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Adaptive Research Study

Date posted to site: September 21, 2005

The Adaptech Research Network is investigating the accessibility of eLearning to Canadian college and university students with disabilities, including students with learning disabilities. We define eLearning as all information and communication technologies, such as PowerPoint, CD-ROMs and the Internet, that are used by professors in classroom and online courses.

We are looking for :
1. college and university students with disabilities who have taken at least one course in the last three years where the professor used some form of eLearning;
2. staff who provide disability-related services at Canadian postsecondary institutions;
3. college and university professors who have taught at least one student with a disability during the last three years in a course where they used some form of eLearning; and
4. individuals who support/implement eLearning at Canadian postsecondary institutions, including VPs and managers of distance education and instructional technology departments; persons who train faculty to use technology or multimedia; designers and developers of eLearning on campus, and so on.

Participants will be asked to complete a confidential online survey lasting approximately 20 minutes twice, one month apart.

This study is part of the Disability and Information Technologies Research Alliance and is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

For more information or to participate in this study send an email to and indicate whether you are a student with a disability, an individual who provides disability-related services, a professor, or an individual who supports/implements eLearning on campus.

Jennison Asuncion
Co-director, Adaptech Research Network

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Access is more than a ramp.

Date posted to site: October 26, 2005

The City of Kingston's AAC, is having a public eduction event on Nov 8 "Access is More Than a Ramp" Judith Moses from Kingston and Ernie Parsons MPP will be doing the keynotes. They will be having workshops/panels on Current Accessibility in City Services, Safety, Transportation and Accessibility Audits. There will also be an information fair. They are hoping to have an audience including private sector business who will be affected by the new legislation as well as other AAC members and people from the disability community.
The event is Nov 8 10am -4pm
Rideaucrest Home in Kingston
The event is free and no pre registration is required. If people are interested in purchasing a lunch they can call Barry Kaplan (City of Kingston) to order before the date.

Bill 118 Standards Committees Recruitment

Date posted to site: October 17, 2005

New Standards Development Committees being established
The Ontario government is continuing to move forward with implementation of the province's landmark accessibility legislation by starting work on new provincial accessibility standards.

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 will make Ontario a world leader in improving accessibility for people with disabilities. Clear accessibility standards will be the building blocks of an accessible Ontario and make it possible for people with disabilities to participate to their full potential in the social and economic life of the province.

The government is now recruiting members for the committees that will develop the customer service and transportation standards. Deadline for applications for these committees is November 10, 2005. Individuals who are interested in serving on these committees can submit an application to the Ministry of Community and Social Services.

See complete information including application form under "In the News" at:

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Information from Election's Canada.

Date posted to site: November 29, 2005

In light of the upcoming Federal Election, please find belowadditional services provided by Elections Canada for persons with disabilities.

Open Letter To James Hunsberger - Chair Of Aging With Disabilities Committee

Date posted to site: November 28, 2005

You always do such an excellent job expressing the ideas and concerns of so many of us over 50 with disabilities. I commend you for another task well done. You were an excellent choice to be one of our representatives. Thanks from all of us.
Jenny Phillips



Date posted to site: November 22, 2005

The Canadian Association of Independent Living Centres invites you to our 4th Annual United Nations International Day of Disabled Persons.


Date: Friday, December 2, 2005
8:00 a.m. Early Registration
9:00 a.m. Opening Keynote Speaker - Mary Gusella, Chief Commissioner, Canadian Human Rights Commission
Panel Discussion
10:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker ?¢?? Carol Skelton, Conservative MP
Panel Discussion
12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Keynote Speakers

Location: Westin Hotel
11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa

The entire event will be broadcast through a live web cast from 9:00 a.m. ?¢?? 2:00 p.m. EST on the CAILC web site at (archived following event)

For more information contact:
Jennifer Newman
Phone: (613) 563-2581 x10

Help Linda Crabtree nominate David Lepofsky for the Order of Ontario

Date posted to site: November 19, 2005

I am asking everyone on an AAC to join me in nominating David Lepofsky for the Order of Ontario. David has agreed to the nomination and letters of support are part of the nomination. If every COAAC member AAC would compose a letter, a real letter, on their city letterhead, giving their reasons why they think David is a worthy recipient of the order, and if everyone on that AAC signs it, and if it is sent to me before January 5, I can include these wonderful letters in with the nomination.

There are more than 100 AACs in Ontario and there are at least a thousand people volunteering on these committees. We have about half with us as members of the COAAC. Having letters from you will testify at the grassroots level as to the wonderful work David has done running the ODA Committee and to make first, the ODA, and now the AODA legislation that will change the face of the province for people with disabilities. Hearing from you is hearing from the people that the legislation touches on a daily basis.

It is up to your committee to write a letter in your own words, using your own thoughts as to what the AODA and David's work through the last ten years has meant and will mean to us. I look forward to your letters and if you have any questions just e-mail me at

November 24 Breakfast Meeting with Toby Goldberg.,

Date posted to site: November 14, 2005

The Diversity and Employment Equity Professionals' Association (DEEPA) proudly presents November 24 Breakfast Meeting with Toby Goldberg, Ministry of Community and Social Services.

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (Bill 118)
Toby will discuss this new bill and how it will impact on Ontario employers.

Toby is a Program Consultant with the Public Education and Partnership Unit of the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario at the Ministry of Community and Social Services. In this role, Toby works in strategic partnership with government, businesses and the broader public sector to develop resources that promote accessibility for people with disabilities.

