CILT and Vibrant Peer Support MOVIE MATINEE

Join us virtually on Zoom to watch, “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution”

When: Wednesday, June 16th, 2021 | 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Where: Zoom (you must register to receive the link)

This movie is free to watch and is rated R. To register, please contact Lucy at lucyn@vibranthealthcare.ca or call 416-486-8666 ext. 226.

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:

In the early 1970s, teenagers with disabilities faced a future shaped by isolation, discrimination and institutionalization. Camp Jened, a ramshackle camp “for the handicapped” in the Catskills, exploded those confines. Jened was their freewheeling Utopia, a place with summertime sports, smoking and makeout sessions awaiting everyone, and campers who felt fulfilled as human beings. Their bonds endured as they migrated West to Berkeley, California – a promised land for a growing and diverse disability community – where friends from Camp Jened realized that disruption and unity might secure life-changing accessibility for millions. Co-directed by Emmy®-winning filmmaker Nicole Newnham and film mixer and former camper Jim LeBrecht, this joyous and exuberant documentary arrives the same year as the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, at a time when the country’s largest minority group still battles daily for the freedom to exist.

Please note: The film may contain material of a sensitive and controversial nature.

There will not be a discussion afterwards with Zoom auto-captioning turned on.  If you would like to see a trailer of the movie, please see through the following YouTube link: Crip Camp Trailer

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. 


Advocacy strategies for persons with disabilities during COVID-19 | ARCH Disability

At this event, ARCH lawyers will discuss advocacy strategies for persons with disabilities during the pandemic and how they continued to include persons with disabilities in discussions that affect them. ARCH lawyers will also examine changes to their practice of law and offer reflections on how those changes will influence the future practice of law.

When: Thursday, June 3rd, 2021 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm EST

Where: Virtually

To register, please click here.

Please note that ASL interpreting and closed captioning will be made available.

Panelists
– Gabriel Reznick, Staff Lawyer, ARCH Disability Law Centre
– Rachel Weiner, Staff Lawyer, ARCH Disability Law Centre
– Jessica De Marinis, Staff Lawyer, ARCH Disability Law Centre
– Mariam Shanouda, Staff Lawyer, ARCH Disability Law Centre

Moderator:
-Dianne Wintermute, Staff Lawyer, ARCH Disability Law Centre


ReelAbilities Film Festival Toronto Opening Night on May 26, 2021

ReelAbilities Film Festival Opening Night features the captivating screening of indie success, Give Me Liberty (Dir. Kirill Mikhanovsky) on May 26 at 7:00 pm. Following the screening, join us for a live virtual panel at 9 PM on Care Across Communities, which will explore the work and meaning of activism, allyship and interdependence across disability communities and beyond.

When: Wednesday, May 26th, 2021

  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm (screening)
  • 9:00pm (post-panel discussion)

Where: Virtual screening platform

To register, please click here

For more information and the film catalogue, please click here.

 


PDN Vibrant Songs Circle and Discussion for Parents with Disabilities

Join us virtually on Zoom for songs, rhymes and stories (for children newborn to 5 years old) and a chance for discussion to connect with other parents with disabilities.

When:

  • Friday June 11, 2021 at 11am
  • Friday, July 9, 2021 at 11am
  • Friday, August 13, 2021 at 11am

All times shown are EST.

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.

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.


We Exist: Queer and Trans Parenting, Disability and Mental Health

Join Birthmark’s Seed & Sprout and CILT’s Parenting with a Disability Network for a panel of queer and trans parents with disabilities sharing stories of parenting, birth, fertility and accessing services in Toronto. There will be a question and answer period after the panel presents. Let’s hear each other’s stories and build connections among parents and prospective parents with disabilities in our community.

When: Thursday, June 3rd, 2021 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm EST

Where: Zoom (you must register to receive the link)

To register, please click here or contact Rebecca at 416-599-2458 extension 291.

ASL interpretation and auto-captioning will be provided.  Please let us know about access and accommodation needs when you register. Participants can join by phone if needed.

