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Sent: 15 November 2009 18:50
Subject: Members' Update: Current & Urgent at CWDO November 15, 2009
Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario
CWDO's Upcoming Events
November 15, 2009

in this update...
Follow Up to Town Hall Meeting with Charles Beer
Your Contributions are Needed
Upcoming Webinars
ODSP Medical Reviews - A Fact Sheet
Endorse the "Disability Declaration"
Need Help To Participate in CWDO Events?
Research about Disability and Online Dating
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.

Town Hall Meeting with Charles Beer
We had a great turn out to our Town Hall Meeting to discuss the AODA with Charles Beer on Thursday, October 22, 2009.

Members posed many questions, offered suggestions and shared what was working.

In preparation for the meeting, many of you completed a survey.  The survey will be shared with Charles Beer on December 1st, so there is still an opportunity to add your thoughts.

Please note that comments will be shared verbatim, but your name will be shared as initials only, with your city/town.  Your phone number and email address will not be shared.

Click here to access the survey.

 Your Contributions are Needed
CWDO does not charge any membership fees.  We have no staff, and all our activities are carried out by volunteer board members and individual CWDO members.  We have a small grant through HRSDC (federal government) to pay for accommodations for our webinars, such as ASL, intervenors and captioning.

We have grown to the point where we could use some paid, staffing support to do administration related to our activities. We need to raise our own funds to do this. 

Please consider funding CWDO.

CWDO is not a charity, so tax receipts can not be issued.

Time and talent are valuable contributions, too!  Please get involved with one of our committees.  Details on committee activities can be found on our website.

Together we are stronger.
Upcoming Webinars 

  • Wednesday November 25th Disability Rights Promotion International (DRPI) with Steve Estey 
  • Sticks and Stones: Words about Words by Tracy Odell (date to be confirmed)

  • "Indexing, Capabilities, & Disability" by Chris Riddell (date to be confirmed)
  •  "Not Your Average Childhood" by Tracy Odell (date to be confirmed)
  • Thursday, December 10 - Council of Canadians with Disabilities
  • Wednesday December 16 - DRPI
  • Thursday, January 28, 2010 - TaxWise 
  • Healthy Eating by Christine Malone (date to be confirmed)

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

ODSP Medical Reviews


ODSP Medical Reviews are underway.  The Income Security Advocacy Centre developed a fact sheet to help answer questions and let you know your rights.  The fact sheet was written in October, 2009.

Click here to access the fact sheet.
Endorse the "Disability Declaration"
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:, 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.

Need Help To Participate in CWDO Events?

More interesting CWDO Webinars will be taking place over the next few months.  All Webinars will be held in the CWDO IDEAL Online Conferencing Center in Auditorium 1 at

You can register for these webinars and look up more information on our CWDO website at
Online help sessions are available to enable you to participate in these Webinars.

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:
I look forward to working with you to help make your participation in a CWDO Webinar a successful experience!
~ Pat Seed

Research about Disability and Online Dating
Natasha Saltes is a recent MA graduate in Critical Disability Studies.  She is currently recruiting participants for a qualitative study that she is conducting on disability and online dating. There is very little research on this particular topic - this is a unique opportunity to anonymously take part in an original study that will shed light on the experience of disability and online dating.

Below is the link to the online questionnaire and to the informed consent form, which provides additional information about the study. Please forward this email on to anyone you think would be interested.

If you have any questions or concerns about this study please send an email to

Best wishes,

Natasha Saltes
Department of Sociology
University of Cambridge

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