YUKON DISABILITY SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS
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ACTIVE LIVING ALLIANCE FOR CANADIANS WITH A DISABILITY – YUKON
The Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability (ALACD) is a national network that was created in 1989 to motivate and assist Canadians with a disability to become more physically active. In the Yukon, the ALACD has a core network of individuals, agencies, communities and organizations who are dedicated to facilitating increased activity across the Yukon.
Address: c/o Yukon Stars, 4061 – 4th Avenue, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 1J5
Phone: (867) 668-4236 | (867) 667-4606
Fax: (867) 667-4237
Address: 720 Belfast Road, Suite 104, Ottawa, Ontario K1G 0Z5
Phone: 1-800-771-0663 | (613) 244-0052
TTY: 1-888-771-0663 | (613) 244-0008
Fax: (613) 244-4857
Web Site: www.ala.ca
ADULT COMMUNITY SERVICES (Yukon Government, Department of Health and Social Services)
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.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2703, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2C6
Street Address: 3168 3rd Avenue, Whitehorse, YT
Phone: (867) 667-5674 | 1-800-661-0408 extension 5674
Fax: (867) 667-5819 | (867) 393-6278
ALLERGY/ASTHMA INFORMATION ASSOCIATION (AAIA)
The Allergy/Asthma Information Association’s mission is to create safer environments and improve quality of life for Canadians affected by allergy, asthma, and anaphylaxis by empowering individuals and providing education, leadership, and a national voice. The AAIA is federally registered Canadian charity dedicated to helping allergic individuals and their families cope with everything from the sniffles and sneezes of allergic rhinitis to life-threatening allergies and asthma.
Address: 93 Teslin Road, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 3M7
Phone: (867) 667-2063
Web Site: www.aaia.ca
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETATION SERVICES
An accredited American Sign Language interpreter is available to support Yukon’s Deaf community. This free service is offered by the Workplace Diversity Employment Office in the Yukon Government’s Public Service Commission.
Contact: Workplace Diversity Employment Office
Cell (Text/Voice): (867) 332-4275
Office (Voice): (867) 456-6537
Fax: (867) 456-3973
TDD: (867) 667-5864
ASPEN RESIDENCE LTD.
Aspen Residence Ltd. provides residential support to adults with special needs. The corporation operates two homes in Whitehorse that provide a range of supports for men with mental health and cognitive issues.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 31504, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 6K8
Phone: (867) 667-2928
Fax: (867) 668-4472
Autism Yukon is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families and individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. AU is guided by a Board of Directors comprised of parents with children who have ASD, and caring community members. Their purpose is to provide support, public awareness, training, advocacy, and resources for our community.
Address: 508F Main Street, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2B9
Phone: (867) 667-6406
Fax: (867) 667-6408
Web Site: www.autismyukon.org
Balsam Residence is a First Nations-focused residence for adults with identified disabilities. Adults must be referred through the Adult Services Services of the Yukon Government.
Address: 5131 – 5th Avenue, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 1L8
Phone: (867) 667-8757 Office
Fax: (867) 393-7028
BRINGING YOUTH TOWARD EQUALITY (BYTE)
BYTE is a ‘for youth, by youth’ organization, focused on empowering and promoting youth throughout the Yukon and Canada’s north. They offer events, services, and opportunities for youth, including youth with disabilities.
Address: 2-407 Ogilvie Street, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2S5
Phone: (867) 667-7975
Fax: (867) 393-6341
Web Site: www.yukonyouth.com
CANADIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION (CMHA) – YUKON DIVISION
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness. The CMHA accomplishes this mission through advocacy, education, research and service. CMHA branches across the country provide a wide range of innovative services and supports to people who are experiencing mental illness and their families. These services are tailored to the needs and resources of the communities where they are based. One of the core goals of these services is to help people with mental illness develop the personal tools to lead meaningful and productive lives.
Mailing Address: 6 Bates Crescent, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 4T8
Phone: (867) 668-7144
Web Site: www.cmha.ca
CANADA MORTGAGE AND HOUSING CORPORATION (CMHC)
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) manages a number of programs that support people with disabilities and seniors. These include programs that assist people with disabilities and seniors with major repairs or modifications of their homes and apartments.
Address: 402 – 3106 3rd Avenue, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 5G1
Phone: (867) 633-7530 | 1-800-331-8794
Fax: (867) 633-7542
CANADIAN NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR THE BLIND (CNIB) – BRITISH COLUMBIA AND YUKON
The CNIB office in Whitehorse closed in 2007. However, the organization continues to provide services in the Yukon and they are working towards re-establishing a physical presence in the territory. Contact the regional manager, Brad Hooge, for more information.
