Looking for services for persons with disabilities or a health condition in St. John’s and the surrounding Avalon East region of NL? Consider these organizations.
Organizations are doing all they can to respect social distancing measures, while ensuring you are still taken care of during COVID-19.Autism Society
The Autism Society, Newfoundland Labrador (ASNL) is a provincial charitable organization dedicated to promoting the development of individual, lifelong, and community-based supports and services for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), their families, and caregivers.
During COVID-19, All ASNL offices are closed and centre-based programs/community engagement activities are suspended, with online program delivery until further notice.
Click here to read their COVID-action plan.
The Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) is a national federation of 13 Provincial/Territorial associations and over 300 local associations. CACL works in collaboration and shared leadership with our provincial-territorial associations and with other national partners and disability organizations to advance shared agendas for inclusion.
During COVID-19, CACL continues to provide valuable online resources on their website for people with disabilities.
Phone: 709-753-3224 ext: 228
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.
During COVID-19, the CHHA-NL office is closed to the public until further notice and staff are working from home. You can reach out to Andrea Augot, Coordinator of Client Services, with any of your questions. Leave a voicemail and Andrea will get back to you as soon as possible.
CNIB delivers innovative programs and powerful advocacy that empower people impacted by blindness to live their dreams and tear down barriers to inclusion. Their work as a blind foundation is powered by a network of volunteers, donors and partners from coast to coast to coast.
During COVID-19, the CNIB Foundation has expanded its free virtual program offerings (ex: career support, tech training, book clubs, youth groups) and resources for Canadians impacted by blindness.
The Coalition of Persons with Disabilities – Newfoundland and Labrador is a charitable, non-for-profit organization established in 1983 by persons with disabilities who believed that a provincial organization is necessary to advance inclusion of persons with disabilities.
During COVID-19, COD-NL continues to share pertinent information on their Facebook Page.
Phone: 709- 754-1398
Easter Seals seeks to maximize the abilities and enhance the lives of children and youth with physical disabilities through recreational, social and other therapeutic programs, direct assistance, education and advocacy.
Due to COVID-19, all ESNL summer camps are virtual this year. All programs and services, with exception to their Virtual Career Services program, are suspended until further notice.
Empower, the Disability Resource Centre, is a consumer-controlled organization committed to providing supports, resources, and opportunities for empowerment, which enable persons with disabilities to make informed choices about their lives.
Due to COVID-19, the Empower facilities are closed until further notice. Please follow their website or Facebook account; they hold weekly Facebook Live chats to support you.
Epilepsy NL shares information, and educate the public on the subject of epilepsy; and to adopt any measures necessary to improve the health, strength, and well being of those with epilepsy, wherever possible, in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Staff are back in the offices. Phone or go to their website if you need assistance.
Diabetes Canada leads the fight against diabetes by helping those affected by diabetes to live healthy lives, preventing the onset, and consequences of diabetes; and, to work towards discovering a cure.
No public access to office. The national office provides COVID-19 information as it pertains to people with Diabetes. Reach out to the NL chapter via e-mail.
Are you seeking protection or want to report abuse/neglect in Newfoundland? Contact the NL Adult Protection Line and maintain confidentiality. The situation will be reviewed by a social worker and, if appropriate, a plan will be put in place to protect the adult.
If you think somebody is being abused or neglected, it is your legal obligation to report it. Failure to do so is an offence and can lead to a fine of up to $10,000 and/or one year imprisonment. If you suspect somebody is being abused or neglected, call toll-free 1-855-376-4957 or contact your local police.
The Newfoundland & Labrador Association for Community Living (NLACL) is committed to a future of inclusive communities where:Every person with a disability is considered as a member of a family.
- All people learn together in regular classrooms and neighbourhood schools
- Every person is supported to live in his or her own home
- All people have the opportunity for meaningful employment
- Individuals are empowered and supported in decision-making that affects them
- Every person has opportunities to form lasting and meaningful relationships
During COVID-19, NLACL offices are closed until further notice. Their team is working remotely to continue supporting you. Their Facebook page has a variety of helpful information.
The NL Association of the Deaf protects and promotes the rights, needs and concerns of people who are Deaf or who communicate in American Sign Language within the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
NLAD office is re-opening June 25th, by appointment only. To ensure safe social distancing protocols are met, walk-ins are not permitted at this time. You can still reach staff via email or their Facebook Page, which has a great deal of information for those who communicate in ASL during this time.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Stuttering Association (NLSA) provides support, friendship, and information to the stuttering community, instilling a sense of self-worth, which is often missing in the lives of people who stutter.
In-person events are postponed until further notice, but you can still contact them through their website and Facebook Page.
Spinal Cord Injury NL assists persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities to achieve independence, self- reliance and full community participation. Formerly the Canadian Paraplegic Association of Newfoundland.
During COVID-19, Spinal Cord Injury NL most postpone ongoing campaigns and contests until further notice. Their office is closed to the public, but they have provided specific guidance on their website, during this time.
As of June 22, office-based low vision assessments for magnification devices, assessments for assistive technology and in-community orientation and mobility services will be available by appointment.
During all appointments, staff and clients will be required to practice safe physical distancing, hand hygiene, and wear appropriate personal protective equipment as per provincial health guidelines.
Please note: They welcome new referrals for all services. Vision rehabilitation specialists are available to support individuals with sight loss through in-person, virtual (online, phone), and essential in-home emergency visits.
Vision Loss Rehabilitation Newfoundland and Labrador provides training to people who are blind or partially sighted. They aim to enable individuals to develop or restore key daily living skills, help enhance their independence, safety, mobility and emotional well-being. Certified specialists work closely with ophthalmologists, optometrists and other health care professionals, providing essential care on a referral basis in homes and communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Our mission is to change what it is to be blind or partially sighted through innovative programs and powerful advocacy that enables Canadians impacted by vision loss to live the lives they choose.