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Nova Scotia Is the Third Canadian Province to Pass an Accessibility Law

When Will Ontario Live Up to Its Own Accessibility Law’s Potential?

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

April 28, 2017

SUMMARY

On Thursday, April 27, 2017, the Nova Scotia Legislature passed a new accessibility law, the Accessibility Act, following the lead of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Nova Scotia becomes the third Canadian province to enact a comprehensive accessibility law. The Nova Scotia law has the goal of Nova Scotia reaching full accessibility by 2030.

Accessibility Act to Make Province More Accessible

Department of Justice
April 27, 2017

Nova Scotia has set a goal to be accessible by 2030 under the Accessibility Act, passed today, April 27.

Nova Scotia is only the third province in Canada to pass accessibility legislation. The passage of Bill 59 will start the process of removing barriers for persons with disabilities.

“We are proud to have worked with people with disabilities and business to take this historic step toward an accessible Nova Scotia,” said Justice Minister Diana Whalen. “This act commits us to a timeline to make the province an accessible place to live, work, learn and play.”

Payton/Dann & Manning Law Firms File Federal Suit Alleging McDonald’s Website & App Violate ADA, Unruh Civil Rights Act

Lawsuit claims restaurant chain’s website and mobile app are not fully accessible to and independently usable by the blind or visually-impaired. CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES, April 25, 2017
EINPresswire.com

The Manning Law Firm of Newport Beach California has joined with former Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann of Chicago’s PaytonDann Law Firm to file suit in federal court alleging that the McDonald’s restaurant chain is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act (UCRA).

New Stanford Course Tackles Designing for People With Disabilities

A new course teaches undergraduates how to design for people with physical disabilities. Each week, students learn about a different disability, then brainstorm design ideas to address issues and present their work to the class.

By Sarah Derouin

Students in a new undergraduate course have this question to ponder: How would it feel to be a bright person with big goals and ideas, but live in a world that’s not designed for you?

Creating New Barriers

Posted by David Best on 22 April 2017

The OHRC, in the Ontario Regulatory Registry Proposal: 10-CSS002, October 15, 2010 raised a number of concerns about the proposed AODA Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR), but seven years later in 2017, we again need to echo those same concerns.

The Ontario Conservatives Ask the Wynne Government When It Will Appoint the Education Standards Development Committee, But the Wynne Government Doesn’t Give a Direct Answer

Come to the April 22, 2017 AODA Public Forum in Georgina Ontario

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

April 21, 2017

SUMMARY

1. There Have Been 137 Days Since Premier Wynne Promised An Education Accessibility Standard, But Still No Answer On When the Wynne Government Will Post an Ad Inviting the Public To Apply To Serve on the Education Standards Development Committee

City Criticized on Accessibility Issues

April 20, 2017 |
by canada news

BELLEVILLE The city’s accessibility gaps were brought to the mayor’s attention during his speech to the Belleville and District Chamber of Commerce about the state of the city.

Barbara Schultz told the mayor she has concerns about the focus on accessibility and noted the barriers making it difficult for a person in a wheelchair or using a mobility device to run daily errands or enjoy an evening out with family here.

Accessibility Advocates Want Ontario’s Wheelchair Symbol Changed

by Michelle da Silva
April 19, 2017

Accessibility advocates in Toronto are putting pressure on the Ontario government to adopt a new, more dynamic accessibility icon. Since last year, the Forward Movement has been plastering the city with stickers of the preferred barriers-free symbol. They’ve also collected signatures for a petition showing community support.

People with Disabilities Sue BART for Discrimination

SAN FRANCISCOA pair of advocacy groups and two people with disabilities filed a lawsuit today against BART alleging that it discriminates against people with mobility disabilities, effectively excluding them from the regional mass transit system.

For people with disabilities, problems that may be familiar annoyances to most riders can create absolute barriers to access. Problems cited in the lawsuit include elevators that are broken, out of service, or so soiled they are unusable, as well as non-functioning escalators and fare gates.

Stop Gap Gears Up for Spring Push

Apr 11, 2017
by Ray Martin
Cambridge Times

Proponents of Stop Gap ramps in Cambridge got together with architecture students from the University of Waterloo at the Bridge in downtown Galt to raise awareness for the cause on Saturday, April 8.

Architecture students hosted an art exhibition to show off different designs they had come up with for the ramps, which help people with strollers, walkers and mobility issues gain access to local businesses.

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance April 11 Update

There Have Been 127 Days Since Premier Wynne Promised to Create an Education Accessibility Standard, But the Wynne Government Hasn’t Yet Posted an Ad Inviting People to Apply to Serve on the Education Standards Development Committee and
Encourage All Teachers, Principals and School Board Officials to Watch a New Video on Ensuring that Students with Disabilities Are Able to Thrive in Fully Accessible, Inclusive Classrooms

United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities http://www.aodaalliance.org aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance

Mohawk College Making Media More Accessible

First-of-its-kind certificate course aimed at journalists and executives News Apr 10, 2017 10:09
by Mark Newman
Hamilton Mountain News

Jennifer Curry-Jahnke, coordinator of the Accessible Media Production course at Mohawk College, says new certificate program is the first of its kind in Canada.

Mohawk College is offering a new postgraduate certificate course aimed at helping media and businesses improve the way they get their message to people with visual, hearing and language barriers.

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update

AODA Alliance sends the Wynne Government Detailed Recommendations to Make Sure that the major Renovation to the Government’s Hub in Toronto, the Macdonald Block, Is Fully Accessible to People with Disabilities

United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities http://www.aodaalliance.org aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance

April 7, 2017
SUMMARY
The Wynne Government is planning a major renovation to the Macdonald Block, the major complex in the heart of downtown Toronto that houses the headquarters of a number of key Government ministries and offices.

Advocacy Group Calls for Better Autism Supports in Schools

Sweeping report being released Tuesday seeks improved training for teachers and review of funding formula. By Andrea Gordon, Education Reporter
Tues., April 4, 2017

Laura Kirby-McIntosh, Vice President of the Ontario Autism Coalition, releases the “New Horizons” report which provides recommendations to improve outcomes for students with autism in Ontario schools. (Broadcast and Recording Service Legislative Assembly of Ontario/Toronto Star)

Happy 150th Birthday Canada

Response to Strong Partners Key to Fully Accessible Canada– March 17, 2017 Vancouver Sun

Its Canadas 150th birthday and yes, we are getting older. The question is are we getting smarter as a nation, as provinces and as a people? Is Canada and its Provinces seeking strong partnerships with meaningful accessibility results? Are we looking to the future that includes and employs people with disabilities?

Are we readied for an inclusive party in 2017?