LOCATION OF JANUARY 27, 2012 TORONTO PUBLIC FORUM ON WORLD REPORT ON DISABILITIES IS MOVED TO LET MORE ATTEND THANKS TO LARGE DEMAND

PUBLIC FORUM ALSO TO BE STREAMED LIVE ON THE WEB – EMAIL OR TWEET YOUR QUESTIONS FOR THE SPEAKERS FROM NOW TO THE END OF THE FORUM

January 25, 2012
SUMMARY

There has been so much demand to attend the Friday, January 27, 2012 public forum at the University of Toronto on the Canadian launch of the World Disabilities Report. The organizers have therefore changed the location to accommodate a larger audience. See their announcement below. The event will still be at the same time, starting at noon this Friday.

AODA Alliance Urges Pinto Human Rights Review to Give the Public More Time to Give Input Into Ontario’s Human Rights System

We Ask Human Rights Tribunal, Commission and Legal Support Centre to Disclose More About Their Operations –McGuinty Gvornment Urged to Make Public the Annual Reports of the Human Rights Legal Support Centre

January 23, 2012

SUMMARY

Here is the latest news in our effort to ensure that people with disabilities and others who face discrimination in Ontario can effectively enforce the right to equality that the Ontario Human Rights Code guarantees to them.

Providing Emergency and Public Safety Information for People With Disabilities Guide

Public safety information can help keep people safe when an emergency happens. Ontario’s Accessibility Standard for Information and Communications can help you do that by making your emergency and public safety information accessible to people with disabilities. This guide will help you.

Accessibility Standard for Information and Communications

Redbox Discriminates Against the Blind By Failing to Provide Accessible Self-Service Kiosks

The technology exists to make self-service kiosks accessible to the blind. Accessible ATMs and iPhones make use of tactile controls and/or screen reading software that enables blind people to use these devices.

“A lack of accessibility in newly emerging forms of commerce is a symptom of the overall growing technological divide that blind people experience when companies fail to build in accessible features at the onset,” said Bryan Bashin, Executive Director/CEO of the Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

AODA: Accessible Transportation Compliance Schedule

Author: Suzanne Cohen Share
Posted on Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 at 09:00

As you probably know, the Transportation Standards under the Integrated Accessibility Standards of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will come into force over the next five years. The Ministry of Community and Social Services has released the accessible transportation compliance dates, and you can find them all below. Obligated transportation providers can keep this schedule as a quick reminder of present and future compliance deadlines.

Government of Canada Supports Accessibility for Canadians with Disabilities in Ontario

WYOMING, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Jan. 14, 2012)

A Government of Canada accessibility investment has made it possible for people with disabilities in Wyoming and area to participate in activities at the Lions Club.

Patricia Davidson, Member of Parliament for Sarnia-Lambton, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today spoke at an open house to celebrate the completion of the Wyoming Lions Club project.

Sign Up – to Tell the Pinto Human Rights Code Review What You Think of the McGuinty Government’s Privatizing Human Rights Enforcement

And Tell the Pinto Review if You Support Our Recommendations on How to Fix Problems with the Pinto Review’s Consultations

January 9, 2012

A major issue is now becoming a priority for us, as we anticipated – the future of how people who suffer discrimination in Ontario can seek a remedy under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Ontario Businesses Must Now Comply With Ontario’s Customer Service Accessibility Standard

But One Part of It Creates Barriers and Should be Disregarded
January 6, 2012

Ontario’s Customer Service Accessibility Standard now applies to, and must be complied with by, Ontario’s private sector. Up until now, only public sector organizations had to comply with it.

Ontario disabilities act creates compliance confusion

shelley white
Special to Globe and Mail Update
Published Friday, Jan. 06, 2012 6:00AM EST

For Hans Sturzenbecher, catering to people with disabilities just makes good business sense.

His restaurant, Macy’s Diner & Delicatessen in Mississauga, Ont., has been making changes to accommodate people with disabilities for the past eight years, from creating space between tables to make room for wheelchairs and walkers to enlarging the print size on menus.

AODA Alliance’s 2011 Year-End Report – Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Headed

January 4, 2012

1. INTRODUCTION

Let us take the start of this new year to reflect back on what we accomplished in 2011. Let’s also look forward to our major priorities in 2012. To see what we thought one year ago about our priorities for 2011, and how we reflected back on 2010, visit: http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/01292011.asp