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Accessibility Online: A Neglected Frontier for People With Disabilities

Evelyn Harford, Ottawa Citizen
Published on: May 20, 2016 | Last Updated: May 20, 2016 7:33 PM EDT

When we think accessibility, we usually think about doors that open automatically, or ramps that lead up to buildings.

But what about accessibility online?

Ottawa tech leaders say web development needs to catch up and improve online accessibility for people with disabilities.

Wheelchair Bound Bolton Woman with MS Wants Call to Action on Accessibility

Bolton woman highlights accessibility issues with action

I can’t get inside

Bolton resident Kathleen Lynch sat outside Bolton businesses this past Saturday to highlight accessibility issues. Lynch suffers from MS and is wheelchair bound. Caledon Enterprise
By Matthew Strader

Accessibility was on the minds of local residents recently, and the reason was one intrepid Caledon resident who will not stop in her mission to inform the public.

Thornhill MPP Takes on Accessible Parking Issue

Private member’s bill to create provincial taskforce passes second reading Thornhill Liberal
By Simone Joseph

Thornhill MPP Gila Martow came one step closer to helping people who use handicapped parking earlier this month.

On May 5, she promoted and debated her private member’s bill, Bill 187: Commission of Inquiry into Accessible Parking in Municipalities Act, 2016, in the Ontario Legislature and it passed second reading.

It aims to create a taskforce of municipal representatives and stakeholders to agree upon a streamlined approach to accessible parking regulations.

University Students Earn Top Prizes for Accessible Designs at 2016 IDeA Competition

Ottawa – Two Carleton University students from the Faculty of Engineering and Design have been awarded top prizes at the annual Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) competition, organized by the Council of Ontario Universities.

Micah Rakoff Bellman and Melody Chen, both students of Carleton’s Industrial Design program, found their way to the podium, with Bellman’s design of a flexible kitchen work space taking first place and Chen’s design of an accessible closet storage unit in third.

Wynne Government Makes Limited Accessibility Amendments to 11 of Ontario’s 750 Statutes, but Unjustifiably Rejects 11 Additional Accessibility Amendments the NDP Proposed at Our Request

What Are the Wynne Government’s Future Plans to Keep Its Promise to Find and Fix the Accessibility Barriers in All Ontario Laws?


Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update

United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities Twitter: @aodaalliance


May 9, 2016




Pedestrian crossing curbs need to be cut down to size: The Fixer

Some curbs have yet to be leveled with the surrounding pavement, even though it is city policy and a provincial requirement.

The curbs on each side of a pedestrian crosswalk on Packard Blvd. have not been cut down level with asphalt, even though it is city policy to do so, and a requirement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

By Jack Lakey
Staff Reporter
Mon., May 9, 2016

YMCA of Greater Toronto Opens Its Most Accessible Centre Yet

Cooper Koo Family Cherry St. YMCA design goes above and beyond latest accessibility standards

TORONTO – April 26, 2016 – When the Cooper Koo Family Cherry St. YMCA opens its doors May 30, it will be the most accessible YMCA building to-date.

This Centre of Community, developed in partnership
with Waterfront Toronto, Infrastructure Ontario and the Province of Ontario is a legacy building from last summer’s Toronto 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

Even More Media Coverage of Problems with Accessible Customer Service in Ontario

and the Wynne Government’s Failure to Take the Action that 1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities Need What the Media Reported and What You Can Do to Help This Cause

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

April 23, 2016


1. More Media Coverage on Recurring Denials of Accessible Customer Service in Ontario

Despite Ongoing Issues, Ontario Plans to Reduce Small Business Accessibility Requirements

By Christina Stevens Senior Reporter Global News

For most people, hailing a cab is no big deal, but Diane Bergeron has a guide dog and she says that makes all the difference.
After a hotel doorman hailed a taxi for Bergeron, she said the driver refused to allow her guide dog Lucy on board.
“He just said, ‘No I’m not taking a dog,’ even though I was in full view,” said Bergeron, who works with CNIB, an non-proit rehabilitation agency for the visually impaired.

Major Gaps in Ontario Disability Act When it Comes to Service Dogs

by Faiza Amin
Posted Apr 20, 2016 7:39 pm EDT

Every day when Wesley Taylor and his service dog leave the house, he prepares to go to battle with Mississauga transit employees.

He alleges MiWay bus drivers often deny him boarding, due to his four-legged friend, a Boxer who’s accompanied him everywhere for the last two years.

“If I’m riding the buses and I gotta take three buses, at least one of those buses will harass me about the dog,” he said.