Services for People with Disabilities
Resources, sites, and service for people with disabilities.
Disability Services in Other Government Departments
Some Yukon students need special support to participate fully in school. They may have needs in the areas of speech and language, hearing, movement, or vision; they may require support in their academic, emotional, social or intellectual development.
Advanced Education provides education, training, employment and other services to prepare Yukoners for the labour force.
Student Financial Assistance and Awards
Administers grants for students with permanent disabilities to cover the costs of accommodation, tuition, and books. There is also a grant available for services and equipment.
Community Development Fund (CDF)
The Community Development Fund (CDF) gives Yukon community, industry & professional associations, non-profit & charitable organizations and municipal & First Nations governments money for projects and events.
Sport and Recreation
Sport & Recreation is the unit within the Community Development Branch responsible for the management of a wide variety of programs and services aimed at enhancing opportunities for sport, recreation and active living in the Yukon.
Yukon Recreation Advisory Committee (YRAC)
This committee administers funding for Sport and Recreation to sport and recreation groups. People with disabilities are one of five target groups for funding. Incentives are incorporated into the funding process for those groups that address the needs of one or more of the target groups.
Whitehorse Correctional Centre
The Whitehorse Correctional Centre is accessible for offenders who have a physical disability. The staff are familiar with the needs of people with a wide range of physical and emotional disabilities, and are prepared to accommodate an offender's special needs. Additionally, the WCC nursing staff are available to dispense medication, and monitor medical conditions.
Victim Services and Family Violence Prevention Unit
The Victim Services and Family Violence Prevention Unit provides services to victims of crime and to offenders of spousal abuse and sexual abuse. Sex Offender Risk Management Program provides services for persons with developmental disabilities. This includes group and individualized case plans. Victim Services Assistance for victims of crime are available to all people and can be modified for persons with disabilities.
The Workers Advocate provides supportive advocacy services to workers with on-the-job injuries or disabilities who are dealing with Workers Compensation Health and Safety Board.
Public Service Commission
Workplace Diversity Employment Office - Disability Services
The Workplace Diversity Employment Office (WDEO) Disability Services offers a variety of programs and supports for job seekers with disabilities.
The Directorate is responsible for ensuring that gender considerations are integrated into all aspects of government policy-making, legislation and program development. They house an extensive resource library on issues related to women and have published a number of resources, including "Options, Choices, Changes for Women in Abusive Relationships". Their library contains over 50 listings (videos, reports, books and articles) under the category "people with disabilities." You can access the Directorate's library listings through their website at http://www.womensdirectorate.gov.yk.ca/
Yukon Workers' Compensation Health and Safety Board
The Yukon Workers' Compensation Health and Safety Board provides a variety of services to workers with an accepted claim who have been injured or disabled on the job. The board's rehabilitation services unit assists injured workers to access the appropriate medical, physical and vocational rehabilitation services. Using a team approach, the board assists injured workers to return to work. Compensation benefits may include earnings loss benefits, permanent impairment awards, medical aid, annuities, spousal/guardian or children's pensions and a range of disability supports and rehabilitation.
Yukon Housing Corporation
Provides funding support for home improvements related to special needs of people with disabilities through two programs:
Home Repair Program offers low interest loans to homeowners wishing to repair their homes for a variety of reasons, including improved accessibility. Subsidies on loan repayment may be available to people with low incomes.
Learning Assistance Centre
The LAC coordinates services, which facilitate the inclusion of students with visual, mobility and hearing impairments and students with hidden disabilities such as chronic medical conditions, learning disabilities and psychiatric/emotional disabilities. The LAC staff works together with the faculty and the student to minimize the impact of the disability in the learning process.
The Yukon Human Rights Commission provides information to Yukoners about their human rights. If you believe that you have been discriminated against based on a mental or physical disability, sex, race, etc.--or if you would like information about human rights--the Yukon Human Rights Commission is available to assist you.
Adult community services
Provides a comprehensive range of social services and coordinates the development of these services for seniors, persons "in need" and/or with disabilities to enjoy a basic standard of living with maximum independence and dignity.
Chronic conditions support program
The Chronic Conditions Support Program (CCSP) assists doctors, nurses and other health professionals to work together with patients to achieve the best possible care.
Chronic disease program
The Chronic Disease and Disability Benefits Program provides benefits for Yukon residents who have a chronic disease or a serious functional disability.
Community day program
Participants of the Community Day Program benefit from daily recreational activities, therapeutic programs, socialization and maintaining their daily routines and independence.
Family supports for children with disabilities
Family supports for children with disabilities provides support to Yukon families to care for their child with a disability (up to 19 years of age).
Home care program
The Yukon Home Care, Palliative Care and Regional Therapy programs provide an array of health-related services for Yukoners of all ages in the home and community setting.
Mental Health Services
Mental Health Services is a community mental health clinic offering assessment, individual and group therapy, supportive counselling and referral services for a wide range of emotional and behavioural problems and mental illnesses. Mental health professionals work to provide assistance in managing depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorders.
Yukon Supplementary Allowance
If you are a Yukon resident and are receiving or are eligible to receive Social Assistance, you may also be eligible to receive the Yukon Supplementary Allowance, (YSA).
Autism Yukon - Autism Yukon is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families and individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Child Development Centre - The Child Development Centre is committed to building a community where all children feel accepted, supported, and valued.
Learning Disabilities Association of Yukon - The Learning Disabilites Association of Yukon (LDAY) is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of learning differences, and supporting children, youth and adults with learning difficulties or disabilities. LDAY provides leadersip through advocacy, education, programs and services.