Universal Washroom Standards

Since 1975, the Ontario Building Code has been used to set the minimum standard for construction in Ontario. It addresses the issues of new construction by providing clear standards to help keep Ontarian’s safe.

One of the current priorities of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), is the New Accessibility Amendments made to Ontario’s Building Code. These new requirements have been set in place in order to help establish a more accessible Ontario. The Ontario Government plans to build an accessible Ontario by 2025.

Ontario Appoints New Chair to Lead Accessibility Advisory Council

Province Continues to Build Towards an Accessible Ontario by 2025 December 16, 2015 1:00 P.M.
Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

Ontario has appointed Rich Donovan as the new Chair of the province’s Accessibility Standards Advisory Council (ASAC).

The Council is responsible for providing high-level strategic advice to the Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure on matters related to the implementation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.

Master WordPress With This 3 in 1 Accessible Online Book!

Have a product to sell? Want a Membership Only website? How about a Community Forum?

If you are new to WordPress or not this 3 in 1 online book will walk you through setting up any or all of the above.

For more information on this book and others, visit the Library at http://wpforbadeyes.com/guides/

NECC Explores Accessibility at December Event

Monday, December 14, 2015 4
Jeff Preston, local accessibility advocate and Fanshawe College professor in media studies, spoke at a recent event about accessibility hosted by Northeast Community Conversations(NECC) Group.

Jacqueline Fraser
Special to Londoner

How accessible is London?

This was one of the many questions on accessibility and disability explored at the latest community conversation event hosted by Northeast Community Conversations Group (NECC) at Beacock Branch Library December 3.

Thousands of Ontario Businesses Missing Accessibility Deadlines

Toronto lawyer David Lepofsky said the government isn’t using all its resources to crack down on companies that have flouted deadlines By: Tara Deschamps Staff Reporter, Published on Sun Dec 13 2015

Thousands of Ontario businesses have missed deadlines aimed at making the province accessible by 2025, but the government isn’t using all its resources to crack down on them.

The AODA Alliance Writes Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid to Request Important Information Regarding the Wynne Government’s Consultation on its Problematic Proposal to Establish a Private Accessibility certification Process in Ontario

The AODA Alliance Goes Radio Silent for the Holidays!

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities

December 5, 2015

SUMMARY

1. Asking the Wynne Government for Important Background on the Deloitte Firms Consultation Regarding the Governments Proposal to Create a Private Accessibility Certification Process

On December 5, 2015, the AODA Alliance wrote Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid to request important background information on its current consultation on a proposal to create a private accessibility certification process in Ontario. We set out that letter below.

U of T Startups Build a More Inclusive and Accessible Toronto

Inaugural accessibility event showcases U of T’s accessibility-related solutions

Olivia Tomic

Braze Mobility is building a low-cost navigation assistance system that can be installed on any commercial powered wheelchair to prevent collisions and provide feedback to the driver (all photos by Olivia Tomic)

Rapidly evolving technology is a tool that 3.8 million Canadians living with a disability can leverage to reclaim their independence and live an increasingly barrier-free life.

No One With a Disability Should Be Made to Feel Invisible

OFL Statement for International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3, 2015 TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired)

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. According to Statistics Canada, about 3.8 million Canadians (13.7 percent) reported having a disability in 2012.

Please Let the Wynne Government Know If You Support the AODA Alliance’s Finalized Submission on the Government’s Problematic Proposed Amendments to the 2007 Customer Service Accessibility Standard and the 2011 Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities

December 4, 2015

SUMMARY

The AODA Alliance Issues a News Release about Newly-Secured Government Documents that Show the Wynne Government Continues With Paltry Enforcement of Ontarios Disabilities Act, Despite Three Years of Rampant Private Sector Violations and 1.3 Million Dollars Left Unspent that Could Buy Lots More Enforcement

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities

December 3, 2015

SUMMARY

Badeyes Launches Second Online Book in Its “WordPress for Badeyes” Series!

Learn how to build your own Personal or Business website.
by Geof Collis

After putting the finishing touches on my second Book: Build an eCommerce, Membership site with Community Forum it can now be purchased as a standalone or as part of a number of Discounted Bundles.

For more details visit http://wpforbadeyes.com/badeyes-launches-second-online-book-in-its-wordpress-for-badeyes-series/

January 2016 Accessibility Requirements Need Attention Now

November 12, 2015
Adam Gorley

If your organization operates in Ontario, you know about the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and its five broad standards, but are you ready for the new requirements in effect January 1?

In less than eight weeks, small and large organizations in Ontario will face a new set of legal obligations under the AODA’s Employment Standard and Information and Communications Standard.

On January 1, 2016, organizations with 50+ employees must be ready to:

Should the Wynne Government Create a Private Accessibility Certification Process?

Send Feedback on Our Draft Response Demonstrating Its Serious Problems — Better for the Government to Keep Unkept Promise to Effectively Enforce the AODA

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities

November 25, 2015

SUMMARY

1. Wynne Government Hires the Deloitte Firm to Consult You

Wynne Government Seeks Public Feedback on Its Proposals to Amend Two Accessibility Standards that Would Do Little for People with Disabilities But would Break an Important Promise to Ontarians with Disabilities

Send the AODA Alliance Your Input on Our Draft Response to the Government’s Proposals by November 27, 2015.

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities

November 20, 2015

SUMMARY

On November 9, 2015, the Wynne Government made an important and deeply disturbing announcement. It posted online a short and problematic five-page summary of amendments it proposes to make to the 2007 Customer Service Accessibility Standard and the 2011 Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation. Those are the two accessibility standards that the Government has enacted in the past decade under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

Proposed Ontario Changes to Accessibility Regulations

by Yosie Saint-Cyr

The Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure has proposed changes to the Customer Service Standard and Integrated Accessibility Standards regulations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If approved, the changes will be enacted on July 1, 2016, and take immediate effect.

This proposal includes incorporating the Customer Service Standard into the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation and making changes to requirements of the Customer Service Standard (see details below).