Women with Disabilities Action Awareness Group Movie Nights

July 15, September 16 and November 18, Toronto , ON.   WDAAG is hosting movie and munchie nights at the Anne Johnston Health Station!   Women with disabilities and their women allies are invited.   To register, call Lucy at 416-486-8666 ext. 226.  

For Employed Persons with Disabilities

  Are you a person with a disability facing barriers within your job or the workplace? It may be an accommodation issue, a lack of opportunity for advancement or a need for training to keep your work skills relevant. Whatever the issue or problem you’re facing, we’ve been there and we can help.   Who we are   Link Up Alumni Unlimited (LUAU) is an offshoot of Link Up Employment Services for Persons with Disabilities. The alumni association is made up of successful individuals who have a disability (some are self-employed operating small businesses, others have established careers in IT, non-profit organizations and large financial corporations). While their disabilities may vary, the one thing they have in common is a dedication to helping employed persons with disabilities develop and build successful careers.   How we can help   Our upcoming fall schedule includes educational programs of relevance to working people with disabilities.  A series of workshops/seminars is planned on topics ranging from how adaptive technologies and devices can assist you at work to retrieve info rma tion on applying for government funding to start a business, time and priority management techniques and effective communication in the workplace.     Networking opportunities will also be facilitated through our membership and our parent group, Link Up Employment Services for Persons with Disabilities.  Participants in our networking group can share job leads, accommodation ideas, business intelligence, success stories.  

Scadding Court Community Garden


  • garden plots
  • community composting
  • a greenhouse
  • a new 3500 sq.ft. farm/garden
  • accessible raised planter boxes
  •  Sound Interesting?

Would you like to…

  • grow your own produce?
  • build soil?
  • meet people?
  • volunteer?
  • Take advantage of this opportunity

Call Krista Fry 416-392-0335 ext. 243 kristaf@scaddingcourt.org    


Transitional Housing and Support Program For Abuse Women   The Transition Housing and Support Program aims to provide services through support, counseling, advocacy, and referral to all women in particular, women living with disabilities, in establishing violence free lives in their community.

  • The Transitional Housing and Support Worker will provide support to women in crisis, as well as on-going counseling.
  • The Transitional Housing and Support Worker will help women plan for themselves and their children if they are planning to leave a violent partner, and will help them make the transition into safe housing.
  • The Transitional Housing and Support Worker will provide information and referrals to other community supports and services.
  • The Transitional Housing and Support Worker will advocate for women, and accompany women to appointments for family, criminal, income, housing, and immigration.
  • The Transitional Housing and Support Worker will help women find and maintain housing that is safe and affordable
  • ASL and cultural interpretation will be provided.

Contact Jiin Yiong, Transitional Housing and Support Worker
Tel:  416) 461-0980
TTY:  416) 461-0625
Email: tsw@nellies.org

Post Secondary Attendant Services Available

Openings are available at Carleton University and Algonquin College in Ottawa for students with disabilities who require attendant services.
Students who receive attendant services are guaranteed a space in the modern barrier free, integrated residence buildings, and receive service 24 hours per day. Students will also benefit from academic accommodation from the Paul Menton Centre at Carleton, and the Centre for Students with Disabilities at Algonquin.
The Attendant Services Program at Carleton and Algonquin is a client driven organization. There is no cost to the student to receive attendant services.
To apply or receive more information, contact Matthew Cole, Executive Director at matthewcole@pigeon.carleton.ca    

CILT Resource Coordinator moves on

  Don Barrie, our Resource Coordinator, is leaving our organization at the end of this week to pursue other opportunities.   Don, who has a journalism background, began working for CILT during the summer of 2001. He was primarily responsible for handling inquiries, as well as editing and contributing to our Web site and the quarterly newsletter, In The Stream.   “I credit CILT for helping me to witness the IL movement and its philosophy in action,” he said to staff yesterday during his farewell party.   “Thank you… I will continue keeping active in the IL community because I love it so much.”   In his final article for the newsletter, he directed this message to the CILT membership:   “Until we meet again in person or through print… fight for the things you believe in, forgive your enemies and love one another.”   We wish Don every success in his future endeavours.    

