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Independent Living is the Key! (Posted On: Monday, September 21, 2009)

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Breaking Down Barriers Independent Living Resource Centre aims to promote independent living and raise $10,000 through the “Independent Living Challenge”; an eye opening fundraising campaign that will run from the beginning of September to December 3rd.  According to Executive Director Andrea Abbott-Kokosin, “The Independent Living Challenge will encourage people to experience what it’s like to have a disability.”

She adds, “Disabilities can be both visible and invisible. It’s our goal to serve all needs within the community:  physical, sensory, emotional, and intellectual. Through our unique Send Out Cards campaign, we’re asking people to take a little time out of their day to imagine what it would be like to have a physical or emotional disability and then perform an everyday task."

In addition to asking members of the community for a donation, people are invited to participate in “Through Other Eyes”; an event that will show able-bodied people what it can be like to live with a disability. The event will take place on December 3rd at the Collingwood Public Library and coincides with the United Nations Day of Persons with Disabilities. People will be designated a disability and asked to perform a variety of everyday tasks to gain an understanding of what Breaking Down Barriers Independent Living Resource consumers face every day.

Says Abbott-Kokosin, “We hope that people who have supported Breaking Down Barriers in the past will continue to give generously by making a donation, sponsoring a Through Other Eyes participant or attending any one of our annual events.” Breaking Down Barriers helps people with cross disabilities live independent lives.  Programs include peer support, sports programs and employment resource initiatives.

To make a donation you can download the form today or to learn more about how Breaking Down Barriers helps people with disabilities in the Georgian Triangle, please visit or call the office at 705-445-1543.


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