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New Vision Advocates Stay Connected at Home and Around the World
COVID-19 may stop the New Vision Advocates from meeting in person, but the group hasn’t slowed their work, and they continue to get together regularly, thanks to Zoom. Not only is the self-advocacy group continuing their outreach and advocacy they have also expanded their network to include groups from around the world!
At Community Living London (CLL), we pride ourselves in supporting people with disabilities through all stages of their life. We believe in everyone’s inherent value and work together, so they can fully participate in their community. This summer, Jocylyn, a young woman supported by CLL for many years, celebrated a milestone—she moved into her new home.
Support Aging in Place At Community Living London
Many people picture living their late adult life surrounded by loved ones, living in the comfort of their own home, and enjoying a leisurely routine. Community Living London has developed unique supports to accommodate people with disabilities in their late adulthood life, so that they can age comfortably in their home instead of moving into a long-term care facility.
A Special Thank You!
Inclusion was very important to Harry E Foster. “Red,” as he was also known, was instrumental in the formation and provision of funding for what is now known as the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) and Community Living Ontario (CLO).
David Hill: A Journey to Self Discovery
David Hill is well known at Community Living London as a member of our New Vision Advocates, for his involvement in Special Olympics, and as a member of Community Living London’s board of directors. David is also a proud graduate of Fanshawe College in London, where he earned his diploma in General Arts and Sciences. David has had an academic and professional journey that led him to CLL.
The Story of River Christie
“I believe that when you have a group of people collaborating together and all sharing ideas, then the nal product will be more dynamic than if one person was to complete the task alone,” he stated.
Accessibility Strategist Julie Sawchuk: Start with the End in Mind
Julie Sawchuk was a 41-year-old mother of two, wife, high school teacher and farmer of 10 acres near Blyth, ON when that moment happened to her. Just outside of Goderich she was struck from behind by a car while she was training for a triathlon. She was thrown 30 feet into the ditch where, on impact, she sustained multiple injuries including a t4 level spinal cord injury. The result was paralysis from the chest down, and a life changed forever.
The Story of Michael Bortolotto
Michael Bortolotto is an award-winning author, speaker, and entrepreneur. At 16-months-old, Michael was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, but since then he has graduated from university and gone on to deliver more than 6,000 presentations all over North America.
Cathy Stevens: Support Leads to Great Memories
Cathy Stevens is a vibrant and charming member of the community that we support. In the past, Cathy, although very independent, was hindered by some barriers in the community. However, with some assistance from support sta, Debra, she has a greater level of independence. This has resulted in Cathy enjoying more opportunities to experience places and activities that she is interested in.
From Mechanical Engineering to Social Services: John McVeigh: CLL Staff Member & Committee Volunteer
It started back in 1992. I was enrolled in Mechanical Engineering, and was fast becoming aware that I should NOT be enrolled in Mechanical Engineering.
Staying Together at a Distance
In response to the Coronavirus, on March 17th Community Living London closed all non-essential services, however the organization remains open and staff are still providing required support to people with disabilities in over 30 locations across the city. Direct Support Professionals have been working together creatively to ensure the people they support can stay active and have fun while practicing social distancing. Take a look at how people supported and our staff have been social distancing.
At Community Living London we believe that all people of any age have the right to be and feel fully included in their community.
“Community Living London supports families with different needs but they all have one thing in common; they are all looking for ways to keep their children engaged and a part of their community.” Michele Iacobelli, Leisure Nights Coordinator.
My Road to Independence- Alex’s Story
Hello, I am Alex. Just over a year ago, my family and I made some decisions and changes about how I would spend my day. When I first came to Ford Access, my staff utilized the resources of the Augmentative Communication room to set up a visual schedule for each day that I was here. This was a great help.
My life is ever changing!
CLL Changed Our Lives- Deborah’s Story
I remember that first day when the bus to CLL’s Scatcherd Children’s Centre arrived at our house to pick up Cathie. I had a lot of questions for the bus driver- What route are you taking? How long will it take? How many children will be on the bus? The bus driver suggested maybe I just get on the bus. So I immediately jumped on and accompanied Cathie to her first day at CLL’s preschool. For me, Cathie and our entire family, this would be the beginning of a lifetime relationship with Community Living London.
One Email Changed Our Lives Forever- Angela’s Story
When Ruby was a very little girl, we had the same visions of ballerinas, birthday parties and slumber parties that most new parents have when they bring a beautiful little girl into the world. By the time Ruby was 3 yrs. old our visions of tutus and squealing girls had turned into a reality of endless appointments, ABA, visual schedules and learning to speak in “first and then sentences”.
My Son Tiberius-One Man, One Family, A Lifetime of Supports- John’s Story
In September of 2011, I attended a bi-annual Planning Meeting to discuss ideas to make Tye’s life as rewarding as possible. The chair began the meeting with this statement, “John, I think that we may have a placement for Tiberius, in one of our group homes.” I was shocked. I have always worried about me dying before Tye.
Those Brown Eyes Changed My Life- Kay Wigle: Volunteer/Board Member
In my career, I have seen many amazing changes. The closure of institutions, the integration of people with disabilities in daycare and schools, the growth of community alternatives, full-time employment and the advocacy movement for people with disabilities. CLL has always been on the forefront of positive change. They are committed to advocate for change for all people with disabilities.