$1-million Investment in barrier-free education

Tomorrow we celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities and its goal to build a more inclusive and equitable world.
 
We proudly recognize TD Bank Group as an important partner of Toronto Rehab in advancing this mandate.  Recently, TD Bank announced a new visionary $1-million investment in the TD Graduate Scholarships for People with Disabilities at Toronto Rehab.
 
“Through this scholarship, Toronto Rehab and TD Bank are sending a very powerful message that students with disabilities can make a valuable contribution to research,” says TD Scholar Anita Kaiser. “They are also saying that individuals with disabilities have an important role to play in society.” 
 
TD helped found the scholarships in 2005 to support graduate students who often encounter financial barriers due in part to the high cost of adaptive aids, technologies and resources needed to enable their studies. To date, 41 scholarships, training and special awards have been granted. Graduates have gone on to work in healthcare, academia and the private sector as consultants, clinicians and research associates.

Part of TD’s incredible new $1 million investment will help establish a permanent endowment to generate ongoing support to ensure this program continues indefinitely.
 
“TD shares Toronto Rehab’s deeply-rooted values of diversity, accessibility and inclusion and is focused on creating and promoting an inclusive culture for people with disabilities,” said Matt Fowler, Vice President, TD Bank Group. “Establishing the TD Graduate Scholarship for People with Disabilities at Toronto Rehab was a strategic investment in harnessing the potential and promise of exceptional students and researchers.”
 
Attendees at Toronto Rehab’s 12th annual Research Day were touched and grateful when TD Bank announced their continued investment in this life-changing program. Some held up poster boards that described what their TD Scholarships have helped make possible:
 
“I am preventing falls in the elderly! “ (Ivan Solano)
 
“I am inventing new assistive technology!” (Jirapat Likitlersuang)
 
“I am improving the lives of people with Spinal Cord Injury!” (Anita Kaiser)
 
Toronto Rehab is a uniquely cohesive research institute because of the enthusiasm and dedication of its trainees, scientists, and staff.  Award winners exemplify the Institute's values of caring, innovation, integrity, and teamwork.
 
“TD’s investment is building a solid foundation for innovation that will raise our global impact to new heights,” said Cindy Yelle, President & CEO, Toronto Rehab Foundation. “Thank you to TD Bank for Making Incredible Happen!”
 
You can join TD Bank Group in helping open doors to careers in rehabilitation research for top graduate students and empowering them to become world-class scientists. For more information, please contact Arlene Manankil-Boyce at 416-597-3422 ext. 3545 or arlene.boyce@uhn.ca.
 
Learn more about Research Day at UHN News 
 
In Photo (left-right): Ivan Solano, TD Scholar (2012-15); Jirapat Likitlersuang, TD Scholar (2014-15); Matt Fowler, Vice President, TD Bank Group; Dr. Geoff Fernie, Director, Research Institute, Toronto Rehab; Dr. Susan Jaglal, Associate Academic Director of Research, Toronto Rehab; Cindy Yelle, President & CEO, Toronto Rehab Foundation; Anita Kaiser, TD Scholar (2006-07 & 2015); Photo credit: Barry Westhead