Equal Access Delayed is Equal Access Denied!

By Geof Collis
December 31, 2010

In my ongoing battle for my simple request for getting documentation in an accessible format from my City I was finally treated to a response from the Minister by way of the Accessibility Directorate’s Office.

On Monday December 6, 2010 I sent a letter to the Minister asking her to give the City direction on the matter, they finally responded to me on Friday December 17 at 4:30 in the afternoon2 business weeks later.

Disability Rights Activist Still Waiting For a Fully Accessible Transit System

By John Bonnar
December 22, 2010

Anne Abbott (centre) spoke at Monday’s rally calling for a free and fully accessible public transit system. Photo: John Bonnar

For nine months, Anne Abbott waited for the Toronto Transit Commission to fix the elevator at the Yonge and Bloor subway station in downtown Toronto so she and other disabled commuters could get to work, attend school, visit friends and be active members of their communities.

Watchdog’s Request Reasonable: Reader

Letters to the editor
Posted December 10, 2010

Re: ‘Access watchdog blasts city for PDFs of minutes,’ Dec. 3

I fail to see what the issue is for the City of Kawartha Lakes in providing Mr. Collis with copies of council minutes in an accessible format.

The Sound of Accommodation: Do You Hear What I Hear?

Published on December 16, 2010 by Donna Seale

I recently found myself at the place I love to grab a nice, hot cup of tea (I’m a sucker for a good
cuppa).

It’s a hip little place, where lots of people like to hang out on a Saturday and read their papers or chat with friends.  Music is always playing in the
background.  There’s always a line up and orders come fast and furious from customers and are echoed back to the person making the chosen beverage.

Reveal Human Rights Review Findings: Mother

Dec 08, 2010 – 4:27 PM

The City of Cambridge has a public duty to reveal findings of a consultant’s report ordered by a human rights tribunal, says a Cambridge mother whose son was denied access to a city summer camp.

Recently, the city was ordered by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario to pay the Cambridge family $12,000 in damages after the 12-year-old boy was denied partial access to a nine-week camp at John Dolson Centre pool in 2008.

Customer Service Standard Not Worth the Paper It’s Printed On!

By Geof Collis
December 14, 2010

City of Kawartha Lakes cowardly hides behind the Provincial Government in its decision not to grant my request in the article
Access Watchdog Blasts City For PDFs of Minutes

Over a 12 business day span I had a one way email correspondence with my City for a simple request of documentation, the first one being part of the above article. Everyone was ignored, until the 16 th business day, coincidentally after the Article broke, the Mayor asked Staff to look into it.

Disabilities Call for Papers

Posted to site: December 8, 2010

Law Commission of Ontario Releases Six Commissioned Research Papers on the Law as it Affects Persons with Disabilities 

In January 2010, the LCO issued a Call for Research Papers
related to its project on the Law as it Affects Persons with Disabilities. The Call closed on February 12, 2010. Six research papers were completed through
this Call for Papers, as follows:  

Rights and Wrongs

By: Dan Birch
DECEMBER 2010

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario seems to be a more frequent stop for injured workers with accommodation concerns since changes to the provincial human rights system were adopted two years ago.

“It’s becoming increasingly more common,” notes Ryan Conlin, a partner at SBH Management Lawyers in Toronto.

Becoming Accessible

Ellie Garlin

Due to improvements made over the last few years, those with disabilities have fewer barriers on campus.

With the province’s Disabilities Act taking full effect in 2012, Laurier is planning to make campus more accommodating

Olivia Nightingale

December 1, 2010 3:32 AM

The Ontario provincial government introduced the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) in 2005, meant to usher in a new era of equality
for those with cognitive and physical disabilities.

Access Watchdog Blasts City For PDFs of Minutes

By LISA GERVAIS, LINDSAY POST REPORTER
December 3, 2010

KAWARTHA LAKES- Accessibility watchdog Geof Collis is after the City of Kawartha Lakes again -this time for meeting minutes that he can read on his Screen Reader.

Collis, in an e-mail to mayor Ric McGee (copied to The Lindsay Post), said “since this has been an issue for me in the past, I’m starting at the top and
working down.

What a Screen Reader Is Not!

By Geof Collis
December 3, 2010

I recently read a couple of articles where the Author, obviously not a screen reader user, tried to explain what they are and what they do.

While I’m sure they meant well they aren’t doing those of us who have to use one on a daily basis any favours.

Read more at
http://www.badeyes.com/?p=261

Court Rules That Federal Inaccessible Government Websites Violate the Constitutional Rights of Blind Canadians –Strong Reason for McGuinty Government to Substantially Strengthen its Weak Proposed Information and Communication Accessibility Standard

December 2, 2010

SUMMARY

On Monday, November 29, 2010, the Federal Court of Canada rendered a landmark ruling on accessibility of websites for persons with disabilities. It will very powerfully support our call for the McGuinty Government to strengthen its weak proposals for its forthcoming integrated accessibility standard, to be enacted under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The AODA Alliance calls on the McGuinty Government to now heed our call for the information and communication provisions of the forthcoming integrated accessibility standard to be strengthened, for its exemptions to be cut back and for its time lines for action to be sped up.

OFL Statement for International Day of Persons With Disabilities (December 3, 2010)

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Dec. 2, 2010) – Fri., Dec. 3, marks the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities and gives prominence to issues of access, inclusion and equality. It also shines a spotlight on the need for urgent government action in support of the full involvement of persons with disabilities.

More than 1.85 million Ontarians, 15.5% of the population, have a disability and this number is quickly rising as society ages.

Will the McGuinty Government Restore as a Full-Time Position the Vital Post of Assistant Deputy Minister of Government Services for Accessibility?

December 1, 2010

SUMMARY

Last year, to its credit, the McGuinty Government created the new full-time position of Assistant Deputy Minister of Government Services for Accessibility. That person has lead responsibility for making the Ontario Public Service fully accessible. This includes making the Ontario Government a barrier-free workplace, as well as removing and preventing barriers that persons with disabilities face when using Ontario Government services and facilities.

Accessibility Barriers Result In Feeling of Isolation

City Scope
By IAN MCCALLUM
November 27, 2010

Prior to the Oct. 25 municipal vote, City Scope teamed up with accessibility advocate Ed McLachlan to expose members of council and aldermanic candidates to the frustrations encountered by city residents dealing with accessibility issues in their daily routine.