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Citizens With Disabilities – Ontario (CWDO) is committed to the rights of all persons to participate fully in the civil, cultural, economic, political and social life of their communities.

Archived Webinars

If you missed any of these webinars, you missed out on some amazing information and opportunities to interact with the presenters.  But take heart! We are working on uploading recordings of the presentations.  The presentations that are available are listed below with links.  The rest will be posted as soon as possible. 

Depending on your computer configurations, internet speed, etc. you may find that presentations are out of synch with the slide shows.  We are looking into other formats (e.g. CD) for making these available.

Captioning can be arranged for those attending live.  Transcripts in html and text formats are available for most webinars.  If you need an alternate format, please let us know at

  • Webinar - Raising Your Voice - Making the Best of our Democratic Process - Hosted by CWDO Chairperson Terrance Green, this webinar has representatives from different levels of government telling us what they need to know before they can take any action. You will learn when it is best to talk to a staff person of your politician and how to know when you need to talk directly to your politicians. You will learn what you need to bring with you and how to make the best use of the time a politician or their staff can spend with you.  Guest included: Bob Chiarelli, MPP Ottawa West-Nepean; John Fraser,  Assistant to the Rt. Hon. Dalton McGuinty, Premier, MPP Ottawa South; Maria McRae, Councillor, City of Ottawa, River Ward.  Originally aired May 11, 2010.
  • Webinar - Healthy Lifestyle Series: Integrating Exercise into a Busy Life - Too busy to exercise? Not enough energy to exercise? This webinar explores the many reasons we do not incorporate exercise into our daily lives and the many benefits to maximizing exercise. Learn tips and tricks for easily incorporating exercise at work and at home into our daily lives. Originally presented by Melanie Seed on March 31, 2010. 
  • Webinar - Healthy Lifestyle Series: Meal Planning for Vegetarians - Whether you are strictly a vegetarian or simply trying to increase the number of meatless meals in your menu, this webinar is for you. Learn the fundamental concepts needed to create healthy, balanced meatless meals. Find out what nutrients need special attention in a vegetarian diet. Register for Meal Planning for Vegetarians. Originally presented by Andrea Bartels on March 30, 2010. 
  • Webinar - Healthy Lifestyle Series: Vitamins - Science has identified more than 17 essential vitamins that work in synergy with minerals to build, maintain, cleanse and restore the human body on a regular basis. Learn about the water-soluble and the fat-soluble vitamins, their functions, benefits, as well as best food sources and optimal intake ranges. No vitamin can do the job of another. Special emphasis will be placed on the vitamins most commonly deficient in Canadians and how to replenish them through diet and supplementation. Register for Vitamins. Originally presented by Andrea Bartels on March 25, 2010. 
  • Webinar - Healthy Lifestyle Series: Minerals - The human body requires more than 20 mineral nutrients in order to build, maintain and restore itself at a healthy rate. During this seminar, learn about the primary functions and benefits of these essential minerals, as well as their food sources and optimal intake ranges. No mineral can do the job of another! Special emphasis will be placed on the most commonly deficient mineral nutrients and how to replenish them through diet and supplementation.  Originally presented by Andrea Bartels on March 23, 2010. 
  • Webinar - Consumer Attendant Support Services Protection Act - Attendant support services allow persons with disabilities to live and participate in their communities. This proposed legislation, if passed, would: 1. Create a Consumer Advocate Office; 2. Establish a new Governance Structure for Service Provider Boards; 3. Address Consumers’ Long Waiting Times for Attendant Services; and 4. Provide for a Dispute Resolution Process. CWDO is supporting Scott’s effort to introduce the legislation. We believe we have a right to have a say in how services are delivered to us. Come and be part of a live, democratic process! Register for Consumer Attendant Support Services Protection Act.  Originally presented by Scott Allardyce on March 21, 2010. 
  • Webinar - Healthy Lifestyle Series: Detoxification for Health - We live in a more toxic environment than ever before and we continue to bombard our systems with toxins from the products we use to clean our homes, the cosmetics we put on our skin, etc. Learn how the body detoxifies itself and how we can reduce our exposure and aid our body to detoxify more efficiently. Originally presented by Melanie Seed on March 17, 2010.
