OFCP is working hard to anticipate and support our members in accessing services, PPE and other supports as we all navigate through the COVID 19 pandemic and the issues that face people with disabilities.
As you know, we developed funding opportunities like the LEAF Life Emergency Action Fund, assisting members to purchase food, supplements, PPE and cleaning supplies to help address scarce inventory and address higher costs for these items. We then established the Life Enriching Education Fund, assisting members in addressing barriers to accessing supports related to online or in person schooling. Both have been so well received and members have told us how instrumental these funds were in helping them and their families.
In that spirit of anticipating where future barriers may lie, we are opening a new funding opportunity to assist our members in accessing the vaccine, if they choose to do so. This fund is called the COVID Vaccine Support Fund. The purpose of this fund is to provide one time assistance to help members cover additional expenses related to costs associated with receiving the vaccine. These eligible expenses include but are but not limited to transportation costs, attendant services, parking, or other related costs.
Our members will be able to access up to $200.00 per application, beginning March 15th, 2021, until the funds are utilized. For more information and instructions on how to access the funds, see link below.
Information and Resources List related to COVID-19
To our valued CILT community:
We hope that this notice finds you feeling safe, connected to community and in a good state of readiness to navigate the ongoing COVIC-19 pandemic.
While our governments and health authorities urge everyone in our society to self-isolate and practice social distancing, we realize that for many people with disabilities who already face access barriers, connecting to the community and resources they seek may now be even more compromised.
In line with CILT’s mandate to promote independent living for people with disabilities, we believe it is critical that people with disabilities enjoy equitable choice in accessing resources accessible to their needs during this pandemic.
To this end, we compiled the list of resources below that includes contacts and links for a range of resources. It includes government and health information on COVID-19, and relevant community services, including crisis, seniors and peer support help lines. We will regularly update this list to help ensure it is current and relevant.
For more information about CILT and Direct Funding activities during the pandemic to support consumers, please see our CILT COVID 19 Updates.
Handouts and Recording: COVID-19 Vaccines and People with Disabilities in Ontario Webinar
This webinar was hosted by CILT on Wednesday, April 7th, 2021. Please find all of the recordings and handouts from the webinar below in hyperlinks:
Movie will be presented with closed captioning and audio description. Please let us know about accommodations or access needs (including support with setting up zoom) when you register.
Movie Description: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style.
Guide to booking a COVID-19 vaccine in the GTA: Who, where and how
As Phase 2 of Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination plan gets underway, the list of eligible populations has expanded. Each region has their own distribution plan which can cause some confusion when residents attempt to book appointments.
Research Recruitment: Youth, Young adult Participation and Environment Measure
Research Institution: McGill University
"Youth, Young-adult Participation and Environment Measure (Y-PEM)"
We are conducting a research project to evaluate participation in daily activities at home, school, community and the workplace, using a questionnaire called the Y-PEM (Youth and Young Adult Participation and Environment). We need your assistance to test whether the Y-PEM can capture youth and young adult's participation and whether it is valid and consistent. If you are interested to be part of our study, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
My Life, My Choice, My Community: Thriving in Your Neighbourhood
Every person is capable of leading a life that recognizes their unique gifts and contributions by developing valued social roles. At every stage of life, from childhood through to adulthood, families can utilize a social role mindset that will open up opportunities for their loved ones that will help them thrive in their community.
Janet Klees, Durham Association for Family Resources & Services