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

ARCH Disability Law Centre Virtual Webinars on Accessible Canada Act Draft Regulations

The Government of Canada, the Canadian Transportation Agency and the CRTC are asking for feedback on three Accessible Canada Act draft regulations. The ARCH Disability Law Centre is holding virtual webinars to give people with disabilities, disabled persons organization and disability organizations more information.

The virtual webinars will take place on the following dates in 2021:

  • March 8
  • March 10
  • March 15

For details about the webinars and to RSVP, visit the ARCH Disability Law Centre’s website.

Request for Research Participants: Improving In-Hospital Support for Persons with Disabilities

Posted on behalf of the researchers supported by Ryerson University, Rosina Isabella and Paul Benson.

As persons with physical disabilities, we have noticed and experienced that there are significant gaps when it comes to persons with disabilities obtaining the necessary supporting services once the medical situation that triggered the original visit has been addressed. In our experience, hospital staff are often not familiar with how to meet our disability-related needs (e.g., for repositioning in bed, assistance with eating, and other services related to the specific disability). For this reason, we wish to capture the experiences of persons with disabilities so that we can increase awareness of these needs, and as a result make experiences better for people with physical disabilities and invisible disabilities when accessing medical care.

Through surveys and interviews, we are looking to capture information regarding their experiences within the hospital system – either in the emergency department, outpatient clinic, or during a hospital stay. Rest assured that we will maintain the confidentiality of anyone choosing to participate. Their identity will not be disclosed and they will be identified only with a numeric key within the data captured. All reporting will be at an aggregate level, making it impossible to identify individuals.

We hope that – with your help – we can become changemakers in improving healthcare for all.

How you can participate: Participate in our online survey and, possibly, to participate in an interview.

For more information about the project, check out the flyer.

Who we are: As students in the Disability Studies part-time degree program at Ryerson University, and based on our experience with the healthcare provided by community hospitals, community clinics, and other service providers, we have initiated this project to examine hospital and other healthcare-related services delivered to persons with physical disabilities. Our intent is to share the resulting information with healthcare providers to provide them with feedback on the adequacy of those services and areas in which they can be improved.

Recording and Handouts available for Food Access and Insecurity in Adults with Mobility Disabilities

CILT held a Zoom webinar on Food Access and Insecurity in Adults with Mobility Disabilities: Research Findings presented by  Dr. Naomi Schwartz on Nov 5, 2020. The materials from the webinar can be found below as links embedded with texts.


Webinar recording


Dr. Naomi Schwartz Section: Food Access and Insecurity in Adults with Mobility

Executive Summary:

Food Access and Insecurity in Adults with Mobility Disabilities


Schwartz_Naomi_202011_PHD_thesis Food Access and Insecurity in Adults with Mobility


Mindfulness for Cross-Disability and D/deaf Adults: 4-Week Session

In this 4-week session we will:

  • Learn about Mindfulness tools that have been modified from Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
  • Have a chance to practice Mindfulness and Meditation techniques and find out what works best for us
  • Learn about Mindfulness as a strategy for managing uncertainty in the time of COVID-19 and beyond

To register, click here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the zoom meeting. Sessions can be joined through zoom or over the phone.

This workshop is best suited for adults who feel comfortable to communicate independently in an online group. Please let us know about any accommodation needs when you register. If you have any questions or need support setting up zoom please contact

ASL interpretation will be provided.

Introduction to Mindfulness is presented by the Centre for Independent Living Toronto, Miles Nadal JCC Downtown Toronto and Sue Hutton Mindfulness with generous funding support provided by The City of Toronto, The United Way of Greater Toronto, and Independent Living Canada.

Zoom Webinar: COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) and People with Disabilities

CILT will be providing two sessions of the same workshop on IPAC education to empower people with disabilities in making informed choices about COVID-19, PPE use, and infection control measures. This will help people with disabilities to reduce their transmission risk so they can live more independently during the second wave of this pandemic. Both sessions cover the same content, so you are asked to choose one date.

Friday February 26, 2021, 1pm-300pm

Register in advance for this meeting here


Monday March 22, 2021, 1pm-300pm

Register in advance for this meeting here

This workshop will cover the following topics:

1) Importance of Infection Control

2) Routine Practices to Prevent Infections

3) What Causes and How to Prevent the Flu and Covid-19

4) The Importance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Different Types of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and How to Use it Properly

5) Question and Answers

6) 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.

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)

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


Virtual Event – How Stereotypes Impact Us & Our Relationship with Others

The Scarborough Women’s Centre will be offering educational webinars for women with visible and invisible disabilities through their new Rebuilding Lives Project.

The first webinar titled “How stereotypes impact us & our relationship with others” will take place on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, from 2:30 to 4:00 pm via the Webex Meeting Platform

In this webinar, participants will:

  • Learn more about Scarborough Women’s Centre
  • Be introduced to our new Rebuilding Lives Project
  • Explore the impact of disability stereotypes on their relationships
  • Use writing or drawing to challenge negative ideas they have heard about women with disabilities

Women with visible and/or invisible disabilities are welcome to attend. Real-time captioning will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring a journal and different coloured pens, but this is not required to participate.

To register, please see below:

RSVP to Melissa by Monday, February 8, 2021. Please indicate any accommodations needed when you RSVP. Phone: 416 439 7111 (Ext 3) or E-mail:

For more information, check out the event flyer here.

Research Opportunity: COVID-19 Impact on People with Disabilities

Posted on behalf of the University of Toronto Master of Science in Physical Therapy program

Hello! Are you a person living with a disability that has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic? Would you like to share your experiences?

We are a group of students from the Master of Science in Physical Therapy program at the University of Toronto. We are looking for participants for a study we are conducting on how persons with disabilities have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We would appreciate hearing your thoughts.

By taking part in this study, you will have an opportunity to express how your daily life has been impacted by COVID-19, any challenges you have faced, how your support relationships have changed, how you perceive your value and visibility, and how you have managed to cope during this time. There will be a $30.00 honorarium to compensate participants for their time.

This will be used to understand the challenges persons with disabilities face during this time, what your needs are now, and to help with better planning for persons with disabilities during the recovery process of COVID-19 and future pandemics.

In order to participate, you must:

• Be 18 years of age or older;

• Self-identify with a disability;

• Reside in Southern Ontario;

• Live independently with or without self-managed attendant services or other agency supports in the community;

• Be able to give informed consent to participate;

• Have access to a computer and internet,

• Be able to independently answer questions during a virtual 45-60 minute interview session.

Please note, the study aims to gather a wide range of experiences. As such, not all participants who contact us will be automatically selected to participate in the study. The research team will follow up with you regarding whether or not you have been selected as a participant.

If you would like to share your experiences with us you can contact Thank you, we look forward to hearing from you!

COVID-19 Testing in Regent Park

If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with a person who is COVID-19 positive, you can get tested at Fred Victor – 40 Oak St (drop-in, no appointment necessary). The available timeslots are below:

  • January 13th: 1:30pm – 4:30pm
  • January 20th: 1:30pm – 4:30pm
  • January 27th: 1:30pm – 4:30pm

OHIP is not required to get tested, however, please bring your OHIP card if you have one.

For more information, please call 416-364-2261 or click here.