Accessibility News February 10,2018 Update

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In this Issue

* The Wynne Government Appoints a Person to Conduct an Independent Review of the Disabilities Act Who has Respected Expertise in Accessibility, But who Lacks Much-Needed Independence
* Transport Boards Must Include People With ‘Experience of Disability’
* Province Selects The Honourable David C. Onley to Review Ontario’s Accessibility Laws
* Mandated Leave Policy is Withdrawn
* uber-ASSIST driver pleads guilty, fined for refusing passenger with a guide dog
* Does the Government Make It too Hard for People With Disabilities to Work?
* Sorry, Not All Your Library Dreams are Going to Come True
* The AODA Alliance Makes Public an Open Letter, Seeking Disability Accessibility Commitments from the Candidates for Leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party

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The Wynne Government Appoints a Person to Conduct an Independent Review of the Disabilities Act Who has Respected Expertise in Accessibility, But who Lacks Much-Needed Independence

He Worked as the Government’s Special Advisor on Accessibility For Most of the Period He is To Now Independently Audit

On Wednesday, February 7, 2018, the Wynne Government announced that it had appointed the Honourable David Onley to conduct the next mandatory Independent Review of the implementation and enforcement of the 2005 Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The AODA Alliance has serious concerns
about this appointment, despite Mr. Onley’s deep and commendable commitment to accessibility for people with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/the-wynne-government-appoints-a-person-to-conduct-an-independent-review-of-the-disabilities-act-who-has-respected-expertise-in-accessibility-but-who-lacks-much-needed-independence/

Transport Boards Must Include People With ‘Experience of Disability’

“The most appropriate expert voice for the views and difficulties of the disabled is not that of able-bodied politicians or semi-state company directors. It is their own,” the minister said.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/transport-boards-must-include-people-with-experience-of-disability/

Province Selects The Honourable David C. Onley to Review Ontario’s Accessibility Laws

Ontario has appointed the Honourable David C. Onley to conduct the third review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

The reviewer will consult with the public and will analyze accessibility progress made in other jurisdictions. The review will be completed by the end of 2018 and will consider the evolution of the current AODA and its goals for an accessible Ontario by 2025 and beyond.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/province-selects-the-honourable-david-c-onley-to-review-ontarios-accessibility-laws/

Mandated Leave Policy is Withdrawn

The University of Toronto has withdrawn the university-mandated leave of absence policy proposal from the current governance cycle, following concerns raised by the Ontario Human Rights Commission in a letter to the university.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/mandated-leave-policy-is-withdrawn/

uber-ASSIST driver pleads guilty, fined for refusing passenger with a guide dog

Almost one year ago, Victoria Nolan (and her guide dog Alan) was refused a ride by a Toronto Uber driver. Nolan, a medal-winning Canadian Paralympic rower, finished training at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Complex when she hailed a ride with UberAssist (designed to provide additional assistance to seniors and people with disabilities) for the first time.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/uber-assist-driver-pleads-guilty-fined-for-refusing-passenger-with-a-guide-dog/

Does the Government Make It too Hard for People With Disabilities to Work?

The federal Conservatives have tabled a bill in the House of Commons that they say will help get more Canadians with disabilities into the workforce, arguing that right now, it can be more affordable for them to stay out of it.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/does-the-government-make-it-too-hard-for-people-with-disabilities-to-work/

Sorry, Not All Your Library Dreams are Going to Come True

Consider this as well: how do you reach the books on the top shelf of the stacks if you’re in a wheelchair?

That’s one of many ways that the current main branch does not meet current compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/sorry-not-all-your-library-dreams-are-going-to-come-true/

The AODA Alliance Makes Public an Open Letter, Seeking Disability Accessibility Commitments from the Candidates for Leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party

In our ongoing non-partisan campaign for disability accessibility, the AODA Alliance tries to be poised to swiftly take constructive action in the face of late-breaking developments. Ontario’s new leadership race in the Progressive Conservative Party is the most recent example of a late-breaking development.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/the-aoda-alliance-makes-public-an-open-letter-seeking-disability-accessibility-commitments-from-the-candidates-for-leadership-of-the-ontario-progressive-conservative-party/

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