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The Centre for Independent Living in Toronto is looking for an Intake and Resource Person to work with the Self-Managed Attendant Services; Direct Funding Program

The Centre for Independent Living in Toronto is looking for an Intake and Resource Person to work with the Self-Managed Attendant Services; Direct Funding Program. This is a full-time position and will require someone with imagination who is comfortable working in a team environment. You will assist applicants to complete their applications, input application information and provide information to applicants, and participants about the Program, employment legislation, budget information as well as general information about other disability-related subjects. As an individual who uses attendant services, you are familiar with the variety of personnel issues that can come up when dealing with attendants. This position requires someone with excellent communication skills who is familiar with MS Word and Excel; experience in MS Access is an asset. Knowledge of the Employment Standards Act, payroll and related financial issues would also be beneficial in this role since you will be speaking to participants about a variety of employment, budgeting and financial matters. CILT is an equal opportunity employer so individuals with disabilities, especially those who use attendant services, are encouraged to apply. The position is posted on the Charity Village Website so interested applicants should submit their resume and covering letter though the website no later than July 29, 2016. Please do not email your resume to program staff.

https://charityvillage.com/jobs/search-results/job-detail.aspx?id=343172&l=2

Posted by Disability Resource Centre for Independent Living (DRCIL) on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

NOTICE: April 8th Self-Manager Deposit delayed until April 12th

PLEASE NOTE: All participants will notice a slight delay in their deposits for the month of April. Originally scheduled for April 8th, deposits will not be made until April 12th. Participants can utilize their float funds available in the interim.

Posted by Disability Resource Centre for Independent Living (DRCIL) on Friday, April 8th, 2016

New Presentations Uploaded

New DF Presentations have been posted to the ILRC Upload Section. Please note that each Centre can adhere these presentations (based on CILT's original) to fit their Centre and contact information. It is available in both English and French.

Posted by Disability Resource Centre for Independent Living (DRCIL) on Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Disability Tax Credit - Important Consultation Process

Important News!!!! The Canada Revenue Agency is actively seeking consultations regarding the DTC - it's time to Voice your Concerns!

Many of you are probably already aware that (the Federal) government is in the process of establishing regulations that will set the maximum fees for completing a Disability Tax Credit application, through the Disability Tax Credit Promoter's Restriction Act (DTCPRA). I felt that I needed to share this information with you in the event that you were not already made aware of this important consultation process, which is now in effect. As of November 2014, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will be seeking the views of Canadians with disabilities and their supporting persons, promoters, tax professionals, qualified practitioners and members from the general public. This feedback will help the CRA in setting the maximum fees allowable under the Act, as well as to identify individuals who may be exempt from the Act's reporting requirements. CRA is also looking for suggestions on how to simplify the DTC process and clarify the steps Canadians need to take to apply for the credit. Many of you may be already aware that people with disabilities are using the services of businesses which charge astronomical amounts (flat rate fees + 30-40% of benefits) to assist with their DTC application. Your participation and feedback are important to CRA and will be essential in helping protect people with disabilities from paying excessive fees for assistance with a DTC request as well as improve the DTC process. This is why I am urging everyone to take the time to participate through the available options below. To participate on line: http://cra-arc.sondages-surveys.ca/s/DTC-Consultation-1-CIPH/?l=en To participate in person: In the coming weeks, the CRA will be conducting in-person consultations in four cities across the country. Details for the in-person consultations are being confirmed. Please check back often for updates. There are two in-person consultation sessions per city and space is limited. English sessions: • Vancouver, British Columbia - November 25, 2014 • Toronto, Ontario - November 27, 2014 • Halifax, Nova Scotia - December 2, 2014 French session • Montréal, Quebec - December 4, 2014 If you are interested in participating call 1-800-959-8281. You can send your comments in writing in either official language to: DTC Public Consultations Director of Special Programs and Partnerships Division Benefit Programs Directorate Canada Revenue Agency 750 Heron Road, 4th Floor Ottawa ON K1A 0L5

http://cra-arc.sondages-surveys.ca/s/DTC-Consultation-1-CIPH/?l=en

Posted by Disability Resource Centre for Independent Living (DRCIL) on Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Metrolinx Accessibility Advisory Committee

Metrolinx is looking for volunteers to participate in their Accessibility Advisory Committee.

Metrolinx is looking for volunteers to participate in their Accessibility Advisory Committee.

The deadline for recruitment is February 28th.

Metrolinx services include GO Transit, the PRESTO fare system, construction of new lines between Union Station and Pearson Airport, and rapid transit lines such as the Eglinton Crosstown line.

For more information about this opportunity, call (416) 202-5987 or email accessibility@metrolinx.com.

To download the PDF version please click here.

http://cilt.operitel.net/Documents%20of%20the%20CILT%20Website/AAC%20Recruitment%20Ad%20on%20Letter%20Headop.pdf

Posted on Monday, February 24th, 2014

Yuk Yuks Comedy Night Fundraiser

Come out and help support peer support programs for adults with physical disabilities in Peel Region.

