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June 29th, 2016
We all Benefit from an Inclusive and Age-Friendly Community   Residents are invited to get involved and provide their feedback about what Kitchener is doing well to support aging residents, and identify their priorities for making Kitchener an even more age-friendly community.   If you live in Kitchener and are thinking of your future, are retired or semi-retired, or provide support for an aging adult, this is a great opportunity to have your voice heard, and make an impact on improving areas of our city to support older adults and aging residents.   The survey will take...
May 31st, 2016
Words of Thanks My name is Cathy. I am a 48 year old woman. I spent the better part of 2015 in various hospitals, due to a number of physical ailments.  In January 2016,  I moved to a Long Term Care facility, after my doctors at the hospital informed me that I would not be able to function independently.  I soon found a Long Term Care facility stripped me of my dignity and self-worth. I was surrounded by older people with severe cognitive disabilities. I was subjected to physical and verbal abuse by other patients.  My personal choices were restricted (i.e. meals and...
May 3rd, 2016
When you visit ILCWR Head Office next, you may notice a new sticker on the window.     This symbol tells people visiting our office that ILCWR is committed to inclusive communication.  ILCWR understands that people communicate in different ways and that communication: *happens in lots of ways *involves two or more people *is about giving and receiving information *is about watching and listening   We also understand that people communciate through: *body langauge *speech *gestures *pointing or looking at objects or people *Sign Langauge (ASL/LSQ) *Signed Exact English,...
February 22nd, 2016
Quidditch Anyone? Come out for a fun-filled afternoon AND support a good cause! What could be better? A local group want to make their way to Harry Potter World at Universal Studios as well as raise awareness about the issues surrounding traveling with a disability. Will you help?   Visit the GO FUND ME page here. Watch the group's video here. See Quidditch Match poster below. For more information about the event or to buy tickets, please contact: sutherland.carmen42@gmail.com  
February 16th, 2016
Future Directions Update The Board of Directors engaged the services of Carolyne Hooper, to provide recommendations on future directions for ILCWR.  Carolyne completed this by working with a Steering Committee, conducting focus groups with consumers, staff and the Board as well as consulting with other organizations, funders and Leadership Team.    ILCWR is currently reviewing the recommendations and establishing plans for the next steps.  The main recommendations are as follows:    Partner with other organizations to provide opportunities for consumers to have...
February 11th, 2016
  TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. There are lots of TED talks that address "disability issues". They look at the labels, sterotypes, new technology and more.   Check out Stella Young's TED talk on the topic of "...
January 21st, 2016
 Congratulations to Sue Morgan for receiving the AODA 10th Anniversary Champion Award. This award is so  well deserved. Sue works very hard to make our community more accessible and inclusive. Way to go Sue!        
November 17th, 2015
   Independent Living Canada and its members have written an open letter to the Honourable Justin Trudeau. The letter congratulates the new Prime Minister and addresses the much talked about, Disability Tax Credit. To read the document in full, please click on the attachment below. 
August 7th, 2015
  ILCWR's alumnus and Winner of The SHOT Season 2, James Downham has released his debut album. Buy it today at Head Office or visit his website to buy it online at: www.jamesdownham.com/shop Mention ILCWR when placing the order to donate $1 to ILCWR Access and Awarenss Programs.   
July 29th, 2015
  The Parapan Am Games are almost here, which will see more than 1,600 athletes compete in 15 sports between Aug. 7 and 15. This is excellent exposure for para-athletics. CTV News reports that It's the first time the Games will be broadcast on television, a milestone that will "change the game," said Rob Snoek, a former Paralympian who will cover the event for the CBC. However, others are concerned about Toronto's accessibilty and question if the city is ready for the games. click below to read more: http://goo.gl/XAvejh https://goo.gl/c2TIlh http://goo.gl/6ZKWnD

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