Topic: Community Organizations


Abilities Magazine

A magazine serving a cross-disability network from youth to seniors, and province-to-province, their editorial messages encourage diversity, inclusion and accommodation.

ARCH Disability Law Centre Community Organizations Resource

An excellent online resource with links to various community organizations, with an emphasis on disability.

Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS)

The Canadian Down Syndrome Society is a national non-profit organization providing information, advocacy and education about Down syndrome. The CDSS supports self-advocates, parents and families through all stages of life.

Center For The Study And Advancement Of Disability Policy

The Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy (CSADP) provides public education, leadership development and training, technical assistance and information dissemination, and conducts action-research and analysis of public policy issues affecting individuals with disabilities and their families.

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 centres in the area of addiction and mental health. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues.

Children’s Mental Health Ontario

Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO), founded in 1972 as the Ontario Association of Children’s Mental Health Centres (OACMHC) and renamed in 1999, represents and supports the providers of child and youth mental health treatment services throughout Ontario including more than 80 community-based children’s mental health centres that serve some 150,000 children and their families annually. The CMHO has a child-focused emphasis reflecting a recognition that children’s mental health centres are one part of comprehensive system of health and social services. Any individual or organization committed to CMHO’s goal of a sustainable system of mental health services for Ontario’s youth can now become a member. The site contains numerous links to resources related to the topic of children’s mental health.

Council Of Canadians With Disabilities

CCD is a national human rights organization of people with disabilities working for an accessible and inclusive Canada.

Easter Seals Ontario

Easter Seals Ontario provides programs and services to children and youth with physical disabilities across Ontario to help them achieve greater independence, accessibility and integration.

Epilepsy Ontario

Since 1956, Epilepsy Ontario has been serving the province as a registered health charity incorporated under the statutes of Ontario as a non-profit and non-governmental organization. Epilepsy Ontario aims to raise public awareness and improve education through publications, conferences, outreach initiatives and our website.

Epilepsy Support Centre

Despite epilepsy being one of the most common neurological disorders in Canada, knowledge about the disorder is generally low. This lack of awareness results in stigmatization of people living with epilepsy, compounding the challenges individuals face. To combat this problem, the Epilepsy Support Centre has developed a series of education programs, available on the website.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Ontario Newsletter

This newsletter was developed by FASD Stakeholders for Ontario, in order to provide information that will help Ontarians work together to address FASD. The newsletter reports on the Activities of FASD stakeholders for Ontario, and shares other news of relevance to individuals, caregivers and service providers in Ontario who are working in the area of FASD.

Inclusive Education Canada

Inclusive Education Canada is a national network for building and sharing knowledge about inclusive education in Canada and abroad.

Iris The Dragon

Iris the Dragon is a registered charity that is a known producer of children’s books to educate young audiences on mental health and wellness. With over a decade of experience, Iris the Dragon’s mission has been to provide educational material for adults and young readers that can facilitate a conversation among parents, teachers and children about issues relating to mental health and wellness.

Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario

The Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario is a registered charity 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.


In L’Arche, people who have developmental disabilities and those who come to assist share life and daytime activities together in family-like settings that are integrated into local neighbourhoods. L’Arche in Canada has nearly 200 homes and workshops or day programs. These are grouped into what L’Arche calls communities.” There are 27 communities of L’Arche located across Canada from Cape Breton to Vancouver Island and 2 projects that hope soon to become communities. L’Arche communities are open and welcoming of neighbours and friends and often engage in various collaborations at the local level.

March of Dimes Canada

March of Dimes is a community-based rehabilitation and advocacy charity for people with physical disabilities. Our 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 country.

Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health

Excel​lence​men​tal​health​.ca is a growing online initiative that allows communities to set up a virtual mental health resource directory, including an events calendar, library and service listing. It is a low-cost solution for those who wish to provide widespread access to mental health service listings in their communities.

OPHEA: Ontario Physical and Health Education Association

OPHEA provides quality programs, services and training to schools and communities to enable children and youth to lead healthy active lives. OPHEA’s high quality programs and services can help your school community address a variety of health related topics and all of the components of a Healthy School identified in the Government of Ontario’s Foundations for a Healthy School framework. OPHEA has developed a number of Health and Physical Education Curriculum Supports which include OPHEA’s H&PE curriculum support resources, workshops, and consultations designed to increase the knowledge and skills of educators. Some resources are downloadable and free of charge.

Parasport Ontario

The Mission of ParaSport Ontario is to support the development and promotion of the Paralympic movement in Ontario. ParaSport Ontario promotes parallel opportunities in sport for athletes with a physical disability. Parasport Ontario (PO) affiliates a variety of ParaSport Clubs and more than 1800 on a yearly basis. These athletes are given the opportunity to compete in Regional and Provincial Level competitions. PO works in collaboration with Host Communities and 12 Provincial Multi-Sport Organizations and Provincial Sport Organizations in delivering Summer and Winter Multi-ParaSport Games as well as ParaSport Expos.PO is also very proud of its development programs that include Ready Willing and Able” and a Community Sport Development Program”. Through these programs, PO delivers introductory sport sessions to athletes, coaches and officials throughout Ontario, and partners with communities to develop new ParaSport Clubs for athletes with physical disabilities. In addition, ParaSport Ontario works with Ontario municipalities to develop Accessible Sport Councils.

Rick Hansen Foundation

The Rick Hansen Foundation unifies organizations and leaders to work in partnership towards positive change for a healthy and inclusive world, with a key focus of improving the lives of those with spinal cord injuries. Includes links to educational resources.

The Canadian Abilities Foundation

The Canadian Abilities Foundation is a forum for the exchange of information to promote an inclusive society and provide inspiration and opportunity for people with disabilities.

Tourette Syndrome Association of Ontario

The Tourette Syndrome Association of Ontario is committed to supplying compassionate support in the Tourette Syndrome Community through detail to leadership, management, innovation and continual learning. The Association is committed to delivering Tourette Syndrome services which are sensitive to the needs of the Tourette Syndrome Community, involving collaborative partnerships and team work to overcome all challenges. This site provides specific information about the syndrome, suggestions for parents and teachers and links to other resources.