New Information and Some Changed Dates for Charles Beer’s Public Forums on How to Improve the AODA

September 27, 2009

SUMMARY

It is more important than ever for as many of you as possible to attend the public forums Charles Beer is hosting, to get input on what can be done to more
effectively implement the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, so that Ontarians with disabilities can live in a barrier-free society. We
need a large turn-out. Please circulate this information to others who may be interested.

Deadline Looms for Accessibility Law

By Heather Travis
Thursday, September 24, 2009

The first step in a long, complex rollout of groundbreaking legislation to ensure accessibility for Ontarians with disabilities reaches The University of Western Ontario on Jan. 1.

Western, along with other public sector organizations in the province, is working towards a January deadline for instituting the first stage of compliance – new customer service standards – required by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) passed in 2005.

New Provincial Accessibility Regulations Affect New Business and Major Renovations

Posted By Jim Barber
September 24, 2009

As part of its new commitment to making Ontario more accessible for people living with disabilities, the provincial government passed The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act in 2005.

Within it’s framework, a number of committees have been set up and provided recommendations and new regulations outlining how the various sectors of the province need to become more accessible.

More services available for learning disabled

By SooToday.com Staff
SooToday.com

September 15, 2009 – The Learning Disabilities Association of Sault Ste. Marie (LDA) has had funding approval of $61,554 from the Province of Ontario, through the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities under the Ontario Job Creation Program for their ‘Opening Doors’ Project.

The one-year funding has allowed for the hiring of two full-time staff, an adult services manager and a community technology manager; and for project costs
including computers, assistive learning software and specialized training for the two participants.

This project will allow the LDA to improve, enhance and increase services in the community.

Critics Barking Over Carleton Place ‘Service Dog’

Dog Owner Launches Human Rights Complaints Against Merchants

By Kelly Egan, The Ottawa CitizenSeptember 11, 2009

OTTAWA-The movie, inescapably, would be called Carleton Place Chihuahua.

Except no one, even in Hollywood or Beverly Hills, would believe a story so bizarre — only government could make it so.

A teacup chihuahua named Dee-O-Gee, weighing maybe seven pounds, and its assertive owner, Alex Allarie, have dragged the Ontario Human Rights Commission into a dispute over what is and isn’t a “service dog” — the kind permissible in food stores and restaurants.

New Accessibility Standards Will Affect Public and Private Sectors

by Mike Robinson
MINTO –

It’s not just about municipalities anymore.

It seems as if the business community is the next stage for bringing about an accessible community.

Jennifer Cowan, Wellington County Accessibility Co-ordinator, came to Minto council to provide an overview of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

School Board Re-commits to Accessibility Plan

Thursday September 10 2009
By ASHLEY GOODFELLOW

Public schools in Peel will move toward greater accessibility in accordance with a provincial act to make Ontario barrier-free, pledged the school board at its Sept. 8 meeting.

Recent criticism of the Peel District School Board’s lack of action on approving a plan to address accessibility issues prompted the board to bolster efforts and get back on track.

AODA Transportation Standards Will Compromise on Safety!

Monday, September 7, 2009
By wheelchairdemon

Warning – These New Standards Will Not Be Safe!

The provincial government has too many pieces of legislation and, after reading through a lot of it, I have been left to wonder if they are investing enough resources into making sure they are properly cross-referenced for conflicts or loop-holes which would prevent them from fulfilling their original mandate.

Jan. 1 is Deadline

Posted By SEAN CHASE
September 4, 2009

PETAWAWA – The town is well positioned to meet the legal requirements of the Customer Service Standard policy as laid out in the province’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

As a public sector organization, the town must comply with the standard by Jan. 1, 2010, while private businesses, non-profit organizations and other service providers must comply by 2012.

King on Board with Accessibility Standards

By David Anderson

King councillors stated last week they are on board with the accessibility standards for customer service, which will come into effect in the New Year.

Accessible Buildings a Balancing Act

Public has until Oct. 16 to comment on built environment standards

Sep 01, 2009 – 04:30 AM
By Jillian Follert

OSHAWA — The rubber wheels on Scott Pigden’s scooter bump up against the step outside a vacant downtown Oshawa store, as he demonstrates how even little things can be big barriers.

The step up to the door is just a few inches high, but it’s enough to block those using wheelchairs and scooters from entering, and to pose a serious safety hazard for the visually impaired.