Self Help Clearinghouse

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Participating Organizations
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About

Our mission is to improve the health and well being of persons with disabilities by promoting the concept, benefits, and use of self-help. Self-help is rooted in the idea that people who share a disability or chronic condition have something to offer each other that cannot be provided by professionals. Self-help groups are small, autonomous and open groups that meet regularly to allow members to share experiences, resources and coping mechanisms and, on occasion come together for social change.

Our main purpose is to support a network of independent Manitoban self-help organizations which in turn provide services to people with disabilities. They are able to draw upon each other’s strengths and develop new approaches to common challenges by pooling their knowledge, ideas, and experience.

We provide a package of administrative and consultative services to 14 self-help independent, incorporated non-profit organizations in the same physical location. Using economies of scale and the benefit of collaboration, these organizations reduce their operating costs, learn from each other and develop their capacity as organizations within this network.

Physical site services:

Administrative services:

Consultative services:

These self-help organizations are in turn helping the community of people living with disabilities and chronic disease. The combined membership of these participating organizations exceeds 2,200. Along with these active members, their caregivers and families are also supported all across the province of Manitoba.

Participating Organizations

Image of Asperger Manitoba Inc Logo and link to their website Asperger Manitoba Inc. (AMI) grew out of a parent support group for parents of adults with Asperger's Syndrome in response to the need for understanding and ongoing support for Asperger adults to live and work within society. Today, the group aims to increase public awareness of Asperger's Syndrome and to work toward improving the quality and level of services available to persons with AS. Please call 204-975-3037 or email info@asperger-manitoba.ca for more info.

Link to Autism Society Manitoba website Autism Society Manitoba (ASM) is an organization formed in the early 1970s by a group of parents of autistic children, getting together for support and information sharing. Today, ASM offers assistance to families and individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the areas of social skills groups, family events, peer support, and adult advisory groups. Please call 204-783-9563 or email info@autismmanitoba.com for more info.

Link to Canadian Celiac Association, Manitoba Chapter website The Canadian Celiac Association is the national voice for people who are adversely affected by gluten and is dedicated to improving diagnosis and quality of life. The vision of the organization is, "The Gluten Problem: Found, Treated, Cured" and provides support to people with Celiac in the south-eastern and northern parts of the province including the city of Winnipeg and the surrounding area. Please call 204-772-6979 or email office@manitobaceliac.com for more info.

Link to the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) website The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) is a non-profit, self-help consumer advocate organization run by and for persons who are hard of hearing. The mission of CHHA Manitoba Chapter is to raise public awareness concerning issues that relate to hearing loss, to ensure that clients with hearing loss understand how to have their needs met, and to promote their integration and full participation in Canadian society. Please call 204-975-3037 or email mbchha@mymts.net for more info.

Link to the Council of Women of Winnipeg website The Council of Women of Winnipeg is a nonpartisan, nonsectarian network of organizations and individuals of diverse interests networking to pursue work of common interest where the stability of the family and the welfare of the community are concerned. Please call 204-997-9632 or email cwwgeneral@gmail.com for more info.

Link to the Fibromyalgia Support Group of Winnipeg website The Fibromyalgia Support Group of Winnipeg sponsors and promotes educational programs and services to all persons with Fibromyalgia, their families and friends, physicians and health care professionals and the general public. It also promotes and sponsors scientific and clinical research as to the causes, treatments, and cure of Fibromyalgia Syndrome. Please call 204-975-3037 or email info@fmswinnipeg.com for more info.

Link to the Friends of Dyslexia website The mission of Friends of Dyslexia Inc. is to assist people and enhance their ability to overcome challenges through financial support for assessment, tutoring, and technologies. Please call 204-898-6845 or email friendsofdyslexia@gmail.com for more info.

Link to the The Huntington Society of Canada website  The Huntington Society of Canada offers professional support services to individuals and families living with Huntington disease (HD), education and support to health and social service professionals who care for individuals with HD, and funding for research to delay or stop the progression of the disease. Volunteers of the Huntington Society of Canada, Manitoba Chapter provide advocacy, informal support, fundraising and awareness activities. Please call 204-772-4617 or email mbuchholz@huntingtonsociety.ca for more info.

