City Councillor Adam Vaughan to speak at Nathan Phillips Square on October 4th, 2012 at the 9th Annual Simply People Disability Celebration in Toronto

TORONTO—The 9th Annual Simply People Disability Celebration in Toronto, will take place at Nathan Phillips Square on October 4th, 2012 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM. This free outdoor event is open for all to attend (rain or shine). Hundreds of people will gather at the square and there will be live performances and guest speakers on stage. A variety of organizations will be present with display tables to share information about products, promotions and services that can benefit people with disabilities and their allies.

This year’s on stage entertainment will include Humorist/Singer Libby Thaw, Singer Joel Martin, Musician Mike Nagoda and for the third year in a row the band Symphony of Nine. “We’re so honoured once again, to be part of ‘Simply People’ this year. As Torontonians, this festival represents the culture of acceptance and understanding that this city is known for,” says Scott Dion Brown, lead singer of Symphony of Nine.

There will also be a number of guest speakers throughout the evening including City Councillor Adam Vaughan (Chair of the Toronto Disability Issues Committee), Lorene Bodiam (Advocate for People with Disabilities for the City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division), Jeff Noble (founder of FASDforever), Nicole Flynn (Ability Advocate), Rabia Khedr (Diversity Consultant and Advocate) and Nisha Batra (one of the Planning Committee members).

“Our vision is to bring as many people together to celebrate our lives and identities in an inclusive environment of positive synergies and attitudes of being proud,” says Uzma Khan, a founder of this annual event.

This event is brought to you by Canada-Wide Accessibility for Post-Secondary Students (CANWAPSS) and friends of CANWAPSS, including Accessible Media Inc. (a key leading sponsor for this year’s event), Variety Village, Easter Seals Canada (Access 2 Entertainment) and LinkUp Employment Services.

ASL interpretation, attendant care and transcription services will be available onsite.

For more information about this event or to contact the Planning Committee, please visit www.disabilitycelebration.ca, send an email to info@disabilitycelebration.ca or call 416-730-1800.