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Wynne Government Still Hasn’t Appointed an Education Standards Development Committee, Fully 314 Days After Premier Wynne Pledged to Create an Education Accessibility Standard under Ontario’s Disabilities Act

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Last Day to Complete the Wynne Government’s Online Survey about Disability Barriers in Ontario’s 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

October 16, 2017

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Over one third of a million students with disabilities across Ontario still face far too many disability accessibility barriers when they try to get an education in Ontario’s education system, whether they are studying in early learning programs, in schools in colleges or universities, or in job training programs. We need your help to change this. To help us, please:

Will the Massive New Courthouse that The Wynne Government Is Planning for the Heart of Downtown Toronto Have Sufficient Disability Accessibility?

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

October 6, 2017

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Many think any new building built in Ontario must be fully accessible for people with disabilities. Sadly, neither the Ontario Building Code nor the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act ensures this. To the contrary, new buildings are now built in Ontario, even with public money, that lack proper accessibility.

CBC Radio Reports on Serious Recurring Accessibility Barriers on Toronto Transit Commission

Will Reforms to Ontario’s 2011 Transportation Accessibility Standard Ensure These Barriers are Removed by 2025?

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

September 20, 2017

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CBC Radio Reports on Serious Recurring Accessibility Barriers on Toronto Transit Commission

Will Reforms to Ontario’s 2011 Transportation Accessibility Standard Ensure These Barriers are Removed by 2025?

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

September 20, 2017

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AODA Alliance September 19 Press Release

TTC Top Brass to Hear from Passengers with all Kinds of Disabilities at Public Forum Tonight about Inexcusable Barriers They Still Face on Public Transit in Canada’s Biggest City 12 Years After Ontario Passed Its Disabilities Act

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE

Raise Public Transit Accessibility Barriers at the September 19, 2017 TTC Public Forum on Accessible Transit

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

AODA Alliance’s Advice on Accessibility Reaches All the Way to New Zealand

September 13, 2017

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1. Come to TTC’s Annual Public Forum on Accessible Transit on September 19, 2017

The AODA Alliance Writes Kent Hehr, Canada’s New National Minister for People with Disabilities, who is Now Responsible for Developing Canada’s Promised National Accessibility Law

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

August 29, 2017

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On August 28, 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his federal cabinet. As a result, Mr. Kent Hehr was appointed Canada’s new Minister Responsible for People with Disabilities. He takes over responsibility for leading the development and enactment of the new national accessibility law which Prime Minister Trudeau promised in the 2015 federal election.

Watch the Archived Video of the August 22, 2017 Policy Experts Conference on What Canada’s Promised National Accessibility Law Should Include

Canada’s Federal and Provincial Governments Should Use All the Levers of Power They Have to Promote Accessibility

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

August 27, 2017

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1. Any Time You Wish, You Can Enjoy the August 22, 2017 Online Policy Experts Conference on What Canada’s Promised National Accessibility Law Should Include

Excellent Media Coverage of the Policy Experts Conference on What Canada’s Promised National Accessibility Law Should Include

and More Media on Other Accessibility Issues

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

August 24, 2017

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1. Wonderful Media Coverage of the August 22, 2017 Online Policy Experts Conference on What Canada’s Promised National Accessibility Law Should Include

Remember to Catch Tomorrow’s Online Conference on What Canada’s Promised National Accessibility Law Should Include

More Media Coverage on Accessibility Triggered by Wonderful Grassroots Ontario Accessibility Advocates

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

August 21, 2017

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1. A Great Chance to Learn from Amazing Speakers from Around the World on What the Promised Canadians with Disabilities Act Should Include

Toronto Star Editorial Blasts the Wynne Government for Too Much Secrecy and Not Enough Action on Disability Accessibility

Will the Wynne Government Finally Agree to Waive Its Fee and Make Public All the Information on the Disabilities Act’s Implementation and Enforcement that AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky Sought under the Freedom of Information Act Over Two Years Ago?

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

August 8, 2017

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New Democratic Party and Progressive Conservative Party Call on the Wynne Government to Make Public All Information that AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky Requested in His June 4, 2015 Freedom of Information Application, on the Disabilities Act’s Implementation and Enforcement Without Charging a Fee

and Other Developments on the Freedom of Information Front

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

August 3, 2017

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Despite the lazy, hazy days of summer, there are four important developments on our efforts to get the Wynne Government to keep its promise to be the most open and transparent government in Canada.

Tell the Ontario Government if You Support the AODA Alliance’s and ARCH Disability Law Centre’s Brief to the Ontario Government on Reforms to Make Transportation Accessible to People with Disabilities

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

August 2, 2017

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On July 31, 2017, the AODA Alliance and ARCH Disability Law Centre submitted our finalized joint brief to the Transportation Standards Development committee. In it we offer detailed recommendations on how the Government should strengthen the Transportation Accessibility Standard which the Ontario Government enacted in 2011 under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Our finalized brief is available in MS Word format at:
http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/07312017-brief-on-transportation-accessibility-standard.docx If you have any trouble downloading the brief, you can always email us and ask us to email it to you. Email us at: aodafeedback@gmail.com

Information and Privacy Commission Orders the Wynne Government to Reveal Its Plans for Enforcing Ontario’s Accessibility Law

and Finds the Government Tried to Charge the AODA Alliance, an Unfunded Disability Coalition, over Five Times the Fee It Could Justify Disability Coalition Presses the Government to Make “Freedom of Information” Free

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

Help Us Make Transportation Services in Ontario Accessible to Passengers with Disabilities

By July 27, 2017 Please Send Us Feedback on the draft Brief by the AODA Alliance and ARCH Disability Law Centre on the Transportation Standards Development committee’s Draft Recommendations for Improving the 2011 Transportation Accessibility Standard

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

July 21, 2017

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