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.




Free Power Wheelchair Available [DONATION]

A used Quantum 6000 power wheelchair is available for free. It’s 10 years old and requires two new batteries, which generally cost $250 each. Otherwise the chair is in good working condition and the original manual can also be provided.

If interested in claiming the chair or have any additional questions, please contact Dorothy Willis by email at

Please see below for a photo of the chair: 

Photo of Power wheelchair

First and Second Dose Accessible Vaccine Clinics for People with Disabilities – July 8 and 9

COVID-19 first and second doses are being offered through for people with disabilities.

Date: Thursday, July 8th and Friday  July 9th

Time: 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Location:  Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street W, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2W6

Eligibility: 16 years of age and older

By appointment only, no walk-ins. To book your appointment, please visit the TPH Booking Site.

Accommodation requests from the first clinic will be honoured. Check out the Vaccine Clinic Flyer.

Brought to you by Toronto’s Accessibility Task Force on COVID-19 Vaccines and Toronto Public Health. 

Ontario Providing Accessible Rides to COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

Please see below for a press release from the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility dated June 22, 2021: 


Building on recent success in getting millions of people vaccinated, the Ontario government is investing $3.7 million in a partnership with the Ontario Community Support Association to help people with disabilities, including seniors with mobility issues, get to and from vaccination sites so they can get their shot and help stop the spread of COVID-19.

To date, over three-quarters of all adults in Ontario have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with nearly 26 per cent fully immunized. The Accessible Drive To Vaccines program will ensure that anyone who wants a vaccine is able to by connecting eligible individuals with staff and volunteers who will drive them to and from local vaccination sites across the province. This includes individuals who have not yet received their first shot, or anyone who may require additional support to access their second.

“Our government understands that some Ontario residents may face barriers in traveling to a vaccination site,” said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “This program will ensure that transportation is not a barrier to vaccination. It will help many Ontarians with mobility issues get vaccinated.”

This initiative will focus on helping people who do not have access to accessible transportation through family, neighbours or community organizations.

“In many communities across Ontario, the dedicated staff and volunteers who work in the community support sector have been providing safe rides to vaccination sites for several months,” said Deborah Simon, OCSA’s Chief Executive Officer. “As demand continues to grow, we’re pleased to be involved in coordinating this project, which recognizes, supports, and extends the capacity of these hard-working organizations to help vulnerable people protect themselves against COVID-19.”

Getting as many Ontarians as possible vaccinated is a critical part of the government’s strategy to fight COVID-19.

Quick Facts

  • Individuals must have a vaccine appointment booked for the date of transportation requested.
  • Eligible individuals must be a person with a disability within the meaning of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.
  • Depending on logistics it may be the same driver both ways or two separate drivers.
  • One caregiver or support person will also be permitted to accompany the person on this accessible transportation initiative.

Media Contacts

Elric Pereira
Minister’s office

Media Desk
Communications Branch

COVID Vaccine Webinar | Considering Social Determinants of Health for People with Disabilities

ERDCO (the Ethno Racialized Disability Coalition – Ontario) is holding a free webinar about the COVID-19 vaccine. The topic will be about barriers for people with disabilities and the “Considering Social Determinants of Health.”

When: Tuesday, June 22 from 12:00pm – 1:30pm EST

How to register: Link to registration form

ASL (American Sign Language) and Deaf Interpretation will be provided.

If you have any questions, please contact or text 416-245-2283.