Accessibility News December 8,2018 Update

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In this Issue

* Raise Public Transit Accessibility Barriers at the December 13, 2018 TTC Public Forum on Accessible Transit
* Excellent Toronto Star Article Reports on Our Call for Canada’s Senate to Hold Public Hearings and Amend the Weak Bill C-81, the Proposed Accessible Canada Act
* In the Legislature Yesterday, the Ford Government Refused to Lift Its 168-Day Freeze on Standards Development Committees that Were Working on Recommendations to Remove Disability Barriers in Ontario’s Education and Health Care System
* On The International Day for People with Disabilities, December 3, the AODA Alliance Calls on the Senate to Amend the Weak Bill C-81, the Proposed “Accessible Canada Act” After the Trudeau Government Voted Down Key Amendments in the House of Commons
* Breakfast Message: People With Disabilities Don’t Need Lip Service, They Want Opportunities
* Child Support Ordered In Precedent-Setting Case Involving Adult With Disabilities
* Ontario’s Government Announces Plan to Restore Dignity, Independence and Empowerment to Social Assistance System

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ARTICLES:

Raise Public Transit Accessibility Barriers at the December 13, 2018 TTC Public Forum on Accessible Transit

and The AODA Alliance Sends the Ontario Government a Written Submission for the Provincial Consultation on Education in Ontario

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/raise-public-transit-accessibility-barriers-at-the-december-13-2018-ttc-public-forum-on-accessible-transit/

Excellent Toronto Star Article Reports on Our Call for Canada’s Senate to Hold Public Hearings and Amend the Weak Bill C-81, the Proposed Accessible Canada Act

Page A-3 of the December 4, 2018 Toronto Star included a great report on our call for Canada’s Senate to hold public hearings early in 2019, and to amend
the weak Bill C-81. That bill is the Federal Government’s proposed Accessible Canada Act. We set out the Toronto Star article below.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/excellent-toronto-star-article-reports-on-our-call-for-canadas-senate-to-hold-public-hearings-and-amend-the-weak-bill-c-81-the-proposed-accessible-canada-act/

In the Legislature Yesterday, the Ford Government Refused to Lift Its 168-Day Freeze on Standards Development Committees that Were Working on Recommendations to Remove Disability Barriers in Ontario’s Education and Health Care System

Yet Two Years Ago Tomorrow, It Was the Tory Party That Had Demanded in the Legislature that Ontario Create the Very Education Accessibility Regulation that the Ford Government Has Now Frozen Work on Developing

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/in-the-legislature-yesterday-the-ford-government-refused-to-lift-its-168-day-freeze-on-standards-development-committees-that-were-working-on-recommendations-to-remove-disability-barriers-in-ontario/

On The International Day for People with Disabilities, December 3, the AODA Alliance Calls on the Senate to Amend the Weak Bill C-81, the Proposed “Accessible Canada Act” After the Trudeau Government Voted Down Key Amendments in the House of Commons

A tenacious Ontario-based disability rights coalition, the AODA Alliance, unveils its plans to take a campaign for Canada to enact a strong national accessibility law to Canada’s Senate! The proposed “Accessible Canada Act” which the House of Commons passed last week, is too weak to achieve its goal of making Canada barrier-free for over five million people in Canada with disabilities. Therefore the Senate needs to hold public hearings next year, and to make key amendments that the Trudeau Government blocked in the House of Commons, according to the AODA Alliance, a non-partisan Ontario disability coalition.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/on-the-international-day-for-people-with-disabilities-december-3-the-aoda-alliance-calls-on-the-senate-to-amend-the-weak-bill-c-81-the-proposed-accessible-canada-act-after-the-trudeau-governmen/

Breakfast Message: People With Disabilities Don’t Need Lip Service, They Want Opportunities

The executive director of Independent Living Sudbury Manitoulin has a message for business owners: please hire more people with disabilities.

“What I’d like to say is give that person with a disability an opportunity,” said Rob DiMeglio, speaking to Sudbury.com at the 10th annual Persons with Disabilities Breakfast Nov. 30.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/breakfast-message-people-with-disabilities-dont-need-lip-service-they-want-opportunities/

Child Support Ordered In Precedent-Setting Case Involving Adult With Disabilities

It is the final chapter in a constitutional challenge that changed provincial legislation and gives new hope to single parents caring for children with disabilities.

An Ontario court judge has awarded Brampton single mother Robyn Coates monthly payments of $518.14 in child support for her disabled adult son for the rest of his life.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/child-support-ordered-in-precedent-setting-case-involving-adult-with-disabilities/

Ontario’s Government Announces Plan to Restore Dignity, Independence and Empowerment to Social Assistance System

Today, Ontario’s Government for the People announced social assistance reforms that will restore dignity, encourage employment, and empower the province’s most vulnerable to break free from the poverty cycle.

“Social assistance in Ontario today is an ineffective, disjointed patchwork of supports that traps people in a broken system,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services. “Our plan is about a more effective, sustainable approach to helping people find and keep jobs and achieve better outcomes.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/ontarios-government-announces-plan-to-restore-dignity-independence-and-empowerment-to-social-assistance-system/

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