AODA Alliance – Disability advocates slam weak elections Bill

Urge accessible elections for voters with disabilities – Will present demands to Legislative Committee on March 31

TORONTO, March 30 /CNW/ – Because voters with disabilities still confront barriers impeding access to polling stations and voting independently, at 12:30 pm, Wednesday March 31, 2010 the AODA Alliance will press an Ontario Legislature Standing Committee at Queen’s Park Room 151, to beef up the McGuinty Government’s toothless Bill 231. They want fully accessible elections for over one million voters with disabilities. The Government’s Bill 231 is supposed to modernize elections, including addressing barriers facing voters with disabilities.

First Day of Public Hearings Show Resounding Support for Our Call for Bill 231 to be Strengthened to Ensure Fully Accessible Elections for Ontarians with Disabilities

On March 24, 2010, the Legislature’s Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly’s public hearings heard a resounding, unanimous call from all community organization presenters, from the Ontario Human Rights Commission, and from several individuals with disabilities. They called for Bill 231 to be significantly strengthened to ensure fully accessible elections for persons with disabilities.

Faculty members get a lesson in AODA

By Heather Travis
Thursday, March 18, 2010  

Although faculty members may not traditionally view their classroom time as providing a ‘service,’ under new legislation teaching is considered a service professors provide to student ‘customers.’    

Staff members have completed training sessions geared towards the accessibility standards for customer service under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), which took effect on Jan. 1.    

Ontario Throne Speech Makes Progress on Disability Accessibility A Priority for the McGuinty Government

March 8, 2010

Today, the Ontario Government commenced a new session of the Ontario Legislature with a Speech from the Throne. This is where the Government sets out its priorities for action over the next session of the Legislature.

In today’s Throne Speech, the Government committed:

“Your government will continue to open up new economic opportunities for all Ontarians through the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, which
will make Ontario accessible by 2025.”

OC Transpo Receives Penalty for Failing to Call Out Stops

Ottawa – March 16, 2010 – The Canadian Transportation Agency today issued a $12,500 penalty to OC Transpo for failing to comply with an order to call out major and requested stops on all of its routes.

Seeing-Eye Dog Refused Entry to Restaurant

Manager apologizes, but advocates for the blind say it happens too often

Wednesday, March 10, 2010 | 12:27 PM ET
Joel Daze said his dog is his eyes, and she gets him where he needs to go. (cbc)

manager of a Subway restaurant has apologized to a visually impaired Ottawa man who was refused service at the restaurant because he wasn’t allowed to bring his seeing-eye dog inside, and advocacy groups for the blind say this happens far too often.

Guelph Man Gets His Wheelchair-Accessible Door

March 10, 2010
Joanne Shuttleworth

GUELPH — Matt Wozenilek can’t wait to try out the wheelchair-accessible door at his neighbourhood 7-Eleven store after taking the company to the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and winning.

Wozenilek, 58, can’t get around without a wheelchair and didn’t like that he couldn’t enter the 7-Eleven store at Stevenson Street North and Speedvale Avenue — the only convenience store in his neighbourhood — without someone opening the door for him.

Accessibility Standards for Customer Service: A Student Perspective

By Kayla Preston-Lord, first-year student, Faculty of Art
Last Modified:02/03/2010 2:12:35 PM

years ago, the Government of Ontario passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), which will update accessibility standards across the province. The act rolls out in five parts, with 2025 as the goal for a fully accessible Ontario. The first part, Accessibility Standards for Customer Service, came into effect on January 1 of this year, and requires every service provider to take part. This includes the faculty, staff and student monitors here at Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD).

“Coalition on Emergency Preparedness for People With Disabilities”

– Inclusive Emergency Preparedness Canada (IEPC) is developing training
materials for emergency reception centres and shelter staff and volunteers on how best to assist people with disabilities during an
emergency or disaster.

TORONTO, Feb. 26 /CNW/ – Ontario-wide – Natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina, the Asian tsunami and other catastrophic events have keenly demonstrated
the need for emergency preparedness for government, businesses, households and individuals. When planning for disasters or emergencies, special consideration needs to be taken to include people with disabilities.