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AODA Alliance Writes Premier Doug Ford to Offer Nine Recommendations for the Premier to Help Get Ontario Back on Schedule to Reach Full Accessibility by 2025 for 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities

On July 19, 2018, the AODA Alliance wrote Premier Doug Ford. Our letter recommends nine priorities for action by Ontario’s new Premier. These are aimed at revitalizing Government leadership that is needed to get Ontario back on schedule to become fully accessible to 1.9 million Ontarians with disabilities. We set out our letter below. To summarize, we recommend that Premier Ford:


Court Orders CRA to Stop Setting Political Limits on Charities’ Activities

OTTAWA – An Ontario Superior Court judge is telling federal tax authorities they can’t set limits on how much a charity devotes to political activity in a new ruling that grants a win to a national anti-poverty group.


4 Areas AI Makes the World More Accessible

AI technology such as voice interaction, image recognition and real-time captioning is starting to break down barriers for people with sensory, physical and cognitive disabilities.


Proposed San Francisco Straw Ban May Limit Accessibility for People With Disabilities

Cities around the country have anti-plastic straw legislation in the works, including San Francisco. While reducing plastic waste is positive for the environment, it’s concerning for some people with disabilities.


Disability Legislation to Crack Down on Public Bodies in the UK

New legislation coming into force will mean that, as early as 2020, all public-sector organisations, including all councils will need to make sure that their digital services and online information are accessible for disabled people.


At The Frank, Accessibility Obstacles Going, Going Gone

John Aaker isn’t a huge baseball fan, but when he and his family moved into a house less than two blocks from Mankato’s premier baseball park he figured he would hit a few games. After all, the ball field was getting a well-publicized makeover with artificial turf, new scoreboards, more varied concessions, additional seating options and better bathrooms.

When Aaker mentioned his plans to others with mobility challenges, they reacted with surprise: “‘Have you been there?'”


B.C. Residents With Disabilities Demand a Say on Proposed Accessibility Law

Amanda Reaume, Kent Loftsgard, Jessica Leung, and Vivian Ly are people living with varying disabilities who say they have to be involved in drafting any new accessibility legislation.


A Look at Premier Doug Ford’s First Throne Speech from the Perspective of Ensuring that Ontario Becomes Accessible to 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities by 2025

Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s first Throne Speech, read at Queen’s Park on July 12, 2018, said nothing about taking new action to ensure that Ontario becomes accessible to 1.9 million Ontarians with disabilities by 2025, the deadline which all parties set in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2005. Below the AODA Alliance identifies six passages in the Throne Speech which have implications for the accessibility needs of Ontarians with disabilities. The Throne Speech is where a Government sets out, at a high level, its priorities for action.


What Will Today’s Throne Speech at Queen’s Park Offer 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities?

Community groups and advocates for the needs of 1.9 million Ontarians with disabilities are poised to scrutinize and respond to today’s Ontario Throne Speech, to see what new action it offers for people with disabilities. They will also be carefully watching the responses from the other parties at Queen’s Park, to see what they have to say about people with disabilities, in their responses to the Throne Speech.


Supporting Autism in Classrooms with Different Strategies

According to a Global News Article, 1 in 66 children in Canada is born with autism. With numbers like these, it is clear that supporting autism in classrooms is necessary. Although Ontario school boards must provide accessibility training, there is still more work to be done. As well, teachers need to be mindful of including all abilities when planning their lessons.