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The AODA Clock is Ticking
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In this Issue
*Federal Government Passes Canada’s First National Accessibility Legislation
*Province in British Columbia, Canada to Develop Online Tool to Track Accessible Parking Spaces *Law Around Service Animals
*NDP MPP for Ottawa Centre Calls On Ford to Implement Recommendations From AODA Third Review *New Strategy for a More Accessible and Inclusive Public Service
*National AccessAbility Week: Raising Awareness About Accessibility and Inclusion of People with Disabilities
*Charting the Landscape of Accessible Education for Post-secondary Students with Disabilities
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Federal Government Passes Canada’s First National Accessibility Legislation
Disabled Canadians declared a partial victory Thursday hours after the government voted to enact Canada’s first national accessibility law, calling it a major step forward while cautioning that more work was still needed to ensure it achieves its goal.
The Accessible Canada Act, which aims to improve life for those with disabilities, received unanimous support in the House of Commons on Wednesday evening. It awaits only royal assent, expected in the coming weeks, before officially becoming law.
Province in British Columbia, Canada to Develop Online Tool to Track Accessible Parking Spaces
An online tool to track accessible parking spaces is being developed by Richmond Centre for Disability (RCD), thanks to a $28,000 provincial grant they received last year.
The province is once again calling for grant proposals for community projects that improve accessibility for the second year running, the province is giving out a total of $500,000 in grants.
Law Around Service Animals
The recent increase in media reports regarding requests by individuals to access their service animals, or “therapy pets” or “compassion pets” in the course of their employment and in accessing services has caused various organizations to consider their responsibility to accommodate staff and clients who require the use of a guide dog or service animal. Accordingly, the purpose of this article is to provide some best practices to ensure that your organization knows how to respond when a request for access to a service animal is received.
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NDP MPP for Ottawa Centre Calls On Ford to Implement Recommendations From AODA Third Review
QUEEN’S PARK The Ontario NDP critic for Accessibility and Persons with Disabilities, Joel Harden (Ottawa Centre), held a press conference today to introduce his private member’s motion, which calls on the Ford government to implement key recommendations from David Onley’s third legislative review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
New Strategy for a More Accessible and Inclusive Public Service
Canadians expect innovative, efficient and productive programs and services from an inclusive federal public service that reflects the true diversity of Canada. On the occasion of National AccessAbility Week, the Government of Canada today launched its first ever accessibility strategy for the public service of Canada, setting the conditions to identify, prevent, and remove barriers in the workplace to persons with disabilities.
National AccessAbility Week: Raising Awareness About Accessibility and Inclusion of People with Disabilities
This week is National AccessAbility Week!
In Canada, we celebrate National AccessAbility Week (NAAW) every year starting on the last Sunday in May. The week raises awareness about accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities in Canadian communities and workplaces. In 2019, National Accessibility Week takes place from Sunday, May 26th until Saturday, June 1st.
Charting the Landscape of Accessible Education for Post-secondary Students with Disabilities
This article presents the results of research examining the impact of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) on educational accessibility at one university in Ontario, Canada.
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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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