Below are a list of local resources for people with disabilities in Newfoundland and Labrador, which we hope you will find helpful! We will continue to add and update local resources to this page as we find them. While most of these organizations' main offices are located in the St. John's CMA, we hope to expand our list in the future to have specific regional resources listed as well. If you have any suggestions for local resources in your area, or if you would like to add your organization to this list, please feel free to contact us using the form at the bottom of this page, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Easter Seals NL
"Easter Seals Newfoundland and Labrador offers over 20 programs and services that help persons with disabilities, ranging from camps, recreational activities, to creative expression through music, dance and art, family events, to employment and educational disability awareness programs. These programs successfully assist those with disabilities in achieving new heights year after year. This includes everything from increased physical ability and self-esteem, to securing meaningful employment."
"At Rainbow Riders, we provide an inclusive environment that allows children and adults with varying physical, emotional, cognitive, or social disabilities or diagnoses to interact with horses. For many years, horses have been studied and proven to provide therapeutic benefit and we see that at our facility every day. Rainbow Riders has been providing therapeutic riding and other forms of equine therapy to individuals in Newfoundland for almost 30 years. We are pleased to share that we are currently able to reach the greatest number of participants we ever have and that number is constantly growing."
Autism Society NL
"Promoting the development of individual, lifelong, and community-based supports and services for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder, their families and caregivers. Their vision is a province where people with ASD and their families are valued and respected, and where they receive services and supports based on their individualized differences, needs and preferences."
Children's Wish Foundation (NL Chapter)
"Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada is the largest and only all-Canadian wish granting charity dedicated to granting wishes to Canadian children between the ages of 3 and 17 who are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. For more than 30 years, Children’s Wish has worked tirelessly to grant heartfelt wishes to nearly 25,000 children and their families – that’s three wishes each and every day, all year long!"
"At Tetra, our focus is to find solutions to environmental barriers faced by people with disabilities. While these environmental barriers are a part of a person’s journey, we believe Tetra solutions help foster greater independence, quality of life, and inclusion."
Newfoundland and Labrador Housing
Home Modification Program: "Through Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation (NLHC), HMP is designed to provide funding to assist homeowners with low-to-moderate income who require accessibility changes to their residences, to enable individuals to remain in their own homes for a longer period."
Coalition of Persons with Disabilities NL
"The Coalition of Persons with Disabilities Newfoundland and Labrador strives to involve its members and all persons with disabilities in influencing change and policy towards the advancement of inclusion. The Coalition's main role is information, education and awareness of issues of concern to disability. The Coalition brings together various community organizations to address issues of mutual concern."
Empower, the Disability Resource Centre
"At Empower, the Disability Resource Centre, we break barriers every day. Barriers to access. To knowledge. To choices. Anyone with a disability can use our services. And anyone can help, through volunteering, donations, or even a career with Empower. Empower is a vital part of our community, and the need for our services is growing. With your support, you’ll be helping even more people find their path to independent living."
Learning Disabilities Association of NL
"The Learning Disabilities Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (LDANL) acts as a provincial network for individuals with learning disabilities and those who support them. LDANL offers programs to build literacy and mathematical skills, provides advocacy and offers individual and family support. Through public awareness activities, workshops, media, and by working with our partners in the community, LDANL strives to share an increased level of understanding of Learning Disabilities."
"A corporate program of Empower, The Disability Resource Centre that provides supports, services, and information to businesses in Newfoundland and Labrador on accessibility, inclusion, disability confidence, and inclusive employment. InclusionNL focuses on developing partnerships with NL businesses and employers to increase access in hiring people with disabilities, interacting with employees and customers with disabilities, and increasing overall workplace accessibility and inclusion, which in turn benefits business in many ways."
Ronald McDonald House NL
"Ronald McDonald House is the cornerstone of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). Each Ronald McDonald House provides a home for families of sick children who are being treated at nearby children’s hospitals. It is a place where families can be together and kids can share experiences with others who are just like them. Ronald McDonald House Charities Newfoundland and Labrador is managed by a dedicated professional staff that, while small in number, are large in heart. It is supported by a full complement of hardworking volunteers led by a committed Board of Directors."
The Vera Perlin Society
"The Vera Perlin Society is a not for profit, charitable organization dedicated to serving individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. Founded by Mrs Vera Perlin in 1954, its mission is to secure and/or provide quality services and support for individuals with an intellectual disabilities and their families."
United Way NL
"We partner with workplaces and organizations that help us raise funds to be distributed back into the communities that we all work and live in. We provide financial support to initiatives that make our communities stronger and more accessible for everyone – shelters, employment programs, food banks, playgrounds, community centers, camp experiences for sick children, housing initiatives and so much more. We give where the need is greatest in our community."
Canadian National Institute for the Blind NL
"Founded in 1918, the CNIB Foundation is a non-profit organization driven to change what it is to be blind today. We deliver innovative programs and powerful advocacy that empower people impacted by blindness to live their dreams and tear down barriers to inclusion. Our work as a blind foundation is powered by a network of volunteers, donors and partners from coast to coast to coast."
Canadian Hard of Hearing Association NL
"The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Newfoundland and Labrador is a non profit charitable organization committed to the prevention of hearing loss and the provision of programs and services, based on awareness, accessibility and advocacy services that promote a better quality of life for hard of hearing and late deafened people of all ages and their families in Newfoundland and Labrador."
Canadian Mental Health Association NL
"Canadian Mental Health Association-Newfoundland and Labrador (CMHA-NL), is a provincial division of CMHA—the nationwide leader and champion for mental health. Our mission is to facilitate access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience, and support recovery from mental illness. CMHA-NL’s provincial head office is located in St. John’s with regional offices located in Grand Falls-Windsor (Central) and Stephenville (Western).
As a not-for-profit organization, we rely on the essential contributions of our members, volunteers, monthly donors, sponsors, and community partners to continue to grow our services and programs across Newfoundland and Labrador."