2014: Our Top Ten Resolutions

By Victor Schwartzman
December 30, 2013

2013 is already being flushed away by 2014. The past year’s disappointments are swirling down the drain and into the sewage treatment plant of time. To sum up 2013, it made one potty.

Accessibility Not A Priority

by Willy Noiles
December 12 – 18, 2013

The Ontario government celebrated the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities by doing what the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act Alliance (AODA Alliance) hoped they wouldn’t: simply offer more platitudes and lofty rhetoric (of which some was inaccurate or overblown). With the AODA Alliance having already demonstrated earlier this fall how little the government has done to implement its own 2005 accessibility legislation this year, Dec. 3 should’ve been a time to finally announce new standards and a plan to enforce existing standards, but instead all it really did was name a couple people to a committee it had promised a year ago would be developing new standards.

Why Rudolph Pooped On Premier Wynne’s Roof

By Santa Claus, as told to Victor Schwartzman
December 23, 2013

Ho ho ho! Santa Claus here! Christmas is over. Especially in Ontario.

Santa is not happy with the Ontario Government. Nor is Rudolph, one of my reindeer.

When we flew over the Premier’s house this year, Santa was tempted to leave a bag of coal. However, we agree with the Premier that coal is bad for the environment, so instead Santa used his 3D printer to create a biodegradable plastic bag of coal. As for Rudolph, for his “gift” he insisted we hover over her house until he dropped something very unChristmas-like on the roof.

Workplace Study Exposes Difficulties Faced by Disabled Workers

By Kevin Connor ,Toronto Sun
posted: Sunday, December 22, 2013

John Huynh doesn’t mind being the poster boy for disabled people fighting discrimination in the workplace — if it helps eliminate the problem.

The 35-year-old marketing analyst has neurofibromatosis type 1, which causes him to walk with a limp, changes skin colour and causes the growth of tumours.

Employed since 2001, Huynh has felt the stigma faced by the disabled in the workforce. He applauded a new study highlighting the bias and misguided conceptions about those with disabilities.

2013 AODA Summary: The Year of Doing Nothing, And Writing About It

By Victor Schwartzman
December 16, 2013

These columns began in mid-2013, after the Ontario Government failed to meet a legislated deadline to appointment a new AODA reviewer. So the columns began about nothing, and that’s pretty much how it’s been ever since. Week after week, the Ontario Government did nothing to implement AODA, except perhaps lie. Week after week, nothing new had to be written about. Writing a weekly column felt necessary because so little was being written about AODA implementation. However, writing about nothing every week proved to have its challenges.

New Accessibility Regulations About to Be Implemented

Hamilton Spectator
By Adam Savaglio
Posted December 13, 2013

In 2005, the Ontario legislature passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. It was passed with the intent of improving access to goods, services, facilities, accommodation, employment, buildings, structures and premises in Ontario for all individuals with disabilities.

The Act’s regulations are to be phased in gradually until January 1, 2025, affecting all private, public or not-for-profit organization, in particular for large private sector organizations that provide goods, services or facilities to the public.

Ontario Honours International Day For People With Disabilities

By Victor Schwartzman
December 9, 2013

December 3 was the International Day for People with Disabilities. The AODA Alliance marked the Day by listing nine priorities Ontario needs to be fully accessible by 2025. Premier Kathleen Wynne acknowledged the Day in her own way at a special media conference.

Everyday Barriers remain for disabled

Published Thursday, December 5, 2013

KINGSTON – International Day of Persons with Disabilities was just held on Dec. 3 so I thought I would introduce myself. I live in Kingston and use a mobility scooter to get around. Although the mobility scooter is a relatively simple assistive technology for me to move from place to place, it is much more than that. It is also a very visible and stigmatized sign of my mobility, which is only one of the many different kinds of disability.

AODA Alliance: Final 2013 News Roundup from Our Accessibility Campaign

December 6, 2013

SUMMARY

2013 has been a fast-paced year full of surprises in our ongoing campaign for a fully accessible Ontario for all people with disabilities. It began in January, with our continued and successful efforts to get accessibility commitments from the candidates to replace Dalton McGuinty as leader of the Ontario Liberal Party. It ended late in the fall with a flurry of media coverage, as we finally extracted from the Ontario Government important information we had sought all year on enforcement of the AODA.

Rules Only Work if Enforced

Passing laws removing barriers great in policy, but needs to be put into practice too

Ontario, which passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act in 2005, is often held up as a model for others to follow. Eight years later, we are learning that Ontario isn’t paradise for people with disabilities. It’s not even close to being barrier-free.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/rules-only-work-if-enforced/

CN Tower Goes Mobile!

And complies with the AODA at the same time.

CN Tower took the initiative and put aMenus’ new “Create Your Own Accessible Restaurant Menu” form into action and now have their Winter Menu up on the site in a Mobile friendly, AODA compliant format.

Read more at
http://www.amenu.ca/cn-tower-goes-mobile/

The AODA and the Lack of Enforcement

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
by wheelchairdemon
When the use of pain medication was demonized years ago, the government acted VERY quickly and shut the clinics down. They also revoked the licenses of the doctors who ran them. One example is what happened to Dr. Frank Adams from Kingston.

Read more at
http://www.wheelchairdemon.blogspot.ca/

OFL Statement: Make Ontario a Fully Accessible Province by 2025!

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Dec. 3, 2013) – December 3, 2013

The International Day for People with Disabilities is the day that the OFL and its affiliates endorse and support the AODA Alliance’s grassroots

campaign to make Ontario fully accessible to over 1.7 million people with disabilities by 2025.

There are nine priorities for immediate action to speed up efforts on removing and preventing barriers against people with disabilities.

TO MARK DECEMBER 3, THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, THE AODA ALLIANCE ASKS ONTARIO’S POLITICAL PARTIES TO ENDORSE NINE IMMEDIATE PRIORITIES FOR ACTION TOWARD MAKING ONTARIO FULLY ACCESSIBLE TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES BY 2025

December 3, 2013

SUMMARY

The AODA Alliance has chosen today, December 3, 2013, the International Day for People with Disabilities, to kick off a new blitz in its non-partisan grassroots campaign to make Ontario fully accessible to over 1.7 million people with disabilities by 2025. We unveil a list of nine priorities for immediate action to speed up efforts on removing and preventing barriers against people with disabilities. These will be our main focus over the next months.

Ontario Government Sued For Causing Disabilities In Advocates

By Victor Schwartzman
December 2, 2013

Some members of the National Football League have sued the NFL for brain damage and other problems related to concussions suffered while playing pro football. Law suits have also been filed against the National Hockey League for similar problems suffered by pro hockey players. Following this lead, advocates associated with the AODA Alliance have filed a class action law suit against the Ontario Government for having forced a manner of playing with it which creates disabilities.