CILT Remembers Michael Miceli

The Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) offers our deepest condolences to the family and peers of Michael Miceli. Michael passed away in Toronto on December 22nd, 2020

For over 10 years, Michael was a valued part of the CILT community. He warmly engaged with his peers and non-profits at many of our independent living skills and social events.  A graduate of York University’s Critical Disability Studies Program, Michael was articulate in advocating for disability justice, including with government. He did so effectively over the past 2 years as a member of the Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee (TAAC).

Michael was a very kind, outgoing and generous person and could have a conversation with anyone. He had Muscular Dystrophy and volunteered with non-profit causes over the years. Michael’s tireless pursuit of a world inclusive of people with disabilities inspired and rallied others to engage as allies with him.

Thank you, Michael, for all you have done to elevate our community’s issues and to shape a better world that includes everyone.

Anyone wishing to read or write memories of Michael on the Dignity Memorial website, can do so from the link: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/en-ca/obituaries/toronto-on/michael-miceli-9963470


PDN Event – The More We Get Together

Join us for a free virtual Valentine’s Day circle time with songs, rhymes and stories to support bonding with your child, developing their early literacy skills and connecting with other parents with disabilities. All parents and caregivers who identify as having a disability and their children are welcome.

Date: Friday, February 12th, 2021

Time: 11am

Where: Virtually on Zoom

To register, please email rebecca.wood@cilt.ca or call 416-599-2458 ext 291. Please let us know about any accommodation or zoom support needs when you register for the event.

For more info, check out the flyer: The More We Get Together Valentine’s Day Song Circle 2021.


CILT Remembers Sylvia Draper-Fernandez

Sylvia

On January 23rd, 2021, CILT lost our devoted and long-serving bookkeeper Sylvia Draper-Fernandez. Sylvia has been a member of the CILT family for more than 30 years, having served as our financial adviser since the very start of CILT.  Our deepest condolences go to Sylvia’s family and loved ones.

Sylvia’s wise counsel helped formalize CILT’s standing as a non-profit in the early days and her shrewd guidance helped CILT grow into what we are today. Sylvia was instrumental in developing and rolling out the Direct Funding Program across Ontario, and she was deeply involved in every expansion the program has received since its inception.

I have personally had the great pleasure of working directly with Sylvia since the start of my time as Executive Director at CILT in 2018. She was straight-forward and no nonsense and deeply and sincerely supportive of CILT and the work we do. I recall reluctantly phoning her while she was on holiday with her partner Rick in Florida and explaining that we had a time-limited opportunity to again expand the DF program but we needed her help. Sylvia did not even hesitate. She stepped-up, as she always did, and helped us to assemble yet another possible expansion budget. She joked at the time ‘Well at least I still get to have cocktails on the beach later!’ Even as CILT has transitioned into remote work as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Sylvia remained equally committed to supporting us through everything this transition entailed.

Not only did Sylvia support CILT this way, but she was also equally devoted to supporting other non-profits who were trying to do good in the world.

Sylvia had a wonderful sense of humor and a very kind heart. She loved to talk about her family and she was very proud of the accomplishments of her daughter, son-in-law and grandsons. Sylvia’s laugh was warm and deep and would usually come at the end of a call, when the official ‘business’ was complete. We will all miss Sylvia very much. She was an incredibly wise and caring person, deeply devoted to her work, family and community.

Despite her importance to operations, Sylvia preferred to remain in the background, always attending CILT’s AGM and quietly mingling with staff and members. But her presence in terms of CILT’s accomplishments cannot be underestimated. In 2016, CILT presented her with an award, pictured above. The award is inscribed and reads: “Meritorious Service Award, Sylvia Draper-Fernandez, In recognition of over 30 years of outstanding contribution to the financial well-being of CILT and embodying the values of the Independent Living Movement”

Thank you, Sylvia for your dedication to CILT. We will remember you, always, as a dedicated champion for CILT and an outstanding colleague and friend.

Wendy Porch, Executive Director, CILT.

January 2021


CILT Peer Connect: Wednesday, January 27th, 2021 from 1pm – 2:30pm on Zoom

In this session:

Guest Speaker: Dr Kaley Roosen

Topic: Body Positivity for Disabled Bodies

To register, please email rebecca.wood@cilt.ca

More about Kaley:

Kaley Roosen is disabled woman and a mother. She works as a Clinical & Health Psychologist at the Toronto Psychology Clinic (www.torontopsychology.com). There she offers anti-oppressive, disability affirmative psychotherapy to adolescents, adults and couples. Her scholarly work combines traditional clinical health psychology with critical disability approaches to explore the experiences of trauma, social and psychological embodiment/body image and eating disorders in disabled women and how disabled people access mental health services. She has been awarded the Body Confidence of Canada Award for her disability advocacy work and the Soroptimist Award for Women for her research on eating disorders and disability.

