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The AODA Clock is Ticking
There are 8 years, 18 weeks, 2 days till a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?
Watchdog Hammers Ontario’s ‘Hands-Off Stance’ with Adults with Autism, Down Syndrome
In his long-awaited report, Paul Dubé said he found a fragmented, overly complicated system of service agencies and funding programs, and a baffling lack of flexibility from officials at the top.
Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé’s hard-hitting report, called Nowhere to Turn and based on more than 1,400 complaints from families, includes 60 recommendations. Hamilton Spectator
By Andrea Gordon and Laurie Monsebraaten
Queen’s Park must fix its “deeply flawed” developmental services system to ensure Ontario’s most vulnerable people in crisis are no longer left to languish in hospitals, nursing homes, homeless shelters and jails, the province’s Ombudsman said Wednesday.
Tell the Wynne Government If You Support the AODA Alliance’s Finalized Brief on health Care Accessibility Barriers that We Submitted to the Government’s “Pre-Consultation”
The AODA Alliance has finalized its august 26, 2016 brief to the Wynne Government on accessibility barriers in Ontario’s health care system. We submitted it to the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario as part of its “Pre-Consultation.”
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How Accessibility is Driving Innovation in Canada
Today, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, visited the Abilities Centre in Whitby, Ontario, and hosted a panel with three young Canadian innovators to discuss how accessibility drives innovation. The Minister toured the centre, noting the accessibility measures in place there, which serve as an example for other communities across Canada. Minister Qualtrough also announced the schedule of the in-person consultations organized to inform planned accessibility legislation.
Australia Adopts New Standard for ICT Accessibility in Procurement
“The Accessibility requirements suitable for public procurement of ICT products and services establishes a minimum standard to ensure that websites, software and digital devices are accessible.”
The Canadian Union of Public Employees Ontario Calls On the Wynne Government to Agree to Create an Education Accessibility Standard Under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
Yet another major voice has joined our call for the Wynne Government to agree to develop an Education Accessibility Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. On August 10, 2016, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario wrote Ontario’s new Accessibility Minister, Tracy MacCharles, to support our request that the Ontario Government create an Education Accessibility Standard. This new accessibility standard is needed to tear down the many barriers that impede students with disabilities in Ontario’s education system.
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Righting a Wrong
The legal duty to accommodate disabled employees is covered in the Canadian Human Rights Act. Brian McKenzie, director of training and employment services for CHS, advises Ontario employers to consult the two key pieces of legislation, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code, regarding the duty to accommodate. He also recommends that hearing-impaired workers contact CHS’ Employment Services department to assess accommodation needs.
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Paralyzed Edmonton Toddler a Whiz in Homemade Wheelchair
It took a while for Evelyn to figure it out. Then one day Dad nudged her down the driveway and she was able to stop herself.
She now waves her arms when she knows she’s about to be put in her chair, and able to only speak a few words like “dada” and “uh-oh” tilts the chair back and forth, clicking the casters to show she’s excited.
Yet pride movements for people with disabilities like Crip Power or Mad Pride have not gained the same sort of traction in the American consciousness. Why? One answer is that we have a much clearer collective notion of what it means to be a woman or an African-American, gay or transgender person than we do of what it means to be disabled.