Henderson: It’s Time to Make Polls Fully Accessible

By Helen Henderson
Disabilities Reporter
Published On Sat Apr 30 2011

Former MPP Gary Malkowski, special advisor to the president of the Canadian Hearing Society, says those responsible for overseeing federal, provincial and municipal voting “all lack the budget to fund services that would allow for full participation of deaf Canadians in electoral activities.”

Come Monday, it’s a pretty safe bet we’ll be tallying a few horror stories about barriers that prevent people with disabilities from exercising their right to vote.

AODA Alliance Update: Three Quick Ways You Can Help Promote Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities

April 29, 2011


Please take a few moments to help our campaign for a fully-accessible Ontario. We here recap three quick and easy actions you can take to help our campaign.

AODA and the Relationship with the Ontario Human Rights Code

Author: Suzanne Cohen Share
Posted on Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 at 9:15 am

While learning about the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), organizations should be aware of the legal limitations of the Act in relation to the Ontario Human Rights Code.
Many people are unaware that the Code takes precedent.

Updated: “Essential Accessibility” is “Not Essential to Meeting the Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR)

By Geof Collis
Badeyes Design & Consulting
April 14, 2011
Updated July 1, 2011

Due to this article I wrote the following information was found on a W3C mailing list(http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-gl/2011AprJun/0132.html) with regards to Essential Accessibility and its claims:

I am confident that we can all agree that this sort of approach is not necessary for WCAG 2.0 conformance. I am personally skeptical that this approach is sufficient for conformance, so I am glad you raise the issue for discussion!
Bruce Bailey
Accessibility IT Specialist
U.S. Access Board

The Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR) is now Law and some Companies are giving out misleading information regarding Website Accessibility and at its core is a Suite of Tools from Essential Accessibility that is sponsored by March of Dimes.

Make Sure the Polling Station for You in the October 2011 Election is Accessible to Voters with Disabilities

April 8, 2011


Here is the latest news in our 12-year long campaign to ensure that elections in Ontario are fully accessible to persons with disabilities.

1. Voters with disabilities across Ontario can now benefit from a hard-one new right for which we vigorously fought last year. Elections Ontario has publicly posted all the polling stations it plans to use in the October 2011 Ontario General Election. Let Elections Ontario know by May 6, 2011 if the polling station they have chosen for your area is fully accessible. If it isn’t, urge them to relocate that polling station.

Accessibility Action Plan for the 2011 Provincial General Election

April 6, 2011

It is with great pleasure that I present my Accessibility Action Plan for the 2011 Provincial General Election.

Since the 2007 general election, Ontario has made great progress in its understanding and approach to accessibility. Historically, accessibility indicated the accommodation of exceptions, where concern was directed to individual cases. Now, accessibility means inclusiveness, where all visible and invisible disabilities are automatically accounted for. This shifting awareness towards accessibility is due to the large segment of our population which is aging and to the fact that 1 out of 7 Ontarians currently have some form of disability.

OCAD U Sees an Accessible Future with New Master Program in Inclusive Design

Jaclyn Law | Wednesday, March 30, 2011

In a major step that will further establish Toronto as a centre of innovation in inclusive design, OCAD University is launching a two-year Master of Design
in Inclusive Design program. The goal is to cultivate a brain trust of people skilled in accessible technologies, then scatter them across sectors — everywhere from government to the arts — so that inclusion will become a habit rather than remaining an afterthought.

Canada, Labour and Employment, The Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities Act, 2005: Preparing Your Organization For Compliance – McCarthy Tétrault

06 April 2011
Article by Daniel Pugen

Within less than one year, most organizations will have to comply with the Customer Service Standard (CSS) of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The CSS applies to designated public sector organizations as of January 1, 2011. Commencing January 1, 2012, it will also apply to every other
organization that provides goods or services to members of the public or other third parties and that employs at least one employee in Ontario. Simply
put, most private sector employers must comply by January 1, 2012.

AODA Alliance: Help Us Respond to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s and the Public Transit Sector’s Efforts to Weaken the Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR) and to Delay its Enactment

April 5, 2011


We now have a unique insight into the views of perhaps the most vocal voices advocating to weaken the McGuinty Government’s proposed new regulation to address barriers facing persons with disabilities in the areas of employment, transportation, and information and communication. It is striking that this resistance comes from organizations that advocate for municipal governments and public transit authorities in Ontario. In other words, these are the voices of local government agencies, raised to try to slow down progress towards accessibility for persons with disabilities.

City of Kawartha Lakes Thumbs Its Nose at the AODA!

Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR) soon to become Law but City of Kawartha Lakes shows contempt by launching a non standards compliant website.

By Geof Collis

The City of Kawartha Lakes launched it’s Economic Development website on March 31 and even though I informed them it wasn’t accessible according to the soon to be Law “Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR”, they launched it anyway, but why not? Whose going to stop them?

City Violated Rights of Disabled Ex-Aide

Published On Thu Mar 31 2011
Robyn Doolittle Urban Affairs Reporter

George Berger alleged to the Ontario human rights tribunal that he had suffered harassment by Councillor Frances Nunziata, his then boss, because of his disability.

It’s likely the City of Toronto will be forced to pay a disabled man damages now that Ontario’s human rights tribunal has determined the city failed to
investigate George Berger’s allegations of discrimination and harassment.