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External and community resources

Mental health


  • WORKink, external link provides job search tools, career guidance and resources pertaining to education and employment for persons with disabilities.
  • Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW), external link is the lead non-profit Canadian cross disability organization supporting persons with disabilities, employers and community agencies in advancing employment.
  • Ontario Job Opportunity Information Network (JOIN), external link is one of Canada's leading organizations specializing in recruitment of persons with disabilities and disability in the workplace. We work with job seekers with disabilities to find and maintain work and assist employers to recruit qualified candidates to meet their hiring needs and make their workplaces more accessible.
  • Discover Ability Network, external link - Funded by the Government of Ontario and powered by Magnet, a data-rich, job-matching technology platform. Discover Ability is a free online portal and resource that connects Ontario businesses directly to people with disabilities.


  • National Education Association of Disabled Students, external link is a consumer organization, with a mandate to encourage the self-empowerment of post-secondary students with disabilities. NEADS advocates for increased accessibility at all levels so that disabled students may gain equal access to college or university education, which is their right. The Association provides information on services and programs for students with disabilities nationwide, publishes a regular newsletter, and conducts research on issues of importance to its members.


  • Ministry of Community and Social Services, external link helps adults with a developmental disability live, work and participate in a range of community activities, enforces support orders issued by the courts so that families get the money to which they are entitled, promotes accessibility and works to break down barriers that prevent people with disabilities from fully participating in the social and economic life of Ontario, and helps Ontarians recover from hardship and regain control of their lives.
  • Social Justice Tribunals Ontario, external link is the second cluster of adjudicative tribunals (Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario was first) created under the Adjudicative Tribunals Accountability, Governance, and Appointments Act, 2009. The Act permits the government to create a cluster through regulation when it believes the tribunals can "operate more effectively and efficiently as part of a cluster than alone." The regulation for the social justice tribunals cluster was passed on January 25, 2011; the tribunals brought together in this cluster are listed below.
  • 211 Ontario, external link is a three-digit phone number and website that provides information and referral to community and social services in Ontario. Our Certified Information and Referral Specialists are caring, understanding and knowledgeable, and pride themselves on their ability to connect you with the services you need.

Advocacy & local groups

  • AODA Alliance, external link is a disability consumer advocacy group that works to support the full and effective implementation of accessibility standards in Ontario. Since 2005, the AODA Alliance has worked collaboratively with the disability community and with government to promote the interests of persons with disabilities. The Alliance works to advance the full participation of persons with disabilities in Ontario, through effectual accessibility standards development.

Other associations

  • Accessible Campus by the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), external link - The latest information about accessibility at universities across the province of Ontario.
  • Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA), external link is a consumer-based organization formed by and for hard of hearing Canadians. CHHA works cooperatively with professionals, service providers and government bodies, and provides information about hard of hearing issues and solutions. CHHA is Canada's only nation-wide non-profit consumer organization run by and for hard of hearing people.
  • Canadian Hearing Services (CHS), external link is a not-for-profit agency and the leading provider of services, products, and information that remove barriers to communication, advance hearing health, and promote equity for people who are culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing. CHS is governed by a board of directors, the majority of whom are deaf, deafened, or hard of hearing.
  • Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), external link is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life.