CILT Peer Connect: Wednesday April 28th, 1pm-2:30pm over Zoom

This session we will have a guest speaker, Ophira Calof, talking with us about Crip Storytelling.

When: Wednesday, April 28th, 2021 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm on Zoom

To register for the event and receive the Zoom link, please contact rebecca.wood@cilt.ca.

More about Ophira: 

Ophira Calof (She/They) is a multi award winning Disabled writer, performer, and producer. Her work weaves together music, comedy, and storytelling, centering disability and chronic illness experience. They co-created the sketch comedy revue Generally Hospital and her solo show, Literally Titanium premiered at the 2020 Next Stage Theatre Festival.

Ophira also works as a curator, workshop facilitator, consultant, and keynote speaker with projects including COVID-19 through a Disability Lens: Storytelling and Filmmaking Project, Laugh With RAFF: A night of disability comedy, and Bad Dog Theatre’s 5th annual Our Cities On Our Stages Symposium.

They also have an extensive background as a vocalist, training through the University of British Columbia’s opera performance program, completing Berklee Music Online’s songwriting specialist certificate and their single, Still Standing, is available online.

More about Peer Connect: 

CILT Peer Connect is a virtual peer support opportunity for adults with disabilities that operates within the Independent Living Philosophy. This means participants are responsible for themselves, their actions, and how they communicate.  In every session we will check in and connect around a particular topic and have a chance to share 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. There is an option to join these sessions by phone. Automatic closed captioning will be provided.

 


CILT Peer Connect: Wednesday March 24th, 1pm-2:30pm over Zoom

This session we will have a guest speaker, Desiree Walsh, performing some of her stand-up comedy and speaking about her process for comedy writing and what comedy and disability means to her.

When: Wednesday, March 24th, 2021 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm

To register for the event and recieve the Zoom link, please contact rebecca.wood@cilt.ca.

 

More about Desiree: 

Desiree Walsh Is a comedian with cerebral palsy. A former competitive swimmer, she traded in early mornings swim workouts for the late nights of stand-up comedy. She has been featured on Breakfast Television, The Reel Abilities Film Festival Comedy Night, ALTdot comedy Lounge and the now defunct show Nighttime TV on Rogers cable Mississauga.

More about Peer Connect: 

CILT Peer Connect is a virtual peer support opportunity for adults with disabilities that operates within the Independent Living Philosophy. This means participants are responsible for themselves, their actions, and how they communicate.  In every session we will check in and connect around a particular topic and have a chance to share 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. There is an option to join these sessions by phone. Automatic closed captioning will be provided.

Upcoming CILT Peer Connect:

Wednesday April 28th, 2021


CILT and Vibrant Peer Support MOVIE NIGHT

Join us virtually on Zoom to watch, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse!”

When: Friday, April 16th, 2021 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: Zoom (you must register to receive the link)

This movie is free to watch and is rated PG. To register, please contact Lucy at lucyn@vibranthealthcare.ca or call 416-486-8666 ext. 226.

The movie will be presented with closed captioning and audio description. Please let us know about accommodations or access needs (including support with setting up Zoom) when you register.

Movie Description: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. “Spider-Man(TM): Into the Spider-Verse” introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

Please note: There will not be a discussion after the film but chat function will be available throughout the movie. Movie Nights operate under the Independent Living Philosophy. The films may contain material of a sensitive and controversial nature.

This Movie Night is presented by Vibrant Healthcare Alliance and the Centre for Independent Living Toronto with generous funding support from United Way of Greater Toronto, the City of Toronto, Independent Living Canada and Ontario Community Health Centres. 


CILT and Vibrant Present “Songs Circle and Discussion for Parents with Disabilities”

Join us virtually for songs, rhymes and stories (for children newborn to 5 years old) and a chance for discussion to connect with other parents with disabilities. If you would like to join for just the discussion/peer support portion of this program only, please feel free to join in at 11:30am.

When: Friday April 16, 2021 at 11:00am

Where: Virtually over Zoom

To register: 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. Automatic closed captions will be turned on. Participants can join by phone if necessary.

This event is presented by Vibrant Healthcare Alliance and the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto’s Parenting with a Disability Network with generous funding from the United Way Greater Toronto and the City of Toronto, Ontario’s Community Health Centres and Independent Living Canada.


Zoom Webinar: COVID-19 Vaccines and People with Disabilities in Ontario on April 7, 2021

CILT will be presenting a Zoom webinar on COVID-19 vaccines to empower people with disabilities with information and self-advocacy skills. The webinar will explain the different COVID-19 vaccines, their effectiveness & safety in Canada, addressing vaccine hesitancy, the meaning of herd immunity, the various stages of vaccine rollout and how to self-advocate for receiving the vaccine in Ontario.

When: Wednesday April 7, 2021, 1:00pm-300pm

Register in advance for this meeting at:  

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kNNaHj-BRJ6ks_VUVMwncA

This workshop will cover the following topics: 

1) Information on Different COVID-19 Vaccines, Effectiveness & Safety in Canada

2) Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy and the Meaning of Herd Immunity

3) How Canada Chooses Groups for Early Vaccination

4) Vaccine rollout: Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine in Ontario

5) Vaccine Advocacy & Action Toolkit for Vaccine Equity

6) Question and Answers

7) Resources

If you need assistance with registering please e-mail rebecca.wood@cilt.ca 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.

Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) Workshop Facilitators: 

John Mossa, Independent Living Skills Coordinator

Rebecca Wood, Peer and Parenting Program Coordinator

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


PDN Vibrant Songs Circle and Discussion for Parents with Disabilities

Join us virtually on Zoom for songs, rhymes and stories (for children newborn to 5 years old) and a chance for discussion to connect with other parents with disabilities.

When: Friday March 12, 2021 at 11am

Where: Virtually over Zoom

To register: Email rebecca.wood@cilt.ca or Call 416-599-2458 ext 291

If you would like to join for just the discussion/peer support portion of this program only, please feel free to join in at 11:30am.

Please let us know about any accommodation or Zoom support needs when you register for the event.  Automatic closed captions will be turned on.

Presented by: Vibrant Healthcare Alliance and the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto’s Parenting with a Disability Network with generous funding from the United Way Greater Toronto and the City of Toronto, Ontario’s Community Health Centres and Independent Living Canada.


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 rebecca.wood@cilt.ca.

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.


CILT Peer Connect: Wednesday February 24th, 1pm – 2:30pm on Zoom

Guest Speaker: Julian Baird

Topic: Exercise and Goal Setting at Home

During this session we will be trying some seated exercise and breathing techniques as well as talking about goal setting in the context of exercising at home due to Covid-19.

To register email rebecca.wood@cilt.ca.

 

More about Julian:

Julian has a diploma in Health, Wellness and Fitness from Mohawk College where he graduated in 2018. He is a manual wheelchair-user born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus who has been playing wheelchair basketball since 2003. He also swam competitively and has done some handcycle races. He loves to travel and has travelled (mostly solo) to 12 countries on 3 continents.

More about Peer Connect: 

CILT Peer Connect is a virtual peer support opportunity for adults with disabilities.  In every session we will check in and connect around a particular topic and have a chance to share 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. There is an option to join these sessions by phone.

Upcoming CILT Peer Connect dates:  

Wednesday March 24 and Wednesday April 28 at 1pm. Topics to be announced.


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.