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A Weighty Issue: Power Wheelchairs vs Ramp and Lift Restrictions

by Wheelchairdemon

I found a major flaw in the new Integrated Accessibility Act Regulations. It doesn’t specify load capacity on ramps or lifting devices for wheelchairs.

Read more at
http://wheelchairdemon.blogspot.ca/2014/04/a-weighty-issue-power-wheelchairs-vs.html

Ontario Proposes Business Climate Act, Will Sue God If It Does Not Work

By Victor Schwartzman
April 8, 2014

Pundits who worried that we would take no further action on implementing the AODA access legislation stuff were wrong, Minister Eric Hoskins announced at a media conference recently. We are aware many felt we would simply wait for Dean Mayo Moran to hand in her report later this year or hopefully next year. There were some who believed we would allow more time, on top of the past decade, to go by with little or nothing happening.

Please Email the Ontario Government to Say If You Endorse Our Final Brief on the Initial Proposed Revisions to the 2007 Customer Service Accessibility Standard

At Our Request the Government Extended the Deadline to May 22, 2014 to Send Feedback

April 8, 2014

SUMMARY

We have sent the Ontario Government our finalized April 4, 2014 brief on the initial proposal for revisions to the 2007 Customer Service Accessibility Standard. We strongly encourage you to let the Government know if you endorse and support our brief. Take a moment to email the Government to let it know. You can send an email to the Government at: http://www.CSStandardFeedback@ontario.ca

Will we Finally get Reform of Disability Services at Toronto Pearson International Airport?

by Karen McCall

For those of us with disabilities who travel through Toronto Pearson Airport, hearing that violinist Itzhak Perlman was treated without respect or dignity came as no surprise. The surprise was that treating us like cattle or cargo hasn’t received media attention before now.

Read more at
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/will-we-finally-get-reform-of-disability-services-at-toronto-pearson-international-airport/

Ontario Government Cancels AODA In Ridings Where It Isnt A Gas

By Victor Schwartzman
April 1, 2014

Eric Hoskins, Minister responsible for the implementation of the AODA access legislation, recently called a media conference to announce his new policy for implementing AODA, which includes cancelling AODA implementation in the Oakville and Mississauga ridings.

Our new policy on AODA is entirely new, Minister Hoskins began. We have never done before what we are doing now which earlier versions of us have done before at times according to allegations which have not been proven in court.

As the Ontario Government Continues to Break its Promise to Effectively Enforce Its Disability Accessibility Law, its Minister Responsible for its Enforcement Introduces New Bill into the Legislature to Cut Regulations on Business – Will Accessibility Safeguards Be Kept off the Chopping Block?

April 1, 2014

SUMMARY

Ontarians with disabilities must remain ever-vigilant. We must stay on the look-out to ensure that hard-won gains on disability accessibility are never eroded, and to ensure that opportunities to promote accessibility for persons with disabilities are not missed.

On March 28, 2014, the AODA Alliance wrote the Ontario Government and both opposition parties. We raised serious concerns about the Government’s new Bill 176, the proposed Better Business Climate Act. Our letters, set out below, read together, explain our disability accessibility concerns. We also propose constructive amendments to solve our concerns, while leaving intact the goals underlying this proposed new legislation.

Three Simple Ways to Make Your Hiring Accessible to Persons with Disabilities

A disability can affect someone’s body or mind, be mild or severe, happen at any stage of life, be long or short term but even taking into account employment barriers, the majority of persons with disabilities are skilled and able to actively work.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/three-simple-ways-to-make-your-hiring-accessible-to-persons-with-disabilities/

AODA Enforcement Inspired By Game Of Thrones

By Victor Schwartzman
March 28, 2014

With the new Game of Thrones season coming up, we were inspired, said Minister Eric Hoskins on launching his new programme for AODA enforcement. As politicians we must be strong! Heads will roll!

An article posted recently on Accessibility News, by Jennifer Brown, notes that Some labour and employment lawyers say they are receiving calls from clients who have been notified they are going be audited by the Ministry of Economic Development Trade and Employment because they didnt know about the legislation and failed to file a compliance report by December 2012. The effort was described as a crackdown.

Learn All About the History, Strategies, Goals and Gains of Ontario’s Disability Accessibility Movement from the Late 1970s to Early 2014

Watch AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky’s On-line Captioned Lecture Series Delivered in Winter 2014

March 27, 2014

SUMMARY

Would you like to learn all about the history, strategies, goals, gains, and future priorities of Ontario’s vibrant and tenacious grassroots disability accessibility movement? Here is a great way you can do so from the comfort of your own home or office, or on a smart phone or tablet device. And it’s fully accessible!

GO Rider Files Human Rights Complaint After Other Drivers Block Disabled Parking

A driver has taken GO Transit to the Ontario human rights tribunal for failing to stop other cars from blocking disabled parking spots. By: Tess Kalinowski Transportation reporter, Published on Thu Mar 27 2014

Sandra Kendall stands in one of the handicapped parking spots at the King City GO train station. Kendall, who suffers with severe rheumatoid arthritis is taking GO to the human rights tribunal because it won’t ensure access to disabled parking at the station.

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