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No Dogs Allowed: Uber Driver’s Ignorance a Barrier for Deaf-Blind Athlete and Guide Dog

Megan Gillis
Published on: October 23, 2017 | Last Updated: October 23, 2017

Kevin Frost, who is legally deaf and blind, has been initially refused service by Uber three times in the last month as he tried to access it with his service dog, Lewis. That’s against the law.

Being legally deaf and blind hasn’t stopped Kevin Frost from becoming a high-performance athlete and sought-after motivational speaker, but Uber drivers’ ignorance of the law put the brakes on him three times this month.

Toronto Pearson Launches Innovative Technology to Support Accessibility for those with Cognitive Special Needs

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Greater Toronto Airports Authority

TORONTO, Oct. 25, 2017 /CNW/ – As part of Autism Awareness month in Canada, Toronto Pearson is proud to be the first airport in the world to partner with MagnusCards, an app offering digital how-to guides (Card Decks) for people with autism and other cognitive special needs.

U of T?s New Mental Health Policy is Shameful

David Campion-Smith
2017/10/30

The mandatory leave program is only the most recent in a line of poor treatment plans.

Policies shouldn’t force students with mental health issues out of school

In most cases, a university proposing a new measure to provide mental health treatment to students is viewed as something positive. But the University of Toronto’s proposed mandatory leave program is not one of these cases, and in fact is further proof that that school is more concerned with protecting its academic reputation than with the mental wellbeing of its students.

Taking Proactive Steps to Comply With the AODA is a Smart Business Move

Published on Wednesday December 26, 2012
Sharon Aschaiek Special to The Star

Blending into the building’s exterior design, a curved concrete ramp is the first clue that The Foundery embraces accessibility.

Similar clues can be found almost everywhere inside the co-working and event space at 376 Bathurst St. in Toronto’s west end: flexible work stations with customizable desks and chairs; cupboards and lockers at wheelchair height; fully accessible main-floor washrooms; and an elevator for the two-storey space.

Restaurant Riles Stouffville Couple Denied Entry

Sandy Bolan | Nov 23, 2012 – 4:40 PM

Jim Brown, his wife Colette and two service dogs, Daisy (on his lap), a hearing alert dog and Shep, special skills dog were forced to leave the Bluenose Fish and Chips eatery in Markham. The owner later apologized. Staff photo/Steve Somerville ‘We made a big mistake’ restaurateur says

Community Event Accessibility Questioned

By Lacie Williamson, Dunnville Chronicle
Monday, November 5, 2012 10:56:56 EST AM

DUNNVILLE – Would you tell a person in a wheelchair they were welcome to an event, so long as they kept their wheelchair at

the door?

Rick Pleasance’s wife June is not in a wheelchair but she has a service dog named Harley.

Recruitment Begins for Committee to Review the Customer Service Standard

November 1, 2012

The Ontario Government is looking for individuals who want to play a leadership role in improving accessibility for people with disabilities and help organizations meet the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and accessibility standards.

In response to recommendations made by Mr. Charles Beer in the first independent review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, the government is streamlining and strengthening the standards development process.

Customer Service Standards Compliance Report Due by December 31, 2012

Author: Suzanne Cohen Share

If your organization has 20 or more employees, you are obligated to report under the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service, by December 31, 2012. If you have one to nineteen employees you are obligated to comply with the standard, but you need not report or maintain documentation.

Some organizations are just learning about their obligations now. If you are late, there are resources—accessibility experts, e-learning courses, the Accessibility Directorate website and webinars—ready to be of service.

AODA Enforcement: Where is it?

Geof Collis
October 26, 2012

Have you been affected by an Accessibility issue that is not being addressed under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).?

The Government should have appointed Inspectors under the Act by now to enforce the Law:

Standing up for the silent

23 October 2012
Author Mohamed Omar

The first day of class has come to an end, and students are packing their bags and getting ready to leave. But the day isn’t over for Mark Dukes.

He rises from his seat and walks between the rows of desks to the podium, because students with letters from the Access Centre have been asked by this professor to hand them in by the end of class.

Human Rights Victory for St. Catharines Worker

By Karena Walter, The Standard
Saturday, October 20, 2012

Overturning its previous decision, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has ruled that paying an intellectually disabled St. Catharines woman $1.25 an hour was allegedly ongoing discrimination every time she received a paycheque.

In what’s being called a precedent-setting ruling, the three-member panel found this week that the practice of paying Terri-Lynn Garrie less than employees who did not have developmental disabilities was not a single act of alleged discrimination.

New Campaign to Get McGuinty Government to Strengthen Enforcement of the AODA

STARTING OCTOBER 29 2012, PLEASE JOIN OUR “DIAL DALTON” CAMPAIGN

October 15, 2012

SUMMARY

Our newest campaign starts on Monday, October 29, 2012. Our aim is to get the McGuinty Government to strengthen the enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. We need your help. It’s easy. It just takes one phone call!

Accessibility After The Cart

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

RE: Town council to discuss bylaw exemptions to allow horse and buggy business in Navy Yard Park

With the exception of Councillor Diane Pouget, shame on council for putting accessibility after the cart. In particular, shame on Councillor Bart DiPasquale, a member of the town’s accessibility advisory committee, for not representing the rights of residents with disabilities.

Health-Care Providers Openly Discriminate Against the Mentally Ill

Published on Thursday September 20, 2012
By Carol Goar
Editorial Board

The biggest surprise in the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s all-encompassing report on mental health is how deeply embedded discrimination against people with mental disabilities is in the health-care system.

Doctors, nurses and paramedics — who ought to know mental illness is a disease, not a moral weakness — withhold treatment from people who need medical help, ridicule individuals in distress, prejudge and label them.

OHRC Releases Consultation Report on Human Rights, Mental Health and Addictions

September 17, 2012
Yosie Saint-Cyr

Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, people with mental health disabilities or addictions have the right to be free from discrimination and harassment under the ground of disability in five social areas: housing, employment, goods, services and facilities, contracts, and membership in unions, trade and professional associations.