This event is presented by Birthmark’s Seed & Sprout 2SLGBTQIA Family Program and The Centre for Independent Living in Toronto’s Parenting with a Disability Network with generous funding from United Way of Greater Toronto, The City of Toronto and Independent Living Canada. For more details, check out the flyer.


CILT and Vibrant Peer Support MOVIE NIGHT

Join us virtually on Zoom to watch, “Enola Holmes!”

When: Friday, May 29th, 2021 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: Zoom (you must register to receive the link)

This movie is free to watch and is rated PG-13. To register, please contact Lucy at lucyn@vibranthealthcare.ca or call 416-486-8666 ext. 226.

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: When Enola Holmes-Sherlock’s teen sister-discovers her mother missing, she sets off to find her, becoming a super-sleuth in her own right as she outwits her famous brother and unravels a dangerous conspiracy around a mysterious young Lord.

Please note: There will not be a discussion after the film but chat function will be available throughout the movie. Movie Nights operate 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. 


Staying Safe in the Community when you have a Disability

Staying Safe in the Community when you have a Disability” offers strategies and tips for people with disabilities on safety planning. This resource was created due to a lack of tools available for folks in the disability community to keep themselves safe despite the rising incidences of violence in our communities against marginalized and vulnerable populations.


Townhall Series for Wheel-Trans Users

TTC riders and the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) are hosting a series of townhalls for Wheel-Trans users, Ontario Works, and ODSP recipients. Join the discussion to share your experiences and accessibility concerns with fares and payment options. We will write a report based on your anonymous feedback and share it with the TTC because they are creating a “5-Year Fare Plan.”

A short presentation about the Fair Pass and other updates will be followed by discussion breakout rooms on Zoom.

When: Wednesday, May 5th, 2021 from 6pm – 7:30pm

Where: Virtually through the Zoom platform

Register: click here

ASL and closed captioning will be provided.

You can help spread the word by sharing on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.

We will be hosting a second townhall event for Wheel-Trans users in June focused on the Family of Services, which could become mandatory this summer.


CILT Peer Connect: Wednesday April 28th, 1pm-2:30pm over Zoom

This session we will have a guest speaker, Ophira Calof, talking with us about Crip Storytelling.

When: Wednesday, April 28th, 2021 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm on Zoom

To register for the event and receive the Zoom link, please contact rebecca.wood@cilt.ca.

More about Ophira: 

Ophira Calof (She/They) is a multi award winning Disabled writer, performer, and producer. Her work weaves together music, comedy, and storytelling, centering disability and chronic illness experience. They co-created the sketch comedy revue Generally Hospital and her solo show, Literally Titanium premiered at the 2020 Next Stage Theatre Festival.

Ophira also works as a curator, workshop facilitator, consultant, and keynote speaker with projects including COVID-19 through a Disability Lens: Storytelling and Filmmaking Project, Laugh With RAFF: A night of disability comedy, and Bad Dog Theatre’s 5th annual Our Cities On Our Stages Symposium.

They also have an extensive background as a vocalist, training through the University of British Columbia’s opera performance program, completing Berklee Music Online’s songwriting specialist certificate and their single, Still Standing, is available online.

More about Peer Connect: 

CILT Peer Connect is a virtual peer support opportunity for adults with disabilities that operates within the Independent Living Philosophy. This means participants are responsible for themselves, their actions, and how they communicate.  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. Automatic closed captioning will be provided.

 


Handouts and Recording: COVID-19 Vaccines and People with Disabilities in Ontario

This webinar was hosted by CILT on Wednesday, April 7th, 2021. Please find all of the recordings and handouts from the webinar below in hyperlinks:

Vaccine Webinar Recording

Resources and handouts:

  1. Vaccine Webinar Presentation in PDF format
  2. How to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  3. Vaccine Information and Disability Specific Resources
  4. Considerations for vaccination of people with certain underlying medical conditions
  5. Vaccine Advocacy Resources
  6. Additional Vaccine Information in Ontario, Canada World Health Organization