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On Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Disability Advocates Press Reporters to Cover Accessibility Issues in The Most Important Ontario Election for Ontarians with Disabilities in Almost Two Decades


May 19, 2022 Toronto: A major disability coalition turns a spotlight on the Ontario media today, Global Accessibility Awareness Day #GAAD, pressing reporters to ramp up coverage of the Ontario election’s disability accessibility issues. For over 2.6 million Ontarians with disabilities, this is the most important Ontario election in two decades. The next government must remedy the fact that Ontario will reach 2025 without becoming disability-accessible, the deadline set by Ontario’s Disabilities Act. The next Government must create accessibility for people with disabilities to jobs, education, housing, transit and health care.

Accessibility is Excluding the Neurodivergent

GUEST BLOG: In this contributed blog post, Craig Abbott, head of accessibility for DWP, explains the pros and cons of the current guidelines around web accessibility, and shares what companies need to do to include neurodivergent people in their web accessibility considerations.


Hollywood Disability Rights Groups Call on Cannes to Increase Accessibility

1in4 and FWD-Doc, which count Management 360’s Eryn Brown and Crip Camp director Jim LeBrecht among the co-founders, work to increase equity in Hollywood for filmmakers with disabilities. The groups have outlined a list of accessibility issues faced by disabled attendees of the French festival, as well as changes that they are demanding be made prior to the 2023 edition of the fest.


City Demands DARTS Pull a Third of Accessible Transit off Hamilton Roads Citing Safety Concerns

Executive director of DARTS says it will be changing its inspection process Dan Taekema, CBC News
Posted: May 19, 2022

The city of Hamilton has ordered accessible transit provider DARTS to immediately pull more than one-third of its fleet off the road amid an audit it says revealed “significant failure rates” during safety inspections.

It started with an anonymous complaint about safety that led to an initial inspection of 40 DARTS and subcontractor vehicles. Those inspections found 45 per cent were “deficient,” according to a letter from Mayor Fred Eisenberger to the transit provider.

However, the city wasn’t immediately able to provide the number of vehicles that have been deemed unsafe. Staff said they anticipate being able to share that figure later on Thursday.

After Years of Neglect, Ontario Politicians Pledge to Raise Disability Support Payments

Economist Mike Moffatt says rates have fallen well behind inflation Andrew Lupton, CBC News
Posted: May 17, 2022

Josie Brunet has been receiving Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) payments for six years due to a number of health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety.

She has roots in London but lives in Toronto and says the rates, in particular the $497 monthly shelter allowance she receives, is not enough.

“It’s not even close,” she said. “The rent portion needs to be increased. I’m originally from London but I live in Toronto and there’s no way you can pay rent for that.”

Accessibility with a Plan: New Accessibility Regulations in British Columbia and Manitoba

Following the lead of the federal and Ontario governments, British Columbia and Manitoba have introduced expanded accessibility requirements for organizations operating in those provinces.


Inspired by Daughter, Architect Approaches Accessibility as A ‘Lifestyle’

Megen Olfert smiles thinking about the backyard treehouse her father designed for her when she was a kid.

It was wide enough for a motorised wheelchair to maneuver inside, and a cement path wound its way through the backyard up to the treehouse instead of stairs or a ladder.


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In this Issue

On YouTube, Watch TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin’s Coverage of the Ontario Election’s Disability Issues

and Use Our Action Tips to Raise Disability Accessibility Issues in this Election

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

May 13, 2022


All in one place, we give you ready-to-use action tips to raise disability issues in this election, whether on accessibility or other important disability issues! Just add water, stir, and swing into action!


1. Any Time, Please Watch the Agenda with Steve Paikin’s May 11, 2022 Discussion of the Ontario Election’s Disability issues, with AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky.

City of Winnipeg Launches App for Residents With Mobility Issues to Book Accessible Cab Rides

Service will hopefully give people with disabilities faster access to transportation, advocate says



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