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The AODA Clock is Ticking
There are 6 years, 10 weeks, 4 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?
In this Issue
* Breaking News! The Accessibility Directorate of Ontario Tells the AODA Alliance that One Standards Development Committee is Going Back to Work After a 119-Day Freeze – And News on the Federal Accessibility Front
* General AODA Requirements
* Understanding the AODA Compliance Report
* Surrey to Build World’s First Translation System for British Sign Language
* Accessibility Problems Still Not Fixed at MUHC SuperHospital: Report
* Creating More Inclusive Condo Communities
* Yes We Can: U of T Students Create Prize-Winning IDeA Project for Accessibility
* Deaf Canadians ‘At Risk’ in Times of National Emergency
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Breaking News! The Accessibility Directorate of Ontario Tells the AODA Alliance that One Standards Development Committee is Going Back to Work After a 119-Day Freeze – And News on the Federal Accessibility Front
We’re busy on both the provincial and federal fronts of our accessibility campaign!
1. A Small Partial Victory on the Ontario Front
After the June 7, 2018 Ontario election, the work of five Standards Development Committees appointed under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act was suspended by the Ontario Government. We have been campaigning for the past 119 days to get the Ford Government to lift that freeze so that these Standards Development Committees can get back to work. They are appointed to recommend what AODA accessibility standards should include.
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General AODA Requirements
Previously, we have written about what the AODA is and AODA requirements for specific organizations, such as AODA requirements for private businesses and non-profits with 20-49 workers. We have also introduced the different standards that your organization has had to comply with over the past few years.
In this article, we will outline the general AODA requirements that all non-profits, as well as private and public sector businesses, must comply with.
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Understanding the AODA Compliance Report
Public organizations, non-profits, and private businesses must complete an AODA compliance report. This report is a way to make sure that organizations are on track with the goal of making a fully accessible province by 2025. This report confirms that businesses have met their AODA needs.
Surrey to Build World’s First Translation System for British Sign Language
The world’s first machine capable of turning British Sign Language (BSL) into written English is set to be built by the University of Surrey as part of a project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
BSL is a language in its own right, with its own grammar, and it is very different from English. BSL uses several parts of the body simultaneously to fully express a range phrases, ideas and emotions.
Accessibility Problems Still Not Fixed at MUHC SuperHospital: Report
Of more than 50 recommendations to improve access for the disabled at the MUHC superhospital, six have been implemented so far.
More than a year after an independent report found numerous problems with accessibility for the disabled and other patients at the MUHC superhospital,
the McGill University Health Centre has still not fixed most of the deficiencies, the Montreal Gazette has learned.
Creating More Inclusive Condo Communities
Refurbishment projects an ideal time to consider accessibility improvements
In condominium corporations, accessibility is too often and wrongly associated with unexpected and significant costs and veiled threats of legal action against unresponsive boards and property managers. It may be more helpful to think of through the lens of inclusivity, which is warmer and more inviting and simply means not excluding anyone.
Yes We Can: U of T Students Create Prize-Winning IDeA Project for Accessibility
Stairs and narrow doorways are not the sole barriers to accessing sport and physical activity spaces. Once up the steps and through the doors, stereotypes and prejudices still obstruct the way.
Deaf Canadians ‘At Risk’ in Times of National Emergency
Other countries have on-screen interpreters during news broadcasts
When the next ice storm, wildfire or terror attack happens, Canadians who are deaf or hard of hearing will be in greater peril than others because most public notification systems are not accessible to them, experts say.
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