Accessibility News October 13,2018 Update

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In this Issue

* Quick Ways You can Help Us Get Parliament to Amend Bill C-81, the Proposed Accessible Canada Act, to Make It a Good Law
* World Federation of the Deafblind Launches Initial Global Report!
* Sarnia Facing Human Rights Complaint
* Huron County Making Progress With Accessibility Awareness
* What Do Canada’s National Political Parties Have to Say About Proposed New Legislation on Disability Accessibility?
* AODA Requirements for Public Sector Organizations with 1-49 Workers
* Laws Changing too Slowly: Disability Rights Advocate
* What is the AODA?
* Review of Disability Tax Credit and Registered Disability Savings Plan

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ARTICLES:

Quick Ways You can Help Us Get Parliament to Amend Bill C-81, the Proposed Accessible Canada Act, to Make It a Good Law

David Onley’s Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Re-schedules Thunder Bay Public Hearing

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/quick-ways-you-can-help-us-get-parliament-to-amend-bill-c-81-the-proposed-accessible-canada-act-to-make-it-a-good-law/

World Federation of the Deafblind Launches Initial Global Report!

The World Federation of the Deafblind has launched the initial global report on the situation and rights of persons with deafblindness.

Representing between 0.2% to 2% of the population, persons with deafblindness are a very diverse yet hidden group and are, overall, more likely to be poor and unemployed, and with lower educational outcomes. Because deafblindness is less well-known and often misunderstood, people struggle to obtain the right support, and are often excluded from both development and disability programmes.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/world-federation-of-the-deafblind-launches-initial-global-report/

Sarnia Facing Human Rights Complaint

The City of Sarnia is embroiled in a Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario case after a resident filed a complaint over an alleged lack of accessibility at city hall.

“I wrote a letter to the mayor and council last February complaining about the washroom on the main floor of city hall. It wasn’t accessible,” said Sandi Compagnion, who uses a wheelchair.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/sarnia-facing-human-rights-complaint/

Huron County Making Progress With Accessibility Awareness

The Vice Chair of the Huron County Accessibility Advisory Committee says the committee is one of the few in Ontario that actually gets involved in the community.

Speaking at an Accessibility event Wednesday in Clinton, Debbie Kerley pointed out they do site evaluations on a regular basis, strictly in an advisory role; look at their building plans; and if they’re doing renovations to an older building, they send them a report and recommend what they should do for best practice to make their place accessible.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/huron-county-making-progress-with-accessibility-awareness/

What Do Canada’s National Political Parties Have to Say About Proposed New Legislation on Disability Accessibility?

Check Out the AODA Alliance’s Analysis of Second Reading Debates in the House of Commons on Bill C-81, the Proposed Accessible Canada Act

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/what-do-canadas-national-political-parties-have-to-say-about-proposed-new-legislation-on-disability-accessibility/

AODA Requirements for Public Sector Organizations with 1-49 Workers

The AODA has different requirements for different kinds of workplaces, depending on whether they are public or private and how many workers they have. Here we outline the AODA requirements for public sector organizations with 1-49 workers.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/aoda-requirements-for-public-sector-organizations-with-1-49-workers/

Laws Changing too Slowly: Disability Rights Advocate

Disability rights advocate David Lepofsky spoke at a talk hosted by Barrier-Free Manitoba at the Millennium Library Oct. 4 where he criticized the provincial government for lagging behind when bringing accessibility standards into law.

Lepofsky, who also spoke to law students at Robson Hall earlier in the day, is a lawyer who has worked to ensure the inclusion of equal rights for persons with disabilities through the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/laws-changing-too-slowly-disability-rights-advocate/

What is the AODA?

AODA has been active in Ontario since 2005, however, people might still be wondering: what is the AODA? The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) is an Ontario law mandating that organizations must follow standards to become more accessible to people with disabilities. The goal for
the province is to be fully accessible by 2025. All levels of government, private sectors, and non-profits must comply with this legislation.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/what-is-the-aoda/

Review of Disability Tax Credit and Registered Disability Savings Plan

On June 27, 2018, the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology (“Committee”) released a report about the Disability Tax Credit and the Registered Disability Savings Plan. The report is called Breaking Down Barriers: A critical analysis of the Disability Tax Credit and the Registered Disability Savings Plan.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/review-of-disability-tax-credit-and-registered-disability-savings-plan/

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