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Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario

Citizens With Disabilities-Ontario (CWD-O) is dedicated to the full participation of all persons in the social, economic and political life of their communities. It actively supports and promotes the rights, freedoms and responsibilities of individuals to determine their own destinies. Key areas of activities are community development, social action, social development, referral, and member services. Its primary activity is to advocate on behalf of persons with disabilities and promote their personal participation in changing social and physical barriers that allow for full participation in the mainstream of society.

CWD-O is an "Associate Member of Canadian Council of Disabilities".

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Recent Updates

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Notice Of 2008 Annual General Meeting(AGM) And Elections

Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario (CWD-O) is holding its 2nd Annual General Meeting on Thursday, June 19, 2008 at 7:00 pm.

Nominations for board members are open until May 15, 2008.

Read more at
Notice Of 2008 Annual General Meeting(AGM) And Elections

Council Urged To Accommodate More Disabled

Tue, May 6, 2008
TAXIS: Industry split on issuing more licences for wheelchair-accessible cabs
By PATRICK MALONEY

London should double the number of wheelchair-accessible cabs on its roads to 17 -- but allowing any more could all but destroy the taxi industry, one company owner says.

Read more at: Council Urged To Accommodate More Disabled

Library Helps With Mental Health; Books, DVDs Places To Help Parents Deal With Kids' Problems

Parents with children experiencing mental health issues can now turn to the public library for support.

The Community Libraries Project, sponsored by the Algoma Family Services Foundation, is providing each library in Algoma with a set of 40 books and two DVD's that offer information and self-help strategies.

Read more at: Library Helps With Mental Health; Books, DVDs Places To Help Parents Deal With Kids' Problems

An Invitation To: Ontario Families To Respond And Participate

The Issue:

Thousands of Ontario Families are supporting an adult at home with a Developmental Disability. In May 2007, the Minister of Community and Social Services announced a $200M budget for Developmental Services. Out of that budget only $9M went to people with developmental disabilities and their families to hire support workers to enable their child to participation in community life. The remainder of the funding went to the "revitalization of traditional agency infrastructure and wages." The Minister promised a "transformation" of developmental services to enable people with developmental disabilities to live more meaningful lives of independence and citizenship. Pouring millions of dollars into the old system and then allowing the largest provider of support in this province 'the family' to reach a crisis will not accomplish 'transformation'.

Read more at: An Invitation To: Ontario Families To Respond And Participate

Press Release: Federal Court of Appeal Denies Airline Application to Overturn Historic Disability Transport Decision

May 7, 2008 For Immediate Release

The Federal Court of Appeal has denied Air Canada and Westjet's application for leave to appeal a historic decision of the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) that allows Canadians with disabilities to travel by air without having to pay for a second seat to accommodate their disabilities, whether for themselves or their attendant.

Read more at: Press Release: Federal Court of Appeal Denies Airline Application to Overturn Historic Disability Transport Decision

Deep Discounts Offered For One Week On Remaining Inventory

Boston, MA. May 6. DVS Home Video, a project begun by Boston public broadcaster WGBH in the early 90's to make movies on video accessible to the nation's blind and visually impaired viewers, will end as of May 12. The Hollywood studios have ceased manufacturing VHS or tape versions of films for sale and rental. WGBH's work to make media accessible via description goes on, with efforts focused on television, feature films in theaters, DVDs and online video.

Read more at: Deep Discounts Offered For One Week On Remaining Inventory

City Of Ottawa 'Essential Services' Refusing To Purchase Second Hand Medical Equipment!

One has to wonder how at a time when the City of Ottawa is claiming that they don't have money for some programs that they somehow have lots of money to spare to buy "new" medical equipment for persons with disabilities such as hospital beds, commodes, bath benches, mechanical lifts etcinstead of purchasing second hand equipment.

Read more at: City Of Ottawa 'Essential Services' Refusing To Purchase Second Hand Medical Equipment!

Schools Struggle To Keep Up With Need For Mental Health Services

Surging enrolment, more complicated cases strain resources available to troubled students

Tim Shufelt, The Ottawa Citizen
Published: Saturday, May 03, 2008

As enrolment in Canadian colleges and universities hovers around record levels, campus counsellors struggle to cope with a surge in students suffering from emotional distress, depression and mental illness.

