One of the largest concerns is that existing signage and language emphasizes the disability itself, rather than the person. The current universal symbol for a person with a disability represents an individual with a wheelchair, which will be updated on all new signage to portray a more active image (view here). Additionally, the word “handicapped” will be removed from signs, or any other communication, now using only the word “accessible.”
Unfortunately, with almost 10 years passed since its enactment, many Ontarians with disabilities (myself included) see the AODA as something the province wanted to do, but didn’t quite know how to achieve. This has become quite evident to anyone living with a disability, and that is where I would like to begin the discussion.
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Open Doors Organization (ODO) is conducting its third nationwide survey of American adult travelers with disabilities. The findings on international travel will be revealed at the World Summit Destinations for All to be held in Montreal, October 19-22 2014.
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Today, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, together with the Honourable Mike Lake, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry and Member of Parliament for EdmontonMill WoodsBeaumont, announced an investment of $150,000 in support of a pilot program that is providing Information Technology (IT) skills training and career opportunities for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
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Ducere Technologies announced the launch of the world’s first interactive haptic footwear under their wearable technology brand ‘LECHAL’ (pronounced lay-ch-al, meaning “take me there” in Hindi).
Employers who still have less than fond memories of trying to comply with the requirements of Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 relating to Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standards are now facing a new challenge: complying with additional AODA requirements that come into force on Jan. 1, 2015.