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Creating More Inclusive Condo Communities

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Refurbishment projects an ideal time to consider accessibility improvements

In condominium corporations, accessibility is too often and wrongly associated with unexpected and significant costs and veiled threats of legal action against unresponsive boards and property managers. It may be more helpful to think of through the lens of inclusivity, which is warmer and more inviting and simply means not excluding anyone.

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https://aoda.ca/creating-more-inclusive-condo-communities/

Yes We Can: U of T Students Create Prize-Winning IDeA Project for Accessibility

Stairs and narrow doorways are not the sole barriers to accessing sport and physical activity spaces. Once up the steps and through the doors, stereotypes and prejudices still obstruct the way.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/yes-we-can-u-of-t-students-create-prize-winning-idea-project-for-accessibility/

Deaf Canadians ‘At Risk’ in Times of National Emergency

Other countries have on-screen interpreters during news broadcasts

When the next ice storm, wildfire or terror attack happens, Canadians who are deaf or hard of hearing will be in greater peril than others because most public notification systems are not accessible to them, experts say.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/deaf-canadians-at-risk-in-times-of-national-emergency/

Accessibility News October 13,2018 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 6 years, 11 weeks, 4 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

Quick Ways You can Help Us Get Parliament to Amend Bill C-81, the Proposed Accessible Canada Act, to Make It a Good Law

David Onley’s Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Re-schedules Thunder Bay Public Hearing

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/quick-ways-you-can-help-us-get-parliament-to-amend-bill-c-81-the-proposed-accessible-canada-act-to-make-it-a-good-law/

World Federation of the Deafblind Launches Initial Global Report!

The World Federation of the Deafblind has launched the initial global report on the situation and rights of persons with deafblindness.

Representing between 0.2% to 2% of the population, persons with deafblindness are a very diverse yet hidden group and are, overall, more likely to be poor and unemployed, and with lower educational outcomes. Because deafblindness is less well-known and often misunderstood, people struggle to obtain the right support, and are often excluded from both development and disability programmes.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/world-federation-of-the-deafblind-launches-initial-global-report/

Sarnia Facing Human Rights Complaint

The City of Sarnia is embroiled in a Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario case after a resident filed a complaint over an alleged lack of accessibility at city hall.

“I wrote a letter to the mayor and council last February complaining about the washroom on the main floor of city hall. It wasn’t accessible,” said Sandi Compagnion, who uses a wheelchair.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/sarnia-facing-human-rights-complaint/

Huron County Making Progress With Accessibility Awareness

The Vice Chair of the Huron County Accessibility Advisory Committee says the committee is one of the few in Ontario that actually gets involved in the community.

Speaking at an Accessibility event Wednesday in Clinton, Debbie Kerley pointed out they do site evaluations on a regular basis, strictly in an advisory role; look at their building plans; and if they’re doing renovations to an older building, they send them a report and recommend what they should do for best practice to make their place accessible.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/huron-county-making-progress-with-accessibility-awareness/

What Do Canada’s National Political Parties Have to Say About Proposed New Legislation on Disability Accessibility?

Check Out the AODA Alliance’s Analysis of Second Reading Debates in the House of Commons on Bill C-81, the Proposed Accessible Canada Act

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/what-do-canadas-national-political-parties-have-to-say-about-proposed-new-legislation-on-disability-accessibility/

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