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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...
August 25th, 2014
Have you ever attended an outdoor event and can’t get around very easily because the ground is uneven, plus there are no designated accessible areas or washrooms? What about where ticket or event staff tell you on the phone that a venue is fully accessible, but when you arrive you discover “accessible” only means a ramp with an entrance door. Sometimes attending an event is very disappointing, so what can you do? I will share some helpful tips and useful questions I’ve learned over time, so you can begin your journey of pleasant and memorable experiences! FULL STORY HERE BY Wanda Eby
August 18th, 2014
  Excerpt from Flash From the Past: Last week’s picture: Woelfle plant made ‘comfort’ shoes for women via Waterloo Region Record. written by Jon Fear   Woelfle Shoe had "a lot of very loyal employees," Barb Buchanan of Kitchener (granddaughter of company founder Wellington Erwin Woelfle) recalls, but was ultimately forced to halt production in 1966.   The front of the plant, at Victoria and Michael streets, later held a Washerama appliance store and then, until just recently, a Smart Choice furniture and appliance outlet.   One of the current tenants is the...
June 5th, 2014
Interested in bettering the lives of people with disabilities in Waterloo Region? The Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region is looking forvisionary community members to join its Board of Directors for the 2014-2017 term. Ideal applicants will have backgrounds in disability studies, finance, policy or administration, a connection to the Mennonite community, and support our mission to help people with disabilities achieve independence through self-direction. To apply, contact Mallory at (519)571-6788 ext. 7425 or mallory@ilcwr.org, or apply online. Applications are due June 13, 2014.
April 3rd, 2014
Monday, April 7, 2014   Are you looking to take up some new activities this spring? Why not try boccia ball or a golf clinic designed for people with disabilities. Click the link below for more information on how to get involved. Click here for boccia ball        Click here for golf clinics
March 31st, 2014
Monday, March 31, 2014   University of Waterloo Engineering students have developed a movement therapy, exercise machine for people living with disabilities. The students designed a machine that would allow a person with paraplegia (or present similarly) move their legs by rowing.  The machine is designed for someone in a wheelchair to lift their legs onto pedals while seated in their wheelchair, adjust the position of a chest plate that will hold them in place, and then grab a bar and row.  The rowing motion causes the pedals to move, thereby moving the person’s legs. ...
March 28th, 2014
Friday, March 28, 2014   Great video to remind us all that there are so many different ways to keep fit. Check out this wheelchair freestyle skateboarder for some inspiration on all the fun and exciting sports people living with disabilities can be involved in. Click here to watch the video
March 27th, 2014
Thursday, March 27, 2014 CANGO consulting has announced their KW Non-profit Innovation Grant, sponsored by the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce. The GKWCC has offered an award of $1,000 to a local non-profit agency to be used towards implementing innovation. Follow @CANGOconsulting on twitter as every new follower adds $1 to the grant ILCWR can receive. Click here to read more about the grant
March 19th, 2014
Wednesday, March 19, 2014   It was a mission accomplished for Canada's 2014 Paralympic Team as they attained their goals of a top-3 finish in the medal standings. Canada placed 3rd with a total of 16 medals, 7 of those were gold, 2 silver and 7 bronze. Congratulations to all our athletes! Click here to read the article
March 14th, 2014
   “I love this group because it is a place where I feel supported" Alanna, has been a participant of the Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region’s Youth in Transition program for 7 years and she can’t say enough about how much she loves it! You cannot miss her smile when she starts to talk about the program and all the wonderful things it has given her; friends, independence and learning. When Alanna started high school she wanted to find other youth who had disabilities to share her experiences with. Alanna said after the first session she loved it and knew she would come...



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