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More Than Voting Booths: Accessibility of Electoral Campaigns for People With Disabilities in Ontario

The findings from this survey indicate that there is a general lack of understanding of the imperative to achieve accessibility standards, not only of polling stations and booths, but also of political campaigns, if representative democracy in Canada is to include people with disabilities.

Mary Ann McColl, PhD, MTS
Academic Lead, Canadian Disability Policy Alliance
Associate Director, Centre for Health Services & Policy Research Professor, Rehab Therapy / Public Health Science
Queens University
mccollm@queensu.ca

Watch Captioned Videos of Last Fall’s Queen’s Park Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Ontario’s Grassroots Campaign for Strong Accessibility Legislation

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AODA Alliance Presses the Wynne Government for Current, Detailed Information on Its Enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

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

January 22, 2015

SUMMARY

1. If You Couldn’t Attend the November 28, 2014 Queen’s Park Celebration of Our Accessibility Campaign’s 20th Anniversary, You Can Now Enjoy Captioned Videos of it On YouTube

Premier Wynne and Economic Develop Minister Duguid Respond to AODA Alliances Detail Proposals to Get Ontario Back on Schedule for Full Disability Accessibility by 2025

But the Government’s Responses Largely Trumpet Insufficient Past Government Action Instead of Adopting Our Action Recommendations There’s No Government Plan in Effect that Will Ensure Full Accessibility By 2025 and fulfill the Government’s Unkept Accessibility Promises

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

Jan 20, 2015

SUMMARY

Commission Warns City on Changes to Handi-Transit Rules

By Mary Katherine Keown, The Sudbury Star
Monday, January 19, 2015 11:56:54 EST PM

Handi-Transit was on the agenda briefly at last night’s meeting of the operations committee — the first for this council.

During an orientation session, city staff introduced the new politicians to the nuts and bolts of the city’s infrastructure services.

Roger Sauve, director of transit and fleet services, told councillors Handi-Transit aims to serve those with physical disabilities who are unable to use conventional public buses. He conceded that supply often exceeds demand and noted staff members are occasionally forced to ask riders to alter their plans.

Practising Outside the Technology Box

Subtitle: The IT Girl
Written by Lisa R. Lifshitz
Posted Date: January 19, 2015

Technology lawyers often think of themselves as area experts, with a deep appreciation and understanding of the specific intricacies of their craft and its sub-specialties, which may include outsourcing, e/m commerce, licensing, CASL-compliance, cloud computing, etc. However, good technology lawyers can sometimes add value to their clients simply by thinking outside the technology box by raising practical issues that go beyond our immediate practice areas. The following discussion points may be worthy of a few minutes of time with your clients.

New AODA resource for Web Developers Launched!

Understanding Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) is a daunting task at the best of times.

How it applies to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) can also be very challenging but this Resource will make it somewhat easier for you and your Web Developers to research and understand what Guidelines you need to follow to make your Website compliant.

Check it out at
http://www.aoda.ca/wcag/

Wynne staffer suggested ‘longer-term role’ for Olivier

By Star Staff
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Accessibility News Note: Welcome to Premier Wynne’s Ontario, Disabled need not apply.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne addresses Liberal supporters at the opening of Sudbury Liberal byelection candidate Glenn Thibeault’s campaign office in Sudbury, ON. on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015.

Kathleen Wynne’s deputy chief of staff told Andrew Olivier last month the Liberal Party would try to find a “longer-term role” for the former candidate once he stepped aside to allow Glenn Thibeault, the former NDP MP, to run for the Grits in the Sudbury byelection.

Scooter Tumble Down Stairs Leads to ‘Wheelchairs Only’ Message

Keith Hurst was getting his mail in December when he slid down the Burk’s Falls Canada Post accessible ramp on his scooter. He was then told the ramp is for wheelchairs only.

Almaguin News
By Kathryn Boyle

BURK’S FALLS A man’s minor scooter accident has raised some questions about accessibility in public businesses.

Premier KathLying Wynne’s Governments Record for 2014, Nothing to Be Proud of!

by Geof Collis

Premier KathLying Wynne and her Government had a busy 2014 ignoring or breaking promises to the Disability Community, can they top it for 2015?

Let’s hope not!

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/category/aodaalliance/

Man With Disability Wants Apology from Theatre Chain

By Rob Houle
Monday, January 5, 2015

A St. Catharines man who says the local theatre failed to accommodate his disability is looking for an apology.

Jason Santry said he was denied a large bag for his medium-sized popcorn prior to taking in Mark Walberg’s latest flick, The Gambler, at Landmark Cinemas at the Pen Centre Friday night. Santry, 45, made the request for a larger bag because the shaking caused by his ailment results in him losing much of the popcorn.