Toronto’s Bermuda Triangle For Access

By Victor Schwartzman

Recently Global TV News reported that some Toronto restaurants still deny guide dogs entry. Worse, when the Toronto Police were contacted and asked to help, the police denied they had any role in enforcing access law. When 311 was phoned, Global was told restaurants can deny entry to anyone they wish. Both positions are against the law.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/torontos-bermuda-triangle-for-access/

Making Accessibility Standards Work for Durham Businesses

“The employment rate for persons with a disability is much higher than a person without a disability even though educations are equivalent or the same,” explained Mr. DiPalma. “Why is that important to businesses in Ontario? It’s important because there’s a skills gap out there.”

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/making-accessibility-standards-work-for-durham-businesses/

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In this Issue

*Amazing Media Coverage of More Toronto Restaurants Refusing Blind Customers with Guide Dogs Shows Toronto Is Not Ready to Host 2015 Pan/ParaPan American Games
*Town Learns About Alternative to Public Transit System
*Improving Online Accessibility for Students a Major Issue for Schools
*As ADA Turns 25, Places of Public Accommodation Must Consider Accessible Technology
*Tips on Barrier Removal
*Disability Advocates Question Toronto Parapan Am Games Readiness
*Government Reinstates Disabled Worker Paper-Shredding Jobs
*Fake Service Dog ID Brought to Heel by Proposed B.C. Law
*Ontario Government Considers How To Sell Access Law
*Call the New Ontario Government Toll-Free Line to Report AODA Violations We Campaigned Over Two Years to Win This Toll-Free Number!

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ARTICLES:

Amazing Media Coverage of More Toronto Restaurants Refusing Blind Customers with Guide Dogs Shows Toronto Is Not Ready to Host 2015 Pan/ParaPan American Games

Wynne Government Still Wont Strengthen, Not Weaken, Enforcement of Disabilities Act Even Though 2015 Toronto Games Are Fast Approaching

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/amazing-media-coverage-of-more-toronto-restaurants-refusing-blind-customers-with-guide-dogs-shows-toronto-is-not-ready-to-host-2015-panparapan-american-games/

Town Learns About Alternative to Public Transit System

With just a handful of days remaining before the end of the public transit system, a Bracebridge man showed town council a successful alternative.

Cameron Hoffman of Bracebridge Taxi talked about the on-demand accessible transportation service he started two years ago for those with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/town-learns-about-alternative-to-public-transit-system/

Improving Online Accessibility for Students a Major Issue for Schools

Getting schools onboard with accessible learning is a struggle that Kara Zirkle is all too familiar with. As IT accessibility coordinator at George Mason
University in Fairfax, Va., she says resistance to change particularly in the cultural senseis fairly natural and tends to stand in the way of even the best intentions on the assistive learning front.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/improving-online-accessibility-for-students-a-major-issue-for-schools/

As ADA Turns 25, Places of Public Accommodation Must Consider Accessible Technology

Another front burner issue also involving accessible technology is the adoption of touchscreen devices, predominantly for use at the point of sale (POS).
Similar to the website accessibility context, specific federal regulations governing the accessibility of such devices do not currently exist.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/as-ada-turns-25-places-of-public-accommodation-must-consider-accessible-technology/

Tips on Barrier Removal

by wheelchairdemon

Accessible Water Closets

Can you reach the grab bars and/or toilet paper?

Read more at
http://wheelchairdemon-fixit.blogspot.ca/Tips on Barrier Removal

Disability Advocates Question Toronto Parapan Am Games Readiness

We are not ready to ensure that these folks will have a place to eat, or even go to the washroom, or assured public transit to get around, said David
Lepofsky, Chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/disability-advocates-question-toronto-parapan-am-games-readiness/

Government Reinstates Disabled Worker Paper-Shredding Jobs

Aside from anger at the apparent callous way the workers were treated, much of the public outrage has been around that lowly equivalent payment of $1.15 an hour.

An Ontario government announcement mid-week that the provincial minimum wage will be increased to $11.25 in the fall only served to emphasize what many critics see as an inequity.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/government-reinstates-disabled-worker-paper-shredding-jobs/

Fake Service Dog ID Brought to Heel by Proposed B.C. Law

Fake ID is going to the dogs rather too much, as it turns out. But a proposed B.C. law aims to stop people labelling dogs without proper training as service dogs, by creating government issued dog ID and a provincial registry.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/fake-service-dog-id-brought-to-heel-by-proposed-b-c-law/

Ontario Government Considers How To Sell Access Law

By Victor Schwartzman

Announcing the Governments slogan Access Is A Competitive Advantage, the Minister said Obviously, our position is that business people do not care
about people, human rights or the law. They only care about money. So we have to sell access as a competitive advantage.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-government-considers-how-to-sell-access-law/

Call the New Ontario Government Toll-Free Line to Report AODA Violations We Campaigned Over Two Years to Win This Toll-Free Number!

It is not necessary to yourself first notify the obligated organization of your concern that it has violated the AODA. However, it is quite worthwhile
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report any information on your efforts to get the obligated organization to fix the problem, and the response you received from the obligated organization.

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Amazing Media Coverage of More Toronto Restaurants Refusing Blind Customers with Guide Dogs Shows Toronto Is Not Ready to Host 2015 Pan/ParaPan American Games

Wynne Government Still Won’t Strengthen, Not Weaken, Enforcement of Disabilities Act Even Though 2015 Toronto Games Are Fast Approaching

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/amazing-media-coverage-of-more-toronto-restaurants-refusing-blind-customers-with-guide-dogs-shows-toronto-is-not-ready-to-host-2015-panparapan-american-games/

Town Learns About Alternative to Public Transit System

With just a handful of days remaining before the end of the public transit system, a Bracebridge man showed town council a successful alternative.

Cameron Hoffman of Bracebridge Taxi talked about the on-demand accessible transportation service he started two years ago for those with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/town-learns-about-alternative-to-public-transit-system/

Improving Online Accessibility for Students a Major Issue for Schools

Getting schools onboard with accessible learning is a struggle that Kara Zirkle is all too familiar with. As IT accessibility coordinator at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., she says resistance to change, particularly in the cultural senseis fairly natural and tends to stand in the way of even the best intentions on the assistive learning front.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/improving-online-accessibility-for-students-a-major-issue-for-schools/

As ADA Turns 25, Places of Public Accommodation Must Consider Accessible Technology

Another “front burner” issue also involving accessible technology is the adoption of touchscreen devices, predominantly for use at the point of sale (POS). Similar to the website accessibility context, specific federal regulations governing the accessibility of such devices do not currently exist.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/as-ada-turns-25-places-of-public-accommodation-must-consider-accessible-technology/

Tips on Barrier Removal

by wheelchairdemon
March 26, 2015

Accessible Water Closets

Can you reach the grab bars and/or toilet paper?

Read more at
http://wheelchairdemon-fixit.blogspot.ca/

Disability Advocates Question Toronto Parapan Am Games Readiness

“We are not ready to ensure that these folks will have a place to eat, or even go to the washroom, or assured public transit to get around,” said David Lepofsky, Chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/disability-advocates-question-toronto-parapan-am-games-readiness/

Government Reinstates Disabled Worker’ Paper-Shredding Jobs

Aside from anger at the apparent callous way the workers were treated, much of the public outrage has been around that lowly equivalent payment of $1.15 an hour.

An Ontario government announcement mid-week that the provincial minimum wage will be increased to $11.25 in the fall only served to emphasize what many critics see as an inequity.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/government-reinstates-disabled-worker-paper-shredding-jobs/