Accessibility News June 30,2018 Update

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In this Issue

* Retrospective On Progress from October 2003 to June 2018 on Disability Accessibility Under the Ontario Liberal Government of Premiers Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne
* U of T Approves Policy That Could Place Students With Mental Health Issues on Leave
* ‘Disappointing and Frustrating’: Air Travel Accessibility Highlighted at Winnipeg Passenger Rights Meeting
* ‘Handicapped’ Removed From P.E.I. Legislation, Thanks to Hannah MacLellan
* Breaking Down Barriers at the Heritage Railway and Carousel Company
* Funding is Available to Improve Accessibility and Safety in Your Workplace
* Pickering hopes to Better Define ‘Service Animals’

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ARTICLES:

Retrospective On Progress from October 2003 to June 2018 on Disability Accessibility Under the Ontario Liberal Government of Premiers Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne

Today, Friday, June 29, 2018, Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his new Progressive Conservative Government’s Cabinet will be sworn in. We should then know who will be the new Cabinet minister with lead responsibility for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act’s (AODA) implementation and enforcement.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/retrospective-on-progress-from-october-2003-to-june-2018-on-disability-accessibility-under-the-ontario-liberal-government-of-premiers-dalton-mcguinty-and-kathleen-wynne/

U of T Approves Policy That Could Place Students With Mental Health Issues on Leave

Policy has been criticized by student groups as well as the Ontario Human Rights Commission

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/u-of-t-approves-policy-that-could-place-students-with-mental-health-issues-on-leave/

‘Disappointing and Frustrating’: Air Travel Accessibility Highlighted at Winnipeg Passenger Rights Meeting

Jesse Turner, who uses a wheelchair, says she loves to travel but hasn’t flown for months because of concern following severe damage to her chair during a flight last summer.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/disappointing-and-frustrating-air-travel-accessibility-highlighted-at-winnipeg-passenger-rights-meeting/

‘Handicapped’ Removed From P.E.I. Legislation, Thanks to Hannah MacLellan

The P.E.I. government has removed the word handicapped from five major pieces of legislation, as a result of lobbying by former Easter Seals ambassador, Hannah MacLellan.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/handicapped-removed-from-p-e-i-legislation-thanks-to-hannah-maclellan/

Breaking Down Barriers at the Heritage Railway and Carousel Company

The North Bay Heritage Railway and Carousel Company now has a wheelchair accessible train coach.

It was officially launched Sunday, much to the delight of residents who have been waiting years to ride the miniature train at the North Bay waterfront, but were unable to because of their wheelchair.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/breaking-down-barriers-at-the-heritage-railway-and-carousel-company/

Funding is Available to Improve Accessibility and Safety in Your Workplace

A new funding opportunity under the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) has been announced. Your business or organization could receive a grant of up to $100,000 through the EAF program to improve accessibility and safety in your workplace for current or future employees with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/funding-is-available-to-improve-accessibility-and-safety-in-your-workplace/

Pickering hopes to Better Define ‘Service Animals’

“We have umpteen documents that say it’s the law, but it’s the practices of a law that is very flawed,” he said.

He said the human rights protections in Canada for people with a service animal are very vague.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/pickering-hopes-to-better-define-service-animals/

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