Welcome to the AO Do Da Do Da Day

By Axel Krueger
October 30, 2012

In 2001 the ODA [ Ontario Disability Act ] was a piece of legislation for the provincial government to make accessible it’s administration and
services to the people with disabilities of Ontario

In 2005, the AODA ][ Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act ] was an upgraded version of the ODA whereby it included not only the provincial government , but the services provided by the private sector as well!!!

Customer Service Standards Compliance Report Due by December 31, 2012

Author: Suzanne Cohen Share

If your organization has 20 or more employees, you are obligated to report under the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service, by December 31, 2012. If you have one to nineteen employees you are obligated to comply with the standard, but you need not report or maintain documentation.

Some organizations are just learning about their obligations now. If you are late, there are resources—accessibility experts, e-learning courses, the Accessibility Directorate website and webinars—ready to be of service.

AODA Enforcement: Where is it?

Geof Collis
October 26, 2012

Have you been affected by an Accessibility issue that is not being addressed under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).?

The Government should have appointed Inspectors under the Act by now to enforce the Law:

Standing up for the silent

23 October 2012
Author Mohamed Omar

The first day of class has come to an end, and students are packing their bags and getting ready to leave. But the day isn’t over for Mark Dukes.

He rises from his seat and walks between the rows of desks to the podium, because students with letters from the Access Centre have been asked by this professor to hand them in by the end of class.

Human Rights Victory for St. Catharines Worker

By Karena Walter, The Standard
Saturday, October 20, 2012

Overturning its previous decision, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has ruled that paying an intellectually disabled St. Catharines woman $1.25 an hour was allegedly ongoing discrimination every time she received a paycheque.

In what’s being called a precedent-setting ruling, the three-member panel found this week that the practice of paying Terri-Lynn Garrie less than employees who did not have developmental disabilities was not a single act of alleged discrimination.

New Priority and Courtesy Seating on Milton Transit

Posted on Wednesday October 17, 2012

Priority and Courtesy Seating decals will be installed inside all Milton Transit buses this week, in compliance with Section 49 of the Integrated Accessibility Standards (IAS, Ontario Regulation 191-11) and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).

A section at the front of Milton Transit buses will be clearly marked with the new window decals to indicate Priority and Courtesy Seating areas.

New Campaign to Get McGuinty Government to Strengthen Enforcement of the AODA

STARTING OCTOBER 29 2012, PLEASE JOIN OUR “DIAL DALTON” CAMPAIGN

October 15, 2012

SUMMARY

Our newest campaign starts on Monday, October 29, 2012. Our aim is to get the McGuinty Government to strengthen the enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. We need your help. It’s easy. It just takes one phone call!

City hall accessibility problems

By Kevin Werner, News Staff
Wednesday, October, 03, 2012

It will cost at least $250,000 to make Hamilton’s council chambers, and the other public meeting rooms in the renovated building accessible to the physically challenged.

But it’s a cost Stoney Creek councillor Brad Clark insists should be paid.

“I don’t care what the cost is, we should be leaders in the community,” he said.

Municipalities Urged to Eliminate Barriers to Housing Services

DOUGLAS GLYNN The Free Press
Thursday, October 11, 2012

Barbara Hall, left, chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, chats with Midland Mayor Gordon McKay and Jacqueline Pegg, an inquiry analyst with the public interest inquiries branch. DOUGLAS GLYNN The Free Press

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) is calling on municipalities across Ontario to review their zoning and rental licensing bylaws to eliminate barriers to housing services for people with mental health issues or addictions.

Toronto Wheelchair Users Can’t Count on City’s Cabs

Published on Tuesday October 09, 2012
Emily Mathieu
Staff Reporter

Melissa Graham, 28, who has been in a wheelchair all her life, paid $20 for a taxi ride that cost the Star $8.50. “We were pretty desperate and I think he knew that,” said Graham, who is a member of the city’s disability issues committee.

Accessibility Remains An Issue

By Michael Lea, Kingston Whig-Standard
Monday, October 8, 2012 11:21:27 EDT PM

Lisa Hewitt of Community Living Kingston, with Adrienne Kurji, for whom she provides support, says communities must do more to make their businesses accessible.

Lisa Hewitt took a walk down Princess Street the other day.

Human Rights Chief Will Fight Hamilton at the OMB

By Staff
Metroland News Service
October 5, 2012

Ontario human rights commissioner Barbara Hall says her offers to meet with Hamilton city councillors weren’t accepted.

A care facility for eight teenage girls with mental health issues just gained a powerful ally in its upcoming showdown with the city at the Ontario Municipal Board.

Accessibility After The Cart

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

RE: Town council to discuss bylaw exemptions to allow horse and buggy business in Navy Yard Park

With the exception of Councillor Diane Pouget, shame on council for putting accessibility after the cart. In particular, shame on Councillor Bart DiPasquale, a member of the town’s accessibility advisory committee, for not representing the rights of residents with disabilities.

Let the McGuinty Government Know if You Support the AODA Alliance’s October 4 2012 Final BRIEF on ITS Draft Public SPACES Accessibility Regulation

ONTARIO HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION SUPPORTS OUR CONCERNS ABOUT THAT DRAF REGULATION

October 4, 2012
SUMMARY

1. Our Latest Effort in Our Efforts to Win Strong Accessibility Standards in Ontario
On October 4 2012, the AODA Alliance submitted our latest brief to the McGuinty Government. It gives our feedback on the Government’s August 15, 2012 draft Public Spaces Accessibility Regulation. It sets out 59 constructive recommendations on how to strengthen that draft regulation.