From: CWDO [members@cwdo.ccsend.com] on behalf of CWDO [membership@cwdo.org]
Sent: 11 October 2009 17:10
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Subject: Correction! CWDO's Upcoming Events October 11, 2009
Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario
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CWDO's Upcoming Events
October 11, 2009

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in this update...
REMINDER! Meeting with Charles Beer October 22, 7-9 pm
AODA News Updates
Webinar: Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning October 27, 10 am
Webinar: Disability Rights Promotion International (DRPI) October 28, 7-9 pm
Need Help To Participate in CWDO Events?
Endorse the "Disability Declaration"
Reminder: 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.

 
REMINDER! Meeting with Charles Beer
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Date: THURSDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 22, 2009
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. 

TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER.

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.

Captioning, ASL and intervenor accommodation is available upon request, thanks to funding from the Office for Disability Issues, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.  


AODA News Updates
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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.
Webinar: Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning

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Date: TUESDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 27, 2009
Time: 10:00 am to noon (Toronto time)
Place: IDEAL Auditorium 1 (Click here to connect

No one likes to think about the reasons for needing to plan for a will, trust, or estate, but it is important to consider how to do this well.  Will your plans be carried out according to your wishes?  Are there things you need to know ahead of time?  Unless you plan to live forever, this webinar will provide you with some very useful information.  Click here to register for Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning.

Brendon Pooran of pooranlaw is returning to provide this informative webinar.

Captioning, ASL and intervenor accommodation is available upon request, thanks to funding from the Office for Disability Issues, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. 
  

Webinar: Disability Rights Promotion International (DRPI)

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Date: WEDNESDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 28, 2009
Time: 7 pm to 9 pm (Toronto time)
Place: IDEAL Auditorium 1 (Click here to connect)  
Presenters: Dr. Paula Pinto, DRPI Canada, a post-doctoral scholar and Dr. Marcia Rioux 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.  Register for the DRPI Webinar.
Captioning, ASL and intervenor accommodation is available upon request, thanks to funding from the Office for Disability Issues, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.  


Need Help To Participate in CWDO Events?

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Hello!

A number of very interesting CWDO Webinars will be taking place, starting with the Town Hall meeting on October 22nd.  All Webinars will be held in the CWDO IDEAL Online Conferencing Center in Auditorium 1 at http://www.ideal-group.org/cwdo.

You can register for these webinars and look up more information on our CWDO website at http://www.cwdo.org.
 
Online help sessions are now available to enable you to participate in these Webinars. All online help sessions will be drop-in sessions so that I can individually assist you in preparing your computer to meet your needs and all help sessions will take place in Auditorium 1.
 
Here is a schedule of dates and times to choose from:

  • Tuesday October 13, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday October 14, from 10:00 am to noon
  • Thursday October 15 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Friday October 16, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
  • Saturday October 17, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
 
Please note, all times given are Eastern (Toronto) times. 

You can participate in the CWDO Webinars by speaking, (if you have a headset with attached microphone or external computer microphone and speakers). You can also participate in the Webinars by text messaging.
 
If you need step-by-step instructions for downloading the conferencing plug-in and to get into Auditorium 1 or have any other questions, please write to me, Pat Seed, at: pat.seed@tbaytel.net.
 
I look forward to working with you to help make your participation in a CWDO Webinar a successful experience!
 
~ Pat Seed


Endorse the "Disability Declaration"
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TheODSP Action Coalition is asking individuals and groups to endorse their Disability Declaration.

The Declaration sets out some of the rights that people with disabilities have, according to the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, and then states what changes the Ontario government needs to make to ODSP to fulfill those rights.

Although Canada has not yet ratified the Convention, the Coalition believes it is important for people with disabilities and organizations that work with them to use it in articulating how and why their needs must be met.

To endorse the Disability Declaration, please send a message indicating your support to the Coalition Co-chairs, Nancy Vander Plaats and Kyle Vose; by email: vanderpn@lao.on.ca, or by snail mail c/o Scarborough Community Legal Services; 695 Markahm Rd; Suite 9, Scarborough, ON M1H 2A5.

Please include your full name, address and organization (if any) on your message. If you have any questions contact Kyle at 647-885-9272, or Nancy at 416-438-7206.

Together we are stronger.
 


Reminder: Scooter Research
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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:

holliday.pam@torontorehab.on.ca or call 416-849-4340 x 217

TRI thanks you for your time.

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