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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.


CWDO's Newsletters

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


IDEAL Conference


This is the place where it happens live!  Whether you are attending a committee meeting, hanging out in the Members’ Lounge or attending a webinar, you will do it through our virtual online Conference Centre.


Want to Share?

CWDO makes its virtual, on-line conference rooms available to groups for a monthly or hourly fee.  We offer reasonable rates for non-profit, charitable organizations with similar aims and values.


To inquire about renting a conference room email to Please write RENTAL in the subject line.

Updated August 1, 2016








CWDO Webinars

What Are Webinars?

A webinar is a seminar on the web.  CWDO has hosted and led dozens of webinars over the years.


On this page you will find a list of webinars, dates and times as they are confirmed.


Webinars are held on line, in our accessible on-line conference centre.



Presenters Welcome!

Interested in presenting a topic that you are knowledgeable and passionate about?  Let us know.  Email us at

CWDO will provide orientation training and support so your presentation will go smoothly, and be accessible to all our members.











Last updated in 2013



Advertise with Us

Advertise with Us!

CWDO has a variety of ways we can help you reach potential markets for your business.

  1. Advertisements on our website
  2. Dedicated sponsorship of specific events or projects
  3. Promoting your CWDO Member Discounts for your products and services

Contact us to advertise.



Recipient of CWDO's 2009 Partnership Award

CWDO is pleased to acknowledge the significant contribution made by the BMO Financial Group in support of webinars on Registered Disability Savings Plans.  This webinar will be presented again, live, on November 10 at 10 am EST.  For further information, go to our Planned Webinars page.

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    Laws and Standards

    Laws & Standards



    Accessibility Standards for Customer Service, Ontario Regulation 429/07

    This regulation is the first accessibility standard to be enacted under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Additional standards are expected to be passed into law related to Information and Communications, Employment, Transportation, and the Built Environment. For further information, go to




    Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005

    This is Ontario’s law requiring accessibility, through standards and sanctions, by the year 2025.




    Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001

    This is the original law requiring accessibility, primarily through planning.  This Act sets out requirements for the government and broader public sector.




    Ontario Human Rights Code, revised 1982

    This law requires that there be no discrimination on the basis of several protected grounds.  Disability is one of the protected grounds. Disability is broadly defined under the Code, and everyone inOntario is required to provide accommodation to the point of undue hardship.




    Ontario Human Rights Commission Policies

    This website of the Ontario Human Rights Commission includes several publications that help to interpret the Code with respect to disability.




    Disability-Related Policy Web Site

    This comprehensive website can link you to specific policies and laws that relate to your family, health, school, work, or general human rights.




    Position Papers


    Attendant Services

    Assisted Suicide

    Human Rights

    Ontario Budgets

    Updated August 1, 2016

    About Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario (CWDO)

    Our Vision

    Citizens With Disabilities – Ontario (CWDO), incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in May, 2005 is committed to the rights of all persons to participate fully in the civil, cultural, economic, political and social life of their communities. 


    Our Mission

    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 has a number of board members, located all across  Ontario. 

    How CWDO Operates

    CWDO’s first and most powerful way of connecting with our members all across Ontario is through this website. Members can contribute to CWDO’s position papers, presentations, research and advocacy work on our website.  Check out links wherever input is requested.

    CWDO organizes its work and priorities through a number of committees. A great deal of discussion takes place between meetings by email.  Committees are as active as their members. Committee meetings are held in virtual space on the IDEAL Conference Centre.  Our supporters make the IDEAL Conference Centre free for CWDO business.

    Our board of directors meets monthly, in the  IDEAL Conference Centre. The board is governed by CWDO’s bylaw and has established a Code of Ethics and Operating Protocols.

    Members’ Code of Ethics and Operating Protocols

    Our Bylaw

     The bylaw of the organization was approved at CWDO's 2016 Annual General  Meeting.  

    Annual General Meetings

    Citizens With Disabilities – Ontario (CWDO) hosted its 11th Annual General Meeting on June 14, 2016. 

    CWDO Accomplishment Reports

    Our accomplishments are listed in our Accomplishments Report provided at each Annual General Meeting.

    How We are Funded

    CWDO is currently a not-for-profit organization. We are in the process of applying for registered charitable status, as we are very active in educating politicians, governments at all levels, and the general public about what matters to our members.


    Membership is free.  However, some members contribute financially to CWDO, if they can. Join the growing list of organizations that are supporting the work of Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario.


    We received start-up funding through the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD). We are proud to be the Ontario representative at CCD, since June, 2009.


    Advertisers pay a fee for their promotion on our website. CWDO tries to ensure that our advertisers and/or their products and services exemplify CWDO’s mission. Please support our advertisers by visiting their links.  


    Volunteer board members and other supporters donate their time, talents and sometimes their cash to further CWDO’s goals. 


    Last Updated:  August 1, 2016