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Special Needs

Many organizations in Kingston provide services to children and adults with intellectual or physical disabilities. The support covers many different areas of life and includes:

  • Financial aid to help parents with the extra costs associated with caring for children with special needs
  • Social work, psychological and psychiatric assessments
  • Recreation and sports programs
  • Housing and education assistance
  • Employment and career opportunities
  • Student grants, tax credits and income tax refunds
  • Counselling and referrals
  • Internet resources
  • Support groups

Ontario law requires businesses, hospitals, governments, schools, universities, stores, restaurants, dental offices and other organizations to accommodate the special needs of people with disabilities.

The City of Kingston has a municipal accessibility advisory committee that advises the city on issues affecting people with disabilities.

The Kingston Access Bus and accessible taxi services provide transportation for people who are unable to use the regular transit system.

For More Information

Student Loans & Grants
A guide to financial assistance available from the Canadian government for full- and part-time students. Includes information on various loan options, as well as grants available for students with dependants, with permanent disabilities, and who come from low and middle-income families. Also includes details on how to apply, eligible amounts, tracking the money, and repayment after graduation.

Accessible Parking — City of Kingston
This page includes an explanation of accessible parking spaces in Kingston, how to obtain a permit, and fines for improper parking in an accessible space. Includes link to downloadable accessible parking map.

Service Canada – People with Disabilities
Information about benefits, loans, services, housing, travelling and financial aid for people of all ages with disabilities.

Special needs
How to apply for programs and services to help children with special needs, including autism, developmental disabilities, behavioural problems and severe disabilities. Ontario government site.

Persons with Disabilities Online
Information for people with disabilities, their families, and caregivers. Includes details on employment, housing, health, tax benefits and transportation and other topics.

I have a disability. What kinds of services can I get?
Information about child care, health care, housing, transportation, recreation programs and employment for people with disabilities. Includes links to sites with information about financial assistance.

Accessibility — Canadian Transportation Agency
Accessibility standards for transportation service providers. Requirements for aircraft, trains, ferries, and passenger terminals are addressed. Includes information about how to file a complaint, including an online tool.

AbilityOnline
A free online community site for kids, teenagers and young adults with disabilities and illnesses to connect with one another. Includes special skill development/independence opportunities and information for parents and professionals.

Accessibility — City of Kingston
Information on accessibility concerns in Kingston. Includes links to accessible parking and permits; Kingston Transit routes and the support person pass; Kingston Access Bus and accessible taxis; and service disruption updates. Also lists various accessibility-related plans and policies.

Adapted Programs — For Developmental Disabilities or Rehabilitation Needs
Social, leisure and recreation programs for youth and adults with developmental challenges. Also programs for those with special rehabilitation needs (such as cardiac patients). Activities include bowling, gym, swimming, billiards, dancing, yoga and sporting events.

Community Living Kingston and District
A community employment resource center for people with disabilities. Also provides volunteer opportunities and student placement for those wishing to work with people with disabilities. Also available on Facebook.

Your Legal Rights
A large resource of general legal information for Ontarians, compiled from hundreds of organizations across Ontario. While the site itself is only available in English, materials are available in multiple languages, including French. Managed by Community Legal Education Ontario.

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