ALS Societies across Canada
ALS Societies across Canada are charitable organizations that respond to the unique needs of people living with ALS. There is an ALS Society in each province of Canada, and the services offered – such as equipment loan programs, support groups and support services – will vary based on differences between the provincial healthcare systems.
The ALS Society of Canada’s website is a good resource to visit as a starting point, where you can learn more about ALS as well as find contact information for the ALS Society and ALS clinic(s) in your province.
In addition to its role in Ontario providing services and support to assist people living with ALS, the ALS Society of Canada leads federal advocacy and administers the ALS Canada Research Program, which is the only dedicated source of ALS research funding in Canada. The Walk to End ALS also provides support by giving a portion of their donations from each province.
ALS clinics are located across the country and help provide personalized care to help manage mobility, breathing, speech and nutrition challenges people with ALS may experience throughout their journey.
Many ALS clinics in Canada are multidisciplinary – meaning they are staffed with a team of specialists that include neurologists, respirologists, physiatrists and allied health providers such as nurses, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists and dieticians. Each of these healthcare providers have expertise to help people living with ALS at various points throughout the ALS journey.
ALS Podcast: Stop, Listen, and Learn
The ALS Pathways Podcasts are free audio files that you can stream or download using your smartphone, tablet device, or desktop computer. Each episode in this series is about 10 minutes in length. Podcasts are a great way to get practical information wherever you are.