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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...
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
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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
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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

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