Health/Disability Related Support Groups

Mutual support groups whose members are people who have specific disabilities, illnesses or other health conditions, their families and friends. The groups meet in-person, by telephone or via the Internet; and provide an opportunity for participants to share information, resources, practical tips for daily living and encouragement about issues related to the disability or health problem.

 

Services

Location of the Parkinson's Wellness Innovation Centre, located within Gaitway Neurophysio.

Hamilton location of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association.

Provides a variety of peer support programs to connect and support people in Ontario who are living with spinal cord injuries and other spinal disabilities.

Offers peer support groups to people affected by Scleroderma and their friends and families.

Provides mutual support and education for people living with Parkinson's and their friends and families.

Offers a variety of free online support groups for people affected by Lupus. Visit website for a full list of groups available.

Offers online peer support groups of people affected by kidney disease.

Offers a variety of support services for people in Hamilton with acquired brain injuries and their friends and families.

Services include:

Offers virtual and in-person support groups for people affected by brain tumours.

Support groups are available for 

  • youth ages 18-39
  • adult patients and survivors
  • caregivers

Provides peers support to individuals and families who are affected by Multiple Sclerosis.

Contact to inquire about local support group options.

Offers online peer support groups for individuals whose lives are affected by Tourette Syndrome or associated conditions.

Groups are available for adults, parents, and youth (ages 13-18) and are held regularly online using video conferencing.

Offers a variety of in-person and virtual support groups of people who have been diagnosed with a lung disease.

IPF Lung Heath Support Group - meets second Tuesday of every month from 7 pm-8:30 pm at the Fortinos Community Room at 1579 Main West.

Offers a variety of support services to parents and families who have children with Down Syndrome.

Location of the Hamilton chapter of the Down Syndrome Association, a non-profit agency that offers support to parents and families who have children with Down Syndrome.

Affiliated with the Canadian Down Syndrome Society and the Down Syndrome Association of Ontario.

Offers a variety of services for people in Hamilton who are affected by Cystic Fibrosis. 

Services include:

  • cystic fibrosis information
  • fundraising for research and education
  • support groups

Hamilton chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Canada, a national non-profit corporation that disseminates information on cystic fibrosis, raises funds for research and education, and provides support groups.

A Canadian charity with a mission to promote and enhance the emotional and mental well-being of individuals with facial differences and their families.

A series of group-format support programs that help family, caregivers, and individuals with memory loss cope with progressive cognitive deficits, dementia, or Alzheimer's disease.  Different groups are offered that focus on specific topics such as:

Programs, services, education and on-going support for individuals with dementia, as well as, support for family members and caregivers. Information, education and consultation services to community organizations and local health care agencies is also provided.

AIDS Network Hamilton Location.  Provides education and support for individuals and communities regarding HIV/AIDS and related issues.  

Provides education and support for individuals and communities regarding HIV/AIDS and related issues.  Serves communities in the Hamilton, Halton, Haldminand, Norfolk and Brant regions. 

Offers a variety of in-person and online support groups for people dealing with blindness or vision loss.

Contact or visit website for details about specific services.

Self-help support group for deaf and hard of hearing individuals to share their problems, needs, experiences, and strategies for coping. Also offers educational programs and classes.

The Huntington Society of Canada - Toronto Chapter supports those living in Hamilton with support groups, volunteer opportunities and events.

Asthma Canada offers programs and services for those with Asthma and their caregivers. They perform advocacy, education and research in to this disease.

There is information on the connections between asthma and allergies as well as with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. 

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