Accessibility News February 16,2019 Update

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In this Issue

*Accessible Public Spaces in Ontario
*Accessible Service Requirements in Ontario
*Cost, Demand for DARTS Accessible Transit Service Continues to Grow
*Qualtrough Named Person of the Year by Canadian Council of the Blind
*Calgary Building Receives $72,000 Toward Accessibility Renovations
*Universities: Stop Evicting Students With Mental Health Issues
*Does A Toronto Star Queen’s Park Columnist Hint that David Onley’s AODA Independent Review Will Find Ontario’s Disability Accessibility Situation in Need of Reforms?

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ARTICLES:

Accessible Public Spaces in Ontario

Under the Design of Public Spaces Standard of the AODA, organizations must make new and redeveloped public spaces accessible. Accessible public spaces include: Outdoor paths…

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/accessible-public-spaces-in-ontario/

Accessible Service Requirements in Ontario

Under the Design of Public Spaces Standard of the AODA, cities and other organizations building or redeveloping service-related elements, such as counters and waiting areas, must make those areas accessible to customers or patrons with disabilities. Accessible service-related elements include:

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https://aoda.ca/accessible-service-requirements-in-ontario/

Cost, Demand for DARTS Accessible Transit Service Continues to Grow

Mayor Fred Eisenberger wants to see city staff compare the cost of DARTS to accessible transit services in other municipalities.

The request followed a presentation by the DARTS’ CEO and executive director at Monday’s general issues committee meeting where he said the budget and demand for the door-to-door transportation service continue to rise.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/cost-demand-for-darts-accessible-transit-service-continues-to-grow/

Qualtrough Named Person of the Year by Canadian Council of the Blind

The Canadian Council of the Blind has awarded Delta MP Carla Qualtrough with its CCB Person of the Year.

Qualtrough, the federal minister of public services and procurement and accessibility, received the award at a special presentation Feb. 6 in Ottawa.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/qualtrough-named-person-of-the-year-by-canadian-council-of-the-blind/

Calgary Building Receives $72,000 Toward Accessibility Renovations

“The idea of creating initiatives that remove barriers for people with disabilities is really the idea of making our country better and more equal,” said Qualtrough.

She adds Canada can’t succeed as a country unless we give everyone an equal opportunity, and we can’t achieve this if 20 per cent of the population is excluded.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/calgary-building-receives-72000-toward-accessibility-renovations/

Universities: Stop Evicting Students With Mental Health Issues

The U of A is the most recent among universities making headlines for evicting a student with mental illness.

Read more at
https://thefulcrum.ca/opinions/universities-stop-evicting-students-with-mental-health-issues/

Does A Toronto Star Queen’s Park Columnist Hint that David Onley’s AODA Independent Review Will Find Ontario’s Disability Accessibility Situation in Need of Reforms?

The February 9, 2019 Toronto Star includes a column by veteran Star columnist Martin Regg Cohn, set out below, that reports on David Onley’s great frustration with the accessibility barriers he continues to face. On January 31, 2019, Mr. Onley submitted his final report on his Government-appointed Independent
Review of the implementation and enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/does-a-toronto-star-queens-park-columnist-hint-that-david-onleys-aoda-independent-review-will-find-ontarios-disability-accessibility-situation-in-need-of-reforms/

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