Her team also develops public education, outreach and referral programs and services to support the implementation of the AODA 2005.

Thursday November 24, 2005
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
TD Tower
66 Wellington Street West (at Bay)
14th Floor

(for emergencies or directions on the day, please call 416-727-2835)

$40 DEEPA Members; $60 Non-Members
(includes GST #121261430)

Registration must be received by Nov.22 at 5 p.m. by calling or emailing Sharon Ho at:
or call 416-385-2660

*Registration will be done on a first-come first-served basis as space is limited

*Please advise when registering if you require sign language interpreters or other specific accommodation.

Bring cheques payable to DEEPA to the event or pay cash by the door.

Once registered, you will be billed even if you do not attend unless cancellation is done by Nov.22, 5:00 p.m.

Check out our website:

AODA Alliance

Date posted to site: November 07, 2005

The Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) will be distributing information pertaining to the AODA legislation and its implementation in this post-Lepofsky era to the former ODA membership group. Please read the letter at the link below from the Co-Chairs of the Transition Team.

CHS will try to maintain David Lepofsky's high standards for information-sharing and networking -- but as we all know that's a pretty tall order. Your patience during this transition period is much appreciated.

Mary Lumgair
Fax: 416-928-2517

Download the letter oda_Committee members

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McGuinty Government Launches New Accessibility Council

Date posted to site: December 16, 2005

Champions From Community And Business Will Guide Ontario To New Era Of Accessibility

TORONTO, Dec. 13 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government's commitment to accessibility is getting a big boost today with the appointment of CITY-TV veteran David Onley and community leader Tracy MacCharles to lead the province's new Accessibility Standards Advisory Council, Minister of Community and Social Services Sandra Pupatello announced today. "Our new Accessibility Standards Advisory Council will be a guiding force as we work to make Ontario accessible," said Pupatello. "People with disabilities should be able to fully participate in the social and economic life of our province, and our Accessibility Standards Advisory Council will help make sure we do it right."

Onley, a veteran journalist with CITY-TV, advocate and educator on disability issues, will chair the council. MacCharles, a human Resources specialist and disability advocate, will be the vice-chair.

The Accessibility Standards Advisory Council will provide advice to help achieve an accessible society over the next 20 years. The council will advise the government on accessibility standards and on sector-specific and general public education programs to support and educate individuals, businesses and other organizations about accessibility and accessibility standards. "Accessibility is not just about equipment or architecture. It is fundamentally about attitude as well. We know that if a facility or business is made accessible it becomes easier to use for all people, young and old and whatever their physical status. I welcome this opportunity to help change Ontario for the better," said Onley. "It will take everyone's commitment -- people with disabilities, businesses and government -- to build a truly accessible province. And we're going to do it because accessibility is good for our society, our economy and our future prosperity," said Pupatello. "This is part of our plan to strengthen our province by making sure Ontario benefits from the contribution of all its citizens."

For the full list of Council members go to council members

Inclusion by Design

Date posted to site: December 02, 2005

The Social Planning Council of Ottawa has just completed a resource manual called, "Inclusion by Design ... Meaningful Indicators of Inclusion and Accessibility in Local Communities for People with Disabilities". The project was funded by The Government of Ontario, through the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, when the Accessibility Directorate sat with the Ministry of Citizenship.

The manual was developed as a practical tool to support people with disabilities, Accessibility Advisory Committees, other community members, organizations, funders and government representatives across Ontario to identify local strategies to improve inclusion and accessibility in their local community. It offers a resource to answer the question, "Is our community more inclusive of and accessible for people with disabilities?"

The results of the monitoring are intended to help identify priority issues and form the basis of action planning to increase inclusion.

We are hopeful local groups will take the manual and use it. We are also distributing it through the network of Social Planning Council's in Ontario, called the Social Planning Network of Ontario. In some communities, there may be an opportunity for the Accessibility Advisory Committee and the local Social Planning Council to work together on a community development or research strategy based around the manual. Please note that the French version of the manual will be ready on December 8.

I would be happy to discuss this project with you. Please feel free to contact me. As well, if you would like more information on the Social Planning Council of Ottawa, please visit our website at The manual is there now in English and can be downloaded free of charge. It is 47 pages in length. When I have the French, I will give you the full url. Thanks so much for your assistance.


Dianne Urquhart
Executive Director
Social Planning Council of Ottawa
236-9300 ext. 303

Announcement from the Region of Halton, Dufferin and Peel.

Date posted to site: December 01, 2005

The Coalition For Persons with Disabilities in Halton, Dufferin and Peel is currently seeking individuals interested in serving on its Board of Directors starting in January 2006. The term of the Directorship is 2 years, with applicants sought from those who are interested in promoting the independence, inclusion, participation, and the personal choice of persons with disabilities in our community through the provision of responsive services and supports.

If you have a particular interest or experiences and skills in advocacy in any one or more areas including accessibility, transportation, health, social and recreation, housing, employment, education and training, Consumers Involvement, Racial and Cultural Diversity, Effective/Efficient Services,

an application can be made available by contacting Glenn Barnes at the address below.

Please note that this is a voluntary Board comprised of people, both disabled and able-bodied, who each dedicate approximately 7-10 hours every month. If interested, or you know someone who would be interested, please direct them to this webpage and ask them to contact me for a nomination form, at which time I will also request you include a copy of your resume and list 3 references if you are self-nominating.

Thank you! Sincerely,

Glenn Barnes
President of Board of Directors

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