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TTC Doesn’t Have Money to Make All Subway Stops Accessible

By Alan Carter Queen’s Park Bureau Chief

TORONTO Despite provincial legislation commanding the TTC to make all 69 subway stops in Toronto accessible to people with disabilities, the commission says there is simply not enough money to complete the job.

“The TTC is still committed to being fully accessible,” Brad Ross, a spokesperson for the TTC said.
He added the TTC is lobbying the Liberal government for more money to comply with rules the province itself enacted.

Tribunal Fines Employers for Contraventions of the AODA

Published on September 30, 2014

This summer, the License Appeal Tribunal, which has jurisdiction over the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (the “AODA”), released its first decisions pertaining to AODA compliance.

When the first compliance deadlines under the AODA rolled around there did not seem to be much enforcement activity. Over the past two years, however, the government has increased enforcement measures. Employers should be aware of their AODA obligations and upcoming deadlines to avoid noncompliance penalties.

Merck Partners with eSSENTIAL Accessibility to Offer App for People With Disabilities

Global healthcare leader now offers a free app that makes it easier for people with disabilities to browse its websites TORONTO, Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/

eSSENTIAL Accessibility is proud to announce its partnership with Merck, the global healthcare leader working to help the world be well. Through the partnership, Merck now offers a desktop app that empowers people with physical disabilities to access merck.com and merckengage.com. People who cannot browse the web using conventional methods due to conditions such as arthritis, paralysis or amputation, can use this app to browse completely hands free using tools like motion technology and voice-activated navigation.

Top Ten Reasons Minister Duguid Is AODA Silent

By Victor Schwartzman
September 26, 2014

Brad Duguids experience is in business development, not social services. That could explain why, when he became Minister responsible for AODA, he was not quoted saying Wow! Ive always looked forward to this!

Since becoming Minister, he has been silent on AODA. However, on everything else Minister Duguid can talk up a storm.

Curious as to this surgical silence, last week we wrote the Minister but to date we have not received even an acknowledgement. Why? Minister Duguid has met with other people–weve seen photos! Why such avoidance on AODA?

Aeroplan Partners with eSSENTIAL Accessibility to Offer App for People with Disabilities

MONTREAL, Sept. 23, 2014 /CNW/

eSSENTIAL Accessibility is proud to announce its partnership with Aeroplan, Canada’s premier coalition loyalty program. Through the partnership, Aeroplan now offers a desktop app that empowers people with physical disabilities to access aeroplan.com.

People who cannot browse the web using conventional methods due to conditions such as arthritis, paralysis or amputation, can use this app to browse completely hands free using tools like motion technology and voice-activated navigation.

AODA Alliance Writes Premier Kathleen Wynne to Highlight Major Disability Accessibility Priorities

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE UPDATE UNITED FOR A BARRIER-FREE ONTARIO

September 24, 2014

SUMMARY

As the Wynne Government sets its priorities for its new term in office, we have now written ten cabinet ministers with key areas of responsibilities to identify major disability accessibility priorities for their ministries. We also capped off this effort, by writing Premier Kathleen Wynne on September 19, 2014. We set out that letter below.

Angry Judge Demands Interpreter for Deaf Man

Robert Bostelaar
Published on: September 23, 2014

For a month now, Adam George-Ouellet has travelled from jail cell to courtroom to jail cell to courtroom, never once hearing let alone understanding the many things that police and lawyers and other officials say to him and about him.

On Monday, an Ottawa judge was vocal in expressing anger over the outrageous failure of court staff to find sign-language interpreters for the 28-year-old deaf and mentally disabled man.

AODA Alliance Writes the Ontario Minister of Education, the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities (who is also the Minister of Research and Innovation) and the Minister of Health to Identify Key Disability Accessibility Priorities for Their Ministries

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE UPDATE UNITED FOR A BARRIER-FREE ONTARIO

September 22, 2014

SUMMARY

With a battery of new cabinet ministers getting up to speed on their new jobs after the 2014 Ontario election, we have written all key Ontario Government ministries to identify important steps they must take to keep the Government’s promises on disability accessibility. This is part of our effort to help ensure that Ontario becomes fully accessible to persons with disabilities on or before 2025, as the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act requires.

New Smartphone App Gives Sight to People With Vision Disabilities

The new app that allows people who are blind to listen to an audio read back of printed text is receiving rave reviews after its first day of availability and is being heralded as a life-changer by many people.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/new-smartphone-app-gives-sight-to-people-with-vision-disabilities/

AODA Alliance Writes the Ontario Treasury Board, the International Trade Minister and the Attorney General to Identify Key Disability Accessibility Priorities for Their Ministries

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE UPDATE UNITED FOR A BARRIER-FREE ONTARIO

September 19, 2014

SUMMARY

As the Ontario Government marches ahead in its new term in power, we have written all key Ontario Government ministries to identify important steps they must take to keep the Government’s promises on disability accessibility. This is part of our effort to help ensure that Ontario becomes fully accessible to persons with disabilities on or before 2025, as the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act requires.