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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