Andrew Pinto Refuses to Read the AODA Alliance’s Supplemental Brief to the Pinto Human Rights Code Review

AODA ALLIANCE URGES MR. PINTO TO RECONSIDER THAT DECISION – AND MORE MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE PINTO REVIEW

April 24, 2012

SUMMARY

On April 12, 2012 the AODA Alliance submitted a supplemental brief to the Andrew Pinto Human Rights Code Review. The McGuinty Government appointed Toronto lawyer Andrew Pinto to conduct an Independent Review of how effectively human rights are enforced in Ontario.

Can Assistive Technology Make a Website Accessible?

By karlgroves On April 19, 2012

Recently there have been discussions surrounding what I call “pseudo-assistive technologies”. For reference, I’m speaking specifically of products like ReadSpeaker, eSSENTIAL Accessibility, and BrowseAloud.

Read more at
http://www.badeyes.com/?p=389

30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CHARTER OF RIGHTS COMPLETE WITH A GUARANTEE OF EQUALITY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Many if not most are unaware of the fact that during the

two-year fight over the Charter in Ottawa and across Canada between 1980 and 1982, only one new substantive right was added

to the text of the Charter. That right is the guarantee of equality for people with mental or physical disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/04172012.asp

Legacy of Local Musician Jeff Healey to Play On in Accessible Park

A swing with extra support at Oriole Park, one of only two playgrounds in Toronto built with accessibility in mind. The third one, Jeff Healey Park, will focus on music. (see image at link below)

Jennifer Pagliaro
Staff Reporter

As a boy, Jeff Healey loved to play in grassy Woodford Park in the city’s west end.

AODA Alliance Submits a Supplemental Brief to the Pinto Human Rights Code Review

AODA Alliance Also Responds to Criticisms of Us Levelled by the Human Rights Legal Support Centre
April 12, 2012

SUMMARY

Here are two recent developments in our effort to ensure that persons with disabilities have full and meaningful access to Ontario’s system for enforcing the right to be free from discrimination guaranteed by the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Taxi of Tomorrow Faces Lawsuits of the Day After

The issue at hand applies here, too. The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act is going to require massive changes in making transportation services accessible. This includes public transit and taxis. One in seven people in Ontario has a disability, according to the provincial government, and that number will rise as the population ages.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2584

City Transit Expected to be Totally Accessible by Year-End

Monday, April, 09, 2012pbell lcampbell@metrolandnorthmedia.com

Paul Oullette shows Nora Long and Dorthea Carvell how easily he can access the new city buses.
Remi Renaud secures Paul Ouellette’s wheelchair inside the bus

NORTH BAY – Freedom. That’s the word Dale Norton uses to describe the City’s commitment to providing totally accessible public transit by 2013 and the two new state-of-the-art buses about to hit North Bay streets.

Making Businesses Accessible to All has its Obstacles

April 9, 2012
Barbara Turnbull
LIFE REPORTER

After four years of knocking on the side door of a local Starbucks to have her latte brought out to her, wheelchair user Joanne Smith was thrilled last October when the property owner installed an access ramp.

“It was a great ramp,” she says. “Built to (Ontario’s building) code, with two railings.”

How is Our Campaign for a Fully Accessible Ontario Going?

SAMPLING FROM MEDIA AROUND ONTARIO ON IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AODA

April 5, 2012

SUMMARY

One way to monitor progress in our campaign for a fully accessible Ontario is to see what the media around Ontario is reporting on this topic. It is not scientific, but it certainly can be interesting.

The Fast Food Menu And A Restaurant’s Duty To A Legally Blind Patron Under The ADA

If restaurants do not provide large-print or Braille menus, they must require their employees to read their entire menu to their legally blind customers.
Failure to read….

Read more at
http://www.amenu.ca/the-fast-food-menu-and-a-restaurants-duty-to-a-legally-blind-patron-under-the-ada/