Photo by:  Hugo Glendinning Working Towards an Inclusive & Equitable World for Persons with Disabilities (12/3/2016) - December 3rd marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This years theme highlights the importance of seeing the ability within disability. Avenues such as sport help foster this lens of focusing on strengths in order to create inclusive & equitable environments for all.
d1 Social Connectedness and Disability: the Importance of Creating Respectful Conversations between People (11/30/2016) - With more than 3 million Canadians living with disabilities, Michelle Woolfrey has started the conversation around disability rights & acceptance. She states in order to have equitable communities "This lack of communication needs to change, we need to talk about it."
intl-day-violence-against-women-jpg Orange the World in 16 Days: Stopping Violence Against Women and Girls (11/25/2016) - Today marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. November 25th is the first day of #OrangetheWorld, 16 days of activism to raise awareness of creating inclusive, equitable communities in which violence against women and girls does not exist.
isolated-man Roses in Concrete: Helping Isolated Boys and Men (11/17/2016) - Inspired by Tupac Shakur’s powerful poem, “The rose that grew from concrete”, Kim Samuel's latest Huffington Post article draws on the theme of the unsung hero. She suggests that as a society, we need to confront the archetypal notion that males must only struggle alone.
holding-hands International Day for Tolerance: The Pursuit of Acceptance and Understanding (11/16/2016) - November 16th marks the International Day for Tolerance. This day focuses upon fostering mutual understanding among cultures and people. However we must move beyond tolerance towards acceptance to continue to cultivate and support inclusive & connected communities.
Le Temps d'une Soupe ATSA Le Temps d’une Soupe: Using the Art of Conversation to Overcome Isolation (11/11/2016) - ATSA's mission is to use art as a tool to speak about issues important for the well-being of society. Their project Le Temps d'une Soupe in Montreal brought together roughly 200 pairs of strangers to experience a three course meal consisting of art and dialogue to combat social isolation.

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Ongoing Dialogue

Through ongoing effort, events and dialogue, this network continues its commitment to further ‎understanding of social isolation, to gain insight, and to confirm actions required to support and achieve social connectedness as a key to individual and community well-being.