Fall-Winter 2015 Diner’s Club Event Line-Up 

We will be hosting Diner’s Club events for October, November, and December.

Rhino Bar & Grill
Thursday, October 15, 2015
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Address: 1249 Queen St W (west of Gwynne Ave.)
Nearest Intersection: Dufferin & Queen
Phone (416) 535-8089
RSVP by Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hot House Restaurant & Bar
Thursday, November 19, 2015
12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Address: 35 Church Street (at Front Street East)
Nearest Intersection: Church & Front
Phone: (416) 366-7800
RSVP by November 12, 2015

Holiday Tea at the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT)
Thursday, December 17, 2015
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Address: 365 Bloor Street East, Suite 902
Nearest Intersection: Bloor & Sherbourne
$5 fee for tea
RSVP by Thursday, Dec.10, 2015

Recruiting members for the City’s Disability, Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee

  The City’s Disability, Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee is currently recruiting committee members for a new term.    The Disability, Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee provides advice to City Council on the elimination of barriers faced by people with disabilities, and acts as a liaison with external bodies on barriers to participation in public life and to the achievement of social, cultural and economic well-being of people with disabilities.   Deadline for applications is Tuesday October 20, 2015 at 4:30 pm.     For more information, contact City of Toronto, Elections Services at 416-395-6863 or email AccessibleElections@toronto.ca

Job Posting: bilingual Director of Projects with DAWN  Canada

The DisAbled Women’s Network (DAWN) Canada is seeking applications for a bilingual Director of Projects to support its pan-Canadian strategy to end violence against women with disabilities and deaf women.   DAWN-RAFH Canada will be continuing a pan-Canadian strategy on ending violence against women with disabilities and Deaf women.
Under the supervision of DAWN-RAFH Canada’s National Executive Director, the Director of Projects will be primarily responsible for implementing the “Legislation, Policy and Service Responses to Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women” phase of this strategy.   DAWN Canada website

Federal Election Forum on Accessibility and Disability

Watch the video recording on Ryecast

On September 29th, representatives from the NDP, Green Party and Liberal Party discussed disability and accessibility issues at the Federal Election Forum on Accessibility and Disability.    CILT and community partners had invited you to ask questions to each party on a variety of issues, and the candidates had a lot to say.   If you missed the event, you can watch the webstream on the Ryecast website.

Accessibility Advisory Panel for the City of Toronto’s Transportation Services

The City of Toronto Transportation Services is seeking volunteers for a citizen panel examining accessibility issues in the City of Toronto’s streets, sidewalks, and operations.   The Accessibility Advisory Panel for Transportation Services (AAPTS) aims to provide objective advice to Transportation Services staff on current accessibility issues, based on user experience.   The panel will be comprised of 7-15 members and hold a minimum of 4 meetings a year.   Members are sought from various disability communities as well as seniors, mobility instructors, caregivers, research experts, and advocates.   Meeting topics would include such accessibility issues as tactile walking surface indicators, accessible pedestrian signals, pedestrian crossovers, channelized turn lanes, and uncontrolled crossings, among others.   For more information  visit the Transportation Services website, or contact Leigh Sherkin, Project Manager, Transportation Services at lsherki@toronto.ca or phone 416 392 2718. Submissions are due by November 13th 2015.

Get ready to vote

The federal election is on October 19, 2015.

Voter information card     
  • You should have received a voter information card by now. It tells you when and where to vote.
• Didn’t get one? You may not be registered to vote. Check that your registration is up-to-date at elections.ca or call Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868.
  You can vote in advance
  • Advance polling places are open this Friday to Monday, October 9 to 12.
• For times and locations, check your voter information card or elections.ca.
• Learn about the accessibility services available at your polling place.   • You can also vote:
– at any Elections Canada office – by October 13 at 6:00 p.m.
– by mail – apply by October 13 at 6:00 p.m.
  Check that you have the right ID
  • Don’t forget to bring the right ID when you go to vote. Check elections.ca for the full list of ID. This infographic has useful options and examples.
  Get the latest information and share it
  • Information is available in multiple formats – audio, video and infographic. Call Elections Canada to order print, large print, Braille or other formats.
  • Elections Canada has voting information in 31 heritage and 12     Aboriginal languages.   Telephone service is available in over 110 languages.
    Remember: To vote, you need to be a Canadian citizen, be at least 18 years old on election day, and prove your identity and address.
  For more information:   Website   Phone/TTY:  1-800-463-6868                   ATS 1-800-361-8935    

