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Sent: 24 July 2009 21:20
Subject: Help CWDO Respond to the Government Consultation on the UN Convention
Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario
Help CWDO Respond to the Government Consultation on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
July 26, 2009 at 7 pm EDT, in IDEAL Room 10
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Help Shape CWDO's Response to the Federal Government Consultation on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilites
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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.

Help CWDO to weigh in on this important issue!

We will gather on-line, in our virtual conference room, to shape CWDO's response to the Federal Government's questionnaire on the UN Convention.  Ann Martindale, a CWDO Board Member, will lead the discussion.

All CWDO members are welcome to participate.

Sunday, July 26 at 7 pm EDT.

Click here to go the Online Conference areaAfter you download the application, sign in to Room 10  

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.

Members are also encouraged to submit a questionnaire as an individual, and to ask your networks to do the same.  You can respond directly to the Federal government through their fully accessible Web site at

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

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

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

Please respond and help make Disability History!

If you have never participated in one of our on-line sessions, you may be unsure about how it works or what to do.

Please contact Pat Seed at or call CWDO at 807-473-0909 and Pat will guide you through the process.

Or simply arrive early for extra help!

We hope you can join us!

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