Since 2012, ILNS has hosted the Art of Disability Festival to showcase several talented artists with disabilities. The event highlights all aspects of the arts from fine art to performance art and everything in between. Over the years, the number of artists that participate in this festival has grown to include approximately 40 individuals. This event is a day of sharing, learning and celebrating the diverse talents in the community. Click here for details.
After over two decades, our Christmas Gala is still the most anticipated event of the year with more than a hundred and twenty individuals coming together to share the spirit of the season. During this holiday season many ILNS consumers will enjoy our Christmas Gala and Dance surrounded by family, peers, and advocates. This event includes a traditional three-course meal, the Lois Miller Tulip Award presentation, special addresses, and dancing to finish off the evening.
Independent Living Across Canada Day (ILACD)
On the first Monday in June, we celebrate Independent Living Across Canada Day (ILACD), through a variety of in person or virtual events. We come together to recognize the barriers that have been removed so persons with disabilities can live independently as well as the work that continues to be accomplished for Independent Living, accessibility and inclusion for all!
Fresh Eats Virtual Cooking
Whether it's through virtual Zoom sessions or special holiday edition recipes, we provide the know how and gift cards so you can learn to make affordable and healthy meals. Stay tuned for upcoming offerings of Fresh Eats!
See below for current information we receive from our partners, other organizations, and government agencies:
East Hants Family Resource Centre School Supplies Giveaway
The East Hants Family Resource Centre (EHFRC) will again be giving out FREE school supplies to anyone in the community who needs them. School supplies can be picked up at 224 Highway 214 on the following dates:
Monday, August 8th from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 16th from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
EHFRC is currently accepting donations of new, unused school supplies, gift cards or money. Any help is greatly appreciated.
For more information about the EHFRC visit them on Facebook or call them at (902) 883-4349
East Hants Community Rider
East Hants Community Rider has been steadily growing and has been working hard to keep the Community Rider as affordable as possible for its passengers. Due to the increased cost of fuel, maintenance and operating our service, we have made the difficult decision to increase our prices to the following rates:
- New minimum rate: $8 for trips under 10 km
- $0.80/km over 10 km
- $0.50/km deadhead (long distance travel charge)
- $20/hour driver wait fee
- $15 flat rate: Fall River/Enfield/Elmsdale to Halifax Stanfield International Airport
East Hants Community Rider is also pleased to announce the return of their Fare Assistance Program for low-income passengers! Passengers will be offered to apply for the subsidy if they identify as low income:
- An individual making less than $24,000 per year
- A family of 2 making a combined income of less than $30,877 per year
- A family of 3 making a combined income of less than $37,816 per year
- A family of 4 or more making a combined income of less than $43,666 per year
- Passengers will be eligible for one (1) day of subsidized transportation weekly to a monthly maximum of $300
For a full list of details, check out the information page on their website.
L.I.F.E Cape Breton
March of Dimes Canada is pleased to announce that their L.I.F.E (Learning Independence for Future Employment) program is coming to Sydney Mines, Cape Breton from August 22 to September 2. The program is offered for youth and young adults aged 15-30 who identify as having a disability.
The L.I.F.E. program is free to attend and helps youth and young adults with disabilities make the transition to greater independence by providing new skills and hands-on opportunities for growth and development. Workshops can be attended virtually or in person, and there will be afternoon programming within the community.
Disability Housing Survey
Through a public engagement process, housing has been identified as one of the top three areas of concern for people with disabilities in Canada. The Canadian Human Rights Commission is working together with the Federal Housing Advocate to create an online tool to receive submissions from the public on systemic housing issues and unmet housing needs across Canada.
Make a submission about your housing experiences so that the voices of people with disabilities can be amplified: www.housingchrc.ca/en/housing-submission
Additional information on the Monitoring Disability Rights website: https://www.chrc-ccdp.gc.ca/en/monitoring-the-rights-of-people-with-disabilities
The James McGregor Stewart Society Accessibility Act Review
The James McGregor Stewart Society has created its own survey which offers the chance to evaluate how the Accessibility Act has affected you personally. This survey asks similar questions to the Accessibility Act but also whether promises have been kept.
