OCASI Webinar: Creating Inclusive Spaces for Immigrants and Refugees with In/Visible Disabilities

January 22, 2019 - 12:30pm to February 26, 2019 - 12:00pm
Online Event: 


OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants invites front-line staff to participate in: Creating Inclusive Spaces for Immigrants and Refugees with In/Visivle Disabilities: A Webinar Series for Front-Line Staff.

Moving to a new country presents many challenges and opportunities for newcomers. The settlement process can be especially challenging for newcomers with in/visible disabilities. Learning who newcomers with in/visible disabilities are, how to welcome and support them is something the settlement sector is becoming more aware of.

Facilitated By: 

  • Sarah Jama is a community organizer from Hamilton, Ontario. She is co-founder of the Disability Justice Network of Ontario (DJNO) and holds a Social Sciences degree from McMaster University. Her lived experiences have fostered interests and a passion for: community engagement, disability justice, and activism. 
  • Chavon Niles is a PhD Candidate (abd) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Chavon uses an anti-racist, anti-oppressive and intersectional lens in her position as the Senior Coordinator of the Accessibility Initiative at OCASI- Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants 

Webinar 1: Using an Anti-Racist Anti-Oppressive Framework 

  • Learn how an anti-racist anti-oppressive framework can lead to better service delivery

Date: January 22th, 2019
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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Webinar 2: Rethinking Disability

  • Learn more about the history of disability in a Canadian context
  • Understand how the social, cultural and community understandings of disability shape the experiences of newcomers with in/visible disabilities

Date: January 29th, 2019
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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Webinar 3: Know your Rights and Responsibilities

  • Learn about relevant legislations including the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code

Date: February 12th, 2019
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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Webinar 4: Learning About Barriers

  • Learn about the difficulties newcomers with in/visible disabilities experience accessing settlement and disability services

Date: February 19th, 2019 
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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Webinar 5: Good/Best Practices

  • Practical knowledge on how to support newcomers with in/visible disabilities at your agency

Date: February 26th, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

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NOTE: You have to register for each webinar separately. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining each of the webinars.

Technical guidelines:

  • Please be prepared with a headset and mic for the best participation options (or you will be limited to using 'chat' for questions and comments).
  • Please test your equipment Before the webinar because it is quite difficult to resolve technical issues during the presentation.
  • For optimum participation we recommend using a high speed internet cable connection (NOT Wifi) for stable access.
  • Please turn off or move hands-free communication equipment (ie. cellphone, hands-free landline, laptop with mic) away from the computer you will be using for the webinar. We have found that other equipment nearby sometimes causes audio interference.

For more information please contact Chavon Niles, Senior Coordinator of the Accessibility Initiative at cniles@ocasi.org