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The AODA Clock is Ticking
There are 5 years, 46 weeks, 5 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?
In this Issue
*Opinion: Canada’s Pending Accessibility Law Comes Off As the Liberals Just Fulfilling An Election Promise
*Now that The Ford Government Received David Onley’s Independent Review Report on the AODA, the AODA Alliance Has Called on Accessibility Minister Raymond Cho to Immediately Lift the Government’s Freeze on the Work of the Health Care and Education Standards Development Committees
*Make Waterloo Region’s Roundabouts Safer for Blind Pedestrians
*Canada’s Senate To Debate Bill C-81, the proposed Accessible Canada Act Here’s Our Strategy to Strengthen this Weak Bill
*Accessible Parking in Ontario
*How Ontario Communities are Making Themselves More Senior-Friendly
*Accessible Exterior Paths of Travel
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Opinion: Canada’s Pending Accessibility Law Comes Off As the Liberals Just Fulfilling An Election Promise
We are getting sunny words about equal participation, opportunity and dignity, written around legislation that is too broad to actually achieve it.
Canada is finally on the verge of passing federal disability legislation. So why aren’t I, a disabled woman, celebrating?
Now that The Ford Government Received David Onley’s Independent Review Report on the AODA, the AODA Alliance Has Called on Accessibility Minister Raymond Cho to Immediately Lift the Government’s Freeze on the Work of the Health Care and Education Standards Development Committees
The Ford Government’s Stated Reason for Maintaining its Freeze on the Work of Ontario’s Education and Health Care Standards Development Committees has now Vanished It’s Time for the Government to Lift that Freeze
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Make Waterloo Region’s Roundabouts Safer for Blind Pedestrians
For all the people with 20-20 vision who find it challenging to navigate one of Waterloo Region’s roundabouts, just imagine what it’s like for a pedestrian who’s blind.
If you think it’s hard to weave your car into those seemingly endless lines of swirling vehicles or walk across a busy traffic circle, think how daunting, even terrifying, a task it is for someone who can’t see and is trying to do it alone, on foot.
Canada’s Senate To Debate Bill C-81, the proposed Accessible Canada Act Here’s Our Strategy to Strengthen this Weak Bill
Last fall, Canada’s House of Commons passed Bill C-81, the proposed Accessible Canada Act. It is now headed for debate in Canada’s Senate. We want to bring you up to date on what’s going on, and what to expect in the weeks ahead.
Accessible Parking in Ontario
Under the Design of Public Spaces Standard of the AODA, cities and other organizations building or reconstructing on-street or off-street parking spaces must make those spaces accessible to visitors with disabilities who hold accessible parking permits. Some people with permits will drive themselves, while
others will drive with family or friends. Moreover, some people need accessible spaces because they use mobility aids and need more room to enter and exit their vehicles. In contrast, other people need accessible spaces close to the places they are going to because they cannot walk long distances.
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How Ontario Communities are Making Themselves More Senior-Friendly
The right kind of infrastructure can keep older adults healthier and happier longer and cities and towns are starting to make it a priority
Accessible Exterior Paths of Travel
Under the Design of Public Spaces Standard of the AODA, cities and other organizations building or reconstructing exterior paths of travel, such as sidewalks and walkways, must make those paths accessible to travellers with disabilities. Rules for accessible exterior paths of travel apply to private organizations with 50 or more workers and all public sector organizations.
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Organizations that feature the app on their websites are committed to making it easier for people with disabilities to access information online.
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