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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.

Ontario Accessibility Standards: What Comes After the December 31, 2012 Reporting Deadline?

by Yosie Saint-Cyr
December 20, 2012

Ontario’s Accessibility Standard for Customer Service came into effect on January 1, 2012 for all businesses and not-for-profits in the province with more than one employee. If an organization has more than 20 employees, an online report must be filed by December 31, 2012 to demonstrate to the government that accessibility has been achieved under the Customer Service Standard.

Blind Hamiltonians Fight for the Right to Keep Their Bus Passes

Al MacRury Tue Dec 11 2012

Some legally blind Hamilton Street Railway riders are shocked by the city’s recent decision to take away their “free” bus passes.
Hamilton Spectator file photo Blindsided.

That’s how some legally blind Hamilton Street Railway riders — including myself — feel about their municipality’s recent decision to take away their “free” bus passes. And using the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) to justify such an action leaves us lost in the dark.

City Says No More Free Transit for Blind, Disabled

By Flannery Dean, CBC News Posted: Dec 5, 2012

Under the current system, the blind as well as those who use canes, walkers, scooters and wheelchairs are allowed to ride HSR free of charge.

A change to Hamilton’s transit policy will force riders with disabilities to pay full fare starting in the new year, the city announced Tuesday.

AODA: 2013 Compliance, Happy New Year!

By, Suzanne Cohen Share
November 21,2012

As of January 1, 2013 obligated organizations in Ontario have compliance requirements to meet in the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR) under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).

Your obligations depend on whether you are:

  • 1. Ontario Government and Legislative Assembly
  • 2. Public organizations with 50+ employees
  • 3. Public organizations with 1-49 employees

Site Check: New Durham Region Transit Website Not Accessible Despite Claims

Geof Collis
November 16, 2012

Without any real Enforcement websites like Durham Region Transit can put up inaccessible websites with no repercussions, so much for an Accessible Ontario by 2025.

Read more at
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/site-check-new-durham-region-transit-website-not-accessible-despite-claims/

UPDATED: Handi-Van Fares Going Down

By Tina Depko-Denver
Updated: November-02-12 9:15 AM

BURLINGTON POST – Handi-Van fares will be reduced; free fares for blind passengers to be eliminated.

It will cost Handi-Van riders less to get around starting Jan. 1, 2013, with additional perks such as two-hour transfer windows, the ability to use the Presto card, and transfer onto other municipalities’ specialized transportation.

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!

Toronto Wheelchair Users Can’t Count on City’s Cabs

Published on Tuesday October 09, 2012
Emily Mathieu
Staff Reporter

Melissa Graham, 28, who has been in a wheelchair all her life, paid $20 for a taxi ride that cost the Star $8.50. “We were pretty desperate and I think he knew that,” said Graham, who is a member of the city’s disability issues committee.

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.

An Education Campaign About Courtesy/Priority Seating Signs on Transportation Vehicles

September 14, 2012
Suzanne Cohen Share Accessibility Standards, Human Resources, Human Rights, Standard for Transportation, 0

In the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation, under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, there is the Standard for Transportation.

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.