Ontario Conservatives Press Premier Wynne in the Ontario Legislature’s Question Period to Agree to the AODA Alliance’s Call for the Government to Develop an Education Accessibility Standard

Premier Wynne says Her Ministers of Accessibility and Education Are Discussing How to Move Forward on This

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

November 1, 2016

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Action Kit for Raising Disability Accessibility Issues in the November 17, 2016 Ontario By-elections in Ottawa Vanier and Niagara West-Glanbrook

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

October 31, 2016

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The Ontario Government has called provincial by-elections for November 17, 2016 in the Ottawa Vanier and Niagara West-Glanbrook ridings. These by-elections will replace former Liberal MPP Madeleine Meilleur (Ottawa Vanier), who was the minister responsible for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act from 2006 to 2011, and Tim Hudak, the former Conservative Party leader.

Some Toronto Wheel-Trans Passengers Say They’ve Been Left at the Curb Due to New Bike Lane

October 31, 2016

She cuts a strange picture; a woman in a wheelchair driving down the bike lane on Bloor Street.”It’s not safe for myself or the bikers,” said Kaley Roosen.But if she wants to board a Wheel-Trans bus in front of her apartment she has no choice.

Today is the 18th Anniversary of a Pivotal Milestone on the Road to Strong Ontario Disability Accessibility Legislation that Resonates to this Day in Provincial and Federal Accessibility Campaigns

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

October 29, 2016

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Today, October 29, 2016, is the 18th anniversary of an extremely important event in the decade-long battle, from 1994 to 2005, for the enactment of strong Ontario accessibility legislation, to achieve a barrier-free Ontario for persons with disabilities. What was accomplished by Ontario’s grassroots disability advocates back then continues to send out waves of impact in Ontario and across Canada fully 18 years later.

Whitby Adopts Three-Year Accessibility Plan to Continue Removing Barriers

Town-wide service delivery review finds municipality is ‘one of the leaders in AODA compliance in the GTA’

WHITBY — Barb Borchuk (front) and Sandra Sufrin led a group of women up the accessible ramp to leave the Anne Ottenbrite Pool following an aquafit class. The Town of Whitby completed extensive renovations at Iroquois Park in 2011, including additions and accessibility improvements to the arena complex and the reconstruction of the pool. Photo originally taken December 2, 2014.

Waterloo Tightens Accessibility Rules for Development

Waterloo Region Record
By Paige Desmond

WATERLOO Waterloo has updated its stringent standards for accessibility in local development projects, ahead of provincial accessibility rules that take effect in 2017 and 2018.

On Monday, council approved a lengthy document that sets out the rules for new development projects and major renovations. Similar guidelines are expected to also be used by the City of Kitchener and Region of Waterloo.

Creating Opportunities For Deaf Employees

10/26/2016 03:45 pm ET
Lydia L. Callis

Sign Language Interpreter, Community Educator, Advocate. From 3 Generations of Deaf family. My website is http://signlanguagenyc.com

“Where do you work?” “What do you do for a living?” In America, these are among the first questions a new acquaintance will ask us. This simple inquiry reflects the cultural emphasis placed on work and career choice in the modern world. But for many, this dreaded question serves as a reminder that even work is a privilege.

Come to Upcoming Accessibility Forums in St. Johns Newfoundland (Nov4), Burlington Ontario (Nov. 6) and Whitby Ontario (Nov. 7)

Let the AODA Alliance Know of Any Accessibility Barriers You Face when Using Public Transportation in Ontario

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

October 19, 2016

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1. Come to Upcoming Accessibility Public Forums in St. John’s Newfoundland (November 4), Burlington (November 6), and Whitby (November 12)

Miami University Reaches Justice Department Consent Decree to Improve Technology Access for Students With Disabilities

By Karen Farkas, cleveland.com
on October 18, 2016 at 10:10 AM

OXFORD, Ohio – Miami University, which settled a lawsuit filed by a blind student, has reached a proposed consent decree with the U.S. Justice Department to resolve allegations that it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by using inaccessible classroom and other technologies.

Sticking with Red and Green Transit Lines ‘Offensive’ to Colour-Blind People, Says Advocate

Ottawa Citizen
Jon Willing, October 17, 2016

OC Transpo is using two colours to differentiate the Confederation Line LRT and Trillium Line. It might cause problems for people who have a red-green colour blindness, an advocate says.

OC Transpo is confident the red and green lines marking the O-Train Confederation Line and Trillium Line on a new rail map won’t cause problems for people with a specific form of colour blindness.

WCAG 2.1 Under Exploration, Comments Requested by 1 November

Oct 13, 2016

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group announces a plan to develop WCAG 2.1, which builds on but does not supersede WCAG 2.0. The group would like input from stakeholders on this plan.

Bell Media’s Flagship Radio Station NewsTalk 1010 Newly Redesigned Website Demonstrates Why We Need Enforcement!

After visiting their new site http://www.iheartradio.ca/newstalk-1010 it was clear they didn’t know anything about website accessibility or even the AODA.

It has been a long time since I’ve Audited a site with so many errors, the W3C Validator has a whopping 545 errors alone (Validator Results)

I also used my favourite Automated Tool for checking, Total Validator and it also came back with 382 errors (Total Validator Report, Word document(.docx)(, 249kb).

Blue Jays Strike Out with Service Dog

Human rights complaint says team won’t let him buy accessible seats online. By Hina AlamStaff Reporter
Mon., Oct. 10, 2016

A lawyer is crying foul about the Blue Jays’ ticket sales, complaining to the province’s Human Rights Tribunal that the club unlike the city’s other pro teams won’t let him buy handicapped seats online.

Sunny Ways? More Accessibility Legislation Coming

Blog Canadian Labour and Employment Law
Baker & McKenzie
Jonathan D. Cocker.
Canada October 3 2016

True to their October 2015 campaign promise, the federal government has recently commenced a cross-country consultation process with Canadians aimed at developing national accessibility legislation.

Accessible eLearning Benefits All Learners

by Pamela Hogle
October 3, 2016

Accessible technology is meaningless without accessible content: ‘Making a person’s computer accessible is one thing, but if the Internet is not accessible to them, it kind of doesn’t matter. They may be able to do word processing, but they’re not going to be able to get the information they need,’ said Dmitri Belser, executive director of Berkeley, California’s Center for Accessible Technology.