How Effective is the Integrated Accessibility Standard, Part IV – Transportation? Not so Much!

By Karen McCall, M.Ed.
July 30, 2012

After reading the article on the Accessibility for Ontarians with disabilities Act blog entitled “Wheelchair Users Pay More for Taxis” there is even more evidence that those of us with disabilities are still being discriminated against in the area of accessible affordable transportation.

Wheelchair Users Pay More for Taxis

By L.H. Tiffany Hsieh
Jul 26, 2012 – 10:29 AM

MIKE BARRETTTaxi troublesAurora’s Tyler Barker says taxi companies are overcharging clients in wheelchairs.123Would you pay

$30 or more for a taxi ride of about three kilometres?

Tyler Barker did, but he had no choice. The 26-year-old Aurora resident has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair.

Due to his condition, taxi cabs are overcharging him, said Mr. Barker, who is on the town’s accessibility advisory committee.

Barriers to Equality Persist in Ontario

OHRC chief commissioner Barbara Hall said barriers to equality also include discrimination based on religion, disability and sexual orientation.

Colin Perkel Thu Jul 19 2012

TORONTO Despite progress in advancing equality over the past decades, there is also much to be discouraged about, the head of Ontario’s rights agency said Tuesday.

In releasing the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s annual report, chief commissioner Barbara Hall said some of the problems even feel personal.

Pretty Hazards: the Accessible Built Environment

July 17, 2012
Suzanne Cohen Share

I received this picture (see link at bottom of article) on my Facebook page recently. It was one in the morning and this sight overstimulated my brain. The picture from Wimp.com came with the comment “Neat design of stairs with the incorporation of a wheelchair access ramp.” I was tired but not too tired to think, wow, this is an idea of beautiful accessible design that is hazardous to anyone’s health.

AODA Alliance Launches Campaign to Get McGuinty Government to Develop Three New Accessibility Standards to Address Barriers Impeding Persons With Disabilities (PWD) in Access to Education, to Health Care and to Residential Housing

MCGUINTY GOVERNMENT HASN’T ANNOUNCED ITS PROMISED CONSULTATION ON WHICH NEW ACCESSIBILITY STANDARDS TO DEVELOP NEXT

July 10, 2012

SUMMARY

It is essential for the Ontario Government to now start the process of developing three new accessibility standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Today we kick off a campaign to get the Government to act. A priority over the next weeks will be to focus our attention and efforts on this goal. This Update gives background on this issue, explains what three accessibility standards we want the Government to develop and offers specific tips on how you can help with this campaign.