Cobourg Brings Intellivote Back for 2018 Election

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today
Monday, May 1, 2017

COBOURG – Cobourg council has accepted the recommendation in municipal clerk Lorraine Brace’s report at last week’s council meeting, and brought back Intellivote Systems Inc. to make the arrangements for Internet and telephone voting in the 2018 municipal election.

Their support was whole-hearted, Brace reported afterwards, and the record of success with Intellivote is solid.

Nova Scotia Is the Third Canadian Province to Pass an Accessibility Law

When Will Ontario Live Up to Its Own Accessibility Law’s Potential?

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

April 28, 2017


On Thursday, April 27, 2017, the Nova Scotia Legislature passed a new accessibility law, the Accessibility Act, following the lead of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Nova Scotia becomes the third Canadian province to enact a comprehensive accessibility law. The Nova Scotia law has the goal of Nova Scotia reaching full accessibility by 2025.

Accessibility Act to Make Province More Accessible

Department of Justice
April 27, 2017

Nova Scotia has set a goal to be accessible by 2030 under the Accessibility Act, passed today, April 27.

Nova Scotia is only the third province in Canada to pass accessibility legislation. The passage of Bill 59 will start the process of removing barriers for persons with disabilities.

Payton/Dann & Manning Law Firms File Federal Suit Alleging McDonald’s Website & App Violate ADA, Unruh Civil Rights Act

Lawsuit claims restaurant chain’s website and mobile app are not fully accessible to and independently usable by the blind or visually-impaired. CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES, April 25, 2017

The Manning Law Firm of Newport Beach California has joined with former Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann of Chicago’s PaytonDann Law Firm to file suit in federal court alleging that the McDonald’s restaurant chain is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act (UCRA).

Creating New Barriers

Posted by David Best on 22 April 2017

The OHRC, in the Ontario Regulatory Registry Proposal: 10-CSS002, October 15, 2010 raised a number of concerns about the proposed AODA Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR), but seven years later in 2017, we again need to echo those same concerns.

New Stanford Course Tackles Designing for People With Disabilities

A new course teaches undergraduates how to design for people with physical disabilities. Each week, students learn about a different disability, then brainstorm design ideas to address issues and present their work to the class.

By Sarah Derouin

Students in a new undergraduate course have this question to ponder: How would it feel to be a bright person with big goals and ideas, but live in a world that’s not designed for you?

The Ontario Conservatives Ask the Wynne Government When It Will Appoint the Education Standards Development Committee, But the Wynne Government Doesn’t Give a Direct Answer

Come to the April 22, 2017 AODA Public Forum in Georgina Ontario

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

April 21, 2017


1. There Have Been 137 Days Since Premier Wynne Promised An Education Accessibility Standard, But Still No Answer On When the Wynne Government Will Post an Ad Inviting the Public To Apply To Serve on the Education Standards Development Committee

City Criticized on Accessibility Issues

April 20, 2017 |
by canada news

BELLEVILLE The city’s accessibility gaps were brought to the mayor’s attention during his speech to the Belleville and District Chamber of Commerce about the state of the city.

Barbara Schultz told the mayor she has concerns about the focus on accessibility and noted the barriers making it difficult for a person in a wheelchair or using a mobility device to run daily errands or enjoy an evening out with family here.

Accessibility Advocates Want Ontario’s Wheelchair Symbol Changed

by Michelle da Silva
April 19, 2017

Accessibility advocates in Toronto are putting pressure on the Ontario government to adopt a new, more dynamic accessibility icon. Since last year, the Forward Movement has been plastering the city with stickers of the preferred barriers-free symbol. They’ve also collected signatures for a petition showing community support.

People with Disabilities Sue BART for Discrimination

SAN FRANCISCOA pair of advocacy groups and two people with disabilities filed a lawsuit today against BART alleging that it discriminates against people with mobility disabilities, effectively excluding them from the regional mass transit system.

For people with disabilities, problems that may be familiar annoyances to most riders can create absolute barriers to access. Problems cited in the lawsuit include elevators that are broken, out of service, or so soiled they are unusable, as well as non-functioning escalators and fare gates.