The Toronto Transit Commission is asking residents to be involved in important decisions to improve Wheel-Trans.
You are invited to a public consultation regarding upcoming modernization changes to TTC’s Wheel-Trans service. Learn about the TTC’s family of services, expanded Wheel-Trans eligibility and more. There will be opportunity to provide your input.
July 5 – Downtown, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Metro Hall – Room 308/309
55 John Street
TTC Wheel-Trans services are changing full article
By Len Gillis
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Accessibility activist Dan McKay of the Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee (MAAC) convinced Timmins city council this week of the need to increase the timing for pedestrians crossings on Algonquin Boulevard, by adding an extra 10 second to the traffic crossing cycle.
TIMMINS – If you’re a motorist in Timmins, city council is adding just 10 seconds to that stoplight on Algonquin you might be stopped at.
Extra 10 Seconds at Lights for Pedestrians Along Algonquin/101 full article
Blind lawyer and disability rights activist David Lepofsky says Ontario must reverse a recent regulatory change that he says weakens its target to make the province fully accessible by 2025. By Laurie MonsebraatenSocial justice reporter
Thu., June 23, 2016
Toronto lawyer David Lepofsky implores province to reverse recent regulatory change that he says weakens target of becoming fully accessible by 2025.
Ontario Missing Mark on Accessibility Standards, Activist Says full article
and on Toronto Transit Commission Delays in Ensuring Accessibility of Public Transit in Canada’s Largest City
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities www.aodaalliance.org email@example.com Twitter: @aodaalliance
June 23, 2016
Toronto Star Reports on Wynne Government Weakening the 2007 Customer Service Accessibility Standard full article
An accessibility advocate has partnered with 24 local visual artists in an effort to bring ramps into 15 more communities.
Luke Anderson is working to increase the number of accessible ramps in communities across the province. By: Gilbert Ngabo Metro Published on Thu Jun 16 2016
A new campaign wants to double the number of accessible ramps on buildings and businesses across Ontario.
Ramp Up 2016 Aims to Double Number of Accessible Ramps in Ontario full article
by Kate Bischoff
Computers, mobile devices, and the Internet are integral parts of today’s workplace. Employees email, log into various systems and programs, complete employer forms, and manage their time online. Job seekers research employers and submit job applications online. For the 56.7 million Americans with disabilities, these simple tasks may be impossible unless electronic systems are accessible.
Reasonable Accommodation Includes Electronic Accessibility full article
Will Premier Wynne Instruct Her to Take the Actions Needed to Get Ontario Back on Schedule for Full Accessibility By 2025 The Deadline that Ontario’s Accessibility Law Sets?
ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE
June 13, 2016
Toronto: In today’s mid-term Cabinet shuffle, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne appointed Tracy MacCharles as Ontario’s first virtually stand-alone Accessibility Minister. This took place on the 11th anniversary of the day when Ontario’s accessibility law, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), went into force.
Premier Wynne Appoints Tracy MacCharles as Ontario’s First Minister of Accessibility for 1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities full article
Spectator columnist Al MacRury says he must present his passport when buying a cellphone in Ontario because he does not possess a driver’s licence. Hamilton Spectator
By Al MacRury
Jun 13, 2016
Being a consumer can be a hard enough job.
There are many rules and regulations. Laws are always changing. Store policies you may know nothing about. Manufacturer’s warranties. Conditions for returns and exchanges.
ACTION LINE: How consumers with a disability can encounter prejudice, discrimination full article
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Further Reflections on the Wynne Governments Weakening the 2007 Customer Service Accessibility Standard and Premier Wynnes Broken Promise Never to Weaken Protections or Provisions Wed Won In or Under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
June 9, 2016
More Reflections on Premier Wynne’s Breaking Her Promise Not to Weaken Protections We’ve Won In or Under Ontario’s Disabilities Act full article
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A Sad Game-Changer for 1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities – Premier Kathleen Wynne Breaks a Solemn Written Promise She Gave to People with Disabilities While Running for Ontario Liberal Leadership, to Never Weaken Any Protections We’d Won In or Under Ontario’s Disabilities Act June 7, 2016
Premier Wynne Breaks Important Promise to 1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities to Never Weaken Any Protections We’d Won under Ontario’s Disabilities Act full article
TORONTO Coming changes to the rules governing accessible customer service in Ontario are being decried as inadequate by at least one group representing the clientele the regulations are meant to help.
They argue that changes increasing the number of workers requiring accessibility training, and expanding the number of professionals authorized to vouch for the need for a service animal, do little to directly impact the lives of people with disabilities.
New Ontario Accessibility Rules Inadequate: Critic full article
Published Monday, June 6, 2016
Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris announced that he will introduce a private members bill, making it an offence to deny access to service animals inside public spaces, including schools.
Harris decided to introduce the legislation, after several families complained, claiming that the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, wont allow their childrens service dogs to spend the day at school.
Local MPP Introduces Private Member’s Bill for Service Dogs in Public Places full article
Last Updated: June 1 2016
Article by Peter C. Straszynski
Torkin Manes LLP
The deadline for “small” private sector employers to comply with the “Employment Standard” under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (“AODA”) is rapidly approaching. ”
Large” organizations (50 or more employees) have already been required to comply by January 1, 2016. “Small” organizations (50 or fewer employees) only have until January 1, 2017 to comply.
Canada: January 1 2017 Deadline For AODA Compliance full article