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Please Support a Strong & Effective ODA






Individuals and organizations serving Durham Region have come together to
organize an Ontarians with Disabilities Act (ODA) Forum.

The Durham ODA Forum entitled "Breaking the Barriers" details:

  • date:          March 29, 2000
  • time:          7pm to 9pm
  • where:        in the HMS Ajax Room at the Ajax Community Centre,
  • address:     75 Centennial Road, Ajax

Organizing and sponsoring the event are:

  • the Region of Durham-Public Health,
  • Grandview Children's Centre,
  • Canadian Hearing Society,
  • CNIB,
  • The Easter Seal Society,
  • Bloorview MacMillan Centre,
  • Parents in Action for Challenged Kids,
  • Durham Family Registry,
  • Fairness for Durham Kids,
  • Durham District School Board,
  • Durham Separate School Board.

"Breaking the Barriers" will feature guest speaker David Lepofsky, Chair of the ODA, as well as panelists who will discuss barriers faced in their activities of daily living in their communities. The event will be moderated by David Onley, CITY-TV. Invitations are being extended to the three political parties as well as Durham MPP's.

"The purpose of the Forum", said spokesperson Larry O'Connor, a Regional Councillor and Chair of the Region's Health and Social Services Committee, "is to help educate the community about the barriers disabled people face everyday in their lives that prevent them from fully participating in all parts of society. These barriers lie in important areas such as education, recreation, housing, transportation, employment and health-care services. As a result, children and youth growing up with disabilities and special needs are disadvantaged in so many ways-socially, vocationally, economically and educationally. We want Ontario to catch up with the United States and other jurisdictions by passing a strong and effective Ontarians with Disabiliites Act. Like the Americans with Disabilities Act, we want comprehensive legislation that will dramatically improve the lives and futures for people living with disabilities in our community".

The Ajax Community Centre is wheelchair accessible. It is best to park or be dropped off at the south end doors (near the tennis dome). Sign language interpreters, real time captioning and two personal care attendants will be available.

For more information, please contact Kathryn Bremner, Chair of the Durham ODA Committee at 905-668-8765 or e-mail k.bremner@sympatico.ca

Download POSTER Breaking the Barriers.


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