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Autism Spectrum Disorder Respite Funding

  For children under the age of 17 who have a formal diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Funding is typically available for March Break and summer time respite.
Priority is given to families who do not have any other respite funding.
Funding is provided by Autism Ontario, and administered by Community Living Kingston and District.
  Contact : Mary Ann Maxwell, 613-546-6613, extension 234
The Building Brighter Futures Fund

  The Purpose of the BBFF:

To provide financial assistance directly to Ontario adults with ASD or their families through a reimbursement of funds spent to open doors for greater participation in local communities.
• Program fees for recreation or skill development, respite, professional supports, tuition, or other creative solutions connected to building life plans for the adult with ASD will be considered for subsidy.

Please see website for further information
  http://www.autismontario.com/client/aso/ao.nsf/36805f66b53925f08525712b0056c229/a58a502a2f05518085257c16006101d3?OpenDocument
2015 Support Our Troops National Summer Camp Program for Children/Dependants of CAF Families

  Eligibility for the Program:
a) Children/dependants of deceased Canadian Armed Forces Members
b) Children/dependants of ill/injured members of the CAF beging supported through the JPSU/IPSCs
c) Special needs children/dependants of CAF members

-up to $600 for a week long away camp
-up to $400 for a week long day camp
-up to $1000 for special needs children at an appropriate camp facility
  http://www.supportourtroops.ca
Funding & Financial Assistance Programs for families who have children with disabilities booklet , Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

  This is a list of some government funding programs, charitable organizations, recreation and housing funding sources and other financial resources that may be helpful to families.
Information changes quickly. The information in this booklet may not show recent changes or updates made by any particular agency or organization. You will need to call each organization directly to get current details.
  http://www.cltoronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/2016-12-Funding-and-Financial-Assistance-Programs-Guide.pdf
Home and Vehicle Modification Program , March of Dimes Canada

  The Home & Vehicle Modification® Program was established by the Government of Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services in 1999. It is administered by March of Dimes Canada.

March of Dimes Canada's Home & Vehicle Modification® Program provides funding for basic home and/or vehicle modifications. The program is intended to assist permanent Ontario residents with a substantial impairment expected to last one year or more. By reducing or eliminating life safety risks, these modifications enable children and adults with mobility restrictions to continue living in their homes, avoid job loss and participate in their communities.

As there is limited funding, we encourage applicants to first access any other sources of available public or private funding before applying to this program. Consumers who meet program criteria can apply for grant funding:

Up to $15,000 lifetime maximum for home modifications
Up to $15,000 every ten years for vehicle modifications
  https://www.marchofdimes.ca/EN/programs/hvmp/Pages/HomeandVehicle.aspx
Jennifer Ashleigh Children's Charity

  This charity supports children under the age of 21 years of age with serious illness, physical disabilities, mental health disorders, and pervasive developmental delays by providing financial assistance when all other resources have been exhausted.
  http://www.jenash.org/
President's Choice Children's Charity

  This charity supports children with special needs by providing financial grants for essential specialized equipment and therapies.
  http://www.presidentschoice.ca/en_CA/community/pccc.html
Multicultural Free After School Program (Newcomers) , Immigrant Services Kingston and Area

  Newcomers' children 9-12 years of age are welcome. The program includes community orientation, homework help and ESL support, games and physical activity and more.
Takes place on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Limestone Community Education Centre, room 215, 164 Van Order Drive.
Registration for the free program is mandatory.
  Contact : 613-544-4661, extension 5111
Asperger's Huh? , Rosina G. Schnurr

  A child's perspective with illustrations by John Strachan
 
Autism Aspergers Publishing Company

  Brenda Smith Mules company publishes many books and videos that relate to social skills.
  http://www.aapcpublishing.net
Changing the Course of Autism: A Scientific Approach for Parents and Physicians , Brian Jepson, MD with Jane Johnson, 2007

  This groundbreaking book shows that the disease can be treated by reducing the neurological inflammation that is part of the disease process, rather than simply masking the symptoms of drugs like Ritalin and Prozac. The authors have seen autistic behaviours improve dramatically or disappear completely with appropriate medical treatment. The book reviews the medical literature regarding the biological natural of the disease, including the potential connection between vaccines and autism.
  http://www.sentientpublications.com/catalog/autism.php
Children Diagnosed with Autism--What to Expect and Where to Get Help , Autism Society of Ontario

  Strategies and information for Ontario families and care providers
 
The Autism Revolution: Whole-Body Strategies for Making Life All It Can Be , Martha Herbert and Karen Weintraub

  March 2012
Dr. Herbert approaches autism as a collection of challenges, many of which can be tackled in a deliberate and methodical way. Her recommendations aim to provide optimal nutrition, reduce toxic exposures, shore up the immune system, reduce stress, and open the door to learning and creativity, all by understanding and truly meeting your child's needs.
  http://www.autismrevolution.org
The Spark: A Mothers Story of Nurturing Genius , Kristine Barnett

  April 2013
Kristine Barnett's son Jacob has an IQ higher than Einstein's, a photographic memory and he taught himself calculus in two weeks. At nine, he started working on an original theory in astrophysics that experts believe may someday put him in line for a Nobel Prize, and at age twelve he became a paid researcher in quantum physics. But the story of Kristine's journey with Jake is all the more remarkable because his extraordinary mind was almost lost to autism.
  http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/The-Spark-Nurturing-a-Genius/9780307362797-item.html?s_campaign+goo-BoolsByTitle&gclid=CPvftb2BILgCFSJIMgodeVkAdg
Accdessible Media

  Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) is a not-for-profit multimedia organization serving more than five million Canadians who are blind, partially sighted, deaf, hard of hearing, mobility or print restricted. Operating three broadcast services, AMI-tv and AMI-audio in English and AMI-télé in French, AMI’s mission is to make accessible media for all Canadians. To learn more visit AMI.ca and AMItele.ca.
  http://www.ami.ca
BLOOM Magazine

  BLOOM is a how-to magazine on parenting children with disabilities. BLOOM gives voice to the joys and challenges of special needs parenting by combining first hand family insights and the best professional advice. BLOOM is published two times annually.
  http://www.bloorview.ca Contact : lkinross@bloorview.ca
Celebrating the Ordinary , John O'Brien, Connie Lyle O'Brien, Gail Jacob

  The emergence of options in Community Living as a thoughtful organization
 
Community Lost and Found , Arthur R. Lockhart, Michael Clarke

  A conversation between two dreamers
 
Consider A Henson Trust Handbook

  This resource explains many questions about ODSP as well as various other benefits available to persons with disabilities. It also show how someone can help a family member without affecting their ODSP benefits. A copy of the booklet can be downloaded from the website.
  http://www.reena.org/sites/default/files/InformationBrochures/hensontrust.pdf
Dual Diagnosis , Dorothy M. Griffiths, Chrissoula Stravrakaki, Jane Summers

  An introduction to the mental health needs of persons with developmental disabilities
 
Highlights of Inclusion , Sharon Hope

  The next generation in child care in Canada
 
Mapping Inner Space: Learning and Teaching Visual Mapping , Nancy Margulies

  Book about mapping, a visual planning style
  Contact : Thousand Oaks: Corwin Press, 2001
Parenting Special Needs -online magazine

  Health, information, inspiration.
  http://parentingspecialneeds.org
Photovoice

  Photovoice is a research method where participants are asked to take photos of things from their lives that answers the research question. The photos are then returned and an interview takes place based on the photos. Julia’s question was “What are the challenges that you experience raising a child with special needs?” She clearly explained that the intent of the project was to raise public awareness.
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j44wCSWnWfE&feature=youtu.be
Towards Inclusion , Nancy Ruther, Ken Pike, Bruce Kappel, David Jory

  Guidebook about quality education for children with disabilities in Ontario
 
Views from our Shoes , Edited by Donald Meyer

  Growing up with a brother or sister with special needs.
 
Virtual Reference Library

  the VRL is a subject-based, reliable internet information source with special focus on Canadian and Ontario information.
Just type in a keyword and watch what information appears!
  http://www.virtualreferencelibrary.ca
Working with Families Affected by Fetal alcohol Syndrome/Effects , Deborah Rutman, Claude Louise Normand

  A collaborative research project funded by the Ministry of Social Services. A companion to Young Adults with Fetal Alcohol syndrome or Fetal alcohol Effects-Experiences, Needs and Support Strategies
 
Young adults With Fetal Alcohol Syndrome or Fetal Alcohol Effects , Brenda Copeland, Deborah Rutman

  A companion guide to Working with Families Affected by Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Effects. A collaborative research project funded by the Ministry of Social Services. This book deals with experiences, needs and support strategies.
 
Alcohol Rehab Guide

  An organization that provides comprehensive, reliable information on the various aspects of alcohol abuse and addiction. We offer support and guidance for those who are struggling, as well as their parents, family members, friends and community members.
The World Health Organization estimated that approximately 3.3 million people die each year from alcohol abuse. Our goal is to provide helpful information to as many people as possible on alcohol abuse, addiction and recovery options.
  http://www.alcoholrehabguide.org
Kingston Community Health Centre Dental Clinic

  This dental health program is located at 263 Weller Avenue. The goal is to provide quality, affordable dental health care to those who may normally have difficulty accessing services.
This program may benefit:
-Adults with a household income under $35,000 and without private healthcare coverage
-Children/youth aged 17 and under eligible for Healthy Smiles Ontario and Children in Need of Treatment funding
-Those in receipt of Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program benefits
-Those in receipt of Non-Insured Health Benefits for First Nations and Inuit
  http://www.kchc.ca Contact : phone: 613-507-6064 or email: info@dental.kchc.ca
Kingston Helps - Your Community Resource Hub

  Kingston Helps is a community network where local organizations and community members can come together to share their experiences with poverty and provide information about services and resources that are available in the community.

Resource links on the site include:
-finding shelter and housing
-finding food
-finding clothing
-mental health and addiction services
-health care
-social support resources
-legal advice
-community resources
-employment and adult education
-income supports
  http://www.kingstonhelps.ca
www.alcohotreatment.net

  An organization dedicated to helping individuals seek recovery from alcohol addiction.
Connects people seeking treatment to the resources they may need.
  http://www.alcoholtreatment.net
2015 Kingston Residents' Season's Pass Kingston 1000 Islands

  $69.00
Available exclusively to Kingston residents, the 2015 Kingston Residents' Season's Pass includes unlimited access to Kingston Trolley Tours, 1000 Islands Sightseeing Cruises and Museum admission, plus a discounted rate on Dinner Cruises and so much more.
Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises -includes Discovery, Heart of the Islands and Sunset Discovery
Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises - Half price on Sunset Dinner Cruises
Fort Henry - general admission and Sunset Ceremony admission
Pump House Steam Museum
MacLaughlin Woodworking Museum
Bellevue House National Historic Site
Marine Museum of the Great Lakes
Available for sale at the Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises Ticket Booth, 1 Brock Street, Kingston
  http://www.ktic.ca/go/seasonspass Contact : 613-549-5544
Adaptive Gymnastics - Kingston Gymnastics Club

