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In this Issue
* Advocates Say Accessible Canada Act is too Weak to Be Effective
* What is the Transportation Standard?
* Individual Transportation Plans for Students with Disabilities
* Canada Accedes to the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
* CRTC Mandates Standards for TTY, IP Relay Accessibility Messaging Services
* Mentally Disabled Win Class Status Over Loss of Services at Age 18 in Ontario
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Advocates Say Accessible Canada Act is too Weak to Be Effective
The cautious optimism that prevailed in Canada’s disabled community when the federal government tabled historic accessibility legislation earlier this year has given way to widespread concern that the law won’t lead to meaningful change.
Major disability organizations, grassroots advocacy groups and disabled individuals said they’ve raised numerous concerns about the power and scope of the Accessible Canada Act, which the Liberal government first introduced in June.
What is the Transportation Standard?
The Transportation Standard of the AODA requires transportation service providers to make the features and equipment on routes and vehicles accessible to passengers with disabilities.
The Transportation Standard requires transportation companies to inform the public about accessible equipment and features on their vehicles, routes and services. They must provide this information in accessible formats upon request. Furthermore, when accessible equipment is not working, companies must
find other ways to accommodate passengers. They must also ensure that the equipment is fixed as soon as possible. Moreover, companies must train workers and volunteers to:
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Individual Transportation Plans for Students with Disabilities
Under the Transportation Standard of the AODA, school boards must create and implement individual transportation plans for students with disabilities.
An individual transportation plan is a written plan detailing how a student will travel from home to school and back again. Individual transportation plans make sure each child gets to and from school in the way that is best and most safe.
Canada Accedes to the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The Government of Canada is working to create a truly accessible Canada. Today, as part of these efforts, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, along with the ministers of Justice, Foreign Affairs and Canadian Heritage, announced that, with the
support of all provinces and territories, Canada has acceded to the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
CRTC Mandates Standards for TTY, IP Relay Accessibility Messaging Services
Individuals who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or deafblind will soon have access to faster, better message relay services
Canada’s telecommunications watchdog has issued a decision mandating standards for message relay services.
Mentally Disabled Win Class Status Over Loss of Services at Age 18 in Ontario
TORONTO A lawsuit alleging the Ontario government has been arbitrarily making thousands of mentally disabled people wait indefinitely for provincial government supports after they turn 18 was certified as a class action on Friday.
In his decision, Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba agreed the plaintiff had made a strong enough case to allow the as-yet untested claim to proceed to trial on its merits.
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