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Accessibility Features and Equipment in Customer Service

The Customer Service Standard of the AODA gives service providers guidelines on how to start making their goods, services, and facilities accessible to customers with disabilities. The Standard mandates that service providers must offer accessibility features in customer service by:

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https://aoda.ca/accessibility-features-and-equipment-in-customer-service/

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 5 years, 41 weeks, 5 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

A Modest Interim Victory for Joint Efforts by the AODA Alliance and Ontario Autism Coalition

Ford Government Agrees to Consult on Practices of Schools Refusing to Admit some Students with Disabilities to School for All or Part of The School Day

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/a-modest-interim-victory-for-joint-efforts-by-the-aoda-alliance-and-ontario-autism-coalition/

How a Little Wooden Ramp Reshaped An Ontario City

The small city of Kenora has a picturesque harbourfront and a shopping district lined with turn-of-the-last-century frontier buildings. It’s pretty as a postcard but it had a problem. As is the case in many of Ontario’s smaller communities, the downtown was not accessible for people with physical disabilities.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/how-a-little-wooden-ramp-reshaped-an-ontario-city/

Come to the April 10, 2019 Queen’s Park Accessibility Town Hall and Powerful Toronto Star Editorial Calls on Ford Government to Swiftly Implement the Onley Report

Here is a great chance to have your say and to show your support for action to achieve n accessible Ontario. We encourage one and all to come to Queen’s Park on April 10, 2019 to attend an Accessibility Town Hall that is being hosted by Ottawa Centre NDP MPP Joel Harden. Below we set out Mr. Harden’s announcement of this event. It includes a link for you to RSVP if you are going to attend.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/come-to-the-april-10-2019-queens-park-accessibility-town-hall-and-%c2%96-powerful-toronto-star-editorial-calls-on-ford-government-to-swiftly-implement-the-onley-report/

Canada: Federal Accessibility Legislation One Step Closer To Law

The Accessible Canada Act (Act), first introduced in June 2018 in Bill C-81, is now being considered by the Senate, and could soon be law.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/canada-federal-accessibility-legislation-one-step-closer-to-law/

AODA Alliance Writes Ontario’s Accessibility Minister to Urge Swift Action to Implement the Onley Report

and Media Coverage of the Onley Report and of Ongoing Public Transit Barriers

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-writes-ontarios-accessibility-minister-to-urge-swift-action-to-implement-the-onley-report/

A look at TTC Accessibility Through The Eyes of A Rider Who Uses Two Canes

Jessica Geboers steps off a busy subway car at College station, a cane in each hand, and confronts her first obstacle: two flights of stairs, 10 stairs each.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/a-look-at-ttc-accessibility-through-the-eyes-of-a-rider-who-uses-two-canes/

Review of Ontario Accessibility Finds Province is Failing Disabled Residents

David Onley, a wheelchair user tasked with reviewing the implementation of Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, delivered a withering indictment of nearly all aspects of the law in a report quietly tabled in the provincial legislature this week.

The scathing report said disabled residents are barred from full inclusion in the province at nearly every turn, likening some of the barriers they face to long-abolished Jim Crow laws that perpetuated racial discrimination in the United States.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/review-of-ontario-accessibility-finds-province-is-failing-disabled-residents/

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