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In this Issue
*AODA Alliance Guest Column in the Toronto Star on the 10th Anniversary of AODA Going into Effect Emphasizes that the Wynne Government Must Do More to Get Ontario on Schedule for Full Accessibility by 2025
*People with Disabilities Have Lousy Access at State Websites, Including Covered California *Tribunal Hears Transit Issues
*Deafblind Australian Makes Historic Call with Breakthrough Braille Phone
*AODA Alliance Chair Files New Freedom of Information Application with the Ontario Government Ministry Responsible for Implementing and Enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
*National Survey Demonstrates That People with Disabilities are Striving to Work and Overcoming Barriers
*New Ontario Access Action Plan: George Orwell Comments
*More and More Media Coverage of Our Accessibility Campaign During National Access Awareness Week
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AODA Alliance Guest Column in the Toronto Star on the 10th Anniversary of AODA Going into Effect Emphasizes that the Wynne Government Must Do More to Get Ontario on Schedule for Full Accessibility by 2025
It was ten years ago tomorrow, on June 13, 2005, that the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act went into effect. To mark this anniversary, a guest column by AODA Alliance chair David Lepofsky appeared in todays Toronto Star. We set it out below. It emphasizes the need for the Wynne Government
to take more action now to get Ontario back on schedule to achieve full accessibility by 2025.
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People with Disabilities Have Lousy Access at State Websites, Including Covered California
California law has required state government websites to be accessible by people with disabilities since 2003. According to the California State Auditor, thats also how long state websites have not followed the law.
Tribunal Hears Transit Issues
Louise Bark, a former Kingston resident, is involved in an Ontario Human Rights Tribunal case against the City of Kingston over public transit accessibility issues. Bark was in Kingston with her service dog Bruce on Wednesday.
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Deafblind Australian Makes Historic Call with Breakthrough Braille Phone
Hundreds of thousands of deafblind Australians will now be able to make phone calls easily with a world first trial of a caption-braille phone
AODA Alliance Chair Files New Freedom of Information Application with the Ontario Government Ministry Responsible for Implementing and Enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
We need to be vigilant to ensure that the Government promptly and fully implements its Action Plan. We also need to continue to advocate for additional action on accessibility which that Plan did not include.
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National Survey Demonstrates That People with Disabilities are Striving to Work and Overcoming Barriers
Americans with disabilities are striving to work and overcoming barriers to employment. This is a key finding of the 2015 Kessler Foundation National Employment and Disability Survey, the first nationally representative survey on the workplace experiences of Americans with disabilities, presented by experts today on Capitol Hill.
New Ontario Access Action Plan: George Orwell Comments
By Victor Schwartzman and George Orwell
You weigh how serious a Government is by how much it spends: in this instance, peanuts.
The peanuts are to feed the elephant in the room, to prevent a nasty trumpeting.
More and More Media Coverage of Our Accessibility Campaign During National Access Awareness Week
What a National Access Awareness Week weve had!
1. A Barrage of Great Media Coverage of Disability Accessibility Issues We Could Not Have Expected!
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