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D’AMATO: Is a School a Public Place? Question Affects Boy and His Service Dog

Opinion Jun 22, 2017
by Luisa D’Amato
Waterloo Region Record

Is a school a public place?

It’s a simple question, but you could answer it either way.

This is what is at the heart of an Ontario Human Rights Commission hearing in Waterloo that will decide if a boy with autism has the right to have his service dog in the classroom with him.

Final arguments concluded Wednesday at the tribunal, which pits Craig and Amy Fee, parents of nine-year-old Kenner, against the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.

The Wynne Government’s Current Online Survey of Disability Barriers in Ontario’s Education system Leaves out Many if not the Majority of Barriers Impeding Students with Disabilities in Ontario’s Education System

The AODA Alliance Offers Ways to Fix That Survey.

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

June 21, 2017

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Employees With Disabilities Need More Than a Government Strategy, Say Advocates

Meagan Gillmore
June 20, 2017
Rabble news

The Ontario government’s recently announced strategy to increase employment of people with disabilities lacks concrete details about how to meet the complex problem, disability advocates say.

The strategy, called Access Talent, was released earlier this month. It challenges all Ontario employers with more than 20 employees to hire at least one more person with a disability, resulting in approximately 56,000 more jobs.

Mother of Two Disabled Daughters Concerned About Lack of Accessibility at New Foldens Playground

By Bruce Chessell, Woodstock Sentinel-Review
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

While most children were able to enjoy the new Foldens playground during its grand opening Saturday, there was at least one who could not.

Eight-year-old Chloe Nicol came to the playground from Salford with her mother Karen on Saturday for the opening in Foldens Park. Chloe, however, couldn’t make it to the playground equipment because of her wheelchair.

Toronto Needs New Plan to Be Barrier Free as Accessibility Becomes Law, Says Advocate

Some accessibility advocates say they’re concerned barriers going up not coming down By Philip Lee-Shanok, CBC News Posted: Jun 19, 2017

Maayan Ziv, founder of Access Now remembers Arruda for his warmth but also his contrasting sharp jokes about living with a visible disability.

As the city seeks to renew its accessibility plan, those who want to eliminate barriers say some Toronto small businesses are putting them up instead of tearing them down.

We Invite Schools, Colleges, Universities, Early Learning Programs and Job Training Programs in Ontario to Use These Tips for Holding a Public Event to Gather Feedback from Your Organization and the Public on Disability Accessibility Barriers in Our 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

June 19, 2017

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It is commendable that the Government is encouraging schools, colleges and universities to convene public community events to gather information on the accessibility barriers that students with disabilities face in Ontario’s education system. Recent AODA Alliance Updates explained that the Ontario Government is asking the public to tell it about the disability accessibility barriers that create problems for students with disabilities in Ontario’s education system. Public forums or meetings that educational organizations might organize can really help the Government get public feedback on these education disability accessibility barriers.

Before July 14, 2017 Please Fill Out the Ontario Government’s Survey of Disability Accessibility Barriers that Hurt Students with Disabilities in Ontario’s Education System – Here Are Great Tips to Help You

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

June 16, 2017

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We strongly encourage you to fill out the Wynne Government’s online survey on accessibility barriers facing students with disabilities in Ontario’s education system, by the July 14, 2017 deadline. Please fill it out whether you are now or have ever been a student with a disability in Ontario, a parent or friend of a student with a disability, a teacher or other staff member in Ontario’s education system, a disability professional who has worked with students with disabilities, or if you have in any way have knowledge about the disability accessibility barriers that students with disabilities face in Ontario’s education system.

Supreme Court Rules on the Application of Human Rights Protections to Persons with Addictions Disabilities in Safety-Sensitive Employment Contexts

June 15, 2017

The Supreme Court of Canada released its judgment today in the case of Brent Bish on behalf of Ian Stewart v. Elk Valley Coal Corporation, Cardinal River Operations, et al., 2017 SCC 30. ARCH Disability Law Centre lawyers, Karen R. Spector and Mariam Shanouda, represented the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) and the Empowerment Council (EC) as joint interveners before the Court.