  An all inclusive gymnastics class for individuals with developmental disabilities.
KGC is excited to offer a class developed to provide teens and adults of all abilities the chance to participate in the sport of gymnastics. Our goal is to assist individuals to increase their strength, balance, flexibility, coordination and self confidence, while having fun. The class will feature small ratios and include activities taking place on various gymnastics equipment.
Pre-registration is required in order for coaches to plan a safe and enjoyable class.
Mondays 4:30-5:30p.m. from July 9-Aug 27/18
Register for 4 weeks for 8 weeks
Cost per class is $15 and the annual Gymnastics Ontario Club of $30 is due once per year.
The 4 week session costs $90 and the 8 week session costs $150.
  http://www.kingstongymnastics.club Contact : Kingstongymnasticsclub@bellnet.ca or 613-384-1190
Circle of Friends (Kingston and Napanee)

  -Do you like to sing, dance, act, or make music?
-Do you want to make new friends?
-Do you like to have fun? Then Circle of Friends is for you!

At Circle of Friends we believe in giving back to our community - our group is established with a purpose - to build a program using the arts to present to the greater community.
Please join us as we launch a Circle of Friends performing arts group in Kingston and continue to build the Circle of Friends community in Greater Napanee. there are plenty of opportunities for everyone.
In Napanee: Mondays 5:30-7p.m.
In Kingston: Thursdays 6:30-8p.m.
  Contact : Monika Cook, Director - 613-532-9402 email: circleoffriends@zoho.com
Farm Vacation

  Farm holidays for teens (ages 14-18), and adults 18+ with intellectual differences. This program is a recreational summer holiday experience on a working farm. We encourage maximum participation in indoor and outdoor activities. Guests have varied, interesting and fun choices for learning. Full supervision and professional staff ensure all needs are met.
-pick ups can be arranged in Toronto
-parent cottage available
-see website for more information
  http://www.heartfitrespite.com Contact : Cristina Milner, Frankford Ontario, 613-968-2428 or cristina@heartfitrespite.com
Leisure Connections

  Run by the City of Kingston, this is a year round social/recreation program for independent or one to one supported adults. Adults of mixed abilities have the opportunity to participate in weekly coordinated recreation activities, events and excursions such as bowling, swimming, karaoke, community events, dancing, crafts, movie nights, game nights, sports and more.
Participants are responsible for their own self care needs (transportation, medication, washroom and eating). Those who are not independent in all self care skills must provide their own one to one support person to meet their needs.
-Cost is $73.00 annual fee. Participants are responsible for pay as you go admissions or participant costs.
-located at Artillery Park Aquatic Centre and various locations depending on activity.
  http://www.cityofkingston.ca/residents/recreation/programs/adapted Contact : Inclusion Coordinator, 613-546-4291 ext. 1706
MusicMates

  MusicMates is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating social opportunities for children, youth and adults through the use of music.
Programming is designed to encourage social skills and create friendships.
Our programs offer children, youth and adults the opportunity to make friends, learn sign language, and practice important social skills, all through the use of music!
  http://www.musicmatesinc.com Contact : email: musicmatesinc@gmail.com
PRO Abilities Adapted Aquatic Lessons

  City of Kingston run program designed to meet the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities. One to one instruction is designed to better tailor the lesson to the individual needs of each participant in a fun learning environment. Skills introduced are survival techniques and gaining a new level of comfort in the water.
  http://www.cityofkingston.ca/residents/recreation/programs/adapted Contact : Inclusion Coordinator, 613-546-4291 ext. 1706
Special Olympics

  Special Olympics is dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability through sport. It is a national not-for-profit grassroots organization that provides sport training and competition opportunities for 31,000 athletes of all ages and abilities.
  http://www.specialolympicsontario.ca
Wolfden Farm Therapeutic Riding School

  Our mission is to improve the lives of people of all ages with cognitive, physical, and emotional disabilities through the benefits of therapeutic riding and other equine-assisted activities, while serving the therapeutic riding profession through training and education.
Located in Odessa, Ontario
  http://www.wolfdenfarm.ca Contact : Mary DeWolfe, 613-386-7677 or mary@wolfdenfarm.ca
2015 Kingston Residents' Season's Pass Kingston 1000 Islands

  $69.00
Available exclusively to Kingston residents, the 2015 Kingston Residents' Season's Pass includes unlimited access to Kingston Trolley Tours, 1000 Islands Sightseeing Cruises and Museum admission, plus a discounted rate on Dinner Cruises and so much more.
Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises -includes Discovery, Heart of the Islands and Sunset Discovery
Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises - Half price on Sunset Dinner Cruises
Fort Henry - general admission and Sunset Ceremony admission
Pump House Steam Museum
MacLaughlin Woodworking Museum
Bellevue House National Historic Site
Marine Museum of the Great Lakes
Available for sale at the Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises Ticket Booth, 1 Brock Street, Kingston
  http://www.ktic.ca/go/seasonspass Contact : 613-549-5544
Leen on Me Home Care Services (Premium service for children and young adults)

