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Sent: 04 October 2009 18:10
Subject: Reminder: On-Line Town Hall Meeting with Charles Beer October 22, 2009 and Other News
Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario
Reminder: On-Line Town Hall Meeting with Charles Beer October 22nd, and Other News
October 4, 2009

in this update...
AODA Consultation with Charles Beer
AODA News Updates
Career Opportunities Webinars
Scooter Research
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.

CWDO is proud to be Ontario's representative at the Council of Canadians with Disabilities since June, 2009.

AODA Consultation with Charles Beer
Time: 7 pm to 9 pm (Toronto time)
Place: IDEAL Auditorium 1 (Click here to connect)

Click here to register.

The provincial government has hired Charles Beer to do an independent review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).  The AODA calls for a review of itself every 5 years. 

We are asking for any of our members who care about the AODA and accessibility standards to log on for this meeting.  A good turnout will show that we care about this legislation, and do not want things to be slowed down or cancelled.

Our rights may be in the balance.

Our members who have been attending local meetings about the standards have told us that few people with disabilities are there.  That means the loudest voices are those who do not want these standards.  If it matters to us, we need to get involved. This is a time to show our strength. 


To help us plan the meeting agenda, we have created a short survey to collect our members' questions and comments for    Mr. Beer.  Click here to access the survey.

You may be asked if you can raise your own questions and comments if you attend the online meeting.  But if you cannot come, we will still try to raise them on your behalf.

Your attendance is vital to achieving our goal to raise public
education and awareness about the social and physical barriers that prevent the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in Ontario. 

Your input right now is badly needed.  Please plan to attend and please do the short survey

AODA News Updates

The AODA Alliance has been vigilant in keeping accessibility high on the government's agenda.  They deserve our support.

To request their email updates, send an email to: 

Visit the AODA Alliance Website.
Career Opportunities for Students With Disabilities Webinars

COSD is pleased to provide online training opportunities to learn more about the issues surrounding career employment for college students and recent graduates with disabilities. 

N-the-Know is a series of seven one-hour live broadcast training sessions conducted by Alan Muir, Executive Director of COSD and Sarah Helm, Coordinator of the Disability Careers Office at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 

Each of the sessions provides in an in-depth view of an aspect of the career development of college students with disabilities. 

For career services and disability services professionals, N-the-Know will put you "In the Know" to assist these students to be competitive in the career search.

For further information:

Scooter Research

Researchers at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute are studying accessibility standards to determine the space needs to accommodate users of powered scooter devices.

The goal of this study is to get user feedback primarily on outdoor scooter safety and performance in the winter. This information will be added to the testing they have already completed to determine the space requirements for moving around while using a powered scooter. Their research will be used in the development of new accessibility guidelines for Ontario to meet the needs of the growing number of scooter users.
This research has been approved by the Research Ethics Board at Toronto Rehab. They ask that you please take a moment to complete the survey.

You are welcome to call them to simply fill it out. If the call is long distance, they can call you back to avoid long distance charges. To get a copy of the survey contact Pam Holliday at: or call 416-849-4340 x 217

TRI thanks you for your time.

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