CILT searching for Executive Director

CILT is looking for an Executive Director to help successfully lead the organization.
The ED will be responsible and accountable for providing the vision, strategic leadership, partnership building, financial and operational stewardship, and execution required for CILT to deliver against its mandate. To find out more details about this position, follow this link.


Wheelchair for Sale-Available until May 3rd

Brand new, never used, bought for $11,000 in 2010.

Specs as follows:

Q600 black from 2010

75-amp NE controller

14″ pneumatic tires

Foot platform

Swing away joystick Right side

Synergy Seat

15×16

14-18 width package, 14-18 depth package

18″ back canes with push handles

Single post armrests with waterfall arm pads

 

Available for pickup in Hog’s Hollow neighborhood in Toronto between April 29 and May 3

If interested, contact Cheryl by cell/text at 778-883-6229.


Help Develop Ontario’s Budget

  Ontario is hosting in-person and online consultations across the province, and seeking public input to help develop the province’s Budget.    For the second year in a row, the province has launched Budget Talks, an online consultation tool that makes it easier for the public to help shape policies and programs that will be part of Ontario’s future.   Ontario is looking for public input on how the province can:

  • Invest in people’s talents and skills
  • Build and revitalize public infrastructure
  • Support an innovative business environment
  • Improve public services

Ontarians can get involved in the conversation by visiting ontario.ca/budgettalks where you can:

  • Share, discuss and vote for ideas online by January 31, 2016
  • Learn how to attend one of the public town halls across the province
  • Email ideas to submissions@ontario.ca
  • Mail in your ideas
  • Tweet ideas using #BudgetTalks

For more information including quick facts, additional resources, and contact information, visit the Ontario Newsroom website or Budget Talks.

Ontario Newsroom

Budget Talks
 


Christmas Concerts with ASL Interpretation

  There will be two upcoming Christmas events that include ASL interpretation up on the stage:   The City of Toronto will host its annual Christmas Concert.   When: Thursday December 24, at 11:30 a.m.
Where: The Rotunda of the Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West   The concert lasts approximately one hour and will conclude with a visit from Santa! For more information, visit the City of Toronto website.   And:
  Toronto Christmas Market will once again provide ASL interpreted shows up on stage.
When: Saturday, December 12, 2015
Where: Distillery Historic District             2:00 pm Santa’s Elves Singalong with ASL Interpretation             2:30 pm Children’s Storytelling with ASL Interpretation   For more information, visit the Toronto Christmas Market website.

 


Ontario Improving Employment Opportunities for People Facing Barriers

Province Invests $4 million to Pilot Community Loans Fund

Ontario is partnering with leading financial institutions to create a fund aimed at increasing employment opportunities for people facing employment barriers.

The Community Loans Fund, part of Ontario’s Accessibility Action Plan, will provide discounted rates on financial products, such as loans, to businesses that commit to hiring people facing barriers such as people with disabilities, long-term unemployed, older unemployed, newcomers to Canada and unemployed Indigenous persons.

The province is partnering with Alterna Savings, Libro Credit Union, First Ontario Credit Union and Meridian to deliver this fund.

For more information, visit the Ontario Newsroom website.

Ontario Newsroom


Ontario Improving Employment Opportunities for People Facing Barriers

Province Invests $4 million to Pilot Community Loans Fund
Ontario is partnering with leading financial institutions to create a fund aimed at increasing employment opportunities for people facing employment barriers.   The Community Loans Fund, part of Ontario’s Accessibility Action Plan, will provide discounted rates on financial products, such as loans, to businesses that commit to hiring people facing barriers such as people with disabilities, long-term unemployed, older unemployed, newcomers to Canada and unemployed Indigenous persons.   The province is partnering with Alterna Savings, Libro Credit Union, First Ontario Credit Union and Meridian to deliver this fund.  For more information, visit the Ontario Newsroom website.   Ontario Newsroom    


Enabling Minds

CMHA Ontario presents A FREE PUBLIC FORUM
#A Better Serve: Enabling Mental Health Accessibility
in Ontario’s Physical Activity Field   When: December 3 , 2015, 7:00-9:00 pm
           (International Day of Persons with Disabilities)

Where: Nancy’s Auditorium, YWCA Elm Centre, 87 Elm Street, Toronto   Speakers’ Panel, Networking, Light Refreshments Free, space limited.
For more information and to pre-register, visit the Enabling Minds website.

Flyer
 


Helen Henderson Literary Award

The Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) is accepting applications for the Helen Henderson Literary Award.

This award will be granted to a CILT member, or an ally recommended by a CILT member, who produced an outstanding piece of writing related to raising public awareness of a disability issue or barrier.

The award recipient will receive a lifetime membership at CILT, plus a cash prize of $200.

The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m., Mar. 31, 2016. Eligibility criteria include:

  • One (1) published piece of writing (published on a website, blog, open letter to the editor or in a journal, newsletter or magazine);
  • Submission must be in English or French;
  • Minimum 700 words; maximum 3,000 words;
  • Addresses at least one (1) disability issue or barrier;
  • Published within a year of the submission deadline.

For more information on Helen Henderson, her legacy and how to apply for this award, please download the application here.


NEADS is seeking participants for an on-line survey

The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) is seeking participants for an on-line survey for students who identify with mental health conditions.

Post-secondary students with mental health difficulties are needed to help them develop an online transition program geared towards students.

The Assessment and Resource Centres of Ontario (one at Queen’s University and ne at Cambrian College) have been funded to develop an online transition rogram in both a northern and southern region of Ontario for students with ental health issues transitioning from high school to post-secondary ducation.

In order to address current gaps in transition programming, NEADS is looking for information from students with mental health concerns who are 18 and older and who have been accepted into or are currently studying at a post-secondary institution in Ontario.

For more information, visit the NEADS website, or contact Alana Holmes at alana.holmes@cambriancollege.ca or at 705-566-8101 ext. 7643.

NEADS website 

Survey


Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy approved by Council

TO Prosperity: Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy was unanimously approved by Toronto City Council on November 4th.

Over the past year, over 1,950 residents and community partners shared ideas that shaped the 17 recommendations and 71 actions in TO Prosperity.

“People in all four corners of the city shared their stories, visions, and solutions.”

Many residents met with their councillors and told them how important a Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy is.

Over the next six months, the City will invite residents, community and business partners to participate in the creation of an Accountability Structure to guide the implementation of the Strategy, and ensure the work is effective and accountable.

TO Prosperity on City of Toronto website

Additional Information on City of Toronto website