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What's New This Week

Elections Report Discriminates Against the Blind!

The Parliamentary Committee released its report “Strengthening Democracy in Canada : Principles, Process and Public Engagement for Electoral Reform” last Thursday only in pdf which it knew was unreadable by blind electors.


PC Bill Defending Stroke Patients Set to Become Law

December 5, 2016

Today, the Ontario Legislature unanimously passed Bill 9, which improves access to physiotherapy for post stroke recovery patients regardless of age in Ontario.

Bill 9 calls on the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to oversee and promote an evidence-based approach to the provision of physiotherapy services for post-stroke recovery patients of all ages. The legislation also places the control of stroke treatment into the hands of physicians, where it belongs.

MPP Lorne Coe noted that This is an important day for those recovering stroke victims in Ontario who are falling through the cracks. We want you to know that your voices have been heard.’

Breaking News: Premier Wynne has Just Announced in the Legislature that the Ontario Government Agrees to Develop an Education Accessibility Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

This news is hot off the presses! In Question Period today, Progressive Conservative MPP Bill Walker asked Premier Wynne to agree to develop an Education Accessibility Standard to tear down the accessibility barriers impeding hundreds of thousands of students with disabilities in Ontario schools, colleges and universities. Premier Wynne said yes. In fact, she said it twice, after MPP Walker asked her twice. Her final words were:


22 Major Disability Organizations Send Premier Wynne an Open Letter Calling for the Wynne Government to Agree to Develop an Education Accessibility Standard under Ontario’s Disabilities Act

Check out the Open Letter and AODA Alliance News Release and a Toronto Star Article on This


Canada Makes Further Commitment to Support Rights of Persons With Disabilities

The Honourable St├ęphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, today announced that the Government of Canada has begun a consultation process on Canadas accession to the United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Optional Protocol).


Lindsay Transit Taking Steps Toward Fully Accessible Services

“The new system will comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act to make public transit more accessible to persons with hearing and sight disabilities” explains Bryan Robinson, Director of Public Works. “The City is committed to providing high quality, accessible services that meet the needs of all our residents.”



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