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, read the flyer.


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.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:

September 3rd, 2018 by 5:00 pm

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


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.


Flourishing: a documentary

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

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.

Flyer


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.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:

September 3rd, 2018 by 5:00 pm

 

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


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.


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.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:

September 3rd, 2018 by 5:00 pm

 

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

 


Wheelchair for Sale-Available until May 3rd

Brand new, never used, bought for $11,000 in 2010.

Specs as follows:

Q600 black from 2010

75-amp NE controller

14″ pneumatic tires

Foot platform

Swing away joystick Right side

Synergy Seat

15×16

14-18 width package, 14-18 depth package

18″ back canes with push handles

Single post armrests with waterfall arm pads

 

Available for pickup in Hog’s Hollow neighborhood in Toronto between April 29 and May 3

If interested, contact Cheryl by cell/text at 778-883-6229.


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.