Federal Government Passes Canada’s First National Accessibility Legislation

Disabled Canadians declared a partial victory Thursday hours after the government voted to enact Canada’s first national accessibility law, calling it a major step forward while cautioning that more work was still needed to ensure it achieves its goal.

The Accessible Canada Act, which aims to improve life for those with disabilities, received unanimous support in the House of Commons on Wednesday evening. It awaits only royal assent, expected in the coming weeks, before officially becoming law.

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https://aoda.ca/federal-government-passes-canadas-first-national-accessibility-legislation/

Province in British Columbia, Canada to Develop Online Tool to Track Accessible Parking Spaces

An online tool to track accessible parking spaces is being developed by Richmond Centre for Disability (RCD), thanks to a $28,000 provincial grant they received last year.

The province is once again calling for grant proposals for community projects that improve accessibility for the second year running, the province is giving out a total of $500,000 in grants.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/province-in-british-columbia-canada-to-develop-online-tool-to-track-accessible-parking-spaces/

Law Around Service Animals

The recent increase in media reports regarding requests by individuals to access their service animals, or “therapy pets” or “compassion pets” in the course of their employment and in accessing services has caused various organizations to consider their responsibility to accommodate staff and clients who require the use of a guide dog or service animal. Accordingly, the purpose of this article is to provide some best practices to ensure that your organization knows how to respond when a request for access to a service animal is received.

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https://aoda.ca/law-around-service-animals/

NDP MPP for Ottawa Centre Calls On Ford to Implement Recommendations From AODA Third Review

QUEEN’S PARK The Ontario NDP critic for Accessibility and Persons with Disabilities, Joel Harden (Ottawa Centre), held a press conference today to introduce his private member’s motion, which calls on the Ford government to implement key recommendations from David Onley’s third legislative review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

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https://aoda.ca/ndp-mpp-for-ottawa-centre-calls-on-ford-to-implement-recommendations-from-aoda-third-review/

New Strategy for a More Accessible and Inclusive Public Service

Canadians expect innovative, efficient and productive programs and services from an inclusive federal public service that reflects the true diversity of Canada. On the occasion of National AccessAbility Week, the Government of Canada today launched its first ever accessibility strategy for the public service of Canada, setting the conditions to identify, prevent, and remove barriers in the workplace to persons with disabilities.

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https://aoda.ca/new-strategy-for-a-more-accessible-and-inclusive-public-service/

National AccessAbility Week: Raising Awareness About Accessibility and Inclusion of People with Disabilities

This week is National AccessAbility Week!

In Canada, we celebrate National AccessAbility Week (NAAW) every year starting on the last Sunday in May. The week raises awareness about accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities in Canadian communities and workplaces. In 2019, National Accessibility Week takes place from Sunday, May 26th until Saturday, June 1st.

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https://aoda.ca/national-accessability-week-raising-awareness-about-accessibility-and-inclusion-of-people-with-disabilities/

Accessibility News May 25,2019 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 5 years, 31 weeks, 5 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

Charting the Landscape of Accessible Education for Post-secondary Students with Disabilities

This article presents the results of research examining the impact of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) on educational accessibility at one university in Ontario, Canada.

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https://aoda.ca/charting-the-landscape-of-accessible-education-for-post-secondary-students-with-disabilities/

An Important Victory – The Trudeau Government Announced Yesterday that It will Vote in the House of Commons to Ratify All the Senate’s Amendments to Bill C-81, the Proposed Accessible Canada Act

Yesterday, May 22, 2019, the Federal Government announced by email and Twitter that it will vote to approve all the amendments to Bill C-81, the proposed Accessible Canada Act, that the Senate passed earlier this month. The debate in the House of Commons on these amendments is expected to begin next week according to the Federal Government. Next week also happens to be National accessibility Week in Canada.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/an-important-victory-the-trudeau-government-announced-yesterday-that-it-will-vote-in-the-house-of-commons-to-ratify-all-the-senates-amendments-to-bill-c-81-the-proposed-accessible-canada-act/

Toronto PreSchool for Kids With Disabilities Can’t Accommodate Staff Who Use Wheelchairs

As a wheelchair user with cerebral palsy, Ashleigh Judge has faced barriers all her life. But the Toronto early childhood educator didn’t expect to be turned down for a job in a preschool that serves children with disabilities because the building is inaccessible.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/toronto-preschool-for-kids-with-disabilities-cant-accommodate-staff-who-use-wheelchairs/