AODA: Why Do I Have to Notify the Public When There is a Disruption of Services?

Author: Suzanne Cohen Share
Posted on Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 at 09:00

In Ontario, under the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service, as of January 1, 2012, organizations are required to publicly notify customers of temporary disruptions of services or facilities or if they are expected to be temporarily unavailable in the near future, including the steps to take to access alternative methods. This includes planned as well as unplanned service disruptions. Any disruption of services or facilities that people with disabilities need to access your products or services requires proper notification. You will provide a description of alternative facilities or services if they are available.

The Accessibility Lesson Which My Co-Workers and I Learned During Dinner

by Ron Brooks
THE BRAILLE FORUM, Volume L July-August 2011 No. 1

In September of 2009, my employer established an internal committee called the North American Diversity Council, whose mission is to
develop and implement programs that promote a culture which welcomes and fosters diversity and that helps us to increase the diversity of our
suppliers and executive and managerial employees.

2010-2011 Annual Report celebrates 50 years of OHRC

TORONTO, July 20, 2011 /CNW/ – Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall today released the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s 2010-2011 Annual Report.

“This year marks a special anniversary for the Commission,” said Ms Hall. “The report looks back at some of the key advances over the past five decades in protecting and promoting human rights for all Ontarians. It also documents the OHRC’s accomplishments during the last 12 months as we’ve worked to build on our 50-year legacy.

AODA Alliance Writes Three Political Parties to Request 2011 Election Commitments

July 19, 2011


We have just launched the next phase in our campaign for a fully-accessible Ontario. We will raise accessibility issues in the upcoming October 2011 provincial election. We also want to again try to ensure that this election is fully accessible to voters and candidates with disabilities.

Accessibility Rules for New Builds Only

By Madeleine Meilleur, The Windsor Star July 18, 2011 5:12 AM  

Re: Parks review: Assessing playgrounds, Star editorial, July 9.

I am writing in response to your July 9 editorial on the province’s proposed accessibility standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities
Act, 2005 (AODA).

I first want to congratulate the City of Windsor for proactively considering accessibility for children with disabilities and their families when planning
playgrounds and other outdoor spaces.

What is the Future for Enforcing Human Rights in Ontario?

July 13, 2011


In the October Ontario election, an important issue for persons with disabilities will be the future of the enforcement of the Ontario Human Rights Code. The Human Rights Code makes it illegal to discriminate against a person because of such things as his or her disability, in areas like employment, housing, and access to goods, services and facilities. This election issue concerns what you will have to do to enforce your human rights, if you feel you were the victim of a barrier that violates the Human Rights Code.

Thumbs Up Program: Helpful or Misleading?

By Geof Collis
July 8, 2011

I posted a Press Release “New Program Will Give a “Thumbs Up” that sparked a debate on the Coalition of Ontario Accessibility Advisory Committee (COAAC) forum that has me wondering if Accessibility Advisory Committees (AAC) are working in isolation as the Charles Beer Report alludes to.

When Will a Built Environment Accessibility Standard be Enacted?

July 8, 2011


Now that the Ontario government has enacted the Integrated Accessibility Regulation to address barriers in transportation, employment, and information and communication, our attention turns to the remaining unfinished accessibility standard that has been in the works to date. That is the Built Environment Accessibility Standard.

Top 5 Web Accessibility Pitfalls

Editors Note: Even more discussion against Essential Accessibility and other programs like it.

The most recent software release that sparked the W3C email discussions is called Essential Accessibility,
a software package that claims to solve all your accessibility problems: “…the only implementation step required is to display this symbol on the homepage as a clickable icon through which any visitor can download the assistive technology they require free of charge.”

Major Victory for Ontarians with Disabilities – McGuinty Government Enshrines Accessibility Requirements in its New 10-Year Infrastructure Plan

July 4, 2011


On June 24, 2011, the McGuinty Government unveiled its 10-Year Infrastructure Plan for Ontario. It lays down the policies and principles that are supposed to govern any of the billions of dollars of infrastructure spending by the provincial government over the next decade.

To Meet Accessibility Standards, Windsor to Close 40 Playgrounds

Tristin Hopper 
Jul 1, 2011 – 2:45 PM ET | Last Updated: Jul 1, 2011 2:52 PM ET

To afford accessible playgrounds, Windsor, Ont. is choosing to have less playgrounds.

By 2025 all public Ontario playgrounds are obligated to meet standards laid out in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Due to the “massive impact” the specialized equipment will have on Windsor’s playground budget, 40 of the city’s 180 playgrounds will need to be phased out to cover the cost, says a recently-released report by the City of Windsor.

Accessibility Lessons Ontario Can Learn From the West

Written by Jane Sleeth
29 June 2011

For many years I have been trying to show employers, union representatives, senior managers and employees how ergonomics is really about designing the workplace for all people — from employees to clients.