Accessibility News July 27,2019 Update

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In this Issue

*Advocates Slam Ontario Plan to Rate Accessibility of Buildings
*Doug Ford’s Only New Action in Over One Year in Office to Improve Accessibility for Over 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities is Riddled with Problems and Cries Out for a Serious Re-Think, According to a Disability Coalition’s Report Made Public Today
*Some ION Stations are Unsafe and Inaccessible, Accessibility Consultant Says
*Join in Our New “Dial Doug” Campaign! A Grassroots Blitz, Unveiled Today, to Get the Doug Ford Government to Make Ontario Open for Over 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities *Blind Man with Guide Dog Denied Service, Arrested at Kamloops Gas Station
*Canadian Transportation Agency Announces Plans to Enhance Accessibility of Canada’s National Transportation System
*How ‘Smart Homes’ Could Help Ontarians with Mental Illness

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ARTICLES:

Advocates Slam Ontario Plan to Rate Accessibility of Buildings

A group that advocates for better accessibility standards in Ontario is voicing concerns about the province’s new assessment plan.

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Alliance says the plan to conduct accessibility assessments of public and private buildings will remove few barriers and is bound to be marred by conflicts of interest.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/advocates-slam-ontario-plan-to-rate-accessibility-of-buildings/

Doug Ford’s Only New Action in Over One Year in Office to Improve Accessibility for Over 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities is Riddled with Problems and Cries Out for a Serious Re-Think, According to a Disability Coalition’s Report Made Public Today

The centerpiece of the Doug Ford Government’s new strategy to remove the many barriers impeding over 1.9 million Ontarians with disabilities is riddled with serious problems and cries out for a serious re-think, according to a detailed report researched by the non-partisan AODA Alliance, and made public
today (Report set out below). The Ford Government’s April Budget announced the only new measure on disability accessibility in its first year in office – paying the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) 1.3 million dollars for RHF to privately audit 250 as-yet unidentified public and private sector buildings over two years, on the Government’s behalf.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/doug-fords-only-new-action-in-over-one-year-in-office-to-improve-accessibility-for-over-1-9-million-ontarians-with-disabilities-is-riddled-with-problems-and-cries-out-for-a-serious-re-think-accordi/

Some ION Stations are Unsafe and Inaccessible, Accessibility Consultant Says

Region has ‘a long list’ of suggested improvements for ION network

The ION light rail trains have been getting riders to Fairview Park Mall for a month now sort of.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/some-ion-stations-are-unsafe-and-inaccessible-accessibility-consultant-says/

Join in Our New “Dial Doug” Campaign! A Grassroots Blitz, Unveiled Today, to Get the Doug Ford Government to Make Ontario Open for Over 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities

Please help our new grassroots blitz, unveiled today! We want the Doug Ford Government to come up with a plan to make Ontario accessible to over 1.9 million Ontarians who have any kind of disability. It just takes you a few minutes to help, from home, or anywhere.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/join-in-our-new-dial-doug-campaign-a-grassroots-blitz-unveiled-today-to-get-the-doug-ford-government-to-make-ontario-open-for-over-1-9-million-ontarians-with-disabilities/

Blind Man with Guide Dog Denied Service, Arrested at Kamloops Gas Station

A man who’s blind was told his guide dog wasn’t allowed inside a Kamloops gas station, and when RCMP arrived, he thought they would defend his rights, but instead, the officers put him in handcuffs.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/blind-man-with-guide-dog-denied-service-arrested-at-kamloops-gas-station/

Canadian Transportation Agency Announces Plans to Enhance Accessibility of Canada’s National Transportation System

Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act, which received Royal Assent, will provide the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) with new tools to help advance the accessibility of the national transportation system.

Once in force, this legislation will provide the CTA with

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/canadian-transportation-agency-announces-plans-to-enhance-accessibility-of-canadas-national-transportation-system-2/

How ‘Smart Homes’ Could Help Ontarians with Mental Illness

A pilot project underway in London is setting patients up with a suite of smart devices and paving the way for high-tech mental-health treatment.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/how-smart-homes-could-help-ontarians-with-mental-illness/

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