  • Webinar - Healthy Lifestyle Series: Sleep Solutions - Does your bed-mate snore? Do you have restless legs? Are you waking up at 3 a.m. and can't get back to sleep? Find out how certain foods and supplementary nutrients affect the quality of your sleep and how to plan your meals and snacks accordingly. Originally presented by Andrea Bartels on March 16, 2010. 
  • Webinar - Healthy Lifestyle Series: Good Fats, Bad Fats - Are you cooking with olive oil? If you are, please attend this webinar! Learn what fats and oils are safe for cooking and why other ones should never be in your frying pan. This webinar will identify and explain the healthful uses of the beneficial fats found in foods as well as the dangers associated with processed, heated fats. Originally presented by Andrea Bartels on March 14, 2010. 
  • Webinar - If you don't protect your rights - you can lose them: Why I launched my charter challenge - Donna Jodhan will walk us through some of her experiences in trying to access Canadian Government websites seeking employment. Her trials and tribulations moved the Government to improve accessibility, but is there a right to access information and communications? After hearing Donna Jodhan's recap of the barriers she faced, the reasons for the Constitutional question to protect the right, and the remedies being sought - you will be in a position to determine if such matters constitute rights and if such rights can and should be protected. Originally presented by Donna Jodhan on March 14, 2010.
  • Webinar - Mad People's History and Preserving our Past: What's in it for You? - This amazing webinar will examine how madness has been expressed and interpreted in modern history. The focus will be on the need to interpret and preserve our diverse history from the perspectives of people who have lived this history, to challenge and change discriminatory attitudes toward people who have experienced madness, past and present. Geoffrey Reaume is a renowned Historian and the recipient of York University's 2010 Faculty of Graduate Studies Teaching Award.  Originally presented by Presenter: Geoffrey Reaume, Professor, Critical Disability Studies, York University on March 12, 2010.
  • Webinar - Healthy Lifestyle Webinar Series: Mood Food, Brain Food & Stress Busters: Review of foods to support brain function, mood and to combat stress - Do you find your work suffering because of lack of focus and concentration? Do you have trouble remembering work related tasks? Are you irritated, anxious and stressed at work? This webinar will explore these issues with a review of foods that support mood, brain function and help to combat stress. Originally presented by Melanie Seed on March 9, 2010. 
  • Webinar - Healthy Lifestyle Webinar Series: Let's Go Shopping - Do you find yourself confused or maybe frustrated in the grocery store? Learn how to make simple and healthy cost-effective choices to reduce your time spent shopping. This is a webinar for anyone who wants to make their shopping experience easier for you and your family. Learn how to read and interpret labels, and how to make healthier substitutions with the foods you love. This webinar is also an introduction into the Health food section of your grocery store. Originally presented by Melanie Seed on March 7, 2010. 
  • Webinar - Healthy Lifestyle Series: Nutrition and Breast Health - Diet can influence the risk of benign breast cysts as well as breast cancer in both women and men. During this webinar, learn what dietary habits put you at risk and how to support healthy hormone levels through dietary strategies. Originally presented by Andrea Bartels on March 4, 2010. 
  • Webinar - What Can Persons With a Disability Expect from Museums and Art Galleries? - The presenter, John Rae is a lover of visiting places of historic interest and has traveled extensively. He is blind and is the 1st Vice President of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians. This webinar includes an overview from a cross disability perspective.  Originally presented on March 2, 2010. 
  • Webinar - Healthy Lifestyle Webinar Series: A Guide to Food Court Eating - How can you control your weight, feel good and eat healthfully when you don't have time to make lunch and the only option is the local food court? This webinar is designed to help you learn some simple tricks to healthy food court eating. This webinar will also examine how the food you eat plays a role in many degenerative diseases, and what you can do now to lower your risk, even if you are dining out and eating on the go. Originally presented by Melanie Seed on February 28, 2010. 
