U of T’s New Mental Health Policy is Shameful

David Campion-Smith
2017/10/30

The mandatory leave program is only the most recent in a line of poor treatment plans.

Policies shouldn’t force students with mental health issues out of school

In most cases, a university proposing a new measure to provide mental health treatment to students is viewed as something positive. But the University of Toronto’s proposed mandatory leave program is not one of these cases, and in fact is further proof that that school is more concerned with protecting its academic reputation than with the mental wellbeing of its students.

Grassroots Disability Coalition Unveils Powerful New Video Showing Serious Accessibility Problems at the New Ryerson University Student Learning Centre

On 19th Anniversary of Landmark Unanimous Legislature Resolution Calling for Strong Accessibility Law, this Video Shows Ontario Falling Further Behind Schedule for Becoming Accessible by 2025

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE
NEWS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Changes Will Regulate How New Facilities Are Built

By Jonathan Juha, Postmedia News
Friday, October 27, 2017

Future city-owned buildings and facilities are a step closer to become a bit more accessible for people with disabilities.

Pending formal approval from council, the city’s planning and heritage sub-committee voted unanimously on Thursday in favor of approving new accessibility guidelines, which will regulate how new city facilities are built, as well as any renovation projects done to properties currently owned by the city.

Some People Are Using Accessible Parking Permits of Relatives Who’ve Died, police say

Over 1,300 misused permits seized last year, CBC Toronto has learned By John Lancaster, Michael Smee, CBC News Posted: Oct 31, 2017

Wendy Murphy of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario says she routinely sees people who appear to be misusing accessible parking permits, which means she’s left waiting for a spot.

Abuse of special parking permits for people with disabilities has become so pervasive that on many downtown Toronto streets almost all vehicles display one, a CBC Toronto investigation has found.

Deadline for 2017 AODA Compliance Report is Coming Up

October 26, 2017

The next compliance reporting deadline for Ontario businesses and not-for-profit organizations is December 31, 2017

Businesses and Not-for-Profits with More Than 20 Employees in Ontario

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (“AODA”) mandates that businesses and not-for-profit organizations with at least 20 employees in Ontario file a compliance report once every three years. Accessibility reports must be filed by a director, senior officer, or another “responsible person with authority to bind the organization.”

Toronto Pearson Launches Innovative Technology to Support Accessibility for those with Cognitive Special Needs

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Greater Toronto Airports Authority

TORONTO, Oct. 25, 2017 /CNW/ – As part of Autism Awareness month in Canada, Toronto Pearson is proud to be the first airport in the world to partner with MagnusCards, an app offering digital how-to guides (Card Decks) for people with autism and other cognitive special needs.

AODA Alliance Calls On the Wynne Government to Take Action to Ensure Ontario’s Built Environment Becomes Disability-Accessible by 2025

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 23, 2017

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On October 23, 2017, the AODA Alliance wrote the Wynne Government’s Accessibility Minister, Tracy MacCharles. It called for the Government to take immediate and decisive action to ensure that the built environment in Ontario becomes fully accessible by the 2025 deadline that the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act imposes.

No Dogs Allowed: Uber Driver’s Ignorance a Barrier for Deaf-Blind Athlete and Guide Dog

Megan Gillis
Published on: October 23, 2017 | Last Updated: October 23, 2017

Kevin Frost, who is legally deaf and blind, has been initially refused service by Uber three times in the last month as he tried to access it with his service dog, Lewis. That’s against the law.

Being legally deaf and blind hasn’t stopped Kevin Frost from becoming a high-performance athlete and sought-after motivational speaker, but Uber drivers’ ignorance of the law put the brakes on him three times this month.

Oshawa Mom Says Its Time to Replace Accessibility Symbol with a more Active Image

News Oct 18, 2017
by Reka Szekely
Oshawa This Week

An Oshawa mom is hoping the city will adopt a new more active accessibility symbol. Amanda Ridding said she first heard about the new symbol two or three years ago. Riddings son Nicklas is a Grandview kid who uses a wheelchair at times.

Wynne Government Still Hasn’t Appointed an Education Standards Development Committee, Fully 314 Days After Premier Wynne Pledged to Create an Education Accessibility Standard under Ontario’s Disabilities Act

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Last Day to Complete the Wynne Government’s Online Survey about Disability Barriers in Ontario’s Education System

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 16, 2017

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Levelling the Playing Field

The role of accommodations in academia
By: Hillary Jones, Contributor
Posted on October 16, 2017

Lakehead, like all other universities and businesses in Ontario, is required to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you’ve had a job in Ontario at any point in your life, you’ve likely been told about the AODA along with other standard workplace trainings like WHMIS. When you’re sitting through these often monotonous training days, it can be easy to lose sight of the relevance of these policies to our daily lives. However, as midterm season is upon us, one university policy relating to the AODA may become more prominent: accommodations.

How a Cool New Fuel App Helps Drivers With Disabilities

Sep 14, 2017

Filling a car with gas can be a frustrating task for drivers with physical disabilities. It can be hard to get out of the car, access a wheelchair or walker, and try to fit the mobility aid between the vehicle and the pump, while still reaching the gas tank.

Canada’s First National Accessibility Law Should Be Ready by Next Spring: Hehr

Kent Hehr speaks in Vancouver, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016.
Michelle McQuigge
TORONTO
The Canadian Press
October 15, 2017

The federal minister responsible for crafting Canada’s first national accessibility legislation says the law should be ready by next spring and should benefit not only people with disabilities, but their caregivers.

Kent Hehr says the timeline for the new law has shifted slightly since he took over the portfolio for sport and persons with disabilities in a recent cabinet shuffle.

Making a Home Accessible Can Make All the Difference as We Age

by David Nickle
City Centre Mirror

Aging at home

Med+ Home Health Care manager Ron Wiskin (left) and homeowner Sandra Sexton stands in the acessible bathroom being built at her Hendon Avenue home, on Monday, Sept. 25, that will accommodate her husband and aging parents.

Sandra and Dan Sexton are doing the kind of work on their North York home that usually comes much later in life.

Local Man Wants Law to Regulate Service Dogs

“The accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 doesn’t currently include legislation that defines proper training and accreditation for service animals’ Chip Kean Certified Professional Dog Obedience Instructor October 12, 2017
by: Linda Holmes

A professional dog obedience instructor in North Bay is petitioning the Ontario government to pass what he calls ‘much needed’ legislation regulating service dogs and their training.