Will the McGuinty Government Keep Its Election Promise of Effective Enforcement for the AODA?

Where’s the Enforcement?

Originally Posted June 15, 2010

In the 2003 provincial election, Dalton McGuinty promised that the Disabilities Act his Government would pass would have effective enforcement. Seven years later, and half a year after the first accessibility standard went into effect under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, we are only now learning some limited details about what enforcement there will be.


Will the McGuinty Government Fully Implement the Recommendations of the Government-Appointed Charles Beer Independent Review of the AODA?

Where are We Now?

Originally Posted June 13, 2010

A very current question in our campaign for a fully-accessible Ontario is whether the McGuinty Government will fully implement the Report of the
Government-appointed Charles Beer Independent Review of the AODA. The McGuinty Government received the Beer Report in February 2010, some four months ago. It did not release it to the public until May 31, 2010.


City of Ottawa Advisory Committees Exist for Citizen Engagement (So Use Them!)

I was a part of the AAC back in the 90s when it was known as the Disability Issues Advisory Committee. I recall at the time the main complaint of those
volunteers was that they did not feel that anything they were doing mattered. I sense that same frustration from the 2011 AAC.


Bureau of Engraving and Printing Launches EyeNote™App to Help the Blind and Visually Impaired Denominate US Currency

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) has developed a free downloadable application (app) to assist the blind and
visually impaired denominate US currency. The app is called EyeNote™. EyeNote™ is a mobile device app designed for Apple iPhone (3G, 3Gs, 4), and the 4th Generation iPod Touch and iPad2 platforms, and is available starting today through the Apple iTunes App Store.


Over 400 adults in Lambton County Without Supports and Services

2011 funding not enough to meet needs of “our most vulnerable”

SARNIA, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – April 20, 2011) – Provincial funding announced following last month’s Ontario budget for supports and services for people with developmental disabilities is welcome, but it’s not enough to ensure existing programs are stabilized and the needs of families on waitlists are met, said Lambton County advocates for quality community supports at a media conference in Sarnia today.

Improving Accessibility Isn’t Hard – UNB

“We want employers to understand that it’s not difficult to open your workplace to people with disabilities. In many cases, there are simple steps that
can make a huge difference,” said Michel Martin, provincial co-ordinator for employer support services.


Lots of Rhetoric, But Little Action

By Larry Reaume, The Windsor Star

Re: Families struggle to care for disabled, by Sharon Hill, April 9.

Did you know that two-thirds of Canadian adults with disabilities lack one or more of the educational workplace aids, home modification or other supports
they need? Also, slightly more than half of Canadian children with disabilities do not have access to needed aids and devices.

Ontario Judge Rules Mentally Ill Can Be Held in Jails

Published Sunday, Apr. 17, 2011 9:41PM EDT

An Ontario Superior Court judge has blown a hole in a lower-court uprising over mentally ill offenders who are shunted off to jail cells because of a bed
shortage at mental hospitals.

Mr. Justice Ian Nordheimer concluded that an Ontario Court judge acted unreasonably when she prevented authorities from placing unfit offenders in jail
to await a hospital bed.

Playing Hardball with Fired Worker Expensive Error


Randall Echlin, a judge sitting on the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, loves baseball.

He’s been named as one of Canadian baseball’s top 100 figures for the past two years. He’s heavily involved with the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and sat in his customary seat for the Blue Jays’ home opener on April 1.

But as a judge, he hates hardball tactics. He made that loud and clear in an employment law decision handed down earlier this year.

Accessibility News April 16,2011 Update

Is your Website AODA compliant?

The Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR) will soon be Law and there will be plenty of Companies claiming they can make your website Accessible but have no real experience, you’ll be their Guinea Pig at your cost.

Badeyes Design & Consulting can help make your site IAR compliant, for more information visit www.badeyes.com .

In this Issue

1) Message Board
*The McGuinty Watch
*“Essential Accessibility” is “Not Essential to Meeting the Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR)
*Montgomery County Discriminates Against Blind Employee
*Different Strokes
*40 Amazing iPad Apps for the Learning Disabled
*CNIB Cut Volunteer Services
*Elderly and Disabled Speak Out on Bus Route Changes
*Mom, 92, Shoulders Caregiver Burden
3) Classifieds, Events, Surveys
4)Thanks for Your Support