Mailing Address: 100-5055 Joyce Street, Vancouver, BC V5R 6B2
Phone: (604) 431-2151; Toll Free 1-800-888-9090
Fax: (604) 431-2199
Web Site: www.cnib.ca
Contact: Brad Hooge (email@example.com)
CHALLENGE – COMMUNITY VOCATIONAL ALTERNATIVES
Challenge is a non-profit organization that has been assisting people with disabilities in ever-increasing capacities, and numbers, since 1976. Their mandate is to assist people with disabilities to become active in their community, by learning real job skills and entering the job market.
Address: 1148 – 1st Avenue, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 1A6
Phone: (867) 668-4421
Fax: (867) 667-4337
CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTRE (Yukon Government)
The Yukon Child Development Centre works with families and community members to provide early supports and therapeutic services to Yukon children from birth to school age.
Mailing Address: PO Box 2703, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2C6
Physical Address: 1000 Lewes Boulevard, Whitehorse
Phone: (867) 456-8182 | 1-866-835-8386
Kwanlin Dun Office: (867) 633-7820
Fax: (867) 393-6374
CHRONIC CONDITIONS SUPPORT PROGRAM
The Chronic Conditions Support Program helps people with chronic conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Diabetes, and High Blood Pressure work with doctors, nurses and other health professionals to achieve the best possible care.
Address: Health and Social Services, Box 2703, Whitehorse, YK Y1A 2C6
Phone: (867) 393-7487
Fax: (867) 667-3096
FAMILY SUPPORTS FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
Family Supports for Children with Disabilities provides support to Yukon families caring for children with disabilities. They support early intervention to increase a child’s lifelong learning potential; provide coordinated access to supports and interventions; offer funding for specialized therapies, homemakers services, and child care; and they promote the inclusion of children with disabilities in community life.
Mailing Address: 49B Waterfront Place, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 6V1
Phone: (867) 393-7464 | 1-800-661-0408 extension 7464
Fax: (867) 667-7553
FETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME SOCIETY OF YUKON (FASSY)
The Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society Yukon is a non-profit organization dedicated to FASD prevention and fostering accepting and educated communities where individuals with FASD have equal access to opportunities to reach their full potential.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 31396, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 6K8
Physical Address: 1148 – 1st Avenue, Whitehorse
Phone: (867) 393-4948
Fax: (867) 393-4950
FREEDOM TRAILS THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOCIATION
Freedom Trails provides a recreational and therapeutic horseback-riding program for people with disabilities. Lessons run weekly for a 10-week session.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20054, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 7A2
Phone: (867) 633-5911
Fax: (867) 633-5911
HANDY BUS (Whitehorse Transit)
The Handy-Bus service is jointly funded by the City and the Government of Yukon. It offers safe and secure transportation to persons who, for a variety of reasons, have difficulty using regular transit service.
Mailing Address: 2121 – 2nd Avenue, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 1C2
Physical Address: 139 Tlingit Street, Whitehorse
Phone: (867) 668-8396
Fax: (867) 668-8388
HELPING HANDS ADULT DAYCARE PROGRAM
The Helping Hands Adult Daycare offers services and programs for adults with special needs. These include supervision and training in life skills and all related subjects, as well as programs in sports, crafts, cooking, and hobbies.
Address: 160 Hillcrest Drive, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 4N4
Phone: (867) 334-2858
Fax: (867) 667-7443
LEARNING DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION YUKON (LDAY)
The Learning Disabilities 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 leadership through advocacy, education, programs and services.
Address: 128 Copper Road, Whitehorse, YT
Phone: (867) 668-5167
Fax: (867) 668-6504
Web Site: www.nald.ca/lday.htm
MANY RIVERS COUNSELING AND SUPPORT SERVICES (Formerly “Yukon Family Service Association”)
Many Rivers is a non-profit organization that has been working in the Yukon since 1969. It previously went by the name of Yukon Family Services Association. Many Rivers serves children, youth, adults, and families. They support people through difficult challenges and transitions, such as illness, separation, life changes, and role changes.
Mailing Address: 4071 – 4th Avenue, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 1H3
Phone: (867) 667-2970
Fax: (867) 633-3557
Web Site: www.manyrivers.yk.ca
Dawson City Office:
Physical Address: Waterfront Building on Front Street
Phone: (867) 993-6455
Fax: (867) 993 6456
Haines Junction Office:
Physical Address: 108 Auriol Street
Phone: (867) 534-2111
Fax: (867) 634-2333
Physical Address: 714 Adele Trail
Phone: (867) 536-2330
Fax: (867) 536-7854
For Services and Programs in:
Carmacks, Carcross and Teslin: (867) 667-2970
Beaver Creek, Burwash Landing and Destruction Bay: (867) 634-2111
Mayo and Pelly Crossing: Call (867) 993-6455
MS SOCIETY WHITEHORSE SELF-HELP GROUP
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. The MS Society helps people navigate the challenges that MS presents through support services. This includes self-help groups, informal ways to link people with common concerns to share emotional support and practical ideas.
