Women with disabilities

Banner: Expanding the reach, empowering women with disabilities

COVID-19 Update: We continue to support women through the COVID-19 pandemic. Our team is taking appropriate measures recommended by government and international agencies to social distance and work entirely remotely. At this time, all program activities will be offered by video and/or phone.

Our first webinar titled “How stereotypes impact us & our relationship with others” will take place on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, from 2:30 to 4:00 pm. Please review the webinar flyer for more information and circulate it to women with disabilities in your community or network who may be interested in participating. The webinar flyer is available here in Word and PDF format. February 10 2021 Outreach Flyer (Word) and February 10 2021 Outreach Flyer (pdf)

Introduction to Expanding the Reach

Women with disabilities are encouraged to participate in all of the programs and services offered at Scarborough Women’s Centre. The Centre also provides an outreach program for women with disabilities called Expanding the Reach (ETR). The goals of this program are to:

  • Provide women with disabilities with access to educational workshops and webinars
  • Provide women with disabilities with opportunities to develop leadership skills and make positive changes in their lives and communities
  • Engage in ongoing learning about what is needed to develop programs and services that are inclusive and responsive to the needs of women with disabilities
  • Share our program learning with our agency networks and other committed stakeholders

In September 2020, we received funding from the Canadian Women’s Foundation, Rebuilding Lives grant program to facilitate a new three-year project that will address violence experienced by women with disabilities and support women with disabilities in rebuilding their lives. For more information about the program, see ETR Brochure December 2020

We will address violence experienced by women with disabilities through the following project activities:

  • Educational webinars and workshops for women with disabilities that will increase their awareness of topics such as: healthy and unhealthy relationships, self- care, safety planning, how to support someone who may be experiencing violence, and more
  • Skill-development opportunities that will build the capacity of women with disabilities to take on leadership roles throughout the project
  • Training sessions for service providers who are interested in making their workplaces more inclusive of women with disabilities who are at risk for experiencing violence
  • Tools and resources that can be used by women with disabilities and service providers during and once the project ends

Who can participate and how?

Women with disabilities are invited to participate in all of the project activities listed above. To participate, one must self-identify as having a disability, be at least 18 years of age, and register in advance.

The term disability covers a broad range and degree of conditions that may have been present from birth, caused by an accident, or developed over time.  As outlined by the Ontario Human Rights Commission, examples of disabilities may include:

  • Visible and non-visible disabilities (e.g., physical, learning, speech, mental health, and environmental sensitivities)
  • Episodic disabilities of which the effects come and go (e.g., arthritis)
  • Sensory disabilities (e.g., hearing and vision impairments)
  • People who are recovering from drug and alcohol addictions

Participation in all program activities is FREE and voluntary

What kind of accommodations are provided?

When hosted in person, the following accommodations are provided at ALL ETR program activities. Note: These accommodations are currently not available in our other programs and services:

  • Attendant care
  • Light refreshments
  • TTC tokens

When hosted virtually, the following accommodations are provided at ALL ETR program activities. Note: Please inquire about the availability of these accommodations, if required, when participating in our other programs and services.

  • PDF and word versions of webinar handouts that will be sent in electronic format and/or in larger print
  • The option to participate in project activities by phone or video
  • Real time captioning so long as funding is available

Why is this program needed?

According to Statistics Canada (2017), 24% of women live with a disability and this number is expected to increase as the population ages. Women with disabilities are also less likely to have access to education and employment opportunities. This means that women with disabilities are more likely to live in poverty and experience social isolation. The rate of violence in relationships is also two times higher for women with disabilities than women without disabilities.

Would you like to help us spread the word about this new project?

Please help us spread the word about this new project by circulating the attached project invitation to women with disabilities in your community or network who might be interested in participating and/or learning more. The project invitation is available here in Word and PDF format. Rebuilding Lives Project Invitation January 2021 (Word)  and Rebuilding Lives Project Invitation January 2021 (pdf)

Who do I contact for more information?

If you have questions or are interested in participating in the program, please contact Melissa at 416-439-7111 x 3 or program@scarboroughwomenscentre.ca

Who are our project partners?

This project is being done in collaboration with: Centennial College’s Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Inclusion, Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre, and East Scarborough Storefront.

Who are our project funders?

Thank you to the Canadian Women’s Foundation for supporting the empowerment of women with disabilities.  We are always interested in hearing about funders and donors who would like to support our work.

Where can I go for more information about disability issues?

Like us on Facebook! Visit https://www.facebook.com/expandingthereach

ETR logo with women's symbol

 

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