Gillian’s COVID-19 Story | #FalloutReport by Toronto Foundation

Check out this news story on Gillian Sumi, a long-term CILT member and program participant. She shares her own experience of life during COVID-19 and  the importance of community support in being there for each other!

Read the Toronto Fallout Report to learn more about how Toronto has been impacted by COVID-19 and its knock-on effects on their website: www.torontofoundation.ca/FalloutReport 


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

On November 27th, 2020, CILT hosted a live workshop on “The Second Wave: Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) for COVID-19 and People with Disabilities.” Please see below for links to the resources and recording from the workshop:

IPAC Webinar Presentation in PDF Format

IPAC Webinar Resources

PPE Supplier Resources

IPAC Webinar Presentation in Large Print Accessible Word Format

For a recording of the video presentation, click here.

 

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: These handouts and recording are for general information purposes only. They should not be taken as replacement for any medical/clinical advice.

The information is current as of November 27, 2020. The information and resources given are subject to change. For the most current information, participants should check the resources mentioned at the end of presentation.

The handouts and recording are the property of the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) and neither the whole or part is to be circulated without expressed consent of CILT.

For any further questions or inquiries, please contact John Mossa, CILT’s Independent Living Skills Coordinator at 416-599-2458, ext 238.


Recording and Resources | Self-Advocating for Accessible Mental Health Supports for People with Disabilities During COVID-19

On December 10th, 2020, CILT hosted a live workshop on “Self-Advocating for Accessible Mental Health Supports for People with Disabilities During COVID-19.” Please see below for links to the resources and recording from the workshop:

Presentation in PDF format

Important Questions How To Determine A Providers Disability Lens

Mental Health Resources

Self Advocacy Tip Sheet

Sample Format for Complaint Form

Standard Self-Advocacy Letter Template

How to Meet with your Service Provider

How to find your City Councillor, MPP, MP, Ward and Riding

How to Work with the Media

 

See below for video of the recorded presentation (click on “CC” for captions):

 

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: These handouts and recording are for general information purposes only. They should not be taken as replacement for any medical/clinical advice.

The information is current as of December 10, 2020. The information and resources given are subject to change. For the most current information, participants should check the resources mentioned at the end of presentation.

The handouts and recording are the property of the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) and neither the whole or part is to be circulated without expressed consent of CILT.

For any further questions or inquiries, please contact John Mossa, CILT’s Independent Living Skills Coordinator at 416-599-2458, ext 238.


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

CILT will be providing a 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. Chose one date, November 23 or 27, and register here.


Three more CILT Peer Connect sessions in 2020!

November 11, 1pm-2:30pm
November 25, 1pm-2:30pm
December 9, 1pm-2:30pm
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 ahead of time if we can support with any accommodations.
To register email: rebecca.wood@cilt.ca

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.


Portable Housing Benefit – Special Priority Program

The Province of Ontario announced that it will be funding a portable housing benefit (PHB) that will eventually support up to about 3,000 households across Ontario. The benefit will be available to any household that is eligible for the Special Priority Housing Category (SPHC).

This new Portable Housing Benefit:

    • can be used towards the household’s current housing or a unit they move in to
    • is ongoing (permanent) with no end or expiry date
    • eligibility is reviewed each year based on your income tax filing;
    • can increase or decrease annually as income and rental rates change
    • can be used for rent anywhere in Ontario
    • is paid directly to the household
    • the monthly PHB amount will be calculated based on average monthly rent and adjusted family net income.
    • is available now

If you received a letter from Housing Connections (Access to Housing) over the summer to review this alternative housing option, contact Housing Connections at 416-397-7438, or by email at hap@toronto.ca.  More information can also be found on the City of Toronto’s Shelter Support and Housing Administration’s website, or by visiting a housing help centre.

Shelter Support and Housing

Housing Help

 


My Vote TO – Get informed for this fall’s election!

Get informed and  Engaged in Toronto’s fall municipal election through the City’s My Vote Toronto website.

KEY DATES:

From September 20, 2018

  • Voters can input their address and find which ward they live in, view the candidates who are running in their ward and view their ward map.

From September 24, 2018

  • Voters can find out if they are on the City of Toronto voters’ list.
  • Voters can add or update their information on the voters’ list until 11:59 p.m. on October 1.
  • Voters who missed the deadline to add or update their information can add their name on the list when they go to vote.
  • Voters can find out where and when to vote.

From October 8, 2018

  • Voters can view a sample of their ballot

Access-r-ease, Innovative Accessories with Style

Access-r-ease is a webstore that brings you affordable, quality accessories to help make your life easier, with categories such as Eating & Food Prep, Boosting Accessibility at Home, School or Work, and Mobility Accessories.  The website also has an Articles and Resources section.  The owner is Maria Carmen C. Cruz.