Getting Services Right for Torontonians with Disabilities

  You are invited to join us for a Parks, Forestry and Recreation 
consultation session for Torontonians with Disabilities.

We welcome:

  • Parents/Caregivers
  • Youth
  • Adults
  • Older Adults
  • Service Providers

These focus groups are a follow up to the Reactive Toronto consultation sessions held last summer. City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation values the diversity in our communities and would like to meet with you to receive additional feedback on our Adapted Programs and Integrated Services for People with Disabilities as well as your suggestions on how we can improve service delivery in the future.   At these sessions we will be asking for your input on the following topics:

  • Creating more welcoming environments
  • Developing new program ideas
  • Improving accessibility of indoor and outdoor facilities
  • Increasing employment opportunities for People with Disabilities
  • Any other suggestions to help us improve

Please join us for free refreshments and to meet with City of Toronto recreation staff. Please confirm your attendance to Chris Ram.   You may also complete a survey online at www.toronto.ca/parks Sign Language Interpreters and Attendant Care Services 
are also available upon request. Chris Ram must be contacted 9 days in advance for these services by telephone 416-394-8531, 
TTY 416-394-8534 or email cram@toronto.ca    Thursday, August 25/05
1 to 4 p.m. 
The Canadian Hearing Society 
271 Spadina Road
416-964-9595   Thursday, September 8/05
6 to 9 p.m. 
East Metro Youth Services  
1200 Markham Road
416-438-3697   Saturday, September 10/05
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
Agincourt Recreation Centre             
31 Glen Watford Dr.
416-396-4037
 
Monday, September 12/05
6 to 9 p.m. 
Bloorview MacMillan Centre
25 Buchan Court
416-425-6220   Wednesday, September 14/05
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Elmbank Community Centre
10 Rampart Road
416-394-8671   Wednesday, September 14/05
6 to 9 p.m. 
Canadian National Institute For the Blind 
1929 Bayview Ave.
416-486-2500   Thursday, September 15/05
6 to 9 p.m.
Variety Village
3701 Danforth Ave.
416-367-2828   Tuesday, September 20/05
1 to 4 p.m. 
Wallace Emerson CC
1260 Dufferin Street
416-392-0039   Wednesday, September 21/05
6 to 9 p.m. 
Fairbank Memorial CC 
2213 Dufferin Street
416-394-2473   Thursday, September 22/05
1 to 4 p.m.                                               
Mitchell Field
89 Church Ave.
416-395-0262   Monday, September 26/05
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Etobicoke Civic Centre
399 The West Mall 
416-338-0338   Tuesday, September 27/05
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
East York Civic Centre                      
850 Coxwell Ave.
416-338-3278   Tuesday, September 27/05
6 to 9 p.m. 
Metro Hall 
55 John Street
416-338-0338    


Seniors Forum

Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) & the Impact on Seniors   With guest speaker: Barbara Hall   Lead, Community Relations Health Results Team
Ministry of Health and Long-term Care
  Our speaker will be followed by an open discussion-
Come prepared to share your views on seniors’ health care issues   Tuesday, October 18, 2005
9:30am – Registration & Refreshments 10:00am – 12:00pm   North Toronto Memorial Community Centre
200 Eglinton Avenue West
Multipurpose Room, 1st Floor
  Limited Space Reservations 416 487-2390   Event co-sponsored by The Anne Johnston Health Station,
Care Watch Toronto, POINT and SPRINT    


Avoiding Attendants from Hell – A Practical Guide to Finding, Hiring & Keeping Personal Care Attendants

by June Price   Book Review by Susan DeLaurier   Moving into your own apartment is usually exciting, but for a person with a disability, it can also be a bit frightening.  This very independent lifestyle may not be for everyone because of its challenges, but it can also be very satisfying.  This book has extremely practical and clearly worded suggestions for people looking for personal care attendants.   The very first chapter asks readers to start listing questions to ask themselves regarding what their needs are.  On the surface, many people think that all they need is personal care because these needs tend to be the most obvious and constant.  This may well be the case, but if housekeeping or companionship is also desired, this should be noted.   The author begins with suggestions on how to advertise for services and develop a job description.  She had used electronic advertising with great success and gives an example of an introductory email to friends and acquaintances.  Her suggestions for targeting emails to specific populations are excellent.  By developing a detailed job description, the consumer is better able to communicate exactly what his or her needs are and not just say “need help in the bathroom”.   The author goes through all the steps required to increase the chances of getting the kind of attendant who you will feel confident and comfortable with.  Before allowing a stranger into your home, it is necessary to do a preliminary interview over the phone and the types of questions to ask are outlined in the book.  Once you have decided to go ahead with a face to face interview Ms. Price gives examples of more detailed questions to ask.  She emphasizes that it is up to the person doing the hiring to ask the right questions and then gives examples of what can happen if things are left out of the conversation.   This book contains information on the responsibilities of both the attendant and the consumer.  It covers how to plan for emergencies, and when and how to fire attendants. There is an excellent appendix to this book with an example of a contract for a live-in attendant that the author had devised for herself.  It is a good start to developing one of your own.  With modifications, this can also be used for attendants who do not live in your home.  The general tone is practical, down-to-earth, and humorous.  This book will be valuable not only to people with disabilities, but also to people looking for care for a family member, as well as those needing care for only a short time.    


