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April 18th, 2017
Who Feels Like Dancing?   Developed from a pilot project, Jill Simpson has pioneered an inclusive dance movement within Waterloo Region.  Her program, ‘Dancing with disAbility’, welcomes anyone who is interested in exploring dance, no matter what your movement abilities are.  Jill says, “People can do amazing things by thinking about movement in a different way.”  You may be surprised by what you can gain from adding some dance into your life!  Jill is passionate about facilitating an environment which focuses on our capabilities and the ways in which our bodies are...
February 17th, 2017
Tournament of Hope Golf Classic Comes Full Circle In the Beginning   In 1998, Randy Hepditch was the sole recipient from the very first Tournament of Hope. The money made at that golf tournament helped him to purchase a much needed accessible van. Before this, Randy was reliant on public transport and as Randy says “you can have no real independence using public transit”. Appointments you make, schools you choose, everything depends on whether or not accessible transportation is available.   Randy’s family understood the importance of the independence that comes with access to...
December 21st, 2016
AODA Update   As you probably know, the Government of Ontario has an important piece of legislation called the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The purpose of this act is to identify, remove and prevent barriers for people living in Ontario with disabilities.  The AODA is made up of standards that cover different areas of life including: Customer Service, Employment, Information and Communication, Transportation, and most recently, the Design of Public Spaces. Each standard has a list of requirements that businesses and organizations in both the public and...
October 5th, 2016
    Many thanks to the 40 Stantec volunteers that donated their time and talents to the Shammrock Co-Op. Some painted apartments, some organized closets and basements. Others stayed outdoors to help with weeding and  other yard work.    Here are some photos of the Stantec team hard at work.         
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 "...



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