Accessibility News June 9,2018 Update

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In this Issue

* First Reflections on the 2018 Ontario Election from the Perspective of Our Non-Partisan Campaign for Accessibility for 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities
* Mobility Devices and Air Travel Forum
* Cambridge Advisory Committees Clash Over Blair Road Turf War
* More Media Coverage of Accessibility Issues and Voting Barriers Facing Voters with Disabilities
* New 2-Minute Teaser/Promo Video Available for the Longer AODA Alliance Video on Accessibility Problems at New and Recently Renovated Toronto Public Transit Stations
* Ontario Election: Disability Advocates Hope New Government Will Revisit Accessibility Law
* More on the pressing Need for Ontario’s Next Government to Enact Strong New Laws to Ensure that Ontario’s Built Environment Becomes Accessible to 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities
* A Simple Way to Improve a Billion Lives: Eyeglasses
* Massive New Park Set to Open Soon in Brampton

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ARTICLES:

First Reflections on the 2018 Ontario Election from the Perspective of Our Non-Partisan Campaign for Accessibility for 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities

We congratulate Doug Ford and the Progressive Conservative Party on its success in the June 7, 2018 Ontario election. With the election of a new majority Progressive Conservative Government for Ontario yesterday under Doug Ford, a new chapter begins in our non-partisan campaign to make Ontario fully accessible
to 1.9 million Ontarians with disabilities by 2025. We’re ready to work with Ontario’s new Government! Our sleeves are rolled up!

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/first-reflections-on-the-2018-ontario-election-from-the-perspective-of-our-non-partisan-campaign-for-accessibility-for-1-9-million-ontarians-with-disabilities/

Mobility Devices and Air Travel Forum

The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) will host an international forum on June 12-13, 2018, in Toronto, in order to address issues related to the storage and transportation of mobility aids on aircraft.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/mobility-devices-and-air-travel-forum/

Cambridge Advisory Committees Clash Over Blair Road Turf War

Roberts said the wider sidewalk will benefit able as well as physically challenged residents and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is the law. She maintained that communities should not be allowed to pick and choose, “oh, we’re a heritage community so we don’t have to abide by the AODA.”

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/cambridge-advisory-committees-clash-over-blair-road-turf-war/

More Media Coverage of Accessibility Issues and Voting Barriers Facing Voters with Disabilities

Elections Ontario Accepts As Accurate AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky’s Report of Voting Barriers He Faced Last Week

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/more-media-coverage-of-accessibility-issues-and-voting-barriers-facing-voters-with-disabilities/

New 2-Minute Teaser/Promo Video Available for the Longer AODA Alliance Video on Accessibility Problems at New and Recently Renovated Toronto Public Transit Stations

Let Us Know If You Face Disability Barriers When Voting and Progress on AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky’s Latest Freedom of Information Application

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/new-2-minute-teaser-promo-video-available-for-the-longer-aoda-alliance-video-on-accessibility-problems-at-new-and-recently-renovated-toronto-public-transit-stations/

Ontario Election: Disability Advocates Hope New Government Will Revisit Accessibility Law

TORONTO If Emily Daigle had wanted to watch Ontario make history when it passed Canada’s first accessibility law in 2005, she would have had to do so from afar thanks to the lack of wheelchair accommodations in the legislature’s visitors’ gallery.

More than a decade later, Daigle and other disability advocates say the law that was supposed to eliminate such barriers has had little effect.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/ontario-election-disability-advocates-hope-new-government-will-revisit-accessibility-law/

More on the pressing Need for Ontario’s Next Government to Enact Strong New Laws to Ensure that Ontario’s Built Environment Becomes Accessible to 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities

With the June 7, 2018 Ontario election fast approaching, last weekend Premier Wynne conceded that her party will not form Ontario’s next Government. The time will come for a fuller reflection on the 15-year legacy of the Ontario Liberal Government on accessibility for people with disabilities, under Premier Dalton McGuinty and later under Premier Kathleen Wynne. However, in advance of the election, we want to ensure that our Updates let you know of all the final steps that took place on accessibility for people with disabilities under their watch.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/more-on-the-pressing-need-for-ontarios-next-government-to-enact-strong-new-laws-to-ensure-that-ontarios-built-environment-becomes-accessible-to-1-9-million-ontarians-with-disabilities/

A Simple Way to Improve a Billion Lives: Eyeglasses

It’s the biggest health crisis you’ve never heard of. Doctors, philanthropists and companies are trying to solve it.

Shivam Kumar’s failing eyesight was manageable at first. To better see the chalkboard, the 12-year-old moved to the front of the classroom, but in time, the indignities piled up.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/a-simple-way-to-improve-a-billion-lives-eyeglasses/

Massive New Park Set to Open Soon in Brampton

The Creditview Activity Hub, part of Creditview Park, will be entirely compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), making it unique from other activity spaces in Brampton. The Hub is the latest phase of construction on Creditview Park.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/massive-new-park-set-to-open-soon-in-brampton/

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