  Our Goal is to get our clients out in the community to have a great time gaining new experiences.
We are committed to providing affordable, reliable, compassionate and personalized care to enrich the quality of one's life. We offer support to people of all ages and a variety of disabilities.
Services provided by our team of professionals:
respite care, personal care, live-in home care (24/7 PSW or Nurse service), companionship services, meal preparation, transportation and errands, light housekeeping
  http://www.leenonme.ca Contact : Phone: 613-888-6874 Email: info@leenonme.ca
MusicMates

  MusicMates is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating social opportunities for children, youth and adults through the use of music.
Programming is designed to encourage social skills and create friendships. Our programs offer children, youth and adults the opportunity to make friends, learn sign language, and practice important social skills, all through the use of music!
  http://www.musicmatesinc.com Contact : email: musicmatesinc@gmail.com
PRO Abilities Adapted Aquatic Lessons

  City of Kingston run program designed to meet the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities. One on one instruction is designed to better tailor the lesson to the individual needs of each participant in a fun learning environment. Skills introduced are survival techniques and gaining a new level of comfort in the water.
  http://www.cityofkingston.ca/residents/recreation/programs/adapted Contact : Inclusion Coordinator, 613-546-4291 ext. 1706
Wolfden Farm Therapeutic Riding School

  Our mission is to improve the lives of people of all ages with cognitive, physical, and emotional disabilities through the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding and other equine-assisted activities, while serving the therapeutic riding profession through training and education.
Located in Odessa, Ontario.
  http://www.wolfdenfarm.ca Contact : Mary DeWolfe, 613-386-7677 or mary@wolfdenfarm.ca
Asperger's Society of Ontario

  Providing education, resources and support to individuals with AS, their families, educators, medical and mental health professionals, employers, government and the community. Helping to enable individuals with AS to realize their potential as fully contributing members of their community.
  http://www.aspergers.ca
Autism Canada Foundation

  Autism Canada Foundation is a registered Canadian organization.
Vision Statement: Engage, educate, empower and unite people to find a cure for Autism.
  http://www.autismcanada.org
Autism Ontario

  Autism Ontario (formerly Autism Society Ontario) is the leading source of information and referral on autism and one of the largest collective voices representing the autism community. Members are connected through a volunteer network of Chapters throughout the Province of Ontario.
  http://www.autismontario.com
Autism Ontario Kingston

  We are a group of volunteers who have an interest in promoting autism awareness and assisting individuals of all ages affected with ASDs, their families and caregivers in our community through a variety of events and activities.
  http://www.autismontario.com/kingston Contact : Patti Lochnan, Autism Ontario Kingston 613-507-7896
Autism Speaks Canada

  Autism Speaks Canada has grown into North America's largest autism science, awareness and advocacy organization. They are dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
  http://www.autismspeaks.ca
Geneva Centre for Autism

  Geneva Centre for Autism is a Canadian and international leader in the development and delivery of clinical intervention, support and training for individuals, families and professionals.
We invite you to explore our website to learn more about how our committed and dedicated team of professional can help you access the resources you require to learn how to live with autism or assist others with this life-long disorder.
  http://autism.net
Positively Autism

  A free eMagazine designed for parents, teachers, individuals with autism and other members of the autism community. We are a publication that celebrates the positives: accomplishments of individuals with autism, success stories, positive media reports and more!
  http://www.positivelyautism.com
Temple Grandin, PHD

  Access to books and dvds, conferences, news, featured articles, and a forum to have your questions answered by Temple herself.
  http://www.templegrandin.com
The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network

  The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network is a non profit organization run by those on the Autism Spectrum, those with other unique neurological types and neurotypical family members, professionals, educators and friends. ASAN was created to provide support and services to individuals on the autism spectrum while working to change public perception and combat misinformation by educating communities.
  http://www.autisticadvocacy.org
ZAC Browser for children with autism

  ZAC is the first web browser designed specifically for children with autism, and autism spectrum disorders. We have made this browser for the children, for their enjoyment, enrichment, and freedom. Children touch it, use it, play it, interact with it, and experience independence through ZAC.
  http://www.zacbrowser.com
ABACUS

  This website aims to serve as the best possible source of information so that parents, caregivers and the general community can be informed consumers of Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Ontario.
  http://www.abacuslist.ca
Anxiety Disorders Association of Ontario

  Supports and educates individuals living with an anxiety disorder, as well as their family and friends.
  http://www.anxietydisordersontario.ca Contact : 1-877-308-3843
braininjuryhelp.ca

  Acquired Brain Injury System Navigation of Southeastern Ontario.
Through Acquired Brain Injury System Navigation, we offer free (Ministry of Health funded) education for caregivers, professionals, and brain injury survivors, and assistance locating appropriate services in their community.
  http://www.braininjuryhelp.ca Contact : Rachael Henry, SEO ABI System Navigator: henry1@providencecare.ca, 613-547-6969 ext. 165
Canadian Association for Community Living

  The Canadian Association for Community Living is a Canada-wide association of family members and others working for the benefit of persons of all ages who have an intellectual disability. Founded in 1958 by parents of children with intellectual disabilities who wanted supports and services within the community instead of institutions, CACL has become one of Canada's ten largest charitable organizations and has grown into a federation of 10 provincial and 3 territorial associations, comprising of 420 local associations and over 40,000 members. CACL works strategically with other disability rights organizations and in particular, People First of Canada.
  http://www.cacl.ca
Canadian Down Syndrome Society

