Accessible Tasting for All

Posted By GRANT LAFLECHE , STANDARD STAFF
Posted December 26, 2009

At first blush, the wine tasting the ordinary. It’s a bar where Creekside Estate Winery customers can saddle up and have a drink.

But look past the customers standing at the bar and you’ll see something different. Around the side of the polished brown bar is another table top a few feet lower. It’s designed for those in wheelchairs who cannot reach the bar.

Cobourg Customer-Service Policy Targets Accessibility

Posted By CECILIA NASMITH, NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY
December 17, 2009

COBOURG — Cobourg council has adopted the accessible customer-service policy that was endorsed by its accessibility advisory committee.

Ground-breaking Legal Victory for Ontarians with Disabilities  

Condominiums must share costs of creating accessible units   
TORONTO, Dec. 17 /CNW

Paul DiSalvo has won his long battle to be able to enter his own front door. Mr. Di Salvo has degenerative Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
and has been unable to negotiate the front steps to his home. The condominium corporation insisted that Mr. DiSalvo bear the full costs of installing a
ramp to his door and making modifications to the walkway, arguing it would not be appropriate to expend funds for the sole benefit of one owner. The law
reads differently.   

Kitchener-Waterloo Adopt New Standards to Ensure Citizens with Disabilities Have Access to Services

Date Posted: December 02, 2009

WATERLOO REGION – On the eve of the International Day of People with Disabilities, the Cities of Kitchener and Waterloo announce new policies that position them to provide even better access to goods and services for residents with disabilities.

Customer Service Standard Key to Inclusiveness

By Anjum Nayyar, posted Tuesday, December 8, 2009

As part of the university’s obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), the Division of Human Resources and Equity has launched the information-sharing portion of the newly legislated customer service standard to all faculty and staff.

Ongoing Issues with Downtown Audible Signals

December 2, 2009 – by Carli Whitwell

Marcia Cummings and Mike Yale have been pushing for a compromise on the continuously running audible signals that help visually impaired people cross Main Street, but to no avail.

Disabled Denied Sidewalk Snow Removal

A representative for the city’s disabled community may challenge the city for failing to respect the rights of the disabled

By JONATHAN SHER
Last Updated: 17th November 2009, 10:14am

London politicians shunted aside a request from the disabled yesterday to restore spending to clear snow-packed sidewalks, but mostly gushed about a proposal to forgo even more cash to extend free and overnight on-street parking.

Access denied

Queen’s completes scan to assess physical accessibility on campus
By Rachel Kuper, Assistant News Editor

Director of Campus Planning and Development Audrey Kaplan says the University’s getting better and more Auditors will complete an accessibility scan of Queen’s today to bring the University up to provincial standards by January 2010.

The province, which mandated accessibility improvements by 2010, aims to have accessibility for all Ontarians by 2025.

Doing it Right

Written by Atara Beck
Tuesday, 24 November 2009

TORONTO – According to Edward Rice, chairman of Ontarians with Disabilities Sub-Committee, League for Human Rights, B’nai Brith Canada, “UJA Federation [of Greater Toronto] has gone beyond the building code” to accommodate disabled people at the renovated Lipa Green building – the first building to be completed at the new Sherman Jewish community campus on Bathurst north of Sheppard.

Councillors Consider Best Way to Make Accessibility Changes in city

Nov 24, 2009 – 03:48 PM
By Kristen Calis

PICKERING — A motion to pave the way for those living with disabilities took a detour recently.

Preparing to meet new provincial rules on accommodating those with physical disabilities was on the mind of Ward 1 City Councillor Jennifer O’Connell, who wants to get a head start on the planning due to a long implementation process. Some phases of the legislation won’t be introduced until 2025. Her motion was referred back to Pickering’s accessibility advisory committee by council.

Making Your Home Accessible

By Anna Taylor
  
November 24, 2009

Part 1, The Bathroom  

Let me begin by saying, I am not an expert on all disabilities. I talk about what has worked for me because I live in a wheelchair. Depending on your unique situation some of these ideas will not work for you. Consider your situation and use these ideas to fit your needs. 

But Accessibility is too Expensive

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Last night I froze watching my oldest child play hockey. It is part of the duty of a Canadian mother to tolerate this little ritual. Destruction got his second assist and though they lost the game, he played well. As I stood there, my body wracked in complete pain, I decided that it was time to make management aware of exactly how inaccessible their arena was.

The McGuinty Government has Done Little to Keep 2007 Election Promise on Educating Students and Professional Trainees on Disability Accessibility

November 12, 2009

On July 20 , 2009, the AODA Alliance wrote to three Ontario Government Ministers to ask what the McGuinty Government has done so far, and what else they plan to do to keep Premier McGuinty’s September 14, 2007 election promises to the AODA Alliance, on expanding school and professional trainees’ curricula to include education on ensuring accessibility for persons with disabilities. Today we make public the answers we received from the Minister of Community and Social Services Madeleine Meilleur (responsible for implementing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act), the Minister of Education
Kathleen Wynne (responsible for schools) and the Minister of Training Colleges and Universities John Milloy (responsible for post-secondary education).

Tim Hortons Boycotts Veterans and People with Disabilities:

How Will You Remember Our Heros and What Will You Do to Combat Human Rights Abuses in Canada by Tim Hortons?

Whitby, Ontario, November 11, 2009:

Ask a soldier what he would be willing to fight for and probably a cup of Timmies would rank top ten on a dark cold night in Afghanistan. It is too bad that same soldier cannot be honoured or even respected back home by Tim Hortons; our government’s laws and their human rights agreements. These required Tim Hortons to provide accessibility for people with disabilities over eighteen years ago.

Provincial Government Should be Setting the Example for New Website Launches

By Geof Collis
Badeyes Design and Consulting
October 31, 2009

Well it didn’t take long for me to find another so called “accessible website” through an article at http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/October2009/27/c3016.htmltitled “ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE | OPP launches redesigned website enhancing public access to OPP information
“.

The Author states;

To be inclusive of people with disabilities, the website was designed to meet current accessibility standards.

What standards would that be?

Surely not Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0(WCAG), or even WCAG 1.0!