CILT Announces the Vic Willi Legacy Award

CILT is honoured to present the Vic Willi Legacy award which will be granted to a CILT member, or an ally recommended by a CILT member, who is a young disabled person showing leadership in disability activism and disability rights. The award recipient will receive a Lifetime Membership at CILT and a cash prize of $300. Current employees of CILT cannot apply.


Eligible recipients must be:

  • 16 to 29 years of age, and
  • persons with physical, sensory, mental health related and/or cognitive disabilities

In selecting a recipient for the award, we are looking for applicants who:

  • are making a difference, are change makers in the community, or display emerging leadership in disability activism and disability rights
  • are making change that is impactful, relevant, creative and innovative in key areas affecting life with disability (e.g. transportation, accessibility, education, housing, service, integration, etc)
  • are making change with respect to challenging assumptions regarding disabled people and/or the barriers or policies restricting them


The application process requires applicants to demonstrate what they have been doing or plan to do relevant to the criteria above.  In the application, the applicant must state why and how they believe the award will help them to increase their personal leadership skill/knowledge in the disability community. The applicant should also indicate clearly how the award will be used.

Applications can be made through a short (2 page) essay or a short (2 minute) video explaining why the nominee should be granted the award.  Alternative methods of application (and/or communication) will also be considered.

Application can be by self-nomination or by another person, in which case the nominator must seek permission of the applicant.


  1. Please complete the application form
  2. Please include a short (2 page) essay or a short (2 minute) video explaining how the applicant meets the award criteria (noted above) with the application.
  3. Please include one (1) letter of reference or support from a CILT member (if applicant is not a CILT member)
  4. Submit your completed application by mail or email to:


Centre for Independent Living in Toronto

365 Bloor St. E, Suite 902

Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3L4



September 30th, 2021 by 5:00 pm

For more information about the award, including a bio of Vic Willi, please check out the application form. If you would like to request an alternate version of the form, please email or call 416-599-2458.

People with Disabilities and the Pandemic Survey

The Accessibility Consultant for the City of Toronto is gathering information on the impact of COVID 19 on people with disabilities. They are trying to get voices from the disability community to share their experiences of COVID 19, and of the impact of the City of Toronto COVID 19 Equity Plan that was put in place to support people with disability during the pandemic.

Names of the participants will not be mentioned in the report. There are 13 survey questions. To take part in the survey, please click on the hyperlinked COVID-19 Survey for People with Disabilities 

If the survey is not accessible and you cannot participate, please contact for an alternative version.


Disability Inclusion Action Plan

Information Resources for Voting in the Federal Election for September 20th, 2021

With the federal election fast approaching on September 20th, 2021, CILT has put together a number of resources pertaining to if individuals were interested in casting their ballots by mail. Your local Elections Canada office must receive your completed online or in-person special ballot application by the deadline of Tuesday, September 14, 6:00 p.m. local time. Your ballot must be returned by election day on Monday September 20, 2021.

There may be a number of barriers with the online vote-by-mail application process, so please refer to our hyperlinked resources for troubleshooting options.


  1. Elections Canada Voter Information Accessible Voting and Polling Station Accessibility Sept 20 2021
  2. Elections Canada Who Should Consider Voting By Mail
  3. Govt Canada Vulnerable-Populations-Covid-19-eng
  4. Elections Canada How To Apply To Vote By Special Ballot
  5. Elections Canada ID To Vote For Federal Election Sept 20 2021
  6. How To Scan Documents On Your iPhone or Android

Please note that all resource documents are in PDF form. For alternate versions or any further questions and concerns, please reach out to CILT’s Independent Living Skills Coordinator, John Mossa, by email or call 416-599-2458 ext 238.

Legal Advocacy to End Discrimination Against Women with Disabilities | Webinar

This webinar brings together representatives from DisAbled Women’s Network of Canada (DAWN Canada), ARCH Disability Law Centre, and Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) to discuss their ongoing legal advocacy regarding gender-based violence against women with disabilities.

Presenters will share the various faces of gender-based violence for women and girls with disabilities and speak about efforts to include intersectional feminist lenses in legal advocacy addressing discrimination against women with disabilities. Examples from litigation, public legal education, community development, and law reform will be provided. Presenters will also discuss lessons learned from legal interventions, including the ableist assumptions in the justice system, the importance (and limits) of terminology, and the need for judicial education.

When: Tuesday, August 17, 2021 from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm  eastern time

Register: Through hyperlinked Zoom portal

Participants will:

  • Learn about gender-based violence against women and girls with disabilities.
  • Develop their understanding of how ableism and stereotypes impact the legal experiences of women with disabilities.
  • Find out how the legal system can support women with disabilities move from victims to survivors.
  • Reflect on how they can center the needs and voices of people living with disabilities in their work.


