Henderson: Enough with the Talk. It’s Time for Action.

By Helen Henderson
Disabilities Reporter
June 26,2010
Time to get the lead out.

We’ve had enough committees, more than enough promises. If Ontario is serious about being an inclusive province, the time is now.

Time to get beyond the cumbersome committee process and establish an arms-length Ontario Accessibility Standards Board to lead the way.

Will the McGuinty Government Keep Its Election Promise of Effective Enforcement for the AODA?

June 15, 2010

In the 2003 provincial election, Dalton McGuinty promised that the
Disabilities Act his Government would pass would have effective enforcement.
Seven years later, and half a year after the first accessibility standard went into effect under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities
Act, we are only now learning some limited details about what enforcement there will be.

Mcguinty Government Uses Public Tax Dollars to Develop Public Transit Smart Cards with Barriers Against People With Disabilities

June 21, 2010

SUMMARY

We want to bring to your attention a very troubling example that shows the need for the Ontario Government to develop a new, concerted policy, procedure and practice to ensure that it does not use public funds to create, perpetuate or exacerbate barriers against persons with disabilities in goods, services
or facilities. This is also a compelling case showing why the forthcoming Information and Communication Accessibility Standard, which the Government is
still developing, must effectively set strong accessibility requirements for electronic kiosks.

Releasing Constraints: The Impacts of Increased Accessibility on Ontario’s Economy

June 14, 2010

In 2005, the Ontario Legislature passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act to improve accessibility across the province. The disability
community saw the legislation as a milestone in the government’s commitment to creating a level playing field for all Ontarians. But many businesses and municipalities across the province responded with skepticism, believing the act would result in increased costs and result in few benefits. However

Will the McGuinty Government Fully Implement the Recommendations of the Government-Appointed Charles Beer Independent Review of the AODA?

June 13, 2010

SUMMARY

A very current question in our campaign for a fully-accessible Ontario is whether the McGuinty Government will fully implement the Report of the
Government-appointed Charles Beer Independent Review of the AODA. The McGuinty Government received the Beer Report in February 2010, some four months ago. It did not release it to the public until May 31, 2010.

AODA Alliance Releases its Detailed Analysis of the Charles Beer Independent Review Report on the Effectiveness of the Government’s Implementation of the AODA

June 3, 2010

The AODA Alliance here releases a thorough analysis of the Charles Beer Independent Review of the Ontario Government’s implementation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (about 20 pages). We hope you find this helpful as an explanation of what the Report found, and how much it responds to concerns and issues we have been raising.

Many Thanks to Accessibility Advisory Committees

By Suzanne Share
June 10, 2010

Now that the Built Environment Standard Committee for the Province of Ontario has completed their work, my first instinct was to talk about the experience and the outcome. Before putting fingers to the keyboard, another topic came to the forefront. The obvious and first thing to state is I owe a debt of thanks to the participants of a Yahoo Group the Coalition of Ontario Accessibility Advisory Committees (COAAC www.coaac.ca).

Open Letter to Members of the AODA Alliance

Dear Alliance Members:

We are writing this open letter to the membership of the AODA Alliance to thank
you for your tremendous efforts and your leadership in addressing accessibility-rights
issues, as well as for the inspiration and support you have given those of us
outside Ontario who are working to build on your experience and successes.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1501

National Access Awareness Week

June 3, 2010
Op-Ed from Honourable Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community and Social Services

Twenty-five years before he carried the Olympic torch in Vancouver, Rick Hansen inspired a nation by travelling 40,000 km around the world in his wheelchair. Rick shared a message that was the genesis of National Access Awareness Week – a message that is the foundation of our government’s plan for a stronger, accessible Ontario.  

The Strength and Potential of Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committees (MAACs)

By Geof Collis
June 1, 2010
After reading the above named section from the Report of the Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 http://www.aoda.ca/?page_id=468 it has become even more apparent that a venue like www.coaac.ca along with its ListServe is exactly what Charles Beer is referring to.

It is also something that David Lepofsky of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance said in a recent article:

Ontario Marks National Access Awareness Week   

May 31, 2010 1:00 PM

McGuinty Government Breaking Down Barriers While Supporting Business

Ontario is celebrating National Access Awareness Week and marking the fifth anniversary of the province’s groundbreaking Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.