Toolbox

Welcome to TVAC’s toolbox!

You will find here all kinds of useful resources for thalidomide Survivors and for any other person living with malformations or other types of disability.

Do you know of any products, companies or websites that could be useful to TVAC’s members? Please let us know about them!

Mobility aids, technical aids and accessibility solutions

Here is a non-exhaustive list of companies and organizations that sell adapted products for persons living with malformations or other disabilities in Canada, in order to allow them to live independently. Resources are presented in alphabetical order.

  • AgeComfort.com: Online store of adapted products and home care equipment. Free shipping for orders of $ 50 or more anywhere in Canada.
  • Canadian Red Cross: The Canadian Red Cross offers a short-term home care equipment loan program in Alberta, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Labrador and Yukon.
  • Humanware: Canadian company based in Quebec, world leader in the development of technologies for people who are blind or have low vision.
  • Independent Living: Mobility aids, assistive technology and home care store located in Regina, Saskatchewan.
  • MAAX Bath Inc.: Manufacturer of bath products (baths, showers, toilets, etc.) based in Montreal, MAAX also offers a range of barrier free products.
  • Médicus: Quebec chain store offering a wide range of mobility aids, orthoses and prostheses, assistive devices and other adapted products. The Medicus-Sports branch also offers equipment specially adapted for sports activities.
  • MEDIchair: Canadian company specializing in home care equipment, assistive devices and mobility aids. Stores located in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan.
  • MobilityBasics.ca: Canadian source of information on different types of mobility aids, assistive devices, home care equipment and other adapted products. Allows customers to compare between different product lines to make informed choices regarding purchases.
  • Orthofab: Quebec company manufacturing wheelchairs with manual and electric propulsion, postural components, as well as scooters. In recent years, their range of solutions has been expanded to include products that facilitate accessibility and comfort in the home to improve the independence of customers in harmony with their lifestyle.
  • SeniorsStore.com: Online store of home care equipment and adapted products. Free shipping in the greater Toronto area and across Canada for orders of $ 90 or more.
  • Stair Lifts Review Guide: A guide made by the Retirement Living Information Center that evaluates 15 stair lift companies,  carefully considering cost, stair lift types, customer support and rankings from experts as well as current stair lift users.
  • Walmart: This well-known giant offers a wide range of care equipment, mobility aids, assistive devices and affordable products.

Useful Resources for Persons with Disabilities

List of governmental organizations responsible of services, benefits and support programs for persons with disabilities, at the federal and provincial/territorial levels.

CANADA

ALBERTA

BRITISH COLUMBIA

MANITOBA

NEW BRUNSWICK

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

NOVA SCOTIA

ONTARIO

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

QUÉBEC

SASKATCHEWAN

YUKON

CANADA

CCD is a national human rights organization of people with disabilities working for an accessible and inclusive Canada.

DAWN-RAFH Canada’s mission is to end the poverty, isolation, discrimination and violence experienced by women with disabilities and Deaf women. DAWN-RAFH is an organization that works towards the advancement and inclusion of women and girls with disabilities and Deaf women in Canada.

The CAD provides consultation and information on Deaf needs and interests to the public, business, media, educators, governments and others.

CNIB passionately provides community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life.

ALBERTA

BRITISH COLUMBIA

  • Disability Alliance BC
    DABC’s mission is to support people, with all disabilities, to live with dignity, independence and as equal and full participants in the community. They champion issues impacting the lives of people with disabilities through direct services, community partnerships, advocacy, research and publications.

MANITOBA

  • Society for Manitobans With Disabilities
    SMD has existed in various forms since the late 1940s. Today, the SMD family includes a head office in Winnipeg as well as six regional offices throughout Manitoba that provide services and support to people with disabilities in rural areas. SMD is also affiliated with national organizations such as Easter Seals Canada.
  • Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities
    This organization has been serving the Manitoba disabilities community for over 40 years. They have created a Community Advisory Council as a cross-disability team of experts who have been chosen to provide advice relating to their members’ recommendations. They have also assembled a team of professionals including occupational therapists and architects who provide different expertise.

NOVA SCOTIA

  • Nova Scotia League For Equal Opportunities
    Consumer organization dedicated to promoting the abilities of persons with disabilities so they may function as equals in society. They provide information and referral services to all Nova Scotians regarding disability issues and available programs and services.

