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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 - Recreation

Chair:  Melissa Graham

People with Disabilities in Recreation

We work on this area as opportunities arise. If you would like to be involved in our efforts to promote recreation for people with disabilities, please read the information below.



The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto announced new major accessibility initiatives, including the launch of Tactile Tours for visitors who are blind or have vision loss and a partnership with George Brown College’s School of Deaf and Deafblind Studies to provide ASL-English Interpreted Tours for visitors who are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing. (June 6, 2010)

  • Tactile Tours are the third Thursday of each month, 6 person limit
  • ASL Tours are the first Thursday of each month.

Support persons attend free.  The 45 to 60 minute tours are free with general Museum admission and must be reserved.  E-mail or call 416-586-5823 for more information.


In addition to Tactile and ASL-English Interpreted Tours, the ROM will provide relevant content and virtual tours on its website for people who may not be comfortable visiting the ROM and create print materials in Braille to enhance an independent experience for visitors who have vision loss. CWDO encourages other museums and art galleries to follow this example.


Travel Opportunities

Application Form in WORD format


Project Continuum is a collaborative project between the Ontario March of Dimes and Easter Seals Ontario. They are currently looking to meet with youth and young adults in the following cities for coffee and an informal chat about possible day trips:

They would like to take an hour of your time in the next two or three weeks and discuss with you what activities there are, how much they cost, and when you would like to do them. This phase of the project is client-led so make sure your voice is heard - come along.

If you wish to attend one of the meetings please call Chris Hellawell to say which of the above cities you will be coming to. If you can’t make a meeting, call Chris to state your interests, and Chris can inform you of what was discussed at your nearest group.

Contact information: Chris Hellawell, Project Co-ordinator, Easter Seals Ontario telephone 416-421-8778 extension 335 or call toll-free at 1-800-668-6252

Recreational Organizations

We believe in recreational opportunities for all that are integrated, inclusive and adapted as necessary.  Here are some recreational organizations that demonstrate this belief:

  • Abilities Arts Festival - a celebration of disability arts and culture
  • Adapted Scuba Association - Call (416) 534-2527 for information about adapted scuba diving
  • Canadian Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association
  • Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario is dedicated to providing people living with a disability the opportunity to learn about and enjoy sailing. DSAO is a non-profit charitable organization founded, organised and run by people with disabilities and is uniquely attuned to the needs and desires of its participants.
  • DriveAgain is dedicated to helping people with injuries, disabilities or driving challenges regain driving independence
  • Eaglewood Resort - a community oriented family resort that is fully wheelchair accessible
  • Freedom Trike n' Bike  If you are looking for a specialty trike they provide top of the line products from America's oldest bicycle manufacturer
  • Freedom’s Wings Canada provides people with disabilities the opportunity to fly. Their program strives to improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities by providing a physically and intellectually exciting and challenging introduction to flight.
  • Sea Wheels - dedicated to facilitating travel opportunities for persons with disabilities
  • Swimming/Natation Canada - global leaders in high performance swimming and development for both able-bodied swimmers and swimmers with a disability
  • World on Wheelz - specializing in accessible travel arrangements for wheelchair users, slow walkers, and Seniors with special needs

More Recreational Ideas

  • Local Libraries may have audio books, downloadable e-books, and e-books that can be read on line in a .pdf format.  Check with your local library to find out what is available in your community.
  • Local parks and recreation departments may have facilities and programs that are accessible and inclusive.  Check with your municipality to find out what is available in your community.

Access 2 Entertainment

Did you know?  If you have a disability and need a support person to enjoy leisure activities such as a visit to a movie theatre or museum, the Access 2 card will allow you to bring your support person for free (or a substantial discount.  You need to have a card and then show it to the ticket seller at the entrance.  It is accepted at most theatres across Canada, and more venues are coming soon.

Get the card and use it now at movie theatres across the country. Visit for more information and to apply for the card.

The Accessible Channel (TACtv)

The Accessible Channel offers "Descriptive Video".  No special equipment is required.

Descriptive Video is a process in which a narrator describes key visual elements of a movie, documentary or TV show that are not apparent if one relies on the original sound track alone. That narration is added to the sound track.  For vision–restricted and blind Canadians, it´s the equivalent of closed captioning, which long has been available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Click here for more information on TACtv.

Here is where you will find TACtv depending on your service provider:

* Bell TV – Channel 48
* Cogeco Ontario – Channel 555
* Cogeco Quebec – Channel 66
* Rogers – Channel 888
* SaskTel – Channel 554
* Shaw – Channel 888
* Star Choice – Channel 888
* Telus TV – Channel 55
* Videotron – Channel 27


Recreation News

Quadriplegic Reaches Geographic North Pole: A Historic First

With more member involvement, we could do more!

Our Committees always welcome new members who share CWDO’s 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 Chair’s 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 September 6, 2010