Brand new power chair and walker for sale (purchased Sept. 2004). The chair drives easily over bumps and curbs. Special pillow for back pain included with chair. Price for chair is $4000 (orig. $8000). The walker is light, and easy to walk with. Basket is included. Price for walker is $250 (orig. $500). Call Maria if interested at (905) 901-9494 (Oakville #) or leave a message at (905) 812-5420 (Mississauga #).
Independence, Community and Empowerment (ICE) is hosting its 2nd conference for adults using Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), from April 8-10 at the Toronto Marriott Hotel. This year’s theme is “Living Well: Beyond Existing.” Key topics include: Recreation/ Leisure/ Travel Sexuality/ Marriage/ Dating/ Relationships Aging with a Disability Spirituality/ Death/ Grieving Advocacy/ Rights/ Independence Ice Canada 2005 is the follow-up to the inaugural conference from 2002. The first ICE conference welcomed 136 participants, including 38 AAC consumers. ICE was inspired by the Pittsburgh Employment Conference, a biennial, consumer-centred conference for augmented communicators. It is considered a powerful force for change, and a source of empowerment for consumers with disabilities, especially those who use AAC-related devices. The ICE conference committee includes AAC consumers, members of Speaking Differently, Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy, Ontario March of Dimes, and clinicians from Ontario’s AAC Clinics.
From the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) Press Release (Feb. 23, 2005): Today’s federal Budget improves tax fairness for Canadians with disabilities, but does nothing to improve the situation of those most in need, said Marie White, Chairperson of CCD. “The improved tax measures are a positive step in the right direction in addressing the need for investment in supports, BUT, they are of no benefit to the vast majority of Canadians with disabilities who live in poverty and have no taxable income,” said White. The Technical Advisory Committee on Tax Measures for Persons with Disabilities reporting to Ministers Goodale and McCallum recognized this and stated: “Priority should be given to expenditure programs rather than tax measures to target new funding where the need is greatest.” (Disability and Tax Fairness report December 2004) Canadians with disabilities continue to reside in institutions, live in poverty, face daily discrimination and barriers to their participation. “What will it take to get governments to address the real need? What will it take to get governments to address our priority — the investment in disability related services and supports?” asks White. Recent government statements include: * “…What kind of Canada do we want? …a Canada where people with disabilities and their families… have the support they need.” (Prime Minister Paul Martin, Response to the Speech From the Throne, February 2004) * “The federal government [should] meet with provincial/territorial governments and groups representing the disabled with a view to concluding a federal/provincial/territorial national disability strategy…” (from Moving Forward: Report of the Standing Committee of Finance December 2004) * “Ministers… agreed to jointly develop a strategy for investments in disability programs, with both short and long-term options. Ministers committed to advancing the issues that are important to Canadians with disabilities, including the three building blocks of In Unison — disability supports, income and employment.“ (from News Release of F/P/T Meeting of Ministers of Social Services November 2, 2004) “The Council of Canadians with Disabilities sees tax measures as one very small step. What is needed is a national strategy and investment in programs and supports that will enable people to get an education, get jobs and participate in community life,” said Laurie Beachell, CCD National Coordinator . “Canadians with disabilities were told by the Liberals in the mid-90’s that we would have to wait for the government to get its house in order before we would see any new investments,” says Marie White. “We have been patient, we have been collaborative, we have identified the need, we have identified the priority — disability-related supports. What does government expect our community to do now?” For more information, please contact Marie White, National Chairperson, at (709) 739-8233, or Laurie Beachell, National Coordinator, at (204) 947-0303.
The Subcommittee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills Development, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities, invites consumers with disabilities across Canada to apply for the 2005 Centennial Flame Research Award. According to the Centennial Flame Research Award Act, this monetary award is offered each year to a person with a disability to enable him or her to conduct research and prepare a report on the contributions of one or more Canadians with disabilities to the public life of Canada or the activities of Parliament. The award amounts to $4000. The award amount comes from money collected for the Centennial Flame monument on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, and from donations made to the Centennial Flame Research Award Fund. For your application to be considered, the following criteria must be met:
- The applicant must be a person with a disability.
- The applicant must submit proof of Canadian citizenship.
- The applicant must submit an outline in any medium of his or her proposed research project dealing with the contributions of a Canadian or Canadians with disabilities to public life in Canada or the activities of Parliament. The outline must explain the significance of these contributions and describe how the research will be undertaken.
The applicant must submit a letter of support for his or her application from a person of his or her choice other than the subject of the research.
All required documents must be sent to the Clerk of the Subcommittee and must be postmarked on or before April 29.
There are a list of requirements to review before making an application. The Subcommittee will select the recipient according to the set of criteria.
Those interested in more information may consult the Subcommittee’s Web site or the Office of the Clerk of the Subcommittee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities.
The Rolling Rampage Festival of Wheels is an annual event that focuses on improving awareness to the general public and business communities about the contributions made by people with disabilities across Canada. The event includes a 10K Wheelchair Road Race around Queen’s Park, where athletes from Toronto and around the world compete for $30,000 in prize money. Rolling Rampage is a project of the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons (CFPDP). The CFPDP was established 21 years ago to assist consumers with disabilities to lead more independent lives. The 3rd Annual Rolling Rampage Festival of Wheels will take place Saturday, June 18, outside of Queen’s Park. The festival will last from approximately 11:30 AM-6 PM. For more information, please contact Brian McLean, Event Manager, at 416-760-7351 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Erinoak and the Peel/Halton/Dufferin Coalition for People with Disabilities are hosting the 6th Annual ConnecTions Resources Fair. ConnecTions 2005 will take place Saturday, May 7, from 10 AM-3 PM at Ste. Famille Secondary School, 1780 Meadowvale Blvd., Mississauga (corner of Derry and Meadowvale, second light East of Mississauga Road). Attendant care and ASL will be available. For more information, contact Jon Greenaway at 905-491-4361.
Tobias House is hosting the second annual Revelry in Motion, its main fundraising gala. This year’s event includes performances by the e-Motions (Toronto’s only power wheelchair dance troupe) and Ballet Creole (Afro-Caribbean dance company), a silent auction and a buffet dinner. Funds raised will go towards recreational and arts programs for our clients. Revelry in Motion will take place at the Bamboo Cabana (245 Queen Quay West) on Thursday, May 26, from 6-9:30 PM. Tickets are $100 each. For more information, please contact Portia Branford at 416-690-8804 or email@example.com.
A consumer invites all consumers to join the Yahoo Group for ODSP recipients. The group has just been set up as a place to:
- Ask fellow recipients questions about ODSP
- Share your thoughts about ODSP with others
- Share your experiences dealing with ODSP with other recipients
- Exchange ideas about making ODSP better
- Find out about living with ODSP
- Vent about problems you are having or have had with ODSP
- Post violations of human rights by ODSP employees
The ODSP Fireside Chat group was created and is moderated by Maggie Dilts, an ODSP recipient. The Web address for the new ODSP Fireside is http://ca.groups.yahoo.com/group/odspfireside/.