  The Canadian Down Syndrome Society is a vital resource linking parents and professionals through advocacy, education and information.
  http://www.cdss.ca
Canadian MedicAlert Foundation

  Committed to protecting families in financial need through the Membership Assistance Program and providing education and awareness programs for first responders and healthcare professionals. For more than 45 years, MedicAlert has provided protection and peace of mind to Canadians of all ages with a variety of medical conditions and special needs.
  http://www.medicalert.ca
Cerebral Palsy Canada

  Information about the types of cerebral palsy, causes, risks, lawyers experienced representing people with cerebral palsy, sports heros, etc.
  http://www.cerebralpalsycanada.com
Disability is Natural

  The Disability is Natural website is brought to you by Braveheart Press, the family owned business of Kathie Snow. The mission of this site is to encourage new ways of thinking about disability and to help create a society in which all people are valued and included.
  http://www.disabilityisnatural.com
Down Syndrome Research Foundation

  The Down Syndrome Research Foundation was formed in 1995 in response to the need expressed by parents and professionals for detailed and research-based information for themselves and for the community at large. Although based in British Columbia, by reaching out to the community by using technology, the DSRF has found an audience across Canada.
  http://www.dsrf.org
Down Syndrome: Health Issues

  News and information for parents and professionals
  http://www.ds-health.com
Epilepsy Canada

  Epilepsy Canada is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for persons affected by epilepsy through promotion and support of research and facilitation of education and awareness initiatives that build understanding and acceptance of epilepsy.

Epilepsy Canada is governed by a national board with national representation. Partner associations of Epilepsy Canada provide direct services to those with epilepsy and their families.

Founded in 1966, Epilepsy Canada depends entirely upon public and corporate support for the continuing development of its research and education programs.
  http://www.epilepsy.ca
Families for a Secure Future

  Families for a Secure Future is dedicated to serving adults with developmental disabilities and supporting them to become more engaged in directing their lives, making choices and taking up full citizenship in the community.

We are a regional, Independent Facilitation organization that is charitable and not for profit. We have over fifteen years of experience supporting indiviudals and their families.

Our vision focuses on supporting individuals within the context of their family/friends to develop a unique plan for moving forward and creating a meaningful life for themselves. This plan evolves over time, out of intentional conversations that help them to clarify their vision as well as explore what it will take to really make it happen.
  http://www.familiesforasecurefuture.ca
Family Alliance Ontario

  Family Alliance Ontario is an alliance of citizens that offer knowledge, tools and networking opportunities to individuals with disabilities and their families.
  http://www.family-alliance.com/index.html
Family Support Monthly Drop In , Community Living Kingston and District

  Welcoming families living with a person who has an intellectual disability.
Our team can assist you....
-to complete government forms
-complete referrals
-provide advice
-fin out where to turn

Every second Thursday of each month, from 2:00p.m.-7:00p.m.
1412 Princess Street, Kingston
  Contact : Erin Impola: 613-546-6613 ext. 253 Email: erin.impola@clkingston.ca
I Belong!

  Everyone needs friends
If you are a young adult with an intellectual disability who wants friends, this website is for you!
Getting Involved
This section is for people who might like to become friends with someone who has an intellectual disability. You will find suggestions and inspiring stories about the value of such friendships.
For Family
This section offers ideas, stories and videos for parents, siblings, and other members of the family of a young person with an intellectual disability. Other parts of this website may also be of interest.
For Educators
This section offers content on inclusion and transition planning for teachers and others working with young people as they prepare to leave school and enter adult life. Educators may also be interested in other parts of this website.
  http://www.ibelong.ca
Inclusion Network

  Inclusion.com offers programs and workshops that are aimed at supporting and involving all members of society, and treating everyone with equality.
  http://www.inclusion.com
Individualized Funding Coalition of Ontario

  Self-advocates, parents, individuals and organization working together to make individualized funding in Ontario a reality.
  http://www.individualizedfunding.ca
Kids Together Inc - Inclusion for Children

  This site is designed to provide helpful information and resources to enhance the quality of life for children and adults with developmental disabilities and communities as a whole.
  http://www.kidstogether.org
Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities - OADD

  OADD is a professional organization of people working and studying in the field of developmental disabilities, throughout Ontario. OADD's members include agencies and organizations, university and community college students and instructors, service providers, direct care staff and managers, family support workers, case managers, psychologists, social workers, and other dedicated individuals.
  http://www.oadd.org
Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy

  A non-profit charitable organization with a mandate to address the changing needs of people in Ontario with cerebral palsy.
  http://www.ofcp.on.ca
Ontario March of Dimes

  Ontario March of Dimes is the largest community-based rehabilitation and advocacy organization for people with physical disabilities in the Province.
  http://www.marchofdimes.ca
Parents Matter

  Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs have developed this site for parents and those working with parents.
Lists resources for parents and facilitators, links to other parenting sites, directory of family resources.
  http://www.parentsmatter.ca
Parents Meeting Parents Group

  We are a small group of parents with sons and daughters who have developmental disabilities. We like to get together each month with other parents to share stores, advice, frustrations and support. Sometimes we have speakers and topics that we are all interested in learning about.
  Contact : Diane: at dbhousekeepingplus@yahoo.ca or Leslie at: leslie.moore@clkingston.ca
People First of Ontario

  People First of Ontario is the provincial voice for people who have been labelled with an intellectual disability. We are about rights - human rights, citizenship rights, accommodations rights and language rights. The right to freedom, choice and equality for all.
  http://www.peoplefirstontario.com
Research Alliance for Children with Special Needs

