People with Disabilities and the Pandemic Survey

The Accessibility Consultant for the City of Toronto is gathering information on the impact of COVID 19 on people with disabilities. They are trying to get voices from the disability community to share their experiences of COVID 19, and of the impact of the City of Toronto COVID 19 Equity Plan that was put in place to support people with disability during the pandemic.

Names of the participants will not be mentioned in the report. There are 13 survey questions. To take part in the survey, please click on the hyperlinked COVID-19 Survey for People with Disabilities 

If the survey is not accessible and you cannot participate, please contact zahrabrown8@gmail.com for an alternative version.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT SURVEY IS SEPTEMBER 21st, 2021


Disability Inclusion Action Plan


Information Resources for Voting in the Federal Election for September 20th, 2021

With the federal election fast approaching on September 20th, 2021, CILT has put together a number of resources pertaining to if individuals were interested in casting their ballots by mail. Your local Elections Canada office must receive your completed online or in-person special ballot application by the deadline of Tuesday, September 14, 6:00 p.m. local time. Your ballot must be returned by election day on Monday September 20, 2021.

There may be a number of barriers with the online vote-by-mail application process, so please refer to our hyperlinked resources for troubleshooting options.

LIST OF RESOURCES 

  1. Elections Canada Voter Information Accessible Voting and Polling Station Accessibility Sept 20 2021
  2. Elections Canada Who Should Consider Voting By Mail
  3. Govt Canada Vulnerable-Populations-Covid-19-eng
  4. Elections Canada How To Apply To Vote By Special Ballot
  5. Elections Canada ID To Vote For Federal Election Sept 20 2021
  6. How To Scan Documents On Your iPhone or Android

Please note that all resource documents are in PDF form. For alternate versions or any further questions and concerns, please reach out to CILT’s Independent Living Skills Coordinator, John Mossa, by email john.mossa@cilt.ca or call 416-599-2458 ext 238.


Legal Advocacy to End Discrimination Against Women with Disabilities | Webinar

This webinar brings together representatives from DisAbled Women’s Network of Canada (DAWN Canada), ARCH Disability Law Centre, and Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) to discuss their ongoing legal advocacy regarding gender-based violence against women with disabilities.

Presenters will share the various faces of gender-based violence for women and girls with disabilities and speak about efforts to include intersectional feminist lenses in legal advocacy addressing discrimination against women with disabilities. Examples from litigation, public legal education, community development, and law reform will be provided. Presenters will also discuss lessons learned from legal interventions, including the ableist assumptions in the justice system, the importance (and limits) of terminology, and the need for judicial education.

When: Tuesday, August 17, 2021 from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm  eastern time

Register: Through hyperlinked Zoom portal

Participants will:

  • Learn about gender-based violence against women and girls with disabilities.
  • Develop their understanding of how ableism and stereotypes impact the legal experiences of women with disabilities.
  • Find out how the legal system can support women with disabilities move from victims to survivors.
  • Reflect on how they can center the needs and voices of people living with disabilities in their work.

 


Interactive Remote Vaccine Townhall | AEBC Toronto Chapter

Join the AEBC Toronto Chapter on August 19th, 2021, from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM for an interactive town hall for the blind, deaf, and disabled communities including panelists from the medical community and those with lived experience with COVID and the importance of vaccines.

Panelist discussion will include:

  1. An overview of current COVID-19 vaccines and their efficacy
  2. Personal and scientific benefits of COVID-19 vaccination
  3. Vaccination myth busting and common fears shared by disabled individuals
  4. How to book your vaccine appointment in Ontario for first and second doses

Accommodations provided include ASL interpreters from Deaf Spectrum and live captioning through the Zoom platform.

How to register: Registration is free, however, space is limited. Save your seat by registering through the Eventbrite page or emailing aebctoronto@gmail.com

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Rob Kozak
  • Craig Madho
  • Ian White
  • Earle Zwicker

Capability Program – Now Intaking

The Capability Program offered by Woodgreen Community Services is doing intakes for their next group which will start in late August.

