General Information

Training Sessions for our Accessible, On-line Conferencing System

Training Sessions

If this is new to you, please come to one of our training sessions:

The Conference Training times will be as follows, all Eastern Daylight Time, (EDT)
 

  • April 19th, Sunday, 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • April 21, Tuesday, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • April 22, Wednesday, 7:00 pm - until 10:00 pm
  • April 23, Thursday, 7:00 pm - until 10:00 pm
  • April 25, Saturday, 11:00 am -1:00 pm
  • April 25, Saturday, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • April 26, Sunday,  2:00 pm until Webinar begins at 3:00 pm

How to join the Training Session:

  1. Go to http://www.ideal-group.org/cwdo  
  2. Scroll down to Auditorium 1 and click on it.
  3. If you are a first-time participant, click the "download" link.  Choose “Run” from the dialogue box that pops up.  After it loads, choose “Run” again.  
  4. Click “Finish” when a box pops up saying the conference room is ready.
  5. Choose Auditorium 1 again if necessary.
  6. For your User Name – enter your first and last name and location (for example, Pat Seed in Thunder Bay)
  7. For Password – just leave it blank.
  8. Click “Log on” and you will be in the conference room.

To speak as on a teleconference, use your computer microphone/headset.  If you do not have a microphone, you will need to type your comments in the text box (like IM applications).  You will be able to hear others speaking through your headset or your computer speakers.  There are sliding bars to adjust your microphone volume (how we will hear you) and speaker volume (how you will hear us).  These are in the lower right-hand area of the screen.

 

If you need alternate instructions (for vision or hearing impairment) please let Pat Seed know.  The site has a number of useful features built in that can be helpful if you know how to access them, such as a built-in text reader.  Pat can be reached by e-mail at pat.seed@tbaytel.net or by phoning (807) 473-0909.

How to Join Our Webinar

Here are the instructions for entering CWDO Accessible Conferencing Auditorium 1:
 
 
First time? Please log on 30 minutes ahead of time to allow time for troubleshooting.

  1. Go to Link: Auditorium 1.
  2. Choose "Click here to enter the room."
  3. Enter your name and location, for example, Pat Seed in Thunder Bay.
  4. Leave the password field blank.
  5. Launch the application.

Depending on whether you use a Mac, Android or PC, you may need some of the following information:

 
Note: CWDO Accessible Internet Conferencing is provided by Talking Communities.
The Help page for Windows PC, IDevices, and Android devices can be seen at: http://www.talkingcommunities.com/helpdesk/knowledgebase.php?  
 

Talking and Texting:
 
* In order to talk, press the control key and hold it down, begin to talk. When you are finished talking, continue to hold the control key down for a second, and then please let go of the control key so that others can talk.
 
Alternatively, you may have a (talk) button or can click on the microphone. You may need to release your talk button or microphone in order for others to talk.
 
(Only one person can talk at a time.)
 
 
* Using a headset is best. However, you can use a microphone and listen through your computer speakers.
 
 
Texting:
 
If you do not have a headset or microphone, or your headset or microphone seems not to be working, you may send text messages in the small space on the screen.
 
 
You can type your complete message on the screen, (the text wraps around), ending with the letters ga which means for others to (go ahead) and have their turn to speak or text. We will see the message and respond to you.
 
 
* Note: Please do not text while other people are speaking, and please do not speak while other people are texting.
 
 
We look forward to your participation.
 
 
Pat Seed
 
 

Pat Seed
Chairperson Citizens With Disabilities Ontario (CWDO)
Phone: (807) 473-0909

Email:
cwdo@tbaytel.net   

Website:

www.cwdo.org  

Do you have ideas to improve Wheel-Trans service?

Wheel-Trans is currently in the process of restructuring its service, based on the Toronto Auditor General's 2012 report, "Review of Wheel-Trans Services - Sustaining Level and Quality of Service Requires Changes to the Program."

 

Solomon Fagan, a local independent artist and human rights activist, is networking with other Wheel-Trans users interested in contributing to Wheel-Trans' restructuring. He is especially interested in Wheel-Trans users who have ideas for improving Wheel-Trans service.

 

One of his primary goals is to improve Wheel-Trans' eligibility process. He believes the mandatory eligibility interview locations may not be very accessible to applicants who use walkers, crutches, or canes.

 

At present there is significant distance from the drop and pick-up points to the actual rooms in which the mandatory eligibility interviews are held, as well as significant curb-side wait time for the return ride from the assessment locations. Solomon believes this can make attendance at these interviews painful and risky for applicants who are not yet in a wheelchair full time, and have limited endurance for standing and walking.

 

Therefore he is advocating for the following concrete changes to Wheel-Trans' assessment process:

  1. Better information regarding the conditions of these interview locations, so that applicants will at least know beforehand exactly how far they will be expected to walk and how long they will have to stand curbside in order to attend these assessments.
  2. At least one eligibility assessment location where there is ergonomic seating immediately at the drop and pick-up point, so applicants who use canes, crutches and walkers will not have to walk significant distances to get to the interview room, or stand curbside for a half an hour or more for the return ride. For some applicants it can be very difficult to walk even a few hundred feet, and can be painful and injurious to stand for an extended period even with a mobility device.
  3. Applicants who have fluctuating mobility (for example, due to arthritis or musculoskeletal disorders which can be effected by the weather and other factors) should automatically be informed of their right to reschedule missed interviews based on clear criteria outlined beforehand.
  4. The ability and right of applicants to make their own electronic record of the assessment interview, in the interest of objectivity and transparency.

If you share these concerns and think these changes would improve Wheel-Trans assessment process, or if you have ideas of your own or information you believe may be relevant, please contact Solomon at solomon.fagan@gmail.com.

 

The Auditor General's recommendation for changes to Wheel-Trans eligibility policy and Wheel-Trans' response begins on page 67 of the PDF for report.

CWDO Submission to the Independent Reviewer on the AODA, 2014

CWDO submitted recommendations to the Independent Reviewer on the AODA, 2014. We also enabled consultations to take place across Ontario using our online web conferencing system.  Following a survey of our members, CWDO made recommendations on municipal accessible advisory committees; AODA reporting and compliance mechanisms; suggested ways to strengthen the customer service. employment, information & communication and transportation standards. We recommended new standards in healthcare, education and elections. standard; and made recommendations regarding new legislation.  Thank you to all our members who contributed comments. A number of our recommendations found their way into the Independent Reviewer's report.