Accessibility News August 17,2013 Update

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In this Issue

*Breaking Their Own Law: Week 11;
*AODA Alliance Chair Resorts to Freedom of Information Application to Get Access to Ontario Government’s Plans for Enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
*Wheelchair User Demands Better Montreal Metro Access
*Delivering Access Podcast, Episode 4 with Tom Dekker
*“Subsidized Transportation Program” not Accessible for People with Disabilities in County of Brant?
*Accessibility Driving Mobile Technology MarketShare
*“Nostradamus Predicted AODA Delay”

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ARTICLES:

Breaking Their Own Law: Week 11;

WYNNE GOVERNMENT HONOURS NATIONAL ACCESS AWARENESS WEEK BY BREACHING THE ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

No matter how frustrated, we soldier on, undeterred. Premier Wynne called me two months ago, warmly offering to work together on making Ontario fully accessible to people with disabilities. Today’s failure to obey the law should be a wake-up call to the government to take the entire accessibility issue off its back burner where it has languished for two years. Let today’s bad news spur our new premier to act decisively, boldly and broadly on accessibility. Let it cause her to restore the swiftness, determination and vigour on this issue that the government commendably demonstrated a decade ago, and to keep all her commitments on accessibility.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/wynne-government-honours-national-access-awareness-week-by-breaching-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-act/

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AODA Alliance Chair Resorts to Freedom of Information Application to Get Access to Ontario Government’s Plans for Enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Conservative Party News Release Slams Ontario Government for Violating Disabilities Act
On August 15, 2013, after much frustration, AODA Alliance chair David Lepofsky has had to resort to filing a Freedom of Information application with the Ontario Government. He did so to get access to information about the Government’s commitment to effectively enforce the AODA.

An extraordinary 203 days have passed since we wrote the Ontario Government to ask for its plans to keep its pledge to effectively enforce the AODA. We have received no substantive public response to that inquiry.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-chair-resorts-to-freedom-of-information-application-to-get-access-to-ontario-governments-plans-for-enforcing-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-act/

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Wheelchair User Demands Better Montreal Metro Access

Injured woman gets stuck in gate designed for wheelchair access

A Montreal woman is demanding improvements to the metro system after a wheelchair-access gate closed on her as she was wheeling through it at the Lionel-Groulx station.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=3859

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Delivering Access Podcast, Episode 4 with Tom Dekker

This weeks hero is sure to empower you! The Fedora Outlier’s Delivering Access Podcast was created to highlight individuals, groups and communities in the ever growing blindness population who are changing life’s and making a difference in the world through their works, passion and their belief in change.

Read more at
http://www.fedoraoutlier.com/delivering-access-podcast-episode-4-with-tom-dekker/

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“Subsidized Transportation Program” not Accessible for People with Disabilities in County of Brant?

The winner of the four month, yes only 4 month, contract for specialized transportation service or Para transit in the County , approved by County Council at the July 23 Council meeting has no wheelchair accessible vehicles according to the company web site which can be viewed doing a simple Internet search. The information is not hidden.

“People using wheelchairs must transfer to a seat and the wheelchair will be stored as baggage.”

Read more at
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/subsidized-transportation-program-not-accessible-for-people-with-disabilities-in-county-of-brant/

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Accessibility Driving Mobile Technology MarketShare

Importantly, the third thing is that by its very definition, mobile technology allows persons with disabilities to connect and get services anytime, anywhere and in virtually any situation. And this is far superior to anything we have seen before and especially for those who have disabilities who are seeking greater independence. So those are the fundamental market forces behind it.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/accessibility-driving-mobile-technology-marketshare/

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“Nostradamus Predicted AODA Delay”

Minister Eric Hoskins called a special media conference to explain why a new
Independent AODA Review and other aspects of the legislation have not been implemented.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/nostradamus-predicted-aoda-delay/

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AODA Enforcement
Having an Accessibility issue that isn’t being resolved because of lack of Enforcement?

Perhaps your solution is at enforcement.aoda.ca .

* “Subsidized Transportation Program” not Accessible for People with Disabilities in County of Brant?
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/subsidized-transportation-program-not-accessible-for-people-with-disabilities-in-county-of-brant/
* Government Not Enforcing Disabilities Act, Says Advocate
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/government-not-enforcing-disabilities-act-says-advocate/

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EVENTS

*2nd Annual Conference March 5 & 6, 2014
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*Celebration of People Call for Nominations!
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*Life as Jamie Knows It Parenting and Educating Children with Disabilities
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