Other Advocacy Groups
There are many groups across Ontario who want people who have an intellectual disability to be treated equally in society. They are committed to sharing information, raising awareness and calling for action so that people who have an intellectual disability can live well as citizens in community.
1. People First Ontario- www.peoplefirstontario.com
People First Ontario is an advocacy group for people who have an intellectual disability. As a group they:
- promote equality for all persons
- help people who are trying to speak up for themselves and make their own decisions.
- teach members about the rights, abilities, and strengths of People First of Ontario
2. People First Canada - www.peoplefirstofcanada.ca
People First of Canada is the national voice for people who have been labeled with an intellectual disability. As a group they advocate for rights:
- human rights
- citizenship rights
- accommodation rights
- language rights
3. ARCH Disability Law Centre - www.archdisabilitylaw.ca
ARCH Disability Law Centre is a specialty legal aid clinic. They defend and advance the equality of rights of person with disabilities.
4. ODSP Action Coalition - www.odspaction.ca
The ODSP Action Coalition advocates for improvements to the income and employment supports provided by the Ontario Disability Support Program.
5. Individualized Funding Coalition - www.individualizedfunding.ca
The Individualized Funding Coalition for Ontario supports the self-determination of persons with disabilities. They believe that all people should have control over decisions concerning where they live, with whom they live, with whom they associate, and how they spend their lives. They have been working to make individualized funding a choice for people. Individualized funding would give people more control over the money that pays for their supports and services.
6. Citizens Against Restraint- - www.citizensagainstrestraint.ca
"Citizens Against Restraint is a group of citizens, family members and service workers who have come together because of our concern about the use of restraints in human services (health, education, community and social services).We want to raise awareness about the true and traumatic impact of restraints on people who are restrained, those who do the restraining, and those who witness the event. But our goal is clear -- to ultimately stop the use of restraints by human services."