CILT COVID-19 Fall Update

CILT remains committed to supporting consumers through the COVID-19 pandemic.

As we are looking at increasing case counts in Ontario, CILT & Direct Funding remain committed to ensuring that participants in the Direct Funding Program can access their services in a safe environment, minimizing the risk of COVID-19.

For our Fall update and information on some of the other actions CILT has undertaken since March 2020, please click here.


CILT’s 36th Annual General (Virtual) Meeting

Friday October 16, 2020

5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Registration opens

6:00 – 6:30 p.m. AGM

6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Award presentations and Tribute to Sandra Carpenter

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and to protect the staff, board and members of CILT, this year’s AGM will be hosted

VIRTUALLY ON ZOOM

Accommodations upon reasonable request

R.S.V.P. by noon, October 8, 2020

Online at https://cilt-agm2020.eventbrite.ca

Phone: (416) 599-2458

TTY: Dial 711 for Bell Relay service

Email: cilt@cilt.ca


2020 Virtual Public Forum on Accessible Transit

On October 1, 2020, TTC Board members, management and staff, and members of the Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit (ACAT) will host the TTC’s first ever virtual Public Forum on Accessible Transit. This event is held annually to hear from the public about the accessibility of conventional TTC and door-to-door (Wheel-Trans) public transit services in Toronto. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we’re hosting this event online this year.

Register for the 2020 Virtual Public Forum on Accessible Transit

Event details

  • Thursday, October 1, 2020 – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Participate online – view the live stream
  • Participate by phone – 416-764-8658

The Public Forum on Accessible Transit will include captioning and ASL interpreters. You must register for the event, and you can pre-submit any questions you might have online.

TTC staff will share a presentation starting at 7 p.m. highlighting recent accessibility initiatives and plans for the continued improvement of transit in Toronto, including the Wheel-Trans 10-year Strategy, Family of Services, and The Easier Access project initiatives. They will also discuss the TTC’s response to COVID-19. The presentation will be followed by an open question and answer period. Questions may be submitted via the live stream platform, twitter or by phone.

The open Public Forum will provide the opportunity for customers to ask questions, share their experiences, provide feedback, concerns and other comments directly to a panel which will include:

  • Kirsten Watson – Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Operations
  • Dwayne Geddes, Head of Wheel-Trans
  • Mark Mis, Head of Service Planning & Scheduling
  • Matt Hagg, Senior Planner, System Access
  • Mazin Aribi, 2020 ACAT Chair

Feedback gathered through the virtual event will be used to inform the TTC’s accessibility planning activities. We look forward to sharing our successes and learning about new ways to improve transit for everyone.


Take Urgent Action Against the Dangers of Electric Scooters in Toronto Zoom Meeting

CILT and CWDO Invite You to Join a 1-hour Live Email Writing Campaign to Toronto’s Mayor and Your City Councillor. Help stop the City of Toronto from allowing electric scooters (e-scooters), a serious new danger to the safety and accessibility of people with disabilities, seniors, and the public.

When: Thurs. Oct 1, 2020, 1:00-2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZApduGpqDsoE9KlJm1Tr8uHn8YjFGoakd1_

For more info, here is the flyer


Accessible Standards Canada: Have your say!

Accessibility Standards Canada recently launched their first online consultation!

Have your say. Complete the online survey before September 30, 2020 to help them determine:

●        How they can engage with you

●        The research priorities for their next call for proposals

●        The areas of focus for their next set of accessibility standards

You can also participate by email, mail, phone, and in American Sign Language or Langue des signes Québécoise! Visit their consultation webpage for more details on how to participate.

You can call or email them if you have any accessibility needs or questions.

Phone: 1-833-854-7628

You can also engage with them on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.


Disability and Work in Canada 2020 Virtual Conference

The Disability and Work in Canada (DWC) 2020 Conference will be held virtually this year from November 25 to December 2. The topic for this conference is the “Strategy in Action—Pathways and Impacts”.

The DWC Conference is looking for proposals for the following sessions: vignettes, panel session, panel member and presentations.

Visit the DWC Strategy webpage to learn more.

The Application Form must be submitted by Friday September 25, 2020 at info@DWCStrategy.ca.

 

 


Sandra Carpenter – Dedicated Advocate and IL Visionary

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that our inimitable Sandra Carpenter, co-founder and first Executive Director of the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto, unexpectedly passed away January 23, 2020.

Sandra’s dry wit, sharp intellect and dedication to independent living were admired by all who were lucky enough to know her. We are shocked at losing her so soon after her retirement from CILT in 2019.

