Accessibility News November 29,2014 Update

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AODA Alliance Holds Successful Celebration at Queens Park to Mark the 20th Anniversary of the Birth of Ontario’s Non-Partisan Movement for Strong Disability Accessibility Legislation

We went back to Queen’s Park, where it all started, to celebrate our successes, and redouble our efforts. In the face of an Ontario Government that so often fails to keep its promises on disability accessibility, we rolled up our sleeves to kick-start our next round of advocacy.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-holds-successful-celebration-at-queens-park-to-mark-the-20th-anniversary-of-the-birth-of-ontarios-non-partisan-movement-for-strong-disability-accessibility-legislation/

City Orders Restaurant to Remove Wheelchair Ramp

When Anjan Manikumar opened Signs, a deaf-friendly restaurant, he wanted it to be accessible in more ways than one.
But his efforts to put in a ramp outside his restaurant at Yonge and Wellesley Sts. resulted in a notice of violation from the city just two weeks after it was installed.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/city-orders-restaurant-to-remove-wheelchair-ramp/

Toronto Star Runs An Amazing Column on Tomorrow’s Celebration at Queens’s Park Tomorrow of the 20th Anniversary of the Grassroots Campaign for a Fully-Accessible Ontario for All People with Disabilities

The Accessibility Clock keeps on ticking as our 20th Anniversary approaches. A disturbing 374 days have now passed since we revealed that the Ontario Government was not enforcing the AODA, and that there have been rampant AODA violations in the private sector. This revelation came from a Freedom of Information application last year.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/toronto-star-runs-an-amazing-column-on-tomorrows-celebration-at-queenss-park-tomorrow-of-the-20th-anniversary-of-the-grassroots-campaign-for-a-fully-accessible-ontario-for-all-people-with/

A Remarkable 20-Year Struggle for Disabled Rights: Hepburn

In 2005, the Liberal government of premier Dalton McGuinty won unanimous passage of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) that required Ontario to become fully accessible by 2025.

Sadly, that legislation has achieved very little to date, with many businesses failing to comply with even the most basic standards. Worse, the Liberal government under Premier Kathleen Wynne has done nothing to address these problems.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/a-remarkable-20-year-struggle-for-disabled-rights-hepburn/

Verdi Club Did Not Meet Elections Ontario’s Accessibility Standards

by Linda Saxon
November 25,2014
The following response to my input regarding barriers at the Verdi Club was received today via email.

Read more at
http://theburgwatch.com/2014/11/25/verdi-club-did-not-meet-elections-ontarios-accessibility-standards/

Minister Duguid Learns From Neanderthals

By Victor Schwartzman

“Thank you. Actually, I completely agree with you. My background is not in the social services or in human beings. So we brought in David Onley to be an access champion, although I’m not clear on what that means.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/minister-duguid-learns-from-neanderthals/

Durham MPP Granville Anderson’s New Bowmanville Office Poses Accessibility Hurdles

Executive assistant says there are plans to renovate rear of building

CLARINGTON — Durham MPP Granville Anderson’s move into a new constituency office in downtown Bowmanville has drawn criticism over accessibility concerns.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/durham-mpp-granville-anderson%c2%92s-new-bowmanville-office-poses-accessibility-hurdles/

Standing Up for the Right to Walk Again; Double Amputee in Dispute with WSIB Over Rehab for New Legs

Patty Winsa
The Toronto Star, Nov. 24, 2014

Giuseppe Chessari taps his toe against the stair riser and his computerized prosthetic limb bends at the knee so he can haul himself up to the next step, a process he will repeat with his other leg as he climbs to the second floor of a College St. building.

The double amputee lost his legs in 2009 after his boss told him to clear a clogged bailer at the Mississauga recycling company where he worked. Three seconds after he entered the idling machine – and just as he was giving his supervisor the OK – the hydraulics that push the cardboard and newspaper started forward and sliced his limbs off above the knee.

Improving System for Person With Disabilities Good for All Says US Advocate on Tour of UN Accessibility Centre

21 November 2014
On a tour of the United Nations Accessibility Centre for the audio, visual, and physically impaired today, United States Senator Tom Harkin said that “when you make a system better for a person with a disability it makes it better for people without disabilities.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/improving-system-for-person-with-disabilities-good-for-all-says-us-advocate-on-tour-of-un-accessibility-centre/