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.
AODA ALLIANCE URGES MCGUINTY GOVERNMENT TO FULLY COMPLY WITH THE AODA AND HONOUR DISABILITY ACCESSIBILITY ELECTION PROMISES
August 29, 2012
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.
August 27, 2012
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.
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.
August 24, 2012
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
August 13, 2012
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.