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Is The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA) Meeting the Needs of People with Disabilities?

Jun 12 2013

The Kitchener-Waterloo Disabilities and Human Rights Group has sent a letter to the Hon. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment, outlining their concerns with the AODA review process. The group has asked the provincial government to move forward with the independent review to assess whether the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act is working effectively to meet the needs of Ontarians with disabilities.

Hon Eric Hoskins
Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment
803 St. Clair Avenue West
Toronto ON M6C 1B9
Phone: 416-656-0943
Fax: 416-656-0875
Email:
ehoskins.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
 
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Dear Mr. Hoskins:

The Disabilities and Human Rights Group Kitchener Waterloo is very concerned that the
Provincial Government is now past the May 31, 2013 deadline for an Independent Review of the
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA) implementation.

It is important that the Ontario government follow the legislated requirements for a
comprehensive review of the effectiveness of this Act and regulations. This review is essential
to assess whether the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act is working effectively to
meet the needs of Ontarians with disabilities.

As adults with varying challenges, we experience daily barriers that limit our ability to full
community participation. Regular reviews of the AODA are vital to ensure the province achieves
complete accessibility by 2025.

The Disabilities and Human Rights Group is keen to provide their perspective and look forward
to hearing how communities can contribute to the review process.

Inclusivity is good for all people. We appreciate the leadership of the Provincial Government in
enacting the AODA and eagerly await its full implementation for a totally accessible Ontario.

Sincerely,

Brad Ullner,
On behalf of the Disabilities and Human Rights Group Kitchener Waterloo
Cc: Premier Kathleen Wynne
John Milloy MPP (Lib) Kitchener Centre Riding
Michael Harris MPP (PC) Kitchener-Conestoga
Catherine Fife MPP (NDP) Kitchener Waterloo

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