InformOntario 2015 Symposium "Healthy Information" was held this week in London hosted by the Healthline.ca Information Network - Wonderful opportunity for exchange with community information colleagues, health service providers, Community Care Access Centres, academics and Nora Young from the CBC. A message presented by our team was received clearly and with enthusiasm from our peers: "collaboration is central" to make sure services are equitable and accessible for everyone!
"Understanding Accessibility Features to Meet Housing Needs - A Guide for Real Estate Professionals & Home Seekers" is a checklist guide to help assess a home for the basic level of accessibility (VisitAbility) and additional accessibility features along the des
Another successful season with ConnectKW has come to an end with a bang! This year, the ConnectKW season started in October 2014 and ended at the end of March 2015. The ConnectKW team of the Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo held 175 no cost, one to one technology coaching sessions. There were more than 60 participants who came out to enjoy the coaching sessions.
For updates on various projects of the Social Planning Council of K-W and Community Information Centre of Waterloo Region, including updates on the VisitAble Housing Project, Connect KW Technology Training sessions and more, please download our April 2015 newsletter.
Disabilities and Human Rights Group has been meeting this winter and developed a checklist to assess customer service experience in local businesses, agencies and institutions. The main purpose of the checklist is to help everyone understand their rights according to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and to communicate more effectively about the good and not so good experiences while getting to the services they need.
Interested in a Civic Declaration created from the ground up with citizens and local leaders to create a community of shared opportunity for everyone? Join a discussion about decent work and decent income through supports geared to the needs of people at different life stages. The authors of the paper Creating Communities of Shared Opportunity across Ontario, Marvyn Novick and Peter Clutterbuck from the Social Planning Network of Ontario, are welcoming you to a dialogue about this inspiring proposal on May 1, 6pm-8pm at the Kitchener City Hall Routunda.
Spring is around the corner! With the celebration of Earth Month Events, the City of Kitchener has supported clean-ups that are now traditional activities in many neighbourhoods. Take a look at suggestions on how to bring neighbours together for environmental action in the March E-Neighbour and make your activity Green Neighbourhood Award worthy!
Toronto West Local Immigration Partnership has organized this February a half-day forum on "Supporting Effective Referrals". One of the topics was "Innovative referral models and promising practices" and our team showcased the multi-year project "Building Information Support to Ontario Newcomers (BLISON)" done in collaboration with InformOntario and the learning opportunities available to the information and the settlement sector in Ontario.
On February 26th, members of the Kitchener-Waterloo VisitAble Housing Task Force met with real estate agents from Kitchener Waterloo Association of Realtors (KWAR) to discuss the benefits of VisitAble Housing in Waterloo Region. Great discussion focused on the spectrum of accessible housing design, and how building more VisitAble homes could impact our community for the better. For more information on VisitAble Housing, visit www.waterlooregion.org/visitable.
Social Planning Council Kitchener-Waterloo has received transitional funding to maintain the Waterloo Region Community Information Database for the first half of 2015. This database is the foundation of our work and connects users to the resources and services in the community. For over 35 years, the Region has provided an annual grant to support our data management work, and this relationship will be changing later this year as the Region moves through a new request for proposal process. Read more about the work at the Social Planning Council and find new ways to connect, such as subscribing to our RSS news feed!