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!

Chamber Hears About Accessibility Act

BY Laurie Watt, STAFF October 29, 2009 06:10

Barrie’s Accessibility Advisory Committee got into the business of teaching customer service to the Greater Barrie Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Barrie.

Thanks to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), municipalities have had to set up committees to help implement a series of provincial regulations that break down barriers for people with disabilities – be they physical (including vision and hearing losses), intellectual or mental health.

Site Check Certifications, Who Can You Trust?

By Geof Collis
Badeyes Design and Consulting
October 24, 2009

I recently read an article CIBC.com the first banking site in Canada to receive CNIB Site Check certification and just had to check it out.

Final Proposed Accessible Employment Standard

By Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor, HRinfodesk.com—Canadian Payroll and Employment Law News, October 2009

The final proposed accessible employment standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) has now been submitted to the Minister of Community and Social Services (the Minister) for consideration as law. The proposed standard is designed to help employers create equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities and sets out the specific actions (requirements) that employers must take to achieve this. If the minister recommends that the whole proposed standard, or parts of it, be turned into a regulation, this will start a process for it to become law in Ontario.

Status of the A.O.D.A

October 2009
By John Rae, 1st Vice President,
Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians(AEBC)

Is Ontario now on schedule for achieving fully accessible employment, goods, services, facilities and buildings in the public and private sectors by 2025 as the Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act requires?

How much progress towards full accessibility has been made from June 2005 to the present?

Customer Service a Mindset

Accessibility Act deadline fast-approaching
October 14, 2009
BY Lucy Hass

Providing customer service for people with disabilities is as much about mindset as it is about method.

Renfrew council recently received a primer on the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act from one of only three trainers in Renfrew County.

Accessibility Focus of Next Scugog Chamber Meeting

New legislation to be highlighted at Oct. 29 meeting
Oct 13, 2009 – 02:56 PM
By Chris Hall

SCUGOG — Scugog’s businesses will get a taste of what’s to come over the next two years when the Scugog Chamber of Commerce focuses on new accessibility standards at its next breakfast meeting.
Slated to be held Oct. 29 at the Scugog Community Centre, 1655 Reach St., the session will provide an overview of the first standard to be implemented under Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The goal of the legislation is to make Ontario completely accessible by 2025.

Handicapped Parking Fines Eyed

October 9, 2009
SHAWN JEFFORDS
The Observer

The fines paid by able-bodied drivers who park in handicapped parking spaces could be used to help Sarnia pay for costly accessibility initiatives mandated by the Ontario government, a committee of council has suggested.

Barriers Will Face Us All as We Get Older

Posted By MIKE PUFFER
October 13, 2009

Congratulations must go out to members of the Kawartha Lakes Accessibility Advisory
Committee for a special event presented two weekends ago.

The Accessibility Aware Fair in Lindsay on Oct. 3 was a spirited attempt to draw attention to disability issues and barriers faced by many people in our community on a daily basis.

Setting the Bar

Members of the disabled community say they prefer the L-shaped handled to the angled one in washrooms.
By Jeff Labine, tbnewswatch

Washroom bar handles should be standardised across Canada says some members of the disabled community.

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act released a proposed Accessibility Built Environment Standard for the public to review. Person’s United for Self-Help held a community information workshop at Confederation College on Saturday to see if there were any issues that needed to be addressed. The public has until Oct. 16 to have input.

Accessibility Plan ’Investment for All‘

KAREN MCKINLEY
10/04/2009

A proposal to make all public and private buildings accessible to all disabilities is being reviewed.

The idea, being prepared under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), was up for public discussion at Confederation College on Saturday.

Access a Right, Says Commissioner

JIM KELLY
10/02/2009

The chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission says that while the Accessibility for Ontarians with a Disability Act (AODA) gives business owners and others until 2025 to comply, many have already made their facilities accessible.

“Many restaurants in Ontario have been made accessible because people have filed complaints and they have complied voluntarily or have been ordered by tribunals to do that,” said Barbara Hall.

Travel Woes of the Disabled in Our Community

September 30, 2009

You are a person with a disability. That disability requires that you use a wheelchair or scooter for mobility. In this case, your disability is Multiple Sclerosis and you need to attend one of the special clinics for MS in Toronto to see your neurologist. You live in a city/town or rural area in Simcoe County.

The important question is: “How do you get there?”