Law Grad’s Discrimination Claim Denied Once Again

Written by Glenn Kauth
Posted Date: October 31, 2011

A law graduate who lost her discrimination claim against her articling principal has once again found herself stymied at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

In a new ruling, the HRTO dismissed Anica Visic’s request for reconsideration of a decision earlier this year that there was insufficient evidence for a finding of discrimination stemming from the employer’s request for her final law school transcript.

Taco Bell Awaits Sanctions in Accessibility Suit

Taco Bell is expected to appeal ruling that it violated Americans with Disabilities Act

October 25, 2011 | By
Lisa Jennings

A recent federal court decision that found Taco Bell in violation of federal and state laws protecting the rights of customers who use wheelchairs or scooters should motivate restaurant operators to comply with access rules, attorneys say.

AODA Alliance Asks Chief Electoral Officer for Press Report on Internet and Telephone Voting

October 28, 2011


1. Swinging Into Action with Ontario’s New Legislature

A major priority for us in the new Ontario Legislature is to get Ontario’s elections legislation strengthened to ensure fully accessible elections for voters and candidates with disabilities. We foreshadowed this on the eve of Election Day earlier this month. Visit:

We have a good crack at this, in the new minority government situation in the Ontario Legislature, since:

Technology Helps Hearing Impaired Stay in ‘Loop’

CBC News
Posted: Oct 26, 2011 3:50 PM ET

A new technology called “hearing loop” helps block out ambient noise for those who have hearing aids. (Matt Dunham/Associated Press)

Advocates for the hearing impaired are hoping a technology that drastically reduces background noise for the hearing impaired will find a home in public
spaces across Canada.

Volunteer Can’t Access Campus Building

The University and the AMS have halted the installment of a wheelchair lift due to funding constraints

By Katherine Fernandez-Blance,
News Editor
25th October 2011

Louise Bark hasn’t been able to return to her volunteer position at CFRC since April because the radio station’s office in the basement of Carruthers Hall
isn’t wheelchair accessible.

New Disability Regulations Ill-Considered

Emma Van Weerden
October 19, 2011 11:20 AM

On Sept. 30, the Waterloo Region Record ran a story highlighting the fact that, within three months, every employee in Ontario must have received special training on providing customer service to people with disabilities. Judging from the various reactions to the story, it would seem that I am not the only one who missed the memo. However, as it turns out, this law is not a new one.

A Wait on Wait Times

Jeff Green
October 19, 2011

Hamilton’s disabled community will have an on-demand taxi service eventually. Right now, there is no clear picture on how that will look — and we won’t
find out for some time.

In July 2011, the province legislated taxi services should have fare and service level parity between disabled and able-bodied persons — including the same wait times. But the details on how much service would be provided and how that would be implemented have been left up to the municipalities.

Order hear: Culver’s Adds More Accessible Restaurant Drive-Thrus

10/17/11 – Alicia Kelso

Some Culver’s franchisees are taking a proactive approach in accommodating their guests with hearing impairments.

About 60 operators in the 440-unit chain have implemented Order Assist, a drive-thru system that makes it easier for those with hearing loss to place their orders.

It is expected all new company restaurants will include the system, according to Paul Pitas, director of public relations and communications at Culver’s.

Disability Awareness Consultants

Who We Are:

A team of carefully coached and experienced trainers, who all live with different disabilities. We have been working together, providing quality programs since 1995. Since we began our program, more than 20,000 people have benefited from our training services. We were the first organization to use trainers with disabilities, and we’re still the only organization that employs teams of presenters who are all disabled.

Another Fiasco at the Voting Polls

October 8, 2011

I was wrong.

Occasionally in the past I’ve thought I was wrong, but I was mistaken.

This was not one of those times.

I was wrong when I gave Elections Ontario the benefit of the doubt about the organization of the 2011 vote.

I even bought into its advertising and wrote of hope the process would be improved because “they have branded themselves as an organization that is on top of the issues.”

AODA Alliance: What We Accomplished in Our Successful 2011 Election Campaign for Accessibility

Reforming Ontario Election Legislation to Ensure Accessibility for Voters With Disabilities Must be a Priority for the Next Ontario Legislature

October 7, 2011


Ontario woke up this morning to a new minority Liberal Government. We look forward to working together with the re-elected McGuinty Government in its third term in office. We also look forward to working with both of the strengthened opposition parties, on our non-partisan agenda of making Ontario barrier-free for persons with disabilities. In this update, we:

Put the AODA Customer Service Feedback Process to Work!

By Geof Collis
October 4, 2011

After my recent issue with my Municipality I decided to test our Customer Service Standard Feedback process and was a little disappointed in the initial results.

Even though Reception told me they had been through Customer Care training they weren’t openly aware of how to direct me when I asked where I could find their Feedback form, so in the end it was the Accessibility Coordinator who directed me to their inaccessible Word an PDF documents on the website.

Internet Voting in Advance Polls a Great Success in Markham, Report Finds

Published On Mon Sep 26 2011
Michelle Huycke, 64, is a resident of Markham who voted online in the last municipal election.
Liam Casey Staff Reporter

Internet voting in advance polls in Markham has helped increase overall voter turnout, engage non-voters to vote and greatly improve overall voter satisfaction, according to a research and public opinion report released Monday.

aUntargeted and Untapped, are the Disabled a Winning Labour Source for the Supply Chain Sector?

By: Julia Kuzeljevich

Call it demographics, or call it reality. In Canada, the percentage of disabled workers in the overall population, which currently stands near 15%, is expected to rise over the next 20 years.

In the province of Ontario alone, one in seven people has some form of disability. Chances are, if you are not disabled yourself, someone in your immediate circle may be, and they may not be “wearing it on their sleeve,” so to speak.

Fully Accessible Voting Not Yet A Reality in Ontario- A Priority for Our Next Legislature – and Listen to AODA Alliance Chair’s Interview on CFRB Radio

October 4, 2011


Here are three new developments in the last few days of our non-partisan 2011 election campaign for a fully accessible Ontario.

1. Accessible Voting Not Fully Available on Election Day-Important to Vote in Advance if You Can

2. Need for the Next Ontario Legislature to Promptly Adopt Telephone and Internet Voting

3. More Media Coverage of Our Accessibility Issues