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.


AODA Transportation Standards Development – Options for Discussion

Sam Savona is on the CWDO board and is a member of the AODA Transportation Standards Development Committee. This committee has been asked to look at certain areas of this legislation to see if and how to improve it. At its last meeting they looked at three areas: Travel Training, Support Person Identification, and How to educate the public about the dimensions of a mobility device which will be able to fit in a conventional bus.



Sam is seeking input from CWDO members in preparation for the next meeting of the AODA Transportation Standards Development Committee. There will be at least one other opportunity for community input before the committee makes its recommendations to the government.



Have your say!  Please complete the survey.

CWDO's 11th Annual General Meeting

This is CWDO's Notice to Members of our 11th Annual General Meeting on Monday, June 20, 2016 at 7:00 p.m., EDT. The meeting will be held on-line, in our accessible conferencing system.


How to join the AGM


Meeting Materials:



Notice posted on (date)

Take Action on Safeguards for Vulnerable Persons in a New Regime of Physician-Assisted Suicide

A Vulnerable Persons Standard campaign has been launched in support of assisted dying safeguards that will protect vulnerable people from harm.  It is being endorsed by organizations across the country - including CWDO.

Endorse the Vulnerable Persons Standard


Write your member of Parliament to express your concerns:




Get Involved!

CWDO has developed a new, 5-year strategic plan. We need the active support of members like you to reach our goals.



Please read CWDO's strategic plan. Then respond to this survey to let us know how you'd like to be involved.



Together we are stronger.

CWDO's Submissions on Physician-Assisted Suicide

CWDO has been actively engaged in promoting safeguards for people with disabilities when new legislation permitting physician-assisted suicide becomes law in the new year.



Read our submission to the federal government's External Panel on Legislative Options in Response to Carter vs. Canada.



Read the results of CWDO's members' survey on physician-assisted suicide.



Read Bakerlaw's proposed legislation on physician-assisted suicide (Accessible PDF).

CWDO's Newsletters

CWDO has been offering a newsletter to over 1,000 subscribers since 2009. Please sign up!


CWDO writes letters on important issues

CWDO is writing letters to raise awareness and encourage positive change.

Read our letters. Share your thoughts.

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.

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.