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The AODA Alliance’s Detailed Analysis of the Final Report of the Mayo Moran Independent Review of the Implementation and Enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance

May 1, 2015

Part 2: Major Findings and Recommendations in the Moran Report that We Do Not Support

OVERVIEW AND SUMMARY

In September 2013, the Ontario Government appointed Professor Mayo Moran to conduct a mandatory Independent Review of its implementation and enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Her task, assigned under the AODA, was to see if Ontario is on schedule to reach full accessibility for people with disabilities by 2025.

Pan Am Games Will Not Fulfill AODA Promises

Maverick Smith,
Staff Reporter
April 30, 2015

The Second Legislative Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) was completed in November 2014 and released on Feb. 13, 2015.

The AODA, which came into effect in 2005, consists of a series of accessibility targets, which need to be met according to a specific timetable that ends in 2025, the goal is to have all of the aspects of accessibility covered in the AODA in place in Ontario. However, the AODA has not been fulfilling the implementation dates laid out in its timetable.

The AODA Alliance’s Detailed Analysis of the Final Report of the Mayo Moran Independent Review of the Implementation and Enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance

April 29, 2015

Part 1: Major Findings and Recommendations in the Moran Report that We Support

OVERVIEW AND SUMMARY

In September, 2013, the Ontario Government appointed Professor Mayo Moran to conduct an Independent Review of its implementation and enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Her task, required under section 41 of the AODA, was to see if Ontario is on schedule to reach full accessibility for people with disabilities by 2025, as the AODA requires. If it is not, her job was to recommend actions needed to get Ontario back on schedule.

$25K Awarded Against Restaurant Owner Who Prevented Employee From Serving Employees Mother Because Of Service Animal

Last Updated: April 27 2015
by Asha Rampersad
CCPartners

On November 4, 2014, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (“Tribunal”) found that a restaurant owner discriminated against a customer (CC), who was also the mother of one of the restaurant’s waitresses (JC), on the basis of disability and family status when they refused to serve CC because she was accompanied by a service animal.

Ontario Government Uses Moran Report!

By Victor Schwartzman
April 27, 2015

If nothing else, when it comes to implementing its own access legislation, the Ontario Government continually proves itself inventive.

Consider how it has used The Moran Report. In November, 2014, Mayo Moran delivered the second independent reviewer’s report on the implementation of the AODA access legislation. Briefly, Moran found that implementation had stalled and urged the Government to show leadership.

The Magic Behind The Disappearing AODA Complaint Line

By Victor Schwartzman
April 20, 2015

One recent example of a terrific magic trick was the Ontario Government’s AODA Complaint Line being transformed into a Data Collection Resource. The Government’s trick is extra remarkable because it was performed while millions watched! Today’s column will go behind the scenes to explain how the Government performed this feat.

Helen Left a Proud Legacy

Published on Sun Apr 19 2015

Re: Star’s ‘champion for the disabled, ‘ Helen Henderson, dies, April 14

I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of ground-breaking Toronto Star disability issues reporter Helen Henderson. Her tough, insightful, incisive coverage of disability issues, year after year touched the lives of everyone, since everyone has a disability now, or gets one as they age.

LabCorp Offers eSSENTIAL Accessibility App to Make It Easier for People with Disabilities to Manage Health Care Online

TORONTO, April 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — eSSENTIAL Accessibility is proud to announce that Laboratory Corporation of America® Holdings (LabCorp®), the clinical laboratory providing leading-edge medical testing and diagnostic knowledge services globally, now offers the eSSENTIAL Accessibility desktop application on its sites to better communicate with and serve individuals with disabilities. LabCorp joins other leading brands and companies in making this app available.

Read more at
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/labcorp-offers-essential-accessibility-app-to-make-it-easier-for-people-with-disabilities-to-manage-health-care-online-300067749.html

OPP Launches Text 911 Service for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Speech Impaired

By Staff The Canadian Press

ORILLIA, Ont. Ontario residents who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired will now be able to communicate with provincial police via text message when they dial 911 in an emergency.

The Ontario Provincial Police’s new Text with 911 feature allows those with hearing and speech disabilities to register their cellphones for the service with their wireless carrier.

Be Warned: The Weakest Column Yet

By Victor Schwartzman
April 13, 2015

Shed no tears for me but today’s column was difficult to write.

That is not because it is yet another column about nothing happening with AODA. Well it is, but not. Most of these columns are about nothing happening with AODA, but this column is even more about nothing than usual. That is because this column is about the Ontario Government’s response to the second independent reviewer’s report on AODA.