Visit the James McGregor Stewart Society Website here
Parks Accessibility Conference 2022
The University Health Network (UHN) is hosting a fully virtual and accessible Parks Accessibility Conference from August 23-25, 2022. Join these FREE virtual events to hear from researchers, organizations, and members of the community on how to make Canada's National Parks more accessible to people with disabilities. Closed captioning and ASL translators will be provided in both English and French.
To help foster an off-line connection and provide a multi-dimensional, multi-sensory experience they will be mailing out gift bags to the first 100 registrants within Canada (attendance and speakers will not be limited to Canada).
For more information and speaker applications visit parksaccessibilityconference.ca
March of Dimes Canada Community Programs
March of Dimes Canada provides a variety of programs and services for people with disabilities. The following is a list of programs offered here in Atlantic Canada. Our programs are supported through generous donations and grants and are free to attend. To find out more about any of the programs listed below, contact Brittany Jennings at 902-943-1841 or at email@example.com. Conductive Education Program - Offered for children and adults of any age with a neurological motor condition such as cerebral palsy, post-stroke, Parkinson's, MS, and acquired brain injury. These classes are movement and education based and provide strategies for participants to achieve their goals in all aspects of life. We have various classes offered weekly based on individual needs.
2. Virtual Exercise Classes - Our virtual exercise program is for anyone with mobility challenges. The program focuses on building balance, strength, stamina and flexibility through various exercises that are adapted for both seated and standing. It is recommended to have some independent movement for this program or to have support if needed. Virtual exercise is for ages 18 and up.
3. Perk - Perk is a social program for adults living with cognitive challenges such as Stroke survivors, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's, and acquired brain injury. Participants get to increase creativity and self-expression through a mixture of activities including memory and sensory work, word challenges, brainstorming, theatre games and more!
4. Connect and Share - Wouldn’t it be wonderful to regularly connect with someone who shares your interests? If you have a disability and are 18 years or older, you are eligible to be matched with a person who is volunteering their time because they enjoy meeting new people too. With physical distancing in place because of the pandemic, you will visit by phone or online.
5. Tech for Good - Do you need training and support on how to use your device's accessibility features? Our assistive technology program can provide education and support on what assistive technology and accessibility features are out there. We provide individualized support, recommendation and training on assistive technology, apps, software, and hardware for your mobile phone and tablet.
Job Opportunities at the CRA
The Canada Revenue Agency is currently seeking talented candidates who self-identify as Indigenous people, Visible Minorities, or Persons with Disabilities to fill positions at various management levels within the Atlantic region. This process is to create an inventory for current and future vacancies. As positions become available, candidates who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment. The CRA has created a ‘How to Apply’ video to aid in the application process, this can be viewed in either English or French.
To access these job opportunities click here, or at the following links:
A collection of media featuring ILNS and our consumers:
- August 15, 2021: Art festival showcases talent, skill of Nova Scotians with disabilities
- June 3, 2021: Mainstreet Cape Breton with Wendy Bergfeldt - Independent Living Across Canada Day
- August 31, 2020: 'They've really struggled during this pandemic': Persons with disabilities in N.S. face food insecurity
- July 21, 2020: Segment on News 95.7 about our RISE Program (click on the 12:30 segment and fast forward to 2:05)
- August 12, 2019: Festival for artists with disabilities moves to historic, accessible location
- August 9, 2019: Global News interview about the 2019 Art of Disability Festival
- August 4, 2019: Inclusion takes centre stage at Art of Disability Festival next weekend
- August 13, 2018: 'Art and accessibility go hand in hand' at Halifax festival
- August 11, 2018: Art of Disability Festival goes Sunday
- August 10, 2018: Art of Disability Festival highlights what creative people can do - not what they can't
- September 13, 2017 - The Sheldon MacLeod Show features Grace McNee (play at the 10 minute mark)
- August 6, 2017 - Going it alone: Cyclist peddling across Canada
- August 4, 2017 - Halifax caregiver bikes across Canada to honour a friend
- June 29, 2017 - Labour of Love