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How to Protect Disability Rights in 2018

By: s.e. smith
December 26, 2017

Disability rights have always been an important political issue in the United States, but in 2017, the growing profile of activist group ADAPT highlighted what’s at stake. The fight for health care is only a small part of the larger battle for full inclusion in society something that will be under threat in 2018, thanks to Republican policies.

I Dread it: Navigating London’s Winter Sidewalks in a Wheelchair

City will deploy more than 40 sidewalk plows after 8 cm of snowfall CBC News Posted: Jan 03, 2018

Katie Schmidt wants the city to step up its weather maintenance amid frigid temperatures to decrease the challenges of navigating winter sidewalks in a wheelchair.

For the 26-year-old Kings University College student, the dreadful bus ride home after class means she’ll soon have to face the frustration of often uncleared sidewalks when she gets off.

Long-Sought New Accessibility Law Coming in 2018, But What Will it Look Like?

CTV News
Michelle McQuigge
The Canadian Press, December 29, 2017

TORONTO — Canadians with disabilities have their sights firmly set on 2018 when the federal government is expected to usher in long-sought legislation designed to increase accessibility nationwide. The governing Liberals have promised to create a bill that would remove barriers in federally regulated sectors such as banking, interprovincial transportation, telecommunications and government-run services such as Canada Post.

Where We’ve Failed to Live Up to the Promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act

By Ted Kennedy, Jr.
Updated 2:22 PM ET, Tue December 26, 2017

Today, as a result, people with disabilities face far fewer barriers to mobility and communication. Thanks to innovations ranging from curb cuts and Braille on ATMs to improved access to education and healthcare, people with disabilities lead more productive lives and can contribute more to our nation’s economy.

Heathrow Enhances Service for Passengers with Hidden and Visible Disabilities

18 December, 2017

Heathrow today announced a multi-million pound package of investments and tools to improve the travel experience of passengers with disabilities and mobility restrictions at the airport.

  • Airport and airline partners invest £23 million in new contract with partner OmniServ to improve passenger service for those living with disabling conditions or mobility restrictions

OC Transpo Fined $25K for Failing to Call Out Bus Stops

Enforcement officers from Canadian Transportation Agency checked buses after CBC report CBC News, December 19, 2017.

Terrance Green and his wife Lorraine Green are both visually impaired and rely on OC Transpo’s bus stop announcements to navigate the city.

The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) has hit OC Transpo with a hefty fine after enforcement officers discovered major stops were not being called out on three trips.

Bard’s on Market Square and The Hub earns the 2017 accessible business award from Stratfords accessibility advisory committee

By Terry Bridge, Stratford Beacon Herald
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 2:58:56 EST PM

Peter Zein presents the accessible business award on behalf of Stratford’s accessibility advisory committee and the city to Bard’s on Market Square and The Hub owner Kevin Larson on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 in Stratford, Ont.

There’s a common refrain Peter Zein hears from business owners when it comes to improving accessibility.

Accessibility Awareness Remains Low as Deadline Approaches

By Martin Lind
Dec 11, 2017

Beginning Jan. 18, 2018, government agencies across the U.S. will be required by law to make their websites accessible to the more than 60 million Americans with visual, hearing or other disabilities. Yet more than 87 percent of 430+ local government respondents to Vision’s 2017 What’s Next Survey said they have moderate, weak or no knowledge of federal web accessibility requirements.

W3C Releases Video Introducing Web Accessibility and W3C Standards

4 December 2017

The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) has released a video introducing Web Accessibility and W3C Standards.

The four-minute video highlights why accessibility is the right thing to do, how it is essential for people with disabilities and useful for all.

It was published as part of an accessibility project the Internet Society (ISOC) is working on to realize their vision: “The Internet is for Everyone”. It is also timed in recognition of the United Nation’s annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December.

Woman Upset Via Wouldn’t Let Her Take Service Dogs on Train

Windsor teen concerned after Via Rail says she can’t travel with two service dogs. Angelo Aversa has her story. CTV-News Staff, Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

A Windsor, Ont., woman who uses a service dog for her anxiety and other issues is upset that Via Rail would not allow her to board a train with two service dogs.

After Almost Three Months, The Wynne Government Answers the AODA Alliance’s Request for An Update on Government Plans on Implementing and Enforcing the AODA, but Several of Our Important Questions Remain Unanswered

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 23, 2017

SUMMARY

Back on March 16, 2017, the AODA Alliance wrote Ontario’s Accessibility Minister Tracy MacCharles, to ask what the Government has recently done, and what it plans to do over the next year, to implement and enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Eighty-three days after we wrote, the Minister responded. The Government’s June 8, 2017 letter is set out below.

After Months of AODA Alliance Advocacy Efforts, the Wynne Government Announces the Chairs of the Education Standards Development Committee

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Year-End Report on Efforts in 2017 of Ontario’s Grassroots Non-Partisan Accessibility Campaign

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

December 8, 2017

SUMMARY

1. Today the Wynne Government Finally Announced the Chairs of the Promised Education Standards Development Committee

Will Ontario’s Transportation Standards Development Committee Consider and Vote on Each Recommendation that the AODA Alliance and ARCH Disability Law Centre Have Made to Strengthen Ontario’s Transportation Accessibility Standard?

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

December 6, 2017

SUMMARY

There is good reason to be quite concerned about the efforts going on now to develop or review accessibility standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Right now, four Standards Development Committees are in operation. The Wynne Government appointed each of them under the AODA.

What You Need to Know for 2018: Upcoming Compliance Deadlines and Milestones

Published: November 24, 2017

Whether your organization is in the public or private sector, there are anti-discrimination laws that you are obligated to comply with in the course of doing business. Several of these laws protect the rights of people with disabilities. It’s important that you stay up to date on these laws and their regulations, because occasionally they’re updated, and new compliance deadlines are set. These milestones creep closer before you know it.

The Opposition New Democratic Party and Progressive Conservative Party Each Draw on The AODA Alliance’s December 4, 2017 News Release to Support Our Call for the Wynne Government to Now Appoint the Overdue 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

December 5, 2017

SUMMARY

One full year ago today, Premier Wynne announced in the Ontario Legislature that her Government would create an Education Accessibility Standard under the AODA. We have led the campaigned for this, to tear down the many disability barriers that impede students with disabilities in Ontario’s education system.