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Disability Services Guide

Epilepsy South Central Ontario

· Epilepsy South Central Ontario is a non-profit organization providing support and education for individuals with epilepsy and their families

· Support is offered through counselling and support groups, epilepsy education, workshops, and employment opportunities for people with epilepsy

· The organization provides a home-based self-management and cognitive training service through its program, HOBSCOTCH

· They also host a summer camp for children with epilepsy and their siblings (ages 5-14)


· Erinko Kids is a centre for treatment and development serving a wide variety of children with physical and learning disabilities, communication disorders, autism, deafness, and blindness

· Users can find links to support services all throughout the GTA, including special inclusion programing (eg dance class, swim lessons…etc.)

· The Coordinated Service Planning program they provide is a “community collaboration for planning and coordination services for families with children, youth and young people who have special needs in the region of Peel.”

· Their Longo Family Resource Centres are a great source of information for children with disabilities and their families:

  • Centres require a one time $10 registration fee and are open Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.

  • Each centre houses a family lounge, showcases resources (which can be burrowed), therapeutic items (which can be bought), and host activities and crafts for kids.

· Erinko Kids also offers their Independent Living Program to clients aged 16-19. This educational programs helps children with disabilities learn basic life skills.

· The official website for the province of Ontario.

· The Ontario government provides assistance to residents with disabilities through its Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

  • The program provides assistance in the form of income support (monthly payments), employment support, and coverage for disability-related costs such as drugs and medication, specialized equipment and devices, transportation for medical appointments, and special diet allowance.

  • Eligibility and application process found on website.

· The Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities program is another program offering financial aid for parents with children living with disabilities.

  • Monthly payments ranging from $25 to $580 are distributed for disability-related costs including transportation, specialized clothing, and parental relief.

  • Additional assistance maybe given in the form of partial or full coverage of drugs/medication, devices, dental and vision care.

  • Eligibility information and application through website.

· For families with children/youth dealing with multiple disabilities, Ontario created Homeshare as a specialized family placement program.

  • It targets children with multiple disabilities who can’t live at home and are up to 17 years of age.

  • The children are placed, either part-time or full-time, with families that are trained to care for them. The child’s parent remain the legal guardians and an integral part of the child’s life.

· People with disabilities that require assistive devices can get help through Ontario’s Assistive Devices Program (ADP):

  • The ADP helps people with long-term physical disabilities pay for specialized equipment.

  • It awards 75% coverage of specialized equipment costs.

  • Eligibility information and application through website.

· Many additional information can be found on the Ontario website on employment opportunities for persons with disabilities, finding medical service, as well as finding and maintain assistive devices.

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