ARCH Disability Law Centre Virtual Webinars on Accessible Canada Act Draft Regulations

The Government of Canada, the Canadian Transportation Agency and the CRTC are asking for feedback on three Accessible Canada Act draft regulations. The ARCH Disability Law Centre is holding virtual webinars to give people with disabilities, disabled persons organization and disability organizations more information.

The virtual webinars will take place on the following dates in 2021:

  • March 8
  • March 10
  • March 15

For details about the webinars and to RSVP, visit the ARCH Disability Law Centre’s website.

Request for Research Participants: Improving In-Hospital Support for Persons with Disabilities

Posted on behalf of the researchers supported by Ryerson University, Rosina Isabella and Paul Benson.

As persons with physical disabilities, we have noticed and experienced that there are significant gaps when it comes to persons with disabilities obtaining the necessary supporting services once the medical situation that triggered the original visit has been addressed. In our experience, hospital staff are often not familiar with how to meet our disability-related needs (e.g., for repositioning in bed, assistance with eating, and other services related to the specific disability). For this reason, we wish to capture the experiences of persons with disabilities so that we can increase awareness of these needs, and as a result make experiences better for people with physical disabilities and invisible disabilities when accessing medical care.

Through surveys and interviews, we are looking to capture information regarding their experiences within the hospital system – either in the emergency department, outpatient clinic, or during a hospital stay. Rest assured that we will maintain the confidentiality of anyone choosing to participate. Their identity will not be disclosed and they will be identified only with a numeric key within the data captured. All reporting will be at an aggregate level, making it impossible to identify individuals.

We hope that – with your help – we can become changemakers in improving healthcare for all.

How you can participate: Participate in our online survey and, possibly, to participate in an interview.

For more information about the project, check out the flyer.

Who we are: As students in the Disability Studies part-time degree program at Ryerson University, and based on our experience with the healthcare provided by community hospitals, community clinics, and other service providers, we have initiated this project to examine hospital and other healthcare-related services delivered to persons with physical disabilities. Our intent is to share the resulting information with healthcare providers to provide them with feedback on the adequacy of those services and areas in which they can be improved.

Recording and Handouts available for Food Access and Insecurity in Adults with Mobility Disabilities

CILT held a Zoom webinar on Food Access and Insecurity in Adults with Mobility Disabilities: Research Findings presented by  Dr. Naomi Schwartz on Nov 5, 2020. The materials from the webinar can be found below as links embedded with texts.


Webinar recording


Dr. Naomi Schwartz Section: Food Access and Insecurity in Adults with Mobility

Executive Summary:

Food Access and Insecurity in Adults with Mobility Disabilities


Schwartz_Naomi_202011_PHD_thesis Food Access and Insecurity in Adults with Mobility


Mindfulness for Cross-Disability and D/deaf Adults: 4-Week Session

In this 4-week session we will:

  • Learn about Mindfulness tools that have been modified from Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
  • Have a chance to practice Mindfulness and Meditation techniques and find out what works best for us
  • Learn about Mindfulness as a strategy for managing uncertainty in the time of COVID-19 and beyond

To register, click here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the zoom meeting. Sessions can be joined through zoom or over the phone.

This workshop is best suited for adults who feel comfortable to communicate independently in an online group. Please let us know about any accommodation needs when you register. If you have any questions or need support setting up zoom please contact

ASL interpretation will be provided.

Introduction to Mindfulness is presented by the Centre for Independent Living Toronto, Miles Nadal JCC Downtown Toronto and Sue Hutton Mindfulness with generous funding support provided by The City of Toronto, The United Way of Greater Toronto, and Independent Living Canada.

CILT and Vibrant Peer Support MOVIE NIGHT

Join us on Zoom to watch Always Be My Maybe! 

When:  Friday March 5, 6:30-8:30pm 

Where: Zoom (you must register to receive link) 

Cost: Free 

Rating: PG-13 


Contact Lucy at or call 416 486-8666 ext. 226  


Contact Rebecca at or call 416-599-2458 ext. 291 

The movie will be presented with closed captioning and audio description. Please let us know about accommodations or access needs (including support with setting up zoom) when you register.

Movie Description:

Everyone assumed Sasha and Marcus would wind up together except for Sasha and Marcus. Reconnecting after 15 years, the two start to wonder – maybe?  Always Be My Maybe is a 2019 American romantic comedy film, written by Ali Wong, Randall Park and Michael Golamco and directed by Nahnatchka Khan. It stars Park and Wong as childhood friends Marcus and Sasha, who have not been in touch since a brief teenage fling ended badly.

Please note: There will not be a discussion after the film but chat function will be available throughout the movie. Movie Nights are operating under the Independent Living Philosophy. The films may contain material of a sensitive and controversial nature.

This Movie Night is presented by Vibrant Healthcare Alliance and the Centre for Independent Living Toronto with generous funding support from United Way of Greater Toronto, The City of Toronto, Independent Living Canada and Ontario Community Health Centres.

CILT Peer Connect: Wednesday February 24th, 1pm – 2:30pm on Zoom

Guest Speaker: Julian Baird

Topic: Exercise and Goal Setting at Home

During this session we will be trying some seated exercise and breathing techniques as well as talking about goal setting in the context of exercising at home due to Covid-19.

