Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario
Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario
Webinar Update
June 15, 2009
in this update...
Thursday's Webinar
Upcoming Webinars
Webinar Tutorials
Qs and As About Webinars
How to Participate
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.
Remember Thursday's Webinar
June 18 at 7:30 pm EDT, IDEAL Auditorium 1

Click here to access the IDEAL Conference Centre.

Wheel-Trans Tips and Tricks: Consumer advice for making the system work FOR you.

Presenter: Tracy Odell. 

Whether you are new to Toronto's Wheel-Trans or have been using the service for years, there will be a tip for you.  This consumer-led presentation will help you get the most out of the service with less aggravation. 

Click here to register for Wheel-Trans Tips and Tricks.

Upcoming Webinars 
Cell Phone Applications - June 26th, 7:30 pm EDT.

Presenter: Jeff Stark

What is a "smart phone" and can I use it? What applications of a cell phone best suit my needs? If my service provider does not have the phone I need, can I purchase it and use it anyway? Do cell phones work with my disability? Can I use "video relay" with any cell phone and any service provider? Presenter Jeff Stark will answer these questions, and many more. For more details, go to the Technology Resource Committee website, and click on update on our activities

Click here to register for the Cell Phone webinar.


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July - The UN Convention

: Dr. Marcia Rioux and colleagues from York University's Critical Disability Studies Master's and Doctoral programs

A webinar about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. What is good, bad and unfortunate about the UN Convention? Will it make a difference in my life? Why is it important to ratify the Convention?

August - DRPI

Presenters: Dr. Marcia Rioux and colleagues from York University's Critical Disability Studies Master's and Doctoral programs

Disability Rights Promotion International (DRPI) is a collaborative project working to establish a monitoring system to address disability discrimination globally. D.R.P.I. has adopted a holistic approach to disability rights monitoring, with three focus areas: individual experiences monitoring, systemic monitoring and media monitoring.  Find out more about this work and how you can get involved.

August - What First Time Students with Disabilities going to University or College Should Know.

Presenter: Melissa Graham, CWDO Board Member and Advocate
What First Time Students with Disabilities going to University or College Should Know: The do's.  The don'ts. The tricks discovered and developed by students with disabilities currently attending Ontario universities. Learn how to make the best of university from students who have been there and done that. 

September - Re-Framing Service Issues as Human Rights Issues

: Dr. Marcia Rioux and colleagues from York University's Critical Disability Studies Master's and Doctoral programs

This webinar will explain the importance of using human rights as a framework for promoting change.  All too often, our concerns get treated as mere "service" issues, vulnerable to being dismissed.  A human rights perspective can strengthen arguments for action and lead to sweeping, systemic change. 

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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' 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".

Questions and Answers about Webinars  

Are Webinars Accessible?

The IDEAL Conference Centre is accessible for people with disabilities, including those using JAWS.  Captioning and other supports can be provided for those who pre-register.  It's meant for everyone.

Please indicate the accommodations needed when you register for the webinar and let us know if your plans change and you will not be attending.  This will help us cancel services we do not need, and stretch our dollars to offer accommodation at other webinars where it is needed.

Do I need to buy special software?

There is a free application you need to download from the IDEAL website link provided.  It should be freshly downloaded each time you use it.  This makes sure you have the latest, updated version.

Do I need to have a microphone to use it?

No.  If you do not have a microphone or if you cannot speak clearly, you can participate by typing your messages.  Everyone has access to typed messages in either visual or audio format (or both!) These are built-in accessibility features.

What is a webinar like?

First you go to our IDEAL link.  Download the plug-in and enter using "Option 1" if you can.  Mac users will need Option 2, as will those with incompatible systems.

Once you sign on and enter the Auditorium, you are basically in a chat room with a white board.

You will hear the host speaking and will see the names of others who are in the room.  Once the presentation begins, you will hear the speaker and see their powerpoint presentation (if he or she is using one).  If you entered using "option 2", you will NOT be able to see the powerpoint.  Our presenters are always reminded to read out what is on the powerpoint as they go through their presentations. 

If you require captioning and let us know ahead of time through the registration process, you will have a link to the captioning service's website.  You will have the option to overlay the captioning box on a corner of the chat room or tile the chat room with the captioning.

The conference room has many accessibility options available to accommodate participants who may be blind, have low vision or learning disabilities.

Some presenters like to have questions and discussion as they go along, and others prefer to wait until the end.  You will be able to ask questions verbally if you are using a microphone, or type your questions in the chat area.  It is an open forum, so everyone can access what is being asked.

Together we are stronger.

How to Participate  

Follow these easy steps:  
  1. Register for the Webinars you want to attend by clicking on the registration link provided.
  2. At the day/time of the event, go to the Ideal Conference Centre at  <> (We will send you a reminder if you registered.)
  3. Download the plug in following one of the options provided.
    Scroll down to Auditorium 1
  4. Enter the room by typing in your name and city or town
  5. Click "Log-in".  No password required.
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