Accessibility Being Tackled in Chatham-Kent

Members of the Chatham-Kent accessibility advisory committee were congratulated
at the Feb. 8 council meeting upon the submission of their 2010-2011 terms of
reference.

The committee was created in 2002, and Coun. Marjorie Crew said, “if you
look at the list of things they have accomplished and done over the last few
years, it’s quite amazing.”

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http://www.coaac.ca/?p=222

Businesses Honoured for Accessibility

Area businesses and individuals were honoured for making the community more
accessible on Tuesday.

The Chatham-Kent Accessibility Advisory Committee handed out its annual awards
at the Thames Campus Arena.

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http://www.coaac.ca/?p=218

City Council Chambers equipped to serve people with hearing loss

Burlington City Council Chambers is now fitted with new assistive listening
devices to accommodate people with hearing loss. Small, cordless, battery operated
receivers are available during council and standing committee meetings to help
people hear the proceedings more clearly.

“Our goal is to ensure Burlington is a place where all people, regardless
of their ability, can fully access programs and services offered by our city.
Ensuring that our facilities meet the needs of all citizens is important to
sustaining a vibrant society, and enhancing customer service and direct citizen
engagement,” said Mayor Cam Jackson.

Calling all Accessibility Advisory Committees (AAC) of Ontario, your voice needs to be heard!

By Geof Collis
February 26, 2010

With the uneven implementation of the Customer Care Standard in School Boards, Hospitals and a broad range of community services and the absence of any meaningful enforcement mechanism, it is more important than ever that your voices be heard

Talking Elevator Makes City Hall More Accessible

Posted February 17, 2010

St. Catharines city hall is becoming more accessible — with an elevator that now tells you which floor you’re on and listening devices that mean you won’t
miss a word your city councillor is saying.

Landlord Must Pay $10,000 to Disabled Tenant Refused Transfer

TORONTO, Feb. 9 /CNW/ – After being refused a transfer five times by their landlord, Peter and Louise Dixon turned to the Human Rights Legal Support Centre for help. Mr. Dixon, a bilateral amputee, viewed several empty units in his building and was told they were not “suitable.”

AODA Alliance Calls on All Parties to Strengthen Bill 231 to Prevent More Inaccessible Elections in Ontario

February 8, 2010

The fallout continues from Elections Ontario’s operating a polling station in the February 4, 2010 by-election that was inaccessible to voters with disabilities,
and its then denying to the media that the polling station was inaccessible.

Read more at
http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/02082010.asp

Inaccessible Toronto Polling Station in February 4, 2010 Provincial By-election Highlights Urgent Need for Strong Provincial Legislation to Ensure Accessible Provincial and Municipal Elections

February 5, 2010
The February 5, 2010 Toronto Sun reported that a polling station in the February 4, 2010 Toronto provincial by-election was inaccessible to voters with
disabilities. (Making this incident worse, Elections Ontario initially denied that the polling station was inaccessible.

Read more at
http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/02052010.asp

Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act Alliance Chair’s 2009 Year-end Report

It is my honour to provide you with my first Year-End Report since I took on the role of Chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
Alliance last February. We have accomplished a great deal in 2009 in our ongoing campaign for a barrier-free Ontario.

There has been progress over the past year. Yet Ontario clearly remains behind schedule to meet the goal, required under the AODA, to become fully accessible
by 2025.

Ontario’s Disabled Fighting to Protect Their Voting Rights

Posted By ANTONELLAARTUSO , QUEEN’S PARK BUREAU CHIEF
February 6, 2010

Activists for the province’s disabled community are calling for tough legislation to protect their voting rights after Elections Ontario set up a polling
station down a flight of stairs.

Man in Wheelchair has Trouble Voting in Toronto Centre Byelection

By antonella artuso
Last Updated: 4th February 2010, 10:32pm

Just a stone’s throw away from Queen’s Park — where legislators passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act just a few years ago — Elections Ontario set up a polling station that could only be accessed by going down a flight of stairs.

Local resident John Wood told the Toronto Sun that he had to abandon his wheelchair and struggle with help down the stairs to cast a ballot in the Toronto Centre byelection Thursday.

Mobility Transit Draws Fire

Aurora
February 01, 2010 08:11 AM
Riders complain about vehicles, penalties
By Sean Pearce

It takes a lot to get Aurora’s Tyler Barker upset, but York Region Transit’s Mobility Plus service has been making a pretty good go of it lately, he says.