An Education Campaign About Courtesy/Priority Seating Signs on Transportation Vehicles

September 14, 2012
Suzanne Cohen Share Accessibility Standards, Human Resources, Human Rights, Standard for Transportation, 0

In the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation, under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, there is the Standard for Transportation.

Health-Care Providers Openly Discriminate Against the Mentally Ill

Published on Thursday September 20, 2012
By Carol Goar
Editorial Board

The biggest surprise in the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s all-encompassing report on mental health is how deeply embedded discrimination against people with mental disabilities is in the health-care system.

Doctors, nurses and paramedics — who ought to know mental illness is a disease, not a moral weakness — withhold treatment from people who need medical help, ridicule individuals in distress, prejudge and label them.

Send Us Feedback on Our Draft Brief to the McGuinty Government on Its August 15, 2012 Draft Accessibility Regulation to Address Barriers in the Built Environment of Public Spaces

September 20, 2012

We have just released a draft brief to the McGuinty Government. It provides our input into the draft regulation that the Government is proposing to enact under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. That draft regulation addresses built environment barriers in public spaces. It also proposes some amendments to the Integrated Accessibility Regulation that the McGuinty Government enacted in 2011 to address barriers in employment, transportation, and information and communication.

OHRC Releases Consultation Report on Human Rights, Mental Health and Addictions

September 17, 2012
Yosie Saint-Cyr

Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, people with mental health disabilities or addictions have the right to be free from discrimination and harassment under the ground of disability in five social areas: housing, employment, goods, services and facilities, contracts, and membership in unions, trade and professional associations.

Group Home Location Bylaws Pit Ontario Cities Against Human Rights Watchdog

Kathryn Blaze Carlson | Sep 13, 2012 8:11 PM ET

Ontario’s top human rights watchdog warned Thursday it will actively challenge discriminatory” bylaws that restrict the location of group homes, but one prominent critic says the Ontario Human Rights Commission is treading clumsily into an area better left to local decision-makers.

Barbara Hall, the OHRC’s chief commissioner, said local governments discriminate against people with addictions and mental health issues when they uphold laws saying two group homes cannot be within a certain distance of one another.

Elections Ontario Declines Our Proposals to MAKE Ontario’s Two September 6, 2012 By-Elections Fully Accessible to Voters With Disabilities


September 14, 2012

Yet again, the AODA Alliance presses ahead with our effort to ensure that elections in Ontario become fully accessible to an estimated one million or more voters with disabilities in this province.

New Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulation(IASR) Guide

It has taken a while but the Guide for the Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulation (IASR) is now available on the website.

The Government’s version spanned some 80 odd pages with many errors and differing list structures, but it is finally ready in 1 single accessible page and can be found in the side menu of the website or go directly there by visiting

Call For Proposals For Enabling Accessibility Fund

Aug 22, 2012 – 12:06 PM

Deadline: October 5, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST

Please note that the call will be open from August 21, 2012 until October 5, 2012. Only proposals postmarked on or before the closing date of October 5, 2012 will be considered in this process. To find out how to apply for funding or for more information about the Fund, visit

Attend the Toronto September 18 2012 Public Forum Discussion by Panel of Experts on McGuinty Government’s Proposed Regulation to Address Built Environment Barriers in Public Spaces

September 11, 2012


On August 15, 2012, the McGuinty Government posted for public comment a draft new regulation that is intended to address barriers in the built environment that impede persons with disabilities from access to public spaces.

We are delighted that the Inclusive Design Institute at OCAD University in Toronto is organizing a public forum to discuss and debate this draft regulation. The Inclusive Design Institute is inviting a panel of experts to comment on it, and will invite feedback and questions from the audience.

Accommodations a Priority During Frosh Week

11th September 2012
In-person and online accessibility training available for orientation leaders from all faculties
By Alison Shouldice, Features Editor

This year was the first that Arts and Science frosh group leaders were informed of special accommodations needed by their first-year students before Frosh Week began. (Tiffany Lam)

The Orientation Roundtable has provided Frosh Week leaders with additional training in the hopes that they will be better prepared to deal with accessibility issues.

Petition to Legislative Assembly of Ontario

If you are a resident of the Province of Ontario, we would love to include your original signature (ie. Non-electronic) on the petition that will be presented to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.


AODA Alliance Releases a Report Card on the McGuinty Government Record at Keeping Its Twelve 2011 Election Promises on Disability Accessibility

September 5, 2012

On August 19, 2011, Premier McGuinty made 12 important election commitments on what his Government would do, if re-elected in the 2011 Ontario election, to ensure that Ontario becomes fully accessible to over 1.7 million Ontarians with disabilities by 2025. Those commitments were set out in a letter to the AODA Alliance.