The Department of Community Services and Seniors partners with a number of non-government organizations that extend a variety of services to people with disabilities, including vocational and employment training, transportation, recreation, and residential services. The services extended by funded organizations correspond with the Department's mandate, vision, strategic plan and legislated requirements.
In 2012-13, the following organizations received grants to help the province serve Islanders with disabilities:
Camp Gencheff is a year-round facility providing a respite care program two weekends a month in the off-season. The program provides a safe weekend of enrichment for participants while family members benefit by having time to regenerate energy for their care-taking duties.
Canadian National Institute for the Blind
CNIB is a nation-wide, community-based registered charity committed to research, public education, and vision health for all Canadians. It provides the services and the support necessary for individuals to enjoy a good quality of life regardless of vision loss. Canadians have access to rehabilitation, counselling and training, innovative consumer products, peer support, and one of the world's largest libraries for people with print disabilities.
Canadian Paraplegic Association
The CPA provides individual and family support for those afflicted by spinal cord injury and mobility impairment.
Community Connections is a non-profit organization governed by a volunteer board and servicing intellectually-challenged persons in the Summerside area. The service offers a residential program as well as vocational alternative services and employment supports in the community.
Community Inclusions is a not for profit community-based organization which provides a range of residential, vocational, recreational and employment related services to persons with intellectual challenges in Western PEI. The organization is governed by a nine person volunteer board of directors.
Harbourview Training Centre
Harbourview Training Centre is a community-based organization located in Souris, PEI and is governed by a volunteer board. It provides a range of alternative vocational and employment services and supports to intellectually challenged persons.
Inclusions East Inc.
Inclusions East Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides comprehensive services for people with intellectual and physical disabilities. Inclusions East Inc. has five divisions and they are the Kingswood Centre, Employment Opportunities, Southern Kings Group Home, Alternative Residential Options and Community Supports.
Life BridgesLife Bridges is a non-profit organization providing independent apartments with minimal supports to adults who have an intellectual disability. It currently provides housing for up to 12 adults.
Pat and the Elephant
Pat and the Elephant provides a specialized transportation system for persons of all ages with disabilities in Charlottetown and the surrounding areas. The organization uses wheelchair accessible vans and service is available seven days a week.
P.E.I. Association for Community Living
The Prince Edward Island Association for Community Living (PEIACL) is a family-based association empowering people with intellectual disabilities and their families to lead the way in advancing inclusion in their own lives and in their communities. We do this by sharing information, fostering leadership for inclusion, facilitating networking, connecting people and opportunities and promoting rights and values in keeping with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). We have three priority areas we are working on. Supporting Families where we provide support and advocacy services, in various environments, such as schools and family homes which are guided by the needs of each individual and family. Employment: Ready, Willing and Able, where we are working to increase labour force participation for people with intellectual disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder and the third project is systems change in the form of changing policies or practices on Prince Edward Island that are barriers to and ensuring they are in keeping with the UNCRPD.
P.E.I. Citizens' Advocacy
Citizens' Advocacy is a community-based organization that promotes the integration of individuals with intellectual challenges into the social fabric of our communities.
P.E.I. Council of People with Disabilities
The Council of People with Disabilities' mission statement is to improve the status of persons with disabilities through full participation and inclusion in society. The Council is a voluntary, non-profit and non-government organization which is incorporated as a registered charity. It also now includes the P.E.I. Education Coalition which is a province-wide summer program for children with disabilities who would otherwise lose school and literacy skills over the summer.
Queens County Residential Services
QCRS is a community not-for-profit organization that is governed by a volunteer board. It provides a range of residential supports to persons with intellectual disabilities. Residential support services can be provided through their various group homes in the community. The organization also provides a range of day program services with the goal of supporting the client to participate and thrive in their community.
Souris Group Home Association
Souris Group Home Association is a community non-profit organization located in Souris and governed by a volunteer board. The association provides residential services and supports to intellectually challenged adult men.
Stars for Life
Stars for Life is a non-profit organization providing and community supports to adults who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. They strive to assist adults living with Autism Spectrum Disorder to reach their full potential.
Transportation West provides transportation for people with disabilities of all ages. It provides wheelchair accessible vans and is available by appointment.
Tremploy is a centre in Charlottetown that is devoted to the reintegration of adults with intellectual disabilities to the world of cooperative work. Tremploy provides employment outreach and in-house employment opportunities for persons with intellectual disabilities as well as a broad range of day programs and vocational services. It is operated by a volunteer board.