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AODA Alliance Calls on Elections Ontario to Provide Internet and Telephone Voting and More Than One Accessible Voting Machine Per Riding in the October 2011 Ontario Election

November 22, 2010

SUMMARY

On November 18, 2010, the AODA Alliance wrote Chief Electoral Officer Greg Essensa, who has lead responsibility for administering provincial elections in Ontario. For the October 2011 Ontario election, we ask him to exercise his authority under new amendments to the Election Act, to provide more than one accessible voting machine per riding, and to provide internet and telephone voting. We request this to overcome barriers facing voters with disabilities who cannot mark their own paper ballot and verify their choice. See this letter, below, and an earlier letter from the Chief Electoral Officer to the AODA Alliance on elections accessibility.


AODA Alliance Gets McGuinty Government to Take a Second Look at Presto Smart Card Disability Barriers -But Government Won’t Halt Presto’s Deployment Until Barriers are Removed

Will New Accessibility Standards Prevent This From Happening Again?

November 18, 2010

SUMMARY

Under pressure from the AODA Alliance, the McGuinty Government has agreed to take a second look at barriers impeding persons with disabilities when using the Presto Smart Card for paying public transit fares in Ontario. Recent correspondence from the Ontario Government to the AODA Alliance confirms this.


Examining Ontario’s New Disability Law

Sameen Amjad
Staff Writer

Ontario has joined other provinces in the move toward making its facilities and businesses more accessible for persons with disabilities. In June 2005,
the Ac- cessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) became law.


Accessibility Challenges

Posted November 17, 2010
To the editor:

A few months ago the course of my life changed direction and I’ve found myself dependant on crutches and a wheelchair while wearing a cast. Mine was a complex injury that was not going to heal quickly. Due to the prolonged length of time, I’ve had first hand experience on trying to function in a community not always accessible to the disabled.


OHRC Launches Survey on Discrimination Based on Mental Health and Addiction Disabilities

TORONTO, Nov. 16 /CNW/ – The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) launched a survey today to learn more about the human rights issues and barriers people with mental health and addiction disabilities face. The survey kicks off a broader consultation process on human rights and mental health related issues.

The questions are aimed at learning how discrimination because of a person’s mental health issue or addiction may affect their ability to find and keep
a job, get an apartment or connect with education and health-related services.


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