Ottawa Steering Committee
The Ottawa Chapter for the Canadian Muslims with Disabilities was created in July 2011. The Chapter currently consists of six Committee Board Members, including the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and two Members at large.
The Chapter has hosted several information sharing and networking events for its community focusing on various types of disabilities such as Autism, Learning Disability, Visual Impairment and Deaf/Hard of Hearing. Speakers were invited from mainstream organizations and the event provided an opportunity for attendees to provide feedback to the Chapter on how to help address gaps in existing services and the needs of people in the Muslim community (for example, the need for social support activities for Muslim families with children who have autism; the need for ASL Halaqa session for individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing, etc...).
Other events that the Chapter has hosted include the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and Eid Al Adha events. In addition, in December 2012, the Khutba Campaign was launched for all Masajids in the Ottawa area, consistent with the CAMD Annual Khutba campaign in December in Toronto, in order to promote awareness about accessibility and inclusiveness in the Muslim community.
The Chapter is currently moving forward with specific projects through the help of additional volunteers in order to address the feedback obtained from its information and networking sessions. Some examples of the projects include: ASL Halaqa, Drop In Nights activities and Social Outings for community members with disabilities.
Eid ul-Fitr Event
September 2, 2012 - We hosted our annual Eid ul-Fitr event at the Huntclub-Riverside Community centre which was attended by approximately 118 people, including various Imams from the Ottawa Community. The Ottawa Chapter gave a brief presentation about CAM-D and Sheikh Youssef Bareda gave a talk about Islam and Disability. The guests were then served catered food and socialized for the remainder of the afternoon. The event was sponsored by several organizations in the Ottawa community such as South Nepean Muslim Community, Islam Care and Muslim Association of Canada.
Ottawa CAM-D Presentation to South Nepean Muslim Community
November 24, 2012 - The sisters of CAM-D Ottawa delivered a presentation to the Sister's Halaqa group of the South Nepean Muslim Community. This event was held at the Walter Baker Centre and was attended by approximately 40 sisters. The presentation consisted of providing information about CAM-D and the Ottawa Chapter as well as recitation of corresponding verses (related to disability) from the Holy Qu'ran.
Ottawa launch of Annual Khutba Campaign
December 7, 2012 - The Ottawa Chapter in line with CAM-D launched its Annual Khutba Campaign in recognition of the December 3rd International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The Chapter requested approximately 20 Imams and Khatibs in the Ottawa area to dedicate their Friday Khutba to disability. The campaign was very successful.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities event
December 8, 2012 - We hosted a "Celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities" event. The event was held at the Hintonberg Community Centre and was attended by approximately 35 people. Highlights included talks by Mufti Rasheed Al-Qasmi regarding Islam and Disability as well as a general discussion by Imam Anwer Mallam regarding the importance of the work being conducted by CAM-D and the Ottawa Chapter. A light lunch was served and guests participated in a socializing and a productive feedback session.
Information sharing and Networking session for Deaf and Hard of Hearing community
March 10, 2013 - We hosted an information and networking session and light lunch for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community at the Heron Road Community Centre. Speakers included Brother Atif Kabeer as well as representatives from the Canadian Hearing Society. There were approximately 50 people who attended.
Meeting with volunteers to establish projects
May 5, 2013- The Ottawa Chapter held a meeting with potential volunteers to help with the launch of the following programs:
A lecture series from Imam Samy Metwally about the basics of Islam for the hard of hearing and Deaf community with a Question and Answer session
Drop in Nights Activity
An activity night for people with various types of disabilities who need high and low supervision
Organizing social outings (such as trips to museums, picnics, etc..) for individuals with disabilities and their families
One on one Support
To facilitate the correspondence between a client and a volunteer for any personal or specific service they might need
Actively reaching out to the mainstream and Islamic organizations about CAM-D's initiative to promote accessibility and inclusiveness of Muslims with disabilities
The meeting was attended by 7 individuals. The Chapter will work with the volunteers to move forward in planning for the above projects.