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National Organizations

In addition to SCI Canada, there are several other programs and services across Canada that can support you on your journey. Below are a few resources to help get you started. 

Advocacy and Support

Abilities Canada

Ability Online: Ability Online Support Network is a vibrant online community for youth and young adults of all abilities (Parents and Professionals welcome too). Membership is free and the online experience is safe, secure & monitored.

Active Living Alliance for Canadians

Canadian Association of Professionals with Disabilities 

Canadian Centre on Disability Studies

Canadian Disabled Individuals Association

Council of Canadians with Disabilities 

DisAbled Women’s Network of Canada

Independent Living Canada

Arts and Entertainment

Access 2 Entertainment

Kickstart – Disability Arts and Culture

Employment and Skills Training

Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work

Canadian Society for Social Development

Equipment and Assistive Devices

Tetra Society of North America

Federal Income Taxes and Benefits

Medical and Disability-Related Income Tax Information

Canada Pension Plan - Disability Benefits

Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)

Disability Tax Credit

Housing and Home Renovation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

    • FlexHousing: CMHC's FlexHousing™ is an innovative approach to home design, renovation and construction that is able to adapt and convert affordably as a household's lifestyle and needs change. As the needs of the household occupants change, ideally the floorplan, amenities and services of the home can be easily, and cost-effectively adapted.
    • Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP) On-Reserve: RRAP On-Reserve offers financial assistance to First Nations and First Nation members to repair substandard homes to a minimum level of health and safety.

Transportation and Travel

Planat: Planat celebrates and encourages accessibility by providing detailed information that helps you navigate the world.

AccessNow: This site uses crowdsourcing to pin-point the accessibility status of locations on an interactive map. Search for specific places or browse to see what is nearby with the accessibility features you need.


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