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An Interim Victory for Our Grassroots Campaign – Wynne Government at Last Invites Applications to Serve on the Education Standards Development Committee

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

May 29, 2017


Let’s celebrate victories, even interim ones! We have just won one.

On Thursday, May 25, 2017, after we waged a 171-day campaign, the Wynne Government has finally started the delayed process of recruiting people to serve on the promised Education Standards Development Committee, to be appointed under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. That Committee will come up with recommendations that it will submit to the Ontario Government on what the promised Education Accessibility Standard should include.

BCA Universal Design Award winners showcase facilities for less mobile users

Kallang Trivista, a public housing development comprising three blocks of 808 homes, was also awarded the Universal Design award (Gold PLUS), with facilities and spaces that catered to all age groups. By Joey Chua Xue Ting
Published: 11:49 PM, May 15, 2017

SINGAPORE Wheelchair-friendly weight machines at the gymnasium, staggered platforms with handrails at the swimming pool, extensive braille indicators, step-free entrances to units and bathrooms.

Ontario’s 2017 David C. Onley Award Recipients

May 25, 2017 1:00 P.M.
Accessibility Directorate of Ontario

The David C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility was created in 2014 to recognize Ontarians who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to improving accessibility for people with disabilities.

This year’s award recipients are:

Role Model Award: John Draper, Oshawa

John Draper is committed to creating inclusive communities. In 2006, he founded the socially responsible business, ‘Together We Rock!’ —
dedicated to inspiring learning and promoting inclusion for people with disabilities.

MS Student McCarthy Enhances Campus Accessibility Through New Web App

Posted: May 12, 2017

The University of Illinois has long been a leader in accessibility for persons with disabilities. This tradition continues with a new web app called “Access Illinois” created by MS student Mark McCarthy and his team members Matt Arensdorf (undergraduate student, computer science) and Emily Chen (PhD student, computational linguistics). The app earned the team first place in HackCulture, a humanities-focused hackathon held at the University Library from April 8-23.

Mobility Device Charging Stations Set to Be Showcased at Provincial Conference

Observer staff
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 2:32:15 EDT PM

The City of Sarnia and the County of Lambton are being recognized provincially for installing mobility device charging stations at public spaces in Sarnia and Point Edward.

An innovative local pilot project that has created publicly-available mobility device charging stations is being recognized provincially.

The City of Sarnia and the County of Lambton are set to receive the Municipal Accessibility Award by the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association (OMSSA), a non-profit made up of consolidated municipal service managers and district social services administration boards.

Nova Scotia Accessibility Act Received Royal Assent

by Yosie Saint-Cyr

Nova Scotia’s Accessibility Act received Royal Assent on April 27, 2017. Nova Scotia becomes the third Canadian province to enact accessibility legislation. The Nova Scotia Accessibility legislation aims to achieve accessibility in the whole province by 2030.

Ontario (2005) and Manitoba (2013) are the first two provinces with in force accessibility legislation. The federal government is working on a national accessibility law to be introduced in Parliament by the end of 2017.

Reliable Elevators Act Passes Second Reading

Role of building owners, landlords on the radar as bill heads to committee Thursday, May 11, 2017
By Michelle Ervin

A private members bill proposing time limits for elevator repairs passed second reading at the Ontario legislature last month.

If it becomes law, the Reliable Elevators Act would require maintenance contractors to restore out-of-service elevators within 14 days in most buildings and within seven days in long-term care and retirement homes. To mitigate the impact of the inevitable occurrence of periodic outages, the Act would also require elevator traffic studies as part of building permit applications to ensure developments of seven or more storeys have adequate capacity from occupancy onward.

Center for Real Life Design launches with an emphasis on universal design and sustainability

May 2, 2017

The Universal Design Kitchen features design principles and appliances intended to accommodate people with a range of physical and cognitive abilities.

Muted colors and matte finishes create a soothing environment for children with autism. A slate-gray cooking surface on a cream porcelain countertop provides contrast for those with impaired vision. And a low, shallow sink eases kitchen work from a wheelchair.

Festival Showcases Disability and Deaf Cultures

By Barbara Silverstein
May 4, 2017

People with disabilities will be in the spotlight at Torontos second annual ReelAbilities Film Festival (RAFFTO).

The event, which runs from May 10 to 18, will screen 17 films that will showcase disability and deaf cultures.

The goal of the festival is to promote awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities, says Liviya Mendelsohn, artistic director of RAFFTO.

Raise Disability Accessibility Issues in the June 1, 2017 Sault Ste. Marie Ontario By-election

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

May 4, 2017


On May 3, 2017, the Ontario Government called an Ontario by-election for June 1, 2017 in the Sault Ste. Marie riding. We urge anyone in or near that riding to raise disability accessibility issues with the candidates. Press them to make accessibility pledges.
This by-election comes just one year before the June 7, 2018 Ontario general election. This new by-election gives us a great opportunity to raise disability issues, and to start gearing up to do so with all candidates across Ontario, one year from now.