Will Manitoba Pass Disability Accessibility Legislation That is Strong and Effective?

The legislation must build on the strengths of accessibility-rights laws that are in place in other jurisdictions while not replicating their weaknesses. Established resources and tools from these jurisdictions should be used to support early and tangible progress in implementation.

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County of Brant Discriminates Against People with Disabilities

By Karen McCall
May 29, 2012

On June 1, 2012, the County of Brant is sending out letters telling the people with disabilities who live in the County that they will no longer have access to the specialized transportation service known as County Service due to “abuses” of the service.

The specialized transportation service has two parts: subsidized fares due to the size of the County and lack of public transportation; and a fleet of accessible vehicles.

MobilityPLUS Users to Get More Vans, Fare Choices

Chris Herhalt, Record staff
May 28, 2012

WATERLOO REGION — Users of Grand River Transit’s accessible MobilityPLUS vans will soon see more vehicles on the road and more flexible fare options, according to the service’s latest business plan.

Up until July 1 of this year, users of the region’s wheelchair accessible vans would have to purchase special tickets in order to ride, at a cost of $2.50 per ticket. After July 1, MobilityPLUS riders will be able to purchase regular tickets or passes at the same price as other GRT riders.

Website Audits: Is the CNIB Robbing You Blind?

By Geof Collis
May 25, 2012

How can they perform expensive Audits if their own website isn’t compliant?

Remember, just because it’s the CNIB, doesn’t make them an Authority or experts on web Accessibility and you’d be well advised to get other proposals if you want to go the Audit route.

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Elections Ontario Categorically Refuses to Deploy Telephone and Internet Voting in Any By-election IN 2012

BUT THAT IS NOT THE END — AODA ALLIANCE ASKS FOR MEETING WITH CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICER TO RE-CONSIDER THAT REFUSAL

May 24, 2012

SUMMARY

Ontarians with disabilities have just come face-to-face with yet another roadblock in our 13-year-long campaign for fully accessible elections in Ontario for voters with disabilities. Undeterred, we tenaciously press ahead!

Woman Says She Was Humiliated at Centre in the Square

Judy Butler, who uses a walker, says she was recently humiliated by staff at the Centre in the Square.
Peter Lee/Record staff

One Kitchener family is not likely to visit the Centre in the Square again after the inconsiderate service they feel they received while attending a school concert.

Judy Butler, who relies on a walker for mobility, said she was humiliated when staff at the centre — in what appeared to be an issue of miscommunication — repeatedly questioned her seating arrangements.

AODA Alliance Calls on Elections Ontario to Provide Telephone and Internet Voting in Upcoming Kitchener-Waterloo By-Election

May 14, 2012

SUMMARY

An organized campaign has been waged since 1999 to make Ontario elections fully accessible to voters with disabilities. As part of this effort, we have advocated for several years for Ontario to provide the option of telephone and internet voting in Ontario elections. These technologies could be very helpful at overcoming serious barriers that voters with disabilities confront when they try to exercise their fundamental right to independently and privately vote.

New Toronto Star On-line Guest Column Co-Written by AODA Alliance Chair Identifies Barriers to Enforcing Human Rights in Ontario

TODAY IS TTC ANNUAL ACCESSIBILITY PUBLIC FORUM

May 10, 2012

SUMMARY

The May 10, 2012 on-line edition of the Toronto Star includes a guest column on barriers that face people who try to enforce their human rights in Ontario. We set out that guest column below. It is co-written by AODA Alliance chair David Lepofsky and the director of the Metro Toronto Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic, Avvy Go. Our position on the need to reform Ontario’s human rights system, set out in this guest column, is fortified when we team up with respected community leaders like Ms. Go. She advocates for human rights from the perspective of racialized communities.

The Catch-22 of Group ome Bylaws

Written by Kevin Marron
Issue Date: May 2012

Bert Gockel wants nothing more than to live quietly in the tranquil rural community of Springfield, Man. But the community won’t let him. He’s not an axe-murderer or a pedophile, though some would say he’s being treated like one. He is being excluded from Springfield because he is an intellectually disabled person who needs special care.

What Plans Does THE McGuinty GOVERNMENT Have for Keeping Its 2011 Election ACCESSIBILITY Promises?

SEVEN CABINET MINISTERS REPLY TO OUR INQUIRIES BUT GIVE VERY FEW SPECIFICS

May 4, 2012

SUMMARY

In the 2007 Ontario election, Premier Dalton McGuinty wrote us to make a series of important election promises on the issue

of disability accessibility. We found it frustrating at times over the next four years when we tried to get the Government to