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CBC Radio and TV Report on the Ford Government’s Continued Freeze on the Work of Standards Development Committees to Tackle Disability Barriers in Ontario’s Education and Health Care Systems

The Ford Government Makes the Obviously Incorrect Claim that Ontario’s Accessibility Law Doesn’t Cover Accessibility of Buildings

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Society for All People with Disabilities http://www.aodaalliance.org aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance

November 16, 2018

SUMMARY

1. Still No End in Sight for the Ford Government’s Four-Month-long Freeze of the Work on Removing and Preventing Barriers Against Students with Disabilities in Ontario’s Education system, and Barriers Against Patients with Disabilities in Ontario’s Health Care System


Accommodating Workers who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

The Employment Standard under the AODA requires employers to accommodate workers with disabilities.  Employers can make the workplace accessible for workers who are deaf or hard of hearing if they learn about the kinds of accommodations workers might need.

Here we outline some ways that employers and colleagues can communicate with and accommodate workers who are deaf or hard of hearing. Workers will explain the communication methods that work best for them.


Accessibility Advocates Want the Ontario Government to Put Them to Work

Committees working on provincial accessibility standards say their work’s been paused for too long Taylor Simmons
CBC News
Posted: Nov 13, 2018

Kathleen Lynch, a student at Humber College, looks down at a garbage can blocking the path to her classroom. She wants Ontario to get back to work creating accessibility standards, so all of her classrooms will be equipped with automatic doors.


Increasing Comfort: Working with People with Disabilities

Employers or colleagues may feel intimidated by the AODA’s mandate to accommodate if they have no experience working with people with disabilities. To help employers and colleagues become more comfortable with accommodation in the workplace, we have outlined some guidelines for working with people with disabilities.

Working with People with Disabilities

Employers and colleagues may need to provide accommodations for different work situations, including:


  • Job interviews
  • Workstation set-up
  • Emergency response

Individual Accommodation Plans in Ontario Workplaces

The Employment Standard under the AODA states that all public sector organizations, and private or non-profit organizations with fifty or more workers, must develop and document a process for writing individual accommodation plans.

Individual accommodation plans are written documents that list all accommodations workers with disabilities need to make their jobs accessible. For example, accommodations that a worker might use include:


  • Informational accommodations, such as documents in digital form or real-time captioning at meetings