The Wynne Government Posts Details for Applying to Serve on the Education Standards Development Committee

Applications Must Be Submitted by July 31, 2017

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

June 14, 2017

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On June 12, 2017, the Wynne Government at last circulated more specific information on how to apply to serve on the forthcoming Education Standards Development Committee. That Committee will make recommendations on what the Wynne Government should include in the promised Education Accessibility Standard. The Education Accessibility Standard is needed to tear down the many accessibility barriers that impede students with disabilities in Ontario from fully benefitting from and being fully included in education in Ontario, at all levels of Ontario’s education system.

The Media Reports on AODA Alliance Concerns About the Wynne Government’s Disability Employment Strategy

And More Reflections on that Disability Employment Strategy

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

June 6, 2017

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We are delighted that the AODA Alliance’s appraisal of the Wynne Government’s June 5, 2017 announcement of its “Disability Employment Strategy” quickly secured great media attention. This included:

* leading in June 6, 2017’s Toronto Star report on this issue, set out below.

Accessing Accessibility Under the Building Code, the AODA and the OHRC

June 5, 2017
by Daoust Vukovich LLP

It is a given that during the life-cycle of a lease, commercial landlords and tenants can expect at least one of the parties to undertake some type of renovation. They will consult their lease terms to evaluate their rights, but they must also navigate through the tangled web of the Building Code Act, 1992 (Building Code).

In light of recent amendments to the Building Code, landlords and tenants should be aware of whether a particular renovation they are considering could trigger new accessibility requirements.

Today’s Wynne Government Disability Employment Strategy Offers Too Little Immediate Concrete Action and More Delays for Unemployed Ontarians with Disabilities, After More Than Four Years Since the Government Promised Action

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

June 5, 2017 Toronto: The Wynne Government’s Disability Employment Strategy, unveiled this afternoon, will do little for months, if not years, to combat high levels of unemployment facing Ontarians with disabilities. In 2015, David Onley (Ontario’s former Lieutenant Governor and now the Wynne Government’s Special Advisor on Accessibility) declared that the unemployment rate facing people with disabilities in Canada is not only a national crisis, it’s a national shame.

Making the Business Case for Hiring People with Disabilities

National Organizations and Corporate Leaders Convene to Discuss Workplace Inclusion
Originally Posted May 10, 2017 09:50 ET | Source: National Disability Institute

Pittsburgh, PA, (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — National Disability Institute (NDI), in partnership with Kessler Foundation and Poses Family Foundation, today assembled corporate leaders and community providers at the Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh for the event: Disability at Work, a Conversation with Randy Lewis.

Wynne Government to Unveil Its Promised New Strategy to Tackle High Unemployment Facing Ontarians with Disabilities on June 5, 2017 (A Strategy On Which the AODA Alliance Was Not Consulted)

AODA Alliance Releases a Backgrounder Documenting Four and One-Third Years of Government Foot-Dragging

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

June 2, 2017

SUMMARY

The unemployment rate facing people with disabilities is not only a national crisis it is a national shame, according to David Onley, Ontario’s former Lieutenant Governor and now the Wynne Government’s special advisor on accessibility. What will the Wynne Government do about this?

New Report Offers Fresh Perspective on Making Accessibility Accommodations for People with Disabilities

San Rafael, Calif. (PRWEB) June 01, 2017

CTI’s Co-Active Accessibility and Wholeness Project (CAWP) Report provides new perspectives on designing accommodations that meet the accessibility challenges of an individual.

CTI holds that each person is naturally creative, resourceful and whole, and, that everyone is a leader.

While doors are opening to people with disabilities, traditional approaches to accommodations can fall short when it comes to creating true engagement. Thats among the main findings from the Co-Active Accessibility and Wholeness Project (CAWP) Report released by The Coaching Training Institute (CTI).