The Clock Is Ticking On AODA Compliance

Date First Published on HR Insider: December 30th, 2014

Many private sector employers have received email reminders from the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure to file an Accessibility Report by December 31, 2014.
Even if you have not received an email reminder, you may have heard advertisements on the radio regarding this compliance deadline. The Ontario Government is taking extra steps to ensure that employers are aware of this upcoming reporting obligation, and we anticipate that it will be more active with respect to compliance measures for those organizations who fail to file Accessibility Reports.

Civil Rights Advocates Challenge Metro-North’s Failure to Provide Wheelchair Access to the Upgraded Port Chester Station

Editors Note: Sound familiar?
New York City, NY December 24, 2014

Today, Disability Rights Advocates (“DRA”) and Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, on behalf of the Westchester Independent Living Center (“WILC”) and two wheelchair users, filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court alleging that Metro-North has violated Federal disability civil rights laws by spending millions of taxpayer dollars renovating the Port Chester Station without making the station accessible to wheelchair users.

Nostradamus Refuses To Predict 2015 AODA Implementation

By Victor Schwartzman
December 24, 2014

Nostradamus was contacted by this always truthful journalist on the internet, where nothing ever dies. The seer was asked to make a prediction for the Ontario Government’s 2015 Implementation of the AODA access legislation. He refused. His response was:

Predictions for the predictable!
Why ask what you know already
Answer the unanswerable
Their ethics are like spaghetti

Intelivote Releases Trends in Electronic Voting for 48 Ontario Municipalities

Intelivote was selected by almost half of the 97 Ontario municipalities using electronic voting (Internet and phone) in the 2014 Ontario Municipal Elections resulting in over 909,000 votes being securely cast. Today Intelivote released a brief analysis of the voting methods revealing interesting trends on methods and channels used. Halifax, Nova Scotia, CA (PRWEB) December 19, 2014

Accessible Travel Kiosks Will Remove Barriers and Increase Independence

A new standard in the Canadian Transportation Agency’s amended Code of practice: Removing Communication Barriers for Travellers with Disabilities introduces automated self-service travel kiosks designed for people with disabilities at airports, railway and ferry terminals.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/accessible-travel-kiosks-will-remove-barriers-and-increase-independence/

The Badeyes WordPress Theme is Now Live and Available for Download!

It has been a long 4 months of researching code and using checking tools but WordPress has finally approved the Badeyes TwentyFourteen Child Theme and it is now live for anyone to download.

Read more at
http://www.badeyes.com/the-badeyes-wordpress-theme-is-now-live-and-available-for-download/

Ottawa Residents With Disabilities Laud Provincial Building Code Changes

By Trevor Greenway
Metro

Steve Gerecke says it’s like a “punch in the face” when he can’t access a public building because it doesn’t have a wheelchair ramp. It happens all the time.

The Ottawa photographer, who has a disability, says changes to the province’s building code that will force contractors to design condos, apartments and public spaces that are more accessible to people with disabilities are a good start, but there is a lot more to be done to make Ottawa an accessible place to live.

The Business of Becoming Accessible in Whitby

Deadline for private and non-profit sectors to submit compliance report to Province is Dec. 31 Ryan Pfeiffer / Metroland

WHITBY — Victoria Regan, an ambassador for the Abilities Centre, used an accessible kiosk at the facility.

Local businesses are required to make accessibility improvements to meet provincial standards outlined in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. December 2, 2014.

HOW THIS IMPACTS YOU

  • One in seven people in Ontario has a disability and that number is anticipated to rise with the aging population across the province.

‘Not a niche market’: Accessibility for disabled business travellers takes centre stage

Camilla Cornell
December 15, 2014

Improved accessibility can be a competitive advantage for businesses, opening up a whole new market of travellers.

On a recent business trip to Ottawa, Christine Karcza stayed at a hotel with an accessible room intended to accommodate a range of disabilities from blindness to mobility issues. Ms. Karcza, who walks with two canes, was happy to see a chair placed in the shower, as well as shower heads at chair height, as well as higher up.

The Ten Years of AODA Implementation Seasonal Carol

By Victor Schwartzman
December 15, 2014

As 2014 draws to a close we celebrate the holidays with many songs representing many different cultures. To celebrate the TEN YEARS (more or less) OF AODA IMPLEMENTATION, here is a song which borrows from a popular carol. Our song starts back in 2005, when AODA was proclaimed, and then works its way ten years, to now. Let’s see where we end up! Sing-a-long with me! You all know the tune by now!

AODA – The Government’s Albatross

Or The 2014 AODA Implementation Report
By Victor Schwartzman and Samuel Taylor Coleridge
December 9, 2014

I, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, have been summoned to write the AODA 2014 Year End Review. I was asked because the AODA story is identical to that of the creation of my famous poem, Kubla Khan. Why? Because, similar to the Ontario Government’s implementation of AODA, my tale is also one of fraud and deception and failure to get the job done.

Accessible Parking Spots are a Magnet for Selfish Drivers

As soon as Christmas shopping begins, parking spaces become scarce. That sometimes leaves people who need those spots travelling long distances as able-bodied people take their accessible parking spaces.

Self-entitled drivers continue to use and abuse specially designated parking spots By Lorraine Sommerfeld
December 8, 2014

When I recently did a Top Ten parking violations column, I was taken to task for leaving out the most grievous one. That was intentional, because it deserves a column of its own. And I saved it till now, probably the best time of year to find the festive season bringing out the worst of the worst.

2014 Year-End Retrospective on Our Non-Partisan Campaign for Disability Accessibility And More News from the Accessibility Front Lines

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE UPDATE UNITED FOR A BARRIER-FREE ONTARIO
December 5, 2014

SUMMARY

This is the AODA Alliances final Update for 2014. We thank one and all for reading or skimming our Updates, for passing them on to others, and for being part of our non-stop grassroots campaign to make Ontario fully accessible to over 1.8 million people with disabilities. Every contribution of effort by each one of you to our campaign helps sustain this effort. Because we are a volunteer coalition, it is the contribution of that effort that powers us ahead.

1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities Still Waiting for Justice:

OFL Statement for International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3, 2014

December 3 marks the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities. According to the UN, persons with disabilities make up 15 percent of the world’s population and it is estimated that one quarter of the global population is directly affected by disability, as caregivers or family members.

Making Niagara the Accessible Destination of Choice

By Alison Langley, Niagara Falls Review
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Niagara Parks Commision

The Niagara Parks recently conducted an audit of all its attractions to ensure inclusion and accessibility for both visitors and staff.

“We take tremendous pride as an organization in welcoming visitors from throughout the world,” said NPC chairwoman Janice Thomson.

“Our goal is to ensure our operations are as inclusive as possible so that all those who visit Niagara Parks have an experience that is second to none.”