Accessibility News December 21,2019 Update

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In this Issue
*Accessibility Audits for Public Sector Organizations
*Physically Disabled Employee Sues Apple Inc. for Constructive Dismissal
*Wanted: Accessible Homes for Ontarians of All Ages and Abilities
*Accessibility Reports for Public Sector Organizations
*It’s Just Not Fair to Them: Wellesley Man Noticing Disturbing Trend of People Wrongfully Parking in Handicap Spots at Wilmot Recreation Complex

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Accessibility Audits for Public Sector Organizations

Under the AODA, public sector organizations must complete accessibility reports every two years. The next accessibility reports for public sector organizations are due on December 31st, 2019. The Ontario government will not give any extensions after December 31st, 2019. In addition, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Division (AODT) audits organizations to verify compliance. Accessibility audits for public sector organizations help everyone obey the law.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/accessibility-audits-for-public-sector-organizations/

Physically Disabled Employee Sues Apple Inc. for Constructive Dismissal

As Apple opens a new ‘flagship’ store in Canada a 33-year-old person with a disability who was employed for more than eight years as an “Apple Genius” working at an Apple Inc. store in Ontario is claiming that he was dismissed by the computer giant because he requires a wheelchair and is suing for lost wages and damages.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/physically-disabled-employee-sues-apple-inc-for-constructive-dismissal/

Wanted: Accessible Homes for Ontarians of All Ages and Abilities

Nearly 2 million Ontarians live with some form of disability that affects their mobility, vision, or hearing and the country is aging at a faster rate than ever before. That’s why experts are saying we need to embrace universal design

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/wanted-accessible-homes-for-ontarians-of-all-ages-and-abilities/

Accessibility Reports for Public Sector Organizations

Under the AODA, public sector organizations must complete accessibility reports every two years. The next accessibility reports for public sector organizations are due on December 31st, 2019. Moreover, the Ontario government will not give any extensions after December 31st, 2019. Therefore, public sector organizations should try to complete their reports early. In addition, if organizations have technical difficulties, they should let the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility know. The Ministry can help resolve technical problems.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/accessibility-reports-for-public-sector-organizations/

It’s Just Not Fair to Them: Wellesley Man Noticing Disturbing Trend of People Wrongfully Parking in Handicap Spots at Wilmot Recreation Complex

A local resident is concerned with a disturbing trend he continues to see at the Wilmot Recreation Complex.

Carl Richardson, who resides just outside Wellesley, is a frequent user of the WRC where he takes aqua classes. He says that ever since he’s been using the pool and even more recently, he has noticed that cars have been parking in handicap parking spots without a permit.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/its-just-not-fair-to-them-wellesley-man-noticing-disturbing-trend-of-people-wrongfully-parking-in-handicap-spots-at-wilmot-recreation-complex/

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