Annual Report 2009-2010: Educate Empower Act

Adding our voice on the AODA
Posted to site July23, 2010

For the past year, the OHRC has been busy reviewing and commenting on areas where standards are being developed under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

Disability continues to be one of the most cited grounds in discrimination complaints so this will continue to be a priority. People continue to face issues
like getting a ramp so they can enter their apartment building, or being put on the end of the list in hospital emergency rooms because they have a mental health issue.

Political Candidates Shouldn’t Pay for Accessibility: Report

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 | 5:52 PM ET
The Canadian Press

A new report says accessibility costs should not be included towards spending limits for political candidates with disabilities, but at least one former
politician says more is needed to remove barriers.

In a report released Tuesday, the Ontario Human Rights Commission said costs like sign-language interpreting and braille translation should be exempted.

Celebrating Us!

By John Rae
Notes for an address at the 7th Annual Simply People celebration at Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto,Tuesday, July 20, 2010.

Tonight is for us, and about us! Tonight is a time for us to celebrate our accomplishments and to redouble our efforts to bring about true equality for all persons with disabilities in Canada and around the world.

Disabled Ontarians Can’t Access New Transit Payment Method

Aaron Broverman
Jul 19th 2010 at 12:00PM

Prestocard is a new project meant to make it easier for Ontarians in the GTA, Hamilton and Ottawa to pay their transit fare. Throughout the summer people will be able to travel through various transit systems in Ontario simply by loading money onto a card using the phone, the website or a kiosk. Once the card is loaded with the desired amount, the traveler simply waves it in front of the station’s reader and is on their way — whether by bus, GO Train or subway.

Open Letter – Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA)

By Catherine Gardner
July 19, 2010

Dear Premier Dalton McGuinty, (Open Letter)

Mr. McGuinty, I must ask how it is that people with disabilities can expect
the AODA to have any enforcement teeth when the Leader of the Provincial Government
which passed this AODA Act fails to provide accessibility at his own riding


Terminating a Disabled Employee Can Be a Costly Decision

Friday, July 16th, 2010
By: Cedric P. Lamarche

A recent decision from the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal serves as a reminder that employers should tread carefully when dealing with
employees suffering from disabilities.

Integrating People With Disabilities (PWD) Into the Workplace

White paper
Summary of Deloitte’s Dialogue on diversity roundtables
July 2010
Setting the stage
Making diversity a priority in Canadian organizations is imperative – not just because it is the right thing to do, but because it is critical to the future
success of our businesses and our economy.

The OHRC Introduces a New Resource for Human Rights and Mental Health

Posted to site July 5, 2010

The Ontario Human Rights Commission has serious concerns about the degree to which people with mental health disabilities experience discrimination in areas such as employment, housing, and services. Discriminating against someone because they have a mental health disability or addiction is a violation of Ontario’s Human Rights Code.

Accept No Substitutes!

By Geof Collis
Bad Eyes Design & Consulting
July 3, 2010

For the longest time I’ve was advocating against the Portable Document Format (PDF), none of them were accessible to my screen reader so I”Settled” for plain text, to me it was the lesser of evils. At no time did I ever care for the Microsoft Word format, next to an inaccessible PDF it was just as bad.