Education Wife Assault

  Presents the second of a 4-part workshop series:   “ Protecting Your Rights –
Learning How to Become More Assertive in your Relationships with Others”
  For Women with Disabilities
Facilitated By Women with Disabilities   Saturday September 24, 2005
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Centre for Independent Living in Toronto
205 Richmond Street, Suite 605 (Richmond & Duncan)
Toronto, Ontario   Register Early, Space is Limited
$5.00 or Pay What You Can!   Refreshments will be provided.  ASL Interpreters, Computer
Note-taking, Attendant Care and Child Care Services can be provided on request.
To register contact:
Fran Odette
Phone #: 416-968-3422. Ext: 30
TTY   #:  416-968-7335
E-mail: fodette@womanabuseprevention.com  
 


Are you Interested in Volunteering?


CILT is NOW Recruiting! Please come to a Volunteer Orientation Workshop
Hosted by the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) Inc.   Thursday October 6, 2005
1:00pm – 4:00pm
205 Richmond Street West, Suite 605
(Richmond & Duncan)

  • Learn more about CILT and our Volunteer Program
  • Understand concepts and benefits of “Volunteerism”
  • Find out how YOU can become a CILT Volunteer
  • Volunteers are needed to assist with mailings, photocopying, assembling information packages, filing, etc.
    Please RSVP to Nancy 

by October 1, 2005 at  (416) 599-2458 or  by TTY at (416) 599-5077.                                   
          Attendant services and refreshments will be provided. Other accommodations provided upon request.  
 


Education Wife Assault

  Presents the first of a 4-part workshop series: “ Exploring Self-Esteem – Paying Attention to Our Inner Authority”   Learn Strategies to Build Self-Confidence
For Women with Disabilities & Deaf Women
Facilitated By Women with Disabilities & Deaf Women   Saturday September 10, 2005
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Anne Johnston Health Station
2398 Yonge Street (Yonge & Montgomery Street)
Toronto, Ontario. M4P 2H4

Register Early, Space is Limited
$5.00 or Pay What You Can!
Refreshments will be provided.  ASL Interpreters, Computer
Note-taking, Attendant Care and Child Care Services can be provided on request.   To register contact:
Fran Odette
Phone #: 416-968-3422. Ext: 30
TTY   #:  416-968-7335
E-mail: fodette@womanabuseprevention.com    


Diner’s Club Event…Il Fornello

  The Diner’s Club is going to   IL FORNELLO 576 Danforth Avenue
(Danforth & Pape)   Wednesday October 12, 2005
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm      CUISINE:      Italian
COST:      $10.00-$25.00
HOSTED BY: Tessa Wall-Bergen
Please R.S.V.P. to Nancy at (416) 599-2458 or by TTY at (416) 599-5077 by “no later than” October 5, 2005.
CILT will make every effort to have an attendant available
for this event, however we are unable to guarantee that one will be present. Those who must have an attendant with them to fully enjoy this event are encouraged to bring their own.
Supported by a Toronto Community Service Grant,
United Way and Social Development Canada    


Diner’s Club Event

  The Diner’s Club is going to:
Caldense Bakery & Café West Side Mall
2406 Eglinton Avenue West
(Corner of Eglinton Ave. W. & Gabian Way)
(West of Caledonia)   Friday September 16, 2005
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm   CUISINE: Coffee, pastries, sandwiches COST:  $7.00 – $10.00 HOSTED BY:  Kostas
    
Please R.S.V.P. to Nancy at  (416) 599-2458 or by TTY at (416) 599-5077 by “no later than” September 9, 2005.  
CILT will make every effort to have an attendant available for this event, however we are unable to guarantee that one will be present. Those who must have an attendant with them to fully enjoy this event are encouraged to bring their own.
Supported by a Toronto Community Service Grant, United Way
and Human Resources Development Canada    


MURDERBALL

(STC) 86 min. Frank, funny and brutal, the prizewinner for best documentary at Sundance and the summer movie season’s least likely crowdpleaser, it introduces viewers to the sport of quad rugby and in the process blows apart misconceptions about the disabled. Directors Dana Adam Shapiro and Henry Alex Rubin foreground the stories of three men: star athletes Mark Zupan, his rival Joe Soares, and Keith Cavill, who is not yet a player but just beginning to cope with his injury in a motocross accident. Shapiro and Rubin effectively convey how the sport gives these men a vital outlet for their aggression, thereby helping them establish a sense of control over their bodies and their lives. JA

Review from eye magazine.

In limited release. Please check local listings for more detail.

CARLTON (20 Carlton at College subway)
Fri, Mon-Thu 4:25-7-9:20 Sat-Sun 1:30-4:25-7-9:20

INTERCHANGE 30 (HWY 400 & HWY 7)
Fri-Thu 2:40-4:45-7:10-9:15

KENNEDY COMMONS (33 William Kitchen, Scarborough)
Fri-Thu 2:05-4:30-7:15-9:35    


Disabilities Act Will Open Doors For “Untapped Labour Pool”

The Toronto Sun (pp. 3-4) reports that according to disabled advocates, the new Ontarians with Disabilities Act will usher in new standards in accessibility, creating a win-win situation for employers and an untapped labour pool. “In addition to its being the right thing to do, there is a strong business case for making Ontario accessible to all,” says Tracy MacCharles, a member of the Accessibility Advisory Committee. She hopes the new law will help dispel the myth that it’s expensive or a burden to accommodate an employee with a disability and says opening the door to employees with disabilities is the first step to removing barriers. “The next tier is the promotion and advancement of people with disabilities,” MacCharles says. “Are there talents really being tapped once they get in the door? Are they getting the right training and opportunities? The spirit of the new legislation is that there be no discrimination – not unlike women achieving senior positions in the workforce. It would be great to see diversity in the workforce.”   Toronto Sun, August 3, 2005, p.2