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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.

New Year, New AODA Rules ? Is Your Business Accessible ?

By: Mitchell Rose
December 5, 2017

January 1st, 2018 brings a brand new set of requirements for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (“AODA”)

If you are not familiar with AODA, it’s comprised of a series of rules and regulations designed to make Ontario fully accessible within the next decade (with a goal of 2025). The rules are being implemented in phases, in order to give both small and large workplaces time to acclimatize to the changes and adjust both their physical spaces, as well as their policies.

Elections Ontario Invites Ontarians to Provide Feedback on Accessibility of Proposed Voting Locations for the 2018 General Election

News provided by Elections Ontario
Dec 05, 2017

Public consultation will run online from December 5 to January 5, 2018
TORONTO, Dec. 5, 2017 /CNW/ – Today marks the first day of a month-long public consultation process on the accessibility of proposed voting locations for the 2018 General Election.

Until January 5, 2018, members of the public can visit http://www.elections.on.ca to view the proposed voting locations and provide feedback online about the accessibility of these sites.

News Release: Anniversary of Wynne Government Inaction

One Year After Promising A New Regulation for One-Third of a Million Ontario Students with Disabilities to Tear Down Disability Barriers in Schools, Colleges and Universities, Why Hasn’t Premier Wynne Appointed the Mandatory Advisory Committee to Recommend What that Regulation Should Include?

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE

Toronto Needs Wider, Unobstructed Sidewalks, Disability and Pedestrian Advocates Say

Toronto – CBC News

As she navigates Toronto’s sidewalks, Yin Brown finds herself dodging a dizzying array of obstacles.

“I smash into patio fences, trip over cafe chairs, get stuck in bicycle racks, walk into trees and even knock down seniors,” said the president of Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians.

Given those challenges, she said too many people like her have simply given up walking in the city.

Much Remains to Be Done When It Comes to Quality of Life and Safety

As International Day of Persons with Disabilities approaches, Hamilton’s Sarah Jama takes stock CBC News Posted: Nov 30, 2017

Sarah Jama says there is much to be done when it comes protect and provide quality of life for the city’s most vulnerable residents.

Sarah Jama is an outreach coordinator at the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion and a disability justice activist in Hamilton Ontario.

On the Eve of the International Day for People with Disabilities, will the Wynne Government Invest $125 Million In Another New Public University Building Whose Preliminary Design Has Serious Accessibility Problems?

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

December 1, 2017 Toronto: On the eve of the International Day for People with Disabilities (December 3), it looks like millions of provincial dollars are destined for another brand-new building with serious disability accessibility problems, in a preliminary design revealed two days ago. These problems are similar to some of those which the grassroots AODA Alliance made public a month ago in the Ryerson Student Learning Centre a YouTube video that has gone viral. It shocked many that a new public building could be designed with such accessibility problems.