Centre for Independent Living in Toronto cordially invites you to attend our Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Night Fundraiser

In Support of our Peel Peer Support Programs

Come out and help support peer support programs for adults with physical disabilities in Peel Region, and enjoy hilarious stand-up comedy acts at the same time.

A GREAT WAY TO CELEBRATE THE BEGINNING OF SPRING

Date: Thursday March 27, 2014

TICKETS: $25.00 EACH

TICKETS NEED TO BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE.

**TICKET SALES END MARCH 20 2014** TO ORDER TICKETS, CONTACT JANE AT (647) 972-8470.

JOIN US FOR LIVE COMEDY, RAFFLES AND MUCH MORE.

Please note that all comedy routines are uncensored and may contain material that some may find offensive.

Posted on Monday, February 24th, 2014

Job Posting: Aging With a Disability Project Coordinator

Lead the research project to conduct 20 peer-led focus groups and to develop a research paper for a multi-disciplinary working group.

Access Independent Living, Services in conjunction with the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT)

Aging With a Disability Project Coordinator

Position type: Part-time; Average of 28 hours per week

Contract ends: March 31, 2015

Reports to: Aging With a Disability Working Group

Scope of Position:

To lead the research project to conduct 20 peer-led focus groups and to develop a research paper for a multi-disciplinary working group. This Ontario Trillium Foundation funded initiative has numerous deliverables with strict timelines.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Outreach to and build relationships with disability focused community organizations in Toronto to facilitate focus group sessions.
  • Recruit and train 4 focus group peer facilitators.
  • Recruit 200 focus group participants and educate them on the goals and activities of the project.
  • Coordinate activities of the project with the Trillium Research Advisory Committee (TRAC).
  • Responsible for the stewardship of the research project.
  • Administrative duties as required.
  • Ensure that data collected from focus groups is contained safely and confidentially.
  • Responsible for the development of a final research report based on the findings within the focus groups.
  • Works with the members of TRAC to operationalize the recommendations in the research paper.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of one year experience.
  • Post secondary education in social/health sciences or equivalent with proven research experience.
  • Demonstrated written and communications skills.
  • Understanding
  • of disability issues within an intersectional framework that takes into account race, gender, sexual orientation, age and economic status.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team environment with limited supervision.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office, particularly with Access and creating database systems
  • Must be able to travel across the GTA and possibly work between two different locations.
  • Proven record of working within limited timeframes.

If you are interested in joining our project team, please submit your cover letter and resume by Mail, E-Mail or Fax on or before February 28, 2014.

Contact by: E-mail, Fax, Mail

Job contact Information:


Access Independent Living Services
Aging With a Disability Research Project
Attn: Michael Mathieson
50 Ashwarren Road
Toronto, On
M3J 1Z5
Fax: (416) 780-0961
E-mail: jobs@accessils.ca
No phone calls please.
Persons with a disability are encouraged to apply.

2/18/2014

Posted on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Job Posting: Director, Accessibility Learning Services

Durham College seeks a visionary and collaborative professional with proven leadership to serve as Director of Accessibility Learning Services.

Durham College is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from qualified women and men, including members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.

Durham College seeks a visionary and collaborative professional with proven leadership to serve as Director of Accessibility Learning Services.

Reporting to the vice president, Student Affairs, this position is part of a dynamic team that believes in the institutional priorities of ensuring that the student experience comes first and that the success of each student matters.

The Director provides leadership for ensuring access to programs, services, and the campus facilities for students with disabilities

For more information in PDF, click here ;or

Durham College website.

http://cilt.operitel.net/Documents%20of%20the%20CILT%20Website/DirectorAccessibility.pdf

Posted on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Focus Group for Women with Disabilities

Springtide Resources and SPIN (Strength-Based Parenting Initiative) will be running focus groups for women with disabilities women who have parented, are parenting and are considering parenting.

Do you identify as a woman with a disability that has experienced an unhealthy living situation?

Are you thinking about parenting?

Have your past experiences around an unhealthy living situation made you feel anxious about starting your own family?

Are you concerned about seeking support around an unhealthy living situation because of the myths and stereotypes that exist for mothers with disabilities?

We want to hear from you!

Springtide Resources and SPIN (Strength-Based Parenting Initiative) will be running focus groups for women with disabilities women who have parented, are parenting and are considering parenting.

Participants will also receive honoraria.

Please contact Lynda Roy to learn more and to RSVP.

When: February 28, 2014, 1-4 PM

Where: 365 Bloor St. East (Sherbourne and Bloor), Suite 902

Contact:Lynda Roy, Outreach and Education Mentor, Women with Disabilities Program, lroy@womanabuseprevention.com, 416-968-3422, 24

Attendant services will be provided. Please contact us if you require other accommodations. We will also provide tokens and light refreshments.

Posted on Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Self-Advocacy, Independent Living and Attendant Services Workshop

Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) Inc. and AJHS are pleased to offer this workshop.

Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) Inc. and AJHS are pleased to offer this workshop where participants will:

  • Increase their knowledge about consumer rights and responsibilities.
  • Enhance their ability to problem solve difficult situations.
  • Raise awareness of effective ways to self-advocate.

When: Wednesday Feb 19th, 2014, 5:30-8:00 PM

Where: The Anne Johnston Health Station (AJHS), 2398 Yonge Street (North of Eglinton)

To register or for more information, please contact:

Lynda Roy, 416-486-8666 ext. 248 or lyndar@ajhs.ca

More information can be found under the IL SKILLS Training Section, under the tab, IL Skills Workshops.

http://cilt.ca/il_skills_workshop.aspx

Posted on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

CILT announces Direct Funding Program funding increase

CILT's announces the expansion of the Direct Funding Program. The expanded program will provide direct funding to approximately 1,000 Ontarians with physical disabilities by 2016 to help them self-manage their care.

http://www.dfontario.ca/info/announcements.html

Posted by Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) on Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Direct Funding Program is growing, waitlist is shrinking

Funding increase will help more Ontarians with disabilities live independently.

Funding increase will help more Ontarians with disabilities live independently.

Read more...

http://cilt.operitel.net/Documents%20of%20the%20CILT%20Website/DF2014exp.pdf

Posted on Monday, January 27th, 2014

Preparation Course for Prospective Parents With Disabilities

The Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT), through the Parenting With a Disability Network (PDN), is pleased to present this Seven-Week Preparation Course

Have a Disability? Planning on having a Family?

The Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT), through the Parenting With a Disability Network (PDN), is pleased to present:

A Seven-Week Preparation Course for "Prospective Parents With Disabilities"

Learn more about:

  • Making the decision to have a family
  • Identifying your needs as a parent with a disability
  • What to do when you find out you’re expecting
  • Examining your birthing options: health care choices available
  • Preparing for the birth - hear from an actual Midwife and Doula
  • Bringing the baby home: Negotiating your Environment
  • Resources available and how to access them
  • Hear from current parents with disabilities

COURSE TAKES PLACE 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm ON THE FOLLOWING DATES:

  • Wednesday April 2, 2014
  • Wednesday April 9, 2014
  • Wednesday April 16, 2014
  • Wednesday April 23, 2014
  • Wednesday April 30, 2014
  • Wednesday May 7, 2014
  • Wednesday May 14, 2014

COURSE LOCATION: Centre for Independent Living in Toronto

365 Bloor Street East, Suite 902 (Bloor & Sherbourne)

COURSE FEES: $10.00 for CILT Members; $25.00 for Non CILT Members

FEES INCLUDE: All handout materials and binder;

Refreshments; Certificate of Completion;

Attendant services; Membership to CILT and Parenting With a Disability Network

TO REGISTER, CONTACT:

Carling Barry, Peer Program Assistant
Tel: 416-599-2458, ext. 270
Email: carling.barry@cilt.ca
TTY: 416-599-5077

Space is limited. There are 15 spots available. CALL NOW.

Attendant services will be provided. Other accommodations provided upon request.

Supported by a Toronto Community Service Grant, United Way and Social Development Canada

Posted on Friday, January 17th, 2014

Toronto Taxicab Industry Review

The Municipal Licensing and Standards Committee of the City of Toronto has undertaken a review of the taxicab industry.

The Municipal Licensing and Standards Committee of the City of Toronto has undertaken a review of the taxicab industry.

This included consultations, stakeholder meetings, and surveys.

Several of the meetings were dedicated to accessible service.

Under AODA legislation, the City of Toronto is required to consult with its municipal accessibility advisory committee, the public and people with disabilities on this issue, and also create an accessibility plan.

To read about some of these issues, visit the website below.

Taxi Reform

Additional contact information is listed below.

Email: taxireview@toronto.ca
Phone:416-338-3095
TTY: 416-338-0889

http://www.toronto.ca/taxireview

Posted on Friday, January 10th, 2014

Support Person Travels for Free on TTC

There is an application for a TTC Support Person Assistance Card available on the TTC website.

There is an application for a TTC Support Person Assistance Card available on the TTC website.

As of January 1, 2014, a support person travelling with a person with a disability on the TTC will not be required to pay an extra fare.

Note: When bringing a support person on the TTC, you may be asked to show a printout of the link below.

For information about the application process, click here.

http://www.ttc.ca/Fares_and_passes/Support_Person_Card/index.jsp

Posted on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

For more information on the Direct Funding program, contact CILT:

Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT)
365 Bloor Street East Suite 902
Toronto, Ontario
M4W 3L4

Tel: (416) 599-2458
Fax: (416) 599-3555
TTY: (416) 599-5077
Toll Free:1-800-354-9950


"I used to view my disability as being in bed chained down at my shoulders and my hips, waiting for someone to free me. Well, I can honestly say that Direct Funding has come along and done that!"
- 25-year-old man living with parents

Program puts more people with disabilities in control

The Direct Funding Program is being expanded to allow more Ontarians with disabilities to live independently in their homes.

You can read more about this in our News Release.

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