Urgent Requests for Members from
With Disabilities - Ontario
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
The Convention is of
great importance to us.
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
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
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.
contributions must be received by the Office for
Disability Issues by July 31, 2009, midnight,
Eastern Daylight Time.
Click here for more information.
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 to go directly to the consultation web
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
Together we are stronger
ABILITIES ARTS FESTIVAL
A Celebration of
Disability Arts and Culture
dates have been announced...
October 3rd, Urban Space Gallery, Toronto
October 8th & 10th, Innis Town Hall,
CELEBRATION OF OUR CHILDREN AND YOUTH
October 14th & 15th, Columbus Centre, Toronto
Call For Submissions
"Projections" Film Forum
Abilities Arts Festival is seeking works by
filmmakers with disabilities that exemplify
excellence, innovation and creativity in film.
Submission Deadline: July 1, 2009
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
Submission Deadline: September 18, 2009
Check out the CALL FOR
ENTRIES on the Abilities Arts Festival website for
details and submission forms at
Getting to Know the
7:30 pm, Thursday,
July 16, 2009 -
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.
MORE WEBINARS BEING PLANNED
The UN Convention
Dr. Marcia Rioux and colleagues from
York University's Critical Disability Studies
Master's and Doctoral programs
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
Check our website for
updated information on planned webinars.
To see what you've missed, and possibly for a second
click here to find our archived webinars.