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

Access & Inclusion at the Miles Nadal JCC. Registration for fall programs now open!

The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre is starting registration for its fall programs next week! All their programs are open to people with disabilities. Classes include ASL and ASL II language courses. There is a also a number of programs available designed by and for young adults with disabilities.

Members can start registering now. Registration for the general public starts on August 15. You can either do it online or by calling (416) 924-6211 ext. 0


Tangled Art + Disability: August newsletter

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

  • Fall/Winter 2018 Exhibition Series: FLOURISHING (September to December)
  • Call for Expressions of Interest: Tangled Board of Directors Members
  • Ontario Arts Council Recommender Grants (OAC Exhibition Assistance Grant and OAC Theatre Creators Reserve Grant)
  • Summerworks: A curated festival for new and experimental work ( August 9th- 19th)

…and more!


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

Centennial College: Job Positions

Poverty and People with Disabilities: A Conversation

Share your ideas about the priorities the City needs to have in its action plan to reduce poverty among people with disabilities. All feedback will be submitted to the City.

Date: Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Time: 1:30 – 4:00 pm
Place: Anne Johnston Health Station/Tobias House, 2398 Yonge Street. North-West corner of Yonge and Montgomery
RSVP by: Wednesday, August 15th. Space is limited.
RSVP to: Robin Simmons at (416) 599-2458, ext 293 or inquiry@cilt.ca
Please let Robin know about any dietary restrictions or any other accommodations by August 15th.

Light refreshments will be served. Small Honorarium and TTC Tokens for participants. Attendant Services and ASL available. This is a scent-free environment. 

Poverty Reduction Strategy Flyer

August 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 August 16 2018
Location: Astoria Restaurant, 390 Danforth Ave. The main intersection is Broadview & Danforth.
Phone: (416) 463-2838
Closest subway station: Chester Station (not accessible)
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
RSVP by: August 9th 2018
RSVP to: 416 599-2458 x 293
Email: inquiry@cilt.ca

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.

City of Toronto’s 2019-2021 Poverty Reduction Strategy Action Plan

The City of Toronto has started a new consultation process to develop its next four-year Poverty Reduction Strategy Action Plan (2019-2021.)  The Poverty Reduction Strategy contains 12 recommendations across the following five themes: Housing Stability, Service Access and Coordination, Transportation Equity, Food Access, and Quality Jobs and Livable Incomes.

For more information, visit the City of Toronto website.

To share your ideas in an online survey, visit the Poverty Reduction Strategy Community Conversation Guide.

Accessible Canada Act

The Government of Canada introduced on June 20, 2018 Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act: An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada. The goal of this bill is to ensure that everyone can fully participate in society and the economy, regardless of one’s abilities.

The Government of Canada held the largest and most accessible consultation on accessibility in Canada’s history, and to further the objectives of the legislation it will invest about $290 million over 6 years.

To find out more about the Accessible Canada Act and what the government is doing to improve accessibility, visit the Accessible Canada website.

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.

Communication Enrichment (CEC) Summer Program

Do you want to enrich your communication skills in a fun and productive way? Join the CEC Summer Program! Organized by the North Yorkers for Disabled Persons and Access Independent Living Services, the program features creative arts and crafts, cooking classes, nature walks and outings in the city. See details below:

Location: 50 Ashwarren Rd.
Dates: July 9 – 26, 2018 and August 7 – 23, 2018
Price:  $50 for a 3 week session
RSVP: Jessica.nydp@gmail.com or 416-222-4448 by July 2

NYPD Summer Program Flyer