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Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Updating New York’s Accessibility Signage and Logos

One of the largest concerns is that existing signage and language emphasizes the disability itself, rather than the person. The current universal symbol for a person with a disability represents an individual with a wheelchair, which will be updated on all new signage to portray a more active image (view here). Additionally, the word “handicapped” will be removed from signs, or any other communication, now using only the word “accessible.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/governor-cuomo-signs-legislation-updating-new-yorks-accessibility-signage-and-logos/

Ontario Should Consult People With Disabilities Before Making Laws to Protect Them

Posted: 07/28/2014 1:45 pm

In 2005, the Province of Ontario enacted the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The goal of this act was to make Ontario fully accessible and inclusive to Persons with Disabilities (PwD) by 2025. This is an important piece of legislation, insofar as it recognizes PwD are an integral part to our social fabric in Ontario. Moreover, the AODA recognizes that more must be done, which is invariably a great start.

No Rest for the Weary: More AODA Compliance Required in January 2015

Julius Melnitzer
July 23, 2014

Employers who still have less than fond memories of trying to comply with the requirements of Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 relating to Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standards are now facing a new challenge: complying with additional AODA requirements that come into force on Jan. 1, 2015.

As pointed out by Will Hockin in Stikeman Elliott’s Canadian Employment and Pension Law, the new requirements relate to training, accessibility to feedback mechanisms, and establishment of accessibility policies.

Toronto Cancels Plan to Allow Online, Phone Voting for Disabled Citizens in 2014

The cancellation “profoundly disappointed” one member of the city’s disability issues committee. The city says there isn’t enough time to get the system ready. By: Daniel Dale City Hall, Published on Wed Jul 23 2014

Toronto’s government has cancelled a plan to allow disabled residents to vote online and by phone in the 2014 election, saying there is not enough time to build and test the system.

Access Health Clock Announced

By Victor Schwartzman
July 21, 2014

Recently Accessibility News reposted an article by Michelle Diament about a 2013 study. 256 randomly selected medical practices in four major American cities were surveyed about access. The result? 22% could not accommodate a hypothetical patient who used a wheelchair and required assistance moving from the wheelchair to an examining table.

What reasons did 22% of medical practices provide for being inaccessible for that patient? There was no indication the patient was of unusual weight.

Chicago RTA Highlights Accessibility of Region’s Transit Systems

July 14, 2014

Chicago area’s Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) joins the more than 37 million Americans with disabilities in celebrating the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The law, signed by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990, guarantees equal opportunity for people with disabilities in public accommodations, commercial facilities, employment, transportation, state and local government service and communications.

Lack of Accessible Tourism Costing EU Economy Billions in Lost Potential Revenue

July 2, 2014
University of Surrey

New research from the University of Surrey and commissioned by the European Commission, has found that the European tourism sector is missing out on up to 142 billion Euros every year due to poor infrastructure, services and attitudes towards travellers with special access needs.

Blind Man Wins Human Rights Case After Restaurant Bars Guide Dog

By: Jonathan Forani Staff Reporter, Published on Sat Jul 05 2014

Ontario Human Rights Tribunal fines Ali Baba’s Restaurant $5,000, orders staff to take “Human Rights 101″ course.

Marta Londono and Gregory Scott Hill just wanted to get out of the cold and have lunch one day in February 2013, but were told Hill’s guide dog Mara wasn’t welcome.

Gregory Scott Hill just wanted a warm bite to eat.

Ontario Human Rights Commission Submission Regarding Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) 2013-14 Legislative Review

June 2014

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) is making this submission to the second independent legislative review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

In accordance with its mandate under section 29 (c) of the Ontario Human Rights Code, the OHRC speaks out and makes recommendations designed to prevent and eliminate discriminatory practices including barriers faced by persons with disabilities.

Disability is consistently the most frequent ground of discrimination cited in over 50% of applications to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.[1]

New Wynne Government Starts Off Positively!

By Pollyanna, as told to Victor Schwartzman
July 5, 2014

The very best possible news on the Ontario disability/access situation came recently when the new Minister responsible for implementing AODA was announced.

Supporters of AODA, which was proclaimed in 2005 but has been missing in action since, cheered when they heard who the new Minister was.

This is so wonderful. Golly!

The new Minister is Brad Duguid.

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