What is the Ford Government Doing to Effectively Enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act?

The Ford Government has the responsibility to effectively enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Today, the AODA Alliance wrote the responsible Minister, Accessibility Minister Raymond Cho. We asked him for important and specific details on what The Government is doing to effectively enforce the AODA. We also asked for information on how many obligated organizations are complying with the AODA. We set out our letter below.

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https://aoda.ca/what-is-the-ford-government-doing-to-effectively-enforce-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-act/

B.C. Senior Who Was Called A ‘Loser’ for Demanding Accessibility in Condo Building Wins $35K

B.C. Human Rights Tribunal orders Nanaimo strata to take action on barriers that trapped woman in condo

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/b-c-senior-who-was-called-a-loser-for-demanding-accessibility-in-condo-building-wins-35k/

Ontario Woman Says She Wasn’t Welcome in Main Area of Hotel With Guide Dog

Incident violates Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act(AODA), lawyer Shannon Down says.

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https://aoda.ca/ontario-woman-says-she-wasnt-welcome-in-main-area-of-hotel-with-guide-dog/

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 4 years, 14 weeks, 6 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

Canadians Relying on ODSP Facing Constant Struggle to Make Ends Meet

Those lucky enough to be in ignorance of how the Ontario disability (ODSP) program works easily can shrug it off with the notions of “free money” and “limitless benefits”. However, there are many unpleasant realities to this essential social service system that only ensures a maximum monthly stipend of $1,169 ” well below Canada’s official poverty line.

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https://aoda.ca/canadians-relying-on-odsp-facing-constant-struggle-to-make-ends-meet/

Advocates for Canadians With Disabilities Say the Federal Government Isn’t Doing Enough to Help People Struggling With New Barriers in the Midst of A Pandemic

More than six months into the global pandemic, the Liberal government is being accused of failing to meet the needs of the Canadians with disabilities who number among those hardest-hit by the public health crisis.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/advocates-for-canadians-with-disabilities-say-the-federal-government-isnt-doing-enough-to-help-people-struggling-with-new-barriers-in-the-midst-of-a-pandemic/

2020 Celebrating Accessibility Awards looking for nominations

KINGSTON- Kingstonians are being asked to spread some love by nominating a person or an organization for an award for helping make Kingston more accessible for all residents.

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https://aoda.ca/2020-celebrating-accessibility-awards-looking-for-nominations/

Landmark Toronto Star Guest Column by the Authors of the Three Successive Government-Appointed Independent Reviews of Ontario’s Disabilities Act Demands Immediate Strong New Government Action on Serious Hardships Facing People with Disabilities

The Ontario Government has failed to effectively implement the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and must now show the much-needed missing leadership that Ontarians with disabilities need. That was the message of a powerful guest column appearing in today’s online Toronto Star, set out below. This column is an amazing and unprecedented combined effort by the three people who have conducted ground-breaking Government-appointed Independent Reviews over the past decade into the AODA’s implementation and enforcement:

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https://aoda.ca/landmark-toronto-star-guest-column-by-the-authors-of-the-three-successive-government-appointed-independent-reviews-of-ontarios-disabilities-act-demands-immediate-strong-new-government-action-on-seri/

Tough Times for Special-Needs Students

Usually I greet my high-school students, all with mild intellectual delays, with the following question, “Would you like a hug, a handshake or a high-five?” This year, I’ll have to come up with a new greeting.

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https://aoda.ca/tough-times-for-special-needs-students/

Disability Barriers in Education

In the third review of the AODA, the Honourable David Onley recommends needed improvements to the Act. During the public meetings Onley held while preparing his review, attendees outlined many barriers that people with disabilities face. More improvements to the AODA would help to remove existing barriers and prevent future ones. Therefore, in addition to direct recommendations, Onley’s review also includes suggestions from attendees about how to remove these barriers. This article will explore disability barriers in education and ways to remove them.

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https://aoda.ca/disability-barriers-in-education/