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DisAbled Women's Network (DAWN) Ontario


June, 1985:    Seventeen Women with disAbilities from across Canada gathered together to discuss issues of concern. From this meeting, DAWN Canada was founded. DisAbled women organized across the country, keeping in touch by mail and phone, and finally they received funding from the Secretary of State for some special projects.

DisAbled Women, having both the determination and commitment to address women's issues, have continued to organize DAWN groups on a local, provincial, and national level.

:   DAWN Ontario was formed, Incorporated and received Charitable Status.

   DAWN Ontario produced brochures on: disabled mothers; sexuality; and how to talk to your doctor: I Want To Be A Mother; Je Veux Etre Mere; You and Your Doctor: Partners in Care; Votre Medecin et Vous: une Collaboration Essentielle; Women with Disabilities Talk About Sexuality; Les Femmes Handicapees Parlent de leur Sexualite.

Other publications include an Access Checklist (available in French) and A Guide for Health Care Professionals (available in French).

1994:   DAWN Ontario publishes A Process for Change: Health & Disabled WOmen Project, The Evaluator's Report

DAWN Ontario publishes Women with Disabilities & Mothering: Sharing Our Stories, Exploring Our Options, A Symposium Report

DAWN Ontario publishes We Are Those Women! A Training Manual For Working With Women With Disabilities In Shelters & Sexual Assault Centres

DAWN Toronto publishes Staying Healthy in the Nineties: Women with Disabilities Talk About Health Care

DAWN Toronto publishes Violence Against Women with Disabilities: Practical Considerations for Health Care Professionals

DAWN Toronto publishes Strengthening the Links, Stopping the Violence: A Guide to the Issue of Violence Against Women with Disabilities

DAWN Toronto publishes Disabled? Sexually Assaulted? Need Help? Sexual Assault and Women with Disabilities

1997:   DAWN Ontario publishes the Annotated Bibliography and A Statement of Need re: Violence Against Women With Disabilities: This project, funded by the Ministry of Citizenship, was an interactive needs assessment used to determine what information is available for consumers of service, service providers and family members in respect to understanding or assisting women with disabilities having to deal with a variety of circumstances such as abuse, violence, neglect, or access to services which are appropriate.

   DAWN Ontario launches new website (phase 1) created by a volunteer, a Woman living with a brain injury.

DAWN Ontario becomes an active Organizational Member and Partner of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act Committee and takes on responsibility for recreating and maintaining the ODA Committee website.

   DAWN Ontario participates as members of an Ad Hoc Committee of the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) on Gender Analysis of the Immigration Act.

DAWN Ontario closes its office in Sudbury and relocates office to North Bay. The Network is operated solely by volunteers, without funding, and remains committed to rebuilding the Network to ensure a provincial voice for Women with disabilities.

2000:   DAWN Ontario launches an Online Discussion List for Women with Disabilities as a forum for information sharing, the exchange of dialogue, developing and strengthening our Network and building an online community for self-advocates.

   DAWN Ontario launches Inclusion Leadership Award in an effort to raise awareness of the need for Inclusion and recognize the efforts of individuals and organizations that exemplify Inclusion Leadership by including people with disabilities in all life activities.


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