Carleton to Lead Canadian Accessibility Network

Carleton University aims to draw on the power of partnerships to advance accessibility for people with disabilities through the recently announced Canadian Accessibility Network.


Canadian Transportation Agency Launches a New Confidential Toll-Free Accessibility Help Line

The disability community and persons with disabilities now have new tools available to help them exercise their right to an accessible transportation network.

In support of the implementation of the new Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) has launched a new confidential toll-free Accessibility Help Line to provide information, and guidance about dispute resolution services relating to accessible travel.


Healthcare Workers with Disabilities

Currently, the AODA does not have a healthcare standard. A committee is making recommendations about what a healthcare standard should include. In the meantime, however, there are still AODA requirements for healthcare providers to follow. The Employment Standards have regulations that apply to healthcare providers. When providers follow these requirements, they make the medical professions more accessible to healthcare workers with disabilities. For instance, employment standards in healthcare apply to:


In Japan, Gyms for People With Disabilities Gain Traction

TOKYO A little more than a year remains before the start of the Tokyo Paralympics, and sports facilities for persons with disabilities are being built across Japan and competitions being held for para athletes.

The Paralympics are expected to enhance the visibility of sports for persons with disabilities and help improve their business viability.


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In this Issue

The Doug Ford Government’s Controversial Plan to Divert $1.3 Million into the Rick Hansen Foundation’s Private Accessibility Certification Program Is Plagued with Even More Problems Than Earlier Revealed, according to the AODA Alliance’s New Supplemental Report Made Public Today

Over three and a half years ago, the AODA Alliance showed that there are serious problems with the entire idea of a private building accessibility certification process, no matter who conducts it. Last month, in an AODA Alliance report that we made public on July 25, 2019, we unearthed serious problems with the Ford Government’s plan to give $1.3 million of public funds to the specific program that the RHF offers, the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC) program.


Expert Says It’s Not Uncommon, but it is Worrisome

Ontario man says life insurance application denied due to anxiety disorder
Paula Duhatschek
CBC News, Aug. 12, 2019

A man in Elmira, Ont., says Sun Life Financial denied his application for life insurance because he has generalized anxiety disorder, and he’s worried the practice could discourage others from seeking help for mental illness.

Niagara Business Campaign Encourages Accessibility

One of the initiatives the committee has taken on is the We Are Accessible campaign Evans said will be launched in September, to encourage businesses to identify themselves as accessible.


Dedication Ceremony Names Beach Accessibility Mat After Man Who Fought for Equality for All

North Bay’s first beach accessibility mat was dedicated in honour of Adam “Wheels” Miller who worked tirelessly to get a mat for North Bay. His father Wayne gently touches the sign which bears his son’s name, located beside the mat at Marathon Beach.


How Actors With Disabilities are Changing the Narrative in Hollywood

When Ryan O’Connell created his Netflix series Special, he knew it was good. But he didn’t imagine the comedy would earn four Emmy nominations, including best comedy, in its first season.