Zoom Event – United Nations International Day of Persons With Disabilities on December 4th, 2020

The United Nations will be hosting a Commemorative Event for the International Day of Persons With Disabilities. The theme this year is “Building Back Better: Toward a Disability-inclusive, Accessible and Sustainable Post COVID-19 World”. 

The event will take place on December 4, 2020 from 11:00am – 12:45pm EST through the Zoom Webinar virtual platform.

To register, please click here.

This event is organized by the Executive Office of Secretary-General (EOSG), UNDESA, UN Women, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador, the Permanent Missions of Philippines and Tanzania and co-sponsored by UNPRPD/UNDP, the World Bank, the Permanent Missions of Mexico and New Zealand and the Asia Pacific Forum on Women and Girls with Disabilities (Civil Society).

For more details about the event, you can visit the event website here.


CILT Peer Connect: Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 from 1:00pm – 2:30pm

The final session of CILT Peer Connect in 2020 will feature a seated yoga class with yoga teacher, Joanne Lowe. Join us to breathe, stretch and relax our way into this holiday season.

To register, please email rebecca.wood@cilt.ca

For more about Joanne visit https://www.bigstretchyoga.com/

 

CILT Peer Connect is a biweekly peer support opportunity for adults with disabilities.  In every session we will check in and connect around how we are coping with stress and isolation as a result of COVID-19.  Please be ready to participate in activity and discussion and let us know if we can support with any accommodations.  CILT Peer Connect is presented with generous funding support provided by The City of Toronto, The United Way of Greater Toronto, and Independent Living Canada.


Webinar – Self-Advocating for Accessible Mental Health Supports for People with Disabilities During COVID-19

CILT invites you to “Self-Advocating for Accessible Mental Health Supports for People with Disabilities During COVID-19.” This is a Zoom webinar that will focus on building self-advocacy skills for accessing mental health supports, responding to ableist attitudes and policies, and inequitable access historically experienced by people with disabilities in Ontario.

This webinar will expand awareness of potential challenges to accessing mental health care and will develop skills for self-identifying support needs and self-advocating to have those needs met during and beyond the pandemic.

When: Thursday December 10, 2020 from 1:00-2:30 PM Eastern Time (Canada)

To register for this virtual webinar event, please click here.

This workshop will have following objectives:
1) Includes knowing when to seek mental health support
2) How to determine a provider’s disability lens
3) How to ensure your access needs are being met
4) Question and Answers
5) Resources

Workshop Presenters:
Samantha Abel, PhD, RSW, Social Worker, Flemingdon Health Centre
Janet Rodriguez, Lived Experience Advisor; Health Mentor for Inter professional education

Workshop Facilitators:
John Mossa, Independent Living Skills Coordinator, Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT)
Rebecca Wood, Peer and Parenting Program Coordinator, Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT)

If you need assistance with registering please e-mail rebecca.wood@cilt.ca or call 416-599-2458 ext 291.

Please note, you will not be able to join the session without registering first. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 


Virtual Conference – Moving Beyond Repair: Upstream Approaches to Public Health Emergencies

The Dalla Lana School of Public Health is pleased to present the 13th Annual Student-Led Conference, Moving Beyond Repair: Upstream Approaches to Public Health Emergencies. This multi-day virtual event will be held on November 12th to 14th 2020. Click here for more information.


Food Access and Insecurity in Adults with Mobility Disabilities


A Murder Mystery Movie Night: Knives Out

Join us on Friday October 30th, 6:30-9pm for a slightly spooky start to your Halloween weekend.

We will meet on Zoom to watch Knives Out, presented with closed captioning.

To register, call Lucy 416 486-8666 ext. 226 and leave your email OR or email Rebecca at rebecca.wood@cilt.ca (registration is required to receive the zoom link).

Click here for more information.


2020 Virtual Public Forum on Accessible Transit

On October 1, 2020, TTC Board members, management and staff, and members of the Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit (ACAT) will host the TTC’s first ever virtual Public Forum on Accessible Transit. This event is held annually to hear from the public about the accessibility of conventional TTC and door-to-door (Wheel-Trans) public transit services in Toronto. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we’re hosting this event online this year.

Register for the 2020 Virtual Public Forum on Accessible Transit

Event details

  • Thursday, October 1, 2020 – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Participate online – view the live stream
  • Participate by phone – 416-764-8658

The Public Forum on Accessible Transit will include captioning and ASL interpreters. You must register for the event, and you can pre-submit any questions you might have online.

TTC staff will share a presentation starting at 7 p.m. highlighting recent accessibility initiatives and plans for the continued improvement of transit in Toronto, including the Wheel-Trans 10-year Strategy, Family of Services, and The Easier Access project initiatives. They will also discuss the TTC’s response to COVID-19. The presentation will be followed by an open question and answer period. Questions may be submitted via the live stream platform, twitter or by phone.

The open Public Forum will provide the opportunity for customers to ask questions, share their experiences, provide feedback, concerns and other comments directly to a panel which will include:

  • Kirsten Watson – Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Operations
  • Dwayne Geddes, Head of Wheel-Trans
  • Mark Mis, Head of Service Planning & Scheduling
  • Matt Hagg, Senior Planner, System Access
  • Mazin Aribi, 2020 ACAT Chair

Feedback gathered through the virtual event will be used to inform the TTC’s accessibility planning activities. We look forward to sharing our successes and learning about new ways to improve transit for everyone.


Take Urgent Action Against the Dangers of Electric Scooters in Toronto Zoom Meeting

CILT and CWDO Invite You to Join a 1-hour Live Email Writing Campaign to Toronto’s Mayor and Your City Councillor. Help stop the City of Toronto from allowing electric scooters (e-scooters), a serious new danger to the safety and accessibility of people with disabilities, seniors, and the public.

When: Thurs. Oct 1, 2020, 1:00-2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZApduGpqDsoE9KlJm1Tr8uHn8YjFGoakd1_

For more info, here is the flyer


Accessible Standards Canada: Have your say!

Accessibility Standards Canada recently launched their first online consultation!

Have your say. Complete the online survey before September 30, 2020 to help them determine:

●        How they can engage with you

●        The research priorities for their next call for proposals

●        The areas of focus for their next set of accessibility standards

You can also participate by email, mail, phone, and in American Sign Language or Langue des signes Québécoise! Visit their consultation webpage for more details on how to participate.

You can call or email them if you have any accessibility needs or questions.

Phone: 1-833-854-7628

You can also engage with them on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.


Disability and Work in Canada 2020 Virtual Conference

The Disability and Work in Canada (DWC) 2020 Conference will be held virtually this year from November 25 to December 2. The topic for this conference is the “Strategy in Action—Pathways and Impacts”.

The DWC Conference is looking for proposals for the following sessions: vignettes, panel session, panel member and presentations.

Visit the DWC Strategy webpage to learn more.

The Application Form must be submitted by Friday September 25, 2020 at info@DWCStrategy.ca.