Public Meeting on Metrolinx’s Accessibility Initiatives

You are invited to share your ideas with us on how Metrolinx and its operating divisions, GO Transit, PRESTO and Air Rail Link, can make it easier for people with disabilities to travel around our region.

Read more at
http://www.metrolinx.com/en/aboutus/accessibility/accessibility_meetings.aspx

McGuinty Government Proposes to Amend its 2011 Integrated Accessibility Regulation Without Following Important AODA Requirements for Amending Accessibility Standards

AODA ALLIANCE URGES MCGUINTY GOVERNMENT TO FULLY COMPLY WITH THE AODA AND HONOUR DISABILITY ACCESSIBILITY ELECTION PROMISES

August 29, 2012

SUMMARY

There are serious problems with how the McGuinty government is proposing to amend an important accessibility standard – an accessibility standard that took years to develop and was just enacted last year. What the Government proposes to do can undermine gains we made last year. It runs afoul of important guarantees for persons with disabilities in the AODA and in this Government’s earlier election commitments to us.

Will Ontario’s Two September 6 2012 By-Elections Be Fully Accessible to All Voters With Disabilities?

August 27, 2012

SUMMARY

Our non-partisan disability coalition continues to spearhead a campaign to make elections in Ontario fully accessible to voters with disabilities. Ontario’s two upcoming by-elections provide another chance to try to make progress on this effort. The grassroots campaign for fully accessible elections in Ontario was first launched over 13 years ago by our predecessor, the Ontarians with Disabilities Act Committee.

The McGuinty Watch: Make Sure McGuinty Doesn’t Get a Majority

If you are eligible to vote in the upcoming 2 Ontario By-Elections , we’ve compiled some relevant articles for you to view on how the McGuinty Government has dragged its feet on implementing the AODA so much so that we will not meet the 2025 deadline.

Please Raise Disability Accessibility Issues in Two September 6, 2012 Ontario By-Elections

August 24, 2012

SUMMARY

We urge everyone to do what you can to raise disability accessibility issues in the two upcoming Ontario by-elections. On Thursday, September 6, 2012 Ontario will be holding by-elections to fill vacancies in two seats in the Ontario Legislature. These are in the Kitchener-Waterloo riding, previously held by Conservative MPP Elizabeth Witmer, and the Vaughan riding, previously held by Liberal MPP Greg Sorbara.

County of Brant: Integrated Accessibility Standards for Transportation or “Who’s on First?”

By Karen McCall, M.Ed.
August 20, 2012

For those of you who haven’t been following the adventures of subsidized or is it specialized transportation in the County of Brant, here is a recap.

In May, the contractor for the specialized transportation service who had been operating without a contract for a year, increased the billing to the County.

McGuinty Government Posts a Draft Partial Built Environment Accessibility Standard to Address Barriers in Public Spaces, Not Inside Buildings

SEND THE GOVERNMENT FEEDBACK BY OCTOBER 1, 2012- STILL NO WORD ON WHEN AN ACCESSIBILITY STANDARD IS COMING TO ADDRESS BARRIERS IN BUILDINGS

August 16, 2012

SUMMARY

Late on August 15, 2012, the McGuinty Government posted on the internet, for public comment, a draft accessibility standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. It is a partial Built Environment Accessibility Standard. It aims to address barriers impeding access to public spaces by persons with disabilities.

Design of Public Spaces in the Built Environment Draft Standards

The draft standards are now available for public review and comment.

We invite you to review the draft standards and provide us with your comments.

You have until October 1, 2012.

Read more at
http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/accessibility/built_environment/index.aspx

County of Brant Fails Budget 101: Accessible Non-Affordable Transportation for People with Disabilities

By Karen McCall, M.Ed.
August 15, 2012

The County of Brant is going to implement a subsidized transportation service this fall that is really a specialized transportation service but if they call it a subsidized transportation service they don’t have to comply with the Integrated Accessibility Standards, part IV Transportation.

McGuinty Government Belatedly Releases Guide to Implementing the Integrated Accessibility Standard for Accessible Transportation, Employment and Information and Communication ­ but Needs to Properly and Widely Publicize It!

August 13, 2012

SUMMARY

Several days ago, evidently without proper publicity, the McGuinty Government quietly posted on the internet two important free resources to help public
and private sector organizations work towards becoming accessible to persons with disabilities. These resources give guidance on how to comply with the accessibility requirements in the Integrated Accessibility Regulation that the McGuinty Government enacted 14 months ago, in June 2011, under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The Integrated Accessibility Regulation sets out specific accessibility requirements in the areas of transportation, employment, and information and communication. These do not supersede the often-stronger accessibility requirements in the Ontario Human Rights Code.