May Diners’ 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, May 17th 2018
Restaurant: Swiss Chalet
Type of Cuisine: Continental
Price Range: Entrees: $16.00 – $22.00
Address: 700 University Ave
Phone: (416)260-8574
Closest Subway Station: Queens Park
Closest ACCESSIBLE Stn.: Queens Park
Time: 5:00-8:00pm

RSVP Robin Simmons by Thursday May 10th 2018 by phone 416-599-2458 ext. 293 or email:

For reservation purposes, it is important that you RSVP by the  deadline date. 


*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.


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 or contact Robin Simmons at 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.

The Third Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival: Festival Programming and Tickets Now On Sale

The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre (MNjcc) is pleased to unveil programming for the third annual ReelAbilities Film Festival: Toronto (RAFFTO), Canada’s largest film festival dedicated to showcasing Deaf and disability cultures. The Festival will present 25 films in various venues across the city from May 29 – June 4, 2018.

This year’s lineup includes Canadian premieres from Brazil, Canada, China, Poland, Australia, Latvia, Israel, Ireland, Spain and the U.S. From the remarkable true story of four young students from a school for the blind who leave their small Tibetan village in order to travel to Shenzhen to sing on a TV talent competition in Ballad From Tibet, to a glimpse into the life of Matt who works in his own salon by day and, by night, dresses up as a superhero giving free haircuts to the homeless on a busy Toronto street corner in The Barber of Augusta, this powerful roster of films will educate and excite audiences.

This year’s festival includes ReelAbilities first ever comedy night, which will explore the topics of sexuality and disability, disability rights, the Deaf film scene and inclusive design through panels and workshops. There is also the ReelEducation school and field trip program, which helps to educate youth about life with disabilities.

For more information and for the full schedule, visit the ReelAbilities 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


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


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: 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:
TTC website:

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.

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

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

For more info, here is the flyer.


This project is presented by Springtide Resources and Community Partners

  • Do you want to be empowered?
  • Have you ever considered being a leader or developing leadership skills in an area of your interest?
  • Do you have leadership skills but need opportunities to practice?
  • Do you want to have conversations about reclaiming your identity?
  • Do you self-identify as an indigenous woman or racialized woman who has a disability, Deaf, or an Ally?

If you have said yes to any of these questions, this culturally empowering series is for you. These workshops run every Thursday from 5pm -8pm starting April 12, to May 31, 2018.
To register or for more information contact Melanie Marsden at 416-968-3422 Ext. 24 or by email at

Empowering Warriors Project – UPDATED