Toronto Star Reports on Massive Private Sector Violations of Ontario’s Disability Accessibility Law and Continued Weak Enforcement – Wynne Governments Reported Response Is Quite Troubling

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities http://www.aodaalliance.org aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance

January 27, 2016

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Will New Accessible Parking Permits Combat Abuse?

Service Ontario rolls out new safeguards against people without disabilities taking advantage of accessible parking spots and free parking by Aaron Broverman
January 19, 2016

The government of Ontario has launched new accessible parking permits (APP) to combat abuse by those who don’t need them.

In Toronto alone, parking enforcement investigated and retained more than 800 APPs and charged over 700 people with abuse-related offences in 2015. Those numbers matched similar stats from the previous year.

Wynne Government Refuses to Waive Its $4,250 Fee for Fully Answering AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofskys Freedom of Information Application Seeking Important Government Records on the AODAs Implementation and Enforcement

Lepofsky Asks the Wynne Government to Reconsider This Refusal

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities www.aodaalliance.org aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance

January 18, 2016

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When it comes to the accessibility rights of people with disabilities, how free is Freedom of Information in Ontario? Is Premier Wynne keeping her promise to ensure that hers is the most open and transparent government in Canada?

Advocate Pushes Gas Station Aid for Disabled People

By Paul Lungen, Staff Reporter –
January 14, 2016

Edward Rice understands the limitations a disability can create, even when you are trying to perform a simple task like filling your car’s tank with gasoline.

Rice had polio, but in the past, he was able to drive thanks to special modifications that were made to his minivan. A built-in winch helped get his scooter in and out of the vehicle, and he was able to drive using hand controls.

York Student Wins Mental-Health Fight; University Will No Longer Require Medical Diagnosis Before Providing Academic Accommodations

York Student Wins Mental-Health Fight; University Will No Longer Require Medical Diagnosis Before Providing Academic Accommodations Diana Zlomislic
The Toronto Star , Jan. 13, 201613)

Navi Dhanota knew she needed some help to score top grades in university, but this time she wasn’t prepared to return to a psychiatrist’s chair to get it. She didn’t think any student should have to disclose their private mental-health diagnosis for the privilege of academic accommodations such as getting extra time to hand in an assignment or test.

Wynne Government Extends Time For Feedback on Troubling Proposed changes to Accessibility Standards, But Doesnt Publicize This Extension

Why Not Organize a Public Forum to Rally Grassroots Action to advocate for Disability Accessibility Like the Kingston Area Public Forum Queens University Is Hosting On January 22, 2016?

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

January 8, 2016
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1. There Is Still Time to Tell the Wynne Government If You Share Our Concerns with Troubling Proposed Changes to Accessibility Standards in Place in Ontario

Report Calls for New Name, New Rules for Handi Transit

By: Darren MacDonald – Sudbury Northern Life
Jan 06, 2016

A name change and a more flexible policy when it comes to people with brain injuries are among some of the recommendations in a consultant’s report on the city’s Handi-Transit bus service.

Says term ‘handicapped’ has become offensive to many people

City of Toronto Grapples with Accessible Parking Permit Abuse

by Aaron Broverman
January 5, 2016

Accessible parking permit abuse is a big problem in Toronto.

We’re the only municipality in Ontario that offers free street parking for accessible permit holders with very few exceptions (no standing zones and fire hydrants). Having this type of permit is as good as gold in a city where parking is expensive and hard to come by. Everybody wants one whether they have a disability or not.