Prominent International Disability Advocate to Visit NZ

Friday, 1 September 2017

Press Release: Access Alliance
Prominent international disability advocate David Lepofsky to visit New Zealand – 01 September 2017

The Blind Foundation is proud to bring renowned disability rights campaigner David Lepofsky to New Zealand to speak on behalf of The Access Alliance Access Matters campaign on the need for Parliament to pass Accessibility Legislation.

Completing your accessibility compliance report

Follow these steps to complete an accessibility compliance report for your business, not-for-profit or public-sector organization.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/completing-your-accessibility-compliance-report/

The AODA Alliance Writes Kent Hehr, Canada’s New National Minister for People with Disabilities, who is Now Responsible for Developing Canada’s Promised National Accessibility Law

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

August 29, 2017

SUMMARY

On August 28, 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his federal cabinet. As a result, Mr. Kent Hehr was appointed Canada’s new Minister Responsible for People with Disabilities. He takes over responsibility for leading the development and enactment of the new national accessibility law which Prime Minister Trudeau promised in the 2015 federal election.

Ontario Tribunal Rules Autistic Boy Can?t Bring Service Dog to Class

Michelle McQuigge
TORONTO
The Canadian Press
August 31, 2017

Ontario’s human rights tribunal has ruled that a nine-year-old autistic boy can’t bring his service dog with him into class.

The decision says Kenner Fee’s family failed to prove that having his black Labrador Ivy in the classroom would help him with his education.

Watch the Archived Video of the August 22, 2017 Policy Experts Conference on What Canada’s Promised National Accessibility Law Should Include

Canada’s Federal and Provincial Governments Should Use All the Levers of Power They Have to Promote Accessibility

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

August 27, 2017

SUMMARY

1. Any Time You Wish, You Can Enjoy the August 22, 2017 Online Policy Experts Conference on What Canada’s Promised National Accessibility Law Should Include

Excellent Media Coverage of the Policy Experts Conference on What Canada’s Promised National Accessibility Law Should Include

and More Media on Other Accessibility Issues

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

August 24, 2017

SUMMARY

1. Wonderful Media Coverage of the August 22, 2017 Online Policy Experts Conference on What Canada’s Promised National Accessibility Law Should Include

Reminder: Reporting Compliance With AODA Accessibility Standards

August 24, 2017 Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor

Most accessibility standards requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) are now in effect for large and small organizations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors across Ontario. And this year, for the first time, organizations in all sectors will be reporting compliance with all five AODA accessibility standards.

Prince Edward County Officials Decry ‘Unfortunate’ Case of Couple Denied B&B Over Service Dog

Same officials say province’s accessibility rules need clarification By John Rieti, CBC News Posted: Aug 22, 2017

A Toronto couple was hoping to spend a weekend at a Bloomfield, Ont., bed and breakfast, but were turned away because of their service dog.

Prince Edward County officials are trying to make things right after a couple with a service dog were barred from a local bed and breakfast earlier this summer.

Remember to Catch Tomorrow’s Online Conference on What Canada’s Promised National Accessibility Law Should Include

More Media Coverage on Accessibility Triggered by Wonderful Grassroots Ontario Accessibility Advocates

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

August 21, 2017

SUMMARY

1. A Great Chance to Learn from Amazing Speakers from Around the World on What the Promised Canadians with Disabilities Act Should Include

Invictus Games are an Opportunity to Advocate for Disability Rights

The Invictus Games will be a tremendous moment to celebrate our veterans and their sacrifices. The Games can also be a chance to apply pressure on our elected leadership to follow through with action on the promises they made for disability advocacy. By Adam Kassam
Fri., Aug. 18, 2017

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Toronto Couple with Service Dog Barred From Prince Edward County B&B

Prominent lawyer and accessibility advocate says that’s against the law By John Rieti and Taylor Simmons, CBC News
Posted: Aug 17, 2017

The owners of this Bloomfield, Ont. B&B say they weren’t told some of their guests were bringing a service dog until they arrived. Refusing to welcome them has resulted in a series of critical posts online.

Legislation Would ‘Move the Needle’ on Accessibility in N.L.: Advocate

Provincial government committed to making it happen, says consultations will happen in the next year Louis Power lpower@thetelegram.com
Published on August 16, 2017

Barrier-Free Newfoundland and Labrador is a new group whose sole purpose is to lobby for accessibility legislation.

The conversation about accessibility in our communities has been going on for decades, and it’s time for action through legislation, some advocates say.

Helping Retailers in Ontario Improve Accessibility

News provided by Retail Council of Canada
Aug 14, 2017

Retail Council of Canada launching retail-specific training Workshop and Webinar Series to make it easier for retailers to comply with Ontario’s accessibility laws.

TORONTO, Aug. 14, 2017 /CNW/ – As part of an EnAbling Change project with the Government of Ontario, Retail Council of Canada (RCC) has developed a retail-specific Workshop and Webinar series to help retailers know what they need to do to comply with legislation that aims to improve accessibility in areas that impact the daily lives of people with disabilities.

Tune in Online to the August 22, 2017 Conference on What the Promised National Accessibility Law Should Include

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

August 11, 2017

SUMMARY

What should be included in Canada’s forthcoming national accessibility law that the Federal Government promised to enact? Here is a great way to hear from policy experts on accessibility legislation from Canada and around the world.

Doing More For People With Disabilities Is Doing More For Canadians

People with disabilities still make up a disproportionate number of professionals working in jobs that are below their skills level. 08/11/2017

Most of us take for granted the ability to easily perform daily activities or engage in social interactions. We do not wake up each morning with debilitating pain, or require the assistance of a guide dog to leave our homes. For the over 3.8 million Canadians living with a chronic health condition or health-related problem, however, performing what some might consider routine tasks can be a serious challenge.