PRESS RELEASE: Family Engagement Grants Offer Opportunity for Inclusion & Community-Building Across Ontario

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   TORONTO, ON, January 5, 2024 — Committed to facilitating positive change, Community Living Ontario (CLO) launched its first-ever family engagement grant initiative to promote meaningful engagement and help provide families with loved ones who live with intellectual disability an opportunity to network and build good lives.    Aimed at supporting and encouraging engagement activities, grants of up to … Read More

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

From Participant to President: Michael’s Journey with Community Living Ontario

Thirty-two-year-old Michael Jacques always has a twinkle in his eye — especially when it comes to teasing his father, Marcel, who has just asked him a particularly obvious question. “It’s very important to donate, Dad, because it makes a big difference for people involved in Re:Action4Inclusion and for the other great programs that Community Living Ontario offers,” explains Michael. “It’s … 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: 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

Recapping Community Living Ontario’s 2023 Day at the Legislature

Council members posing with Chris Beesley and Minister Michael Parsa.

Photo by Louis Thomas After a four year hiatus, Community Living Ontario (CLO) welcomed the return of our annual Day at the Legislature event on Wednesday, May 10th. This event presented an opportunity for CLO and our member organizations to meet with elected officials in the spirit of connection and collaboration. We would first like to sincerely thank the Honourable … Read More

PRESS RELEASE: COMMUNITY LIVING MONTH HIGHLIGHTS HUMAN RIGHTS AND INCLUSION FOR PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  TORONTO, ON, April 27, 2023 — This May, Community Living Ontario (CLO) leads the celebration for “Community Living Month.” An annual, province-wide awareness campaign, Community Living Month promotes authentic inclusion for the more than 100,000 people in Ontario who have an intellectual disability and their families.  People with an intellectual disability (which includes diagnoses such as Autism, … Read More

Nicole’s Story – I Make My OWN Choices

Happy Holidays! This has been another year of growth and new challenges for all of us, but also a year where many of us were able to get together again in-person after months of uncertainty. Meeting people in-person is one of Nicole Flynn’s favourite things to do, and even more necessary and enjoyable in her new role as Community Living … Read More

Duncan’s Story: From Listener to Leader

“I’m a dietary aid. I’ve got benefits and a pension — these are things that I wouldn’t think 10 years ago that, as a person with an intellectual disability, I was even able to get close to.” Today, Duncan Phelps enjoys his job in food safety and serving the people where he works full-time. It’s been a great place to use his … Read More