Call for Volunteer Marshals – TDPM 2018

The 8th Annual Toronto Disability Pride March will be taking place on the afternoon of Saturday, September 22nd, 2018.
We are looking for volunteers to serve as marshals for the march route (Queen’s Park to Ryerson University, 99 Gerrard Street East).
New marshals are asked to attend a brief training session on Saturday, September 15. (More details will be provided to people who volunteer. Returning marshals are also kindly encouraged to attend, if possible.)
If you are interested in marshaling or have any questions about what it means to be a marshal, please contact TDPM by:

1.  Commenting below the original post;

2. Messaging us on Facebook; or,

3. Filling out the volunteer form on our website.

One of our head marshals will connect with you.

Thank you!

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Come out to the Rally to Fight the Cuts to Social Assistance TODAY!

Come out to the Rally to Fight the Cuts to Social Assistance TODAY!

The Ontario PCs have announced they are slashing a planned increase to social assistance rates from 3% to 1.5%.  Other reforms including increasing the employment income earned on ODSP before clawbacks and the Basic income Pilot have also been cancelled.

ACORN Members accorss Ontario are ready to stand up for Social Assistance Rates!  Come out and fight for ODSP and OW!

Meet us on August 9th at 10:45AM at Bay and College!  From there we’ll march to the Ministry of Community and Social Services on Grosvenor St.

When: TODAY: Thursday, August 9th at 10:45AM

Where: Bay and College – Meet at the corner – Look for the ACORN Flag!

Please let us know if you can make it by responding to this email or calling 416-461-9233.

Check out our Facebook Page for updates and events.

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Accessibility Now Rally: October 11th

Join us Wednesday, October 11, 2017 starting at 4pm at Yonge & Bloor (north east corner) as Community takes to the streets to advocate for #accessibilityNOW

 

The list is extensive concerning barriers that TTC maintain/create thus breaching the AODA, Human Rights Code, Charter of Rights & Freedoms.  Here are 8 that reflect an overall concern:

 

  • Structural/Discriminatory Barriers – Presto Gates – the 1 or 2 installed in a station are significantly less than the inaccessible gates that are installed in the same station (think 1960s drinking fountains: ‘whites only vs colored’)

 

  • Psychological Barriers – doing the very least so it can be said it was done – installing the least number of elevators (usually 1) in subway stations in order to claim/identify that that station is accessible. When that 1 elevator is no longer working, that station is no longer accessible.

 

  • Attitudinal Barriers – failing to be proactive about ensuring that bus drivers follow policies about deploying ramps, allowing passengers using wheelchairs on first, stop between stops, etc…

 

  • Policy & Practices Barriers – failing to recognize the dignity, independence and rights of all patrons including people identified as having ‘disabilities’. IMO, “disability” is really created by the systems/systemic barriers that perpetuate the construction of barriers that disregard the fundamental humane rules of recognizing the humanity of individuals in society and their right to freely participate in all aspects of life.

 

  • Communication Barriers: – failing to provide inclusive signage

 

  • Technology Barriers – failing in providing clear inclusive announcements, information and messaging

 

  • Organizational Barriers -failure to ensure access to accessible transportation when rerouting takes place

 

  • Architectural Barriers – not demonstrating that accessibility is a priority and more importantly, that it is a right- not an option!

 

Join us starting at 4pm at Yonge & Bloor (north east corner) on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.  Bring some friends too.  We had a crowd come out last year.  We expect a bigger crowd this year as more people recognize the need to organize and come together collectively to advocate for and protect our rights!

 

Together we succeed!

 

The #accessibilityNOW rally starts at 4pm and ends at 7pm but afterwards, in solidarity, we plan to head up to Yonge and St. Clair (by subway) to 25 St. Clair Ave. East to show some support to our Community members who have been holding a vigil for over two months to bring attention to the suicide crisis of Indigenous youth.  We want to lend our support reminding them that we are in solidarity with them; we acknowledge what they are doing and what is being done to Indigenous communities across Canada.

 

If you are to be picked up by Wheel Trans, we suggest a pick up time around 8:45pm or later depending on how much time you plan to spend at the vigil in front of 25 St. Clair Ave. East.

 

Together we succeed!

Have your say on the future of the Canadians with Disabilities Act

Melissa Graham

The Federal Government will be hosting a public forum to get input from the public on what the promised Canadians with Disabilities Act should include.

where and when this takes place:

When: Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Time: 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Where: Chelsea Hotel Toronto – Churchill Ballroom, 33 Gerrard Street West, Toronto, ON

If you would like to attend this event, you will need to contact the Office for Disability Issues in advance so they can send you a short form with your contact information and accessibility needs.

Pro-Tip: Go with a group and plan the questions you want answered.

Would you like some suggestions of what you might say to the Federal Government at these consultations?

Here are a few starting points from the AODA Alliance.

Here are a few points that I’ve made regarding an Accessible Canada for All.

  • The need for accessible, affordable…

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