EnAbling Change: Accessible Playspaces

2015 marked the 10th anniversary of the Accessibility For Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). To celebrate this milestone, 101 Ontarians received AODA 10th Anniversary Champion Awards to recognize their passion and commitment in promoting awareness of accessibility and inclusiveness in the community. The following is an example of an award winning project.

Project: Accessible Playspaces

Location: Fergus and Elora, Township of Centre Wellington, ON Award Winner: Andy and Jackie Speers

Conflicting Accessible Parking Signs Cause Confusion at Algonquin College

Ottawa man ticketed $55 when ‘no parking’ signs pop up in accessible spaces By Waubgeshig Rice, CBC News Posted: Jul 26, 2016

An Ottawa man says he’s “very pleased” that Algonquin College has cleared up confusion around accessible parking spaces on campus that led to him getting a ticket last week.

Mike More, who’s currently recovering from hip replacement surgery and has an accessible parking permit, visited the campus last Tuesday for a meeting about an Ontario Genealogical Society conference he’s organizing there for next year.

StopGap Founder Wins Jane Jacobs Prize

Luke Anderson, of the StopGap Foundation, and Leslie Chudnovsky, of Supporting Our Youth, are this year’s prize winners

Luke Anderson, Toronto engineer who founded Stopgap Foundation, which aims to make city more accessible using ramps. He poses for pictures outside his condo with his ramps(red and yellow).
By: Staff Torstar News Service Published on Thu Jul 21 2016

Update on the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Rubin Thomlinson LLP
Jennifer Heath
Titus Totan.
Canada July 21 2016

In our November 2015 Employers’ Alert, we summarized the updated employer obligations pursuant to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (“AODA”). On June 6, 2016, the Ontario government announced yet further updates to the AODA, which took effect on July 1, 2016. While these changes appear subtle, they do have an impact on Ontario employers and warrant a review of existing accessibility policies, practices and training.

City Boosts LIMO Transit Service to Better Serve Ridership

Council approves increase to LIMO hours, additional drivers and a new bus to address increasing ridership needs; all will be funded through the provincial Gas Tax Reserve Kawartha Lakes This Week
By Mary Riley

LINDSAY – Lindsay’s LIMO transit service will serve its ridership better after City of Kawartha Lakes council approved an additional driver for this year and two more drivers and a new bus next year.

Omni Hotels & Resorts Offers Five Star Accessibility for Guests with Disabilities

TORONTO, July 20, 2016 /PRNewswire

eSSENTIAL Accessibility and Omni Hotels & Resorts have partnered to launch the eSSENTIAL Accessibility app, an exciting accessibility initiative for guests with disabilities. The eSSENTIAL Accessibility app provides keyboard and mouse replacement tools that help individuals with physical, reading and age-related disabilities navigate the web. Through the app’s motion technology and voice activated controls, guests can make reservations, research destinations and take advantage of offers.

Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act, 2005, Part I: Is Your Business Subject to the Laws Customer Service Standards? The Answer May Surprise You.

7/20/2016
by Michael Comartin
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

This is the first installment in a three-part series of articles focused on employers’ duties under Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. Part one addresses the scope and applicability of the law to various businesses.

EHRC Announces Its Newest Project to Support Those With Disabilities in the Workplace

OTTAWA, July 14, 2016
CNW

Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) launched its newest project entitled EnAbling Change: From Disability to Inclusion, an EnAbling Change Project with the Government of Ontario that will see the organization focus on improving equity of access for people with disabilities who work or wish to work in the Canadian electricity industry.

AODA Alliance Writes New Ontario Accessibility Minister Tracy MacCharles to List Priority Actions to Get Ontario Back on Schedule to Reach Full Accessibility by 2025, the Deadline that Ontario’s Accessibility Law Imposes

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

July 12, 2016

SUMMARY

On July 10, 2016, the AODA Alliance wrote Ontario’s new Accessibility Minister, Tracy MacCharles. Tracy MacCharles is the fifth minister in the past five years to be assigned lead responsibility for the Government’s implementation and enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

AODA Alliance Writes New Ontario Accessibility Minister Tracy MacCharles to List Priority Actions to Get Ontario Back on Schedule to Reach Full Accessibility by 2025, the Deadline that Ontario’s Accessibility Law Imposes

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

July 12, 2016

SUMMARY

On July 10, 2016, the AODA Alliance wrote Ontario’s new Accessibility Minister, Tracy MacCharles. Tracy MacCharles is the fifth minister in the past five years to be assigned lead responsibility for the Government’s implementation and enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Blind Man Denied Service From Uber Over Guide Dog

Matthew Dierckens says Uber’s refusal to transport him with his guide dog is discriminatory and frustrating.

A Windsor man who has no vision is advocating for increased awareness after he and his guide dog were rejected service by three Uber drivers over the past year.

“It’s 2016, this shouldn’t be happening,” Matthew Dierckens said after being denied service for the second time this month on July 8, “We shouldn’t have this problem, it’s discrimination and it’s frustrating.

TTC Investigating After Frustrated Man in Wheelchair Faces Off With Bus After Lengthy Wait

Face off involving disabled man being probed: TTC

The TTC says it is investigating after a frustrated wheelchair-bound man blocked a bus on Kipling Avenue following a lengthy wait last week. Joshua Freeman, CP24.com
Published Monday, July 11, 2016 16 8:02PM EDT

Gananoque Disbands Accessibility Advisory Committee

By Wayne Lowrie, Postmedia Network
Sunday, July 10, 2016

Gananoque town council has abruptly disbanded its accessibility advisory committee, prompting one committee member to accuse council of regarding them as a bunch of “uppity cripples.”

Following a closed-door meeting, council members started their regular public meeting with a quick vote to dissolve the year-old accessibility committee with no public debate, passing the required bylaw in all three readings in a single vote. The committee members were to be informed by letter the next day.

Firm Fined $266K for Harassment of Deaf Employee

Appeal court ups damages by more than $100,000 for ‘malicious’ conduct meant to drive worker to quit
Michael Robinson, The Toronto Star
July 7, 2016.

A Mississauga company found to have mocked, humiliated and launched a “campaign of abuse” designed to force a deaf employee’s resignation has been ordered by Ontario’s top court to pay her $266,000.

The stinging Ontario Court of Appeal decision increased the original damages awarded to Vicky Strudwick by more than $100,000.

The Top Five Mistakes That Exclude People From Your Event and How to Fix Them

Markus Lessing/July 07, 2016

Organising an event has its challenges at the best of times. Besides choosing the right venue or thinking of what catering to offer, accessibility plays an import role. Avoiding these 5 mistakes will guarantee an accessible event for everyone.