WATCH: Speaking Out Conference Recap

From October 20–22, nine Council members (Nicole Flynn, Niko Pupella, Judy Noonan, Robert Smith, Stella Curtis, Dzidra Halar, Farrah Sattaur, Amber Taylor, and Jem Moeller) attended and participated in the 2023 Speaking Out “Expanding Possibilities” Conference at the UNIFOR Family Education Centre in Port Elgin. The Council made several new connections and learned from self-advocates, families, and support professionals. Watch … Read More

CLO to Act as Intervenor in Important Court Case Next Week  

CONTEXT: ABOUT THE CASE  In J.F.R v K.L.L., the Ontario Superior Court of Justice found that Massey Leach-Rathwell, a 24-year-old adult living with down syndrome, was a ‘child of the marriage’ as defined under the federal Divorce Act, as (in the court’s opinion) he remained in his parents’ charge and could not withdraw from it due to his disability.  As … Read More

PRESS RELEASE: Community Living Ontario Celebrates Award Winners Who Are Dedicated to Inclusion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   TORONTO, ON, October 17, 2023 — Community Living Ontario (CLO) has announced the recipients of its 2023 Inspiring Possibilities Awards.   After several years hiatus, CLO revived these unique awards in 2023. Celebrating people, teams, and organizations making a positive difference in the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, the Inspiring Possibilities Awards are revered by self-advocates, families, support workers, … Read More

Celebrating Seventy Years of Community Living Part Nine: Anne Stafford Bursary

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When Harvey McQuarrie died suddenly in December 1964, the movement was shocked. Harvey had been the provincial association’s president for only a few short months. He had taken the position with such high hopes of making a real change. They were exciting times. The association was in the process of helping the Canadian association raise funds for 13 national demonstration … Read More

Celebrating Seventy Years of Community Living Part Eight: Protecting Dignity

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by Gord Kyle The opening phrase in Community Living Ontario’s goal statement is “that all people live in a state of dignity.” The inclusion of the concept of dignity as the foundational phrase in the goal of the association indicates its centrality in all the work that we do. Of course, recognition of the value of ensuring dignity is not … Read More

Celebrating Seventy Years of Community Living Part Seven: Parent Advocacy

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When Mel turned 6, my mom worked hard to have him educated. She took him to an elementary school in East York where she was told that Mel could not attend. She wouldn’t take no for an answer and wouldn’t leave, until the principal agreed. However, he only agreed if she stayed in the class everyday. I’m sure he thought … Read More

PRESS RELEASE: Non-Profit Awards Program Honours Trailblazers Highlighting Inclusivity, Creativity and Ability in Ontario

The Inspiring Possibilities Awards: Nominations Are Now Open

For Immediate Release//Toronto, Ontario, July 20, 2023  Celebrating the people and organizations making a positive impact on the 100,000 people with intellectual disabilities and their families living in Ontario, Community Living Ontario’s (CLO) Inspiring Possibilities Awards are now open for nominations.   Winners will have the opportunity to attend the awards ceremony in-person at CLO’s Inspiring Possibilities AGM & Conference, happening in Ottawa September 27-29. The awards will be presented by CBC personality and keynote speaker Ali Hassan.   “Honouring trailblazers through our Inspiring Possibilities … Read More