Disability Art: How Do You Participate if Only Two Toronto Venues are Fully Accessible?

March 28, 2017
By Alanna Rizza

Victoria Lacey was at a fundraising gala for Spinal Muscular Atrophy research when she won floor tickets to a sold-out One Direction concert. She was ecstatic.

But her excitement faded months later when she called the Rogers Centres guest experience department to inquire about the arrangements for her to access the venue. She was told she couldnt watch the concert from the floor because her power wheelchair would damage the turf.

I’ve Spent Two Years at Ryerson, but I’m Still Learning How to Navigate It

March 28, 2017
By Matt Vocino

The spring of 2015 was a more stressful time than usual. As a student finishing Grade 12, I was preparing to make the big decision that most other kids my age were also trying to sift through: where should I go to university? This is a difficult choice for anyone, but even more so for a person with a disability that requires a mobility device.

Huntsville’s Work-In-Progress Accessibility Plan Breaks Down Barriers

Big Idea for March 23, 2017
Huntsville Forester
By Debbie Kirwin
uReport

MUSKOKA In 2001, each municipality in the province was mandated by the Ontarians with Disabilities Act (ODA) 2001 to prepare an annual Accessibility Plan, in which barriers preventing people with disabilities from participating in community life must be identified and removed. It was up to the town to decide how and when, given budget restraints. This act did not apply to the business community.

E-Agenda Going Back to Tender

Region says it will ensure next winner has local references
Posted on March 22, 2017 by oshawaexpress in News
By Graeme McNaughton/The Oshawa Express

When the Region of Durham puts out a new tender for its electronic agenda system, it will ensure the winning company knows what its doing.

Matt Gaskell, the regions commissioner of corporate services, says the region is making changes after what happened when the company that previously held the contract, the American-based Accela, couldnt make a system that worked within the provinces legal requirements.

Deli Owner Upset After City Orders Removal of ‘Unsafe Wheelchair Ramp’

Owner wants to work with city to modify wheelchair ramp
Julian Katz, 31, owner of Stasis Preserves Deli & Pantry in Roncesvalles has been told by the City of Toronto he needs to remove his wheelchair ramp from the front of his business because it has been deemed unsafe and limits sidewalk space. Katz said he wants to work with the city to find a way to modify the ramp, rather than destroy it. Bloor West Villager
By Aaron D’Andrea

Opinion: Strong partnerships key to fully accessible Canada

Rick Hansen
Published on: March 17, 2017

A person in a wheelchair pauses on a sidewalk as snow falls in Vancouver.

AODA Alliance Update

With Only One Year Until the 2018 Ontario Election Campaign, the AODA Alliance Asks Accessibility Minister Tracy MacCharles for a Detailed Update on What the Ontario Government is Doing and Plans to Do to Ensure Ontario Reaches Full Accessibility for 1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities by 2025

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

March 16, 2017

Accessibility Services’ Transition Day

University of Toronto’s Accessibility Services team is offering an informative session for educators who work with high school students with disabilities, helping support the transition from high school to university.

May 15, 10:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
Hart House, 7 King’s College Circle

Learn about:

  • How assessment and accommodations are implemented at U of T
  • The support services and funding available for students with disabilities

York Region Residents With Disabilities Demand Better Accessibility

Newmarket Era
By Simon Martin

Doug Poirier, who has Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and relies on a wheelchair, has been encountering accessibility issues around York Region. For example, justices of the peace and police officers have access to the closest parking spots at the Tannery Mall’s north parking lot in Newmarket, while Poirier has to park farther away.

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Definitions

Accessibility: Accessibility refers to the design of products, devices, services or environments for people who experience disabilities.

access Victory for Cornwall Mom

By Lois Ann Baker, Cornwall Standard-Freeholder
Friday, March 10, 2017 8:30:24 EST PM

Jen Fullarton on Friday March 10, 2017 in Cornwall, Ont. Fullarton has been advocating for children with autism and recently heard Calypso water Park is now accepting the Access2 pass allowing caregivers into the park for free.

It is a small victory, but a victory nonetheless.

‘Essential Accessibility’ Website Rethinks The Web For People With Disabilities

By Wendy Lu
March 10, 2017

For many people with disabilities, accessibility doesn’t necessarily equal accommodation. When it comes to using the internet, for instance, computers aren’t usually tailored for people with certain disabilities, like severe visual impairment or upper-body paralysis. But the website Essential Accessibility, a resource that allows people with disabilities (PWD) to use the web with ease so that they can go about their daily lives and focus on more important things, is hoping to change all that.

TTC Expands Wheel-Trans Eligibility to Include People With Cognitive, Sensory, or Mental Health Disabilities

The transit agency made the change to ensure it was complying with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the provincial Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. It took effect Jan. 1. By Ben Spurr, Transportation Reporter
Tues., March 7, 2017

For Jack Fuller, taking the TTC can be an overwhelming and stressful ordeal.

The 16-year-old East York resident has been diagnosed with severe social anxiety that often makes the crowds on a packed bus or subway too much to take.

New AODA Requirements underscore maintenance

Spotting accessibility issues in public spaces often requires a trained eye Thursday, March 2, 2017
By Jane E. Sleeth

With 2017 underway, Ontario-based companies must now enact specific requirements to ensure accessibility for employees and customers. The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) previously rolled out a number of policies under the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR), and many facilities have yet to comply. But as of January 1, certain organizations must implement another round of requirements related to public spaces, public information and employment practices.