Interactive Remote Vaccine Townhall | AEBC Toronto Chapter

Join the AEBC Toronto Chapter on August 19th, 2021, from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM for an interactive town hall for the blind, deaf, and disabled communities including panelists from the medical community and those with lived experience with COVID and the importance of vaccines.

Panelist discussion will include:

  1. An overview of current COVID-19 vaccines and their efficacy
  2. Personal and scientific benefits of COVID-19 vaccination
  3. Vaccination myth busting and common fears shared by disabled individuals
  4. How to book your vaccine appointment in Ontario for first and second doses

Accommodations provided include ASL interpreters from Deaf Spectrum and live captioning through the Zoom platform.

How to register: Registration is free, however, space is limited. Save your seat by registering through the Eventbrite page or emailing

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Rob Kozak
  • Craig Madho
  • Ian White
  • Earle Zwicker

Helen Henderson Award Announcement 2021

This award will be granted to a CILT member, or an ally recommended by a CILT member, who produced an outstanding piece of writing related to raising public awareness of a disability issue or barrier. Award recipient will receive a Lifetime Membership at CILT, and a cash prize of $200. Current employees of CILT cannot apply.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 24th, 2021 by 5:00 pm


  • One (1) published piece of writing (published on a website, blog, open letter to the editor or in a journal, newsletter or magazine);
  • Submission must be in English or French;
  • Minimum 700 words; maximum 3000 words;
  • Addresses at least one (1) disability issue or barrier;


  1. Please complete the linked application form.
  1. Please print or include a digital link of your published piece with your application.
  1. Please include a personal statement describing the published piece, including its significance to the disability community and your interest in the topic.
  • Personal Statement: 1 page, single-spaced, 12-point font, Arial, 2.5 cm margins
  1. Please include one (1) letter of reference or support from a CILT member (only applicable to those applicants who are not CILT members upon applying).

Submit your completed application by mail or email to:


Centre for Independent Living in Toronto

365 Bloor St. E, Suite 902

Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3L4



  • Lifetime Membership at CILT; and,
  • Cash prize of $200.


Following the submission deadline, members of the CILT Board of Directors will strike an adjudicating committee and review and evaluate the applications. The award recipient will be notified by email by October 8, 2021. The award recipient will also be announced during CILT’s Annual General Meeting.

Only completed application packages will be reviewed by the adjudicating committee. Please ensure all documents are received by submission deadline date and that all digital links are printed correctly and working.

The successful applicant will be asked to sign a written agreement acknowledging the receipt of the award.

Unless otherwise specified, a cheque will be sent to the mailing address recipients provided on the application form.

Applicants are eligible for Helen Henderson Literary Award only once.

All results are final.

Capability Program – Now Intaking

The Capability Program offered by Woodgreen Community Services is doing intakes for their next group which will start in late August.

Program info: 

  • 4-6 weeks of workshops (virtual)
  • 12 week work experience placement
  • Job retention and accommodation supports


  • Must be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Self-identify as having a disability (visible or invisible)
  • Unemployed
  • Not eligible for or receiving EI
  • Must be able to participate in a virtual program (access to computer and internet)


For more information, please check out the hyperlinked CAP Summer 2021 flyer and CAP Info Session callout.

PLEASE NOTE: CILT does not recommend or endorse any listing and is not liable for any situations which may result.


Autistics Access to Vaccines in Toronto #ActuallyVaccinated [WEBINAR]

In this presentation, we will discuss what the COVID-19 vaccines are, the science behind them, and access issues for autistics. Presented by Autistics for Autistics, Ontario as part of the Centre for Independent Living’s Disability Vaccine Outreach Initiative, in partnership with the City of Toronto’s Vaccine Ambassadors Program.

When: July 29, 2021 from 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Where: Virtually through Zoom

To register, please fill out the hyperlinked Registration Form.

ASL interpreter and captions will be available.


A Guide to the COVID-19 Vaccine [WEBINAR]


Knowing that many members of our community have been vaccinated already, this webinar presented by BALANCE will focus on how you can speak with hesitant friends and family about COVID-19 and the benefits of being vaccinated. A Question-and-Answer period will take place following the presentation, where you can ask any questions you might have.

When: Thursday, July 29, 2021 from 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Virtually through Zoom

To register, please click the Zoom link or call 416-236-1796 ext. 0 to register.

Closed captioning will be provided.

Check out the flyer for more info.