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
- Recreational 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 city also operates a special Kingston Access Bus for people who are unable to use the regular transit system.
For More Information
Information about benefits, loans, services, housing, travelling and financial aid for people of all ages with disabilities.
Information about barriers to accessibility, Ontario accessibility laws, accessibility tips and tools and welcoming people with disabilities. Includes videos and stories. Ontario government site.
Ontario law requires businesses, government agencies, non-profit organizations and other organizations to abide by mandatory accessibility standards. Ontario government site.
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.
Information for people with disabilities, their families, and caregivers. Includes details on employment, housing, health, tax benefits and transportation and a travel and tourism tool.
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.
People with disabilities can get information about travelling by air, rail and water. Includes Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), an RSS news feed, and information about filing a complaint.
A free, online Internet site for young people with disabilities and illnesses to connect with one another.
An organization of volunteers who promote social justice, human rights and equality for women and girls with disabilities.
Information on accessibility concerns in Kingston. Includes links to a variety of services: accessible parking and permits; the Kingston Access Bus and transit easy access routes; and service disruption updates. Also lists information the city committee responsible for advising the city on accessibility issues affecting people with disabilities and various related policies and plans.
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.