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Tell the Wynne Government If You Support the AODA Alliance’s Finalized Brief on health Care Accessibility Barriers that We Submitted to the Government’s “Pre-Consultation”

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

August 26, 2016

SUMMARY

The AODA Alliance has finalized its august 26, 2016 brief to the Wynne Government on accessibility barriers in Ontario’s health care system. We submitted it to the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario as part of its “Pre-Consultation.” We set out this 14-page brief below.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees Ontario Calls On the Wynne Government to Agree to Create an Education Accessibility Standard Under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities

August 23, 2016

SUMMARY

Yet another major voice has joined our call for the Wynne Government to agree to develop an Education Accessibility Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. On August 10, 2016, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario wrote Ontario’s new Accessibility Minister, Tracy MacCharles, to support our request that the Ontario Government create an Education Accessibility Standard. This new accessibility standard is needed to tear down the many barriers that impede students with disabilities in Ontario’s education system.

Righting a Wrong

August 22, 2016
Jeff Cottrill

The Ontario Court of Appeal recently awarded $266,000 in damages to a woman who had accused her former employer of mocking and abusing her after she lost her hearing. The court decision, authored by Judge Gloria Epstein and released on June 30, states that management at Applied Consumer & Clinical Evaluations Inc. (ACCE) conducted a “campaign of abuse” against Vicky Strudwick, who worked for the company for more than 15 years.

Pedestrian Crossover to Be Installed in Waterdown

Hamilton City Hall
By Kevin Werner, HCN
Flamborough Review

New pedestrian crossovers will be rolled out in neighbourhoods across the city this year.

Mountain Brow Boulevard and Limeridge Road, and Limeridge Road and west of Mountain Brow Boulevard all on Hamilton Mountain will be the first to get the new crossovers, which will include a pedestrian ramp built under the province’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, sometime in 2016.

Send Us Your Feedback on the AODA Alliance’s Draft Brief to the Wynne Government’s “Pre-Consultation” on Health Care Accessibility Barriers Facing Patients with Disabilities

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities

August 18, 2016

SUMMARY

We welcome your feedback on the AODA Alliance’s draft brief to the Wynne Government on its “Pre-Consultation” on accessibility barriers that patients with disabilities face in Ontario’s health care system. We set out our draft brief below. It is 13 pages long.

The Top Five Mistakes That Exclude People From Your Event and How to Fix Them

Markus Lessing/July 07, 2016

Organising an event has its challenges at the best of times. Besides choosing the right venue or thinking of what catering to offer, accessibility plays an import role. Avoiding these 5 mistakes will guarantee an accessible event for everyone.

#1 Choosing the wrong venue

Generally, event managers choose a venue before opening registration. Older venues usually do not have all the accessibility modifications that modern conference buildings are often built with, such as disabled parking and toilets, braille signage in lifts, and accommodations for wheelchair users. It is worth checking that your venue can accommodate visitors with specific needs.

The Toronto Star Gives Great Coverage to the AODA Alliances “Picture Our Barriers” Social Media Campaign – Join In the Blitz

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities

August 11, 2016

SUMMARY

There is a great article in the August 10, 2016 Toronto Star, set out below, by reporter Jessica Botelho-Urbanski, on troubling barriers that still face people with disabilities in Ontario in 2016. It gives great profile to the AODA Alliance’s “Picture Our Barriers” campaign. In this campaign, people all over Ontario send tweets on Twitter about accessibility barriers of all kinds that they encounter, including, where possible, photos of these barriers that they take on their smart phones.

Accessibility Advocates Tweet Their Barriers

Two social media campaigns are attracting attention to lackluster building, airline plans for people with disabilities.

David Lepofsky notes that the large “hangout steps” at Ryerson University’s Student Learning Centre can’t be used by people in wheelchairs. Despite an influx of design technology, Lepofsky said architects and city planners aren’t always aware of the hurdles they create. By Jessica Botelho-UrbanskiStaff Reporter
Tues., Aug. 9, 2016

Disability advocates are hoping social-media campaigns will publicly shame organizations into taking action on accessibility.

Please Circulate the AODA Alliance’s News Release Responding to the Wynne Government’s Announcement on School Supports for Students with Disabilities

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

August 9, 2016

SUMMARY

Even though Ontario is required by law to become fully accessible to all people with disabilities by 2025, less than eight and a half years from now, Ontario’s publicly-funded education system is still full of barriers that can impede 334,000 students with special education needs. The Wynne Government still has no plan in place to ensure that Ontario’s education system becomes fully disability-accessible.

Ontario Won’t Close Schools for Deaf and Blind Children

Province will keep schools in Ottawa, Milton, Belleville and London open .

Education Minister Mitzie Hunter, shown earlier this year, says the decision to keep schools for deaf and blind children open was made after several months of consultation. By Rob FergusonQueen’s Park Bureau
Mon., Aug. 8, 2016

Ontario will keep open four schools for 160 children who are deaf, blind or have severe learning disabilities while it develops pilot projects to help kids with similar challenges in traditional schools.