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Extend-a-Family – Youth Sibling Support

Group Name: Extend-a-Family – Youth Sibling Support Group

Description: Extend-A-Family is a Toronto-wide community organization that seeks to ensure that children and youth with developmental disabilities develop meaningful relationships and participate fully in the community. Extend-A-Family is a not-for-profit, charitable organization, founded in 1976, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of parents of children with disabilities, and self advocates and community members.

Youth Sibling Support Group is for youth between 10-15 years old of age who have a brother or sister who has a disability. Come be a part of a Sibling Group!! This informal time is designed for people to share, be together, connect, support one another, and have FUN!.

Where: 200-3300 Yonge Street | Toronto, ON M4N 2L6

When: January 18th, April 19th, and June 14th 2015. Please contact for location details.

Contact: Jessica Van Wyk 416-239-7161 | | Salvatore Rocchese 416-530-0272 | |

Centre for Independent Living – Parenting with a Disability Network (PDN)

Group Name: Centre for Independent Living – Parenting with a Disability Network (PDN)

Description: Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) CILT is a consumer-controlled, community-based resource organization. We help people with disabilities to learn Independent Living skills and integrate into the community. (Please note: CILT is a resource agency and does not do any political, systemic or group advocacy!) CILT operates on the philosophy of the Independent Living movement which was developed in response to traditional rehabilitation services models. CILT’s aim is to develop and implement dignified social services that empower individuals rather than create dependencies. We encourage people with disabilities to take control of their own lives by exercising their right to examine options, make choices, take risks and even make mistakes.

The Parenting with a Disability Network (PDN) is a peer support and information-sharing network for parents and prospective parents with a disability. The aim of PDN is to develop consumer friendly approaches to parenting with a disability by providing opportunities for networking, peer support, information-sharing and education.

PDN offers:

  • Peer support opportunities
  • One-to-one support
  • Resources on parenting with a disability
  • Workshops and seminars
  • Research and development of new models of support for parents with a disability

Where: Centre for Independent Living | 902-365 Bloor Street E. | Toronto, ON M4W 3L4

When: Individuals who are registered members with the Parenting with a Disability Network will be placed on the PDN mailing list and will be notified of meetings, events, etc. Membership is free. Contact for more information.

Contact: 416-599-2458 Ext. 34 | | |

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Group Name: Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Description: The MS Society provides services to people with multiple sclerosis and their families and funds research to find the cause and cure for this disease. We have a membership of 28,000 and are the only national voluntary organization in Canada that supports both MS research and services.

Where: 250 Dundas Street West, Suite 500 | Toronto, ON M5T 2Z5

When: There are various meetings during the week & those interested should call for times and locations. The newsletter also contains some information on groups. Membership is open to professionals for $50.00 per year and to those diagnosed and their families for $15.00 a year. Call for further information.

Where: See the locations page for Toronto and other Ontario locations.

Contact: 416-922-6065 | |

Ability Online Support Network

Group Name: Ability Online Support Network

Description: Ability Online is an extraordinary and absolutely free monitored and supportive online community. Here, young people with disabilities and illnesses connect with all kinds of possibilities that address their needs for friendship, support and information. They meet and chat with other people like them in a virtual world that transcends boundaries and barriers. They make friends, get tips from mentors, and freely participate in an atmosphere of collaboration, companionship and support. Putting children and adolescents with disabilities or chronic illness in touch with the world through a computer-based friendship network linking youth for support and the sharing of information and experience.

Where: 250 Wincott Drive, RPO PO Box 18515 | Etobicoke, ON, M9R 4C8

Contact: 416-650-6207 |

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