Welcome to Citizens with Disabilities - Ontario (CWDO)

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 a full member of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities.


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Register for our Town Hall on the AODA - Tuesday March 25 at 7:30 pm EDT

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) was last reviewed in 2010.


Since then, a new regulation has been added creating standards for information and communications; transportation; employment; the built environment, purchasing and kiosks (including point-of-sale devices).


Now the AODA is being reviewed again and CWDO is preparing its own response.


We want to hear from you! Please come to CWDO's online consultation for our members on Tuesday, March 25 at 7:30 pm EDT.


Please register today.


Don't forget to respond to our survey on the AODA.



Support The All Hands On Braille Camp - July 28th to August 1st, 2014

The All Hands on Braille Program introduces blind and low vision children to the beauty of braille through a one-week summer curriculum that is fun, creative and comprehensive. CWDO is working with Braille Literacy Canada, Citizens with Disabilities Ontario, The Alliance For The Equality Of Blind Canadians and CNIB to deliver this exciting new program. We need your help to get the word out, please share this information across your social networks. If you can donate, please consider doing so, even small donations like $5 or $10 help. 

 Kids will have a unique opportunity...Kids will have a unique opportunity to:

  • Be immersed in braille for a week
  • Be paired up with a mentor who also is blind
  • Recieve 1-on-1 intense braille instruction
  • Be introduced to peers with the same needs as they have
  • Have a year long interraction with their mentors in braille and related topics


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Walk N Roll 2013

The National Capital Sports Council of the Disabled (NCSCD) will be organizing a two week long National Capital Para Festival from Saturday September 28 to Saturday October 12 2013 at Ottawa locations still to be confirmed.


This festival will bring together Para sport clubs from within the National Capital region. Our goal is to bring a much deeper understanding and awareness of local Para related sports. Not only will we introduce Para sport clubs to the public but we will showcase these sports through actual games and practices.


The two week festival begins with ‘Walk and Wheel for Para Sports’ – an event involving sponsored individuals and teams who walk and wheel along a designated route through the Carleton University campus.


Funds raised from this event will be used to support NCSCD events and Para sport clubs in the region. The route leads into the exposition area where a range of exciting displays and exhibits will present the different Para sports and their clubs. Following this introductory day Para sport games and practices will be held throughout Ottawa.


More information

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OPWHL Wheelchair Hockey Athletes Gala

The OPWHL is hosting the first Awards Banquet & Gala to honour wheelchair hockey athletes in the Nation's Capital. The "Eric Jamieson Memorial Cup" will be presented to the championship team in addition to various individual player awards. There will be a silent auction and live entertainment.

Where: San Sala Marco, 215 Preston St.

When: June 23, 2013 - 5:30 pm

Attire: Semi-Formal

Please visit the OPWHL website at for additional details or call 613-225-9204.

Meet the CWDO Board of Directors

Members of CWDO voted in new board members, and confirmed others, at the AGM held on June 11th.  Please go to our Board Member Bios page to learn more about the interests and backgrounds of our 20 board members.




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NEW! Members Speak Out

Read and comment on our members' blogs:

  • Mobility Plus Left Me Minus Mobility - member Fiona Watson's blog documenting her struggle to be accommodated on specialized transit.
  • "We asked CWDO's President, Terry Green, to write a blog.  "Keep it brief" we said.  Being a lawyer, he wrote a brief instead.  So we worked with him a bit. (Everyone is trainable.)   Find out what's on Terry's mindthis week."
  • Jeffrey Stark's Blog "Jeffrey's Soapbox" covers topics of technology, accessibility, adaptive technology and disability.



CWDO welcomes blogs from members.  Contact us if you are interested in writing one.

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Worth Knowing...

  • CWDO became recognized as Ontario's representative on the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) in June, 2009.  We're honoured and proud to represent our members at this national table.
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