To register email


More about Julian:

Julian has a diploma in Health, Wellness and Fitness from Mohawk College where he graduated in 2018. He is a manual wheelchair-user born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus who has been playing wheelchair basketball since 2003. He also swam competitively and has done some handcycle races. He loves to travel and has travelled (mostly solo) to 12 countries on 3 continents.

More about Peer Connect: 

CILT Peer Connect is a virtual peer support opportunity for adults with disabilities.  In every session we will check in and connect around a particular topic and have a chance to share how we are coping with stress and isolation as a result of COVID-19. Please be ready to participate in activity and discussion and let us know if we can support with any accommodations. There is an option to join these sessions by phone.

Upcoming CILT Peer Connect dates:  

Wednesday March 24 and Wednesday April 28 at 1pm. Topics to be announced.

Zoom Webinar: COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) and People with Disabilities

CILT will be providing two sessions of the same workshop on IPAC education to empower people with disabilities in making informed choices about COVID-19, PPE use, and infection control measures. This will help people with disabilities to reduce their transmission risk so they can live more independently during the second wave of this pandemic. Both sessions cover the same content, so you are asked to choose one date.

Friday February 26, 2021, 1pm-300pm

Register in advance for this meeting here


Monday March 22, 2021, 1pm-300pm

Register in advance for this meeting here

This workshop will cover the following topics:

1) Importance of Infection Control

2) Routine Practices to Prevent Infections

3) What Causes and How to Prevent the Flu and Covid-19

4) The Importance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Different Types of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and How to Use it Properly

5) Question and Answers

6) Resources

If you need assistance with registering please e-mail  or call 416-599-2458 ext 291.

Please note, you will not be able to join the session without registering first. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with the zoom link or phone number for you to use to join the webinar. Please note: Registration closes two hours before the webinar.

Workshop Presenter:

Timothy Valyear, RPN, Owner, Integrity Care Consultants Inc.

Workshop Facilitators:

John Mossa, Independent Living Skills Coordinator, Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT)

Rebecca Wood, Peer and Parenting Program Coordinator, Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT)

CILT funding support provided by United Way Greater Toronto, City of Toronto, Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), and Independent Living Canada.


Virtual Event – How Stereotypes Impact Us & Our Relationship with Others

The Scarborough Women’s Centre will be offering educational webinars for women with visible and invisible disabilities through their new Rebuilding Lives Project.

The first webinar titled “How stereotypes impact us & our relationship with others” will take place on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, from 2:30 to 4:00 pm via the Webex Meeting Platform

In this webinar, participants will:

  • Learn more about Scarborough Women’s Centre
  • Be introduced to our new Rebuilding Lives Project
  • Explore the impact of disability stereotypes on their relationships
  • Use writing or drawing to challenge negative ideas they have heard about women with disabilities

Women with visible and/or invisible disabilities are welcome to attend. Real-time captioning will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring a journal and different coloured pens, but this is not required to participate.

To register, please see below:

RSVP to Melissa by Monday, February 8, 2021. Please indicate any accommodations needed when you RSVP. Phone: 416 439 7111 (Ext 3) or E-mail:

For more information, check out the event flyer here.

Research Opportunity: COVID-19 Impact on People with Disabilities

Posted on behalf of the University of Toronto Master of Science in Physical Therapy program

Hello! Are you a person living with a disability that has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic? Would you like to share your experiences?

We are a group of students from the Master of Science in Physical Therapy program at the University of Toronto. We are looking for participants for a study we are conducting on how persons with disabilities have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We would appreciate hearing your thoughts.

By taking part in this study, you will have an opportunity to express how your daily life has been impacted by COVID-19, any challenges you have faced, how your support relationships have changed, how you perceive your value and visibility, and how you have managed to cope during this time. There will be a $30.00 honorarium to compensate participants for their time.

This will be used to understand the challenges persons with disabilities face during this time, what your needs are now, and to help with better planning for persons with disabilities during the recovery process of COVID-19 and future pandemics.

In order to participate, you must:

• Be 18 years of age or older;

• Self-identify with a disability;

• Reside in Southern Ontario;

• Live independently with or without self-managed attendant services or other agency supports in the community;

• Be able to give informed consent to participate;

• Have access to a computer and internet,

• Be able to independently answer questions during a virtual 45-60 minute interview session.

Please note, the study aims to gather a wide range of experiences. As such, not all participants who contact us will be automatically selected to participate in the study. The research team will follow up with you regarding whether or not you have been selected as a participant.

If you would like to share your experiences with us you can contact Thank you, we look forward to hearing from you!

CILT Remembers Michael Miceli

The Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) offers our deepest condolences to the family and peers of Michael Miceli. Michael passed away in Toronto on December 22nd, 2020

For over 10 years, Michael was a valued part of the CILT community. He warmly engaged with his peers and non-profits at many of our independent living skills and social events.  A graduate of York University’s Critical Disability Studies Program, Michael was articulate in advocating for disability justice, including with government. He did so effectively over the past 2 years as a member of the Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee (TAAC).

Michael was a very kind, outgoing and generous person and could have a conversation with anyone. He had Muscular Dystrophy and volunteered with non-profit causes over the years. Michael’s tireless pursuit of a world inclusive of people with disabilities inspired and rallied others to engage as allies with him.

Thank you, Michael, for all you have done to elevate our community’s issues and to shape a better world that includes everyone.

Anyone wishing to read or write memories of Michael on the Dignity Memorial website, can do so from the link: