MOVIE NIGHT: A Vibrant Halloween

Join us for a slightly spooky start to your Halloween we­ekend. We will meet on Zoom to watch Ghostbusters: Answer the Call (2016).  The film will be shown with Closed Captioning and Audio Description. The film may contain material of a sensitive and controversial nature. Check out the trailer.

When:  Friday October 29th  6:30-  9:00pm EDT

Where: Zoom (you must register to receive link)

Cost: Free

Rating: PG-13

Register: Call Lucy 416 486-8666 ext. 226 and leave your email or email lucyn@vibranthealthcare.ca

Peer Support events are opportunities for people with disabilities and their allies to interact in a supportive Independent Living Environment. 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.


Employment and Volunteer Opportunities at City of Toronto

Diverse members are needed to serve on a range of City of Toronto of boards, committees and tribunals. Below are a list of hyperlinked opportunities with deadlines:

Legacy Fund Allocations Committee – October 1, 2021

Moss Park Arena Board – October 15, 2021

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority – October 29, 2021

Toronto Investment Board – October 29, 2021

View all opportunities

Keep checking the City of Toronto job opportunities for upcoming temporary roles with Toronto Elections to support the upcoming municipal election on October 24, 2022.


Surveys on Accessibility and Employment

CaféTO survey on Accessibility

The City of Toronto is currently reviewing the CaféTO program and want to better understand any program barriers and the effects on residents and visitors.

This survey is targeted to people in Toronto who identify as having a disability and/or who are impacted by barriers specifically related to the CaféTO program. The survey is currently live and will be open until October 4, 2021.

Ontario Courts Accessibility Committee (OCAC) Survey

OCAC is conducting a survey to gather information on the current state of accessibility in Ontario courts. This survey is targeted at persons who have experience attending court either as a person with a disability themselves or supporting a person with a disability.

 


PDN Vibrant Songs and Discussion for Parents with Disabilities

Join us for songs, rhymes and stories (for children newborn to 5 years old) and time for discussion and connection with other parents with disabilities. The next three dates of the event are set:

When:

Friday October 8, 2021 at 11am

Friday November 12, 2021 at 11am

Friday December 10, 2021 at 11am

Where: Virtually over Zoom

To register: email rebecca.wood@cilt.ca or Call 416-599-2458 ext 291

If you would like to join for just the discussion/peer support portion of this program only, please feel free to join in at 11:30am.

Please let us know about any accommodation or zoom support needs when you register for the event.  Automatic closed captions will be turned on. Participants can join by phone if necessary.

Presented by: Vibrant Healthcare Alliance and the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto’s Parenting with a Disability Network with generous funding from the United Way Greater Toronto and the City of Toronto, Ontario’s Community Health Centres and Independent Living Canada.


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.

ELIGIBILITY CRITIERIA:

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

APPLICATION PROCEDURES:

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.

TO APPLY:

  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:

Mail:

Centre for Independent Living in Toronto

365 Bloor St. E, Suite 902

Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3L4

Email:

cilt@cilt.ca

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:

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 cilt@cilt.ca 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 zahrabrown8@gmail.com for an alternative version.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT SURVEY IS SEPTEMBER 21st, 2021


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.

LIST OF RESOURCES 

  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 john.mossa@cilt.ca 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 aebctoronto@gmail.com

Panelists include:

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