Sidewalk Labs: Designing a District for Urban Innovation and Accessibility

The Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) is an international community of open source developers, researchers, designers, and advocates who collaborate to ensure that the emerging technology is designed inclusively.

Working in partnership with the tri-government agency Waterfront Toronto and the local community, the IDRC is currently developing a “smart district” called Quayside at waterfront. Sidewalk lab’s team intends to pilot some of their smart technologies in transportation, housing, and energy use in this neighbourhood.

To learn more about this innovative project visit the Sidewalk Labs website or the Co-designing Inclusive Cities website.

CWDO Toronto Newsletter July, 2018

CWDO has issued 2 newsletters for July: Ontario and Toronto. Below is a list of the topics you can find in their Toronto newsletter.

  1. Arts and Community:
    • Live Choreography: jes sachse and Alice Sheppard
    • Generally Hospital: A Sketch Revue (part of the Toronto Fringe Festival)
    • Gaming Blind documentary
    • Connecting 4 Life: An Accessible Voice in Broadcasting comes to Toronto
    • Audio Described Shows at the Stratford Fest
  2. Transportation: New App Providing Full Service at Select Gas Stations in the GTA
  3. Resources: Access Now App and Report AODA Violations

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CWDO Ontario Newsletter July, 2018

The Citizens with Disabilities – Ontario (CWDO)  is an organization dedicated to promoting the rights, freedoms and responsibilities of persons with disabilities through community development, social action, member support and referral.

Check out some the topics of their Ontario newsletter’s latest issue:

  • CWDO’s Board for 2018-19
  • New Minister for Seniors and Accessibility – Raymond Cho
  • Ontario Votes: Polls may be more accessible than before, but a number of people still experience difficulties
  • Careers: Leadership Positions in the disability community (Executive Director, Centre for Independent Living in Toronto and National Executive Director, Independent Living Canada)
  • MAiD Watch: B.C. Civil Liberties Assoc. wants to speed up legal challenge
  • Ontario MAiD Statistics
  • Tech Developments: Microsoft launches $25 million for artificial intelligence
  • CCD: Can the Disability Tax Credit be improved?
  • National News: Accessible Canada Act
  • “Life-changing” camp for people who are deafblind
  • Reports: ‘Disability Tax Benefits’ and ‘Senior Views’

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July Diner’s Club

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

Date: Thursday, July 19th, 2018
Restaurant: Joey’s Restaurant
Type of Cuisine: Pub Fare
Price Range: Entrees :$7.00 – $30.00
Address: 25 The West Mall, #500
Closest Intersection: North Queen Street and the Queensway
Phone: (647) 748-5639
Closest Subway Station: Kipling Station (accessible)
Time: 6 pm – 8 pm
RSVP Deadline: Thursday, July 12th, 2018
RSVP by Phone: (416) 599-2458, ext. 293
by Email:
via EventBrite:

For reservation purposes, it is important that you RSVP by the RSVP deadline date. 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.
***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.


The Diners’ Club is supported by the City of Toronto Community Sector Partnership Grant, United Way of Toronto and York Region, and Independent Living Canada.


Participants needed – Food insecurity and mobility disability study

This study is being conducted as part of Ph.D. research dissertation in the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto and has been approved by the University of Toronto Research Ethics Board.

Participants between the ages of 18 to 64, who live outside of a community facility, and who identify as having a mobility disability are needed for a study on food access and mobility in Toronto. This research will explore how the physical environment and social factors, like particular policies, can contribute to food insecurity for populations with mobility disabilities.

Participating in this study will involve completing an interview about your experiences with food access, sharing your thoughts on current policies related to food access and completing a short survey on food insecurity and personal background information.

You will be compensated for participating in this interview. You will have the option as to which interview format you would like to complete.

Interviews will be conducted at a mutually-agreed upon time and location. You will be reimbursed for all travel expenses at the rate of TTC fare. All information you provide will remain confidential.

If you are interested in participating or hearing more, please contact myself, Naomi Schwartz, using the contact information provided below.

Naomi Schwartz, Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Geography, University of Toronto
Email: or Tel: 647-946-8375

For more info, read the flyer.

The City of Toronto’s Fair Pass Discount Program for TTC

The City of Toronto’s Fair Pass Discount Program which begins on April 4, is available at the links below. The City’s website includes more information about future phases of the program.

City of Toronto website:
TTC website:

The City of Toronto’s Fair Pass Discount Program is for eligible adult residents receiving Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) or Ontario Works (OW) assistance who are not in receipt of any transportation supports equal to or greater than $100.

The Fair Pass discount is programmed onto a PRESTO card and cardholders must load funds to access the discounted Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) adult fare or TTC monthly pass.

Eligible residents will receive a 12-month Fair Pass discount programmed onto a PRESTO card. Cardholders will save $1.00 on the TTC adult fare for a single ride and $30.75 on a TTC adult monthly pass.

TTC Fare Types Regular Adult Fare* Fair Pass User Savings
Single Ride $3.00 $2.00 $1.00
Monthly Pass $146.25 $115.50 30.75

*Based on PRESTO Card payment

To apply for the Fair Pass Discount Program, you must complete and sign an application and consent form. You can also obtain forms by mail or at any OW or ODSP office in Toronto.

Completed forms can be submitted by mail, fax, or in-person at any of the Toronto Employment & Social Services (TESS) locations.

Additional Essential Details

  • The PRESTO card is not transferable and is intended for the approved Fair Pass discount cardholder only.
  • The minimum amount that can be loaded onto a PRESTO card is $10 and loading money online can take up to 24 hours for funds to be available to use.
  • The Fair Pass discount is valid for 12 months from the date of issuance; the funds on the PRESTO card will not expire.
  • If you are receiving the Fair Pass discount and want to check when it expires, speak with a caseworker at any OW office.


Access-r-ease, Innovative Accessories with Style

Access-r-ease is a webstore that brings you affordable, quality accessories to help make your life easier, with categories such as Eating & Food Prep, Boosting Accessibility at Home, School or Work, and Mobility Accessories.  The website also has an Articles and Resources section.  The owner is Maria Carmen C. Cruz.