Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario
Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario
Members' Update
April 26, 2009
in this update...
AGM & Call for Nominations
Last Chance for $100 Prize
Upcoming Webinars
CDIS Annual Conference - Toronto
Classifieds - House for Sale
Classifieds - Help Wanted
Tutorial Schedule
Citizens With 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.
Notice of 2009 AGM and Call for Nominations

Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario (CWDO) hosts its 3rd Annual General Meeting on Thursday, June 11,2009 at 7:00 pm.
Nominations for the board of CWDO are open until May 9, 2009.

At the AGM, the Nominating Committee will propose a slate (list) of Directors representing various provincial ridings throughout Ontario, a cross-disability perspective, and diversity from within its membership.  For 2009-10, Directors will be appointed to fill vacancies. Seven (7) three-year-terms are open for nominations this year.

If you are a member, you may nominate yourself or someone else to be on the board. 
Questions? Email and write Nominations in the subject line.  Or call our voice line at 807-473-0909.


CWDO Membership Survey

CWDO wants your input and we are even willing to reward your feedback!

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 counts!

By filling in this survey you are helping CWDO grow stronger and to provide services to people with disabilities that are effective and relevant. Potential funders need to know our member profile and priorities as they make decisions about which causes to support.

We need to hear from you!  Please take 10-15 minutes to answer our on-line survey.  The prize winner will be announced at the Annual General Meeting on June 11, 2009.

Click here to answer our survey.

Upcoming Webinars
Confirmed Webinars

All Webinars are held in Auditorium 1, IDEAL Conference Centre.  Click here to access the IDEAL Conference Centre.
  • How Can We Make Our Ontario Employment Standards Stronger?  (7:30 pm, Thursday, April 30, 2009) Presenter: Linda Fitzpatrick.  Click here to register for Making Employment Standards Stronger. To check out your computer connection for the Webinar, go to Auditorium 1 early.  Pat Seed will be available on April 30th from 6 pm onward.

Pat Seed will be hosting tutorials every Monday evening, from 6 pm to 9 pm. in the Members' Lounge. At the tutorial, you can make sure your computer is compatible with our conference rooms, learn how the IDEAL conferencing system works, and trouble-shoot any problems you may have. 

Click here to enter the Members' Lounge. Then, sign in with your name and city/town (e.g. Pat Seed from Thunder Bay), and enter the word "members" as the password.

Planned Webinars

More Webinars are currently being planned:
  • Series on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • How to Use Accessibility Features Built in to Your Own Cell Phone
Stay tuned for more information and opportunities to register!
Critical Disability Studies Annual Conference

The Critical Disability Studies Graduate Students' Association, cordially invites CWDO members to their upcoming annual conference hosted by the Association on May 8th-9th, 2009 at York University, Toronto.

The Honourable David C. Onley, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario as well as Mr. John Rae, First Vice President of Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians, will give a keynote address on May 8th and 9th respectively.  Click here for an agenda for the conference.

All attendees and presenters are required to register for the event.   To
register, please send an email as soon as possible to and include  the following information:

    * Name and number of guests
    * Contact information
    * Request for billeting (if applicable) 
    * Dietary restrictions (if applicable)
    * Accessibility accommodations (if applicable)

 Please kindly extend this invitation to anyone who may be interested.

Wheelchair-Accessible House for Sale (Toronto)
Lovely, updated 3 bedroom brick bungalow with wheelchair access, private English Garden, interlock walkways & wrap-around deck. Fabulous bathroom & family/recreation room renovations. Nestled in the Terraview Community, minutes to 401. Email us for house details. Please write "house" in the subject line.

CWDO is growing!  That's good news.  However, until we can secure funding for staff, there are numerous "jobs" being managed by a small group of board members.  We really need you!

 We need assistance with the following:

  1. Web Page Updates - using Expression Web 2
  2. Membership Connections:
    • Replying to member applications
    • Linking new members to potential committees of interest
  3. Persuasive Writing - Helping to draft grant applications
  4. Marketing - Corresponding with potential advertisers and sponsors
If you are interested, write to us outlining your skills and time you have available. We could accomplish more with your help.

Together We Are Stronger.

Webinar Tutorials 

Want to join in?  Not sure what to do?

Pat Seed offers tutorials every Monday evening from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Come Pat's Tutorial and learn how easy it is to connect over our on-line conferencing system.  Pat Seed is our technical support person.  She will lead you step-by-step through everything you need to know to get started.

Through the IDEAL conferencing system, you can participate in live Webinars attend our Annual General Meeting, and get involved with CWDO committees.

It's easy!  And there is no cost to you for using our system.  All you need is your own computer, keyboard and speakers.  With a microphone headset, you can chat on-line, too.

Click to go to the Members's Lounge.  Download the plug-in and join Pat in the Member's Lounge at one of the times below.  As you enter the room, type in your name, city or town and the password "members".

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