main image

Citizens With Disabilities Ontario (CWDO) is committed to the rights of all persons to participate fully in the civil, cultural, economic, political and social life of their communities.

CARC - Creative Arts

Chair:  Melissa Graham

Promoting People with Disabilities in the Arts

Under creative arts, we are working on these issues:

  1. Promoting Disabled Artists. We promote a variety of art including visual art, theater, dance, and many others. See news articles below.

  2. Developing a Database of Artists with Disabilities in Ontario.  Were looking to network with artists with disabilities across the province. If you would like to get involved, please contact the Chair.

  3. Peer Mentors to share ideas and support people with disabilities who want to access the arts.

Arts News

What is disability?  An International Call for Postcards

VSA arts invites your participation in a collaborative art project. They're taking a creative approach to investigate the different ways people interpret the same word: disability. The call is open to everyone around the world - people of different cultures, ethnicities, geographic locations, and abilities. You do not have to consider yourself an "artist" to participate.  Please contact Stephanie Moore, Director of Visual Arts, at<> to receive a shipment of printed calls for the project (available while supplies last).  Additional copies of the postcard and alternative formats are uploaded to the site: <>

The deadline for receipt of postcards is February 5, 2010.  VSA arts will curate an exhibition, both online and in Washington, D.C., to represent the submissions as part of the 2010 International VSA arts Festival held June 6 - 12, 2010.

Book Launch
Golden Reflections - My Master's Secrets, Told in First Person Canine by Vargus Yale (Story teller) with Michael Yale (Writer)

You need to know that Vargus (the author) is a "seeing-eye dog". Vargus led Mike through life for twelve years. Mike says he is simply the scribe for Vargus as we hear about his life from this remarkable dog's perspective.

The print book and audio disk are available directly from me, at a cost of $25 each.  Contact Mike Yale at (705) 789-1546 or write 3 Burrow Pit Lane, Huntsville, ON P1H 1X3.

GOLDEN REFLECTIONS IS ALSO AVAILABLE AS AN AUDIO BOOK (MP3) READ BY DON HARRON (CHARLIE FARQUHARSON), recorded and edited at the Millstream, Toronto, Canada by Paul Mills.

National Conference on Museum, Art Gallery Accessibility

What is accessibility? How do museums and galleries develop new audiences and adapt to a diverse population? This national conference will address new and innovative ways to make exhibitions, programs and spaces more accessible for all visitors.  Click here to register Click here for more information.


News Articles

Blind Photographers Use Gadgets to Realize Artistic Vision


With more member involvement, we could do more!


Our Committees always welcome new members who share CWDOs mission and values. We meet as needed, using the IDEAL online conferencing system.

To join this Committee and to find out the next meeting date, please contact the Committee Chair.   You must first be a member of CWDO to join a committee, and have the Chairs approval. 

If you are new, you will need to complete and send us a Membership Form.

Please review our IDEAL Conference instructions to find out how to participate on a Committee.


Updated November 8, 2009