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Parent Support Organizations

Peer-support networks for families of children with disabilities can be a valuable resource for parents.  Parent groups support each other, share information, and work together to create meaningful change.

Parents facing opposition from school boards on accommodating children with special needs are encouraged to contact these groups for advocacy strategies and support.

Parent Education Network (PEN)
The Parent Education Network is a provincial resource for parents to help them build strong, loving, nurturing families.  Created by parents for parents, PEN is committed to helping parents develop the communication tools and knowledge needed to meet the difficult challenges of parenting, raising and teaching children.

Parents Helping Parents
Parents Helping Parents is an international family resource centre that works for the benefit of children with special needs. This includes children of all ages and backgrounds who have a need for special services due to illness, accidents, birth defects, allergies, premature birth, learning disabilities, family stress or hyperactivity.
PHP’s mission is to help children with special needs receive the love, hope, respect, health care, education, and other resources they need to reach their full potential by providing them with strong families, dedicated professionals, and responsive systems to serve them.

People for Education-Ontario
People for Education is dedicated to the ideal of a fully publicly-funded education system that guarantees every child access to the education that meets his or her needs. People for Education works toward this ideal by doing research, by providing clear, accessible information to the public, and by engaging people to become actively involved in education issues in their own community.

Information for parents in English, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, French, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, and Urdu.

Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education
Parent association committed to improving the quality of education in Ontario’s Catholic schools.

Peer-Support Groups

Family Alliance Ontario
Family Alliance Ontario is a peer-support network that believes children with disabilities have a right to an inclusive education in their neighborhood schools.

Hamilton Family Network
The Hamilton Family Network is a peer-support group for parents of children with special needs.

Parental Involvement in Education

Ontario Federation of Home and School Associations
Province-wide network advocating for parental involvement in schools.

Legal Services

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Two Spirit and LGBTQIAPGNC Community Rights in Schools

Justice For Children and Youth

The Queer Justice Project

Disability Information & Resources

Special Needs Opportunity Windows (SNOW)
The SNOW website is a shared resource for participants in the SNOW project as well as a public information storehouse for those who are interested in the use of assistive technology in special education.

Users can sign up for free online workshops, participate in online discussions on special education and technology, learn about effective teaching methods for students with special needs, and access information about adaptive technology, distance education and disabilities.

Global Applied Disability Research and Information Network on Employment and Training (GLADNET)
GLADNET is an initiative of the Vocational Rehabilitation Branch of the International Labour Organization (ILO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The network brings together research centers, universities, enterprises, government departments, trade unions, and organizations representing disabled persons, all committed to the common goal of advancing competitive employment and training opportunities for persons with disabilities.

CONTACT Hamilton
CONTACT Hamilton provides information and serves as a single point of access for families and individuals who use ministry* funded children's and developmental services. Children's services agencies provide support to children, youth and their families who are experiencing behavioural, emotional or developmental concerns. Developmental services agencies provide services to people who have a developmental disability (intellectual disability), Autism/PDD, and ADD/ADHD

*Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

Learning Disabilities

Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario (LDAO)
If you have recently been told that your child has a learning disability, or you suspect that they do, this is a great place to start looking for information.  LDAO works in many ways to improve the lives of children and adults with learning disabilities in Ontario.  The organization can direct you to resources and supports in your community, wherever it is that you live in Ontario.  LDAO can also answer any questions you may have about learning disabilities in general, and keep you up to date on the newest breakthroughs in management strategies.

Integra is a children's mental health agency that assists kids with learning disabilities. Integra offers a free workshop series related to educational issues for parents of children with learning disabilities.  Integra also features a 'Tips for Parents' Series featuring practical suggestions for nurturing and supporting a child with a learning disability.

Learning Disabilities Online
Information and resources for parents and teachers of children with learning disabilities.

Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario

Ontario Association for Community Living

Learning Disabilites Association of Halton

International Dyslexia Association
This international website includes information about dyslexia, upcoming conferences and events, research updates, a bulletin board, a bookstore and a list of assistive technology resources.  Also has a "Kids-Only" section where young people aged six to 15 can get their questions answered, connect with a pen pal, or show off their artwork.

Developmental Disabilities

JP DAS Development Disabilities Centre - Alberta
There is a directory of links related to Developmental Disabilities, Inclusion Resources, Violence and Abuse Prevention Information, and other issues. The centre’s current activities include research, student training, publication, and selected clinical services for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

University of Western Ontario - Developmental Disabilities Division

Lynwood Hall Child and Family Centre

Cerebral Palsy Guide


The Geneva Centre
The Geneva Centre provides information, resources and support services to people in Ontario with autism. The Geneva Centre web page features extensive lists of resources for parents of children with autism.

Autism Awareness Centre
The Centre believes education is the key to success with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). Provides parents and professionals with the leading edge of new information. Organizes Canada-wide conferences, partners with community organizations, and provides resource support at autism related events. Extensive book list, including the topic of biomedical interventions.

Autism Today
Is a Canadian interactive online autism newsmagazine.

Autism Society of Ontario

Offord Centre for Child Studies - Autism Spectrum Disorders

Ontario Ministry of Education - Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Child Development Resource Connection Peel -- Autism

Woodview Hamilton: Mental Health & Autism Services


ADD Resources
ADD resources is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to help people with ADD/ADHD achieve their full potential through support and education. Their website offers 100 free and carefully chosen articles helpful to adults with ADD/ADHD and to parents of children with ADD/ADHD, a free monthly eNewsletter, and links to other ADHD-related websites.


CADDRA Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance

Communication Disorders

Ontario Association for Families of Children with Communication Disorders

Tourette Syndrome

Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada

Tourette Syndrome - Resources and Support - CHEO


Epilepsy Ontario

Hearing Loss/Deaf

The Hearing Foundation of Canada

Canadian Association of the Deaf

Canadian School Boards Association

Child and Family Canada


Canadian National Institute for the Blind

Hadley School for the Blind
Hadley is a not-for-profit, distance education school serving blind individuals and their families.  In addition to courses for blind individuals, Hadley offer programs for parents of blind children and family members of blind adults.  It offers more than 90 courses to almost 10,000 students around the world, all completely free of charge.  The website provides information about Hadley programs as well as profiles of some of the students.  It is available in graphic, low-vision and text-only versions.

Gifted Children

Canadian Council for Exceptional Children
The Canadian Council for Exceptional Children is a national non-profit organization that works to improve the educational opportunities offered to exceptional children. They advocate for the development of responsible legislation and high standards of practice in educating children with special needs.

Association for Bright Children -- Ontario

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Education Law & Policy

ONTARIO GOVERNMENT—Ministry Of Education

Frequently asked Questions - Parents

Frequenly Asked Questions - Students

Who is Responsible for Your Child's Education?
This Ontario Ministry of Education web address describes the roles and responsibilities of each of the key players in your child's education, including you and your child.

Ministry of Education News Releases
News releases, background information, and public statements issued by Ontario's education ministers.

The Education Act
The Education Act and its regulations set out the duties and responsibilities of the Minister of Education, school boards, school board supervisory officers, principals, teachers, parents, and students.

Ontario Ministry of Education: Special Education

An Introduction to Ontario's Provincial Demonstration Schools
Depending on your child's needs, admission to one of Ontario's Provincial Demonstration Schools may be an option.

Identification and Placement

The IPRCHighlights of Regulation 181/98

Resolving Identification or Placement Issues:  Procedures for Parents/Guardians
Parents and/or guardians who have issues with the special education process as it relates to their child may express their concerns through the procedures outlined in this resource by the Ministry of Education.

Individual Education Plans

Ontario Individual Education Plans:  Standards for Development, Program Planning and Implementation

The Individual Education Plan Process

Suspensions & Expulsions

Safe Schools – Suspension and Expulsion

ONTARIO GOVERNMENT-Ministry of Child and Youth Services

Special Needs - Ministry of Child and Youth Services
Links to information and resources for parents and caregivers of children with special needs. Maintained by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB)

Special Education/Student Services

Mental Health and Well-Being


Identification, Placement and Review Committee


Individual Education Plans - HWDSB

Suspensions & Expulsions

Suspension & Expulsion of Pupils – HWDSB


School Councils - HWDSB

Language Assessment for Newcomers - HWDSB

Human Rights and Equity - HWDSB

Bully prevention and intervention - HWDSB

Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board (HWCDSB)

Special Education - HWCDSB

Parent’s/Guardian's Guide to Special Education Programs and Services - HWCDSB

Transition Planning for Identified Students - HWCDSB

Policy Against Bullying Behaviour - HWCDSB

Other Policies - HWCDSB

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Human Rights & Disability


Ontario Human Rights Code
The Ontario’s Human Rights Code supports equal treatment for all individuals, and is adminstered by the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

Ontario Human Rights Commission
In 1989, the Ontario Human Rights Commission published its Guidelines on Assessing Accommodation Requirements for Persons with Disabilities, and, in 2000, it approved a revised version of its Policy and Guidelines on Disability and the Duty to Accommodate.  This document sets out a broad definition of disability, from a human rights perspective, along with key policy positions on the duty to accommodate and the undue hardship standard.

Policy and Guidelines on Disability and the Duty to Accommodate

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which came into effect in 1982, stipulates that every individual is equal before and under the law, and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age, or mental or physical disability.

United Nations

Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Declaration on the Rights of Disabled Persons

Convention on the Rights of the Child

Disability Rights

The Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement - University of California, Berkeley

Disabled Women’s Network (DAWN)

Enable - United Nations

Ontarians with Disabilities Act Committee

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