Link to the Manitoba Brain Injury Association website The Manitoba Brain Injury Association helps individuals and families affected by brain injury to cope by offering support, education, and advocacy. We also work to prevent brain injuries through public awareness initiatives and educational programming. Please call 204-975-3280 or email info@mbia.ca for more info.

Link to the Manitoba Down Syndrome Society website The Manitoba Down Syndrome Society provides support, information, and opportunities to individuals with Down syndrome at all stages of life for parents, professionals and other interested persons. Please call 204-992-2731 or email info@manitobadownsyndromesociety.com for more info.

[insert logo] The Manitoba Huntington Disease (Winnipeg Chapter) ... Please call 204-772-4617 or email mbuchholz@huntingtonsociety.ca for more info.

Link to Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s website Muscular Dystrophy Canada is committed to improving the quality of life for Canadians living with neuromuscular disorders and funding leading research for the discovery of therapies and cures for neuromuscular disorders. Please call 1-800-567-2873 or email danya.dziedzic@muscle.ca for more info.

Link to the Post-Polio Network Manitoba website Post-Polio Network Manitoba is an organization that serves as a support group and information centre for polio survivors throughout Manitoba, especially those suffering from Post-Polio Syndrome. It works to acquaint the medical community and those responsible for government services as to the nature and extent of the problems associated with the late effects of polio. The membership includes polio survivors, their families, and health care professionals. Please call 204-975-3037 or email postpolionetwork@gmail.com for more info.

Link to the Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba website The Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba Inc. (PCWM) is a federation of organizations and individuals who act in the public interest for the well being of individuals, families, and communities. Through advocacy, education, and research the PCWM promotes laws and programs that advance gender equality, environmental sustainability, human rights, peace and democracy. Please call 204-992-2751 or email pcwm@mymts.net for more info.

Link to the Winnipeg Ostomy Association website The Winnipeg Ostomy Association Inc. (WOA) is affiliated with the United Ostomy Association of Canada Inc. (UOAC) and is a volunteer-based health organization dedicated to assisting people who have had or will have intestinal or urinary tract diversions by providing emotional support, instructional and information services, support to the family unit and by promoting the services of the organization to public and professional communities. Please call 204-237-2022 or email woainfo@mts.net for more info.

Level It Up logoLevel IT Up is a social enterprise dedicated to increasing the employment of Manitobans with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Their goal is to provide a pool of trained and skilled personnel to companies within the information and communication technology sector of Winnipeg. Level IT Up conducts an assessment and training program for candidates before being placed in the work environment. Through the assessment process, candidates learn employment and life skills. Once in the workplace, employers and candidates are offered continued job support and mentorship. The process is based on Meticulon, a proven model in Calgary, Alberta. Level IT Up is also part of Neurowrx, an alliance of businesses and organizations from around the world to advance the employment of people with ASD in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Please call 204-807-7295 or email info@levelitupmb.ca for more info.

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Become a Participating Organization

Eligible organizations must be an incorporated non-profit organization or a chapter or resource centre of an incorporated non-profit organization, serve people with medical or disability-based concerns and serve one or more of these primary functions:

Please see our Contact Us section below for more info

Upcoming Events

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Available Office Space

We are located at 825 Sherbrook St and have affordable, accessible office space available. Daytime and evening meeting room space is also available for rent including:

Contact Us

204-825 Sherbrook Street
Winnipeg, MB  R3A 1M5
Hours: Mon - Fri (9 AM - 5 PM)
Email: clearinghouse@smd.mb.ca
Phone: 204-975-3037
Toll-Free: 1-866-282-8041
TTY: 204-975-3012
Fax: 204-975-3027

Derek Day
Manager of Clearinghouse/Community Inclusion and Support Services
Email: dday@smd.mb.ca
Phone: 204-975-3006
Fax: 204-975-3027

Aline Lima Abrao
Administrative Assistant
E: aabrao@smd.mb.ca
P: 204-975-3037
Fax: 204-975-3027

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