Consumers and Research: Making the Connection

  Do you or does someone you know have a spinal cord injury? would you like to have a better understanding of the research that may affect you, your family or your friends? Would you like to be more involved in research? It may not be as hard as you think.   The Cochrane Collaboration and the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation invites you to an afternoon workshop to find out more about their work in SCI research.   The workshop will take place Wednesday, May 4 from 2:30-4:30 PM, at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), 1929 Bayview Avenue (north of Eglinton). Reception to follow.   Admission is free and includes free access to the Cochrane Library for one month.   This workshop is held in conjunction with the Knowledge Mobilization Seminar Series of the Canadian Paraplegic Association (CPA).   To register for the CPA Knowledge Mobilization Seminar Series, contact Andrea Drakes at CPA Ontario, at 416-422-5644 x220 / 1-877-422-1112 or email andrea.drakes@cpaont.org.    

TTC strike derailed

  Good news for all consumers: the TTC strike that was officially supposed to begin today has been averted!   A last-minute agreement was reached between the Amalgamated Transit Union and the TTC yesterday afternoon at 4:30 PM.   TTC Chairman Howard Moscoe and union Local 113 President Bob Kinnear reached a tentative agreement that has the TTC working with the union to move toward regulatory work schedules eliminating sudden scheduling changes for staff.   The TTC will also increase worker salaries, benefits and pensions by $6 million. In addition, workers will receive a pay hike of 2.75% in the first year of the contract, 3% in the second, and 3.25% in the third.   A ratification vote is scheduled for Thursday.    

Pope John Paul II remembered

  Many Catholic (and also some non-Catholic and non-Christian) consumers paid their respects for Pope John Paul II, who died April 2 at the age 84. He was buried early this morning following a Funeral Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy. The Pope, born Karol Wojtyla in Poland in 1920, lived with arthritis and Parkinson’s Disease during the final years of his life.   Here is one of his writings, “Every Life is a Gift,” from the book Lessons for Living:   “Stand up for the rights of the aged and the handicapped; stand up against attempts to promote assisted suicide and euthanasia. Stand up for marriage and family life. Stand up for purity. Resist the pressures and temptations of a world that often tries to ignore a fundamental truth: that every life is a gift from God our Creator and that we must give an account to God of how we use it, either for good or evil.” 
The Pope also addressed the needs of people with disabilities in a homily delivered in 2000, titled “Everyone Has a Right to a Dignified Life.”   Pope John Paul II is the third longest-reigning pontiff in Catholic Church history, serving a term lasting over 26 years (Oct. 1978-April 2005).    

DPI is calling all youth with disabilities!

Disabled Peoples’ International (DPI) is looking for two youth who would like to work with the disabled community by experiencing a six-month overseas internship, as well as an orientation and de-briefing session.   Eligible young interns must be:

  • between the ages of 19 and 30
  • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • a post-secondary graduate; that is, a graduate of a degree or diploma program in a university, college, post-secondary school of technology, post-secondary institute or a CÉGEP (college d’enseignement general et professionnel, Québec);
  • out of school (that is, you must not have courses, coop-terms or theses left to complete to satisfy your current degree requirements);
  • ready to begin your professional career;
  • unemployed or underemployed
  • legally entitled to work in Canada, and
  • have not participated in a previous paid, career-related international work experience or a Youth Employment Strategy international internship program in the past

Orientation is July/August 2005 in Winnipeg.   Internship is September 2005-February 2006 at overseas Host Organization.   De-briefing is for two weeks in March. The two positions hosted by DPI will be located in:

  • Latin America’s Regional Development Office in Peru, assisting the Regional Development Officer
  • Disabled People South Africa, working on a project addressing HIV/AIDS and women with disability in South Africa.
    For more information or to apply for either position, please send your resume and a covering letter expressing your interest to adnan@dpi.org.