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 or text 416-245-2283.

City of Toronto Pool Open for People with Disabilities and Health Conditions

The City of Toronto has opened the Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre swimming pool to meet the needs of persons with disabilities, health and medical conditions, who might benefit from aquatic activity. Details are as follows:

Where: Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre at 5100 Yonge Street (entrance via the back on Beecroft, beside the North York Central Library)

When: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00am – 12:00pm

Register: Individuals or groups can call 416-395-7585. You can also contact the Community Recreation Supervisor, Mary Elmassarany, whose cell phone is 647-217-2165 or email

The pool is fully accessible, with accessible changerooms and bathrooms and ramped entry into the shallow end of the pool.

Participants must bring a note from a “qualified regulated health professional” noting that this activity would be beneficial. The province defines qualified regulated health professional as “physicians, nurse practitioners, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, chiropodists/podiatrists, chiropractors and kinesiologists.” The note must be shown, but it is not kept by the facility or the City, respecting privacy concerns.

Advocacy strategies for persons with disabilities during COVID-19 | ARCH Disability

At this event, ARCH lawyers will discuss advocacy strategies for persons with disabilities during the pandemic and how they continued to include persons with disabilities in discussions that affect them. ARCH lawyers will also examine changes to their practice of law and offer reflections on how those changes will influence the future practice of law.

When: Thursday, June 3rd, 2021 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm EST

Where: Virtually

To register, please click here.

Please note that ASL interpreting and closed captioning will be made available.

– Gabriel Reznick, Staff Lawyer, ARCH Disability Law Centre
– Rachel Weiner, Staff Lawyer, ARCH Disability Law Centre
– Jessica De Marinis, Staff Lawyer, ARCH Disability Law Centre
– Mariam Shanouda, Staff Lawyer, ARCH Disability Law Centre

-Dianne Wintermute, Staff Lawyer, ARCH Disability Law Centre

Staying Safe in the Community when you have a Disability

Staying Safe in the Community when you have a Disability” offers strategies and tips for people with disabilities on safety planning. This resource was created due to a lack of tools available for folks in the disability community to keep themselves safe despite the rising incidences of violence in our communities against marginalized and vulnerable populations.

Townhall Series for Wheel-Trans Users

TTC riders and the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) are hosting a series of townhalls for Wheel-Trans users, Ontario Works, and ODSP recipients. Join the discussion to share your experiences and accessibility concerns with fares and payment options. We will write a report based on your anonymous feedback and share it with the TTC because they are creating a “5-Year Fare Plan.”

A short presentation about the Fair Pass and other updates will be followed by discussion breakout rooms on Zoom.

When: Wednesday, May 5th, 2021 from 6pm – 7:30pm

Where: Virtually through the Zoom platform

Register: click here

ASL and closed captioning will be provided.

You can help spread the word by sharing on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.

We will be hosting a second townhall event for Wheel-Trans users in June focused on the Family of Services, which could become mandatory this summer.

Handouts and Recording: COVID-19 Vaccines and People with Disabilities in Ontario

This webinar was hosted by CILT on Wednesday, April 7th, 2021. Please find all of the recordings and handouts from the webinar below in hyperlinks:

Vaccine Webinar Recording

Resources and handouts:

  1. Vaccine Webinar Presentation in PDF format
  2. How to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  3. Vaccine Information and Disability Specific Resources
  4. Considerations for vaccination of people with certain underlying medical conditions
  5. Vaccine Advocacy Resources
  6. Additional Vaccine Information in Ontario, Canada World Health Organization


Handouts and Recording: Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) for COVID-19 and People with Disabilities Webinar

Zoom Webinar: COVID-19 Vaccines and People with Disabilities in Ontario on April 7, 2021

CILT will be presenting a Zoom webinar on COVID-19 vaccines to empower people with disabilities with information and self-advocacy skills. The webinar will explain the different COVID-19 vaccines, their effectiveness & safety in Canada, addressing vaccine hesitancy, the meaning of herd immunity, the various stages of vaccine rollout and how to self-advocate for receiving the vaccine in Ontario.

When: Wednesday April 7, 2021, 1:00pm-300pm

Register in advance for this meeting at:

This workshop will cover the following topics: 

1) Information on Different COVID-19 Vaccines, Effectiveness & Safety in Canada

2) Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy and the Meaning of Herd Immunity

3) How Canada Chooses Groups for Early Vaccination

4) Vaccine rollout: Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine in Ontario

5) Vaccine Advocacy & Action Toolkit for Vaccine Equity

6) Question and Answers

7) Resources

If you need assistance with registering please e-mail 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 with the Zoom link or phone number for you to use to join the webinar. Please note: Registration closes two hours before the webinar.

Workshop Presenter:

Timothy Valyear, RPN, Owner, Integrity Care Consultants Inc.

Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) Workshop Facilitators: 

John Mossa, Independent Living Skills Coordinator

Rebecca Wood, Peer and Parenting Program Coordinator

CILT funding support provided by United Way Greater Toronto, City of Toronto, Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), and Independent Living Canada.

Seeking Participants – Disability Justice Through Indigenous Ceremony

No More Silence has partnered with the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto on an exciting Disability Justice project. Our hope is to engage with Indigenous community members who experience challenges and barriers when attempting to access cultural and ceremonial spaces in order to develop guidelines to increase the accessibility of these spaces.

In the current phase of the project we are seeking Indigenous participants with a variety of accessibility needs. We will host a Zoom meeting to discuss their experiences and share ideas on how Indigenous community spaces can address ableism and improve access to culture and ceremony. We also want to talk about Indigenous concepts of ability and impairment in relation to disability justice. We are looking for participants with lived experience of access needs and/or who have experienced barriers related to physical, mobility, sensory (sight and hearing), intellectual, developmental, mental health, or trauma.

We will schedule three 1 and ½ hour meetings taking place on a Saturday (March 20 or 27). An honorarium will be provided. We are hoping for 8 – 10 participants per meeting.

In order to register for these meetings, please contact or Rebecca Wood at 416-599-2458 extension 291.

The March 20th meeting will include ASL interpretation.  Please let us know about any accommodation you may need to participate when you register. Please note that the Zoom meeting can be joined over the phone and there will be a limited number of one-on-one sessions available.

In a later phase of the project we will be building an accessible sweat lodge. The lodge will be run by Elder, Wanda Whitebird, who has been using a motorized wheelchair as a result of a spinal cord injury in January 2019.

Handouts and Recording: The Second Wave: Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) for COVID-19 and People with Disabilities Webinar