support all professionals regardless of their employment status,   profession, or specialty.

Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW)
  This network promotes meaningful and equitable employment of people with disabilities.   Job accommodation services (JAS), training, and consultation are among the   services provided to people with disabilities and potential employers.  

Canadian Society for   Social Development (CSSD)
  CSSD's mandate is to provide employment and skills training to persons facing   barriers to employment. They offer Canadians with disabilities free   online courses, including: Internet Business Development for Entrepreneurs   with Disabilities (IBDE), a 6-month web design course; and Business   Abilities, a website with all the tools you need to start your business.

Creating a Welcoming   Workplace for Employees with Disabilities - Treasury Board of Canada   Secretariat
  This guide recommends some ways to include persons with disabilities   in the work environment, to make them feel welcomed as contributing members   of the team.

  The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) provides   this list of grants, scholarships and funding programs for students with disabilities.  

 Easter Seals Ontario
  Easter Seals Ontario is a registered Canadian charity providing programs and   services to children and youth with physical disabilities, including:   financial assistance for Mobility equipment and communication devices, fully   accessible summer camp, funding for participation in other recreational   programs, post-secondary education scholarships, parent resources information   and public education and awareness.

Easter Seals Ontario Post-Secondary Scholarships
  Easter Seals Ontario is a registered Canadian charity providing programs and   services to children and youth with physical disabilities, including:   financial assistance for Mobility equipment and communication devices, fully   accessible summer camp, funding for participation in other recreational   programs, post-secondary education scholarships, parent resources information   and public education and awareness.

EdLink - National Educational Association of   Disabled Students (NEADS)
  Learn about the services available to students with disabilities and   special needs at universities and colleges across Canada.

Madentec Ltd.
  Learn about the assistive technology available for people with physical disabilities.   Products provide solutions for computer access and control, as well as aids   for daily living.

Office for Disability   Issues - Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)
  Find information on disability issues and related programs, services, and   activities. Information is available for job seekers with disabilities   and employers.

On My Own: A Resource   Guide to Living Independently
  Designed to assist young people with disabilities in their transition   to living independently, this book covers everything from finding a place to   live to finding employment. (Fees apply)

Persons with Disabilities Online - Government of Canada
  Find information and services related to employment, education, financial   supports, human rights and other areas of interest to persons with disabilities.  

Tapping the Talents of People with Disabilities
  This report of interest to all employers, was produced by the Conference   Board of Canada and is available in pdf format.

  This virtual employment resource centre contains labour market and career   information, online counselling services, job postings, resume database and   other services of interest to people with disabilities, employers and   career practitioners.

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