Community Links

Please Note: The community partners and resources listed below are not affiliated with Extend-A-Family.


· Toronto District School Board – Publicly funded school board

· Toronto District Catholic School Board – Publicly funded Catholic faith school board


· – Resource website providing listings for Human Service Agencies

· Developmental Services Ontario (DSO) – Toronto Region – Adult Developmental Services Agencies funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services

· Respite Services – Respite services programs and information

· Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario – supports those with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus and their families with the challenges brought on by these serious, disabling conditions.

· P4P connects a powerful network of professionals, organizations and agencies. With over 100 partner organizations referring families and caregivers to the Planning Network, it has become the go-to planning resource for families in Ontario.


· Boys and Girls Clubs of Ontario – Community Clubs for children

· Scouts Canada – Recreational programming for children and youth

· Girl Guides of Canada – Recreational programming for girls ages 5-17

· City of Toronto Parks and Recreation – recreational programs and camps.

· Variety Village – Recreational activities including fitness, health and wellness programming.

· YMCA of Greater Toronto – Provides health, fitness, recreation, camps, childcare, youth support, leadership and employment programs.

· Cadets Canada – The Cadet Program is the largest federally-sponsored youth program in Canada that includes the Royal Canadian Sea, Army and Air Cadets. It is a national program for young Canadians aged 12 to 18 who are interested in participating in a variety of fun, challenging and rewarding activities while learning about the sea, army and air activities of the Canadian Forces.

· Duke of Edinburgh Award –  The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an exciting self-development programme available to all young people, equipping them with life skills to make a difference to themselves, their community and their country.


· Empowering Ability Podcast – Empowering Ability Podcast is a series focused on empowering people with disabilities to live an incredible ordinary life.  Episodes include discussion and interviews with individuals, “inclusion-thought” leaders, and experts.  The are 37 episodes in the series (as of November 9, 2017) and although they may be listened to independently of one another, it is recommended that you start with the Episode #000, the Introduction, which describes the overall purpose and goals of the series.

· LifeCourse Tools – provides inclusive planning tools that look at the person as a whole and focuses on what matters most.

· Inclusion International – “Promoting inclusion, equality and opportunity for people with intellectual disabilities and their families worldwide”

· Abilities Canada – This website is an opportunity for people with disabilities and the broader community to engage in dialogue around issues that matter to all of us. INSPIRE – INFORM – EMPOWER. Make sure your voice is heard.

· Canadian Association for Community Living – CACL is an association working towards the advancement of inclusion and human rights for people with disabilities and their families.

· Inclusion Press  – Resource articles, books, resources and links about inclusion

· IMAGINE – Resource articles and information from David Pitonyak whose area of focus is supporting people who experience disabilities and are “said to exhibit difficult behaviours”.

· Gentle Teaching International – Features information and resources about the Gentle Teaching Philosophy from the work of Dr. John McGee.

· Inclusive Education Canada –  Resources for inclusive education

· A Centre for Conscious Care – The Conscious Care and Support approach helps caregivers to be more mindful in caring for others, with patience and kindness, even in times of stress. To learn more go to:

· Family Alliance Ontario – an alliance of citizens that offers knowledge, tools and networking opportunities to individuals with disabilities and their families to assist them to realize a vision that includes having valued relationships, choice and control in their lives, and enables inclusion through meaningful contribution and participation in their communities.  Also advocates for those seeking funding through the Ontario provincial Special Services at Home Program.

· Individualized Funding Coalition of Ontario – A coalition whose members are collectively advocating for individualized funding for persons with disabilities.

· The Peer Project – Peer mentoring program that matches children ages 6-15 with Youth Volunteers ages 16-29 who act as positive role models.

· People First of Ontario – To promote equality for all persons. To assist other people trying to speak up for themselves and making their own decisions. To teach the members about the rights, abilities, and strengths of People First of Ontario.

· Heads up for Inclusion – High School Inclusion Project  – AMIGOS.

· TASH – TASH is an international association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates, and professionals fighting for a society in which inclusion of all people in all aspects of society is the norm.

· 5 Moore Minutes – Five Moore Minutes is a website with videos dedicated to empowering schools and classrooms to support ALL Learners.


· Ministry of Children and Youth Services  – Children’s services and supports funded by the Ontario Provincial Government

· Ontario Ministry of Children Community and Social Services (MCCSS)

· Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care – Government health and long-term care programs, benefits and services; including information on funding for assistive devices.


· Special Services at Home – The Special Services at Home (SSAH) Program helps family’s caring for individuals with a disability.  If approved, families are provided with funding to purchase supports and services which they could not normally provide themselves and are not available elsewhere in the community.

· Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities – The Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities Program helps parents with some of the extra costs of caring for a child who has a severe disability.

· Ontario Disability Support Program – Financial assistance program for persons with a disability.

· Jennifer Ashleigh Foundation – Children’s charity providing financial assistance and funding for special treatments and medical expenses for those in need.

· Canadian Tire Jump Start – Assists children in financial need to participate in an organised recreational sport.

· Access to Entertainment – The Access 2 EntertainmentTM card provides free admission (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.

· Passport Funding – Passport to Community Living is a Provincial Government initiative that provides opportunities for individuals who have a developmental disability and have left school to find more ways to participate in their communities. Passport participants receive funding for activities that encourage their personal development and help them achieve their potential.

· Assistive Devices Program – The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care runs the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) to help people who have long-term physical disabilities get needed equipment and supplies.


· Centre for Independent Living  – An independent living resource agency to assist persons living with a disability.

· Housing Connections – Housing Connections is a subsidiary of Toronto Community Housing Corporation with its own Board of Directors. We provide a one-stop housing solution for people looking for affordable housing in Toronto.

· Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto – Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto (CHFT) is a member-supported organization representing more than 45,000 people living in more than 160 non-profit housing co-operatives located in Toronto and York Region.


· ARCH – Disability Law Centre  –  A legal centre for persons with disabilities

· Ontario Human Rights Commission – The OHRC is the administering body for the Ontario Human Rights Code.

· Legal Aid Ontario – Legal Aid Ontario gives low-income people access to a range of legal services tailored to meet their legal need.


· Volunteer Toronto – Promoting volunteerism and connecting people to volunteer opportunities.

· Link Up – Link Up Employment Services for Persons with Disabilities; provides employment services for people with disabilities.
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