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March of Dimes Canada: Creating an inclusive society

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

March of Dimes Canada is a charitable organization (formerly known as Ontario March of Dimes) that has been providing services to people with physical disabilities and their families for over 60 years. Founded in 1951 to assist individuals stricken by the polio epidemic of that era, upon the advent of the Salk vaccine, our purpose was expanded to serve all adults with physical disabilities, by maximizing their independence, personal empowerment and community participation. In 2001, we expanded our mandate to include children and youth. 

Today, March of Dimes is one of the largest providers of community-based services to children and adults with physical disabilities in Ontario, with over 1,600 employees in more than 90 locations. In 2006, we began to extend our programs nationally, and currently also have services available in Nova Scotia, Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia, with plans to further expand across Canada.

In 2012-13, we provided 2.55 million hours of direct service to 55,284 children and adults across Canada who suffer from a range of disabling conditions, including multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, acquired brain injuries, or the recurring effects of stroke or polio.

The services March of Dimes Canada provides cover a broad range of needs, all with the common objective of increasing community participation and empowerment and include Employment and Recreation programs, Independent Living Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, Peer Support programs to stroke and polio survivors, and much more.

To learn more about the March of Dimes Canada visit their website.


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