Ontario Government ramps up enforcement of AODA

Government sending compliance letters and conducting compliance audits in 2014; public reviews this spring will provide opportunity for feedback


The AODA Howl

By Victor Schwartzman

I have seen the best advocates of my generation
staggering through Queen’s Park for a fix
of false access hope from politicians,
still in denial they are treated like hicks.


Is it Time for a UN Investigation into AODA Compliance and Enforcement?

by Karen McCall
March 11, 2014

It was with little surprise that I read the AODA Alliance article “Ontario Government Sat on A Detailed Plan for Enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act since at Least May 2012”


Petition: Incorporate Voice Technology, Audio Cues, and/or Tactile Buttons Into Your Flat Panel Appliances to Make Them Accessible to the Blind and Those With Low Vision

by Gene Fleeman
March 9, 2014

I started this petition on Change.org, because of the perceived lack of demand, appliance manufacturers have been reluctant to build inexpensive voice/touch technology into their products, thereby making them inaccessible to the blind.


With a Possible Spring Election Looming, AODA Alliance Writes Ontario Party Leaders to Request Election Commitments on Disability Accessibility

Media reports abound suggesting that there is a good chance that Ontario will have a general election this spring. Ontario’s minority government could be defeated at any time.

As a result, we have just written the major party leaders to seek election commitments in the area of disability accessibility.


Accessibility News March 8,2014 Update

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In this Issue

*AODA: A Moving Experience
*Disabled Woman Wins Discriminatory Pay Case at Ontario Human Rights Tribunal *Text-to-911 Coming to City
*Public Comment on Proposed Changes to the Customer Service Standard *Reinterpreting and Expanding The Right to Live in the World *Affordable Colleges For Students With Disabilities
*Playing in the Dark, Not Like Being Blind
*Screen Reader User Survey #5 Results

AODA: A Moving Experience

By Victor Schwartzman

There was once a fellow named me
who for Accessibility News and AODA
wrote a column about the government
(its access implementation was a load of


Disabled Woman Wins Discriminatory Pay Case at Ontario Human Rights Tribunal

An intellectually disabled St. Catharines woman paid just $1.25 an hour for 10 years wins $142,000 in back pay and damages.


Text-to-911 Coming to City

By Jerome Lessard, The Intelligencer
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

While texting can be dangerous in certain situations, in others, it could save your life.

As part of its 2014 budget and in a means to reach out to those with hearing and speech impairments, Belleville police look forward to implementing Text-to-911 by the end of the year.

Text-to-911 is the ability to communicate with 911 operators via text messages from a cellphone and other devices.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced the 911-service enhancements in January 2013 following a trial in 2012 to assess the feasibility of rolling out such a service nationally.

Public Comment on Proposed Changes to the Customer Service Standard

The ASAC/SDC has reviewed the current Customer Service Standard, including re-examining the long-range objectives and all requirements that organizations must follow. Based on this review, the ASAC/SDC is proposing amendments related to the following components of the Customer Service Standard:

  • Class structure of organizations based on number of employees;
  • Policies, practices and procedures;
  • Service animals;
  • Support persons;
  • Training;
  • Feedback processes; and
  • Notice of availability and format of documents.