From: CWDO [members@cwdo.ccsend.com] on behalf of CWDO [membership@cwdo.org]
Sent: 18 October 2009 20:49
To: my-universe@rogers.com
Subject: Reminder: On-line, Town Hall Meeting with Charles Beer October 22, 2009
Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario
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REMINDER! Meeting with Charles Beer
October 22, 2009 at 7 pm

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in this update...
REMINDER! Meeting with Charles Beer October 22, 7-9 pm
Agenda
How to Participate
Webinar: Disability Rights Promotion International (DRPI) October 28, 7-9 pm
Need Help To Participate in CWDO Events?
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.  


AGENDA
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CWDO's On-line, Town Hall Members' Meeting with Charles Beer
October 22, 2009 - 7 to 9 pm
IDEAL Auditorium 1
AGENDA
 
 
 
1.     Introductory Remarks - Terry Green, Chairperson, CWDO
 
2.    Charles Beer's Remarks and Presentation
 
3.    Members' Questions
  • Government's Commitment to the AODA
  • Process
  • Timing 
  • Enforcement
  • The Future of the AODA
  • Customer Service
  • Employment
  • Built Environment
  • Information and Communications 
  • Need for another standard to address wait times for housing, attendant services, transportation and other services
 
4.    Open Comments

Protocol:
  1. WAIT until you are recognized by the Chair
  2. When recognized, speak as clearly as possible into your microphone if you have one, or, send your text comment. 
  3. NOTE: If texting, get your text ready ahead and WAIT until you are recognized by the Chair to press the ENTER key to send it
 
5.  Conclusion

How to Participate

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How to Participate

To join in, go to
http://www.ideal-group.org/cwdo/

Follow the steps to download the latest version of the free conference utility. 
  • Option 1 is for a PC.
  • Option 2 is for a MAC. 
After you finish downloading, scroll down until Auditorium 1 appears. 

Sign in with your name and city e.g. Pat Seed in Thunder Bay.

Leave the password area blank.

Click login and you are in!

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


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:

  • Monday night from 7:00 to 9:00 (October 19)
  • Tuesday morning from 10:00 to noon (October 20)
  • Wednesday afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 (October 21)
  • Thursday starting at 5:30 (October 22)

All in auditorium 1.
 
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


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