Program info: 

  • 4-6 weeks of workshops (virtual)
  • 12 week work experience placement
  • Job retention and accommodation supports

Eligibility: 

  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Self-identify as having a disability (visible or invisible)
  • Unemployed
  • Not eligible for or receiving EI
  • Must be able to participate in a virtual program (access to computer and internet)

Registration:

For more information, please check out the hyperlinked CAP Summer 2021 flyer and CAP Info Session callout.

PLEASE NOTE: CILT does not recommend or endorse any listing and is not liable for any situations which may result.

 


Autistics Access to Vaccines in Toronto #ActuallyVaccinated [WEBINAR]

In this presentation, we will discuss what the COVID-19 vaccines are, the science behind them, and access issues for autistics. Presented by Autistics for Autistics, Ontario as part of the Centre for Independent Living’s Disability Vaccine Outreach Initiative, in partnership with the City of Toronto’s Vaccine Ambassadors Program.

When: July 29, 2021 from 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Where: Virtually through Zoom

To register, please fill out the hyperlinked Registration Form.

ASL interpreter and captions will be available.

 


A Guide to the COVID-19 Vaccine [WEBINAR]

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED.

Knowing that many members of our community have been vaccinated already, this webinar presented by BALANCE will focus on how you can speak with hesitant friends and family about COVID-19 and the benefits of being vaccinated. A Question-and-Answer period will take place following the presentation, where you can ask any questions you might have.

When: Thursday, July 29, 2021 from 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Virtually through Zoom

To register, please click the Zoom link or call 416-236-1796 ext. 0 to register.

Closed captioning will be provided.

Check out the flyer for more info.

 

 

 


Ontario Providing Accessible Rides to COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

Please see below for a press release from the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility dated June 22, 2021: 

TORONTO

Building on recent success in getting millions of people vaccinated, the Ontario government is investing $3.7 million in a partnership with the Ontario Community Support Association to help people with disabilities, including seniors with mobility issues, get to and from vaccination sites so they can get their shot and help stop the spread of COVID-19.

To date, over three-quarters of all adults in Ontario have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with nearly 26 per cent fully immunized. The Accessible Drive To Vaccines program will ensure that anyone who wants a vaccine is able to by connecting eligible individuals with staff and volunteers who will drive them to and from local vaccination sites across the province. This includes individuals who have not yet received their first shot, or anyone who may require additional support to access their second.

“Our government understands that some Ontario residents may face barriers in traveling to a vaccination site,” said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “This program will ensure that transportation is not a barrier to vaccination. It will help many Ontarians with mobility issues get vaccinated.”

This initiative will focus on helping people who do not have access to accessible transportation through family, neighbours or community organizations.

“In many communities across Ontario, the dedicated staff and volunteers who work in the community support sector have been providing safe rides to vaccination sites for several months,” said Deborah Simon, OCSA’s Chief Executive Officer. “As demand continues to grow, we’re pleased to be involved in coordinating this project, which recognizes, supports, and extends the capacity of these hard-working organizations to help vulnerable people protect themselves against COVID-19.”

Getting as many Ontarians as possible vaccinated is a critical part of the government’s strategy to fight COVID-19.

Quick Facts

  • Individuals must have a vaccine appointment booked for the date of transportation requested.
  • Eligible individuals must be a person with a disability within the meaning of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.
  • Depending on logistics it may be the same driver both ways or two separate drivers.
  • One caregiver or support person will also be permitted to accompany the person on this accessible transportation initiative.

Media Contacts

Elric Pereira
Minister’s office
elric.pereira@ontario.ca

Media Desk
Communications Branch
msaa.media@ontario.ca


COVID Vaccine Webinar | Considering Social Determinants of Health for People with Disabilities

ERDCO (the Ethno Racialized Disability Coalition – Ontario) is holding a free webinar about the COVID-19 vaccine. The topic will be about barriers for people with disabilities and the “Considering Social Determinants of Health.”

When: Tuesday, June 22 from 12:00pm – 1:30pm EST

How to register: Link to registration form

ASL (American Sign Language) and Deaf Interpretation will be provided.

If you have any questions, please contact info.erdco@gmail.com or text 416-245-2283.