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Deli Owner Upset After City Orders Removal of ‘Unsafe Wheelchair Ramp’

Owner wants to work with city to modify wheelchair ramp
Julian Katz, 31, owner of Stasis Preserves Deli & Pantry in Roncesvalles has been told by the City of Toronto he needs to remove his wheelchair ramp from the front of his business because it has been deemed unsafe and limits sidewalk space. Katz said he wants to work with the city to find a way to modify the ramp, rather than destroy it. Bloor West Villager
By Aaron D’Andrea

AODA Alliance Update

With Only One Year Until the 2018 Ontario Election Campaign, the AODA Alliance Asks Accessibility Minister Tracy MacCharles for a Detailed Update on What the Ontario Government is Doing and Plans to Do to Ensure Ontario Reaches Full Accessibility for 1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities by 2025

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities

March 16, 2017


Experts Say Rehabilitation Act Refresh Sets New Baseline for Accessibility Standards

Disability rights experts say an update to the Rehabilitation Act creates new expectations for accessibility standards in higher education. By Carl Straumsheim
February 3, 2017

A long-awaited update to a federal rule ups the pressure on colleges and universities to ensure that their information and communication technology services are accessible to students with disabilities, experts say.

York Region Residents With Disabilities Demand Better Accessibility

Newmarket Era
By Simon Martin

Doug Poirier, who has Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and relies on a wheelchair, has been encountering accessibility issues around York Region. For example, justices of the peace and police officers have access to the closest parking spots at the Tannery Mall’s north parking lot in Newmarket, while Poirier has to park farther away.



Accessibility: Accessibility refers to the design of products, devices, services or environments for people who experience disabilities.

Accessibility Services’ Transition Day

University of Toronto’s Accessibility Services team is offering an informative session for educators who work with high school students with disabilities, helping support the transition from high school to university.

May 15, 10:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
Hart House, 7 King’s College Circle
See map at

Learn about:

  • How assessment and accommodations are implemented at U of T
  • The support services and funding available for students with disabilities
  • How to support students with disabilities as they transition to university

‘Essential Accessibility’ Website Rethinks The Web For People With Disabilities

By Wendy Lu
March 10, 2017

For many people with disabilities, accessibility doesn’t necessarily equal accommodation. When it comes to using the internet, for instance, computers aren’t usually tailored for people with certain disabilities, like severe visual impairment or upper-body paralysis. But the website Essential Accessibility, a resource that allows people with disabilities (PWD) to use the web with ease so that they can go about their daily lives and focus on more important things, is hoping to change all that.

access Victory for Cornwall Mom

By Lois Ann Baker, Cornwall Standard-Freeholder
Friday, March 10, 2017 8:30:24 EST PM

Jen Fullarton on Friday March 10, 2017 in Cornwall, Ont. Fullarton has been advocating for children with autism and recently heard Calypso water Park is now accepting the Access2 pass allowing caregivers into the park for free.

It is a small victory, but a victory nonetheless.

TTC Expands Wheel-Trans Eligibility to Include People With Cognitive, Sensory, or Mental Health Disabilities

The transit agency made the change to ensure it was complying with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the provincial Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. It took effect Jan. 1. By Ben Spurr, Transportation Reporter
Tues., March 7, 2017

For Jack Fuller, taking the TTC can be an overwhelming and stressful ordeal.

The 16-year-old East York resident has been diagnosed with severe social anxiety that often makes the crowds on a packed bus or subway too much to take.

New AODA Requirements underscore maintenance

Spotting accessibility issues in public spaces often requires a trained eye Thursday, March 2, 2017
By Jane E. Sleeth

With 2017 underway, Ontario-based companies must now enact specific requirements to ensure accessibility for employees and customers. The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) previously rolled out a number of policies under the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR), and many facilities have yet to comply. But as of January 1, certain organizations must implement another round of requirements related to public spaces, public information and employment practices.

Accessibility Legislation Would Boost NZ’s Economy

Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 11:16 am
Press Release: Access Alliance
Media Release embargoed until 9.30am, Tuesday 28 February 2017.

Accessibility legislation for disabled people would boost New Zealand’s economy by $862 million

In an unprecedented move, a diverse range of disability groups have come together to issue a call for legislation that would enable people with disabilities to more actively participate in society. The newly created Access Alliance is calling on all parliamentary parties to commit to introduce accessibility legislation prior to the general election in September.

Carmody Rips Overbearing Liberal Nanny State

By Sean Chase, The Daily Observer
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Councillor James Carmody is running for a second term on Petawawa town council.

PETAWAWA James Carmody is ripping the province for what he sees as “overbearing nanny state” legislation with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

As the town begins to implement customer service standards to stay compliant with the act, the councillor took sharp exception to regulations demanding that volunteers and municipal councillors be trained in the various aspects of accessible customer service delivery. Carmody said it makes no sense to introduce these requirements midway through their term.

Bell Canada Discriminated Against Sick Woman by Making Her Go to Store: Tribunal

Bell Canada discriminated against a seriously ill woman by forcing her to violate her doctor’s orders and go to a store in person in order to acquire a cellphone, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has found Hamilton Spectator
By Michelle McQuigge

TORONTO The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal says Bell Canada discriminated against a seriously ill woman by forcing her to violate her doctor’s orders and go to a store in person in order to acquire a cellphone.

Yet More Great Accessibility Town Hall and Public Forum Events Coming Up Around Ontario

More New Quick and Important Ways to Give Your Feedback and Input on Disability Accessibility Barriers You Face

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities

February 17, 2017



Here’s a punchy and heaping grab-bag of news from the front lines of our non-partisan campaign for full accessibility in Ontario. This all shows that the accessibility movement is strong and continually growing. Here are announcements of:

If Inclusion Means Everyone, Why Not Me?

ARCH Disability Law Centre, in partnership with Community Living Ontario, Inclusive Education Canada, the University of Western Ontario, and Brock University, is announcing the launch of new research titled “If Inclusion Means Everyone, Why Not Me?”.

We are currently conducting a survey on the experiences of students with intellectual disabilities in Ontario’s public school system. The focus of this survey is on many of the current practices and barriers related to inclusive education.

Federal Accessibility Minister Carla Qualtrough Gives Toronto Star Another Glimpse into Her Thinking on the Promised Canadians with Disabilities Act

AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky Presents to the Final Federal Public Consultation Forum on the Canadians with Disabilities Act

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities

February 10, 2017


The February 10, 2017 Toronto Star includes a report, set out below, that offers a further glimpse into Federal Accessibility Minister Carla Qualtrough’s thinking on what the promised Canadians with Disabilities Act should include.