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Please Endorse the AODA Alliance’s Brief to Elections Ontario on Proposed Polling Station and Returning Office Site Accessibility Standard

August 31, 2010


The AODA Alliance has submitted a brief to Elections Ontario on a proposed accessibility standard for sites for polling stations and returning offices in provincial elections. This brief, set out below, is three pages long. It may be our briefest brief ever!

Was the Ontario Government Forewarned That the Presto Smart Card Technology for Paying PUBLIC Transit Fares has Disability Barriers?

August 27, 2010


Presto Systems, a part of the Ontario Government, has designed a Smart Card system to let public transit passengers load their money on one Smart Card and then use that Smart Card for paying fares on different public transit systems in Ontario. Presto Systems told the AODA Alliance it is committed to ensure its Smart Card technology is accessible to persons with disabilities.

School Board Loses Rights Complaint

Autistic child denied transportation from clinic to school 

By Don Butler, The Ottawa Citizen August 26, 2010   

OTTAWA-The Ottawa Catholic School Board discriminated against a five-year-old autistic boy when it denied him transportation from a private clinic to his
school, says the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

In a decision released Thursday, the tribunal ordered the board to pay the boy, referred to only as M.O., $10,000 in compensation as well as travel expenses estimated at up to $3,000.

Accessible Housing a Right: PUSH


A human rights group for people with disabilities is calling for an inquiry if their questions about funding for accessible housing are not answered.

Ron Ross, president of Persons United for Self Help (PUSH), said there are more than 300 people in Thunder Bay who have been waiting for up to 10 years for accessible, supportive community housing and home support care. Many of them, ranging in age from 16 to 65, have been forced to live with relatives,
in institutions or in what he called “inadequate” housing.

Tim Hortons Entraps Toronto Police Service

17:00 EDT, August 26, 2010

TIM HORTONS HAS NOW ENTRAPPED AND EMBARRASSED THE BEST AND BRAVEST OF THE TORONTO POLICE SERVICES. CTV caught Toronto Police flat footed and red handed parking illegally in parking required for people with disabilities, our veterans and maturing parents.
Really, really dumb folks. Report to Superintendent Wes Ryan of
the Parking Enforcement – and Sgt. Blake of the Disabled Liaison
Unit for accessibility and sensitivity training.


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