What is the Latest Word on Progress That the Ontario Government has Made Towards Implementing the AODA, Across the Board and in the Area of Information Technology?

June 29, 2012

SUMMARY

What progress has the Ontario Government made towards implementing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act? What progress has it specifically made in the area of making information technology accessible for persons with disabilities in this province?

What is Essential When it Relates to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)?

By Geof Collis
June 29, 2012

After reading a Press Release and reviewing another website of an organization in the Province of Ontario making claims of accessibility after adding Essential Accessibility to their site, I felt compelled to write this article, especially in light of the response from a letter I wrote to Minister Milloy (see below).

I sent a letter to Minister Milloy after reading the Ontario Medical Association’s Press Release that stated:

Wheelchair Passenger Safety on Buses

By wheelchairdemon
June 23, 2012

I had a rather nightmarish experience on an inter-city bus yesterday in regards to the improper use of tie-down straps. It clearly illustrates the need for more education about the law as it pertains to the securement of occupant seats on a bus. I’ll first share the law and then I’ll share the story. The story will help to illustrate the logic and safety that is embedded into that law.

County Continues to Upgrade its Facilities

By Daniel R. Pearce, Simcoe Reformer
Sunday, June 24, 2012 6:08:54 EDT PM

Hannah Lawrance, activities assistant at Norview Lodge nursing home, shows the current lift used to get people with mobility problems in and out of the pool at the Simcoe Recreation Centre. The lift is being replaced with an upgraded model.

Why Website Accessibility Matters

June 20, 2012
Suzanne Cohen Share

On May 30, 2012, the Federal Court of Appeal upheld a legally blind woman’s 2010 legal victory over the federal government, ordering the government to make its websites accessible to blind persons. It may not be a case under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), but it does show us how website accessibility matters and has an impact on promoting accessibility for persons with disabilities.

Specialized Transportation Service and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Posted on June 18, 2012
by Karen McCall

In a recent flurry of activity in the County of Brant over the specialized transportation service which has been operating without a contract for about a year, several issues related to the Integrated Accessibility Standards Part IV – Transportation came to light.

Restaurant Owners: Get Listed on Google’s First Page with an Accessible Menu

Getting your Restaurant ranked high in a search engine will undoubtedly increase your customer base and after all, in this digital age of
accessibility getting your Restaurant in the top 10 is not only good for business, you are also
complying with the AODA.

Read more at
http://www.amenu.ca/restaurant-owners-get-listed-on-googles-first-page-with-an-accessible-menu/

Six Reasons Why Hiring Disabled Good for Business

June 11, 2012 – 4:12am
By ALISON GRIFFITHS | DIY MONEY

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column about the difficulty my daughter — who is deaf and a newly graduated chef — is having finding work in her field.

Granted, it’s tough for every young adult in this job market, but for those with disabilities the difficulty is of an entirely different order of magnitude.

Muskoka Looking to Brand Itself as an Accessible Tourist Destination

Kirwin wants to promote Muskoka as an inclusive community instead of an accessible community

MUSKOKA – Muskoka Tourism Marketing Agency is working toward branding Muskoka as an accessible destination, but those with accessibility issues say it’s not quite there yet.

Right now Muskoka Tourism is in the process of collecting information on which of their members offer accessible services.

County of Brant Reverses Decision to Discriminate Against People with Disabilities

By Karen McCall, M.Ed.
June 8, 2012

On June 5, 2012 the County of Brant, County Council voted unanimously to reverse their decision to eliminate specific types of travel to the specialized transportation service (County Service) for people with disabilities. There were no “abuses” to the service by people with disabilities.

Accessibility Kawartha Lakes Hosts Inaccessible Luncheon!

Accessibility for All – Oh Really?
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Editorial : Suzanne Sholer B.A. B.Ed.

How could a government agency, with a Motto ‘Accessibility for All’ be so short sighted? Were they not aware of the inaccessibility of the venue? Apparently , Accessibility Kawartha Lakes is well aware of the situation. May 14, the problem, was brought to the attention of Accessibility Kawartha Lakes.

Read more at
http://omemeeon.blogspot.ca/2012/06/accessibility-kawartha-lakes-hosts.html

Take Part in an Ontario Government Survey of Impact of Accessibility Standards Enacted Under the Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act

June 7, 2012

SUMMARY

The Ontario Government has retained a private organization to consult with members of the public on issues concerning the impact of accessibility standards enacted under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. We have been asked to circulate an announcement of this survey. We encourage everyone to take part in this consultation, and to let others know about it.

AODA Alliance Presses Two Cabinet Ministers on Plans to Finalize the Overdue Built Environment Accessibility Standard That the McGuinty Government Last August Promised to Enact “Promptly”

June 4, 2012

SUMMARY

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act requires Ontario’s buildings to become accessible to persons with disabilities by or before 2025. To achieve this, for several years the McGuinty Government has been developing a Built Environment Accessibility Standard to enact under the AODA.

Federal Court of Appeal Reaffirms That Inaccessible Federal Government Websites Violate the Constitutional Rights of Blind Canadians

PROOF WEBSITE ACESSIBILITY TIMELINES IN AODA ACCESSIBILITY STANDARDS ARE TOO LONG

June 1, 2012

SUMMARY

On May 30, 2012, the Federal Court of Appeal released a landmark ruling under the equality rights provision of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, section 15. It has important and positive implications for our campaign for accessibility for persons with disabilities in Ontario.