Where To Turn


Below you will find links to popular programs, legislation, and rebates. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. It does not include all possible links and information available on the presented topic. This section is for information purposes only. For specific, individual information requests, we recommend that you contact one of our counsellors for direct support. You can reach us at 423-1277 Ext 105 (local) or 1800-889-1889. You can also email us if you would like a response electronically.
 

Assistive Devices

Tetra Society of North America

Assistive Technology Centre
Lunenburg Campus

Assistive Devices Program
Easter Seals

Rejoyce
A new electronic device, invented by Alberta researchers, may help patients with spinal cord injuries regain motion in their arms and hands.

Education

Post Secondary Disability Services (Nova Scotia)

Scholarships

Scholarships Canada
List of Canadian Scholarships

Sun Life Financial Peer Support Scholarship

Donald E Curran Scholarship

The Wanderer’s Amateur Athletic Scholarship

Copnick/Hilliard Scholarship
The Copnick/Hilliard Scholarship is to assist students with a physical disability, enrolled at the post-secondary level in Canada. The purpose of the peer scholarship is to assist peer volunteers with a Spinal Cord Injury to advance their post-secondary education in the disability field.

Employment

Employment Support Services

Team Work Cooperative
Employment Counseling, Interview Skills, Job Board and other according to individual needs.

Government Programs & Rebates

Home and Renovation

National Housing Strategy

Access-A-Home Program
The Access-A-Home Program provides assistance to low to moderate income households who must adapt their homes for wheelchair use.

Home Adaptations for Seniors’ Independence Program
Helps low-income seniors pay for adaptions or modifications to their home.

FlexHousing
FlexHousing is a practical approach to designing and building housing that allows residents to convert space to meet their ever changing needs.

Community ACCESS-ability Program
Funding is available to non-profit community organizations or groups, and municipalities for renovations that will provide universal public accessibility or to upgrade existing accessible facilities to improve universal public accessibility.

Financial

Disabled Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (Disabled RRAP) 

The RRAP for Persons with Disabilities offers financial assistance to homeowners and landlords to undertake accessibility work to modify dwellings occupied or intended for occupancy by persons with disabilities.

Canada Pension Plan
Disability Benefits

Disability Tax Credit

Medical and Disability-Related Income Tax Information

Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)

Application for Rebate of 10% Provincial Component of Harmonized Sales Tax for Persons with Physiological Impairment 
Motor Vehicle

Application for Refund of Federal Excise Tax on Gasoline

Persons with Disabilities Online (Information)

Medical

Continuing Care Programs

Nova Scotia Pharmacare Drug Programs and Funding
The Nova Scotia government assists with the payment of prescribed medications through a variety of programs.

Parking

Accessible Parking Program 
To obtain the necessary vehicle plates or window permit, an application must be sent to Access Nova Scotia, an agency of the Province of Nova Scotia. The form requires completion by the individual and a physician. To obtain an application call 1-800-670-4357 or write Access Nova Scotia, Box 2734, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3L 3P7.

Accessible Parking Zone Permits and Plates
Application

Health & Active Living

Sledge Hockey
Article about how to get involved or support

Healthy Bladder
Article about what to drink to help maintain a healthy bladder

Self-Managed Care
Article about how Nova Scotians with disabilities can take their care into their own hands

BOYNECLARKE LLP Barristers and Solicitors
Largest personal injury legal team in Atlantic Canada servicing the Greater Halifax region, all of Nova Scotia, and Atlantic Canada

Legal Questions and Answers

Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Dalhousie Legal Aid Services

reachAbility 

Dial-a-Law:  902-420-1888

Prevention

Nova Scotia’s Guide to Disaster Preparedness
Tips for Persons with Disabilities and Tips for Frail or Older Seniors (click to download)

Sports & Leisure

Indoor Activities

Maritime Wheelchair Basketball Association

Accessible Pass
The Motion Picture Theatre Association and the National Advisory Council of Disability Organizations have a program that provides discounted admission to a support person accompanying a person with a disability to its member theatres across Canada.

Outdoor Activities

Sail Able Nova Scotia

Wallace MacAskill Yacht Club
Sailing school & disability sailing program

PaddleALL 
A program aimed at promoting individuals with disabilities to participate in the sport of Canoe Kayaking For more visit Canoe Kayak Canada’s website.  For programs in your area please email Heather Corrigan (Atlantic Region) ath.corrigan@ns.sympatico.ca

Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing
Please contact Linda Scott (Provincial Representative) linda_lou_ns@yahoo.com

 

 

Transportation & Travel

Local Attractions

Nova Scotia Trails
Find out which ones are wheelchair accessible by visiting their website. Click on  “Find a Trail in Nova Scotia” and click on the area you are interested in and proceed to “Read The Trail”  and the Activities section.

Fortress of Louisbourg
Why not make this National Historic site a part of your travel plans. Click here for a map of the site.

Land Transportation

Dial-A-Ride Nova Scotia
A support network of non-profit, community-based transportation systems (Please check in your local area)

Access-A-Bus
Door-to-Door accessible transportation in HRM (Information and registration form)

Halifax Metro Transit Accessible Low
Floor Bus Service

Wheelchair Getaways
Accessible van rentals in the United States and Canada

Mobility Program 
Rebate on installation adaptive equipment (newvehicle)

Accessible Gas Stations

Links to finding accessible full service gas stations in Nova Scotia

Petro Canada

Ultramar

Esso

Wilsons

Irving

Shell

Air Transportation

Halifax Stanfield International Airport

Disability Travel Card Program
Attendant travels free on motor coach or via rail

Canadian Transportation Agency
Accessible Transportation

AirCanada

WestJet

Able Travel
Accessible Adventure Travel

Hope Air 
Helping Canadians in financial need fly to necessary medical treatment

 

Used Medical Equipment