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.


Meet CWDO's Board Members for 2014-15!

Here is a list of CWDO's Board Members for 2014-15 who were elected or re-confirmed at our Annual General Meeting on June 19, 2014.


Welcome to new board members Michele Gardner, Cher Monteleone and Sam Savona joining us for three-year terms!


  • Pat Seed, Chairperson (Thunder Bay)
  • Sousan Zaribaf, Vice-Chairperson (Scarborough)
  • Scott Allardyce, Secretary (Markham)
  • Tracy Odell, Treasurer (Scarborough)
  • John Szczygiel, Member-at-Large (Ottawa)
  • Michele Gardner, Member-at-Large (Toronto, NEW!)
  • Terrance Green (Ottawa)
  • Cher Monteleone (Thunder Bay, NEW!)
  • Line Nyangezi (Thunder Bay)
  • Christina Ranieri (Toronto)
  • Sam Savona (Toronto, NEW!)
  • Jeffrey Stark (Ottawa)

Read more about our board members on our Bios page.

2014 All Hands on Braille Camp - A success!

The All Hands on Braille Camp went on this summer, it was  a week-long summer camp dedicated to bringing the exciting world of braille to children 8-12 years old who are blind.


It was A fun, exciting and intense braille instruction.  We recieved positive feedback from all involved!


Thanks go out to all involved.


CRTC announces that Canadians who are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired will have access to a new telecommunications service

 – Ottawa – Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)


The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced April 22, 2014 that video relay service will be made available in Canada for users of American Sign Language (ASL) and Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ). When it launches, this free service will facilitate conversations between people who are Deaf, hard of hearing and speech impaired and other Canadians, and vice versa.

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Rose Centre Announcement

The Rose Centre is a charitable organization that focuses on positive representations of love, sex and disability. They recognize the multiple barriers to participation in love sex and relationships for disabled people and the lack of positive discussion around disability and sexuality. They also believe that sex and relationships can be fun and enjoyable for anyone.  The organization provides programming and events which support this mission and that are open and welcoming to everyone.  For more details and information, please visit the "Board of Directors" page of our website at 

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


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 Street, Ottawa.

When: June 23, 2013 - 5:30 pm

Attire: Semi-Formal

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

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.