AODA Alliance Makes Presentation to Standing Committee of Manitoba Legislature on Need for Strong Accessibility Legislation

June 30, 2011


On the evening of Monday, June 13, 2011, the AODA Alliance made a 15-minute presentation to the Human Resources Standing Committee of the Manitoba Legislature on the need for strong, effective accessibility legislation. On quite short notice, the Standing Committee was holding public hearings on Bill 47, entitled “The Accessibility Advisory Council Act and Amendments to The Government Purchases Act.” The text of our presentation, and of Bill 47, is set out below.

Government Cancels Fund to Accommodate Ontario Public Servants With Disabilities in the Workplace – But Restores it When AODA Alliance Challenges its Cancellation

June 28, 2011


Here is a very troubling recent incident. It shows the need for all of us to keep on our toes, lest we lose ground in the ongoing campaign for a fully accessible Ontario.

For over two decades the Ontario Government has commendably maintained a central fund to pay for the cost of accommodating the workplace needs of Ontario Public Service employees with disabilities. This Employment Accommodation Fund has made a real and positive difference for persons with disabilities seeking jobs in the Ontario Public Service.

Complying with the Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR): Captioning and Describing Web Videos

By Geof Collis
June 28, 2011
Now that the Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR) is Law it is time to start implementing an often overlooked aspect of Web Accessibility, Captioning and Describing Web Video.

The good folks at Inclusive Media & Design, Inc. have compiled some Tips for you to consider and also have the solution for implementation.

Ten Reasons to Caption your Web Videos:

  • Captions compensate for noisy backgrounds or where sound isn’t allowed.
  • They provide a solution for poor audio quality.

Service Animals and People With Disabilities – AODA Best Practices

Author: Suzanne Cohen Share
Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 at 09:00

In Ontario there is a regulation called the Accessibility Standard for Customer Service. One of the requirements of this regulation is that persons with
disabilities are allowed to enter your organization’s public premises with a service animal. A person should be able to remain with the animal unless otherwise excluded by law. If the animal is excluded by law, you must have another measure available to enable the person to obtain, use or benefit from your organization’s goods or services. Note, a service animal is not a pet; he or she is a working animal and must not be excluded under your no-pets policy.

Ontario Business Faces Accessibility Laws

Legislation aside, it’s simply good business for all organizations to commit to full accessibility.

Melissa Magder · Feb. 18, 2011 | Last Updated: Feb. 25, 2011 12:14 PM ET

While other provinces are in the process of examining accessibility laws, Ontario is so far the only province that has legislated the removal of all barriers to access in the public and private sectors.

New Accessibility Standards Impact Ontario Restaurants

June 3, 2011

have a policy on allowing people to use their own assistive devices (e.g. screen reader, cane, wheelchair, oxygen tank) to access your goods and services, your menu for example with regards to a screen reader (View a presentation;

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

What you need to do

New Integrated Standards Posted to AODA Site

Jun 10, 2011
By Geof Collis

The Provincial Government has posted the new ONTARIO REGULATION 191/11, Integrated Accessibility Standards to its e-Laws website and as expected, it is not accessible.

No semantic markup, headings and lists for example, links that make no sense when read out of context, invalid code and more, all of which make this page non compliant to the very standards it is written for. How ironic.

McGuinty Government Dodges our Request that Presto Smart Card Not be Installed at TTC Until Fully Accessible – but AODA Alliance Presses Again for a Clear Commitment

June 10, 2011


As reported in an earlier update, on June 6, 2011 we wrote to Ontario Transportation Minister Wynne, TTC Chair Stintz, and Toronto Mayor Ford. We sought a commitment that they would not install the Presto Smart Card technology for paying transit fares on the Toronto Transit Commission until and unless it was made fully accessible to persons with disabilities. To see this letter, visit:

Loss of Full-Serve Stations Hurts Seniors, Disabled: Council

Stouffville mayor wants province to act

By Sandra Bolan
Jun 10, 2011 – 9:28 AM

When Main Street’s Beaver gas station re-opens in October under the Shell name, disabled drivers will have to call ahead for assistance at the pumps.

Shell Canada has received site plan approval from the town to overhaul the site and develop a 1,984-square-foot convenience store with four gas pumps,
all of which will be self serve.

Toronto Transit Commission to Adopt Presto Smart Card – BUT Will TTC and the City of Toronto Ensure Ontario Makes it Barrier-Free Before Implementing it?

June 7, 2011


Even though the new Integrated Accessibility Regulation has finally been enacted under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, will Toronto transit passengers face new barriers in the future when paying fares to ride the TTC?

Major Development in Our Campaign for a Fully Accessible Ontario – McGuinty Government Enacts Integrated Accessibility Regulation -Addressing Barriers in Information and Communication, Employment and Transportation

qJune 3, 2011


On Friday, June 3, 2011, just 10 days before the sixth anniversary of the day when the AODA went into effect, the McGuinty Government enacted and made public the new and finalized Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR). It addresses barriers impeding persons with disabilities in information and communication, employment and transportation. We will have the new IAR available for download shortly at:

MCGuinty Government to Make Public the Finalized Enacted Integrated Accessibility Regulation this Friday

June 1, 2011


On Tuesday, May 31, 2011 the McGuinty Government announced that on Friday June 3, 2011 it will make public the finalized Integrated Accessibility Regulation it is enacting under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. This is the final stage in the development of that accessibility regulation. When it is made public on Friday, It will be the law of the Province of Ontario.

Accessibility Advocate Calls for ‘Barrier Buster’ Actions at Guelph Conference

June 1, 2011

GUELPH — A leading advocate for people with disabilities said universities and colleges have an enormous amount of power to affect accessibility practices and technologies, not only on campuses but across society.

Rozanski Hall on the University of Guelph is the site of the third annual The Accessibility Conference, which opened Tuesday and runs through Wednesday.