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About Us

The non-profit Beyond Disability Network was established in 2010 to address issues relevant to those living with a chronic disability in Windsor, Ontario. 

The Network is governed by a board of directors (link) guided by the Partnership Council (link). The Council is comprised of community organizations supporting those with chronic disabilities. 

Estimates reveal that 22,000 people in Windsor and Essex County are living with a chronic disability and complex neurological conditions including, but not limited to, multiple sclerosis, stroke, spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury, cerebral palsy, and developmental and intellectual challenges.

Although unique experiences vary, disability is a complex interaction between those living with a chronic condition and the social and physical barriers they face. 

Thus, we believe actual diagnoses are less important than addressing common cross-ability needs such as access to transportation, housing, education, work, and full participation in the community.

To our great disappointment, there is an unmet need for ongoing rehabilitation services. People with chronic disabilities are being “discharged” from hospitals and outpatient professional services, but their need for support in navigating disparate systems – medical, social, transportation, fitness, etc. – never goes away. There simply is no post-discharge place – no access gate per se – to learn about living with a chronic disability.

Mission

We are a collaborative community network enhancing the quality of life for persons with a chronic disability by establishing a centralized information sharing hub, raising awareness of disability issues and partnering together to make positive change.

What we do

Beyond Disability has evolved since its inception, and the focus is now on: providing central access to information and resources for adults and their caregivers; collecting and sharing information and resources; providing referrals to fellow members; social networking to create a sense of community among those with disability;peer support; and advocacy.

Lastly, as our network grows and evolves, we encourage members to bring their voice, ideas and enthusiasm to the table.

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Partnership Council Members

Our Members include but are not limited to:

Accessibility Resource Sharing

Assisted Living Southwestern Ontario (ALSO)
3141 Sandwich St, Windsor
519-969-8188
http://www.alsogroup.org/

Brain Injury Association in Windsor and Essex County
11500 Tecumseh Rd E, Windsor
519-981-1329
BIAWE.com
Facebook – BIAWE

Community Living Essex County
372 Talbot St N, Essex 519-776-6483
13158 Tecumseh Rd, Tecumseh 519-979-0057
260 Bathurst St, Amherstburg 519-736-5077
245 Talbot St W, Leamington 519-326-4311

District Stroke Centre Windsor-Essex
WRH’s District Stroke Centre (DSC) team and its partners WRH:
• Urgent TIA Clinic
• Acute Stroke Unit
• Hyper Accute Stroke Services
https://www.wrh.on.ca/WindsorEssexDistrictStrokeCentre

Handi-Transit
3737 WalkerRd, Windsor
519-966-0930

“I Decide Project”
Legal Assistance of Windsor
443 Ouellette Ave, 2nd Floor,
519-256-7831

John McGivney Children’s Centre
The John McGivney Children’s Centre provides rehabilitative services to children with disabilities in Windsor-Essex. http://www.jmccentre.ca

Law, Disability & Social Change Project
Faculty of Law, University of Windsor.
The LDSC Project team undertakes a variety of projects that feed grounded research and theory into policy development and legal decision-making.
https://lawdisabilitysocialchange.com/about/

March of Dimes Canada
March of Dimes Canada provides a wide range of services to people with physical disabilities throughout the country.
877-369-4867
https://www.marchofdimes.ca/

MS Community Windsor Essex County Optimist
226-506-2544

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
https://mssociety.ca/

South Essex Community Council
215 Talbot St E, Kingsville
519-326-8629

Rose City Riot
Para-Sports club in Windsor, Ontario.
Visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RoseCityRiot/

Spinal Cord Injury Ontario
1453 Prince Rd, Windsor
519-253-7272
https://sciontario.org

Tetra Society of North America
https://www.tetrasociety.org/

The Word Exchange
401 Sunset Avenue
Dr. Lori Buchanin 

Windsor Amputee Support Group http://www.windsoramps.ca
Facebook group – Windsor Amps