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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  
August 28th, 2013
Wednesday, August 28, 2013   Lyn McGinnis is outreach attendant here at ILCWR who is fighting to open doors for people with disabilities. McGinnis recently started Waterloo Region Accessibility Watch and audited 100 downtown Waterloo businesses to see how many were accessible to people using wheel chairs. He discovered more than half of the establishments are hard to enter and many are inaccessible. The results have been posted on the groups Facebook page which shares pictures of all the businesses that are not accessible. McGinnis hopes these audits bring awareness to people and help...
August 22nd, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013   A teenage Paralympian, world record holder has been barred from competeing in the championships because organizers have declared her disability to be not permanent. The IPC has banned Victoria Arien from swimming because they say her medical records fail to provide conclusive evidence of a permanent impairment, as doctors have stated with many years of physical therapy she may one day walk again. What do you think of this story and the definitions the IPC has set? Check out the article here  
August 20th, 2013
Tuesday, August , 2013   Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Come down to Movies Under the Stars at 127 Victoria Street South, Kitchener. This is a fundraiser to support ILCWR and all our programs and services. Tickets are $5 and kids under 3 are free. We are showing Hotel Transylvania a great family friendly movie that will start at dusk. Doors to the event open at 7pm there will be live music by Le Bon Fi, face painting and clowns for the kids, lots of yummy movie snacks and raffles with great prizes like a new backyard playground and Yardistry planter boxes. The event is...
August 14th, 2013
Wednesday, August 14, 2013   Take a look at this cool video of Rick Hansen and Rick Mercer bungee jumping at Whistler Bungee Jump in BC. Rick jumped in his wheelchair to show that anything is possible, and that with a little thought most adventures can be made accessible for everyone. Whistler Bungee Jump is a great company which offers accessible adventures and can make many accommodations so that everyone has a chance to bungee jump. Check out the video here  
August 13th, 2013
Tuesday, August 13, 2013   Check out this cool new initiative called The Shooting Beauty Project. The project aims to challenge stereotypes that prevent inclusive attitudes and communities. The story is of an aspiring fashion photographer whose life is transformed when she starts a photography program from individuals with disabilities. Let us know what you think of this project. Check out the website here  
August 6th, 2013
Monday, August 12, 2013   Dont Forget about the ILCWR Family BBQ this Wednesday August 12 from 4-7pm at the Victoria Park Picnic Shelter. There will be lots of great food and family fun! Be sure to RSVP at 519-571-6788 or online. Check out all the event details below. Check out the event details here  

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