Some People Are Using Accessible Parking Permits of Relatives Who’ve Died, police say

Over 1,300 misused permits seized last year, CBC Toronto has learned

Wendy Murphy of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario says she routinely sees people who appear to be misusing accessible parking permits, which means she’s left waiting for a spot.

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http://www.aoda.ca/some-people-are-using-accessible-parking-permits-of-relatives-whove-died-police-say/

Changes Will Regulate How New Facilities Are Built

Stratford-Future city-owned buildings and facilities are a step closer to become a bit more accessible for people with disabilities.

Pending formal approval from council, the city’s planning and heritage sub-committee voted unanimously on Thursday in favor of approving new accessibility guidelines, which will regulate how new city facilities are built, as well as any renovation projects done to properties currently owned by the city.

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http://www.aoda.ca/changes-will-regulate-how-new-facilities-are-built/

Grassroots Disability Coalition Unveils Powerful New Video Showing Serious Accessibility Problems at the New Ryerson University Student Learning Centre

On 19th Anniversary of Landmark Unanimous Legislature Resolution Calling for Strong Accessibility Law, this Video Shows Ontario Falling Further Behind Schedule for Becoming Accessible by 2025

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/grassroots-disability-coalition-unveils-powerful-new-video-showing-serious-accessibility-problems-at-the-new-ryerson-university-student-learning-centre/

Accessibility News October 28,2017 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 7 years, 9 weeks, 3 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

Deadline for 2017 AODA Compliance Report is Coming Up

The next compliance reporting deadline for Ontario businesses and not-for-profit organizations is December 31, 2017

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (“AODA”) mandates that businesses and not-for-profit organizations with at least 20 employees in Ontario file a compliance report once every three years. Accessibility reports must be filed by a director, senior officer, or another “responsible person with authority to bind the organization.”

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/deadline-for-2017-aoda-compliance-report-is-coming-up/

Canadian Universities Sign Off on Pledge to Greater Diversity, Accessibility

Data on diversity on Canadian campuses is limited

Canadian universities have done a great job making their campuses more accessible for students with disabilities, but now have to turn more attention to helping those students get jobs, one of Canada’s leading disability advocates told a room full of university presidents Wednesday.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/canadian-universities-sign-off-on-pledge-to-greater-diversity-accessibility/

Toronto Pearson Launches Innovative Technology to Support Accessibility for those with Cognitive Special Needs

As part of Autism Awareness month in Canada, Toronto Pearson is proud to be the first airport in the world to partner with MagnusCards, an app offering digital how-to guides (Card Decks) for people with autism and other cognitive special needs.

The introductory Toronto Pearson set of ten Card Decks offers a personal step-by-step guide for passengers who might find the busy airport environment uncomfortable and gives users and their caregivers a chance to learn how to navigate community environments with greater ease and independence.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/toronto-pearson-launches-innovative-technology-to-support-accessibility-for-those-with-cognitive-special-needs/

Enabling Accessibility Fund Youth Pilot

Hello Youth Leaders,

Interested in using your leadership skills to make a tangible difference for accessibility in your community? Would you like to add a key experience to your resume?

The Office for Disability Issues at Employment and Social Development Canada is seeking your interest in participating in an innovative pilot initiative being launched through the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF).

What is the EAF?

The EAF is a federal grants and contributions program which provides funding to eligible organizations for capital costs projects that increase access for people with disabilities in Canadian communities and workplaces, which in turn creates opportunities to participate in community activities, access community programs and services and employment opportunities.

No Dogs Allowed: Uber Driver’s Ignorance a Barrier for Deaf-Blind Athlete and Guide Dog

Kevin Frost, who is legally deaf and blind, has been initially refused service by Uber three times in the last month as he tried to access it with his service dog, Lewis. That’s against the law.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/no-dogs-allowed-uber-drivers-ignorance-a-barrier-for-deaf-blind-athlete-and-guide-dog/

AODA Alliance Calls On the Wynne Government to Take Action to Ensure Ontario’s Built Environment Becomes Disability-Accessible by 2025

On October 23, 2017, the AODA Alliance wrote the Wynne Government’s Accessibility Minister, Tracy MacCharles. It called for the Government to take immediate and decisive action to ensure that the built environment in Ontario becomes fully accessible by the 2025 deadline that the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act imposes.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-calls-on-the-wynne-government-to-take-action-to-ensure-ontarios-built-environment-becomes-disability-accessible-by-2025/