UPDATED – Province-Wide Parties Debate on Accessibility and Disability Issues

Community Partners invite people with disabilities and their allies from across Ontario to ask questions to each party regarding: Accessible/Subsidized/Supportive Housing, Employment, Poverty Reduction Strategies, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), Education and other disability issues.


DATE: Wednesday May 16, 2018
TIME: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION:  Tecumseh Auditorium, Ryerson Student Centre,
55 Gould St. (south-west side of Gould Street and Church Street)


RSVP by Friday May 11, 2018. Seating is limited.

Register by Eventbrite https://disabilitydebate2018.eventbrite.ca or contact Robin Simmons at inquiry@cilt.ca or 416-599-2458 ext. 293

Submit your debate questions on Eventbrite or Twitter #disabilitydebate2018

Provincial debate will be Webcast. Follow us @CIL_Toronto for updates.


For more info, here is the updated flyer.

MAiD Watch

Citizens with Disabilities – Ontario (CWDO) is concerned about the role that social barriers and ableism may play in Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD). Avis Favaro, a journalist doing research on the risks of MAiD, is currently interviewing people with stories to tell. She can be reached via tweeter at @CTV_AvisFavaro. Visit the CWDO website to read more about the topic in the latest issue of their newsletter. Members of the CILT community are encouraged to become CWOD members to receive their newsletters directly.

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: naomir.schwartz@mail.utoronto.ca or Tel: 647-946-8375

For more info, here is 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: http://www.toronto.ca/transitdiscount
TTC website: http://www.ttc.ca/Fares_and_passes/Passes/Fair_Pass_Discount_Program.jsp

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. https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/employment-social-support/support-for-people-in-financial-need/assistance-through-ontario-works/transit-discount/#collapse-how-to-apply

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.


Self-Advocacy Mentorship for Access to Employment Services and Programs

Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians Toronto Chapter is recruiting 12 mentor-mentee pairs to approach employment service providers to enhance their services for job-seekers with disabilities.

To be a mentor you are an adult with a disability who is employed full or part-time, or retired and are interested in sharing your wisdom and support with a job seeker with a disability who is between 18 and 50 years old.

To become a mentee, you are a job seeker with a disability (physical and/or medical, sensory- blind or visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing, mental health conditions) and are between 18 and 50 years old, and interested in receiving support and guidance from experienced employed individuals with disabilities in order to achieve your career goals.

To learn more about this opportunity and sign up to be a mentor or a mentee contact our Project Coordinator, Laura Moll, at (416) 419-9253 or lrmoll@rogers.com

Join AEBC Toronto Chapter for advocacy. Contact us at  aebctoronto@gmail.com  or by voicemail:  647-947-9022.

For more info, here is the flyer.

Boccia Ball Program at Anne Johnston Health Station

Where:  Anne Johnston Health Station 2398 Yonge Street

When: Saturdays, April 7, 21, May 5, 12, 26 June 9, 23, July 7, 21, 2018.


Participants can attend one or all of suitable dates.

Registration is required. Limited Spots Available.

The contact person is Anne Crasto. you can reach her at  416 486-8666 x 263 or annc@ajhs.ca

Book a session to ride a MOTOmed exercise bike!

MOTOmed is an exercise bike designed to assist people with arm and leg mobility. Each session lasts half hour.

Location: 2398 Yonge Street, Anne Johnston Health Station site

For more information and to book an appointment contact Anne Crasto at 416-489-8666 ext. 263

MOTOmed flyer

Direct Funding is now hiring!

AODA Violations

Help Develop Ontario’s Budget

  Ontario is hosting in-person and online consultations across the province, and seeking public input to help develop the province’s Budget.    For the second year in a row, the province has launched Budget Talks, an online consultation tool that makes it easier for the public to help shape policies and programs that will be part of Ontario’s future.   Ontario is looking for public input on how the province can:

  • Invest in people’s talents and skills
  • Build and revitalize public infrastructure
  • Support an innovative business environment
  • Improve public services

Ontarians can get involved in the conversation by visiting ontario.ca/budgettalks where you can:

  • Share, discuss and vote for ideas online by January 31, 2016
  • Learn how to attend one of the public town halls across the province
  • Email ideas to submissions@ontario.ca
  • Mail in your ideas
  • Tweet ideas using #BudgetTalks

For more information including quick facts, additional resources, and contact information, visit the Ontario Newsroom website or Budget Talks.

Ontario Newsroom

Budget Talks