Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario
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Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario
June 30, 2009
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Consultation on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with DIsabilites
Abilities Arts Festival - Call for Submissions and CWDO's Upcoming Webinars
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.
Federal Government Consultation on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with  Disabilities

The Convention is of great importance to us.

Citizens with Disabilities Ontario would like to encourage you to participate in the Federal government's online consultation process on the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The Convention is important for all Canadians because it marks a "paradigm shift" in attitudes and approaches to persons with disabilities The Convention emphasizes that all persons with all types of disabilities must enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms. It clarifies and qualifies how all categories of rights apply to persons with disabilities. It also identifies areas where adaptations have to be made for persons with disabilities to effectively exercise their rights, areas where their rights have been violated, and where protection of rights must be reinforced.

Canada signed the Convention in March 2007, meaning that Canada is currently required to respect the general object and purpose of the treaty. The Government of Canada is seeking the views of Canadians, and particularly of the disability community, in order to inform the decision on ratification. These views would also play an important role in informing any decisions that may be taken at the federal level to further implement the Convention.

Have your say! If you would like to participate in this online consultation, submit your views through CWDO, or you can submit them directly to the Federal government through their fully accessible Web site.

There you will also find information on how to send your response by email, regular mail, fax or phone.

All contributions must be received by the Office for Disability Issues by July 31, 2009, midnight, Eastern Daylight Time.

Feel free to link the consultation Web site to your own Web site and to share the link with others who may have an interest in taking part in this consultation.

Click here for more information
Click here to go directly to the consultation web site.

Please respond and help make Disability History!

CWDO would like to make transcripts of our Webinars available.  If you are able to help out on a volunteer basis, please let us know at

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A Celebration of Disability Arts and Culture
2009 dates have been announced...

Events include:

October 3rd, Urban Space Gallery, Toronto

October 8th & 10th, Innis Town Hall, Toronto

October 14th & 15th, Columbus Centre, Toronto

Call For Submissions

2009 "Projections" Film Forum

The Abilities Arts Festival is seeking works by filmmakers with disabilities that exemplify excellence, innovation and creativity in film.
Submission Deadline: July 1, 2009

The Children's and Youth Photography and Film Exhibit

Children and youth with disabilities are invited to create and send Abilities Arts their creative masterpieces for inclusion in the photography and film exhibit that will be on display both during and after the Children's celebration.

Submission Deadline: September 18, 2009

Check out the CALL FOR ENTRIES on the Abilities Arts Festival  website for details and submission forms at

Upcoming Webinars 

Getting to Know the Disability Movement

7:30 pm, Thursday, July 16, 2009 - corrected date!

Presenter: Christine Kelly

What is the political disability movement? This Webinar will overview some of the key features of the disability movement, including important historical events in Canada, the United States and abroad as well as review the underlying philosophies of Independent Living and the social model of disability. Click here to register for the Disability Movement.


- 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?  
Check our website for updated information on planned webinars.

To see what you've missed, and possibly for a second chance, click here to find our archived webinars.

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