Living with Disability


Autism Ontario works to ensure that each person living with ASD is provided the means to achieve quality of life as a respected member of society.

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.

Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability’s mission is to help Canadians living with a disability to lead active, healthy lives.

Alternatives Community Program Services helps people living with developmental disabilities to realize their full potential through employment, volunteerism, recreation and community involvement.

Canada Revenue Agency’s dedicated page provides links to details about income tax credits, exemptions and related issues for people living with a disability.

Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) is our national association.

Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work’s mission is to help people living with a disability to find and keep good jobs.

Canadian Down Syndrome Society provides Down syndrome advocacy and support, including resources for teachers, employers, parents and families.

Community Living Ontario (CLO) is our provincial association.

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

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

Disability is Natural looks at the issues and labels of disability and how these can hurt.

Disability News Online features the latest news about what’s affecting people living with a disability.

The disability benefits page of Employment & Social Development Canada offers an overview of disability-related programs offered by the Government of Canada.

Health Care Access Research & Developmental Disabilities (H-CARDD) is a research program that aims to enhance the overall health and well-being of people living with a developmental disability through improved health care policy and improved services.

Home & Vehicle Modification Program, established by the government of Ontario and administered by the March of Dimes, provides for basic home and  / or vehicle modifications.

Income Tax Information for Persons with Disabilities provides links to details about income tax credits, exemptions and related issues. An additional Canada Revenue Agency resource is the Medical and Disability-Related Information booklet.

JP Das Centre on Developmental & Learning Disabilities provides excellent resources.

The Mighty is a digital health community created to empower and connect people facing health challengesand/or living with a disability.

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

Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs (OASIS) offers a wealth of information for and about organizations helping people living with special needs, including a directory for finding organizations in your area.

Ontario’s Assistive Devices Program (ADP) helps people who live with physical disabilities to buy assistive devices that can help them to live and work.

Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) helps people living with a disability to become more independentby helping them to work and making sure that they have money to pay their bills.

Ontario Renovates (scroll down to the Programs to Renovate and Repair Housing section) offers financialassistance for making accessibility modifications to the home.

Ontario Works (also known as social assistance or welfare) website provides information about applying for their income assistance and employment services.

Partners for Planning (P4P) Resource Network is designed to help families, caregivers and individuals living with a disability to learn creative ways to plan, from building a meaningful life today to preparing a safe and financially secure tomorrow.

The Passport Program (Government of Ontario) helps adults living with a developmental disability who have left school to find more ways to participate in their communities.

Peterborough Public Health

Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) assists in lifetime planning for family members with a disability.

Quality Mall offers information and resources about supporting people who live with developmental disabilities. gives families online access to organizations and workers providing respite services in Ontario. You can also visit their Facebook page.

Special Needs Planning Group assists in lifetime planning for family members with a disability.

Special Olympics Canada is dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians living with a developmental disability through sports.

Special Olympics Ontario strives to promote opportunities for Ontarians living with a developmental disability to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and develop skills and friendship.

The Viscardi Center (formerly Abilities, Inc.) is dedicated to empowering people living with a disability to be active, independent and self-sufficient participants in society.