Who Enforces AODA Accessibility Compliance Requirements?

Ontario’s goal of becoming a fully accessible province by 2025 relies on the enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). In the Second Legislative Review of the AODA, reviewer Mayo Moran made recommendations aimed to determine who enforces AODA accessibility compliance requirements. These included making an enforcement plan, building transparency into the plan, and incorporating feedback into compliance and enforcement.

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https://aoda.ca/who-enforces-aoda-accessibility-compliance/

WFD and WASLI Statement on Use of Signing Avatars

This statement from the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI) is concerned with the way in which decisions on where and when to use signing avatars as a form of access to spoken or written content is being managed by public authorities. The difference in linguistic quality between humans and avatars is why WFD and WASLI cautions against the use of signing avatars as a replacement for human signers.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/wfd-and-wasli-statement-on-use-of-signing-avatars/

Disabled Canadians Experience More Assault

Canadians with disabilities are about twice as likely to experience violence as their able-bodied peers, with greater instances of victimization taking place at every stage of life, new data from Statistics Canada indicated Thursday.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/disabled-canadians-experience-more-assault/

New Ontario Throne Speech Offers More Mental Health and Addiction Supports, but Nothing New on Accessibility for 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities

Most troubling, the Throne Speech emphasizes the Government’s commitment to new infrastructure, without offering anything new to actually ensure that that infrastructure is accessible for people with disabilities. The AODA Alliance has been in the lead in pointing out serious accessibility problems in several new infrastructure projects in Ontario, such as the Ryerson University Student Learning Centre and the Centennial College Culinary Arts Centre.

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https://www.aoda.ca/new-ontario-throne-speech-offers-more-mental-health-and-addiction-supports-but-nothing-new-on-accessibility-for-1-9-million-ontarians-with-disabilities/

One Hundred Years Enough for the CNIB

Although the primary mission statement of the CNIB is to “foster the integration of blind Canadians into the mainstream,” the institute fights tooth and nail in direct opposition to its published goal.

The CNIB represents antiquated, paternal, Victorian values forced onto each new generation of blind citizens, and should be relegated to the history books.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/one-hundred-years-enough-for-the-cnib/

Airbnb strives for inclusiveness with accessibility-approved Rentals

Airbnb just took an important step toward inclusiveness by making it easier to find listings that are accessible for people who use wheelchairs.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/airbnb-strives-for-inclusiveness-with-accessibility-approved-rentals/

Paralympics: Disabled People Experience Accessibility Issues

GANGNEUNG, South Korea As the world’s top disabled athletes competed on ice and snow, Erica Mitchell steered through her own obstacle course on Pyeongchang’s narrow and uneven streets.

The 31-year-old from Chicago was one of many people with disabilities who spoke to The Associated Press this week about accessibility problems at the Paralympic Games in South Korea’s rural east, despite what organizers described as a “perfectly” organized event that provided the “highest level” of access.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/paralympics-disabled-people-experience-accessibility-issues/

Accessibility News March 17,2018 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 6 years, 41 weeks, 4 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

Bill C-49 Empowers Goliath and Takes Away Davids Sling Shot

Bill C-49, the Transportation Modernization Act, will make some aspects of Canada’s federally regulated transportation system more inaccessible than it already is for people with disabilities.

Travelers with disabilities routinely encounter accessibility barriers, such as damaged or delayed mobility equipment, kiosks without audio output to make them accessible to blind travelers.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/bill-c-49-empowers-goliath-and-takes-away-davids-sling-shot/

Accessibility Advisory Committee is seeking new members

Brockville The Leeds and Grenville Accessibility Advisory Committee is seeking new members. The Counties is required under the Provincial Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 to have a committee if its population is over 10,000.
The membership includes community volunteers and members of Counties Council, including the Warden. The Committee, which meets four times a year, assists Counties Council with changes that will make the Counties more accessible to people with disabilities.

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https://www.aoda.ca/accessibility-advisory-committee-is-seeking-new-members/