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In this Issue
*After Almost Three Months, The Wynne Government Answers the AODA Alliances Request for An Update on Government Plans on Implementing and Enforcing the AODA, but Several of Our Important Questions Remain Unanswered
*Lawsuit for People Who Lived at CPRI in Ontario Between 1963 and 2011
*DAMATO: Is a School a Public Place? Question Affects Boy and His Service Dog
*The Wynne Governments Current Online Survey of Disability Barriers in Ontarios Education system Leaves out Many if not the Majority of Barriers Impeding Students with Disabilities in Ontarios Education System
*Employees With Disabilities Need More Than a Government Strategy, Say Advocates
*Mother of Two Disabled Daughters Concerned About Lack of Accessibility at New Foldens Playground
*We Invite Schools, Colleges, Universities, Early Learning Programs and Job Training Programs in Ontario to Use These Tips for Holding a Public Event to Gather Feedback from Your Organization and the Public on Disability Accessibility Barriers in Our Education System
*Ontarios Deaf-Blind Lack Support, Intervention Options
*Toronto Needs New Plan to Be Barrier Free as Accessibility Becomes Law, Says Advocate
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After Almost Three Months, The Wynne Government Answers the AODA Alliances Request for An Update on Government Plans on Implementing and Enforcing the AODA, but Several of Our Important Questions Remain Unanswered
Back on March 16, 2017, the AODA Alliance wrote Ontarios Accessibility Minister Tracy MacCharles, to ask what the Government has recently done, and what it plans to do over the next year, to implement and enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Eighty-three days after we wrote, the Minister responded. The Governments June 8, 2017 letter is set out below.
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Lawsuit for People Who Lived at CPRI in Ontario Between 1963 and 2011
Over the last year, many former residents of Schedule 1 Facilities made claims for compensation. This was because of a class action lawsuit about twelve Schedule 1 Facilities where many people with disabilities had been abused. That lawsuit was called Clegg v. Ontario. The Clegg lawsuit settled. This means
that the parties agreed to end the lawsuit without a trial. People who lived at these twelve places were able to ask for money from the settlement.
DAMATO: Is a School a Public Place? Question Affects Boy and His Service Dog
Its a simple question, but you could answer it either way.
This is what is at the heart of an Ontario Human Rights Commission hearing in Waterloo that will decide if a boy with autism has the right to have his service dog in the classroom with him.
The Wynne Governments Current Online Survey of Disability Barriers in Ontarios Education system Leaves out Many if not the Majority of Barriers Impeding Students with Disabilities in Ontarios Education System
The AODA Alliance Offers Ways to Fix That Survey.
On June 21, 2017, the AODA Alliance wrote Ontarios Minister of Accessibility Tracy MacCharles, Minister of Education Mitzie Hunter, and Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development Deb Matthews. In that letter, set out below, we identify problems with the Governments online survey about disability accessibility barriers in Ontarios education system. The Government launched that survey on May 25, 2017. We offer 10 constructive recommendations to improve the survey and related Government efforts on developing the promised Education Accessibility Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
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Employees With Disabilities Need More Than a Government Strategy, Say Advocates
Advocates and service organizations welcomed the announcement, but the lack of details in the strategy tempered their enthusiasm.
Tobi Muntaz, adult services coordinator at Autism Ontario, said the strategy addresses fantastic and necessary work. But she stressed the importance of people finding meaningful and sustainable jobs. Its great that weve created jobs, she said, but are they jobs that people are happy in?
Mother of Two Disabled Daughters Concerned About Lack of Accessibility at New Foldens Playground
While most children were able to enjoy the new Foldens playground during its grand opening Saturday, there was at least one who could not.
Eight-year-old Chloe Nicol came to the playground from Salford with her mother Karen on Saturday for the opening in Foldens Park. Chloe, however, couldnt make it to the playground equipment because of her wheelchair.
We Invite Schools, Colleges, Universities, Early Learning Programs and Job Training Programs in Ontario to Use These Tips for Holding a Public Event to Gather Feedback from Your Organization and the Public on Disability Accessibility Barriers in Our Education System
It is commendable that the Government is encouraging schools, colleges and universities to convene public community events to gather information on the accessibility barriers that students with disabilities face in Ontarios education system. Recent AODA Alliance Updates explained that the Ontario Government
is asking the public to tell it about the disability accessibility barriers that create problems for students with disabilities in Ontarios education system. Public forums or meetings that educational organizations might organize can really help the Government get public feedback on these education disability accessibility barriers.
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Ontarios Deaf-Blind Lack Support, Intervention Options
George Brown College Offers Only Training in Province, Leaving Families with Little Aid.
When Serena Reynolds became an intervener for the deaf-blind a decade ago, she stumbled into her career by accident.
Like many, Reynolds didnt know that thousands of children and adults in Ontario live with the dual disability, made famous by Helen Keller and recognized since 2015 in June, during National Deafblind Awareness Month.
Toronto Needs New Plan to Be Barrier Free as Accessibility Becomes Law, Says Advocate
As the city seeks to renew its accessibility plan, those who want to eliminate barriers say some Toronto small businesses are putting them up instead of tearing them down.
Maayan Ziv is the founder of AccessNow, an app that finds and rates accessibility of restaurants and stores, found out a place where she used to buy shawarma on Spadina Avenue is no longer barrier free.
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