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Join Us as the AODA Alliance Comes to Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge Next Week

and come to the Federal Government’s February 8, 2017 Public Consultations in Toronto on the Promised Canadians with Disabilities Act, Where the AODA Alliance Will Be One of Many Presenters

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

February 3, 2017


It’s time to hop back on board the AODA Alliance Express as we make our way around Ontario, helping non-partisan grass roots advocacy efforts in support of accessibility for people with disabilities.

On Tuesday, February 7, 2017 Wilfred Laurier University is hosting a public forum on accessibility at 10 AM to noon. Later that day, at 1:45 PM, University of Waterloo is hosting a lecture for architecture students at its Cambridge campus, on the need to ensure all new buildings are fully accessible to people with disabilities. Then, at 3 PM that same day, University of Waterloo’s Cambridge campus will be the place to be, for another accessibility public forum. The announcements for these events are set out below.

The very next day, on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, in the heart of downtown Toronto, the Federal Government will be hosting a public forum to get input from the public on what the promised Canadians with Disabilities Act should include. The AODA Alliance will be presenting there. So can you!

Here is where and when this takes place:

Wednesday, February 8th
4:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Chelsea Hotel Toronto
33 Gerrard Street West
Toronto, ON M5G 1Z4
Churchill Ballroom

Would you like some suggestions of what you might say to the Federal Government at these consultations? Here are easy-to-use resources at your fingertips. You can find it all in a short, 2 page leaflet, or a somewhat longer and more detailed 12 page tip sheet, or for even more detail, in a 33 page Discussion Paper. Find these resources by visiting:

To learn more about the Federal Government’s consultation on its promised Canadians with Disabilities Act, visit All these events show how there are so many ways you can join in the effort to press for more action now on accessibility for people with disabilities at the federal, provincial and municipal levels.

You can always send your feedback to us on any AODA and accessibility issue at

Have you taken part in our “Picture Our Barriers campaign? If not, please join in! You can get all the information you need about our “Picture Our Barriers” campaign by visiting

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We encourage you to use the Government’s toll-free number for reporting AODA violations. We fought long and hard to get the Government to promise this, and later to deliver on that promise. If you encounter any accessibility problems at any large retail establishments, it will be especially important to report them to the Government via that toll-free number. Call 1-866-515-2025.

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Learn all about our campaign for a fully accessible Ontario by visiting

Please also join the campaign for a strong and effective Canadians with Disabilities Act, spearheaded by Barrier-Free Canada. Sign up for Barrier-Free Canada updates by emailing


Announcement of the February 7, 2017 Accessibility Public Forum at Wilfred Laurier University

Originally posted at:
Sir Wilfred Laurier Event: Implementing the AODA at Laurier: An Open Dialogue event with David Lepofsky

Join the Accessible Learning Centre (ALC) for a public lecture event called Implementing the AODA at Laurier: An Open Dialogue featuring David Lepofsky on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Paul Martin Centre.

David will speak about the legislative requirements under the AODA (the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2005) and the requirements of the university under this legislation.

A commentary on efforts across the province to ensure compliance and the new directive to create an accessible education standard under the AODA legislation will be provided. This commentary is followed by a discussion period with students, staff and faculty on how we as an institution can work together to eliminate barriers for persons with disabilities and create a fully accessible education experience.

David Lepofsky is a visiting professor (part-time) at the Osgoode Hall Law School and an adjunct member of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He holds three volunteer leadership roles in the disability community. He is chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance, a member of the steering committee and former co-chair of Barrier-Free Canada, and the chair of the Toronto District School Boards Special Education Advisory Committee.

This event is in partnership with Laurier Alumni and LSPIRG (Laurier Students’ Public Interest Research Group).

This event is a public lecture. No registration is required and all are welcome.

If you are planning to attend this event and require accommodation needs, please email Erin Riggin at, to make the appropriate arrangements.

For updates visit the Accessible Learning Facebook page.