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The AODA Clock is Ticking
There are 10 years, 11 weeks, 0 days till a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?
In this Issue
*Despite Promising to be the Most Open and Transparent Government in Canada, Wynne Government Again Tries Charging a Hefty Fee to Give Answers on Its Promises on Disability Accessibility
*Sussex Drive Scotiabank complies with bylaw despite lack of ramp
*Communication Technology Opens Doors for Everyone, Not Only People With Disabilities
*Australian Public Service Commission launches video on disability
*Accessibility Claims Expected Over Websites
*The Curse of the One Step
*Provincial Government Failing to Make Toronto Barrier Free, Disabilities Activist Says
*New Statement on AODA By Minister Duguid! Really!
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Despite Promising to be the Most Open and Transparent Government in Canada, Wynne Government Again Tries Charging a Hefty Fee to Give Answers on Its Promises on Disability Accessibility
Metrolinx Asks AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky to pay $250 Just to Find Out Why Metrolinx Designed Several Stations on the New Eglinton Crosstown Line with Accessibility/Safety Problems
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Sussex Drive Scotiabank complies with bylaw despite lack of ramp
If they had a sign out saying women can only go in here certain hours, but men anytime, would we be having this conversation? said David Lepofsky, a lawyer who volunteers for Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Alliance.
Communication Technology Opens Doors for Everyone, Not Only People With Disabilities
Considering that 15 per cent of the worlds population, or over one billion people, have a disability that affects their access to modern communications, the commercial opportunities for mobile service providers, manufacturers and smart phone application developers are consequently substantial. With so much of our daily lives dependent on mobile devices and the Internet, it is time that we ushered in an accessible technology renaissance.
Australian Public Service Commission launches video on disability
The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) has released the first video in its Leading the Way series designed to build education and awareness around disability employment in the Australian Public Service (APS).
Accessibility Claims Expected Over Websites
He says business owners should talk to their website developers about updating sites with accessibility options, such as screen readers.
Under the current law, businesses can be sued for accessibility violations without notice. Many businesses find out about compliance issues by getting sued, said Mr. Klein.
The Curse of the One Step
10 years, 12 weeks and 2 days.
As of writing this article, thats how long it will take before Ontario is legally required to be fully accessible under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
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Provincial Government Failing to Make Toronto Barrier Free, Disabilities Activist Says
Preparations for Pan Am Games should consider tourists with disabilities, David Lepofsky says
David Lepofsky, chair of a group that advocates on behalf of people with disabilities, said the province has done little to make Toronto more accessible.
New Statement on AODA By Minister Duguid! Really!
By Victor Schwartzman
About three weeks ago, concerned about the relative silence from new Minister Brad Duguid about implementing AODA, your correspondent wrote to him. Two basic questions were asked. The first was a statement about implementing AODA and its progress. The second, which may have got missed in the shuffle, was when Minister Duguid would meet with the AODA Alliance.
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