Accessibility News November 24,2012 Update

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In this Issue

*Restaurant Riles Stouffville Couple Denied Entry
*Accessibility Directorate of Ontario Abandons People with Disabilities in the County of Brant
*The Canadian Transportation Agency Launches New Resource Tools for Accessible Transportation Complaints
*National Disabilities Bill to be Tabled in Parliament Soon
*AODA: 2013 Compliance, Happy New Year!
*County of Brant: We Have Support from the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario to Eliminate para transit
*Overcoming Barriers: Dating, Sex Can Be Daunting for Youth With Disabilities
*Governments of Canada and Ontario Celebrate New Affordable Housing in Dunnville

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ARTICLES:

Restaurant Riles Stouffville Couple Denied Entry

“If you have a law, it should have bite,” Mrs. Brown, 68, said of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/restaurant-riles-stouffville-couple-denied-entry/

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Accessibility Directorate of Ontario Abandons People with Disabilities in the County of Brant

By Karen McCall

The responses I’ve received from EVERY letter and update on the denial of our basic and protected human rights and statements from the County of Brant that the AODA and specifically the transportation standards are “not law” has been to tell me that the “AODA and its standards are not complaint based” and that my “feedback will be kept for statistical purposes only.”

Read more at
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/accessibility-directorate-of-ontario-abandons-people-with-disabilities-in-the-county-of-brant/

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The Canadian Transportation Agency Launches New Resource Tools for Accessible Transportation Complaints

The Canadian Transportation Agency launched today two new resource tools for travellers with disabilities and for transportation service providers to improve their access to and understanding of the Agency’s process for resolving disputes within the federal transportation network.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-canadian-transportation-agency-launches-new-resource-tools-for-accessible-transportation-complaints/

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National Disabilities Bill to be Tabled in Parliament Soon

Mr. Kellier, who was speaking at the Inaugural Disability Friendly Awards and Gala Dinner, held at the Wyndham Kingston Hotel on November 19, said that as a country, Jamaica has made tremendous progress in advancing the cause for persons with disabilities, and is proud of the lead role that his Ministry is playing in moving forward the disability reform agenda.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/national-disabilities-bill-to-be-tabled-in-parliament-soon/

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AODA: 2013 Compliance, Happy New Year!

By Suzanne Cohen Share

As of January 1, 2013 obligated organizations in Ontario have compliance requirements to meet in the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR) under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-2013-compliance-happy-new-year/

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County of Brant: We Have Support from the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario to Eliminate para transit

By Karen McCall, M.Ed.

No one is stepping up to protect our rights and enforce the Integrated Accessibility Standards, part IV Transportation. As an individual it is difficult to advocate against this level of systemic discrimination as is found in the County of Brant.

Read more at
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/county-of-brant-we-have-support-from-the-accessibility-directorate-of-ontario-to-eliminate-para-transit/

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Overcoming Barriers: Dating, Sex Can Be Daunting for Youth With Disabilities

If navigating the intricacies of dating and sexuality can be a pitfall-strewn path for adults with disabilities, it’s a veritable minefield for young people with physical challenges just setting out on the journey.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/overcoming-barriers-dating-sex-can-be-daunting-for-youth-with-disabilities/

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Governments of Canada and Ontario Celebrate New Affordable Housing in Dunnville

The official opening of 21 new affordable rental housing units for low-income seniors and persons with disabilities was held today in Dunnville. The project received more than $2.5 million in funding from the federal and provincial governments.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/governments-of-canada-and-ontario-celebrate-new-affordable-housing-in-dunnville/

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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 .

* Accessibility Directorate of Ontario Abandons People with Disabilities in the County of Brant
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/accessibility-directorate-of-ontario-abandons-people-with-disabilities-in-the-county-of-brant/
* County of Brant: We Have Support from the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario to Eliminate para transit
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/county-of-brant-we-have-support-from-the-accessibility-directorate-of-ontario-to-eliminate-para-transit/
* Site Check: New Durham Region Transit Website Not Accessible Despite Claims
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/site-check-new-durham-region-transit-website-not-accessible-despite-claims/

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