  Research Alliance for Children with Special Needs (RACSN) focuses on the child, family and environmental factors that influence children's participation in community settings of all types and aims to enhance the real experiences of children with special needs.
  http://www.racsn.ca
Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP)

  Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) offers financial assistance to allow homeowners and landlords to pay for modifications to make their property more accessible to persons with disabilities. These modifications are intended to eliminate physical barriers, imminent safety risks and improve the ability to meet the demands of daily living within the home.
  http://www.cmhc-schl.ca/en/co/prfinas/prfinas_003.cfm
Sibling Support Project

  An American effort dedicated to the life-long concerns of brothers and sisters of people who have special health, developmental or mental health concerns.
  http://siblingsupport.org
Simpson Consultants

  "Get back the taxes you did not have to pay"
An organization that assists families who have special needs to claim money back from Revenue Canada for their disabled dependents. There is no charge for this services unless you get a refund. If you have never applied for the disability tax credit, and would like some help to complete the paperwork, contact for more information.
Serving all of Ontario
  Contact : 1-888-559-1403
Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario

  For more than 30 years, the Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario has been committed to making a positive difference in the lives of individuals with spina bifida and or hydrocephalus.
  http://www.sbhao.on.ca
The Easter Seals Society

  Easter Seals Ontario is dedicated to helping children, youth and young adults with physical disabilities achieve their full individual potential and future independence.
  http://www.easterseals.org
Essential Skills Program (E.S.P)

  For adults 19-25 with intellectual disabilities

E.S.P. exists to enhance the independent and confidence of individuals with intellectual disabilities.

the Essential Skills Program uses traditional, creative, expressive and non-traditional teaching approaches to explore:
-building self esteem
-fostering a sense of community
-nurturing a love of life learning

At the E.S.P., expect to participate in:
-literacy
-numeracy
-life skills
-volunteerism
-community outings
-expressive arts
-physical activity

located at Limestone Community Education Centre
164 Van Order Drive, Kingston ON

Program Hours:
Monday and Wednesdays 12:30-2:30
Fridays 12:30-2:00
  Contact : Jeff Gaulton, E.S. P. Instructor. 613-542-7369 ext. 272 Email: gaultonjj@limestone.on.ca
Ministry of Education

  Includes information about learning in Ontario, answers frequently asked questions and useful links.
  http://www.edu.gov.on.ca
Ministry of Education

  Includes information about learning in Ontario, answers to frequently asked questions and useful links.
  http://www.edu.gov.on.ca
ACFOMI

  Welcome to French-Canadian Association of Ontario – Thousand Islands Council (ACFOMI) Employment Services. ACFOMI Employment Services aim to provide and develop quality employment services for job seekers and employers, in French and English.

Whether you are a job seeker or an employer, you will find all of the necessary information to support you in your employment efforts on our site. You will obtain an overview of the services we offer, as well as a detailed list of virtual workshops in which you can partake. Our job board is a new tool that we are proud to make available to job seekers and employers in the Kingston and the Thousand Islands area. Feel free to visit us at our office or during one of many events in which our team is involved.

We take your job search to heart!

Barriefield Centre
760, Highway 15
Kingston, Ontario K7L 0C3

Phone number: 613 546-7863
Toll free: 1 800 561-4695
Fax: 613 546-7918
E-mail: info@acfomi.org
  http://www.acfomi.org Contact : see description
KEYS Job Centre

  KEYS Job Centre is a community-based centre with expertise in employment and employment related services. As leaders in the field, we provide services to the whole community — job seekers looking for a job or exploring career options; employers looking to hire the right staff; or newcomers to Canada requiring English training and settlement help.

Gananoque:
Unit 1-140 Garden Street, Gananoque, ON, K7G 1H9
Phone: 613.382.1085
Fax: 613.382.2492
Email: gan@keys.ca

Kingston (downtown):
182 Sydenham Street, Kingston, ON, K7K 3M2
Phone: 613.546.5559
#TTY 613-546-0511
Fax: 613.546.9592
Email: info@keys.ca

Kingston (uptown - BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, NO Resource Centre):
3rd Floor, 920 Princess Street, Kingston, ON, K7L 1H1
Phone: 613.546.5559
Fax: 613.546.3928
Email: info@keys.ca
  http://www.keys.ca Contact : see description
ReStart (servicing the North area of Kingston)

  Vision

ReStart will be the primary source of help and information for job seekers in the north area of Kingston. We will work collaboratively to fulfill Employment Ontario's vision to create a skilled and diverse workforce.

Mission

Our mission is to help people prepare for, find and keep employment. We achieve this by providing a wide range of employment services for job seekers and employers, and by building strong networks with our community partners.
  http://restartnow.ca Contact : 900 Montreal Street, Kingston Tel: 613-542-7373
St. Lawrence College Employment Services

  St. Lawrence College Employment Service offers a variety of resources and information to ensure you get the employment assistance you need. We are here to help you succeed in your search for meaningful employment and training.

Our resource centres offer free employment related access to computers, internet, printing, photocopying, telephone and fax as well as workshops in resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation, job search strategies, career exploration, WHMIS, Passport to Safety and more.

