AODA Alliance Update: Accessibility Forums

Come to March 3 University of Windsor Accessibility Forum, March 7 York University Accessibility Forum or March 12 Ryerson Accessibility Panel Get Your Nearby University, Community College or Other Community Organization to Hold An Accessibility Forum! and Watch AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky on TVOntarios The Agenda with Steve Paikin on March 3 2016!

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

AODA Alliance Action Kit: “Picture Our Barriers” Action Kit

February 26, 2016

1. Introduction

The Ontario Governments effort to make Ontario fully accessible to over 1.8 million people with disabilities has slowed to a crawl, mired in lethargy and bureaucracy. A widely-respected Independent Review that the Ontario Government appointed reported, over a year ago, that Ontario lags behind schedule for full accessibility for people with disabilities and that, after ten years on the books, Ontarios accessibility law has not made a significant difference in the lives of people with disabilities.

Innovative ‘IDeAs’ Wanted for Making Ontario More Accessible

A logo for a competition run by the Council of Ontario UniversitiesYork University students, along with students from other Ontario universities, are being challenged to put their creative minds to work to develop solutions that will make the world more accessible for persons with disabilities, including new ideas for devices, software, architectural design, awareness campaigns or policies.

Accessible Demands

By Jason Miller, The Intelligencer
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Wade Watts, owner of Wheelchair Friendly Solutions, speaks to Louie DiPalma during a chamber of commerce event dealing with accessibility standards.

BELLEVILLE – In spite of new stringent accessibility regulations, roadblocks keep piling up for wheelchair users like Wade Watts, who says compliance moves at a snail’s pace across the Quinte region.

AODA Alliance Immediate NEWS RELEASE

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

On Third Anniversary of Premier Wynne’s First Throne Speech, that Promised Increased Employment for Ontarians with Disabilities Is a Priority, the AODA Alliance Releases a Detailed Analysis Showing Three Years of Government Dithering and Delay, Despite Declarations by the Wynne Government’s Special Advisor on Disability, Former Lieutenant-Governor David Onley, that the Unemployment Rate Facing People with Disabilities Is a National Shame

Police Unveil Text-to-911 Service for Hearing Impaired

Anna Desmarais
Published on: February 17, 2016 | Last Updated: February 17, 2016 1:53 PM EST

Ottawa police announced Wednesday the creation of a text-to-911 service, facilitating 911 contact via cellphone for the deaf and hearing impaired.

Prior to the texting service, conversations would be typed out and sent to emergency responders through landline phones.

Now, when the hearing impaired call 911, responders will begin a texting session with them while being able to hear any noise at the scene.

Toronto Officials Lay Down the Law on New Sidewalks

City staff are proposing changes that would allow new sidewalks to be installed on local roads even if residents don’t want them.

City of Toronto
By: Luke Simcoe Metro Published on Tue Feb 16 2016

Torontonians could soon see more sidewalks whether they want them or not.

A proposal from city staff would allow sidewalks to be added to local roads during construction or re-paving without prior approval from residents or councillors.

One Year Ago Today the Wynne Government Released the Report of the Mayo Moran Independent Review of Ontarios Disabilities Act

One Year Later, Scant Progress Shown on the Moran Report’s Strong Recommendations For Substantial Improvements to the Disabilities Act’s Implementation

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

February 13, 2016

SUMMARY

What a difference a year makes? In the case of the Wynne Government’s implementation and enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, unfortunately, not much.

Government Email Reveals Wynne Government is Paying Deloitte A Staggering $415,000 to Consult on a Proposal to Establish a Private Accessibility Certification Process

Wynne Government’s Spending Priorities Are Questionable As It Continues to Drop the Ball on Keeping Its Promise to Effectively Enforce Ontario’s Accessibility Law

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

February 12, 2016

SUMMARY

1. The News and Why It Matters

The Wynne Government Gives the Public up to March 14, 2016 to Comment on the Text of Proposed Regulations that Would Revise Ontario Accessibility Standards

The Wynne Government Barrels Ahead with Plans to Break Kathleen Wynne’s Promise Not to Weaken Accessibility Protections

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

February 5, 2016

SUMMARY

How FMs Can Support Employment Standards

Latest phase of accessibility regulations rolls out on path to barrier-free Ontario by 2025 Friday, February 5, 2016
By Michelle Ervin

Imagine approaching an elevator in the PATH system, reading a sign that says “buzz for assistance,” and waiting 20 minutes for security to come operate the otherwise standard lift. Imagine pulling a vehicle into an accessible space, then navigating the parking lot uphill in a wheelchair, over speed bumps, to find the pay-and-display ticket dispenser, only to realize that it’s out of reach. Imagine clasping a grab bar in a bathroom stall and watching it rip clear out of the wall.

So Much For Accessibility in Ontario

by wheelchairdemon

Over the last few months I have observed a disturbing trend. The Point of Sale Terminals, where one can pay for goods using their debit card and entering a PIN number, are being locked down solidly to the checkout counters at a height that is unmanageable to use by a person who uses a wheelchair.

Read more at
http://wheelchairdemon.blogspot.ca/2016/02/so-much-for-accessibility-in-ontario.html

New year, New Accessibility Obligations

February 03 2016
Employment & Benefits Canada

Introduction

As more provinces consider implementing proactive accessibility legislation like Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, ongoing compliance should be a New Year’s resolution. Employers outside of Ontario and federally regulated employers are not required to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. However, employees, customers and human rights adjudicators across Canada are increasingly aware of accessibility issues and look to the act for best practice.

AODA Alliance Sends the Deloitte Company its Submission on the First Phase of the Deloitte Company’s Public Consultation on the Wynne Government’s Problem-Ridden Proposal to Fund a New Private Accessibility Certification Process

Deloitte’s Draft Report on its Consultations to Date is Seriously Flawed and Ignores or Rejects the AODA Alliance’s Key Input

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

February 1, 2016

SUMMARY