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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
April 2nd, 2015
    Disability, Masculinities and Schooling: a narrative inquiry into the storied lives of men and boys with physical disabilities   Advertisement for Participation in Research StudyFrom David Mara, PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education at The University of Western Ontario. I am conducting a study that will examine the perspectives of boys with disabilities and their experiences at school. You are invited because your perspective as a man or boy with a physical disability may provide valuable insight and further understanding about the education of boys. The purpose of...
March 17th, 2015
The Guardian wants your submissions of photos depicting statues that celebrate the contribution and achievement of people with disabilities. From The Guardian: Have you seen these or know of any statues around the world that show disability? We would like to see them. You can share your photos or videos by clicking on the blue ‘Contribute’ button on this article. You can also use the GuardianWitness smartphone app or the Guardian app and search for ‘GuardianWitness assignments’. Have you seen or know of statues around the world that show disability? Share them in the comments below. If you...
March 10th, 2015
  A.J. Murray, 32, from Atlanta, has cerebral palsy. Jeremy Vest, 28, was born with Williams Syndrome. Zach Gottsagen, 29, has Down syndrome. Judy Moscariello, 53, also has cerebral palsy. Together, they are the cast of BECOMING BULLETPROOF, the story of a group of people with disabilities from across America who take part in an ambitious indie film production.Weaving between 1890s period drama and present-day action, Bulletproof’s snaking plot requires mastering lines, pushing through take after take, and showing up on time in costume. As the actors grapple with these high expectations...
January 12th, 2015
This holiday season we asked you to help someone belong by creating a more inclusive, accessible community with a donation to our Access and Awareness Programs. Our goal was to raise $15 000, but with your help we raised $17 621!!!   That means we could do 352 Kids on the Block shows, audit 176 public spaces, hold 35 Peer Advocacy workshops, or send 17 groups of youths in transition on a retreat. THANK YOU, so much for your generousity and making Waterloo Region a more accessible and inclusive community.      
October 1st, 2014
  October is Community Support Month! Home and Community Support services such as respite for family caregivers, Meals on Wheels, adult day programs, attendant services, in-home nursing and personal support, transportation and supportive housing are important, practical tools that keep people at home rather than in expensive institutions. These community services are a compassionate and cost-effective approach to health care challenges, while also strengthening community connections, and ensuring that people who receive community support are treated with dignity. Throughout October we...
September 24th, 2014
Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) often have unique health concerns. Many have a primary care provider (eg. family physician, nurse practitioner) they might see regularly and a specialist(s) they see less frequently. Primary care providers may not always feel able to deal with some of the concerns of individuals with SCI, and it is not always easy to visit the specialist for these concerns (travel, limited specialists). As a result the care can be less than optimal and delayed. SCI eConsult allows the primary care provider to send a SCI specialist a question about a health concern...
September 16th, 2014
  The Cities of Kitchener and Waterloo are making the following provisions with regard to accessibility for the upcoming municipal elections in October 2014: ·     All voting locations are wheelchair accessible ·     Greeters will be at voting locations that do not have automatic door openers to assist as required with opening external doors ·     A person can request assistance to mark his or her ballot at all advance poll locations and on election day.  The assistant could be someone the voter brings with...

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