Whitehorse Self-Help Group:
Local Contact: Jenny Roberts
Mailing Address: 1501-4330 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H 4G7
Phone: (604) 689-3144 | 1-866-991-0577
Fax: (604) 689-0377
Web Sites: www.mssociety.ca/bc
RESIDENTIAL CARE PROGRAMS
The Yukon Residential Care Programs are driven by the home philosophy of care. They are a community that respects and promotes dignity, individual freedom, choice and lifestyle, and meaningful quality living. They also continually strive to create a feeling of home and belonging for all who live here by being responsive to the uniqueness of each resident. There are four continuing care facilities in the Yukon. Copper Ridge Place, Thomson Centre and Macaulay Lodge are located in Whitehorse and McDonald Lodge provides care services in Dawson City.
Address: 109 Copper Road, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2Z7
Phone: (867) 667-8961 | (867) 456-6806 | 1-800-661-0408 ext. 8961
SECOND OPINION SOCIETY
The Second Opinion Society is a self-help group offering alternative mental health information and support to psychiatric survivors, people going through emotional distress, and people who are isolated or interested in wholistic approaches to mental health. They offer peer support, advocacy, a resource library, recreational and social activities, and workshops.
Address: 304 Hawkins Street Whitehorse Yukon Y1A 1X6
Phone: (867) 667-2037
SPECIAL OLYMPICS YUKON
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Mailing Address: 4061 – 4th Avenue, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 1H1
Phone: (867) 668-6511
Fax: (867) 667-4237
STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES (YG Department of Education)
The Student Support Services provides support to school personnel, parents and students as they plan and implement education programs for students with special education needs. They assist with comprehensive student assessments and provides supportive programming materials and adaptive equipment on request.
Mailing Address: PO Box 2703 Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2C6
Physical Address: 1000 Lewes Blvd. Whitehorse
Phone: (867) 667-8000
Toll-Free: 1-800-661-0408 ext. 8000
Fax: (867) 393-6423
TEEGATHA’OH ZHEH SOCIETY
Teegatha’Oh Zheh (TOZ) is a non-profit agency located in Whitehorse that serves the Yukon and surrounding communities. They provide day programming and residential support services for adults labelled with intellectual disabilities.
Mailing Address:311 Ray Street Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 0L9
Phone: (867) 668-4471 or 668-4787
Fax: (867) 633-3128
WHERE DISABILITY WORKS
Where Disability Works is the Yukon’s go-to place for disability employment information, resources, and services. They are the active branch of the Yukon Disability Employment Strategy and a feature of the Yukon Labour Market development initiative. They work to make workplaces accessible for all Yukoners.
Address: 2-211 Wood Street, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2E4
Phone: (867) 393-2660 | 1-877-550-9263
Fax: (867) 393-4992
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES (Yukon Government)
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.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2703, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2C6
Physical Address: 4 Hospital Road, 2nd floor, Whitehorse
Phone: (867) 667-8346
Fax: (867) 667-8372
YUKON COUNCIL ON disABILITY
The Yukon Council on disABILITY (YCOD) is a non-profit organization located in Whitehorse that is dedicated to providing quality services to promote social and economic independence for persons with disABILITIES.
Address: Suite 2 – 211 Wood Street, Whitehorse, YT, Y1A 2E4
Phone: (867) 668-6703
Fax: (867) 393-4992
Web Sites: www.ycod.yk.ca
Dawson City Office:
Mailing Address: PO Box 1089, Dawson City, YT Y0B 1G0
Office Location: 1371 2nd Avenue Dawson City (in the Chief Isaac Building)
Phone: (867) 993-2372
Fax: (867) 993-2461
YUKON HOUSING CORPORATION
The Yukon Housing Corporation manages a number of programs that support people with disabilities, including the Home Repair Programthat provides low interest loans to home owners wishing to repair homes for a variety of reasons, including improved accessibility. The Yukon Housing Coporation also manages subsidized housing units throughout the Yukon including those designated “barrier free.”
Address: 410H Jarvis Street, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2H5
Phone: (867) 667-5759
Fax: (867) 667-3664
Web Site: www.housing.yk.ca