Toronto’s Bermuda Triangle For Access

By Victor Schwartzman

Recently Global TV News reported that some Toronto restaurants still deny guide dogs entry. Worse, when the Toronto Police were contacted and asked to help, the police denied they had any role in enforcing access law. When 311 was phoned, Global was told restaurants can deny entry to anyone they wish. Both positions are against the law.

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http://www.aoda.ca/torontos-bermuda-triangle-for-access/

Making Accessibility Standards Work for Durham Businesses

“The employment rate for persons with a disability is much higher than a person without a disability even though educations are equivalent or the same,” explained Mr. DiPalma. “Why is that important to businesses in Ontario? It’s important because there’s a skills gap out there.”

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http://www.aoda.ca/making-accessibility-standards-work-for-durham-businesses/

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There are 9 years, 40 weeks, 1 day till a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

Amazing Media Coverage of More Toronto Restaurants Refusing Blind Customers with Guide Dogs Shows Toronto Is Not Ready to Host 2015 Pan/ParaPan American Games

Wynne Government Still Won’t Strengthen, Not Weaken, Enforcement of Disabilities Act Even Though 2015 Toronto Games Are Fast Approaching

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http://www.aoda.ca/amazing-media-coverage-of-more-toronto-restaurants-refusing-blind-customers-with-guide-dogs-shows-toronto-is-not-ready-to-host-2015-panparapan-american-games/

Town Learns About Alternative to Public Transit System

With just a handful of days remaining before the end of the public transit system, a Bracebridge man showed town council a successful alternative.

Cameron Hoffman of Bracebridge Taxi talked about the on-demand accessible transportation service he started two years ago for those with disabilities.

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http://www.aoda.ca/town-learns-about-alternative-to-public-transit-system/

Improving Online Accessibility for Students a Major Issue for Schools

Getting schools onboard with accessible learning is a struggle that Kara Zirkle is all too familiar with. As IT accessibility coordinator at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., she says resistance to change, particularly in the cultural senseis fairly natural and tends to stand in the way of even the best intentions on the assistive learning front.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/improving-online-accessibility-for-students-a-major-issue-for-schools/

As ADA Turns 25, Places of Public Accommodation Must Consider Accessible Technology

Another “front burner” issue also involving accessible technology is the adoption of touchscreen devices, predominantly for use at the point of sale (POS). Similar to the website accessibility context, specific federal regulations governing the accessibility of such devices do not currently exist.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/as-ada-turns-25-places-of-public-accommodation-must-consider-accessible-technology/

Tips on Barrier Removal

by wheelchairdemon
March 26, 2015

Accessible Water Closets

Can you reach the grab bars and/or toilet paper?

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http://wheelchairdemon-fixit.blogspot.ca/

Disability Advocates Question Toronto Parapan Am Games Readiness

“We are not ready to ensure that these folks will have a place to eat, or even go to the washroom, or assured public transit to get around,” said David Lepofsky, Chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance.

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http://www.aoda.ca/disability-advocates-question-toronto-parapan-am-games-readiness/

Government Reinstates Disabled Worker’ Paper-Shredding Jobs

Aside from anger at the apparent callous way the workers were treated, much of the public outrage has been around that lowly equivalent payment of $1.15 an hour.

An Ontario government announcement mid-week that the provincial minimum wage will be increased to $11.25 in the fall only served to emphasize what many critics see as an inequity.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/government-reinstates-disabled-worker-paper-shredding-jobs/