ConnectABILITY is a virtual community focused on lifelong learning and support for children, youth, adults and seniors with an intellectual disability, their families, caregivers and support networks. Users are able to connect, support each other, share, research and advocate via easy-to-use web tools.
Connected Families is a meeting place for you to connect with others within ConnectABILITY. It is a private area of the site where you can share your story or ideas with the community. Register to become a member, all we ask for is your name and email address. For more information on how to sign up and use Connected Families, click here.
LIGHTS is a unique new program which has been created by community leaders in partnership with Community Living Toronto to address the very significant shortage of independent and appropriate housing for intellectually disabled citizens in Toronto. Its goal is to enable new housing opportunities to flourish for the intellectually disabled, and to share its blueprint for success with other communities across the country.
For more information, visit: http://www.lights.to/
Currently in Ontario, the main housing options for people diagnosed with intellectual disabilities are living in group homes, or with family. Friendly Housemates wants to change that.
The Friendly Housemates model matches college or university students with people with intellectual disabilities as friendly housemates. Not staff, not family – friendly roommates who hang out together, learn together, and support one another.
It’s about coming together and forming a mutual relationship. Taking the time to be with one another to bond over your favourite TV show or a cup of tea. It’s not about independence, it’s about interdependence – understanding that we all have something to offer, and that each of us needs support and a kind word.
Want to learn more? Visit http://housemates.centennialcollege.ca/
Designed for children and youth, Spinclusion is a fun, interactive game that promotes acceptance and respect for people with different needs and abilities. Recently expanded to include sensitivity to cultural diversity, Spinclusion gives children and youth from grades two right up through high school an opportunity to participate in lively discussions related to the inclusion of all people. Spinclusion has been very well received. Not only does it help children learn, it’s fun too!
For more information, visit: http://www.spinclusion.ca/
The Nadine “Dee” Chiu Memorial Fund helps families or individuals receiving supports and services from Community Living Toronto to pay for community-based programs or to buy assistive devices which are not covered – or fully funded – by government. This Fund is intended to assist with the purchase of services or equipment which will improve the quality of life and the community participation of a person with an intellectual disability; help an individual participate more fully in their local neighbourhood; help a person achieve their personal goals and dreams; or meet new people and develop personal relationships. For more information contact Angela Bradley, Director of Public Relations and Fundraising at 647.729.1178 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Choices that can Change Lives Fund will provide grants to individuals and families as they pursue their dreams and goals or are seeking extra supports when all other resources have been exhausted. Through the Choices that can Change Lives Fund, we will build partnerships with families, Community Living Toronto staff, the corporate community and partner agencies to make dreams come true by helping individuals learn new skills, further develop talent, purchase equipment or extend the supports they already receive to assist with volunteer activities, work, go to school or even visit friends or family that may live in another city.