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Promised New Canada Accessibility Legislation Expected to Be Introduced into Parliament for Debate This Spring

The AODA Alliance Writes Kirsty Duncan, Canada’s New National Minister for People with Disabilities

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

February 18, 2018

SUMMARY

1. AODA Alliance Writes New National Minister for People with Disabilities, When the Promised New National Accessibility Bill Is Weeks Away from Introduction into Parliament

What Would a Truly Disabled-Accessible City Look Like?

Most cities are utterly unfriendly to people with disabilities but with almost one billion estimated to be urban-dwellers by 2050, a few cities are undergoing a remarkable shift by Saba Salman
Wed 14 Feb 2018

To David Meere, a visually impaired man from Melbourne, among the various obstacles to life in cities is another that is less frequently discussed: fear.

Universities Join Together to Inspire Students to Use Their Creativity and Innovative Skills to Help Make Communities More Accessible for People With Disabilities

OTTAWA, Feb. 14, 2018 /CNW

Today, St├ęphane Lauzon, Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Persons with Disabilities, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, joined members of Universities Canada to celebrate the upcoming launch of their Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) program, a national student competition to help remove barriers to accessibility.

A Lengthy 14 Months after Finally Promising to Develop an Education Accessibility Standard Under Ontario’s Disabilities Act, the Wynne Government Finally Convenes the First Meetings of the Promised Education Standards Development Committees

AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky Was Appointed to Serve on the K-12 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

February 13, 2018

SUMMARY

1. Breaking News in the Campaign to Tear Down Disability Barriers Impeding Students with Disabilities in Ontario

The Wynne Government Appoints a Person to Conduct an Independent Review of the Disabilities Act Who has Respected Expertise in Accessibility, But who Lacks Much-Needed Independence

He Worked as the Government’s Special Advisor on Accessibility For Most of the Period He is To Now Independently Audit

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

February 9, 2018

SUMMARY

Province Selects The Honourable David C. Onley to Review Ontario’s Accessibility Laws

Ontario Continues to Make Progress toward Becoming a Barrier-free Province February 7, 2018
Accessibility Directorate of Ontario

Ontario has appointed the Honourable David C. Onley to conduct the third review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

The reviewer will consult with the public and will analyze accessibility progress made in other jurisdictions. The review will be completed by the end of 2018 and will consider the evolution of the current AODA and its goals for an accessible Ontario by 2025 and beyond.

Mandated Leave Policy is Withdrawn

A letter from the Ontario Human Rights Commission prompted U of T to pull the policy from the governance cycle AuthorFatima Wasif
notes from Alicia Boatto
Date publishedFeb 5, 2018

The University of Toronto has withdrawn the university-mandated leave of absence policy proposal from the current governance cycle, following concerns raised by the Ontario Human Rights Commission in a letter to the university.

uber-ASSIST driver pleads guilty, fined for refusing passenger with a guide dog

For Immediate Release
FEBRUARY 5, 2018

TORONTO: Provincial Offences Court

Almost one year ago, Victoria Nolan (and her guide dog Alan) was refused a ride by a Toronto Uber driver. Nolan, a medal-winning Canadian Paralympic rower, finished training at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Complex when she hailed a ride with UberAssist (designed to provide additional assistance to seniors and people with disabilities) for the first time.

Sorry, Not All Your Library Dreams are Going to Come True

This week in Market Squared, a call to those with library ambitions to remind them that this is a community project, and that some in the community must still be convinced by: Adam A. Donaldson

The new Guelph Public Library main branch is going to be big, but it’s not going to have everything

The AODA Alliance Makes Public an Open Letter, Seeking Disability Accessibility Commitments from the Candidates for Leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities

February 4, 2018

SUMMARY

1. AODA Alliance Makes Public an Open Letter to Candidates for Leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party

In our ongoing non-partisan campaign for disability accessibility, the AODA Alliance tries to be poised to swiftly take constructive action in the face of late-breaking developments. Ontario’s new leadership race in the Progressive Conservative Party is the most recent example of a late-breaking development.

Be My Eyes and Moovit Join Forces to Make Public Transit More Accessible

Jan 29, 2018

Public transit is an integral part of urban metropolitan areas and relied upon by millions of citizens. Blind or low vision transit riders are frequently uncertain that they’ve caught the right train or that the bus they’re waiting for will take them where they need to be. Be My Eyes and Moovit want to challenge obstacles relating to vision and access to make traveling individually with public transit more accessible for blind and visually impaired people.

AODA Alliance Writes Ontario’s Accessibility Minister to Requested Updated Information on the Wynne Government’s Implementation and Enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities

February 1, 2018

SUMMARY

On February 1, 2018, the AODA Alliance wrote Ontario’s Accessibility Minister, Tracy MacCharles. This letter, set out below, asks the Minister to give us updated information on the Government’s implementation and enforcement of the AODA.

The 2018 AEBC/T-Base Scholarship Program is Accepting Applications

Each year, the AEBC offers scholarships to recognize outstanding blind, deafblind, and partially sighted post-secondary students. This year, we are pleased to offer six awards in total.

Read more at
http://www.blindcanadians.ca/programs/scholarship

Disabled Transit Users Pitch Ideas for Uber Accessibility Cash

By Laura Osman , CBC News Posted: Jan 31, 2018

Kathleen Gorman has used Para Transpo for 20 years. She pitched several different ways to spend the money the city collects from Uber.

People with physical disabilities want to see $450,000 collected from Uber used to improve Para Transpo service, but city staff warned them not to set their expectations too high.

Group Questions LRT Accessibility for Visually Impaired

Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians meeting with city officials Monday CBC News Posted: Jan 29, 2018

The Ottawa chapter of the Alliance for the Equality of Blind Canadians is concerned Ottawa’s new LRT trains won’t be easily accessible for visually impaired riders.

Just when Ottawa’s new light rail system will be up and running remains an open question, but some blind and visually impaired transit users are already raising concerns the trains won’t be properly equipped to meet their needs.