McGuinty Government Ducks Complaint About Its Contraversial Choice of Whom to Conduct Independent Review of Bill 107

The McGuinty Government recently wrote a letter to a prominent Toronto human rights activist, to respond to complaints about the Government’s choice of whom to conduct the mandatory Independent Review of Bill 107. Its letter essentially ducks the complaint.

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Everyone Has a Role to Play

BY TODD HUMBER

Almost a decade ago, I had an informal conversation with a senior HR professional who expressed contempt at performance management models that identified and eliminated the bottom 10 per cent of employees.

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Accessibility News November 19,2011 Update

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In this Issue

*AODA Alliance Calls on Independent Review of Ontario’s Human Rights Enforcement to Hold Open,ACcessible Public Hearings
*COAAC Updates
*Concerns Grow Over Accessible Taxi Service
*NonProfits and The Act
*Please Endorse the AODA Alliance’s Request of the Human Rights Tribunal, Human Rights Commission and Human Rights Legal Support Centre to Disclose Details on Enforcement of Human Rights in Ontario
*Accessibility is a Global Mandate
*ADULTS COUNT! A Survey on Youth and Adults with ASDs in Ontario
*Roseman: Are Your Disability Benefits at Risk?
*The Accessible Campus in California: An Example for the Nation;
*Equal Education Needed for Deaf
*Pathways, Potholes, Paradoxes and Possibilities
*Blind Canadians Question Government’s Motives in Appealing Landmark Internet Access Case

AODA Alliance Calls on Independent Review of Ontario’s Human Rights Enforcement to Hold Open,ACcessible Public Hearings

The AODA Alliance has written Mr. Andrew Pinto, the Toronto lawyer whom the McGuinty Government appointed to conduct an Independent Review into Bill 107. Bill 107 is the legislation that privatized the enforcement of human rights in Ontario.

We asked Mr. Pinto to hold public hearings or forums around Ontario that are open, accessible, and not “invitation-only”. We also offer a list of the issues that the Independent Review should consider. We ask Mr. Pinto to let us know about his plans for conducting this Independent Review.

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http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/11172011.asp

COAAC Updates

Essex County:
International Day Of Persons With Disabilities
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=564

Accessibility Workshop Information Now Available
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=558

Concerns Grow Over Accessible Taxi Service

CBC News
Posted: Nov 17, 2011 7:51 PM ET

Taxi driver Haile Mebrahtu says it’s almost impossible to keep to the schedule set by the TTC. (CBC)

Toronto’s auditor general is reviewing the operations of TTC Wheel-Trans as concerns grow over its accessible taxi service in the city, CBC News has learned.

The Toronto Transit Commission provides door-to-door accessible transit service for people with physical disabilities using accessible buses and contracted taxis.

NonProfits and The Act

Guiding Principles and Assumptions

For many organizations in the Nonprofit Sector, the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Customer Service Standard reflect the existing organizational values, mission, vision, and service commitment.

The AODA Standards provide the opportunity to encourage innovation and systems transformation. The reduction or elimination of socially and institutionally structured inequalities will extend far beyond enhancing individual and collective well being.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1572

Please Endorse the AODA Alliance’s Request of the Human Rights Tribunal, Human Rights Commission and Human Rights Legal Support Centre to Disclose Details on Enforcement of Human Rights in Ontario

We have just written the three major public agencies responsible for the enforcement of human rights in Ontario. We asked each for detailed information and statistics on the way human rights are being enforced now in Ontario.

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http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/11152011.asp

Accessibility is a Global Mandate

December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. On this December 3, the global celebration has an appropriate theme, “Together for a better world for all: Including persons with disabilities in development”.

Some people are unaware of a global mandate to achieve accessibility, and may feel isolated when their specific jurisdiction introduces new laws benefitting people with disabilities. Understanding we are all moving in the same direction, albeit using varying methods and timelines, is important when making decisions in your organization.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1567

ADULTS COUNT! A Survey on Youth and Adults with ASDs in Ontario

It has been two decades since there has been a provincial survey on youth and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Ontario. Since the 1990s, there have been major changes to the population of adults that are identified with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, but few changes to funded services.

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http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1004