Accessibility News July 30,2016 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 8 years, 22 weeks, 2 days till a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance On Civil Rights of Students with ADHD

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today issued guidance clarifying the obligation of schools to provide students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with equal educational opportunity under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/u-s-department-of-education-releases-guidance-on-civil-rights-of-students-with-adhd/

Conflicting Accessible Parking Signs Cause Confusion at Algonquin College

“So I pulled into one of these accessible parking spots, and when I came out, I discovered it was posted as both accessible parking and no parking, and I had a ticket on my windshield from the Algonquin parking services,” said More.

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http://www.aoda.ca/conflicting-accessible-parking-signs-cause-confusion-at-algonquin-college/

New sign language interpreting rules in effect in Michigan

Urasky said there is a misconception that it is up to the deaf or deaf blind to have an interpreter when lawyers, doctors and others must legally provide the accommodation.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/new-sign-language-interpreting-rules-in-effect-in-michigan/

EnAbling Change: Accessible Playspaces

2015 marked the 10th anniversary of the Accessibility For Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). To celebrate this milestone, 101 Ontarians received AODA 10th Anniversary Champion Awards to recognize their passion and commitment in promoting awareness of accessibility and inclusiveness in the community. The following is an example of an award winning project.

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http://www.aoda.ca/enabling-change-accessible-playspaces/

Update on the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

In our November 2015 Employers’ Alert, we summarized the updated employer obligations pursuant to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (“AODA”). On June 6, 2016, the Ontario government announced yet further updates to the AODA, which took effect on July 1, 2016. While these changes appear subtle, they do have an impact on Ontario employers and warrant a review of existing accessibility policies, practices and training.

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http://www.aoda.ca/update-on-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-act/

Accessibility News July 23,2016 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 8 years, 23 weeks, 2 days till a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

StopGap Founder Wins Jane Jacobs Prize

Our current building codes and bylaws are getting in the way of creating a fully barrier-free city by 2025 (as set out in the provincial Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act). We’ve got some serious barriers to overcome before we can get there, especially with the way the legislation is written. It’s a great goal, but without this project and other advocates really spreading the word and getting accessibility on the radar, we’re not going to make it in time. As Ontarians, we have this tremendous opportunity to be trailblazers. We can’t stop.

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http://www.aoda.ca/stopgap-founder-wins-jane-jacobs-prize/

Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act, 2005, Part I: Is Your Business Subject to the Laws Customer Service Standards? The Answer May Surprise You.

A misconception exists that the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service (usually referred to as the “customer service standards”) under Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 apply only to businesses that provide goods and services directly to individual members of the public, such as restaurants, retail stores, hotels, and theatres. All too often, businesses mistakenly believe that they are not covered by the customer service standards because they “don’t offer to the public” or they only operate on a “business to business” (B2B) basis.

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http://www.aoda.ca/accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-act-2005-part-i-is-your-business-subject-to-the-laws-customer-service-standards-the-answer-may-surprise-you/

City Boosts LIMO Transit Service to Better Serve Ridership

The report notes the information gathered was presented to the Kawartha Lakes Accessibility Advisory Committee on June 16. Although the committee accepted that Transit Operations are doing everything possible to address the ridership situation, they acknowledge that many riders have given up trying to obtain a ride on the LIMO Service and that the number of customers not being accommodated has increased “because they have given up trying to book appointments through this service.”

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http://www.aoda.ca/city-boosts-limo-transit-service-to-better-serve-ridership/