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The Wynne Government Posts Details for Applying to Serve on the Education Standards Development Committee

Applications Must Be Submitted by July 31, 2017

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

June 14, 2017

SUMMARY

On June 12, 2017, the Wynne Government at last circulated more specific information on how to apply to serve on the forthcoming Education Standards Development Committee. That Committee will make recommendations on what the Wynne Government should include in the promised Education Accessibility Standard. The Education Accessibility Standard is needed to tear down the many accessibility barriers that impede students with disabilities in Ontario from fully benefitting from and being fully included in education in Ontario, at all levels of Ontario’s education system.

The Media Reports on AODA Alliance Concerns About the Wynne Government’s Disability Employment Strategy

And More Reflections on that Disability Employment Strategy

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

June 6, 2017

SUMMARY

We are delighted that the AODA Alliance’s appraisal of the Wynne Government’s June 5, 2017 announcement of its “Disability Employment Strategy” quickly secured great media attention. This included:

* leading in June 6, 2017’s Toronto Star report on this issue, set out below.

Accessing Accessibility Under the Building Code, the AODA and the OHRC

June 5, 2017
by Daoust Vukovich LLP

It is a given that during the life-cycle of a lease, commercial landlords and tenants can expect at least one of the parties to undertake some type of renovation. They will consult their lease terms to evaluate their rights, but they must also navigate through the tangled web of the Building Code Act, 1992 (Building Code).

In light of recent amendments to the Building Code, landlords and tenants should be aware of whether a particular renovation they are considering could trigger new accessibility requirements.

Today’s Wynne Government Disability Employment Strategy Offers Too Little Immediate Concrete Action and More Delays for Unemployed Ontarians with Disabilities, After More Than Four Years Since the Government Promised Action

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

June 5, 2017 Toronto: The Wynne Government’s Disability Employment Strategy, unveiled this afternoon, will do little for months, if not years, to combat high levels of unemployment facing Ontarians with disabilities. In 2015, David Onley (Ontario’s former Lieutenant Governor and now the Wynne Government’s Special Advisor on Accessibility) declared that the unemployment rate facing people with disabilities in Canada is not only a national crisis, it’s a national shame.

Making the Business Case for Hiring People with Disabilities

National Organizations and Corporate Leaders Convene to Discuss Workplace Inclusion
Originally Posted May 10, 2017 09:50 ET | Source: National Disability Institute

Pittsburgh, PA, (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — National Disability Institute (NDI), in partnership with Kessler Foundation and Poses Family Foundation, today assembled corporate leaders and community providers at the Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh for the event: Disability at Work, a Conversation with Randy Lewis.

Wynne Government to Unveil Its Promised New Strategy to Tackle High Unemployment Facing Ontarians with Disabilities on June 5, 2017 (A Strategy On Which the AODA Alliance Was Not Consulted)

AODA Alliance Releases a Backgrounder Documenting Four and One-Third Years of Government Foot-Dragging

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

June 2, 2017

SUMMARY

The unemployment rate facing people with disabilities is not only a national crisis it is a national shame, according to David Onley, Ontario’s former Lieutenant Governor and now the Wynne Government’s special advisor on accessibility. What will the Wynne Government do about this?

New Report Offers Fresh Perspective on Making Accessibility Accommodations for People with Disabilities

San Rafael, Calif. (PRWEB) June 01, 2017

CTI’s Co-Active Accessibility and Wholeness Project (CAWP) Report provides new perspectives on designing accommodations that meet the accessibility challenges of an individual.

CTI holds that each person is naturally creative, resourceful and whole, and, that everyone is a leader.

While doors are opening to people with disabilities, traditional approaches to accommodations can fall short when it comes to creating true engagement. Thats among the main findings from the Co-Active Accessibility and Wholeness Project (CAWP) Report released by The Coaching Training Institute (CTI).

An Interim Victory for Our Grassroots Campaign – Wynne Government at Last Invites Applications to Serve on the Education Standards Development Committee

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

May 29, 2017

SUMMARY

Let’s celebrate victories, even interim ones! We have just won one.

On Thursday, May 25, 2017, after we waged a 171-day campaign, the Wynne Government has finally started the delayed process of recruiting people to serve on the promised Education Standards Development Committee, to be appointed under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. That Committee will come up with recommendations that it will submit to the Ontario Government on what the promised Education Accessibility Standard should include.

BCA Universal Design Award winners showcase facilities for less mobile users

Kallang Trivista, a public housing development comprising three blocks of 808 homes, was also awarded the Universal Design award (Gold PLUS), with facilities and spaces that catered to all age groups. By Joey Chua Xue Ting
joeychua.xueting@mediacorp.com.sg
Published: 11:49 PM, May 15, 2017

SINGAPORE Wheelchair-friendly weight machines at the gymnasium, staggered platforms with handrails at the swimming pool, extensive braille indicators, step-free entrances to units and bathrooms.

Ontario’s 2017 David C. Onley Award Recipients

May 25, 2017 1:00 P.M.
Accessibility Directorate of Ontario

The David C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility was created in 2014 to recognize Ontarians who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to improving accessibility for people with disabilities.

This year’s award recipients are:

Role Model Award: John Draper, Oshawa

John Draper is committed to creating inclusive communities. In 2006, he founded the socially responsible business, ‘Together We Rock!’ —
dedicated to inspiring learning and promoting inclusion for people with disabilities.