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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.

AODA Alliance Writes the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to Identify Key Accessibility Priorities for that Ministry

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE UPDATE UNITED FOR A BARRIER-FREE ONTARIO
September 17, 2014

SUMMARY

On September 16, 2014, the AODA Alliance wrote the new Ontario Minister for Municipal Affairs and Housing, Ted McMeekin. In that letter, set out below, we identify key priorities on disability accessibility for his Ministry. This is part of our effort to write each Ministry which can help ensure that Ontario becomes fully accessible to persons with disabilities on or before 2025, as the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act requires.

Minister Duguid Communications Strategy Revealed

By Victor Schwartzman
September 17, 2014

On June 24, Minister Brad Duguid wrote a 162 word letter to the AODA Alliance, thanking it for its 4,700 word letter on AODA to the former Minister, Eric Hoskins. His tiny response noted the Alliance’s concerns about AODA’s implementation. He also noted its request for information and did not provide it. But he did look forward to meeting the Alliance.

Onley Champions Accessibility as Term Ends

By The Canadian Press on September 15, 2014

TORONTO – There is an “airtight business case” for hiring people with disabilities, Ontario’s outgoing lieutenant-governor said Monday in his last major speech.

David Onley, who uses a motorized scooter after having polio as a child, used his term to champion accessibility issues. When he was installed in 2007, Onley defined accessibility as “that which enables people to achieve their full potential.”

New Award Honours Leaders in Accessibility

Province Celebrates Ontarians Who Break Down Barriers
September 15, 2014 12:45 P.M.

Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

Ontario is recognizing individuals and organizations who demonstrate leadership in accessibility and disability issues through the new David C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility.

The first David C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility awards will be given out in May, 2015 during National Access Awareness Week.

Open Letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne

Editors Note: This Letter was originally sent to the Premier on the date below. Thursday, September 11, 2014
by Rina Fraticelli

Dear Premier Wynne,

I am writing with regards to the pressing issue of accessible transit in the city of Toronto.
As you are well aware, this situation has been extremely inadequate, to put it mildly, and
on the face of current evidence1, promises to continue to be that way for the foreseeable future. I request that in accordance with AODA requirements, the TTC put forth a
concrete plan for making the transit system fully accessible in the next 10 months.

AODA Alliance Writes New Ontario Government Services Minister to Urge Action to Make the Ontario Public Service a Fully Accessible Workplace and Provider of Public Services

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

September 12, 2014

SUMMARY

On September 12, 2014, the AODA Alliance wrote Ontario’s new Minister of Government and Consumer Services, David Orazietti. (Letter set out below.) He is the minister responsible for the Ontario Public Service as an employer and as a provider of public services.

The World Of Duguidcraft: A Brief Walkthrough

By Victor Schwartzman
September 11, 2014

The World of Duguidcraft, a new online game, is a lot of fun! This walkthrough will give gamers the basics. Anyone who avoids many games because of the emphasis on violence will love The World of Duguidcraft. Not only is there no violence, you score points as a politician by avoiding the other players, who are all advocates.

Where Do Mayoral Candidates Stand on Accessible Transit?

The TTC’s current plan leaves 17 stations inaccessible in 2025, and provides no commitment that these stations will ever be accessible.

In the 2010 municipal election, mayoral candidate George Smitherman took a tour in a wheelchair with Peter Athanasopoulos to test the accessibility on the TTC.
By: Peter Athanasopoulos Published on Wed Sep 10 2014

Everyone including people with disabilities, seniors, families and visitors deserves access to transit in Toronto. In a city preoccupied with transportation, some residents and visitors are unable even to access our existing transit system and others struggle with managing due to inaccessibility.

Campaign on TTC Accessibility

SCI Ontario is launching a Mayoral Elections Campaign on TTC Accessibility and we need your help in convincing the mayoral candidates and the TTC that making every Subway/RT stop wheelchair accessible is the responsible thing to do.

In 1990 the TTC set a goal to make all subway stations accessible. Eventually the TTC committed to full station accessibility by 2020. Subsequently it introduced a new “target” of 2024.

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