Visual Fire Alarms Needed

Published December 22, 2011

Re: Home ablaze, they couldn’t scream, Dec. 19

Thanks for reporting on this story about a deaf couple’s experience when their home was gutted by a fire. We are thrilled that all family members are safe.

Helping Businesses Become More Accessible

Laurie Weir
Dec 20, 2011 – 9:52 AM

Roger Bernicky would like more businesses to be accessible for him and his wheelchair. Laurie Weir Roger Bernicky says he used to be “one of them.”

As he sits in the patient lounge at the Great War Memorial Hospital after having his right leg amputated just below the knee, Bernicky says he used to view those in wheelchairs differently.

Tip Sheet: Helping Employees With Disabilities Stay Safe

Posted December 19, 2011

As an employer, you want to keep your employees safe. Ontario’s Accessibility Standard for Employment can help you do that.

Attention AODA Organizations: Actions to Complete by January 1, 2012

Author: Suzanne Cohen Share
Posted on Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 at 09:00

January 1, 2012, is the date to complete all actions required under the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service and emergency preparedness requirements in the Integrated Accessibility Standards. The good news is, if your organization is obligated to report, you do not have to file with the government until December 31, 2012.

How Easy is it for You to Shop?

Margaret Denton
Fri Dec 9 2011

As we age and some of us find ourselves with physical challenges, an age-friendly shopping experience becomes an important factor that contributes to our continued independence and quality of life. In the Hamilton Council on Aging’s (HCoA) 2010 report, Hamilton: A City for ALL Ages, older adults identified many barriers and obstacles that exist in Hamilton’s outdoor spaces and buildings that present a challenge to their quality of life and need to be addressed.

Meeting the Customer Service Standard (CSS): Restaurant Menus

Jan 1 Deadline is right around the corner, is your Menu Accessible to All?
By Geof Collis
December 8, 2011

All businesses with at least one employee will have to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Customer Service Standard (CSS) taking effect Jan. 1, 2012.

With regards to Restaurants you need to have a policy on allowing people to use their own assistive devices to access your Goods and Services and that includes your menu.

Business Accessibility Needs Common Sense Approach

New regulations in 2012
By Nancy Powers
Posted December 7, 2011

Businesses need not be anxious about the new accessibility rules that come into effect on Jan. 1, 2012.

Louie DiPalma, who is the director of the small/medium enterprise program at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, feels that most businesses are already complying with the standards being laid out.

“You are likely about 95 per cent already where you need to be,” said DiPalma, “there might just need to be some tweaking.”

To Mark International Day for People With Disabilities, AODA Alliance Identifies Major Actions Needed by Key Ontario Cabinet Ministers to Advance Ontario Towards Full Accessibility

December 3, 2011

SUMMARY

Today December 3, 2011, is the International Day for People with Disabilities. To mark this important occasion, we are making public our latest initiative to advance our campaign for a barrier-free Ontario.

The AODA Alliance has just written seven cabinet ministers in the Ontario Government. For each, we identify the key disability accessibility issues that they need to address. We link our proposals to election commitments that the Government has made. We offer each minister our help in addressing these issues

Better Service for Disabled Key Goal of New Policy

Published On Sun Dec 4 2011
Raveena Aulakh, Staff reporter

Businesses in Ontario will soon be required to provide better customer service to those with disabilities as the province rolls out a much-anticipated new policy.

“It’s a first step, a very positive step and it will help business just as much,” said John Milloy, the Minister of Community and Social Services in an interview on Sunday.

Disabled community left in the cold

At the International Day for People with Disabilities, Jaisa Sulit tells the Star how her life outlook was transformed by her disability.
Francine Kopun, Staff Reporter
Published On Sat Dec 3 2011

The blind and those in wheelchairs gathered on a cold corner of Nathan Phillips Square Saturday to stage their own celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities after the annual event was cancelled by the City of Toronto.

Breaking Down Barriers With the Right Attitude

KITCHENER — Not every barrier to access is visible.

It’s easy to see the “one-step” into stores and restaurants that stop wheelchairs, walkers and strollers alike in their tracks.

But as Canada’s population ages and Ontario approaches the first significant deadline outlined by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, universal accessibility is becoming a standard of planning and design. Yet there’s still much work to be done.

Persons With Disabilities Are Still Waiting for Action: OFL Statement for International Day of Persons With Disabilities, 2011

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Dec. 2, 2011) – December 3, marks the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities. According to the United Nations, persons with disabilities make up an estimated 15 percent of the world’s population and a quarter of the global population is directly affected by disability, as care-givers or family members.

New Policy Sends Landlords Back to School

December 2, 2011
Jennifer Brown
SPECIAL TO THE STAR

A new provincial policy that outlines standards for better customer service to people with disabilities is rolling out Jan.

1. The Federation of Rental Housing Providers of Ontario is trying to make sure its members are up to speed on how to comply.

The Accessibility Standard for Customer Service is part of regulations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with

‘Church is for Everybody’

By Chelsea Temple Jones
Posted Dec 2, 2011

In the west end of Toronto, the grey sky threatens thunder. The heavy summer air pushes the heads of lilies down toward the sidewalk. Early this morning, there is no traffic flowing along the long vein of Runnymede Avenue, where a couple strolls comfortably, side by side, toward church.
“Today’s my birthday,” announces the man, Andreas Prinz. “I’m going to make a big change to be closer to God in all ways.” Marianna Adams, his partner, rolls her eyes. “I hope it happens.”

Accessibility Law Says Taxis Can’t Overcharge Disabled Passengers

J.P. ANTONACCI / The Advance
Nov 30, 2011 – 10:22 AM

Taxicab passengers with disabilities or mobility issues that require the storage and transport of aids or assistive devices cannot be charged a higher fare than able-bodied passengers, according to provincial accessibility legislation discussed at last week’s Committee of the Whole meeting in North Grenville.