“Count us In” Mapping the Needs of Muslims with Disabilities Questionnaire

Do you identify as Muslim and have a disability, or are you a family member or primary caregiver of a Muslim with a disability living in Ontario?

Complete the Questionnaire! Enter a chance to win a $50 gift card!

DEEN Support Services is pleased to launch the “Count Us In: Mapping the Needs of Muslims with Disabilities” Research Project funded by Olive Tree Foundation. Co-Investigators, Rabia Khedr and Ruby Latif invite you to support this research by taking time to complete the questionnaire if you are eligible and also ask you to share this email with your contacts.

Over 12 years ago, the “Toward an Inclusive Ummah: Muslims with Disabilities Speak Out” Report was published. As the population of Canadian-Muslims increases and ages, there is a critical need to further that pioneering research and capture data which will inform evidence-based service delivery. The “Count Us In” research project will help develop a demographic profile of Muslims with disabilities in Ontario in order to raise awareness about, plan for, and implement appropriate services not only in the Muslim community, but also in the mainstream.

 Survey Monkey questionnaire

 


Transcript – Provincial Debate on Accessibility & Disability Issues

Access the full edited transcript of last May’s Provincial Debate on Accessibility and Disability Issues:

Transcript in Word version

 


What you can do to make Toronto more inclusive

CILT’s Executive Director, Wendy Porch, wrote an opinion piece for the Toronto Star about the launch of Feeling Left Out?, part of Toronto for All campaign.

“Torontonians recently opened their collective eyes to the challenges faced by more than 400,000 of their neigbbours.

A simple bus shelter, converted for a month to make it completely inaccessible, called attention to the daily hurdles Torontonians with disabilities face every day.”

To read the full article, visit the Toronto Star’s website.


Feeling Left Out? Launch Receives Media Coverage

Feeling Left Out? is one part of a series of city-led initiatives intended to foster inclusion as part of the Toronto for All campaign. For this particular undertaking, the city teamed up with the Centre for Independent Living Toronto (CILT) and the PR agency PUBLIC to fully enclose a former transit shelter at the intersection of King and Bathurst streets, to give a sense of what it’s like to live with disability in the city.

Instead of allowing access, visitors can learn about the campaign, reading posted signs which are in Braille, American Sign Language and English.

“If it’s a small taste (of being excluded) which inspires change, then it’s worth it,” said Wendy Porch, executive director of CILT on the campaign’s intent. “Being left out is an everyday experience for people living with disabilities across a range of fronts: housing, education, civic engagement and social participation generally.”

To read the full article, visit the Toronto.com website.


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