Read more at: Schools Struggle To Keep Up With Need For Mental Health Services

Major Retailer Tests Robots For Blind Shoppers

By Evan Schuman 2005-05-15

Some visually impaired shoppers in Utah can already walk into one of the retail giant's stores and shop with an RFID-reading, voice-synthesized R2D2 wannabe. One large national retailer has started quietly testing a university-created robot designed to help visually impaired consumers navigate store aisles and find their desired products.

Read more at: Major Retailer Tests Robots For Blind Shoppers

Mentally Ill 'Overrepresented' In Canadian Jails: Report

Not clear how the relationship works, researchers say

Linda Nguyen , Canwest News Service
Published: Tuesday, April 29, 2008

OTTAWA - More than one in four Canadians hospitalized for mental illness have had brushes with the law, but researchers aren't sure whether mental illness breeds delinquency or whether jailing people makes them more prone to psychiatric problems, according to a report released Tuesday.

Read more at: Mentally Ill 'Overrepresented' In Canadian Jails: Report

Initiative To Promote 'Sound Young Minds'

SHUTTERSTOCK
Children who withdraw or misbehave in school may be suffering from undiagnosed mental disorders.
Week of events prompted by rising numbers of troubled students, waiting lists
Apr 29, 2008 04:30 AM
Andrea Gordon Family Issues Reporter

Every day in classrooms across the GTA, children are struggling with more than math equations and book reports. They may be anxious, sad or unable to pay attention. They may be schoolyard bullies. By high school, some distressed youth are cutting themselves, skipping classes or abusing drugs.

Read more at: Initiative To Promote 'Sound Young Minds'

Southeastern Ontario Celebrates Mental Health Week

For Release - April 28th, 2008

For the third year, local child and youth mental health providers are collaborating to recognize Mental Health Week, May 4th to 11th, and to raise awareness of the importance mental health plays and its impact on children, youth, families and our society.

Read more at: Southeastern Ontario Celebrates Mental Health Week

The Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario(CWD-O) Position Paper On Public Washroom Provisions For Incontinence

Individuals who experience periodic incontinence, experience significant problems when travelling; even to places as close as local events and malls. Travelling with their families across the province is virtually impossible; as accessible, individual or family, service centre washrooms do not contain large, private change tables. With a minor change in layout, however, these larger change tables could be located within the parameters of the existing washrooms.

Read more at: The Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario(CWD-O) Position Paper On Public Washroom Provisions For Incontinence

Universities Grapple With Providing Health Services, Protecting Privacy

Meagan Fitzpatrick, Canwest News Service
Published: Saturday, April 26, 2008

OTTAWA - Nadia Kajouji has been laid to rest but the debate that has emerged out of her death, an apparent suicide, will likely go on for some time as universities continue to grapple with the challenge of providing health services to students and protecting their privacy rights.

Read more at: Universities Grapple With Providing Health Services, Protecting Privacy

Ground-Breaking Study Follows BC Welfare Recipients For Two Years Reveals Welfare Rules and Rates Cause Disturbing Harm To Most Vulnerable

Posted on Wednesday, April 23 2008 by
N Say

(Vancouver) A ground-breaking study that for two years followed British Columbians living on welfare paints a disturbing picture of how people are forced to make ends meet under new welfare rules and low rates.

Read more at: Ground-Breaking Study Follows BC Welfare Recipients For Two Years Reveals Welfare Rules and Rates Cause Disturbing Harm To Most Vulnerable

Ghotit!

Spellcheckers have this inherent limitation. You usually have to be very, very close in order to get corrected spelling.

Now, I say this knowing absolutely that the spellchecker is perhaps the number one bit of "assistive technology" used in the world today - by "disabled" and "non-disabled" alike - unless we count things like automobiles and elevators, eyeglasses and stepstools, you understand, the things which can be used by students and workers without special permissions and special labels. Used the way teachers, for example, are allowed to use spellcheckers but students typically are not.

Read more at: Ghotit!

Toronto Accessible Sports Council-- Sports Series Launch

April 2008 marks the start of the 'Toronto Accessible Sports Council', a new initiative aimed at building access and equity through sport. The Toronto Accessible Sports Council (TASC) is recognized as one of six Community Sport Councils of the Toronto Sports Council. The vision of TASC is to unite disability organizations that provide sport and active living opportunities for people with physical disabilities to share resources, collaborate in program planning and delivery, and create a stronger unified voice to advocate for change and equity on behalf of athletes with a disability in Toronto.

