Taking Proactive Steps to Comply With the AODA is a Smart Business Move

Published on Wednesday December 26, 2012
Sharon Aschaiek Special to The Star

Blending into the building’s exterior design, a curved concrete ramp is the first clue that The Foundery embraces accessibility.

Similar clues can be found almost everywhere inside the co-working and event space at 376 Bathurst St. in Toronto’s west end: flexible work stations with customizable desks and chairs; cupboards and lockers at wheelchair height; fully accessible main-floor washrooms; and an elevator for the two-storey space.

New AODA Accessibility Standards – Design of Public Spaces in the Built Environment

Posted December 22, 2012

The Ministry of Community and Social Services amended Ontario Regulation 191/11, the Integrated Accessibility Standards (IAS) under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA,) to include new standards governing the design of public spaces in the built environment.

Read more at
http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/source/regs/english/2012/elaws_src_regs_r12413_e.htm#skipmenu

Ontario Accessibility Standards: What Comes After the December 31, 2012 Reporting Deadline?

by Yosie Saint-Cyr
December 20, 2012

Ontario’s Accessibility Standard for Customer Service came into effect on January 1, 2012 for all businesses and not-for-profits in the province with more than one employee. If an organization has more than 20 employees, an online report must be filed by December 31, 2012 to demonstrate to the government that accessibility has been achieved under the Customer Service Standard.

Hamilton Turns an “Oops” into a HUGE Mess!

The issues raised in the County of Brant and in Hamilton demonstrate a disturbing trend of using the Integrated Accessibility Standards for transportation as a tool to create an exclusive rather than inclusive society and the removal of independence and freedom that we’ve had in favour of attempting to imprison us in our homes and deny us services.

Read more at
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/hamilton-turns-an-oops-into-a-huge-mess/

Blind Hamiltonians Fight for the Right to Keep Their Bus Passes

Al MacRury Tue Dec 11 2012

Some legally blind Hamilton Street Railway riders are shocked by the city’s recent decision to take away their “free” bus passes.
Hamilton Spectator file photo Blindsided.

That’s how some legally blind Hamilton Street Railway riders — including myself — feel about their municipality’s recent decision to take away their “free” bus passes. And using the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) to justify such an action leaves us lost in the dark.

Law Commission of Ontario Releases Final Report and Framework for the Law as it Affects Persons with Disabilities

TORONTO, December 10, 2012 – Marking International Human Rights Day, the Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) today released its Framework for the Law as it Affects Persons with Disabilities. The Framework enables policy-makers, legislators, courts, advocates, community organizations and others to understand and evaluate the effects of laws, policies and practices on persons with disabilities, and provides a foundation for law reform efforts in this area.

Elections Ontario’s Progress Towards Deploying Telephone and Internet Voting is Still Slow

ELECTIONS ONTARIO DOESN’T KNOW WHEN OR IF IT WILL BE READY TO TEST THESE IN AN ONTARIO BY-ELECTION, OR EVEN IF IT WILL EVER AGREE TOO TEST THESE

December 7 2012

SUMMARY

The AODA Alliance continues to spearhead a vigorous campaign to get Ontario voters to have access to the option of telephone and internet voting in Ontario elections. Below, we provide the latest in this seemingly never-ending saga.

City Says No More Free Transit for Blind, Disabled

By Flannery Dean, CBC News Posted: Dec 5, 2012

Under the current system, the blind as well as those who use canes, walkers, scooters and wheelchairs are allowed to ride HSR free of charge.

A change to Hamilton’s transit policy will force riders with disabilities to pay full fare starting in the new year, the city announced Tuesday.

“If an Ontario Human Rights Complaint is filed, we will stop providing Para transit” County of Brant

Karen McCall
December 4, 2012

Ironically on the United Nations International Day for people with Disabilities, the County of Brant Community Services Committee approved yet another variant to their unaffordable transportation scheme which ignores any of the Integrated Accessibility Standards for specialized transportation.

Read more at
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/if-an-ontario-human-rights-complaint-is-filed-we-will-stop-providing-para-transit-county-of-brant/

Ontarians With Disabilities Hit the Hardest by Government Cuts: OFL Statement for International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 2012

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Dec. 3, 2012) – December 3 marks the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities. According to the UN, persons with disabilities make up 15 percent of the world’s population and a quarter of the global population is estimated to be directly affected by disability, as care-givers or family members. The theme for 2012 is focused on removing the barriers to an inclusive and accessible society for all.

Kathleen Wynne is Second Ontario Liberal Leadership Candidate to Make Disability Accessibility Commitments

December 3, 2012

SUMMARY

On December 3, 2012, Ms. Kathleen Wynne became the second candidate to replace Dalton McGuinty as leader of the Ontario Liberal Party (and to become Ontario’s next premier), who has made written commitments to us on disability accessibility. In her December 3, 2012 letter to the AODA Alliance, set out below, Ms. Wynne makes all of the five commitments that we sought from the candidates for leadership of the Ontario Liberal Party. In her letter she commits to:

Sandra Pupatello is First Ontario Liberal Leadership Candidate to Make Commitments on Making Ontario Fully Accessible to Over 1.7 Million Ontarians With Disabilities

November 29 2012
SUMMARY

Sandra Pupatello is the first candidate for the leadership of the Ontario Liberal Party to make a commitment on making Ontario fully accessible to over 1.7 million Ontarians with disabilities. We set out below the text of her letter to us, which we have just received.

Restaurant Riles Stouffville Couple Denied Entry

Sandy Bolan | Nov 23, 2012 – 4:40 PM

Jim Brown, his wife Colette and two service dogs, Daisy (on his lap), a hearing alert dog and Shep, special skills dog were forced to leave the Bluenose Fish and Chips eatery in Markham. The owner later apologized. Staff photo/Steve Somerville ‘We made a big mistake’ restaurateur says

AODA: 2013 Compliance, Happy New Year!

By, Suzanne Cohen Share
November 21,2012

As of January 1, 2013 obligated organizations in Ontario have compliance requirements to meet in the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR) under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).

Your obligations depend on whether you are:

  • 1. Ontario Government and Legislative Assembly
  • 2. Public organizations with 50+ employees
  • 3. Public organizations with 1-49 employees

Read AODA ALLIANCE’S Analysis of the November 2012 Final Report of the Andrew Pinto Human Rights Code Review

PINTO REPORT FINDS SUBSTANTIAL PROBLEMS WITH ONTARIO’S SYSTEM FOR ENFORCING ONTARIO’S HUMAN RIGHTS CODE, BUT WRONGLY PAPERS THESE OVER AND GIVES THE GOVERNMENT UNDESERVED POLITICAL COVER, BY ITS UNWARRANTED CONCLUSION THAT THE MCGUINTY GOVERNMENT’S 2006 PRIVATIZATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS ENFORCEMENT IS A “QUALIFIED SUCCESS”

November 16, 2012
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