Information and Privacy Commission Orders the Wynne Government to Reveal Its Plans for Enforcing Ontario’s Accessibility Law

and Finds the Government Tried to Charge the AODA Alliance, an Unfunded Disability Coalition, over Five Times the Fee It Could Justify Disability Coalition Presses the Government to Make “Freedom of Information” Free

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE
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City of Peterborough Launches Online Survey on Accessibility

By The Peterborough Examiner
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The city has launched a survey for people with a disability, or their advocates, as part of a plan to set priorities for accessibility planning in the city.

People who live in Peterborough, or who work in or visit the city, are asked to share their experiences with accessibility through the online survey at http://www.peterborough.ca/AccessibilityPlanSurvey.

Privacy Commission Rules in Favour of Accessibility Advocacy Group

The Canadian Press
July 31, 2017

TORONTO Ontarios privacy commission says the provincial government significantly overcharged an advocacy group fighting for information on accessibility law compliance in the province and must now hand over the material.

The commissions decision says the government tried to charge the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance $4,200 for a sweeping access to information request seeking details on many issues, including plans to make sure private businesses are complying with accessibility laws.

Americans with Disabilities Act: An Epic Tragedy of Good Intentions

By Mark Pulliam
Jul. 27, 2017

This column first appeared July 27 on Library of Law and Liberty.

Looking back at the Americans with Disabilities Act, passed by Congress in 1990[1], one has to be struck by the extent to which the ADA’s lofty sentiments have been overwhelmed by its adverse results. If it’s true that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, then the ADA is a veritable Autobahn of wishful thinking gone awry. Yet no one seems inclined to reroute the ill-fated traffic; some states are even widening the highway with additional lanes.

Built Environment Accessibility Audit, Largest in Manitoba History

University of Manitoba in early stages of campus-wide assessment to identify physical accessibility barriers Winnipeg, July 26, 2017

Adaptability Canada is undertaking a campus-wide audit of the University of Manitoba’s built environment to identify accessibility barriers. The project involves over 100 buildings and 560,000+ sq. metres of space. It is part of the university’s response to the Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) and its ongoing commitment to fostering and providing an accessible environment.

Toronto Looking to Crack Down on Misuse of Accessible Parking Permits

by News staff
Posted Jul 25, 2017

The City of Toronto is looking to crack down on drivers who misuse parking permits to park in spots for people with disabilities.

Coun. Joe Mihevc, who is spearheading the movement, is recommending that anyone who applies for an accessible parking permit prove they need it via an independent vetting process similar to one in New York.

Washrooms at Kirby’s Beach are Officially Open for Business in Bracebridge

Community Jul 24, 2017
by Mary Beth Hartill
Bracebridge Examiner

Mayor Graydon Smith gets a hand from some beach visiting friends cutting the ribbon on the newly renovated washrooms at Kirby’s Beach Park on July 21.

The Town of Bracebridge, Rotary Club of Bracebridge and members of the town’s accessibility advisory committee invited folks to the beach Friday afternoon, July 21, for a celebratory ribbon cutting and barbecue.

Help Us Make Transportation Services in Ontario Accessible to Passengers with Disabilities

By July 27, 2017 Please Send Us Feedback on the draft Brief by the AODA Alliance and ARCH Disability Law Centre on the Transportation Standards Development committee’s Draft Recommendations for Improving the 2011 Transportation Accessibility Standard

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 21, 2017

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New Pedestrian-Activated Crossing Signals Provide Safe Passage in Downtown St. Marys

By Galen Simmons, Stratford Beacon Herald
Thursday, July 20, 2017

According to St. Marys director of public works, Jed Kelly, the installation of pedestrian-activated signalized crossings at the town’s three downtown intersections have improved both pedestrian safety and traffic flow.

St. Marys council originally voted to change the signals from automated to pedestrian-activated based on recommendations from a downtown traffic study conducted in 2015, prior to the town’s streetscape reconstruction last summer.

Wynne Government Extends to July 31, 2017 the Deadline for Answering the Government’s Education Barriers Survey and for Giving Feedback on Draft Reforms to Ontario’s Transportation Accessibility Standard

Wynne Government Responds to AODA Alliance Letter But Doesn’t Answer Our Concerns With the Government’s Consultation on Education Accessibility Barriers

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 17, 2017

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Here are five quick newsworthy items from the front lines of our accessibility campaign in Ontario:

Before Week’s End, Please Fill Out the Wynne Government’s Online Survey on Disability Barriers in Ontario’s Education system and Endorse the AODA Alliance’s Answers to This Survey, Which We Make Public Today

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

July 11, 2017

SUMMARY

Please email the Wynne Government by the end of Friday July 14, 2017 to say you support the AODA Alliance’s answers to the Government’s survey on the disability accessibility barriers that over a third of a million students with disabilities face in Ontario’s education system. You might just say:

Focus: Feds Can Improve Accessibility Legislation

Focus on: Legal Specialists & Boutiques
Monday, 10 July 2017
Written By Michael McKiernan

The federal government should learn from Ontario’s mistakes when it comes to accessibility legislation, according to advocates who practise in the burgeoning area of disability law.

Ontario became the first Canadian province to pass a law on the subject in 2005, when the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act set standards designed to remove barriers for disabled people in the realms of employment, goods, services, buildings and more within two decades.

Communication Support for Disabled Crime Victims ‘Ignored’ by Justice System, Advocates Say

Disabled Canadians are at high risk of sexual abuse often because they can’t communicate with police.

Barbara Collier runs a training program to teach speech-language pathologists how to help people with disabilities communicate with police and in court. By Peter GoffinStaff Reporter
Mon., July 10, 2017

He needed to tell police he’d been sexually abused, but he couldn’t speak.

Ontario to Change Child Support Law to Give Adult Children With Disabilities Access to Parental Cash

Brampton single mother launched a constitutional challenge to win child support for her 22-year-old disabled son. By Laurie Monsebraaten Social justice reporter
Sat., July 8, 2017

The provincial government will table an amendment to Ontario’s Family Law Act this fall to give adult children with disabilities access to child support, the Star has learned.

MobilityPlus to Take Another Look at Dialysis Rides

News Jul 07, 2017
by Johanna Weidner Waterloo Region Record|

WATERLOO REGION The region will take a closer look at MobilityPlus to ensure the right people are using the service, including the possibility of finding other transportation for dialysis patients.

Currently, upward of one in four riders is a person travelling for dialysis treatment.

“It’s very big,” said Dave Smith, assistant manager of specialized services for the Region of Waterloo.