Sandra was CILT’s original Executive Director when CILT gained independence from COTA in 1986. In 1989 she returned to the Ontario Government and was employed by the Ministry of Labour as the Manager of the Centre for Disability and Work. After a brief leave of absence, during which she worked as the Research Director for the Canadian Association of Independent Living Centres in Ottawa, she returned to government once again as Senior Policy Analyst, Disability Issues and was eventually appointed the Senior Manager, Disability Issues at the Ministry of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation.

Sandra left the Ontario Government in 1999, and briefly worked for the Foundation on Independent Living, before returning to CILT in November 2000. Sandra was with CILT as Executive Director until she retired in 2019.

During this time, one of her proudest achievements was the role she played in the phenomenal growth of CILT’s Direct Funding Program.  The Direct Funding Program supports people with disabilities from across Ontario to act as employers and hire their own attendants. The program supports people with disabilities to live in the community and make choices, examine options and live life as they wanted. Last year, the Direct Funding Program celebrated 25 years of empowering people with disabilities with options for living life on their own terms.

Sandra also worked hard at CILT to build relationships with diverse stakeholders. As Sandra’s sister Tracy said of her “Sandra had a unique way of forging relationships with allies to work for the good of our community as exemplified by CILT’s Founder’s Award. She set the award up in such a way that one year a person with a disability would be recognized, but in alternate years, recognition was paid to our allies who worked with within government or elsewhere in the community. In an “us vs them” world, she brought so many more to our side.”

Sandra is also fondly remembered as a leader who never sought the spotlight, but who encouraged others to find their voices. Sandra had the ability to recognize people’s unique talents and help them to draw out strengths many never even knew they had.

Sandra’s significant other achievements include the creation of the first ever radio and then television show that featured disability issues and stories. This television show evolved into a program called Moving On, aired on both CBC television and TV Ontario.

Sandra is one of the original independent living visionaries in Canada and moved forward the IL philosophy through all of her work. Today people with disabilities everywhere have lost a fierce advocate and a humble champion.

The CILT Board and staff send our deepest condolences to Sandra’s family and friends.  CILT asks that you please respect her family’s need for privacy at this time. As and when details emerge regarding a service for Sandra, CILT will be sure to pass them on.

CILT will continue to work everyday to honor Sandra’s vision of a world where people with disabilities are truly free to live as they choose.

Sandra, you were one of a kind. We will miss you always.


Diners’ Club June 2019

Join us for fun, food and friendship every third Thursday of every month at a different, affordable, accessible restaurant in the city.

Check out the details for June’s event:

Date: Thursday, June 20th, 2019
Time: 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Restaurant:  Paisano
Type of Cuisine: Italian
Price Range: $12.00 – $25.00
Address: 116 Willowdale Ave
Closest intersection: Willowdale and Sheppard
Phone: (416) 613-5487
Closest Subway Station: Sheppard-Yonge
RSVP Deadline: Thursday, June 13th, 2019
RSVP by Phone: (416)-599-2458 ext. 293
By Email: inquiry@cilt.ca
Via Eventbrite: https://june2019ciltdiners.eventbrite.ca

For reservation purposes, it is important that you RSVP by the deadline. We encourage you to RSVP via EventBrite.

Members are responsible for the cost of their own meal.
CILT will make every effort to have an attendant available for this event; however, we are unable to guarantee this. Those who must have an attendant with them to fully enjoy this event are encouraged to bring their own.

PLEASE NOTE:  CILT’s Attendant will remain at the restaurant up to 30 minutes after the event’s end time.  We appreciate you keeping this in mind when booking your WheelTrans ride.


D-Net Re-discovered : Benchmark Disability TV series now on YouTube

D-Net, The Disability Network, was a news and current affairs television series broadcast on CBC and Newsworld from 1990 to 1997.

Read the full D-Net press release in Word format.


Portable Housing Benefit – Special Priority Program

The Province of Ontario announced that it will be funding a portable housing benefit (PHB) that will eventually support up to about 3,000 households across Ontario. The benefit will be available to any household that is eligible for the Special Priority Housing Category (SPHC).

This new Portable Housing Benefit:

    • can be used towards the household’s current housing or a unit they move in to
    • is ongoing (permanent) with no end or expiry date
    • eligibility is reviewed each year based on your income tax filing;
    • can increase or decrease annually as income and rental rates change
    • can be used for rent anywhere in Ontario
    • is paid directly to the household
    • the monthly PHB amount will be calculated based on average monthly rent and adjusted family net income.
    • is available now

If you received a letter from Housing Connections (Access to Housing) over the summer to review this alternative housing option, contact Housing Connections at 416-397-7438, or by email at hap@toronto.ca.  More information can also be found on the City of Toronto’s Shelter Support and Housing Administration’s website, or by visiting a housing help centre.

Shelter Support and Housing

Housing Help