Accessibility News April 7,2018 Update

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In this Issue

* Why Financial Institutions Should Strive to Meet the Needs of Persons With Disabilities(PWD’s)
* AODA Alliance Writes Ontario’s Major Political Parties, Seeking Their Election Pledges on Accessibility for 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities
* Send Us Your Feedback About the Draft Recommendations to Revise the 2011 Ontario Employment Accessibility Standard that the Employment Standards Development Committee Has Circulated for Public Comment
* Disability Etiquette Is a Must in Society
* Gyms Must Do More to Accommodate People With Disabilities
* Our Disability Accessibility Concerns and Issues Again Get Good Attention in the Media and the Ontario Legislature in the Wake of Last Week’s Pre-election Ontario Budget
* Accessibility Advocates Express Cautious Optimism About Ontario Budget

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ARTICLES:

Why Financial Institutions Should Strive to Meet the Needs of Persons With Disabilities(PWD’s)

There are over 56 million people living with disabilities in the United States, which makes them the biggest minority group in the nation. With the latest technological innovations, one would think that financial accessibility for the disabled would be a resolved matter in this day and age; however, that is not the case.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/why-financial-institutions-should-strive-to-meet-the-needs-of-persons-with-disabilitiespwds/

AODA Alliance Writes Ontario’s Major Political Parties, Seeking Their Election Pledges on Accessibility for 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities

This week we’ve reached another important turning-point on the road to a fully accessible Ontario for 1.9 million Ontarians with disabilities. On April 3, 2018, the AODA Alliance wrote the leaders of Ontario’s major political parties. We asked for a series of specific election commitments on accessibility
for Ontarians with disabilities. Below we set out our 3-page letter, and the attached 10-page list of the detailed commitments that we seek.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-writes-ontarios-major-political-parties-seeking-their-election-pledges-on-accessibility-for-1-9-million-ontarians-with-disabilities/

Send Us Your Feedback About the Draft Recommendations to Revise the 2011 Ontario Employment Accessibility Standard that the Employment Standards Development Committee Has Circulated for Public Comment

Please help the AODA Alliance present ideas to the Ontario Government on how to tear down the many disability barriers that people with disabilities face in employment in Ontario.

In 2011, the Ontario Government passed the Employment Accessibility Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. It is part of the larger 2011 Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/send-us-your-feedback-about-the-draft-recommendations-to-revise-the-2011-ontario-employment-accessibility-standard-that-the-employment-standards-development-committee-has-circulated-for-public-comm/

Disability Etiquette Is a Must in Society

Imagine going to the mall with a wheelchair-accessible van and all handicapped-accessible spaces are taken, but no one has a proper tag to park there. Or you’re in a wheelchair and need to use the bathroom, but others are in the handicapped stall when they have no good excuse to be. With a disability,
you usually have to wait because the normal parking stalls are too small for a wheelchair-accessible van and restroom stalls are too small for a wheelchair. Then, people often stare at you like you’re the crazy person for needing the space.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/disability-etiquette-is-a-must-in-society/

Gyms Must Do More to Accommodate People With Disabilities

Advances in modern medicine have led doctors to a better understanding of the benefits of exercise in managing a broad range of chronic conditions, from multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy to post-traumatic stress disorder
(PTSD) and epilepsy. Unfortunately, traditional gyms aren’t designed with this end use in mind. Sure, there’s bound to be an automatic door opener for people with mobility issues, maybe even a wheelchair lift or a ramp, but
that tends to be the extent of the services provided to make fitness accessible to all.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/gyms-must-do-more-to-accommodate-people-with-disabilities/

Our Disability Accessibility Concerns and Issues Again Get Good Attention in the Media and the Ontario Legislature in the Wake of Last Week’s Pre-election Ontario Budget

Please expect more frequent AODA Alliance Updates over the next days and weeks. With the June 7 Ontario general election looming ever closer, our non-partisan campaign for accessibility for 1.9 million Ontarians with disabilities gets good attention in the media and in the Ontario Legislature, in the wake of last week’s pre-election Ontario budget.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/our-disability-accessibility-concerns-and-issues-again-get-good-attention-in-the-media-and-the-ontario-legislature-in-the-wake-of-last-weeks-pre-election-ontario-budget/

Accessibility Advocates Express Cautious Optimism About Ontario Budget

Advocates say the budget, which comes ahead of a spring election, doesn’t address concerns about the province’s accessibility laws.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/accessibility-advocates-express-cautious-optimism-about-ontario-budget/

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