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Join us at Queen’s Park Friday November 28, 2014 to Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Birth of the Grassroots Movement in Ontario for a Strong Disability Accessibility Law

RSVP IS NECESSARY!
ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE UPDATE UNITED FOR A BARRIER-FREE ONTARIO
October 24, 2014

SUMMARY

The AODA Alliance invites you to join us at the Ontario Legislature Building, Room 228, at Queen’s Park on Friday, November 28, 2014, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the birth of Ontario’s grassroots, non-partisan movement to make Ontario barrier-free for over 1.8 million Ontarians with a physical, mental, sensory, or other disability. Our movement was formed spontaneously in that very building, back on November 29, 1994. American Sign Language, Captioning and attendant care are being provided, thanks to the Canadian Hearing Society and the March of Dimes respectively.

Centre Wellington Accessibility Report Endorsed

by Mike Robinson
October 23, 2014

ELORA – Centre Wellington is adopting the multi-year accessibility plan submitted by the manager of legislative services/municipal clerk Kerri O’Kane dated Oct. 20.

In her report, O’Kane stated the township “is committed to, and will continue to promote accessibility through the development of policies, procedures and practices and by ensuring they consider people with disabilities.”
She added those policies, procedures and practices must address integration, independence, dignity and equal opportunity.

Metrolinx Backs Down!

It Waives Its Proposed $250 Fee for Answering the AODA Alliance Chair’s Freedom of Information Application Regarding the Creation of New Accessibility/Safety Barriers on the Eglinton Crosstown Subway Within Two Hours of Our Publicizing Metrolinx’s Attempt to Extract That Fee And A Week of Great Media on Accessibility Issues Coverage on Accessibility

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

October 20, 2014

SUMMARY

1. Metrolinx Backs Down Open Government Can Really Mean Open Government!

A Failed Game Changer: Post-Secondary Education and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Michelle Flaherty
University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law
Alain Roussy
University of Ottawa – Faculty of Law
October 16, 2014

(2014) 24:1 Education Law Journal, Forthcoming
Ottawa Faculty of Law Working Paper No. 2014-27

Abstract:

With the passing of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (“AODA”), Ontario became the first jurisdiction in Canada to develop and implement mandatory accessibility standards.

Despite Promising to be the Most Open and Transparent Government in Canada, Wynne Government Again Tries Charging a Hefty Fee to Give Answers on Its Promises on Disability Accessibility

Metrolinx Asks AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky to pay $250 Just to Find Out Why Metrolinx Designed Several Stations on the New Eglinton Crosstown Line with Accessibility/Safety Problems

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

SUMMARY

Sussex Drive Scotiabank complies with bylaw despite lack of ramp

‘Tight timelines’ blamed for lack of ramp entrance to location that opened in July CBC News
Posted: Oct 16, 2014
Steve Gerecke

Photographer Steve Gerecke said it seemed “surreal” that a major bank wouldn’t have an access ramp to its automated teller machines. (Steve Gerecke)

The City of Ottawa said a Scotiabank branch without a ramp at its Sussex Drive street entrance complies with bylaws because the bank can be accessed from an interior lobby door.

Australian Public Service Commission launches video on disability

October 14, 2014
By aqureshi

The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) has released the first video in its Leading the Way series designed to build education and awareness around disability employment in the Australian Public Service (APS).

The video, Reasonable adjustments refer to the administrative, environmental or procedural changes which enable employees or potential employees with permanent or temporary disability to:

  • perform their duties
  • be considered for transfer, promotion, training or other employment opportunities
  • access workplace facilities

Accessibility Claims Expected Over Websites

H&R Block Case Offers Clear Road Map for Lawsuits
The Justice Department has laid out a set of compliance standards for accessibility on commercial websites. By
Angus Loten
Oct. 15, 2014

Businesses should brace for a new crop of so-called “accessibility” lawsuits alleging that their commercial websites fail to comply with federal disabled-access law, lawyers say.

The Curse of the One Step

StopGap.ca’s founders hope to make Toronto more accessible with free ramps for shop owners By Aaron Broverman
October 14, 2014

10 years, 12 weeks and 2 days.
As of writing this article, that’s how long it will take before Ontario is legally required to be fully accessible under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Provincial Government Failing to Make Toronto Barrier Free, Disabilities Activist Says

Preparations for Pan Am Games should consider tourists with disabilities, David Lepofsky says CBC News Posted: Oct 13, 2014

David Lepofsky, chair of a group that advocates on behalf of people with disabilities, said the province has done little to make Toronto more accessible.

The provincial government needs to do more to make Toronto accessible for people with disabilities in the build up to the 2015 Pan Am Games, a prominent activist said Monday.