  • Webinar - C.A.R.T. Captioning (Communication Access Realtime Translation) - Presented by Accurate RealTme Captioning and CWDO.  Do you have trouble participating in meetings or other events because of hearing loss or learning disability? Do you want to know how to make your events more accessible?  If so, this webinar will provide valuable information for you.   Using IDEAL’s Accessible Online Conferencing, we will show you how you can have access to documents, PowerPoint, audio, text chat, and CART text captions, all at the same time!  Observe how CART works and how it can benefit you.  Originally presented on February 25, 2010. 
  • Webinar - Healthy Lifestyle Webinar Series: Do I Need a Supplement? - Have you ever gone into your local health food store or drug store and been completely overwhelmed with the shelves upon shelves of supplements? If so, this is the webinar for you. This webinar is designed to help you make the informed choice when choosing a supplement. It will explore important questions, such as: Do I need a supplement? What supplement is right for me and how do I choose the right one? Originally presented by Melanie Seed on February 24, 2010.
  • Webinar - Healthy Lifestyle Webinar Series: Experience a "Cold"-Free Winter: Building a Stronger Immune System - Do you find yourself suffering from a cold or flu more than what you would like? Does it seem like you catch anything and everything that is going around? Learn how to build a stronger immune system so you can help to minimize how often you get sick, and for how long. This webinar discusses the importance of a healthy immune system, and how to make it stronger using food as a tool.
    Originally presented by Melanie Seed on February 23, 2010.   
  • Webinar - Healthy Lifestyle Webinar Series: Increase Your Energy - Avoiding the 7 most common dietary pitfalls that lead to fatigue may help you gain the vibrant energy you are looking for. Learn what dietary strategies you can employ to increase your energy levels. Find out how your immune status and liver health can affect your energy levels so that diet can be used to support them. Originally presented by Andrea Bartels on Thursday, February 11, 2010. 
  • Webinar - Healthy Lifestyle Webinar Series: The Road Map for Success - Would you like to have more energy? Lose weight? Stuck in a rut? Or maybe you just want to optimize your health and vitality. Melanie Seed offers a personal and comprehensive look at building an optimal lifestyle. It explores the foundation of nutrition and offers tips on how to create your own healthy lifestyle. This is a great introductory webinar as it will help find that starting point in your life. February 2, 2010.  
  • Webinar - TaxWise - Are you aware of all your tax benefits? Are you paying too much tax? Have you missed out on a benefit available to persons with disabilities? Not sure whether or not to claim something? Join in to this informative session and learn what you need to know to pay the taxes you should while claiming all the benefits you are entitled to.   January 28, 2010.
    (approximately 1 hour, 39 minutes)
  • Webinar - Not Your Average Childhood: Lived Experience of Children with Physical Disabilities Raised in Bloorview Hospital, Home & School 1960 - 1989. Tracy Odell will present the results of a research study undertaken to illuminate the experience of institutionalization from the perspective of children with disabilities. This is an opportunity to delve into a seldom explored and even less often discussed area of experience and scholarly research. December 7, 2009 (approximately 1 hour, 20 minutes)
  • Webinar - Sticks and Stones: Words about Words about Disability, presented by Tracy Odell.  The childish rhyme, "sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me," rings false in the world of disability where language is loaded with assumptions and stereotypes entrenched in literature, media, art and history.  Join Tracy for a discussion about words and how they can limit or unveil possibilities. Evaluate Sticks and Stones. November 30, 2009 (approximately 1 hour, 40 minutes)
  • Webinar - Registered Disability Savings Plans by Brendon Pooran, pooranlaw. It is the time of year to consider whether to open an RDSP or how much to add to an existing one.  Find out from the expert on RDSPs what they are, what they are not, and how they work.  New and updated. November 10, 2009 (approximately 90 minutes)
  • Webinar: Disability Rights Promotion International (DRPI). This webinar was co-presented by Dr. Paula Pinto, DRPI Canada, who is 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 all around the world. 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.  This webinar was attended by participants all over the world.  Find out more about this work and how you can get involved.  October 28, 2009 (1 hour, 43 minutes)


