Statement on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Statement by CILT’s Executive Director, Wendy Porch

There’s no question that we have accomplished some improvements in the economic and social equity of disabled people over the last 40 years. There is also no question that there remain persistent and unaltered barriers to our community being fully respected, supported and seen as part of the community at large. 

Despite decades of work related to employment supports for people with disabilities, our community remains underemployed and many are still living in poverty. Provincial income security programs do not provide an adequate income for anyone, let alone a disabled person living in an ablest world. 

Disabled people still do not have access to adequate accessible, affordable and safe housing. At no time in our recent history has the lack of accessible housing had a more ominous impact on our communities than now, with disabled people having to live in long-term care facilities and where deaths related to Covid 19 have been rampant. 

The pandemic itself, has had a profound impact on our communities. Elsewhere in the world we clearly see data that shows disabled people are more vulnerable to infection and dire outcomes as a result of Covid 19 but here in Canada we don’t even collect this data. And disabled people are largely not considered to be priorities for vaccination despite this international data that shows the uneven burden the pandemic has had on the community. And despite calls from organizations and individuals to do so.  

I must be honest. I don’t feel like there is much to be celebrated. Perhaps the only bright light is the tenacity, persistence, and creativity of the community itself. Time and time again, diverse disability communities come together to support each other, to include each other, and to say I see you, too.  

So for all of you out there who lead in your communities, who reach out to others and who hold and make space for everyone – today I’ll be thinking of and honoring you.  

 

Wendy Porch 

Executive Director, CILT 


ADP Survey Town Hall | November 15, 2021

The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians and CCB Toronto Visionaries are inviting you to a Town Hall, at which time you will hear about the ADP Program, reasons for the Survey and have the opportunity to ask any questions that you might have about it.

When: Monday, November 15th, 2021 at 7:00pm EST

Registration is not required. To join, click on the Zoom meeting hyperlink or you can use the phone number to call-in: +1 647 374 4685

  • Passcode for the meeting is 439331

Facilitators: John Rae and Ian White.


Accessible COVID-19 Vaccine Townhall

CILT’s Executive Director and Chair of the City of Toronto Accessible Vaccine Task Force Wendy Porch and Nurses from Toronto Public Health will join CILT staff to answer your questions and discuss:

  • Accessible vaccine clinics in Toronto on November 5, 6, and 7 2021
  • The difference between cold, flu and Covid-19
  • Covid-19 vaccine boosters; who needs to get a 3rd shot
  • Covid-19 vaccines for children
  • How to book vaccines if you require in-home or one on one appointments
  • Covid19 Vaccine Receipts

Please feel free to submit additional questions about Covid19 vaccines when you register.

When: Tuesday November 2, 2021, 1:00pm-2:30pm

Where: over Zoom

To Register: Apply through Zoom

If you need support with registration, please contact:

Email: rebecca.wood@cilt.ca 

Phone: 416-599-2458 ext 291, TTY: Dial 711 for Bell Relay Service

ASL to English interpretation and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be provided. Please let us know in registration if you require any additional accommodation.

This event is funded by the City of Toronto COVID-19 Vaccine Engagement Project and is presented in collaboration with the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) and a cross-disability team of partner organizations outreaching to disabled Torontonians within their neighbourhoods to address vaccine questions and barriers.


City of Toronto’s “Let’s get T.O. Vaccinated” | Super Supportive Vaccine Clinics [ANOTHER LOCATION]

Do you or a family member:

  • Have a fear of needles?
  • Need to sit down while waiting?
  • Need a quiet space to get vaccinated?
  • Need a companion with you as you get vaccinated?
  • Need an ASL interpreter?

If yes to any of the above, you will find the support you need at this special clinic.

WHEN:

Saturday, November 6 and Sunday, November 7

From 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

LOCATION:

North York Seniors Centre, 21 Hendon Ave

Open to anyone born 2009 or earlier for first or second dose of Moderna and Pfizer vaccine. No registration or OHIP needed. Physically accessible location.

Do you have questions about vaccines or COVID-19? Call Centre for Independent Living in Toronto: 416-599-2458 or 711 for Bell Relay Service to connect to an Ambassador, or you can talk to a nurse at the clinic. You can also visit the City of Toronto COVID-19 website. 


City of Toronto’s “Let’s get T.O. Vaccinated” | Super Supportive Vaccine Clinics

Do you or a family member:

  • Have a fear of needles?
  • Need to sit down while waiting?
  • Need a quiet space to get vaccinated?
  • Need a companion with you as you get vaccinated?
  • Need an ASL interpreter?

If yes to any of the above, you will find the support you need at this special clinic.

WHEN:

Friday, November 5 from 4 – 8 p.m.

Saturday, November 6 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

THREE DIFFERENT LOCATIONS:

Elm Bank Community Centre, 10 Rampart Rd

Oakridge Community Centre, 63 Pharmacy Avenue (at Danforth Avenue)

St. Margaret’s Anglican Church, 156 Sixth Street, Etobicoke

Open to anyone born 2009 or earlier for first or second dose of Moderna and Pfizer vaccine. No registration or OHIP needed. Physically accessible location.

Do you have questions about vaccines or COVID-19? Call Centre for Independent Living in Toronto: 416-599-2458 or 711 for Bell Relay Service to connect to an Ambassador, or you can talk to a nurse at the clinic. You can also visit the City of Toronto COVID-19 website. 


Employment and Volunteer Opportunities at City of Toronto

Diverse members are needed to serve on a range of City of Toronto of boards, committees and tribunals. Below are a list of hyperlinked opportunities with deadlines:

Legacy Fund Allocations Committee – October 1, 2021

Moss Park Arena Board – October 15, 2021

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority – October 29, 2021

Toronto Investment Board – October 29, 2021

View all opportunities

Keep checking the City of Toronto job opportunities for upcoming temporary roles with Toronto Elections to support the upcoming municipal election on October 24, 2022.


Surveys on Accessibility and Employment

CaféTO survey on Accessibility

The City of Toronto is currently reviewing the CaféTO program and want to better understand any program barriers and the effects on residents and visitors.

This survey is targeted to people in Toronto who identify as having a disability and/or who are impacted by barriers specifically related to the CaféTO program. The survey is currently live and will be open until October 4, 2021.

Ontario Courts Accessibility Committee (OCAC) Survey

OCAC is conducting a survey to gather information on the current state of accessibility in Ontario courts. This survey is targeted at persons who have experience attending court either as a person with a disability themselves or supporting a person with a disability.

 


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.