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On this International Day for People with Disabilities, We Look Back at Kathleen Wynne’s Written Promises to 1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities, Made Four years Ago Today, on What She’d Do on Disability Accessibility if She Became Ontario’s Premier

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities http://www.aodaalliance.org aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance

December 3, 2016

SUMMARY

Let’s look back at a very important letter that Kathleen Wynne wrote to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance four years ago today, on December 3, 2012. December 3 is the day which the United Nations declares as the International Day for People with Disabilities.

Excellent Toronto Star Article Reports on the AODA Alliance’s Captioned Video about Accessibility Problems at the New Centennial College Culinary Arts Centre

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities http://www.aodaalliance.org aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance

December 2, 2016

SUMMARY

An excellent article in the Toronto Star on December 2, 2016, set out below, reports on the AODA Alliance’s video which depicts a number of accessibility problems in the brand-new Centennial College Culinary Arts Centre. The article lets far more members of the public know about this incident, and about our YouTube video.

Ontario and Federal Governments Announce $44 Million for New Infrastructure at Centennial College But Announce No Strings To Ensure It’s Fully Disability-Accessible

Deeply Worrying After the AODA Alliance’s Online Video Shows Significant Accessibility Deficiencies at Centennial College’s Brand-New Culinary Arts Centre

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities http://www.aodaalliance.org aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance

December 1, 2016

SUMMARY

1. Will Troubling History on Accessibility Repeat itself?

Here is yet more proof that the Ontario Government needs to agree to develop an Education Accessibility Standard.

Accessibility Lift Means a Lot: Swimmer

By Tim Miller, The Intelligencer
Friday, November 25, 2016

Tim Miller/The Intelligencer Prince Edward-Hastings MPP Todd Smith and Ken Wilman cuts the ribbon on a new pool-side accessibility lift at the Belleville YMCA while Sarah Tokley, manager of association aquatics applauds on Friday. The new lift was made possible by a $14,000 Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant.

When Ken Wilman wants to go for a swim at the YMCA in Belleville he has a much easier time of it, thanks to a new accessibility lift.

Humber Media Program Marks New Inclusiveness

The inclusive design in digital media program will be in a part-time format starting in January. Wed., Nov. 16, 2016

When a student asked Humber College professor Anne Zbitnew to ensure videos presented in her class were captioned, she not only fulfilled the request but also recognized a need to help others to understand inclusive design in digital media. As a result, Zbitnew and her research partner, Hillary Rexe, designed a program to address that need. This January, Humber will begin to offer the inclusive design in digital media program in a part-time format.

On the 22nd Anniversary of the Birth of Ontario’s Grassroots Accessibility Law Campaign, the AODA Alliance Releases a Striking Video that Shows Significant Accessibility Problems at the Brand New Centennial College Culinary Arts Centre

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities http://www.aodaalliance.org aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance

November 29, 2016

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1. A Video You Must Watch

The AODA Alliance today makes public a striking 18-minute video, and a shorter 6 minute version. These shows significant accessibility barriers in a brand-new public building that was just built with public money, the new Culinary Arts Centre at Toronto’s Centennial College. This video depicts accessibility issues regarding the specific design of such things as door openers, parking signage, outside stairs and ramp to the front door, the parking pay machine, washrooms, elevators, interior signage, and more. Ontario’s community colleges operate under the Ontario Government.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: Passenger Transportation Board Approves Use of Soft Meters for Taxi Industry with Mandatory Voice Output

Since 2009, Access for Sight-Impaired Consumers has been advocating to have the Passenger Transportation Board (PTB), the government body which regulates the taxi industry throughout BC, to mandate that taxi meters must have the capability for driver activated voice output if requested by a passenger with sight loss.

On November 16th, the PTB amended the rules regarding taxi meters and set forth their policy and rules regarding the use of soft meters in BC.

Ontario Helping Protect People with Developmental Disabilities

Province Launches Service for Reporting Abuse and Neglect
November 16, 2016 9:00 A.M.
Ministry of Community and Social Services

The Government of Ontario is expanding ReportON, a new service for reporting suspected or witnessed abuse of adults with developmental disabilities.

The 24/7phone line and email service is the latest step taken by the Ministry of Community and Social Services to further improve the safety of adults with developmental disabilities.

Spread the Word About the AODA Alliance’s New Discussion Paper on What an Education Accessibility Standard Can and Should Include

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities http://www.aodaalliance.org aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance

November 21, 2016

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Here is a helpful new tool you can use in our 5-year long campaign to get the Ontario Government to agree to create an Education Accessibility Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Please check out and spread the word about our new Discussion Paper on What an Education Accessibility Standard Could Include. Below we set out a summary of its contents.

Progressive Conservative Party and Green Party Candidates in the Ottawa Vanier and Niagara West-Glanbrook November 17, 2016 By-elections Answer the AODA Alliance’s Accessibility Questionnaire

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities http://www.aodaalliance.org aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance

November 15, 2016

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We have just received the responses to the AODA Alliance’s accessibility questionnaire from the Progressive Conservative Party’s and the Green Party’s candidates in the November 17, 2016 by-elections in the Ottawa Vanier and Niagara West-Glanbrook ridings. We set these responses out below.