Accessibility News May 25,2013 Update

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In this Issue

*Wynne Government is Required to Appoint an Independent Review of the implementation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Within the Next Seven Days
*Waterloo Pulls Six Years of Public Documents From Website
*Frustrated by Fake Service Dogs
*Preparing for “Round 2 of the AODA: The Integrated Accessibility Standards
*Ontario Government Announces Bold New Move Towards AODA Transparency!
*Vets Say Military Should Support Use of Service Dogs for PTSD

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ARTICLES:

Wynne Government is Required to Appoint an Independent Review of the implementation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Within the Next Seven Days

Ontarians with Disabilities Are Still Waiting

Our daily countdown on Twitter continues, to the mandatory deadline of May 31, 2013. Section 41 of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (set out below) legally requires the Wynne Government to appoint an Independent Review of the effectiveness of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and its implementation by that date. This is not optional. It’s the law.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/wynne-government-is-required-to-appoint-an-independent-review-of-the-implementation-of-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-act-within-the-next-seven-days/

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Waterloo Pulls Six Years of Public Documents From Website

WATERLOO The City of Waterloo chose to restrict access to thousands of pages of public documents when it revamped its website in January and Ontario’s information and privacy commissioner is calling the move “inadequate and unacceptable.”

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/waterloo-pulls-six-years-of-public-documents-from-website/

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Frustrated by Fake Service Dogs

Wegman believes she and Bright face enough discrimination, without help from cheaters and their untrained pets who put a negative spin on the “public relations” side of life with a service animal.

“People think the only person it impacts is them and it’s an inconvenience for them if they can’t have their puppy with them everywhere but it goes much deeper than that,” Wegman said.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/frustrated-by-fake-service-dogs/

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Preparing for “Round 2? of the AODA: The Integrated Accessibility Standards

Ontario private sector employers take note: you may have just successfully complied with the Customer Service Standard requirements, but now you face the first of several new deadlines for compliance under the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (“IAS Regulation”),1 pursuant to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.2

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/preparing-for-round-2-of-the-aoda-the-integrated-accessibility-standards/

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Ontario Government Announces Bold New Move Towards AODA Transparency!

Stung by criticism that the implementation of AODA has not been transparent, the Ontario Government responded on May 19 by announcing it would cover the entire Legislature in clear plastic wrap. The Government stated that now its critics will be able to see just how transparent the Government’s AODA implementation is.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-government-announces-bold-new-move-towards-aoda-transparency/

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Vets Say Military Should Support Use of Service Dogs for PTSD

Some Canadian Forces members and veterans say the military culture needs to accept the usefulness of service dogs for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Many former soldiers are now acquiring specially trained dogs to help them manage anxiety, anger and stressful situations.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/vets-say-military-should-support-use-of-service-dogs-for-ptsd/

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AODA Enforcement

Having an Accessibility issue that isn’t being resolved because of lack of Enforcement?

Perhaps your solution is at enforcement.aoda.ca .

* County of Brant Seeks Comments on “Subsidized Transportation Program!” April Fool’s Day in May!
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/county-of-brant-seeks-comments-on-subsidized-transportation-program-april-fools-day-in-may/
* Government Not Enforcing Disabilities Act, Says Advocate
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/government-not-enforcing-disabilities-act-says-advocate/

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