For 2.6 Million Ontarians with Disabilities, Today is a Frustrating Anniversary of Inaction by the Ford Government

We Are Still Waiting for the Government to Announce an Effective Plan of Action to Implement the David Onley Report Received One Year Ago Today

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https://aoda.ca/for-2-6-million-ontarians-with-disabilities-today-is-a-frustrating-anniversary-of-inaction-by-the-ford-government/

LINX Plus Service for People With Disabilities in Simcoe County Could Be Enhanced

County Council’s Committee of the Whole has given approval to a pilot project that would see the buses go beyond the 400 metres, possibly as much as one or two kilometres.

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https://aoda.ca/linx-plus-service-for-people-with-disabilities-in-simcoe-county-could-be-enhanced/

Ford Government’s Long Delayed Response to the Blistering Report of the David Onley Independent Review of the Implementation of Ontario’s Disability Accessibility Law Offers Thin Gruel to 2.6 Million Ontarians with Disabilities

How long must we wait for a real plan to actually implement the Onley Report? A year’s dithering mainly produced a re-announcement of earlier voluntary programs that the Onley Report shows were insufficient to meet the needs of Ontarians with disabilities who want to ride public transit, get an education, use our health care system or get a job.

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https://aoda.ca/ford-governments-long-delayed-response-to-the-blistering-report-of-the-david-onley-independent-review-of-the-implementation-of-ontarios-disability-accessibility-law-offers-thin-gruel-to-2-6-millio/

Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committees

Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committees advise city councils about how to comply with the requirements of the AODA. Cities with ten thousand (10,000) or more people must have a municipal accessibility advisory committee. In contrast, cities with less than ten thousand (10,000) people do not need a committee. Nonetheless, a small city or town can still create a committee. Alternatively, two or more towns or cities can create a joint accessibility advisory committee. More than half of committee members must be people with disabilities.

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https://aoda.ca/municipal-accessibility-advisory-committees/

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Emotional Support Animals Could Soon Be Banned From Planes

The proposed changes announced on Wednesday include only allowing specially trained service dogs to qualify as service animals, which ride for free in a plane’s cabin. Any other animal used for emotional support or simply to make a passenger “feel better” would be considered a pet and airlines would not be required to allow them on board, the DOT said.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/emotional-support-animals-could-soon-be-banned-from-planes/

‘No Other Options’: People With Disabilities Isolated by Transit Strike, Advocate says

People with disabilities in Waterloo region continue to face major transportation challenges as Grand River Transit workers enter their third strike day.

Edward Faruzel, executive director of Kitchener-Waterloo AccessAbility, says there are very limited transportation options available for people with disabilities and many solely rely on public transit.

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https://aoda.ca/no-other-options-people-with-disabilities-isolated-by-transit-strike-advocate-says/

Accessibility News January 25,2020 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 4 years, 48 weeks, 6 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

Premier Ford Ducks Our Request to Meet, and Instead Has His Accessibility Minister Send Us a Letter Saying Nothing New

Ford Government Considering a Very Troubling Proposal to Let Builders Hire Their Own Private Building Inspectors, Rather Than Having Building Code Inspections Conducted by Qualified Public Officials — And Then Answers Criticisms in an Inaccessible Tweet

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https://aoda.ca/premier-ford-ducks-our-request-to-meet-and-instead-has-his-accessibility-minister-send-us-a-letter-saying-nothing-new/

B.C. Ride-Hailing Services Won’t Be Accessible to All

Many people are eagerly looking forward to ride-hailing finally being available in Metro Vancouver, but Vince Miele is not one of them.

The Tsawwassen resident, who uses a wheelchair, said he and many others who have disabilities and use mobility aids will be left behind when services like Lyft and Uber begin operating, because they will be unusable by those who can’t get in and out of a standard vehicle.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/b-c-ride-hailing-services-wont-be-accessible-to-all/

Major Disability Organizations’ Open Letter to the Ford Government and Ontario Municipalities

Don’t Allow Electric Scooters On Our Roads, Sidewalks and Public Places Because They Endanger Our Safety and Create New Barriers to Accessibility

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https://aoda.ca/major-disability-organizations-open-letter-to-the-ford-government-and-ontario-municipalities/