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Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance April 11 Update

There Have Been 127 Days Since Premier Wynne Promised to Create an Education Accessibility Standard, But the Wynne Government Hasn’t Yet Posted an Ad Inviting People to Apply to Serve on the Education Standards Development Committee and
Encourage All Teachers, Principals and School Board Officials to Watch a New Video on Ensuring that Students with Disabilities Are Able to Thrive in Fully Accessible, Inclusive Classrooms

United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities Twitter: @aodaalliance

Mohawk College Making Media More Accessible

First-of-its-kind certificate course aimed at journalists and executives News Apr 10, 2017 10:09
by Mark Newman
Hamilton Mountain News

Jennifer Curry-Jahnke, coordinator of the Accessible Media Production course at Mohawk College, says new certificate program is the first of its kind in Canada.

Mohawk College is offering a new postgraduate certificate course aimed at helping media and businesses improve the way they get their message to people with visual, hearing and language barriers.

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update

AODA Alliance sends the Wynne Government Detailed Recommendations to Make Sure that the major Renovation to the Government’s Hub in Toronto, the Macdonald Block, Is Fully Accessible to People with Disabilities

United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities Twitter: @aodaalliance

April 7, 2017
The Wynne Government is planning a major renovation to the Macdonald Block, the major complex in the heart of downtown Toronto that houses the headquarters of a number of key Government ministries and offices.

Advocacy Group Calls for Better Autism Supports in Schools

Sweeping report being released Tuesday seeks improved training for teachers and review of funding formula. By Andrea Gordon, Education Reporter
Tues., April 4, 2017

Laura Kirby-McIntosh, Vice President of the Ontario Autism Coalition, releases the “New Horizons” report which provides recommendations to improve outcomes for students with autism in Ontario schools. (Broadcast and Recording Service Legislative Assembly of Ontario/Toronto Star)

Happy 150th Birthday Canada

Response to Strong Partners Key to Fully Accessible Canada– March 17, 2017 Vancouver Sun

Its Canadas 150th birthday and yes, we are getting older. The question is are we getting smarter as a nation, as provinces and as a people? Is Canada and its Provinces seeking strong partnerships with meaningful accessibility results? Are we looking to the future that includes and employs people with disabilities?

Are we readied for an inclusive party in 2017?

TTC: Accessibility Upgrades Coming to St Patrick Station

March 31, 2017
by Jack Landau

As part of its efforts to meet the Province’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act of 2005, the TTC’s Easier Access Plan is in the process of improving accessibility across Toronto’s buses, streetcars, and rapid transit hubs. With a number of these projects already underway, work will start this weekend on adding new elevators to St Patrick Station on the University line.

I’ve Spent Two Years at Ryerson, but I’m Still Learning How to Navigate It

March 28, 2017
By Matt Vocino

The spring of 2015 was a more stressful time than usual. As a student finishing Grade 12, I was preparing to make the big decision that most other kids my age were also trying to sift through: where should I go to university? This is a difficult choice for anyone, but even more so for a person with a disability that requires a mobility device.

Disability Art: How Do You Participate if Only Two Toronto Venues are Fully Accessible?

March 28, 2017
By Alanna Rizza

Victoria Lacey was at a fundraising gala for Spinal Muscular Atrophy research when she won floor tickets to a sold-out One Direction concert. She was ecstatic.

But her excitement faded months later when she called the Rogers Centres guest experience department to inquire about the arrangements for her to access the venue. She was told she couldnt watch the concert from the floor because her power wheelchair would damage the turf.

Opinion: Strong partnerships key to fully accessible Canada

Rick Hansen
Published on: March 17, 2017

A person in a wheelchair pauses on a sidewalk as snow falls in Vancouver.

I have lived in B.C. my whole life, and there’s no question that this has been one of the toughest winters we’ve seen. Snow and freezing rain have made it difficult for all of us to get around this season in Vancouver and other parts of the Lower Mainland. Fortunately, snow and ice will eventually melt, with life for most people getting back to normal fairly quickly. The same can’t be said, however, for the roughly one in seven Canadian adults with a disability affecting their mobility, vision or hearing. For those 3.8 million people, normal life means confronting accessibility issues every day of the year.

Huntsville’s Work-In-Progress Accessibility Plan Breaks Down Barriers

Big Idea for March 23, 2017
Huntsville Forester
By Debbie Kirwin

MUSKOKA In 2001, each municipality in the province was mandated by the Ontarians with Disabilities Act (ODA) 2001 to prepare an annual Accessibility Plan, in which barriers preventing people with disabilities from participating in community life must be identified and removed. It was up to the town to decide how and when, given budget restraints. This act did not apply to the business community.