PDN Event – The More We Get Together

Join us for a free virtual Valentine’s Day circle time with songs, rhymes and stories to support bonding with your child, developing their early literacy skills and connecting with other parents with disabilities. All parents and caregivers who identify as having a disability and their children are welcome.

Date: Friday, February 12th, 2021

Time: 11am

Where: Virtually on Zoom

To register, please email rebecca.wood@cilt.ca or call 416-599-2458 ext 291. Please let us know about any accommodation or zoom support needs when you register for the event.

For more info, check out the flyer: The More We Get Together Valentine’s Day Song Circle 2021.


CILT Peer Connect: Wednesday, January 27th, 2021 from 1pm – 2:30pm on Zoom

In this session:

Guest Speaker: Dr Kaley Roosen

Topic: Body Positivity for Disabled Bodies

To register, please email rebecca.wood@cilt.ca

More about Kaley:

Kaley Roosen is disabled woman and a mother. She works as a Clinical & Health Psychologist at the Toronto Psychology Clinic (www.torontopsychology.com). There she offers anti-oppressive, disability affirmative psychotherapy to adolescents, adults and couples. Her scholarly work combines traditional clinical health psychology with critical disability approaches to explore the experiences of trauma, social and psychological embodiment/body image and eating disorders in disabled women and how disabled people access mental health services. She has been awarded the Body Confidence of Canada Award for her disability advocacy work and the Soroptimist Award for Women for her research on eating disorders and disability.

More about CILT Peer Connect

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.

Upcoming CILT Peer Connect dates: Wednesday February 24 at 1pm, Wednesday March 24 at 1pm.  Topics to be announced.


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