2015 Metrolinx Accessibility Public Meetings

Metrolinx’s 2015 Accessibility Public Meetings will take place across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.  Metrolinx wants to hear from you about the accessibility of GO Transit, PRESTO, UP Express, and their upcoming Rapid Transit services and projects.    At each in-person meeting, participants will have an opportunity to:

•         learn about past, current and future accessibility activities at Metrolinx and its operating divisions and business units; •         discuss and provide input to our accessibility initiatives through round table sessions; and •         interact directly with Metrolinx staff involved with accessibility projects.   American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, real-time captioning and attendant services will be provided at the in-person meetings. Alternative formats and other accommodations will be made available upon request. New this year is a teleconference, which will provide an opportunity for some people who might not be able to make it to an in-person meeting to share their ideas and speak with Metrolinx staff.  For the teleconference, participants are asked to submit questions and comments in advance, and then staff will respond to those during the call. The meetings will take place at the following locations/dates:

Toronto                Tuesday, October 20, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
55 John Street
Rooms 308 & 309 (third floor)

Hamilton              Tuesday, October 27, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sheraton Hamilton Hotel

116 King Street West
South, West & Centre Ballrooms (second floor)

* Note: this is a combined meeting with the City of Hamilton’s Accessible Transportation Services   Whitby                  Wednesday, November 4, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Abilities Centre
55 Gordon Street Theatre / Multi-Purpose Room (second floor)   Teleconference     Wednesday, November 18, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.   Register in advance either online at The Metrolinx website www.metrolinx.com/en/aboutus/accessibility/register.aspx,
email accessibility@metrolinx.com, or call 1-888-438-6646, TTY 1-800-387-3652
For more information, or to provide input, email accessibility@metrolinx.com, or phone 1-888-438-6646 or 1-800-387-3652 (TTY).

Disability Tax Credit for All

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities and Independent Living Canada are joining together to ask political leaders to commit to making the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) refundable.

Although this is very helpful for people with disabilities who are employed, there are approximately 750,000 people who do not receive the tax credit because they do not earn enough.
On the DTC for All website, you can sign a petition, which will be sent to all federal party leaders.
It also has news, personal stories, and events.   For more information and to sign the petition, visit the DTC for All website.

Federal Election Forum on Accessibility and Disability


DATE: Tuesday Sept. 29, 2015
TIME:  6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  Ryerson University’s Student Learning Centre,
341 Yonge St. (at Gould St.) in Toronto.
Moderator:  The Honorable David C. Onley

The following candidates/representatives are confirmed to attend:

  •      New Democratic Party – Mike Sullivan, York South—Weston
  •      Green Party – Sharon Danley, Trinity-Fort York
  •      Liberal Party – To be announced
  •      Conservative Party – To be announced

Follow us on Twitter: @CIL_Toronto @AccessRyerson
@ARCHDisability  #AccessFEF

ASL, real time captioning and attendant services will be provided.
RSVP by Friday Sept. 25, 2015 to Melanie Moore at melanie.moore@cilt.ca  or 416-599-2458 ext. 222

CILT’s 31st Annual General Meeting

DATE:     October 2nd, 2015
TIME:     5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
VENUE:  CILT Boardroom, 902 – 365 Bloor Street East   Food, Refreshments and Attendants available.
Other accommodations upon early request.
No fragrances, please.   R.S.V.P. by noon, Friday, September 25, 2015
Http://cilt-agm2015.eventbrite.ca | Phone: (416) 599-2458  | TDD: (416) 599-5077 | Email: cilt@cilt.ca