Accessibility Legislation Would Boost NZ’s Economy

Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 11:16 am
Press Release: Access Alliance
Media Release embargoed until 9.30am, Tuesday 28 February 2017.

Accessibility legislation for disabled people would boost New Zealand’s economy by $862 million

In an unprecedented move, a diverse range of disability groups have come together to issue a call for legislation that would enable people with disabilities to more actively participate in society. The newly created Access Alliance is calling on all parliamentary parties to commit to introduce accessibility legislation prior to the general election in September.

Carmody Rips Overbearing Liberal Nanny State

By Sean Chase, The Daily Observer
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Councillor James Carmody is running for a second term on Petawawa town council.

PETAWAWA James Carmody is ripping the province for what he sees as “overbearing nanny state” legislation with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Bell Canada Discriminated Against Sick Woman by Making Her Go to Store: Tribunal

Bell Canada discriminated against a seriously ill woman by forcing her to violate her doctor’s orders and go to a store in person in order to acquire a cellphone, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has found Hamilton Spectator
By Michelle McQuigge

TORONTO The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal says Bell Canada discriminated against a seriously ill woman by forcing her to violate her doctor’s orders and go to a store in person in order to acquire a cellphone.

Yet More Great Accessibility Town Hall and Public Forum Events Coming Up Around Ontario

More New Quick and Important Ways to Give Your Feedback and Input on Disability Accessibility Barriers You Face

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

February 17, 2017

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Here’s a punchy and heaping grab-bag of news from the front lines of our non-partisan campaign for full accessibility in Ontario. This all shows that the accessibility movement is strong and continually growing. Here are announcements of:

If Inclusion Means Everyone, Why Not Me?

ARCH Disability Law Centre, in partnership with Community Living Ontario, Inclusive Education Canada, the University of Western Ontario, and Brock University, is announcing the launch of new research titled “If Inclusion Means Everyone, Why Not Me?”.

We are currently conducting a survey on the experiences of students with intellectual disabilities in Ontario’s public school system. The focus of this survey is on many of the current practices and barriers related to inclusive education.

Federal Accessibility Minister Carla Qualtrough Gives Toronto Star Another Glimpse into Her Thinking on the Promised Canadians with Disabilities Act

AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky Presents to the Final Federal Public Consultation Forum on the Canadians with Disabilities Act

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

February 10, 2017

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The February 10, 2017 Toronto Star includes a report, set out below, that offers a further glimpse into Federal Accessibility Minister Carla Qualtrough’s thinking on what the promised Canadians with Disabilities Act should include.

Accessibility Improvements Completed at Ossington TTC Subway Station

TTC working to renovate all subway stations by 2025 to satisfy Ont. deadline Justin Greaves/Metroland

Ossington is the latest TTC subway station to complete accessibility improvements.

The station now has two elevators leading from the concourse to either subway platform, sliding automated doors, better signage, plus upgrades to the bus bay. The station also has Presto fare gates which were installed last year.

On the Eve of Toronto Public Consultations, Canada’s Disabilities Minister Carla Qualtrough Offers a Glimpse Into What the Promised Canadians with Disabilities Act May Include

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

February 6, 2017

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The February 5, 2017 Global News reports on an interview that the Canadian Press conducted with Canada’s Disabilities Minister Carla Qualtrough. It offers a glimpse into the Federal Government’s thinking on what the promised Canadians with Disabilities Act should include. (See the article, below) Minister Qualtrough is leading the Federal Government’s development of this legislation, which was promised in the 2015 federal election.

Join Us as the AODA Alliance Comes to Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge Next Week

and come to the Federal Government’s February 8, 2017 Public Consultations in Toronto on the Promised Canadians with Disabilities Act, Where the AODA Alliance Will Be One of Many Presenters

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

February 3, 2017

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Council Restores City Videos Online

By Miranda Chant
February 3, 2017

Archived videos of London city council and committee meetings will be restored to the city’s website and YouTube channel.

In a special council meeting held Friday afternoon, councillors unanimously voted in favour of staff re-posting the videos, which were removed earlier this week over fears they violated the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

Experts Say Rehabilitation Act Refresh Sets New Baseline for Accessibility Standards

Disability rights experts say an update to the Rehabilitation Act creates new expectations for accessibility standards in higher education. By Carl Straumsheim
February 3, 2017

A long-awaited update to a federal rule ups the pressure on colleges and universities to ensure that their information and communication technology services are accessible to students with disabilities, experts say.

On January 31, 2017, Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commission Heard David Lepofsky’s Freedom of Information Appeal Regarding Implementation and Enforcement of Ontario’s Disabilities Act, and Reserved Its Decision

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

February 2, 2017

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