Accessibility News September 30,2017 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 7 years, 13 weeks, 3 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

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Ontario: Chihuahua as Service Dog Getting No Respect

‘I deal with PTSD and anxiety issues when I’m outside the house. Chico helps me deal with that stress of going out,’ says Leo Hansen about his service dog

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-chihuahua-as-service-dog-getting-no-respect/

Ontario Taking Steps to Increase Employment for People with Disabilities

Ontario has established a new Employers’ Partnership Table to advise the government on innovative ways to connect more people with disabilities to jobs and businesses to talent.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-taking-steps-to-increase-employment-for-people-with-disabilities/

Human Rights Commission Accuses Ontario of Mistreating Prisoners With Mental Health Issues

Province says it “must do better” in response to accusations By Nick Boisvert, CBC News Posted: Sep 26, 2017

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) is taking legal action against the province over allegations that prisoners with mental health disabilities have been illegally forced into solitary confinement, also known as segregation.

The OHRC says Ontario has repeatedly breached a legally binding agreement signed by the province in 2013, following allegations of mistreatment by Christina Jahn, a woman who was held in segregation for more than 200 days. Ont. to provide mental health screening for inmates

In its settlement with Jahn, the provincial government agreed to three changes:

Canada and Manitoba Invest in Rural Transit Projects Across the Province

The governments of Canada and Manitoba recognize that strategic investments in public transit and active transportation infrastructure play a key role in developing dynamic communities, encouraging healthy lifestyles and ensuring everyone can get around their communities easily and efficiently.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/canada-and-manitoba-invest-in-rural-transit-projects-across-the-province/

A Campus of Hurdles

Three student perspectives on accessibility issues at U of T

The University of Toronto remains inaccessible to its students in a number of ways. Below, Comment contributors reflect on access to campus spaces, note-taking through Accessibility Services, and the need for comprehensive and detail-oriented accommodation.

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http://www.aoda.ca/a-campus-of-hurdles/

A seriously Flawed Human Rights Tribunal Decision Rules Against the Request of a Nine Year Old Boy with Autism Spectrum Disorder to Bring His Autism Service Dog to School

Here is yet another compelling reason why Ontario needs to enact a strong and effective Education Accessibility Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act to tear down the many unfair disability accessibility barriers that impede students with disabilities in Ontario’s education system. Almost ten months ago, Premier Wynne promised to create an Education Accessibility Standard. Almost 10 months later, no Standards Development Committee has been appointed to start to work on it.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/a-seriously-flawed-human-rights-tribunal-decision-rules-against-the-request-of-a-nine-year-old-boy-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-to-bring-his-autism-service-dog-to-school/

CBC Radio Reports on Serious Recurring Accessibility Barriers on Toronto Transit Commission

Will Reforms to Ontario’s 2011 Transportation Accessibility Standard Ensure These Barriers are Removed by 2025?

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http://www.aoda.ca/

Driving a Taxi is Not a ‘Legal’ Right

Guide dogs can greatly increase accessibility for the blind, but
unfortunately they can also result in them being discriminated against and refused services. As a result, governments have passed legislation (e.g., Guide and Service Dog Act) to explicitly protect the rights of the blind and to prohibit anyone from denying them access to public buildings or public services. There are no exceptions or exemptions in the legislation.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/driving-a-taxi-is-not-a-legal-right/

Accessibility News September 23,2017 Update

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Inclusive is ready to caption and video describe all your video for web, DVD, and computer desktop. They can also assist you in understanding and implementing Ontario’s AODA Integrated Standards’ media requirements. Consider having them check that any of your new web site content is compliant with an Accessibility Audit.

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 7 years, 14 weeks, 3 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue