Resources National

CODC has prepared listings of national resources for adults with disabilities. You will find organizations that provide information, referral, and/or direct services.

Access 2 Entertainment Card, Easter Seals Canada
This card enables people with permanent disabilities to receive free admission or a significant discount for their support person at 95% of movie theaters in Canada as well as select museums, science centres, theme parks, recreational facilities, and more. The person with a disability will pay regular admission price and must present their card and ID to the box office. A 3-year access card costs and a 5-year card costs .

40 Holly Street Toronto ON M4S 3C3
Phone: 416.932.8382
Phone (Toll Free): 877.376.6362
Website: www.access2card.ca

Bell Relay Service (BRS) & Accessibility Services
Bell offers accessibility services for home phone Bell subscribers with physical
disabilities or difficulties with speech, hearing, and vision. Bells Relay Service is available 24/7 and allows customers to place confidential, free, local calls. Long distance calls are placed at a reduced rate, and registered TTY/teletypewriter users may qualify for an 86% rebate on long distance calls placed to Canada and the U.S. There is also the option for TTY service use from desktop and laptop computers, as well as some tablets and iPhones.

Phone (Toll Free): 800.310.2355 (ask for the Accessibility services centre)
Phone (Tty-Voice): 711
Phone (Voice-Tty): 800.855.0511
Phone (Tty-Tty): 800.855.1155
eMail: accessible@bell.ca

British Columbia Association for Individualized Technology and Supports for People with Disabilities (BCITS)
BCITS provides services in two main areas to help people with severe disabilities live independently and as well as possible: Provincial Respiratory Outreach Program (PROP) provides equipment and supports to people who use respiratory equipment, such as ventilators; and , Technology for Independent Living (TIL) provides Environmental Control Systems (ECSs) which are sensitive to touch or breathe, allowing people with severe physical disabilities to control devices and systems in their homes. This includes telephones, light switches, electrical outlets, heating systems, security systems, door entry and access, and entertainment systems.

#103 366 East Kent Avenue South Vancouver BC V5X 4N6
Phone: 604.326.0175 (For TIL Program)
Phone (Toll Free): 866.326.1245 (For PROP Program)
Website: www.bcits.org
eMail: til@bcits.org or prop@bcits.org

Ceridian Cares Grants
Ceridian Cares offers grants to individuals and families who are in need of financial assistance for items such as clothing & footwear, food & basic household needs, medical devices/equipment & therapies, personal development & recreation, and home adjustments. Grant amounts typically range from 0 to ,000.

Phone (Toll Free): 866.313.2827
Website: www.ceridiancares.ca/
eMail: info@ceridiancares.ca

Government of Canada – Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefit (CPP-D)
The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) disability benefit, through the Federal Government of Canada, is available to people under the age of 65 who have made enough contributions to the CPP and whose disability prevents them from working at any job on a regular basis. The disability must be severe and prolonged. People who qualify for disability benefits from other programs may not qualify for the CPP-D. Information on how to apply can be accessed online or over the phone.

Website: www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/disability/

Government of Canada – Disability Tax Credit (DTC)
The Disability Tax Credit is a non-refundable tax credit that reduces the amount of Income Tax owed by individuals 18+ with a severe and prolonged disability (physical or mental), or the people who support them. Visit the website or contact Canada Revenue Agency for information on how to claim the disability amount.

Website: www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/sgmnts/dsblts/menu-eng.html

Government of Canada – Employment for People with Disabilities
This webpage lists programs and services available in Canada which assist people
with disabilities in achieving and maintaining suitable employment, including:
Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities
Canada Pensions Plan Disability
Vocational Rehabilitation Program
Training and Employment Initiatives

Website: www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/audiences/disabilities/employment.shtml

Government of Canada – Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)
The Registered Disability Savings Plan is available to help people with disabilities and
their families to save for the future. To be eligible, individuals must:
Qualify for the Disability Tax Credit;
Be under the age of 60
Be a Canadian resident with a Social Insurance Number (SIN)

Website: www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/tpcs/rdsp-reei/menu-eng.html

Government of Canada – Tax Exemptions for Persons with a Permanent Disability
Persons with disabilities are exempt from paying GST or HST on a range of goods
and services. See the website for details.

Website: www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/sgmnts/dsblts/gsthst-tpstvh- eng.html

Make a Change Canada – Business Abilities Program
Business Abilities (BA) is an online program designed specifically for people with disabilities who wish to learn all about self-employment from the convenience of their home. The program is free and allows you to work at your own pace to gain employment and skills training through creating a business plan, research your idea, and accessing continued education on managing a business.

Phone (Toll Free): 888.927.7473 (press ‘1’ for Business Abilities)
Website: www.businessabilities.ca
eMail: info@businessabilities.ca

National Education Association of Disabled Students – Disability Awards
NEADS advocates for increased accessibility for students at all levels of schooling and equal access to and participation in post-secondary, including providing a database of awards, scholarships, bursaries, and grants for Canadian post-secondary students with disabilities. Information on government student loans is also available.

1125 Colonel By Drive Carleton University Ottawa ON K1S 5B6
Phone: 613.380.8065
Phone (Toll Free): 877.670.1256
Website: www.neads.ca/en/
eMail: info@neads.ca

TELUS Relay Service (TRS)
Telus Relay Service allows individuals who are hard of hearing, deaf, or are experiencing trouble with speech, and who have a TTY (Teletypewriter) to make confidential phone calls to others using a standard telephone, whether or not they are Telus subscribers. The service is available 24/7 and can place free local calls. Long Distance calls are placed at a reduced rate.

Phone (Toll Free): 866.558.2273
Phone (Tty-Voice): 711
Phone (Voice-Tty): 800.855.0511
Phone (Tty-Tty): 800.855.1155
Website: www.telus.com/en/on/get-help/accessibility/services/topic.do?topic=&subtopic=

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