NDP Demands Liberal Government Enforce Accessibility Law for Ontarians With Disabilities

“This government shouldn’t be interested in accessibility for Ontarians facing barriers because it’s commercially viable or opens new markets; the government should be invested because it’s, in fact, the law.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ndp-demands-liberal-government-enforce-accessibility-law-for-ontarians-with-disabilities/

Help Develop Ontario’s Accessibility Certification Program

Province Takes Another Step Towards an Accessible Ontario by 2025

Ontario is seeking public input to develop a voluntary, third-party accessibility certification program which will recognize businesses and organizations that have championed accessibility.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/help-develop-ontarios-accessibility-certification-program/

Inclusion More Common At Charter Schools, Report Finds

About 10.4 percent of students at charter schools have disabilities compared to 12.5 percent of those attending public schools. Children with disabilities at charters, however, are far more likely to attend classes alongside their typically-developing peers.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/inclusion-more-common-at-charter-schools-report-finds/

Discrimination Neither Inconvenient Nor Frivolous

As the guide dog user at the centre of a case of discrimination, I am a further victim of B.C. Human Rights Tribunal member Jacqueline Beltgens classifying an unjustified taxi refusal as just an inconvenience. Her distorted perception is misleading some people into thinking discrimination is just fine.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/discrimination-neither-inconvenient-nor-frivolous/

Accessibility News November 14,2015 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

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In this Issue

Adult Autism Services Press Release

Adult Autism Spectrum Service Providers Dismayed by Lack of Progress November 13, 2015

Youth and adults with autism and Asperger Syndrome face the ongoing prospect of few services or supports

Ontario Partnership for Adults with Aspergers and Autism (OPAAA), composed of all the
major autism service providers in the province, is troubled about the lack of services available
to youth and adults on the autism spectrum. In their meeting last week, they heard more
evidence of the lack of a uniform approach and understanding of the profiles of these individuals across the province.

Talking Buses to Help Those With Disabilities

Saskatoon Transit showed off its new automatic announcement system to reporters on Wednesday. The service provides a verbal announcement and visual cue for upcoming bus stops.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/talking-buses-to-help-those-with-disabilities/

CNIB Seeks Government Money, But Won’t Comment on Missing Funds

The Canadian National Institute for the Blind was at Province House today asking for more government funding for its therapy programs, but the non-profit is refusing to discuss the thousands of dollars it’s spent on legal action against former lottery kiosk operators.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/cnib-seeks-government-money-but-wont-comment-on-missing-funds/

Insights: Ontario Launches Workplace Accessibility Compliance Audits

AMI Accessible Media Inc interviews a Government spokesperson and Geof Collis regarding the recent Government Audit initiative.

Hear the full interview at
http://www.ami.ca/AMI-audio/Pages/Insights.aspx

Independent Living Canada: Open Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau

On behalf of Independent Living Canada, its members, and on behalf of every person living with a disability, I would like to extend our sincere congratulations for your election as Prime Minister. I also wanted to congratulate you for appointing two ministers living with a disability.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/independent-living-canada-open-letter-to-prime-minister-trudeau/