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Leading the way for Inclusive Employment

October 14, 2015
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In This Issue:
  • October 19 is Election Day!!
  • Magic Wheelchair makes Halloween Costumes for Wheelchairs!
  • More About CCRW

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October 19 is Federal Election Day! - Get Ready to Vote!


Who Can Vote
You can vote if you are a Canadian citizen, at least 18 years old on election day and can prove your identity and address.

This voter's check list gives tips to keep on track for voting:
• Make sure you're registered to vote.
• Watch for your voter information card.
• Check that you have the right ID.  
• Plan how you'll get there.

Elections Canada (EC) informs Canadians about when, where and the ways to register and vote. Go to for the information you need to be ready to vote.

There are several ways to find the location of your polling place:
• Your voter information card tells you where to vote.
• Go to and type your postal code into the Voter Information Service.
• Call 1-800-463-6868 or TTY 1-800-361-8935.


EC's "Accessibility Policy and Service Offering" describes its approach to access for people with disabilities. It states, "Our long-term vision is for accessibility to be an ongoing process to provide inclusive, universal and flexible services that benefit everyone." EC explains the policy is a living document, which will be updated after the 2015 Federal Election.

Polling place accessibility
• Information on the accessibility of your polling places can be found on your voter information card or at
• Either your polling place will have an automatic door opener, or an election worker will be at the door to provide assistance.
• If you need assistance at any time in the voting process, please ask an election worker and tell them how they can help.
• You can also bring a support person, friend or family member to assist you. The voter with a disability makes the choice about who provides assistance.

Tools and services at the polling place to improve accessibility

• Magnifier with light (4X).
• Sign language interpretation (requested ahead of time).
• Assistance in marking the ballot.
• Tactile and Braille voting template.
• Voting screen that lets in more light.
• Braille list of candidates.
• Large print list of candidates.

If you have comments about accessibility, fill out an accessibility feedback form at, at your polling place or speak to an election worker at your polling place or call EC at 1-800-463-6868 or TTY 1-800-361-8935. CCD encourages voters with disabilities to give feedback to EC about where they need to improve their service and what is working well to ensure the continuation of good practices.

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Get the latest voting information and share it Check out our Voter's Guide to learn more about voting and the 2015 federal election. | 1-800-463-6868 | TTY 1-800-361-8935

Halloween Costumes for Wheelchairs!

Halloween costumesMagic Wheelchair aims to “put a smile on the face of every child in a wheelchair” by creating the most beautifully epic costumes for Halloween. From pirates to dragons, the sky’s the limit.
The idea was originally sparked back in 2008 when Weimer asked his first son Keaton, who has SMA, what he wanted to be for Halloween. At the time, Keaton wanted to be a pirate.
Since then, Weimer has created customized wheelchair costumes for his kids every year for Halloween. But this year, Weimer and his wife decided to take things one step further and start a nonprofit to give other kids in wheelchairs an epic Halloween costume as well.

For more information on Magic Wheelchair go to

More About CCRW

CCRW offers employment programs for persons with disabilities in 20 cities across Canada.  We also offer a Job Accommodation Service to employers for their employees with disabilities.  For more information on each program please go to our Programs and Services page or contact each program by email below:

Job Accommodation Service
Partners Program
New Brunswick Employment Services
Ontario Workplace Inclusion Program
Partners for Workplace Inclusion Program
Workplace Essential Skills Partnership
Youth the Future

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!!!

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