Webcast Available for Province-Wide Parties Debate on Accessibility and Disability Issues

Watch the recorded Webcast of Province-Wide Parties Debate on Accessibility and Disability Issues that took place on May 16 2018, 6-830 pm, here is the link.


CILT thanks everyone for attending the debate! It wouldn’t have been a success without your participation.

CILT and planning committee’s community partners would like to thank Michelle McQuigge and Mark Wafer for co-moderating this debate.

We want to thank the candidates from the Progressive Conservative Party – Christine Elliott, Newmarket-Aurora, New Democratic Party – Monique Taylor, Hamilton Mountain, Green Party Leader – Mike Schreiner, Guelph and Liberal Party – Damin Starr, Hamilton Mountain.

CILT thanks the non-partisan Debate Planning Committee of Community Partners: Alliance for the Equality of Blind Canadians, BALANCE for Blind Adults, Birchmount Bluffs Neighborhood Centre, Canadian Hearing Society, CNIB, Citizens With Disabilities – Ontario, Ethno-racial People with Disabilities Coalition of Ontario, ODSP Action Coalition, North Yorkers For Disabled Persons, and Springtide Resources.

We would like to especially thank the Office of the Vice President, Equity and Community Inclusion at Ryerson University, Ryerson Student Union, and the School of Disability Studies-Ryerson University for providing the Tecumseh Auditorium and for live streaming this event.


It is our turn now to make informed choices and vote on June 7! Follow us @CIL_Toronto  #disabilitydebate2018

Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change 10th Anniversary Provincial Forum

For the past ten years Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change has been engaged in a broad range of racial justice change-making education and advocacy efforts and activities around the province to bring about fair and equitable opportunities and life outcomes for First Peoples and peoples of colour. With the upcoming Provincial, Municipal and Federal elections, it is time to assess what we’ve achieved, what challenges remain, and how to re-focus ourselves for the next five years.

When: May 22 & 23 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Registration begins at 8:00 am
Where: University of Toronto Faculty of Law, 78 Queen’s Park Ave, Toronto

For more information, contact: colourofpoverty@gmail.com


TTC Wheel-Trans Public Consultation, May 30, 2018

TTC is hosting a public meeting to provide an update and request feedback on the Wheel-Trans 10- Year Strategy. The update will include details on the expansion of the Wheel-Trans Family of Services Pilot, Access Hubs and the Community Bus pilot routes. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide input on each of these initiatives.

Date: May 30, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Adress: James Cardinal McGuigan Catholic High School, 1440 Finch Ave W, North York

2018 Wheel-Trans 10-Year Strategy Flyer


To view presentations and background information, visit the Wheel-Trans website.

It’s Your Move, Ontario

Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (SCIO) is fiercely committed to their vision of an equitable, inclusive and accessible Ontario. In this upcoming provincial election, SCIO wants to ensure that the leadership that forms our next government will support and celebrate this vision. Your Move, Ontario is SCIO’s interactive hub which keeps you connected to the candidates in real time.

For more information, including SCIO’s 2018 Ontario Election Campaign and online platform, visit the Your Move, Ontario website.

CILT’s Strategic Plan Renewal

The Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) is currently undertaking a review of its current three-year strategic plan from 2014 to 2017 to develop a new one for the period of 2018 to 2021 and beyond.

In keeping with the independent living philosophy, it is key that we hear from consumers, other community members, allies, funders and partners.  CILT would like to we invite you to complete a 10-question survey to assist us in ensuring that we are making the best decisions we can in the current environment. We need to feel we are prepared for foreseeable impacts and reactions to these realities in its new strategic plan.

In addition, the Local Health System Integration Act, 2006 (LHSIA) requires health service providers to “engage the community of diverse persons and entities in the area where it provides health services when developing plans and setting priorities for the delivery of health services”.

Your responses to this survey will help design and inform CILT’s new strategic plan. The 10-question survey is very brief and will only take about 20-30 minutes to complete.

How to provide input

Please click the link below to go to the survey Web site (or copy and paste the link into your Internet browser): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MQ3BS9S

Your participation in the survey is completely voluntary and all of your responses will be kept confidential.

If you cannot access this link or have any other comments or questions, please feel free to contact David Meyers, Senior Manager at David.Meyers@cilt.ca . We also have a word copy of the survey.

Thank you very much for your time and cooperation. Your feedback is integral for this process.

Citizens with Disabilities – Ontario, May 2018 Newsletter

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.

Their monthly newsletter is out! Some of the topics include:

  • CWDO Annual General Meeting 2018
  • Province-Wide Parties Debate on Accessibility and Disability Issues
  • The Third Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival: Festival Programming and Tickets Now On Sale
  • Rally and March for Injured Workers
  • Events at the CNIB Community Hub
  • TTC ‘s “Please Offer Me a Seat” program

Sign up for receiving CWDO newsletters

Flourishing: a documentary


Flourishing is a short documentary about suffering and human flourishing.

The laws and normative practice surrounding Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada are in flux.  As judges, legislators and policymakers interpret the details of the Supreme Court’s Carter Decision and Parliament’s subsequent Bill C-14, Canadians must consider fundamental philosophical questions such as “what makes a life worth living?” and “what is a good life?”.

The Canadian Association for Community Living wishes to expand Canadians’ understanding of these questions in a documentary that profiles the lives of three individuals who have experienced considerable suffering due to mental health, physical disability, or cognitive and intellectual disability. The goal of this film is to show how flourishing is complex and often co-exists with suffering in surprising ways.

For more information, contact Scott Baker at scott@adjacentpossibilities.org.


2018 Helen Henderson Literary Award Application Now Open

The Helen Henderson Award was established in 2016 to acknowledge an exceptional piece of writing that raises social awareness of a disability issue or barrier. Helen Henderson was a writer, a journalist, and the pioneer of a column in the Toronto Star that brought disability concerns to the public.

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.


September 3rd, 2018 by 5:00 pm


For submission details, please see the 2018 Helen Henderson Literary Award Application

Tangled Art + Disability: May newsletter is out

Tangled Art + Disability is a charitable organization enhancing opportunities for artists with disabilities. Check out their May newsletter to learn more about:

  • The latest art exhibitions in Toronto
  • Tangled Art + Disability’s research on the barriers to arts funding for Deaf, Disabled, and Mad artists
  • ReelAbilities Film Festival
  • Mayfest 2018 presented by the Ontario Association of the Deaf
  • ODSP art grants exemptions

…and more!


Join Tangled Art + Disability’s mailing list to receive their newsletters regularly.  

The ReelAbilities Film Fest Toronto: Opening Night!

The ReelAbilities Film Fest Toronto (RAFFTO) 2018 is opening on Tuesday, May 29 with the film “Keep the Change”, award winner of the Tribeca Festival. Find the details below:

Date: Tuesday May 29th
Time: 7-10 pm
Place: Toronto Reference Library, 798 Yonge St.

Film synopsis and trailer (The film will be screened with open captioning and audio description)

The venue is wheelchair accessible and all-gender washrooms are available.

Let the RAFFTO staff know in advance if you have any accessibility needs.


The film is co-presented by the Toronto Jewish Film Festival; Autism Ontario; Geneva Centre for Autism; Reena; and the Toronto Jewish Film Society.