ONTARIO

  • Citizen with Disabilities Ontario
    Citizens With Disabilities – Ontario (CWDO) actively promotes the rights, freedoms and responsibilities of persons with disabilities through community development, social action, and member support and referral.  Their primary activity is public education and awareness about the social and physical barriers that prevent the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in Ontario.

QUÉBEC

  • Action des femmes handicapées – Montréal
    AFHM is an independent, non-profit organization by and for women who, in an intersectional analysis framework, works to improve the living conditions of women with disabilities and their families, to develop projects and to to foster community, government and individual initiatives that encourage autonomy, personal development and full and free participation in the social, cultural, political and economic life of women with disabilities.

SASKATCHEWAN

  • Saskatchewan Voice of People With Disabilities
    The Saskatchewan Voice of People with Disabilities Inc., commonly known as SVOPD is a community based provincial organization that assists with concerns affecting the lives of people with disabilities across Saskatchewan.

CANADA

  • National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)
    NEADS is a consumer-controlled, cross-disability charitable organization that represents its constituents through specific projects, resources, research, publications and partnerships. NEADS mandate is to support full access to education and employment for post-secondary students and graduates with disabilities across Canada.
  • Canadian Association of Professionals with Disabilities
    The Canadian Association of Professionals with Disabilities is a federally incorporated non-profit dedicated to maximizing the inclusion, job retention, and advancement of current and future professionals with disabilities.


ONTARIO

  • Scarboroug Centre for Employment Accessibility
    The Scarborough Centre for Employment Accessibility (SCEA) is a fully accessible, drop-in employment resource centre to assist job ready individuals to prepare for employment or self-employment in the area of Scarboroug, Ontario.

QUÉBEC

  • Soutien à la personne handicapée en route vers l’emploi au Québec (SPHERE Québec)
    SPHERE is a Canadian non-profit organization whose mission is to facilitate access to employment for people with occupational disabilities resulting from a particular physical, mental or intellectual condition. SPHERE has funds and expertise enabling it to offer personalized financial support for individual employment integration projects, for the implementation of adapted group training with work placements and to support workers to create new models of employment integration.

CANADA 

OTHER

  • Tuck
    Tuck aims to improve sleep hygiene, health, and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free resources. Boasting the largest collection of aggregated data on sleep surfaces on the web (over 95,000 customer experiences from nearly 1,000 individual sources), Tuck aims to power consumers, sleep professionals, and the troubled sleeper looking for answers. Check back often for updates and expanded sleep product information.

CANADA

  • Acessible Media Inc (AMI) – AMI is a not-for-profit media company that entertains, informs and empowers Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. Operating three broadcast services, AMI-tv and AMI-audio in English and AMI-télé in French, AMI’s vision is to establish and support a voice for Canadians with disabilities, representing their interests, concerns and values through accessible media, reflection and portrayal.

 

INTERNATIONAL

  • ABILITY Magazine – International magazine about health, disability and human potential.

CANADA

  • Tangled Arts + Disability – Non-profit organization whose mandate is to support artists with disabilities to cultivate their art and improve access to the arts for artists and audiences of all levels.
  • Access to Travel  – Accessible travel information from the Government of Canada


BRITISH COLUMBIA

  • Disability Foundation – Foundation supporting affiliated societies offering meaningful and accessible activities of sport, culture and leisure.


QUÉBEC

  • Kéroul – Tourism et culture for people with restricted physical ability
  • Association québécoise de voile adaptée (AQVA) – Not-for-profit organization whose mission is to enable people of all ages with mobility impairments, including very severe ones, to increase their quality of life, to become active and to reintegrate in the community by means of sailing.

CANADA

  • Canadian Human Right Commission (CHRC)
    The Commission protects the core principle of equal opportunity and promotes a vision of an inclusive society free from discrimination by promoting human rights through research and policy development, protecting human rights through a fair and effective complaints process, representing the public interest to advance human rights for all Canadians and auditing employers under federal jurisdiction for compliance with employment equity.

ALBERTA

  • Alberta Human Rights Commission
    The Commission has a two-fold mandate: to foster equality and to reduce discrimination. It fulfills this mandate through public education and community initiatives, through the resolution and settlement of complaints of discrimination, and through human rights tribunal and court hearings.

BRITISH COLUMBIA

  • B.C. Human Rights Tribunal
    The BC Human Rights Tribunal is an independent, quasi-judicial body created by the BC Human Rights Act. The Tribunal is responsible for the acceptance, screening, mediation and arbitration of human rights complaints. The Tribunal offers the parties to a complaint the opportunity to try to resolve the complaint through mediation.

