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September 9, 2010
Nominations and submissions for International Day of People with Disabilities accepted until the end of this month
The City of Toronto planning group for this year's International Day of People with Disabilities invites organizations to nominate people with disabilities as Unsung Heroes. To qualify, the nominee must be someone whose achievements, or whose contributions to the disability community or to a specific cause within the disability movement, have not been previously recognized.

Honouring Unsung Heroes is central to the City’s celebration of International Day of People with Disabilities. The Invitation to Poetry is another highlight of the event. Poets with disabilities are invited to submit their poems about any aspect of disability. Selected poems will be read at the event. Artists with disabilities will also have an opportunity to display their work during the day's event. To be selected for the Invitation to Art component of the event, artists must submit details about their original artwork.

September 30 is the nomination deadline for Unsung Heroes and the submission deadline for Invitation to Poetry and Invitation to Art.

Details and nomination forms are available at

An online video on the web page noted above shows what International Day of People with Disabilities means to participants, past recipients of the Unsung Heroes award, and the poets and artists.

The City of Toronto will join with community and business partners to observe and celebrate International Day of People with Disabilities on December 3 at Variety Village.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contact:
Paulos Ioannou, Employment and Social Services, 416-392-2433,



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