Advocacy & Self Advocacy


Accessibility Laws (Government of Ontario) provides information about accessibility laws and standards in Ontario, including reporting deadlines for compliance.

Accessibility News features some of latest accessibility-related news in Canada and beyond with particular paid attention to Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and Canada’s promised national accessibility law.

Administrative Justice Support Network gives people access to the knowledge and resources that they need to confidently and competently appeal an administrative board or tribunal decision, including those handed down by schools and school boards, CCAC and ODSP.

Advocating Change Together (ACT), Inc. is a disability rights organization run by and for people who live with a developmental disability and/or other disabilities.

ARCH Disability Law Centre is dedicated to defending and promoting the rights of people living with disabilities.

Best Practice Autism – Guide to the Spectrum advocates and educates by providing a best practice guide to the screening, assessment and intervention of school-age children living on the autism spectrum.

Canada Grants for Students with Permanent Disabilities

Canada Revenue Agency provides information about RDSPs (Registered Disability Savings Plan).

Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms

Canadian Council on Social Development works to develop and promote progressive social policies inspired by social justice, equality and the empowerment of individuals and communities.

Canadian Human Rights Reporter is a not-for-profit organization established to promote access to human rights law in Canada.

The Community Integration through Cooperative Education (CICE) program gives students living with a developmental challenge the opportunity to take part in college programs and activities. For a list of colleges offering CICE click here.

ConnectABILITY is a website and virtual community dedicated to lifelong learning and support for people who are living with a developmental disability, their families and their support networks. It is operated by Community Living Toronto.

Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) advocates to improve the lives of people living with disabilities by removing inequality and discrimination.

Crisis & distress Centres in Ontario provide assistance in times of crisis or when you just need someone to listen.

Dad’s Move is a website for the fathers of children with special needs. ‘Dadvocates’ mentor others based on their own experiences as parents.

Developmental Services Ontario is the single point of contact for accessing adult developmental services in Ontario.

The Disability page of Employment & Social Development Canada offers an overview of disability-related programs offered by the Government of Canada. Be sure to visit their For People with Disabilities page.

FASD and the Justice System, created by the FASD ONE Justice Committee, is a resource for justice system professionals and others grappling to understand Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

Financial Services Commission of Ontario regulates certain financial services sectors, including but not limited to insurance, mortgage brokerages, pension plans and loan and trust companies.

Ideal Way is dedicated to inspiring and motivating people living with a disability – and others – to reach their potential. It is founded by Robert Pio Hajjar, born with Down syndrome, and Addie J. Daabous, Robert’s aunt.

Inclusion International is a network of people living with developmental disabilities and their families advocating worldwide for the human rights of people with developmental disabilities.

Inclusive Education Canada is committed to quality education for all students in inclusive schools and classrooms.

Income Tax Information For Persons with Disabilities provides links to details about income tax credits, exemptions and related issues.

Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board serves the Municipality of Clarington, Northumberland County and Peterborough County.

Kids help phone is available to help children and teens who need someone who will listen.

Local schools & school boards

Find your local Member of Parliament – scroll down to the section titled More Contacts.

Member of Provincial Parliament in Ontario

The Mighty is a digital health community created to empower and connect people facing health challengesand/0r disabilities.

Ministers in the Government of Ontario

Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS), Developmental Services provides services and supports to adults who live with a developmental disability and their families.

The Ministry’s developmental services newsletter (Spotlight on Transformation)

Neighbourhood Ventures features people we support in Peterborough who have started their own small businesses. On the website you can learn about each entrepreneur and the product and/or service that they offer.

Ombudsman Ontario is responsible for investigating complaints against provincial (Ontario) government organizations.

Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) is intended to meet the needs of people living with disabilities and to help them to become more independent through income and employment supports.

Ontario Human Rights Commission exists as an arm’s length agency of government to prevent discrimination and to promote and advance human rights in Ontario. The OHRC is one pillar of Ontario’s human rights system, alongside the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) and the Human Rights Legal Support Centre(HRLSC).

The Ontario Works website provides information about applying for their income assistance and employment services.

Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities helps people living with a disability to prepare for, obtain and maintain employment or self-employment.

Partners for Planning is a resource network featuring tools and information to help families plan for the future of their child who has a disability. Community Living Trent Highlans has joined this partnership so that you can have access to these valuable planning resources.

ParaSport Ontario provides resources and opportunities to ensure that people living with a disability can take part in sports.

People First of Canada is an advocacy organization directed by and for people who are called developmentally disabled.

People First of Ontario is the provincial counterpart of Peoples First Canada.

People First Peterborough is an advocacy group of community-minded people living with a developmental disability.

Peterborough District Special Olympics

Peterborough, Victoria, Northumberland and Clarington Catholic School Board serves Peterborough and Northumberland Counties, the City of Kawartha Lakes and the municipality of Clarington.

PLAN (Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network) partners with directly families and their children living with a disability t0 facilitate strong personal support networks, planning and advocacy, and mutual support.

The Plan Institute was created by Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) to address needs on a systemic level through the provision of educational material and initiatives, collaboration on community-based projects and engagement with a wide array of partners to host innovative initiatives for change.

Provincial Network on Developmental Services represents a group of organizations concerned about how people with developmental challenges and their families are impacted by government policy and fundingchanges.

The Real People Campaign is a group of families living with and caring for people living with  disabilities who advocate for understanding, support and services from government and community by sharing real life stories and experiences.

ReportON is a phone-line for reporting the actual or suspected abuse or neglect of adults who are living with a developmental disability. The service is run by the Ministry of Community & Social Services (MCSS).

Services for Children & Youth in the City of Kawartha Lakes

Services for Children & Youth in Haliburton County

Services for Children & Youth in Peterborough

Special Olympics Ontario provides resources and opportunities to ensure that people living with disabilities can take part in sports. You can also visit the website of Special Olympics Canada.

SSAH & Passport Coalition is dedicated to ensuring that families receive the support they need from the Special Services at Home and Passport programs.

Tax Credits and Deductions for Persons with Disabilities provides links to details about income tax credits, exemptions and related issues.

Taxpayers’ Ombudsman is responsible to ensure that the Canada Revenue Agency respects the rights of taxpayers.

Trillium Lakelands District School Board serves the municipalities of the City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton County, and the District Municipality of Muskoka.

United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

Universal Declaration of Human Rights (United Nations)


Developmental Services Ontario is the single point of contact for accessing adult developmental services in Ontario.

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