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In this Issue

Oshawa Mom Says Its Time to Replace Accessibility Symbol with a more Active Image

An Oshawa mom is hoping the city will adopt a new more active accessibility symbol. Amanda Ridding said she first heard about the new symbol two or three years ago. Ridding’s son Nicklas is a Grandview kid who uses a wheelchair at times.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/oshawa-mom-says-its-time-to-replace-accessibility-symbol-with-a-more-active-image/

Additional Regulation Isn’t Necessary to Resolve the Issue of Fake Service Animals

Editors Note: While this article refers to the US it can easily be applied in Canada.

News stories across the nation continue to report an increase in the number of people who pretend that their pet dog is a service animal. The major concern stems from the unruly behavior of these supposed “service animals”, and how their presence jeopardizes the safety and access rights of legitimate service animal teams.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ditional-regulation-isn%c2%92t-necessary-to-resolve-the-issue-of-fake-service-animals/

Levelling the Playing Field

The role of accommodations in academia

Lakehead, like all other universities and businesses in Ontario, is required to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you’ve had a job in Ontario at any point in your life, you’ve likely been told about the AODA along with other standard workplace trainings like WHMIS. When you’re sitting through these often monotonous training days, it can be easy to lose sight of the relevance of these policies to our daily lives. However, as midterm season is upon us, one university policy relating to the AODA may become more prominent: accommodations.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/levelling-the-playing-field/

Wynne Government Still Hasn’t Appointed an Education Standards Development Committee, Fully 314 Days After Premier Wynne Pledged to Create an Education Accessibility Standard under Ontario’s Disabilities Act

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Last Day to Complete the Wynne Government’s Online Survey about Disability Barriers in Ontario’s Education System

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/wynne-government-still-hasnt-appointed-an-education-standards-development-committee-fully-314-days-after-premier-wynne-pledged-to-create-an-education-accessibility-standard-under-ontarios-disab/

Canada’s First National Accessibility Law Should Be Ready by Next Spring: Hehr

The federal minister responsible for crafting Canada’s first national accessibility legislation says the law should be ready by next spring and should benefit not only people with disabilities, but their caregivers.

Kent Hehr says the timeline for the new law has shifted slightly since he took over the portfolio for sport and persons with disabilities in a recent cabinet shuffle.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/canada%c2%92s-first-national-accessibility-law-should-be-ready-by-next-spring-hehr/

Win the war on talent: Hire people with disabilities

In this second part of a five-part series, experts from the Ontario Disability Employment Network explain why HR should tap this talent pool.

Demographic studies suggest a looming labour shortage is on the horizon. According to Statistics Canada, the first of the country’s baby boomers reached the age of 65 in the year 2012, and by the end of this decade most boomers will retire from the workforce.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/win-the-war-on-talent-hire-people-with-disabilities/

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