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Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Welcomes You

We hope you find this site a great resource for all things to do with the AODA and that you'll come back often as we continually update the site.

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Access Health Clock Announced

By Victor Schwartzman
July 21, 2014

Recently Accessibility News reposted an article by Michelle Diament about a 2013 study. 256 randomly selected medical practices in four major American cities were surveyed about access. The result? 22% could not accommodate a hypothetical patient who used a wheelchair and required assistance moving from the wheelchair to an examining table.

What reasons did 22% of medical practices provide for being inaccessible for that patient? There was no indication the patient was of unusual weight.

Chicago RTA Highlights Accessibility of Region’s Transit Systems

July 14, 2014

Chicago area’s Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) joins the more than 37 million Americans with disabilities in celebrating the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The law, signed by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990, guarantees equal opportunity for people with disabilities in public accommodations, commercial facilities, employment, transportation, state and local government service and communications.

Lack of Accessible Tourism Costing EU Economy Billions in Lost Potential Revenue

July 2, 2014
University of Surrey

New research from the University of Surrey and commissioned by the European Commission, has found that the European tourism sector is missing out on up to 142 billion Euros every year due to poor infrastructure, services and attitudes towards travellers with special access needs.

Blind Man Wins Human Rights Case After Restaurant Bars Guide Dog

By: Jonathan Forani Staff Reporter, Published on Sat Jul 05 2014

Ontario Human Rights Tribunal fines Ali Baba’s Restaurant $5,000, orders staff to take “Human Rights 101″ course.

Marta Londono and Gregory Scott Hill just wanted to get out of the cold and have lunch one day in February 2013, but were told Hill’s guide dog Mara wasn’t welcome.

Gregory Scott Hill just wanted a warm bite to eat.

Ontario Human Rights Commission Submission Regarding Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) 2013-14 Legislative Review

June 2014

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) is making this submission to the second independent legislative review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

In accordance with its mandate under section 29 (c) of the Ontario Human Rights Code, the OHRC speaks out and makes recommendations designed to prevent and eliminate discriminatory practices including barriers faced by persons with disabilities.

Disability is consistently the most frequent ground of discrimination cited in over 50% of applications to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.[1]

New Wynne Government Starts Off Positively!

By Pollyanna, as told to Victor Schwartzman
July 5, 2014

The very best possible news on the Ontario disability/access situation came recently when the new Minister responsible for implementing AODA was announced.

Supporters of AODA, which was proclaimed in 2005 but has been missing in action since, cheered when they heard who the new Minister was.

This is so wonderful. Golly!

The new Minister is Brad Duguid.

Accessibility Regulations Prompt Comments From County

By Elena Maystruk, Age Dispatch
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A current review of Ontario’s accessibility legislation prompted feedback from Middlesex County critical of the Design of Public Spaces (DOPS) regulations enforcement.

Many of the regulations for DOPS which would require businesses and organizations to make outdoor spaces accessible to people with disabilities don’t include an approval process that would help organizations judge the requirements or exemptions of the legislation, said Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) coordinator Jennifer Cowan in a report on June 24.

Concerned About Councillor’s Response to Accessibility Issues

June 30, 2014
Cambridge Times

Last week, I presented at city council as a delegate on an issue involving the need for sidewalks to be included as a part of a reconstruction plan for an area of Hespeler.

I was very excited to be a part of this process and, as the chair of the Accessibility Advisory Committee for the city as well as a person who lives with a disability, I was happy to hear that most members of council were supportive of this cause.

Let the Mayo Moran AODA Independent Review Know if You Endorse the AODA Alliance’s June 30, 2014 Final Brief on the AODA’s Implementation and Enforcement


June 30, 2014


1. Please Email Mayo Moran to Support our Final Brief

We have submitted our June 30, 2014 final brief to the Independent Review of the AODA’s implementation and enforcement. Below we set out our summary of our brief’s conclusions and recommendations. We also set out a list of all our recommendations.

Panel Will Help Make Province More Accessible, Inclusive

Department of Community Services
June 24, 2014 12:08 PM

Government is acting on its promise to make Nova Scotia a more accessible and inclusive place to live and work by creating the Minister’s Advisory Panel on Accessibility Legislation.

“Government made a commitment to create new legislation that will make the province more accessible and inclusive for persons with disabilities,” said Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard.

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