Helpful Resources

Advocacy & Rights


ARCH Disability Law Centre is a specialty community legal aid clinic dedicated to defending and advancing the equality rights of people with disabilities in Ontario.


CODA: Connecting on Disability and Abuse

Community-based initiative with the goal of developing community capacity to address abuse and disability issues.


Institution Watch 

In the promotion of full inclusion, People First of Canada and Canadian Association of Community Living have committed in a joint effort to monitor the progress toward a vision of full community living for all persons with intellectual disabilities.



Autism Ontario

Autism 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.


Canadian Association for Community Living

The Canadian Association for Community Living is a family-based association assisting people with intellectual disabilities and their families to lead the way in advancing inclusion in their own lives and in their communities.


Community Living Ontario 

Community Living Ontario is a non-profit, provincial association that advocates for people who have an intellectual disability to be fully included in all aspects of community life.


Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities

An organization supporting professionals and students in the field of developmental disabilities.


National Links

Council of Canadians with Disabilities

A national human rights organization of people with disabilities working for an accessible and inclusive Canada.


Disabled Women’s Network (DAWN) Canada

DAWN-RAFH Canada is widely regarded for their ground-breaking work in highlighting the social and economic exclusion of women and girls with disabilities, both in Canada and globally. DAWN-RAFH Canada has made addressing the issue of violence against women with disabilities and Deaf women, their top priority. This is because of the alarming rates of violence against women with disabilities and Deaf women.


Services in Ontario

Community Networks of Specialized Care

The Community Networks of Specialized Care (CNSC) are a way of linking specialized services and professionals to pool their expertise to treat and support adults who have developmental disabilities and mental health needs and/or challenging behaviours (ie. dual diagnosis) in the communities where they live.


Developmental Services Ontario 

Your access point for services for adults with developmental disabilities.


Ministry of Community and Social Services 

A new campaign in central western Ontario is raising awareness about the neglect and abuse of people with developmental disabilities.



Family Service Toronto – Violence Against Women

Counselling services for women who have intellectual disabilities.


Quality Assurance Measures Information

Quality Assurance Measures Training Website

Offers links to the Legislation, MCSS Compliance Form, the Substitute Decisions Act, and many other useful tools.


Policy Directives for Service Agencies

These directives detail the rules developmental service agencies must follow when managing complaints or receiving comments from individuals, their families, or members of the general public; supporting people who have challenging behaviour.


Quality Assurance Measures Legislation

The government wants to improve services and supports for adults who have developmental disabilities and their families.

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