Health Related Advocacy Groups

Organizations that are dedicated to protecting and improving the quality and affordability of health and long term care for all individuals and advocating for changes in the health care system that will achieve these goals; or which advocate more broadly for legislation and other measures such as bans on smoking that have a positive impact on public health. Specific issues may include extending the reach of childhood immunization programs, expanding services for people with specific disabilities or health conditions, funding medical research, supporting or opposing stem cell research, increasing the accountability of health care organizations and nursing facilities, extending prescription drug benefits, advocating for the preservation of the universal health care system or taking a position on the merits of specific medical procedures or forms of treatment.



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.

A non-profit organization offering advocacy and services for people who are hard of hearing and deaf.

Easter Seals is a registered charity that fundraises and hosts events to support its work. It offers programs and services to children and youth with physical disabilities across Ontario to help them achieve greater independence, accessibility and integration.

The offices of Epilepsy South Central Ontario.

Physical location of the Canadian Cancer Society for Hamilton and the Brant-Norfolk community.

The Canadian Cancer Society is a charitable organization, volunteer organization and advocate for all forms of cancer. They fund reaserch and offer education and trustworthy information about cancers.

A national, community-based voluntary organization whose mission is the unification, understanding, creation of awareness of people living with autoimmune diseases. There are over eighty different autoimmune diseases, and these range from common to very rare diseases.

The Hamilton Wentworth location of Autism Ontario.

Promotes public and professional awareness and understanding of autism and pervasive developmental disorders. Provides information, referral, and resource materials to parents, professionals, and the public.

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. 

The offices of Asthma Canada are located in Toronto, Ontario.

Not-for-profit organization focused on enhancing the quality of life of Canadians with asthma and associated allergies. There is extensive resource and support information on the website.

The Arthritis Society offers programs and services that support those with arthritis. These include:

Regional administrative office for the Arthritis Society.

The advocacy group for individuals with arthritis. They raise money to fund arthritis related scientific research. Provides information on living with arthritis and referral to other arthritis community supports online, by phone, or in person.

A national voluntary health organization, together with Provincial Partners, dedicated to supporting Canadians living with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, by investing in research, so ALS will be a treatable, not terminal disease.

The Cross Cultural Healthcare Program serves as a bridge between individuals and communities, and health and social services to ensure full access to quality care or services that are culturally and linguistically appropriate.

An 8-10 week program of one day per week that includes workshops, health activities, short excursions, and guest speakers to assist people living with diabetes and people who may be at risk of developing diabetes to develop skills with diabetes management and improve overall health.

Non-profit organization that promotes the rights, freedoms, and responsibilities of persons with disabilities through community development, social action, and member support and referral. 

Supports public libraries in the provision of accessible collections for Canadians with print disabilities and champions the fundamental right of Canadians with print disabilities to access media and reading materials in the format of their choice, including audio, braille, e-text.

Hamilton's regional branch of the Canadian Hearing Services. Provider of services, products, and information that remove barriers to communication, advance hearing health, and promote equity for people who are culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing. 

Provider of services, products, and information that remove barriers to communication, advance hearing health, and promote equity for people who are culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing. 

Works with community members locally in Hamilton, Ontario and across the province to advocate for the rights of people with disabilities.

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