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October 8th, 2013
Tuesday, October 8, 2013     This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week and to show their support Bell has partnered with CMHA to raise funds for mental health awareness. Bell has launched their blue box program all across Canada; recycle your used or old mobile devices at CMHA locations in your community or at your local Bell store. Be sure to show your support and recycle. Check the article here  
October 4th, 2013
Friday, October 4, 2013   Two state lawmakers want to remove the word "handicapped" from signs marking parking spaces for people with disabilities as it is obsolete and offensive. The lawmakers are primary sponsors of House Bill 265, which would remove all forms of the word “handicap” from Ohio law, replacing them with phrases like “person(s) with a disability” or “access/accessible/accessibility.” Additionally, new and replacement signs for parking spaces would include the word “accessible” instead of “handicapped.” Check out the article here  
October 1st, 2013
Tuesday, October 1, 2013   On October 18th 2013 Extend-A-Family is hosting an amazing event to celebrate those in our community that live inclusion in their everyday. This event is part of their I Choose Dignity campaign. It will be held at the Museum, Downton Kitchener doors open at 6pm and then event offically begins at 7 pm. Featuring juno nominated singer-songwritter Craig Caradiff along with Phil Lehmann and the presentation of the third annual inclusion awards. Tickets are $10 for more informations visti ichoosedignity.com or call 519-741-0190 ext. 0. Check out the event here...
September 9th, 2013
Monday, September 9, 2013   Engineering students at UAB have created a wheelchair that is equipped with a joystick and a kid-friendly paint job and is ground level so toddlers can easily interact with their peers. The system also has an override switch which allows parents to stop the movement of the wheelchair at a flip of the switch. This chair allows children with disabilities to gain a sense of independence. Check out the video below and let us know what you think. Check out the video here  
September 6th, 2013
Friday August, 06, 2013              In partnership with the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW) ILCWR now offers a Ready to Work Inclusion Program which supports job seekers with disabilities find meaningful employment. This is a new National project designed to support ‘job ready’ people with disabilities to access first time employment or to re-enter the work force. Eligible and suitable clients can access a supported 6 month wage subsidy employment placement.  We provide employment counselling, assessments, job...
September 6th, 2013
Thursday, September 6, 2013   On Friday August 23rd ILCWR held its first ever Movies Under the Stars event here at head office in the parking lot. The night started with some amazing live music by a great local band called Le Bon Fi. They played classic covers and had the whole crowd dancing! This family event also had lots going on for the kids, we had awesome face painting done by Bre Creative and cool balloon animals created by Mr. Pooky.We announced the raffle winners, the Stamper family won a brand new backyard play ground set donated by Solowave Design and another family won two...
September 6th, 2013
   “...We are all capable and the Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region has really helped to show me how capable I am..."         I came to the Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region first as a volunteer, and then as an employee, in 1995. I was just 21, then fresh out of College, and in search of my field-related employment. In retrospect, I was ignorant then, to the difficulties and discrimination I would face in finding meaningful, sustainable work – further complicated by physical accessibility issues and varying, wavering attitudes...
September 6th, 2013
      “...It's great to hear kids come to you after and say I learned something from your show..."           Public awareness and education is something that is valued at the Independent Living Centre. Breaking down attitudinal barriers, and increasing acceptance of our neighbours living with disabilities is what our Kids on the Block program does. Kids on the Block is a puppet show that teaches children throughout Waterloo Region about topics around disability and accessibility.          KOB...
September 5th, 2013
Thursday, September 05, 2013   In Waterloo Region, there are over 1,950 people living with disability who are unemployed. The physical and structural barriers that impede Ontarians living with disability from obtaining meaningful employment are barriers that hold back economic development for the entire province. Download and sign the petition below to make sure Minister Hoskins knows our community is committed to accessible employment for all Ontarians. Be sure to share the link with all your friends..... help spread the word! Sign the Petition Here  
August 29th, 2013
Thursday, August 29, 2013   Check out this very interesting video segment on Canadian Paralympic super athlete Mario Caron. He competes in Paralympic goalball and ranks number one in his sport. Find out how he does, trains and how you can get involved in parasport. Check out the video here  

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