KINGSTON WEST
785 Midpark Drive, Suite 200
Kingston, ON K7M 7G3 Map
T: (613) 544-5400 Ext. 1603
F: (613) 634-9562
ESK@sl.on.ca

ITINERATE SERVICE
Itinerate service available Tuesdays from 9:00-4:30 at:
2779 Rutledge Road
Sydenham, ON K0H 2T0 Map
T: (613) 376-1053 Ext. 105
ESK@sl.on.ca
  http://www.employmentservice.sl.on.ca Contact : see description
An In-Depth Guide for Independent Contractors in Canada , Canada One

  Pros and cons of self employment, tips on taxes, links to other helpful topics
  http://www.canadaone.com/ezine/oct11/independent_contractor_guide.html
Online Payroll Deduction Calculator

  As a self employed contract worker, you are responsible for calculating and paying all relevant deductions. The Canada Revenue Agency's Online Payroll Deduction Calculator can help you figure out what you owe at tax time.
  http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/pdoc/
Find Your Voice Music Therapy

  Find Your Voice Music Therapy is a mobile service offering group and individual music therapy sessions within facilities and private homes in the Kingston area. Music therapy is the intentional application of music to achieve clinical and therapeutic goals. Some common goals within respite care can include: enhancing positive moods and relaxation, managing pain and decreasing symptoms of anxiety and depression. Music therapy programs are personalized to a client’s musical preferences and structured to achieve the individual’s therapeutic goals. It is also important to note that an expertise in music is not required to benefit from music therapy.
Music therapists are focusing on the process of the music, not the product, to bring about positive change. Music therapy can also benefit the caregiver as they are able to use this time to enhance their own self care or manage personal affairs.
Book a free 30 minute consultation to learn more about how music therapy can enhance quality of life in respite care.
  http://www.findyourvoicemusictherapy.com Contact : Mackenzie Costron, Music Therapist & Owner of Find Your Voice Music Therapy. 613-929-7751 info@findyourvoicemusictherapy.com
(HSA Canada)Helen Sanderson Associates

  The following are some of the types of planning, resources and training that we provide to children, youth, adults and their families, as well as to organizations interested in Person Centred Approaches: independent funding planning, employment planning, futures planning, planning for home, building circles of support, end of life, one page profiles, person centred thinking skills.
  http://www.hsacanada.ca Contact : email: hilaryt@hsacanada.ca or phone: 613-920-0762 (Hilary Tugwood)
A Facilitator's Guide to Person Directed Planning

  This guide was developed by six agencies delivering developmental services in Toronto (Corbrook, Family Service Toronto, Griffin Centre, JVS Toronto, Montage Support Services, Operation Springboard).
The guide walks a facilitator through the Person Directed Planning Process.
  http://www.familyservicetoronto.org/programs/options/A_Facilitators_Guide_to_Person_Directed_Planning_6.pdf
Creating a Good Life in Community

  A guide to person-directed planning, designed by the Individualized Funding Coalition for Ontario. Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services.
  http://blog.individualizedfunding.ca/resources/independent-planning-and-facilitation/
Jan Rowe, Planning Facilitator

  I have had many years of planning experience as an Independent Facilitator working with individuals through Agency and Ministry referrals. Being fortunate to have worked in several of the Ministry of Community and Social Services Facility initiatives, I was able to help people when leaving institutions to create futures in their home communities. Encouraging people to recognize and seek their full potential is so rewarding.
Some factors that I feel are important to effective planning include:
-respecting everyone involved in the planning process
-listening to the wishes and dreams of the person planning
-guiding the person in the direction they wish to go and finding a way to make their goals and dreams a reality
-encouraging the person to stretch their abilities
I enjoy what I do and think outside the box. I believe that honest two way dialogue is essential to all involved. Together with the individual and their family we can create a meaningful future!
  Contact : janicerowe@live.ca
Long Term Planning

  Parent support for children with disabilities
  http://specialneedsplanning.ca
MAPS Research Program , Queen's University

  MAPS (Multidimensional Assessment of Providers and Systems) is a research program at Queen's University which has the goal of informing the assessment of services and supports for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities in Ontario.
  http://www.mapsresearch.ca
Nancy Legacey, Person-Directed Planner

  I HAVE

Experience in residential settings, in supporting independent living styles.
Experience within community agencies, served on many executive boards.
Experience in advocacy, case management and counseling service in urban and rural areas. (30 years)
Training in life skills coaching, dual diagnosis and developmental issues.
Experience as a volunteer within community groups, as a participant and organizer.

I WILL

Work with you to collect and organize your thoughts, dreams and goals, both short and long term.
Encourage you to be realistic and look at all of the options and barriers you may encounter and should take into account.
Advise you about the skills you may need to develop to ensure success.
Support you in discovering who will be helpful to you on the path you choose to follow.
Put your plan in a package for you in a way that makes sense for you.
Review the plan.
  Contact : (613) 547-5953
One Page Profile

  Share information about your child on one page
  http://www.access.org.onepageprofiles.wordpress.com
Ontario Independent Facilitation Network

  The Ontario Independent Facilitation Network (OIFN) is a provincial network of people who share a passion for independent facilitation. We are committed to Independent Facilitation to the value of inclusivity, and to helping people who are vulnerable live everyday ordinary lives as full citizens. This distinguishes us from other groups.
We are Practitioners, people with developmental disabilities, family members and other supporters. We come together to share and gain knowledge and experience about what it takes to build inclusive communities through the use of independent facilitation and planning. We join together to co-create a positive future where we all belong.
What is Independent Facilitation? Independent Facilitation is an ongoing process of exploration and discovery, rooted in relationships, to help people with disabilities and others to achieve a good and valued life.
The site includes information about independent facilitation, calendars of upcoming events, and a listing of Facilitators.
  http://www.oifn.ca
Partners for Planning Resource Network

