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NDP MPP Cindy Forster Grills Premier Wynne in the Legislature on Why Her Mandate Letters Marching Orders to Her Cabinet Ministers Leave out Most Government Promises on Disability Accessibility

November 20, 2014

SUMMARY

When we cannot get the Government to answer important questions on the implementation and enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, it is unfortunately sometimes necessary to resort to asking opposition parties to put those questions to the Government in the Legislature during Question Period. We very much appreciate that NDP MPP Cindy Forester did just that on November 19, 2014.

In Canada, DIY Wheelchair Ramps Are an Imperfect Fix

As Ontario businesses move toward mandated accessibility compliance, ramp project StopGap doesn’t want perfection to be the enemy of good. Zach Youngerman

In my neighborhood in Torontos historic Little Italy, plywood ramps popped up one day in front of business entrances all along the street. Painted in primary colors and outfitted with rope handles, they have the look of oversized childrens building blocks.

Like other micro-oeuvres of tactical urbanism that turn potholes and parking spaces into flowerbeds, the ramps are playful DIY interventions to improve public space.

One Year Ago Today We Revealed that the Wynne Government Knew Staggering 70% of Private Sector Organizations with 20 or More Employees Were Violating Disabilities Act, But No Effective Enforcement, Despite Election Promises

One Year Later, the Government Quietly Posts a Paltry Plan for AODA Enforcement that Falls Short of Its 2014 Election Pledge

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE UPDATE UNITED FOR A BARRIER-FREE ONTARIO
November 18, 2014

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Dr. Who Helps Ontario Government

By Victor Schwartzman

In an access legislation coup, the Ontario Government under new Minister Brad Duguid has built upon his idea of having The Flash run up to Ontario to solve its AODA implementation problems in one day. He had to build on it because he has had a hard time catching up with The Flash to talk with him.

However, Minister Duguid did manage to meet and sign an AODA implementation contract with another famous person with unique abilities: Dr. Who.

Online Voting Clicks With Residents in Ajax; Turnout Jumps 17% With GTA’s First Paperless Ballot

Noor Javed
The Toronto Star, Nov. 12, 2014

Ajax residents had it easy in the latest municipal election. They could simply click and vote. And yet only 30.4 per cent of them did.

At first glance, one could call the election results a disappointment. But Nicole Wellsbury, manager of legislative services and deputy clerk, said the turnout was up significantly from years past.

“I know it doesn’t sound great, but for Ajax that is quite good,” she said. “It’s our most substantial increase in quite a while.”

The Accessibility Standards Advisory Council Submits Weak, Ineffective and Counter-productive Final Recommendations to the Ontario Government for Proposed Revisions to the Customer Service Accessibility Standard

The AODA Alliance Calls on the Government to Keep Its Promise Not to Weaken any Existing Accessibility Protections November 12, 2014

SUMMARY

We regret to have to report to you about yet another major lost opportunity on the accessibility front in Ontario. This is especially troubling as Ontario continues to rudderlessly languish behind schedule for reaching full accessibility by 2025, the deadline that the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act requires.

The Best in Disability Advertising Awarded to Duracell at ANA Multicultural Marketing & Diversity Conference

TORONTO, Nov. 11, 2014

eSSENTIAL Accessibility Director, Mark Steele, presented the landmark award to winner Duracell for its moving ad ” Trust your Power.” Created by advertising giant Saatchi & Saatchi, “Trust your Power” was aired for the first time at the 2014 Super Bowl. The ad features the NFL’s first legally deaf offensive player, Derrick Coleman of the Seattle Seahawks, and has made waves with its inspirational message since its debut.

Read more at
http://essentialaccessibility.com/pressroom/news/best-disability-advertising-awarded-duracell-ana-multicultural-marketing-diversity

Politician AODA Time Explained

By Victor Schwartzman, with the assistance of Stephen Hawking November 11, 2014

Ever notice the “clock” on the front page of the AODA.ca website? It counts down the days towards the deadline for AODA implementation. This clock is based on regular time, not a politician’s time–which in this case we will call AODA Savings Time. If you are worried about the slow pace of AODA implementation, that is because you are in real time, not AODA Savings Time.

Still Time to RSVP to Attend Our Friday, November 28, 2014 Queens Park Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Disabilities Act Movement

David Onley Appointed the Ontario Governments New Special Advisor on Accessibility ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE UPDATE UNITED FOR A BARRIER-FREE ONTARIO

November 10, 2014

SUMMARY

1. Still Time to RSVP, to Attend Our November 28, 2014 Queens Park Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Birth of the Tenacious Grassroots Movement to Make Ontario Become Fully Accessible to all People with Disabilities

Wynne Government Ignores Yet another Election Promise to Over 1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE
NEWS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 7, 2014 – Toronto: The Ontario Government under Premier Wynne has ignored yet
another election promise to over 1.8 million People with disabilities. On Thursday, November 6, 2014, the Government appointed a new person to serve as the Assistant Deputy Minister of Government Services for Inclusion and Accessibility. Despite the Government promising three years ago to appoint a fulltime Assistant Deputy Minister for Disability Accessibility in that Ministry, this is NOT a full time disability accessibility position. Helping steer the Ontario Government and Ontario Public Service to becoming fully disability-accessible is only a part of this public officials responsibility.