ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE UPDATE UNITED FOR A BARRIER-FREE ONTARIO
September 17, 2014
On September 16, 2014, the AODA Alliance wrote the new Ontario Minister for Municipal Affairs and Housing, Ted McMeekin. In that letter, set out below, we identify key priorities on disability accessibility for his Ministry. This is part of our effort to write each Ministry which can help ensure that Ontario becomes fully accessible to persons with disabilities on or before 2025, as the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act requires.
Our priorities for this Ministry include:
1. Implementing Effective Measures to Ensure Accessibility of Municipal Elections to Voters and Candidates with Disabilities
2. Showing Leadership by Effectively Advocating to the Municipal Sector on Achieving Municipal Accessibility More Broadly
3. Supporting Our Call for the Development of New Accessibility Standards to Address Remaining Barriers in the Built Environment
4. Effectively Publicizing Your Government’s Recent Accessibility Amendments to the Ontario Building Code and Providing Overdue User Guides
To read the AODA Alliance’s August 14, 2014 letter to Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure Brad Duguid, visit http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/08142014.asp
To read the AODA Alliance’s September 12, letter to the Government and Consumer Services Minister David Orazietti, visit http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-writes-new-ontario-government-services-minister-to-urge-action-to-make-the-ontario-public-service-a-fully-accessible-workplace-and-provider-of-public-services/
To Read the AODA Alliance’s August 28, 2014 letter to the 2015 Toronto Pan/ParaPan American Games Minister Michael Coteau, visit http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/08282014.asp
Also, we want to give you a last reminder that tonight at 7 to 9 pm is the annual Toronto Transit Commission Public Forum on accessible Transit. It is being held at Queen Elizabeth Exhibit Hall, Exhibition Place – 180 Princes’ Boulevard. Come to tell TTC’s top brass about recurring barriers to accessibility you face on TTC. More information about the TTC 2014 Annual Public Forum on Accessible Transit is available at http://www.aoda.ca/on-the-20th-anniversary-of-the-launch-of-the-public-battle-to-get-ttc-to-announce-all-subway-stops-the-aoda-alliance-calls-on-voters-with-disabilities-across-ontario-to-seek-strong-accessibility-c/ If you are on Twitter, you can follow our live tweets from this event. We expect to use the hashtag #TTCAccess. That is the hashtag TTC used last year.
The reliable Accessibility Clock keeps on ticking. A troubling 303 days have now passed since we revealed that the Ontario Government was not enforcing the AODA, and that there have been rampant AODA violations in the private sector. The Government still has not made public its promised plan for the AODA’s effective enforcement. Two hundred and nine days have passed since the Toronto Star reported on February 20, 2014 that the Government would be publicly posting that new enforcement plan “in short order.”
To read our November 18, 2013 revelation that the Government was failing to effectively enforce the Disabilities Act despite knowing of rampant private sector violations, and funds on hand for enforcement, visit http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/11182013.asp
To read the Government’s February 20, 2014 pledge to publish in “short order” its plan for enforcing the Disabilities Act, visit http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/02202014.asp
As well, 385 days have passed since the Government unveiled its plans for the legacy of the 2015 Toronto Pan/ParaPan American Games. Yet it has still not released details and specifics of a comprehensive disability accessibility legacy for the Games. Only 296 days remain until the 2015 Games begin. Time is running out!
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Text of September 17, 2014 Letter from the AODA Alliance to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE
1929 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M4G 3E8
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