MANITOBA

  • Manitoba Human Rights Commission
    The Manitoba Human Rights Commission is an independent agency of the Government of Manitoba and is responsible for administering the Human Rights Code.  It is responsible for promoting human rights principles and educating the public about the rights and responsibilities in the Code as well as for administering a complaint process.

NEW BRUNSWICK

  • New Brunswick Human Rights Commission
    The New Brunswick Human Rights Commission is the government agency responsible for the administration of the Human Rights Act. The mandate of the Commission as described in the Act is to forward the principle that every person is free and equal with dignity and respect, to promote an understanding of, acceptance of, and compliance with the Act, to administer the mechanism for complaint intake and resolution and to develop and conduct educational programs designed to eliminate discriminatory practices.

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

  • Human Rights Commission
    The Human Rights Commission is an independent at arm’s length government agency that is responsible for promoting an understanding of, acceptance of, and compliance with the provisions of the Human Rights Act. The Human Rights Act is a provincial law that protects people in Newfoundland and Labrador from discrimination and harassment. The Human Rights Act recognizes the inherent dignity and worth of all people, that we all have equal rights and opportunities and should live free from discrimination and harassment.

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

NOVA SCOTIA

  • Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission
    Currently, the Commission is focused on two main areas; providing a human rights dispute resolution process to resolve allegations of discrimination both on an individual and systemic level; and working to eliminate barriers and prevent discrimination through education, training, public engagement and policy development.

NUNAVUT

ONTARIO

  • ARCH Disability Law Centre
    ARCH Disability Law Centre is a specialty community legal aid clinic dedicated to defending and advancing the equality rights of people with disabilities in Ontario. ARCH provides legal services to help Ontarians with disabilities live with dignity and participate fully in the community. The organization works with Ontarians with disabilities and the disability community on law reform and policy initiatives, community development, legal advice and referrals, public legal education and litigation.
  • Ontario Human Rights Commission
    The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) is an independent government agency created in 1961 to prevent discrimination and to promote and advance human rights in Ontario. The OHRC is a pillar of Ontario’s human rights system.

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

  • Prince Edward Island Human Rights Commision
    The Prince Edward Island Human Rights Commission is an independent body that administers and enforces the Prince Edward Island Human Rights Act. The Actestablishes a complaint process for the investigation and adjudication of complaints. The Commission also develops programs of public information and education about human rights.

QUÉBEC

  • Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse (CDPDJ)
    The Commission’s mission is to promote and respect the rights set out in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and in the Act respecting equal access to employment in public bodies. The CDPDJ plays a role of information, investigation, recommendation, research, reasonable accommodation and monitoring. His expertise is great in dealing with discrimination complaints, particularly on disability issues.

SASKATCHEWAN

  • Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission
    The mission on the SHRC is to promote and protect the individual dignity, fundamental freedoms and equal rights of Saskatchewan citizens. Its mandate is to discourage and eliminate discrimination, investigate and resolve discrimination complaints quickly and effectively, support and seek remedies for individuals and groups who suffer discrimination, promote, approve and monitor equity programs, promote research and education strategies to advance the principles of equality and diversity, and to encourage understanding of human rights issues, promote leadership on human rights related public policy development and implementation and promote advances in human rights legislation and protection.

YUKON

  • Yukon Human Rights Commission
    The Yukon Human Rights Commission (YHRC) promotes equality and diversity through research, education and enforcement of the Yukon Human Rights Act.

CANADA

  • Independent Living Canada – Independent Living Canada is a national non-profit association of Independent Living Centres run by and for people with disabilities who promote theIndependent Living Philosophy. Independent Living Canada supports the development of Independent Living Centres, and provides education and leadership for its member organizations, partners and communities.


INTERNATIONAL

  • Indenpendent Living Institute – The Independent Living Institute (ILI) is a policy development center specializing in consumer-driven policies for disabled peoples’ self-determination, self-respect and dignity.
  • AbleLink Techologies – AbleLink Smart Living Technologies was founded in 1997 specifically to address the significant need for research-based cognitive support technologies for individuals with cognitive disabilities and those experiencing cognitive decline.
  • Tipbase – Index of helping aids from the Swedish association of thalidomide victims.

INTERNATIONAL

  • DysNet – Online community about dysmelia (absence or malformation of one or more limbs)