Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario (CWDO) actively promotes the rights, freedoms and responsibilitie
CWDO is proud to be a full member of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities.
CWDO is proud to be a full member of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities.
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.
- Donate with paypal through GoFundMe: http://t.co/O4PlmHrZJ7
- If you require a charitable reciept you can donate through the Alliance For The Equality Of Blind Canadians: AEBC Information On The Camp http://www.blindcanadians.ca/programs/braillecamp
- You can find out more information about the camp in this flyer for the All Hands On Braille Camp - http://blog.blackspheretech.com/files/All_Hands_On_Braille_Program.docx
- You can register for the camp here: http://www.cnib.ca/en/about/facility/Lake-Joseph/summer-camping/Pages/Br...
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
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.
See here for more info: https://sites.google.com/site/ncscd0/home
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
Please visit the OPWHL website at www.opwhl.com for additional details or call 613-225-9204.
CWDO will be holding its 7th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on June 17, 2013 beginning at 7:30 PM in Auditorium 1, IDEAL Online Conference Center.
At the AGM, we will provide a report on our accomplishments for the past year, review our annual financial report and elect directors.
All members are cordially invited. We hope you can attend! The AGM meeting package includes:
If you wish to be considered for a position on the board, please submit your Nomination Form and e-mail it to CWDO at the e-mail address provided on the form.
On May 25th the Ottawa Odyssey Boccia Club will be hosting a Regionals event at the Ottawa Rehabilitation Center in the gym (505 Smyth Rd). This event is one of two in Ontario that will be used as a Provincial Qualifier for Provincials which will be held here in Ottawa in July.
Boccia is similar to Bocce Ball and lawn curling, though it has been adapted for athletes with Cerebral Palsy (and other disabilities) and is a Paralympic sport. If you want a bit more information on the sport:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boccia
We are looking for about 4-5 volunteers for this event. We need volunteers for time-keeping, updating the scoreboards, some set-up and helping to ensure that all athletes are on court at the appropriate time. The volunteers would be needed from approximately 8-5 pm on Saturday. Lunch will be provided. I understand that this is a big commitment, but it will be a great learning opportunity about the sport of boccia, and will also be a lot of fun :).
If you know of any HS students who need the volunteer hours for graduation (they would get about 10 hours for this event), or of any friends or family who might be interested , please feel free to pass this email on to them.
The Ottawa Odyssey Boccia Club
Carleton University would like to invite the media to attend the 25th anniversary of its Attendant Services Program, a special occasion to acknowledge and honour the Carleton Attendant Services community.
This program, unique in Canada, offers year-round assistance with activities associated with daily living, 24-hours a day, seven days a week, for students with physical disabilities. It continues to help build Carleton’s position nationally as an accessibility leader.
For more info and to register please look here < http://www1.carleton.ca/pmc/as25/ >
Disability and Dignity-Enabling Home Environments: Key Messages from an Ontario Study.
This study investigated the adequacy of home environments as enabling or disabling places for adults with significant mobility disabilities living in Ontario. The results suggest that provincial policies and practices continue to focus narrowly on the basic physical needs of disabled people. Minimal consideration is given to how home environment is implicated in broader notions of citizenship, rights, dignity and social inclusion. The report outlines a framework of seven conditions for assessing the adequacy of home environments using social dignity as a guiding principle. A peer reviewed paper is also published in Social Science and Medicine: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22142787.
Enhancing Accessibility in Post-Secondary Education Institutions: A Guide for Disability Service Providers
This is a new, comprehensive guide on disability service provision and accommodations at colleges and universities in Canada. This Guide is now available on the NEADS website. You can locate the guide on their website in English at www.neads.ca/en/norc/eag/ and French at www.neads.ca/fr/norc/eag/.
to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the man in motion tour. Rick Hansen is going across Canada. Once again but this time he is inviting numerous individuals to run, walk or drive along side him. Mr. Hanson created a contest where individuals with disabilities would be a medal bearer. In order to win the grand prize participants would have to share stories of how they have made accessibility. More inclusive in their town or city or create a video. Visit the Rick Hansen website For more information on the tour and when the tour is coming to your community.
Disability Rights Promotion International is thrilled to announce that the book, Critical Perspectives on Human Rights and Disability Law, co-edited by Marcia Rioux, has recently been published.
This book examines the changing relationship between disability and the law, addressing the intersection of human rights principles, human rights law, domestic law and the experience of people with disabilities. Drawn from the global experience of scholars and activists in a number of jurisdictions and legal systems, the core human rights principles of dignity, equality and inclusion and participation are analyzed within a framework of critical disability legal scholarship. This book breaks new ground in its consideration of the way in which human rights principles can be applied in law and policy to achieve positive outcomes for people with disabilities.
Here is some exciting news that may spur some discussion. The McGuinty Government has given Ontarians the ability to apply for an official photo identification card at 21 Service Ontario locations across the province. This government ID card will make it easier for those aged 16 and above who do not have a driver’s license to open a bank account, make travel arrangements or perform other activities that require official ID.
To apply for this card you need to be an Ontario resident, and provide original identity documents with your legal name, date of birth and signature. It costs of 35$ it is valid for 5 years.
The 21 Service Ontario locations can be found here:
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.
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.
- Position Papers - CWDO's submission on the proposed amendments to the Election Act.
- Archived Webinars - Find out what you missed! You can access almost all webinars here.
- Planned Webinars - Find out about webinars CWDO is planning for the Winter/Spring.
- Technology news - YouTube is launching auto-captioning technology.
- Human Rights page - Canada ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on March 11, 2010. Find out why this is such a big deal.
- 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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