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Monday, September 18, 2023
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
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Tuesday, September 20, 2022
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
OPSEU/SEFPO North York Membership Centre, 155 Lesmill
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Janet Heyman
Disability Rights Caucus
Region 4 Representative [Co-Chair]
Email: janetheyman@live.ca
Cindy Haynes
Disability Rights Caucus
Region 1 Representative [Retired Member]
Cell: (519) 649-4711
Email: cindyhaynes@bell.net
Gillian Axten
Disability Rights Caucus
Region 4 Representative
Cell: (514) 909-6682
Email: gillaxten@live.com
Rina Gulli
Disability Rights Caucus
Region 6 Representative
Work: (705) 946-0995 x2218
Email: rina.gulli5@gmail.com
Tracey Halkyard
Disability Rights Caucus
Region 3 Representative
Cell: (705) 896-9887
Email: traceyannhalkyard@gmail.com
Janet Ford
Disability Rights Caucus
Co-chair, Region 7 Representative
Cell: (807) 633-6264
Email: janetford@yahoo.com


Ontario Disability Support Program – Ontario Government Program (ODSP)

The Ontario Disability Support Program Income Support helps people with disabilities who are in financial need pay for living expenses, like food and housing.

Ontario Disability Support Program (gov.on.ca)

A R C H   Disability Law Centre

ARCH Disability Law Centre is a specialty legal clinic that practices exclusively in disability rights law. ARCH is dedicated to defending and advancing the equality rights, entitlements, fundamental freedoms, and inclusion of persons with disabilities in Ontario. In order to carry out its mandate, ARCH provides a range of legal services directly to persons with disabilities in Ontario, including the Summary Advice and Referral Service. Through this service, ARCH provides basic legal information and summary legal advice on certain disability-related areas of law to persons with disabilities from across Ontario.


Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities – Ontario Government Program (ACSD)

If you are a parent or guardian who is caring for a child with a severe disability you may be able to get financial support through the Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD) Program. This program provides financial support for low-income and moderate-income families to cover some of the extra costs of caring for a child who has a severe disability.

Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities Program | Ontario.ca

Assistive Device Program

If you have a long-term physical disability, you can get help paying for equipment and supplies when you qualify for the Assistive Devices Program.

Assistive Devices Program | ontario.ca

Accessibility for Ontarian’s with Disabilities Act – (AODA)

About accessibility laws | ontario.ca

Autism Ontario Program (OAP)

The Ontario Autism Program (OAP) offers support to all eligible families of children and youth on the autism spectrum. Children and youth who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by a qualified professional are eligible for the program. Children receive services and supports until the age of 18.

Ontario Autism Program | ontario.ca

Developmental Services Ontario (DSO)

Developmental Services Ontario (DSO) is the access point for adult developmental services funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) in Ontario. There are 9 DSO agencies located across the province; serving different counties and regions.

If you have a developmental disability, live in Ontario, and are 18 years old you must apply through DSO to see if you are eligible to receive adult ministry-funded supports available in your community.

Homepage | DSO (dsontario.ca)

Federal Disability Tax Credit (DTC)

The disability tax credit (DTC) is a non-refundable tax credit that helps persons with disabilities or their supporting persons reduce the amount of income tax they may have to pay.

Disability tax credit (DTC) – Canada.ca

Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits (CPPD)

The disability benefit is a monthly payment you can get if you:

  • are under 65
  • contributed enough to the Canada Pension Plan
  • have a mental or physical disability that regularly stops you from doing any type of substantially gainful work
  • have a disability that is long-term and of indefinite duration, or is likely to result in death.

Canada Pension Plan disability benefits: Apply – Canada.ca

Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups (ONIWG)

ONIWG is a provincial voice for workers who have been injured or made ill on the job. We have first-hand experience of the WCB/WSIB system, know it needs improvement and take united action to make this happen.

Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups (ONIWG) (injuredworkersonline.org

Ontario Human Rights Code – Disability (OHRC)

The Code protects people from discrimination and harassment because of past, present and perceived disabilities.  “Disability” covers a broad range and degree of conditions, some visible and some not visible. A disability may have been present from birth, caused by an accident, or developed over time.

Disability | Ontario Human Rights Commission (ohrc.on.ca)

Prevention Link

Each day, we aim to improve the well-being of Ontario’s most vulnerable workers, including injured workers, young workers and those that are new to working in Ontario. As a leading provider of workplace disability prevention training and advisory services, we use evidence based secondary prevention research to inform the primary prevention of occupational disability.

Prevention Link – Disability Prevention at Work

Industrial Accident Victims ‘ Group of Ontario (IAVGO)

 IAVGO is a charitable not-for-profit community-based legal clinic that has provided free legal services to injured workers in Ontario since 1975. We are funded by Legal Aid Ontario. IAVGO operates Advocates for Injured Workers, a student legal aid clinic.