TTC Doesn’t Have Money to Make All Subway Stops Accessible

By Alan Carter Queen’s Park Bureau Chief
TORONTO Despite provincial legislation commanding the TTC to make all 69 subway stops in Toronto accessible to people with disabilities, the commission says there is simply not enough money to complete the job.

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http://www.aoda.ca/ttc-doesn%c2%92t-have-money-to-make-all-subway-stops-accessible/

Tribunal Fines Employers for Contraventions of the AODA

When the first compliance deadlines under the AODA rolled around there did not seem to be much enforcement activity. Over the past two years, however, the government has increased enforcement measures. Employers should be aware of their AODA obligations and upcoming deadlines to avoid noncompliance penalties.

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http://www.aoda.ca/tribunal-fines-employers-for-contraventions-of-the-aoda/

SourceAmerica: the Source of America’s Discrimination against Workers with Disabilities

The National Federation of the Blind picketed SourceAmerica because SourceAmerica chooses to distribute contracts to nonprofits that hold special wage certificates which allow entities to pay people with disabilities less than the minimum wage. Paying people with disabilities subminimum wages should be illegal, but Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act allows entities to do just that.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/sourceamerica-the-source-of-america%c2%92s-discrimination-against-workers-with-disabilities/

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In this Issue

Higher Education Websites Unsuitable for Special Needs Students, says Report

A new study has found that poorly-designed Irish higher education websites could be contributing to significant dropouts among students with particular disabilities because they cannot access certain assignment services.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/higher-education-websites-unsuitable-for-special-needs-students-says-report/

Top Ten Reasons Minister Duguid Is AODA Silent

By Victor Schwartzman

10. “I can’t talk about it because I’ve never seen Star Wars.” (Minister Duguid confuses AODA with Yoda.)

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http://www.aoda.ca/top-ten-reasons-minister-duguid-is-aoda-silent/

Aeroplan Partners with eSSENTIAL Accessibility to Offer App for People with Disabilities

eSSENTIAL Accessibility is proud to announce its partnership with Aeroplan, Canada’s premier coalition loyalty program. Through the partnership, Aeroplan now offers a desktop app that empowers people with physical disabilities to access aeroplan.com.

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http://www.aoda.ca/aeroplan-partners-with-essential-accessibility-to-offer-app-for-people-with-disabilities/

AODA Alliance Writes Premier Kathleen Wynne to Highlight Major Disability Accessibility Priorities

As the Wynne Government sets its priorities for its new term in office, we have now written ten cabinet ministers with key areas of responsibilities to identify major disability accessibility priorities for their ministries. We also capped off this effort, by writing Premier Kathleen Wynne on September 19, 2014. We set out that letter below.

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http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-writes-premier-kathleen-wynne-to-highlight-major-disability-accessibility-priorities/

Angry Judge Demands Interpreter for Deaf Man

For a month now, Adam George-Ouellet has travelled from jail cell to courtroom to jail cell to courtroom, never once hearing let alone understanding the many things that police and lawyers and other officials say to him and about him.

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http://www.aoda.ca/angry-judge-demands-interpreter-for-deaf-man/

Guide Dog Users Group launches Innovative Mobile App

The National Association of Guide dog Users Inc., a division of the National Federation of the Blind and the nation’s leading service animal advocacy organization, announced today that it has release the NAGDU Guide & Service Dog Advocacy & Information app. This new IOS app provides comprehensive information about the rights and responsibilities of service animal users under state and federal law.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/guide-dog-users-group-launches-innovative-mobile-app/