Ontario is a progressive,
organization promoting social justice, human rights & the advancement
of equality rights
education, research, advocacy, coalition-building, resource development,
& information technology.
mission is to generate knowledge, information
and skills to secure the inclusion, citizenship,
human rights and equality of women and girls with disabilities.
work to illuminate the causes & multidimensional consequences of
the growing inequality of wealth, income, power & opportunity in
to move this critical national problem onto the front burner of Canadian
politics and public discourse.
We seek to bring
forward the distinctive perspective of women and girls with disabilities
in the campaign for full equality both for women, and for persons with
We do this by
facilitating ongoing debates on fundamental and provocative issues as
well as by building the individual and organizational capacities of
those working for women's empowerment and social justice.
Ontario is the only provincial, feminist, cross-disAbility organization
in Ontario providing leadership in advocating for inclusion and
equality of women with disAbilities.
receive No Funding and have No
networks are our strength.
We believe that
powerful, proactive networks can create change.
- We work at
the grassroots level to generate
knowledge, information and skills to secure
the inclusion of women and girls with disabilities.
- We strive
to develop inclusive outreach strategies to reduce the social isolation
experienced by marginalized women's communities.
- We address
the systemic issues that impact on the social and economic realities
of women and girls with disabilities.
Whom We Work With
Ontario was DENIED Trillium Foundation
funding in 2001 as it was the opinion of the Trillium Grant Review Team
that we did not have the "capacity" to manage funds
as effectively as other applicants.
We work without financial resources to facilitate a provincial voice
for women with disAbilities. We work cross-sectorally on diverse issues
and contribute by developing the technical capacity of our members and
other marginalized communities whom we aim to inform, organize &
mobilize to affect positive change.
work from an anti-oppression, anti-discrimination, feminist
Our members are Women with all types of disAbilities. We are a provincial
voluntary sector organization which supports Women in our struggles
to control our own lives. Our board is comprised 100% of women with
disAbilities from throughout Ontario. We have been operating without
funding since January 1999.
Our members include Women
with disAbilities and non-disabled Women allies. Women of all ages and
from diverse communities are active members of our Network, including
Women from many ethnic, racial, cultural, religious backgrounds, and
sexual orientation (lesbians, bisexuals, transsexuals, and transgendered)
We believe that Women with
- have the right to access
the services and supports available to all Women;
- have needs which are different
from those of men with disAbilities;
- know best what our needs
- have a right to freedom
of choice in all aspects of our lives; and
- can be proud of our disAbilities
and have the choice to self-identity.
- have the right to direct
our own lives.