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AODA Compliance for Private Sector and Not-for-Profit Employers

Torkin Manes LLP
Peter C. Straszynski.
Canada August 27 2015

The deadlines for private and not-for-profit employers to comply with the “Employment Standard” under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (“AODA”) are quickly approaching.

“Large” organizations (50 or more employees) must comply by January 1, 2016. “Small” organizations have until January 1, 2017.

Here is what is required for compliance:

During this Federal Election, Join the Call for Passage of a Canadians with Disabilities Act

Use and Widely Circulate Barrier-Free Canadas New Election Action Kit

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

August 26, 2015

SUMMARY

Barrier-Free Canada, our non-partisan partner at the federal level, just made public an excellent new Election Action Kit. We set it out below. It gives you great tips on how to advocate for passage of a strong and effective Canadians with Disabilities Act during the current federal election. A Canadians with Disabilities Act would supplement and not replace provincial accessibility laws like the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

AODA: A Dog’s Breakfast!

By Victor Schwartzman
August 24, 2015

The federal election is nearly a month over and none of the Leadership candidates have said anything about access legislation or any disability-related issue. Despite there being plenty of Canadians who have disabilities, none of the political parties think it important or relevant to discuss limited incomes and opportunities, or which access laws work and which don’t.

Disabled Ontario Boy Told to Stand to Prove Tall Enough to Ride Bumper Cars

Gage Desjardins, 4, was denied access to the bumper cars at Centreville Amusement Park on the weekend because he couldn’t stand so as to have his height measured. Spina bifida has left him unable to stand or walk.

Hamilton Spectator
By Dan Taekema

Gage Desjardins is just like any other 4-year-old. He’s bright, energetic and loves to have fun.

Toronto Star Runs Guest Column by AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky Reflecting on Toronto 2015 Pan/ParaPan American Games’ Accessibility Issues

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

August 20, 2015

SUMMARY

The August 20, 2015 Toronto Star includes a new guest column by AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky, set out below. This column reflects back on accessibility issues surrounding the Toronto 2015 Pan/ParaPan American Games. The article offers a balanced perspective, addressing both accessibility accomplishments and shortcomings surrounding the Games.

Still More Media Coverage of Toronto 2015 Games Accessibility Issues As the Games Conclude

AODA Alliance Writes the Toronto 2015 Organizing Committee for Specifics on Important Accessibility Issues

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

August 18, 2015

SUMMARY

The amazing 2015 Toronto ParaPan American Games have now wound up. Accessibility issues surrounding them still deserve our attention. Here are some key developments in the Games’ last days.

A. More Great Media on Accessibility Issues

The Wall Of Unknowledge

By Victor Schwartzman
August 17, 2015

Inextricably related to the federal election is the Mike Duffy trial. Duffy has been charged with 31 counts of fraud and bribery related to his activities as a Senator, specifically charges he made to his Senate expense account. You know about that trial–but have you have heard about the OTHER trial?

OTHER trial? Yes, the trial which revealed the inner workings of the Government, including the Wall of Unknowledge.

Blind Parapan Athletes Face More Barriers Than Most

Advocates decry lack of braille in residence rooms and programs. KALIE SINCLAIR / Canadian Paralympic Committee

Goalball play Ahmad Ziedidavi, from Port Coquitlam, B.C., said this was one of the best-prepared Parapan cities, though the lack of braille on suite doors in the athletes’ village leaves a blind person “kind of lost.” By: Michael Robinson Staff Reporter, Published on Sat Aug 15 2015

George Brown student says she was denied housing over guide dog Enrolled in sign language course at college

CBC News, Aug. 11, 2015

A woman who wants to study American Sign Language and deaf studies at George Brown College says she’s been denied on-campus housing because of her service dog.

Tracey Bazso needs a service dog because she suffers from a seizure disorder that results in seizures on a weekly basis. If she’s alone, her service dog Dixie steps in.
“She will bark in response to my seizure, and she will go hit a life alert system that I have set up,” says Bazso.

Toronto 2015 Organization Confirms It’s Not Good Enough for Games Stadiums To Be Accessible

An Accessibility Legacy for the Toronto 2015 Games Should Also Include Improved Accessibility to Tourism and Hospitality Services and Other Accessibility News about the 2015 ParaPan American Games

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

August 11, 2015

SUMMARY

1. Toronto 2015 Organizing Committee Concedes that it’s Not Good Enough to Ensure Accessible ParaPan American Games Stadiums Accessibility of Community Tourism and Hospitality Establishments Must Also Be Improved