Citizens With Disabilities -
Ontario Members' UpdateMarch 31, 2009
Disabilities - Ontario (CWDO) actively promotes the
rights, freedoms and responsibilities of persons with
disabilities through community development, social action, and
member support and referral. Our primary activity is
public education and awareness about the social and physical
barriers that prevent the full inclusion of persons with
disabilities in Ontario.
| New on CWDO's
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~After April 1, we will have three committees on
Check them out through our Committees
link. Find out what they are doing and how you can get
involved. Our other committees will be on line in the
- Fundraising Committee
- Creative Arts & Recreation Committee
- Service Quality Committee
The Service Quality
Committee is meeting with MPP Sylvia Jones on March 31,
2009 to discuss the proposed legislation Attendant Care
Services Protection Act. We would like to hear your
views about this proposed legislation. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments, and
write ACT in the subject line.
Stay tuned for more
Visit often. Get
involved. Together we
|Membership Survey - $100
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~CWDO wants your input and we are even willing to reward
If you fill in our short survey we are
giving you the chance to win a prize of $100 in COLD, HARD,
CASH! In these economic times, every extra dollar
By filling in this survey you are helping CWDO
grow stronger and to provide services to people with
disabilities that are effective and relevant.
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- "Gateways to
Cancer Screening Project" April 6th, 1 p.m to 3.pm
Toronto time. Join Nancy Barry from the Centre for Independent
Living in Toronto and Linda Muraca from Toronto's Mount
Sinai Hospital, as they present their award winning
participatory action research on barriers to preventive
cancer screening treatments.
Click here to
register. Click here to learn
how to participate through the IDEAL conference
Learned from the Americans with Disabilities
More Webinars are
currently being planned:
proposed new Accessibility Standard for Employment in
- Series on
the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with
Attendant Services through Effective Communication -
Help shape this content by
emailing us at email@example.com and writing ATTENDANT in
the subject line.
tuned for more information and opportunities to
- Riding Wheel-Trans - Write us to share the tips &
tricks that make accessible transit work for you, and put WHEEL-TRANS in the
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Our nomination deadline for nominating Directors to the
board of CWDO has been extended to April 14, 2009.
2009-10, Directors will be appointed to fill vacancies. A
minimum of seven (7) three-year-terms will be filled this
Members may nominate individuals to the board of
CWDO. Self-nominations are also most welcome. Please visit our AGM page by
clicking this link.
Our online nomination
form can be accessed at http://fd8.formdesk.com/odell/cwdonomform.
CWDO members may attend our 3rd Annual General Meeting (AGM)
on June 11, 2009, starting at 7:00 pm EDT. in our virtual
space at the IDEAL Conference
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2009 Ontario Budget announced March 26th included a
recommendation put forward by CWDO.
leaving the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) for
employment will now receive health benefits indefinitely or until
employer health benefits become available. Before,
people could keep their benefits for only three months.
This new rule will help people on ODSP to enter the
workforce, knowing there is no longer a risk of losing
important health benefits.
Go to this link to
see the 2009 provincial budget.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Watch The "R"
Word, in Ontario only, April 5th 7 pm EST on OMNI
From the promotional poster: "They
have been called 'village idiots', 'imbeciles', 'fools',
'sub-humans' and 'retards'. They have been incarcerated
and abused in prisons and institutions. They have been
feared and misunderstood for centuries. They are people
with intellectual disabilities.
"Directed by Pierre
Tétrault, The 'R' Word
tells the stories of three generations of families and
individuals, their incredible stories of courage,
vulnerability and love. We come out of these stories
with a new understanding of the urgency to create conditions
where all people can maximize their potential without fear of
discrimination and dehumanization and how that process in turn
makes us all more fully human."