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.

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

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: or 416-222-4448 by July 2

NYPD Summer Program Flyer

Tangled Art + Disability: July newsletter

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

  • Tangled Art + Disability’s website redesign
  • Updates on research survey about barriers to Canadian arts funding
  • Ontario Arts Council Recommender Grants
  • Generally Hospital: A comedic revue about a serious place
  • Summer hours

…and more!


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

City of Toronto Heat Warnings

Now that the summer is here, take your heat wave precautions! Inform yourself about the City of Toronto Heat Warnings:

For a list of cooling centres and air-conditioned public spaces, visit the following link:

*All cooling centres are accessible. All air-conditioned public spaces are accessible except:
Bedford Park Community Centre
Falstaff Community Centre
North Toronto Memorial Community Centre
Perth/Dupont Public Library
Queen/Saulter Public Library
St. Clair/Silverthorn Public Library
Victoria Village

Some advice to beat the heat:
• Drink lots of cool water even before you feel thirsty.
• Go to air-conditioned places (shopping malls, local libraries, community centres, etc.)
• Take cool showers or baths or use cool wet towels to cool down.
• Wear loose, light-coloured, breathable clothing and, when outdoors, wear a
wide-brimmed hat.
• Avoid the sun and stay in the shade or use an umbrella.
• Reschedule or plan outdoor activities so they take place during cooler parts of the day.
• Make sure that elderly people, children or pets are not left unattended in a car.

Landlords of buildings without air conditioning are encouraged to provide a dedicated cooling room for vulnerable residents to escape the heat. Community agencies are encouraged to educate clients on the risks of heat-related illness and to call or check on those clients who are at increased risk of heat-related illness during warnings.

For more information about how to beat the heat:

For up-to-date information on extended pool hours, pool locations and regular operating hours, call 311 or visit


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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CILT searching for Executive Director

CILT is looking for an Executive Director to help successfully lead the organization.
The ED will be responsible and accountable for providing the vision, strategic leadership, partnership building, financial and operational stewardship, and execution required for CILT to deliver against its mandate. To find out more details about this position, follow this link.

National Executive Director Position – Independent Living Canada

Independent Living Canada is looking for a strategic leader that will deliver the mission, objectives, program goals and provision of the highest quality of service to members, partners, staff and volunteers.

The ideal candidate has:

  • Successfully led other organizations operating at a National level
  • Experience with revenue diversification
  • Experience working with people with disabilities
  • A Master’s degree in Social Sciences, Education or Business
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant senior leadership experience in a dynamic environment
  • Proficiency in French

Application deadline: July 27, 2018

To find out more about this position and additional job requirements please visit the Charity Village page.

Email your CV and cover letter to: 

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.