Submitted by Terrance Green on Mon, 03/14/2011 - 12:24

October 11th will be Election Day in Ontario.

“I believe that every Ontarian with a disability can and should participate fully in their community. After all, we are told that this is what Ontario stands for. It is written in the Ontario Human Rights Code (hyperlink to the Preamble)

“Recent changes to the Ontario Elections Act will make the voting process more accessible to people with a wide range of disabilities. CWDO was part of making these changes. (hyperlink to our submission).

“We have a real opportunity to educate politicians about what matters to citizens with disabilities in Ontario. Most elections are won or lost by a few percentage points. People with disabilities are 15.5% of Ontario's population. We have a lot of power. Are we ready and willing to use it?

• Do you know who will be running for office in your riding?
• Will you go to a candidates' debate to find out what they plan to do to improve accessibility?
• Can you get to your local polling station?
• Will you be able to vote privately and independently at that polling station?

“In preparing for the October 2011 Ontario election, find out about the candidates in your riding. Take the opportunity to inform them about the real life stories of being an Ontarian with a disability. Educate them about your reality. Find out what they believe in.

“Use the comment box below to tell us what you found out.