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AODA Alliance Writes the Ontario Minister of Education, the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities (who is also the Minister of Research and Innovation) and the Minister of Health to Identify Key Disability Accessibility Priorities for Their Ministries

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE UPDATE UNITED FOR A BARRIER-FREE ONTARIO

September 22, 2014

SUMMARY

With a battery of new cabinet ministers getting up to speed on their new jobs after the 2014 Ontario election, we have written all key Ontario Government ministries to identify important steps they must take to keep the Government’s promises on disability accessibility. This is part of our effort to 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 letters to these cabinet ministers are all based on the Government’s promises to us on disability accessibility, and on our detailed roadmap on how to get Ontario back on schedule for full accessibility by 2025. That roadmap is set out in our 368 page June 30, 2014 brief to the Independent Review which the Government appointed Mayo Moran to conduct. You can find our June 30, 2014 brief to the Mayo Moran AODA Independent Review at http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/06302014-Final-Brief-Mayo-Moran-AODA.doc Three more of these letters are set out below. They are addressed to Liz Sandals, the Minister of Education, to Reza Moridi, the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, and of Research and Innovation, and to Eric Hoskins, the Minister of Health.

We urge the Minister of Education to:

1. Support our Call for the Government to Enact an Education Accessibility Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

2. Ensure All Ontario School Children Receive Education on Disability Accessibility

We asked the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, and of Research and Innovation to:

1. Support our Call for the Government to Enact an Education Accessibility Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

2. Advocate to Self-Governing Professions to Include Disability Accessibility Training for their Members

3. Ensure Disability Accessibility is a Key Focus of Research and Innovation Programs and Projects that the Government Operates or Finances

We urge the President of Treasury Board to:

1. Implement Strong, Monitored Measures for Ensuring That All Ontario Government Programs are Used Effectively to Ensure that Ontario Becomes Fully Accessible by 2025.

2. Ensure that No Public Money is Ever Used to Create or Perpetuate Barriers against Persons with Disabilities.

Here is how to check out our other letters to the Government that we earlier made public:

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 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

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 September 16, 2014 letter to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Ted McMeekin, visit http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/09172014.asp

To read the AODA Alliance’s September 16, 2014 letter to International Trade Minister Michael Chan, visit http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/09192014.asp

To read the AODA Alliance’s September 16, 2014 letter to Ontario Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur, visit http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/09192014.asp

To read the AODA Alliance’s September 16, 2014 letter to Treasury Board President Deb Matthews, visit http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/09192014.asp

So what does the accessibility clock report today? A worrisome 308 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 fourteen 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, 390 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 291 days remain until the 2015 Games begin. Time is running out!

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MORE DETAILS

Text of the AODA Alliance’s September 16, 2014 Letter to the Minister of Education

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