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In this Issue
*The Government of Canada Tables the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
*On the Eve of the International Day for People with Disabilities, will the Wynne Government Invest $125 Million In Another New Public University Building Whose Preliminary Design Has Serious Accessibility Problems?
*International Certification of Accessibility Consultants for the Built Environment launched by GAATES
*The AODA Alliance Launches Part 2 of Its Series of Online Videos on the Campaign for Accessibility, to Mark the 23rd Anniversary of Ontarios Grassroots Campaign for Disability Accessibility
*Accessing Education With a Disability Isnt As Easy As We Think
*Our Communities are Dying the Death of 1,000 Cuts
*Accessibility Concerns Raised in Stirling
*Lawyers Back Family Law Act Change, But Say Disability Definition May Become Issue
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The Government of Canada Tables the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Today, the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, on behalf of the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, is proud to announce that the Government of Canada tabled in the House of Commons the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights
of Persons with Disabilities (the Optional Protocol). The Optional Protocol would allow individuals in Canada to make a complaint to the United Nations if they believe their rights under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Convention) have been violated.
On the Eve of the International Day for People with Disabilities, will the Wynne Government Invest $125 Million In Another New Public University Building Whose Preliminary Design Has Serious Accessibility Problems?
On the eve of the International Day for People with Disabilities (December 3), it looks like millions of provincial dollars are destined for another brand-new building with serious disability accessibility problems, in a preliminary design revealed two days ago. These problems are similar to some of those which
the grassroots AODA Alliance made public a month ago in the Ryerson Student Learning Centre a YouTube video that has gone viral. It shocked many that a new public building could be designed with such accessibility problems.
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International Certification of Accessibility Consultants for the Built Environment launched by GAATES
The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), recognized as an international leader in the field of accessibility, is pleased to announce its public launch of the International Certification of Accessibility Consultants Built Environment (ICAC-BE) program.
The AODA Alliance Launches Part 2 of Its Series of Online Videos on the Campaign for Accessibility, to Mark the 23rd Anniversary of Ontarios Grassroots Campaign for Disability Accessibility
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Accessing Education With a Disability Isnt As Easy As We Think
Lack of leadership in accessibility isnt just a problem for the University of Ottawa(U of O).
As someone who lives without a disability, a wheelchair ramp is one of the first things that comes to mind when I think of accessibility.
But accessibility goes far beyond this, especially in a campus context, expanding to measures such as proper snow removal in the winter and ensuring that students are able to see the text on a PowerPoint in class.
Our Communities are Dying the Death of 1,000 Cuts
Cliche as it might be, we are killing our communities through a thousand cuts. Cuts to hospitals that once provided respite care, cuts to psychiatric services that have lowered the bar from wellness to maintenance of basic functioning, and cuts to community-based social services that make medication-delivery their primary activity.
Accessibility Concerns Raised in Stirling
Local resident Bill Seeley sits in his electric scooter at the base of the stairs leading up to the second floor of the Stirling-Rawdon and District Recreation Centre. The upper floor, which is rented out for a variety of community activities, currently has no accessibility options for people with mobility issues.
Lawyers Back Family Law Act Change, But Say Disability Definition May Become Issue
The Ontario government has introduced an amendment to the provinces Family Law Act that would make all children with disabilities eligible for child support regardless of whether their parents were ever married.
Our government believes that everyone is entitled to the financial support they need regardless of the makeup of their family, said Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi, in a statement.
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