Accessibility News May 11,2013 Update

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In this Issue

*More Media Coverage Of Barriers To Accessible Customer Service For People With Disabilities Around Ontario It’s Time for Effective Action by the Ontario Government
*City Seeks Increased Accessibility
*True Accessibility is All About Attitude
*LCO Asked by Ontario Government to Undertake New Project to Make Registered Disability Savings Plans More Accessible
*AODA Alliance Update: Windsor Star Reports Raise More Concerns about the Need for Effective Enforcement of Accessible Customer Service for Ontarians with Disabilities
*Government Not Enforcing Disabilities Act, Says Advocate

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More Media Coverage Of Barriers To Accessible Customer Service For People With Disabilities Around Ontario It’s Time for Effective Action by the Ontario Government

More than ever, we need answers from the Ontario Government on these important questions:

How many Ontario businesses have fulfilled their obligation under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act to file reports with the Government by the end of 2012 on their compliance with the Customer Service Accessibility Standard? How many did not?

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/more-media-coverage-of-barriers-to-accessible-customer-service-for-people-with-disabilities-around-ontario-its-time-for-effective-action-by-the-ontario-government/

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City Seeks Increased Accessibility

Dave Vallier, the city’s community development planner, was at council on Monday to discuss Timmins’ Multi-Year Accessibility Plan, which aims to eliminate barriers and improve accessibility throughout the city. Council will be looking to adopt the plan as a bylaw in order to help make the city fully accessible by 2025.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/city-seeks-increased-accessibility/

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True Accessibility is All About Attitude

The act the ADO administers sets accessibility standards for businesses and employers, landlords and municipalities. Under the accessibility act, inspectors can be used to ensure the standards are being met and fines of up to $100,000 a day can be issued if they are not.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/true-accessibility-is-all-about-attitude/

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LCO Asked by Ontario Government to Undertake New Project to Make Registered Disability Savings Plans More Accessible

The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) is beginning a new project at the request of the Ontario government to address how adults with developmental or mental disabilities might be better enabled to participate in the federal Registered Disability Savings Plan (RSDP) created by the federal government without an expensive competency assessment.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=3601

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AODA Alliance Update: Windsor Star Reports Raise More Concerns about the Need for Effective Enforcement of Accessible Customer Service for Ontarians with Disabilities

Reminder to Attend May 9, 2013 Toronto Transit Commission Public Forum on Accessible Transit

Here is the latest news on these topics:

1. More troubling media reports, this time from Windsor Ontario. raise concerns about the need for effective enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
2. Recent Windsor and Toronto incidents also highlight the need to strengthen the customer Service Accessibility Standard, and for the Government to now appoint all members to the mandatory Accessibility Standards Advisory Council, so that the mandatory review of that accessibility standard can at last get underway.
3. We await with anticipation the Government’s appointment of the Next Independent Review of the AODA. The person to conduct that Independent Review must be appointed by May 31, 2013.
4. We remind you to Attend the May 9, 2013 Toronto Transit Commission Public Forum on Accessible Public Transit, which happens to fall on Global Accessibility Awareness Day.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-update-windsor-star-reports-raise-more-concerns-about-the-need-for-effective-enforcement-of-accessible-customer-service-for-ontarians-with-disabilities/

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Government Not Enforcing Disabilities Act, Says Advocate

When Dalton McGuinty was premier, he promised the Disabilities Act would be effectively enforced, said Lepofsky. “Because a law without enforcement is sort of pointless.”

He repeated that promise, he said. “And when Premier Wynne was running, she wrote us a letter saying she would keep all of McGuinty’s promises. We don’t see this effective enforcement we’ve been promised.”

Read more at
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/government-not-enforcing-disabilities-act-says-advocate/

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