Read more at: Toronto Accessible Sports Council-- Sports Series Launch

Ignorance Masquerades As Care

Apr 19, 2008 04:30 AM

Helen Henderson

Bobby Sarlina was about to leave for work, sipping hot chocolate, hurrying because she was running a little late. She is a social services case manager but she never made it to the office that day last November.

A drop of hot chocolate found its way into her lungs and, the next thing she knew, she was at Scarborough General Hospital.

Read more at: Ignorance Masquerades As Care

A World First: IDEAL WAY Ontario Poetry Contest Exclusively For Persons With Intellectual Disabilities

Toronto, ON -- April 7, 2008 -- IDEAL-WAY and its founder, ROBERT PIO HAJJAR, born with Down syndrome, are inviting the Ontario community to participate in a contest to recognize poets among persons with intellectual disabilities. Poems will be accepted on any subject, in any style, to a maximum of 200 words. Interested individuals can submit their poetry online at http://www.ideal-way.ca/ or by mailing their submission to IdealWay.ca.

Read more at: A World First: IDEAL WAY Ontario Poetry Contest Exclusively For Persons With Intellectual Disabilities

The Power Of Five

The local government Society of IT Management (Socitm)(http://www.socitm.gov.uk/socitm/) this week published a report on website accessibility which included a round-up of the five most common accessibility errors.

The society estimates that these five errors account for 76% of all website accessibility failures, and it asked Robin Christopherson, Head of Accessibility Services at the charity AbilityNet (http://www.abilitynet.org.uk/), to describe their impact. Robin is blind and uses the popular 'JAWS' screen reader software to access the web.

Read more at: The Power Of Five

$1 Million Federal Cash Helps People With Mental Health Issues Find Work

Posted By St. Catharines Standard

For another year, dozens of Niagarans with mental health issues will have help finding meaningful employment with a $1-million government grant.

The National Network for Mental Health, a nationwide organization based in St. Catharines, received annual funding for its BUILT (Building Up Individuals through Learning and Teamwork) Network, which links people with depression and other mental health issues with skills training and jobs. MP Rick Dykstra announced the $1,084,833 contribution Monday.

Read more at: $1 Million Federal Cash Helps People With Mental Health Issues Find Work

Short Hospital Stays Failing Schizophrenic Patients

Sonja Puzic, The Windsor Star
Published: Thursday, April 17, 2008

Canadian hospitals are recording high rates of readmissions for schizophrenia patients, suggesting that some of them are being released too quickly after the initial hospitalization.

A report released Thursday by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) found that nearly 40 per cent of schizophrenia patients discharged from a general hospital in Canada were readmitted for mental illness through emergency departments within a year. Between 2003 and 2005, one in eight schizophrenia patients -- or 12 per cent -- were readmitted to hospital within 30 days of their initial discharge.

Read more at: Short Hospital Stays Failing Schizophrenic Patients

Funding For Home Repairs Program In Thunder Bay

TORONTO, April 18 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario and the Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board (TBDSSAB) today celebrated increased funding for a program that will help up to 250 low-income households make urgent home repairs.

The Northern Home Repair Program helps homeowners make repairs to address home health and safety problems or modify their homes to meet the needs of household members with disabilities. $900,000 in funding was recently reallocated from home ownership funds into the $4 million program that is funded under the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program.

Read more at: Funding For Home Repairs Program In Thunder Bay

Personal Stories Tell Disability History

Out from Under' pays respect to Canada's disabled in stark words and photographs
Apr 16, 2008 04:30 AM
Helen Henderson

When she was 13, Sheila Essex was put on a bed that sounds straight out of Guantanamo Bay. With every breath she took, it tilted her from upright to upside-down and back.

Read more at: Personal Stories Tell Disability History

Ontario Service Centres Being Replaced - Let's make them Fully Accessible!

PleasedDirect to your Accessible Advisory Committee(AAC) members.

My Name is Claudette Meriano and I currently sit on the AAC of Chatham Kent.

I need a favour from you. As you are aware many adults with physical disabilities are incontinent. The problem that we face when travelling anywhere ( day trips, event centres, malls, attractions etc) is where to do personal care. Most handicapped restroom do not meet our needs. All that is required is a long counter in a private area. Unfortunately, washrooms do not have this simple solution and this prevents alot of persons with disabilities from travelling.

Read more at: Ontario Service Centres Being Replaced - Let's make them Fully Accessible!