Accessibility Law Says Taxis Can’t Overcharge Disabled Passengers

J.P. ANTONACCI / The Advance
Nov 30, 2011 – 10:22 AM

Taxicab passengers with disabilities or mobility issues that require the storage and transport of aids or assistive devices cannot be charged a higher fare than able-bodied passengers, according to provincial accessibility legislation discussed at last week’s Committee of the Whole meeting in North Grenville.

Emergency Preparedness: New AODA Rules for Persons With Disabilities

Author: Yosie Saint-Cyr
Posted on Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 at 08:39

Under the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulations of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), effective January 1, 2012, organizations in Ontario must provide and make available in an accessible format or with appropriate communication supports, information about emergency response plans or public safety to customers and employees with disabilities.

17 Years Ago Today Ontario’s Non-Partisan Disabilities Act Movement Was Born!

November 29, 2011


Seventeen years ago today, on November 29, 1994, the non-partisan grassroots community coalition to campaign for a strong and effective Disabilities Act in Ontario was born. It was originally called the Ontarians with Disabilities Act Committee.

The ODA Committee waged a 10-year long tenacious campaign for a law to make Ontario fully accessible for all Ontarians with disabilities. The law was originally to be called the Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Three Developments in Our Quest for Internet and Telephone Voting to Promote Accessibility for Voters With Disabilities

November 25, 2011


Here are three recent developments in our campaign to make elections in Ontario fully accessible for persons with disabilities:

* On November 17, 2011, Elections Ontario responded to our October 28 letter, in which we had asked for a progress report on internet and telephone voting. Elections Ontario defers most of our inquiries to the future.

McGuinty Government Ducks Complaint About Its Contraversial Choice of Whom to Conduct Independent Review of Bill 107

November 21, 2011


The McGuinty Government recently wrote a letter to a prominent Toronto human rights activist, to respond to complaints about the Government’s choice of whom to conduct the mandatory Independent Review of Bill 107. Its letter essentially ducks the complaint.

Everyone Has a Role to Play

Nov 21, 2011

Almost a decade ago, I had an informal conversation with a senior HR professional who expressed contempt at performance management models that identified and eliminated the bottom 10 per cent of employees.

“Everyone has to work somewhere,” she said.

NonProfits and The Act

Guiding Principles and Assumptions

For many organizations in the Nonprofit Sector, the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Customer Service Standard reflect the existing organizational values, mission, vision, and service commitment.

The AODA Standards provide the opportunity to encourage innovation and systems transformation. The reduction or elimination of socially and institutionally structured inequalities will extend far beyond enhancing individual and collective well being.

Accessibility is a Global Mandate

Author: Suzanne Cohen Share
Posted on Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 at 10:15

December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. On this December 3, the global celebration has an appropriate theme, “Together for a better world for all: Including persons with disabilities in development”.

Please Endorse the AODA Alliance’s Request of the Human Rights Tribunal, Human Rights Commission and Human Rights Legal Support Centre to Disclose Details on Enforcement of Human Rights in Ontario

November 14, 2011

We have just written the three major public agencies responsible for the enforcement of human rights in Ontario. We asked each for detailed information and statistics on the way human rights are being enforced now in Ontario.


Equal Education Needed for Deaf

Posted November 13, 2011

A lack of public understanding is causing a lack of education among deaf people, a provincial authority says.

“All children need an education … an equal education,” Dean Walker, executive director of the Ontario Association of the Deaf

(OAD), said Saturday at Belleville’s Sir James Whitney School.

Members of the OAD and its affiliated Belleville association celebrated their 125th and 25th anniversaries respectively with

Sarnia Improving Accessibility

By CATHY DOBSON, The Observer
Updated November 8, 2011

It just makes sense to create a city that caters to the disabled, says Susan Weatherston.

She was hired by the City of Sarnia two years ago to interpret a slew of new provincial legislation geared to making the public sector more accessible.

“It’s a long haul,” she told council during a special information session Monday. “But we’re meeting the deadlines.”

City Fails Human Rights Test

By Cheryl Brink
Updated November 7, 2011

CORNWALL – Ontario’s human rights tribunal has found the city discriminated against an employee it fired rather than accommodate her disability.

According to a recent decision by adjudicator David Muir, Cornwall managers also violated procedures that should have protected Marie Anne Pilon from harassment
in a case dating back to 2004.

Macy’s Diner Leads the Way in Restaurant Menu Accessibility

By Geof Collis
November 5, 2011

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.

In the article “New Accessibility Standards Impact Ontario Restaurants” examples of how this will impact Restaurants are discussed, while not openly apparent a Restaurants Menu is one of those Services that needs to be accessed by assistive devices such as a screen reader.

AODA Alliance: 10 Year Anniversary of Another Important Date in Our 17-Year-Long Campaign for a Barrier-Free Ontario

November 4, 2011

Saturday, November 5, 2011 is the tenth anniversary of an important date in our campaign that started in 1994 for a barrier-free Ontario for all persons with disabilities.

On November 5, 2001, Ontario’s Conservative Government under Premier Mike Harris introduced Bill 125, the proposed Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2001 (ODA), into the Ontario Legislature. That day the bill received First Reading. Responsible for the bill’s development was then Citizenship Minister, Cam Jackson.

AODA Alliance Writes New Minister Responsible for the AODA to List Key Accessibility Priorities

November 1, 2011


The Honourable John Milloy has been appointed to serve as the new Ontario Ministry for Community and Social Services, with responsibility for implementing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The AODA Alliance has just written Minister Milloy to congratulate him on his appointment, and to identify some key priorities for his Ministry. We set out that letter below.