  A dynamic, free, online resource for families caring for a child or adult with a disability.
The Partners for Planning Resource Network provides families with helpful tools, information, and expertise on a range of topics relevant to creating a good life and a safe, secure future for your relative with a disability.
Gain access to many free, interactive resources:
-live webcasts you can easily view from home
-access to informative and inspiring documentaries
-a comprehensive learning centre filled with interactive, video-based learning modules feature key planning tools and strategies for families
-an online directory of lawyers, financial planners, facilitators, and accountants who specialize in disability issues
  http://hub.partnersforplanning.ca
Person-Directed Planning and Facilitation Guide , Ministry of Community and Social Services

  The main goal of this guide is to promote the values and principles which form the basis of good quality person-directed planning and facilitation in Ontario.
  http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/documents/en/mcss/publications/developmental/Person_DirectedPlanning.pdf
Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network: Visioning for a future where we all belong

  PLAN is a family-led organization founded to secure the future for people with disabilities.
For those who have a child or relative with a disability, this question "Who will take care of our children when we are gone?" is real and pressing. The families who founded PLAN searched and discovered solutions to securing the future for loved ones with disabilities.
  http://www.plan.ca
The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices

  The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices
envisions a world where all people have positive control over the lives they have chosen for themselves. Our efforts focus on people who have lost or may lose positive control because of society's response to the presence of a disability. This site helps us foster a global learning community that shares knowledge for that purpose. All are welcome here to share and learn.
  http://www.learningcommunity.us
Think About Your Life

  This site is for people who have not had training and who want to use person-centred thinking approaches in their own life. The site uses person-centred planning approaches to help people through their chronic health conditions, cancer or end of life decisions.
  http://www.thinkaboutyourlife.org
Think and Plan

  The Think and Plan website is a resource for people who have had training or support in using person-centred thinking tools.

Here you will find a range of person-centred thinking tools and one page profiles. You can to use these for a person-centred review or to help create a support plan.
Fill in the tools online and print them out, or save them to your computer.
  http://thinkandplan.com
Think and Plan website

  The Think and Plan website is a resource for people who have had training or support in using person-centred thinking tools.

Here you will find a range of person-centred thinking tools and one page profiles. You can to use these for a person-centred review or to help create a support plan.
Fill in the tools online and print them out, or save them to your computer.
  http://www.thinkandplan.com
Access 2 Entertainment Card

  This card will cover the ticket cost of an individual's attendant at select theatre locations.
  http://www.access2card.ca
Parasport Jumpstart Fund

  The fund helps to support the costs of sports and recreational programs for children between the ages of four and 18, who are financially disadvantaged and living with a disability. Funds may be used towards registration, transportation and equipment costs for children within approved Parasport programs.
  https://jumpstart.smartsimple.ca/files/407846/f91413/Login_Page.html
Accessible Taxi - City Taxi

  On demand accessible taxis are supported with funding by City of Kingston and Loyalist Township.
  http://www.citytaxikingston.ca Contact : 613-542-3333
Kingston Access Bus

  Our service is available to residents of the City of Kingston regardless of age who, due to a physical mobility impairment, cannot use conventional transit facilities, and meet the eligibility criteria. It is necessary to register in order to use the service. For an application form, please call our office at 613-542-2512, or register online. If you do not reside in the City of Kingston please contact your local municipality regarding specialized transit services.
Cost of Service:
$2.75 per person, each way. Drivers accept cash (exact fare please as drivers do not provide change) or bus tickets which are available in books of ten for $27.50. Tickets can be purchased from a driver, or at our office.
  http://www.kingston.org/kas/kab.html
Kingston Transit Accessible buses

  All bus bus routes are served by accessible buses which are low-floor with kneeling capacity.
  http://www.cityofkingston.ca/documents/10180/19838/Transit+Accessibility+Handbook/d9481953-5c14-4e0d-b86e-fd13bbb1b1c2 Contact : https://www.cityofkingston.ca/residents/transit
Wheelchair in Motion - Accessible van rentals

  How do I rent an Accessible Vehicle?

This process is quite easy, just contact Wheelchair In Motion either through our web site at www.wheelchairinmotion.com or by phone at 1-888-776-1102. Once the reservation is received, a member of the Wheelchair In Motion team will contact you by phone, to confirm the reservation and take down the necessary information. A Valid Credit Card is required to secure the reservation at the time of booking.

What areas do you serve?

We serve most areas in South and Eastern Ontario. Service is available west to London, north to Barrie and east to Kingston. (Delivery fees may apply)
  http://www.wheelchairinmotion.com Contact : 1026 South Coast Drive, Box 89 Selkirk, Ontario N0A 1P0 Toll free: 1-888-776-1102 Email: contact@wheelchairinmotion.com
Access to Volunteering Program, Independent Living Centre Kingston

  Access to Volunteering is a program at Independent Living Centre Kingston that works to make volunteering in the community accessible to everyone.
We offer full support to help you have a meaningful volunteer experience:
-exploring your skills
-finding solutions related to having a disability
-discovering volunteer opportunities in your community

-help applying for positions
-ongoing help during your placement
  http://www.ilckingston.com Contact : Jayme: 613-542-8353 or jblondin@ilckingston.com

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