More about CILT Peer Connect

CILT Peer Connect is a biweekly peer support opportunity for adults with disabilities.  In every session we will check in and connect around 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.  CILT Peer Connect is presented with generous funding support provided by The City of Toronto, The United Way of Greater Toronto, and Independent Living Canada.

Upcoming CILT Peer Connect dates: Wednesday February 24 at 1pm, Wednesday March 24 at 1pm.  Topics to be announced.


COVID-19 Testing in Regent Park

If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with a person who is COVID-19 positive, you can get tested at Fred Victor – 40 Oak St (drop-in, no appointment necessary). The available timeslots are below:

  • January 13th: 1:30pm – 4:30pm
  • January 20th: 1:30pm – 4:30pm
  • January 27th: 1:30pm – 4:30pm

OHIP is not required to get tested, however, please bring your OHIP card if you have one.

For more information, please call 416-364-2261 or click here.


One-time Supplement for Parents to Help Offset Costs of 2020-2021 School Year

You can get financial support from the Ontario government to help with additional costs during the 2020-2021 school year due to COVID-19.

Eligible parents or guardians will receive a one-time payment of:

  • $200 for each child up to age 12
  • $250 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs

The deadline to apply is January 15, 2021.

For more information and how to apply, click here.


Gillian’s COVID-19 Story | #FalloutReport by Toronto Foundation

Check out this news story on Gillian Sumi, a long-term CILT member and program participant. She shares her own experience of life during COVID-19 and  the importance of community support in being there for each other!

Read the Toronto Fallout Report to learn more about how Toronto has been impacted by COVID-19 and its knock-on effects on their website: www.torontofoundation.ca/FalloutReport 


Recording and Resources |The Second Wave: Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) for COVID-19 and People with Disabilities

On November 27th, 2020, CILT hosted a live workshop on “The Second Wave: Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) for COVID-19 and People with Disabilities.” Please see below for links to the resources and recording from the workshop:

IPAC Webinar Presentation in PDF Format

IPAC Webinar Resources

PPE Supplier Resources

IPAC Webinar Presentation in Large Print Accessible Word Format

For a recording of the video presentation, click here.

 

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: These handouts and recording are for general information purposes only. They should not be taken as replacement for any medical/clinical advice.

The information is current as of November 27, 2020. The information and resources given are subject to change. For the most current information, participants should check the resources mentioned at the end of presentation.

The handouts and recording are the property of the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) and neither the whole or part is to be circulated without expressed consent of CILT.

For any further questions or inquiries, please contact John Mossa, CILT’s Independent Living Skills Coordinator at 416-599-2458, ext 238.


Recording and Resources | Self-Advocating for Accessible Mental Health Supports for People with Disabilities During COVID-19

On December 10th, 2020, CILT hosted a live workshop on “Self-Advocating for Accessible Mental Health Supports for People with Disabilities During COVID-19.” Please see below for links to the resources and recording from the workshop:

Presentation in PDF format

Important Questions How To Determine A Providers Disability Lens

Mental Health Resources

Self Advocacy Tip Sheet

Sample Format for Complaint Form

Standard Self-Advocacy Letter Template

How to Meet with your Service Provider

How to find your City Councillor, MPP, MP, Ward and Riding

How to Work with the Media

 

See below for video of the recorded presentation (click on “CC” for captions):

 

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: These handouts and recording are for general information purposes only. They should not be taken as replacement for any medical/clinical advice.

The information is current as of December 10, 2020. The information and resources given are subject to change. For the most current information, participants should check the resources mentioned at the end of presentation.

The handouts and recording are the property of the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) and neither the whole or part is to be circulated without expressed consent of CILT.

For any further questions or inquiries, please contact John Mossa, CILT’s Independent Living Skills Coordinator at 416-599-2458, ext 238.


Race & Disability in Canada – A Virtual National Town Hall

Register now for the final ‘Real Talk with Realize’ Virtual Town Hall session for 2020!

Topic: When We Know Better, We Do Better?

Race & Disability in Canada – A Virtual National Town Hall will take place on December 16th from 1:00pm – 2:15pm ET. Register via www.realizecanada.org

Please identify your accessibility needs upon registration.

 

Panelists will include:

Neil Belanger, BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society

Sophia Sahrane & Bonnie Brayton, DisAbled Women’s Network – Canada

Zephania Matanga, Canadian Multicultural Disability Centre Inc.

Meenu Sikand, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Moderated by: Tammy C. Yates, Realize