Enabling Behaviour

Special to Financial Post 
Sep 13, 2011
By Suzanne Wintrob

Ontario mandates business accessibility for the disabled

One in seven people in Ontario have a disability, a number that is expected to reach one in five within 20 years because of an aging population. No wonder then that the Ontario government is calling on private and not-for-profit organizations to make their workplaces more accessible. The new Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) forces organizations with 20 employees or more to conform to mandatory standards in customer service, employment, transportation, information and communications and new construction. Customer service is the immediate priority, carrying a Jan. 1, 2012 deadline, and the other standards will be phased in over the next decade.

‘Accordion’ Buses Hit the Road

High-capacity vehicles serve busy Brock route
Posted Sept 7, 2011

The St. Catharines Transit Commission launched its first articulated buses on Tuesday to serve the busy Glenridge Avenue
route to Brock University.

There was a new sight on St. Catharines streets this week, as the transit commission began rolling out its first articulated buses.
The vehicles, which look somewhat like two buses with an accordion connecting them, were first put on the road Tuesday for Route 16, which primarily handles the busy Brock university commuter line.

Law Commission of Ontario Releases Consultation Paper on the Law as it Affects Persons with Disabilities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TORONTO, Sept 7, 2011 ­ The LCO is looking for feedback from the public, including persons with disabilities, service providers, policy-makers, lawyers and advocates, regarding its Consultation Paper about laws and policies affecting persons with disabilities. Responses to the Consultation Paper will be accepted until Friday, November 25, 2011, and will provide input into an Interim Report with a draft framework, that will be circulated. This will be followed by a Final Report in mid-2012.

AODA Alliance Holds Queen’s Park News Conference on Eeve of Election Campaign to Unveil the Political Parties’ Platforms on Disability Accessibility

September 2, 2011

SUMMARY

The AODA Alliance has received and made public election commitment letters from four major political parties, the Liberals, NDP, Conservatives, and Green Party. We set out links to each of these below, as well as to an issue-by-issue comparison of them.

On Friday, September 2, 2011, the AODA Alliance held a news conference at Queen’s Park to unveil these election commitments on disability accessibility. We set out our news release below.

Disability Coalition Unveils Major Political Parties’ Election Pledges to over 1.5 Million Ontarians with Disabilities, at Queen’s Park News Conference

TORONTO, Sept. 2, 2011 /CNW/ – At a Queen’s Park news conference this morning, a major disability community coalition unveiled election promises by the Liberals, NDP, PC and Green parties to make Ontario accessible for over 1.5 million Ontarians with disabilities.