New Guidelines Require Buildings to Be Accessible for Persons With Disabilities

AHMEDABAD, INDIA: It is now mandatory for all new buildings in city to have a accessible design.

During the workshop, Raju Param from Handicap International told journalists that people are not yet sensitive to issues related to persons with disabilities and their needs.


AODA Alliance: 2014 Ontario Election Action Kit

Introduction – It’s Time for Grassroots Action!

This Election Action Kit gives you quick and easy ways to help our non-partisan campaign to get stronger accessibility pledges from the political parties that want our votes. You don’t need to be “into politics” or a veteran community grassroots advocate. Use our action tips! You just need to spend a few minutes. Circulate this Action Kit to others. Get them to do the same!


World Blind Union(WBU) Letter to All Governments

Six months ago governments put aside their differences and agreed an historic, ground-breaking treaty to help us end the “book famine” in which just a few percent of books are ever available in formats we can read. But this treaty must be ratified by at least 20 countries come into force, so that we can actually benefit from it. An un-ratified treaty is just a piece of paper.


Disability Report Opens Door to Greater Accessibility

VICTORIA As the B.C. government releases a report summarizing what was heard throughout a disability white paper consultation, it has taken an important first step with a commitment to create an accessibility secretariat.


Ontario Betting Pools Damaged by Election News

By Victor Schwartzman

Office betting pools on the current Ontario election have been badly damaged due to actions of all three major political parties. Office staff who engaged in the election by betting on events during it have been unable to place the bets they want. Bookies are outraged.


Disability Advocates Call on Party Leaders to Ensure Barrier-Free Ontario

Accessibility advocates aren’t impressed so far with how party platforms are meeting the province’s obligation to be barrier-free by 2025.

Ontario has a long way to go before it’s fully accessible to people like Laurier University student Chantal Huinink, whose story of a horror trip to Waterloo was told by the Star in January.


Accessibility News May 17,2014 Update

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Inclusive is ready to caption and video describe all your video for web, DVD, and computer desktop. They can also assist you in understanding and implementing Ontario’s AODA Integrated Standards’ media requirements. Consider having them check that any of your new web site content is compliant well before the new year deadline with an Accessibility Audit.

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In this Issue

AODA Alliance Holds Novel On-Line “Virtual News Conference” to Unveil the Ontario Parties’ 2014 Disability Accessibility Election Pledges – Urge Your Local Media to Cover the Election’s Disability Accessibility Issues!

Do you want to know what the three parties in the Ontario Legislature have pledged in this Ontario election, to make Ontario fully accessible for persons with disabilities by 2025? We have just made public all the answers, in a way that lets you enjoy a front row seat!


How Pollyanna Usually Goes Swimming in Yellowknife

By Victor Schwartzman

There are many Pollyannas. Today’s lives in Yellowknife (if you are reading this outside of Canada, Yellowknife is a small city in the sub-arctic north.) Our Pollyanna never fell from a tree but instead developed an ongoing disability. She can walk, but with limits, including limited energy.


AODA: The need to clarify public transportation in the standards

by Karen McCall
May 15, 2014

For those who are familiar with the successful rebranding of a specialized transportation service as a “subsidized transportation program” in one municipality to “get rid of AODA, you will be familiar with the attitudes toward those of us with disabilities and this form of public transit.

What has become clear from our struggle is that very few people know that specialized transportation service or Para Transit is a form of public transportation.