Celebrate Community Living Month in May with Community Living London

 

May is Community Living Month, a time where people from across Ontario will celebrate the many successes of creating inclusive communities for people with developmental disabilities.

Did you know that there are over 100 Community Living associations across Ontario? Many towns and cities across Ontario have a Community Living organization including, Hamilton, Kincardine, and Wallaceburg, to name a few. Each Community Living has it’s own board of governance, but the agencies all work together with the common goal of supporting people with disabilities and their families.

Before developmental services existed, people with disabilities lived in isolation. Family members of a child with a disability had zero resources and were fully responsible for supporting their child alone. In the 1950’s a movement began, as caregivers banned together to advocate for developmental support services for their children. Ever since, Community Living’s across Ontario and other developmental agencies work to build a better environment for people with disabilities. May is an opportunity for the province to celebrate inclusion and foster awareness for the full participation of people with disabilities within the community.

May 6 2021: Shine the Light on Community Living- In honour of Community Living Month, May 6th is Shine the Light; a day across Ontario where the province lights up blue and green for Community Living. People are encouraged to wear blue and green on this day to help build awareness for inclusion. Thank you to the buildings in London which participated: City of London, Sifton Properties, RBC Place London, Canada Life, London Hydro, and General Land-Systems Canada. We still have a way to go in building a diverse community, but with your help we can get there!

May 11th to June 1st: Policy Forum- Community Living Ontario’s annual Policy Forum is taking place across four weeks this May in conjunction with Community Living Month.

The sessions are as follows:

Session 1: Preparing for Reform (May 11, 4:00 p.m. Eastern); Session 2: Real Housing for People (May 18, 1:00 p.m. Eastern); Session 3: Amplifying Voice and Choice (May 25, 1:00 p.m. Eastern); and Session 4: Building Qualified Support Teams (June 1, 1:00 p.m. Eastern).

Learn more about each session and register here: bit.ly/clo-pf

The Policy Forum will be a prime opportunity to engage with the provincial government’s ongoing work on reform of the developmental services sector and acknowledge how far we have come.

May 27th: Here’s Michael Jaques– Join us on Thursday May 27th, 2021 for an evening with Michael Jaques, a public speaker and activist, who in 2018 wrote and self-published “Can’t Read, Can’t Write, Here’s My Book” using speech-to-text technology. In 2020 he released a children’s book that he coauthored with Heather Gale titled “I Belong: Can I Play?”

Click HERE to RSVP to this free event.

 May 31st: Community Living 50/50 Raffle- In honour of Community Living Month, our organization is hosting a 50/50 raffle. Fifty percent of the total proceeds will be awarded to the winning ticket holder, and the other fifty percent will go directly to Community Living London. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit: https://trellis.org/community-living-month-5050