  • Webinar - Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning presented by Brendon Pooran of pooranlaw.  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. October 27, 2009 (50 minutes) Access an unedited transcript in html or text.


  • CWDO's Town Hall Meeting with Charles Beer about the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).  CWDO members talked with Charles Beer, who has been hired to conduct the first 5-year review of the AODA.  October 22, 2009 (1 hour, 53 minutes)


  • Webinar - What’s That?: An opportunity to think about imagery and perceptions of disability presented by Samantha Walsh, PhD student, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, University of Toronto.  This lecture outlines how media images inform, shape and re-affirm perceptions of disability and shows the links between these images and how they inform disability’s place within economical, social, and governmental infrastructures (within Canada and Ontario). A must for disability rights activists, those interested in disability and media, or anyone who’s ever wondered “What’s that?”  September 29, 2009  (53 minutes)  Access an unedited transcript in html or text.

  • Webinar - Multi-method Communication: Incorporating Persons with Intellectual Disabilities in the Decision Making Process presented by Christopher Longtin, MA, Sociology, Carleton University.  To best include individuals with intellectual dis/abilities in decision-making, we must rethink how the decision making process occurs and the communication methods it engages. The presenter reviews this process and, through the example of visual communication methods, suggests a number of ways decision-making might be diversified and more inclusionary. The presentation is grounded in the researchers past research on relationships between intellectual disability and gender and current research on how best to include persons with intellectual disabilities in research as co-researchers.  September 22, 2009 (55 minutes) Access an unedited transcript in html or text.

  • Webinar - Puzzling Alliances: Advocacy Work and the Politics of Representing Autism, presented by Anne Mcguire, PhD Candidate, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, University of Toronto. This presentation charts the development and cultural significance of a marked change in how autism is being represented by mainstream advocacy groups – organizations are shifting away from representing autism as a disability (with subsequent claims to access and accommodation), instead representing it as a disease that requires treatment and/or cure. September 15, 2009 (1 hour, 2 minutes) Access an unedited transcript in html or text.

  • Webinar - Life in Post Secondary School – Tips for Students with Disabilities, presented by Melissa Graham, CWDO Board Member and Advocate. This webinar will give you some tips on making your transition to post-secondary school as smooth and accessible as possible.  August 18, 2009 (40 minutes) Access an unedited transcript in html or text.

  • Webinar - Getting to Know the Disability Movement, presented by CWDO Executive Board Member, Christine Kelly.  This Webinar provides an overview of some of the key features of the disability movement, including important historical events in Canada, the United States and abroad as well as review the underlying philosophies of Independent Living and the social model of disability. Evaluate the Disability Movement Webinar. July 16, 2009 (58 minutes)

  • Webinar - Accessible Cell Phones.  This in-depth webinar was presented by Jeff Stark, a virtuoso of accessible technology.  It covers accessibility features available on cell phones and today's "smart phones" that are useful (and face it, pretty neat!) for persons with mobility, hearing, and vision disabilities.  Many features also happen to very convenient for non-disabled people. Evaluate the Cell Phone Webinar.  June 26, 2009 (3 hours, 2 minutes) 

  • Webinar - Wheel-Trans Tips and Tricks: Consumer advice for making the system work FOR you presented by Tracy Odell. Whether you are new to Toronto's Wheel-Trans or have been using the service for years, there will be a tip for you. This consumer-led presentation will help you get the most out of the service with less aggravation. Evaluate the Wheel-Trans Webinar. June 18, 2009 (1 hour, 7 minutes)

  • Webinar - What Did I Say? Improving attendant services through effective communication.  This consumer-led Webinar was presented by Tracy Odell. It addresses strategies for improving communications. Brought to you by Access Apartments for Physically Disabled Adults in Toronto.   May 21, 2009 (30 minutes) 

  • Webinar - The proposed Accessibility Standards for Employment.  Stefanie Marinich-Lee, Vice-President of CWDO and a member of Ontario's Employment Standards Development Committee takes us through the proposed standard as she gathers members' input for a CWDO response.  May 7, 2009 (1 hour, 22 minutes)

  • Webinar - The ADA Amendment Act.  This webinar is presented by Linda Fitzpatrick, author educator and leading authority on disability. Her home base is New York City.  April 30, 2009 (1 hour, 35 minutes)

  • Webinar - The Context for the Development of Employment Standards.  This webinar is presented by John Rae, Chair of the Council of Blind Canadians and lifetime advocate for disability rights.  April 21, 2009 (1 hour, 14 minutes)

  • Webinar - Gateway to Breast Cancer Screening.  This Webinar was presented by Nancy Barry of the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT), and Linda Muraca of Mt. Sinai Hospital.  Brought to you by CILT. April 6, 2009 (52 minutes) 

  • Webinar - The new Registered Disability Savings Program.  This webinar is presented by Brendon Pooran, an associate of bakerlaw.  It is never too soon to think about how contributing to an RRSP will improve your tax situation.  How much better if it's a kind of RRSP that the government will contribute to! Find out what a Registered Disability Savings Program is, how someone qualifies, how much the government will chip in, and where you can sign up.  Brought to you by the BMO Financial Group, Recipient of CWDO's 2009 Partnership Award.  February 19, 2009 (1 hour, 25 minutes)

Last updated June 13, 2010