AODA Alliance Immediate NEWS RELEASE

On Third Anniversary of Premier Wynne’s First Throne Speech, that Promised Increased Employment for Ontarians with Disabilities Is a Priority, the AODA Alliance Releases a Detailed Analysis Showing Three Years of Government Dithering and Delay, Despite Declarations by the Wynne Government’s Special Advisor on Disability, Former Lieutenant-Governor David Onley, that the Unemployment Rate Facing People with Disabilities Is a National Shame

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http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-immediate-news-release/

Police Unveil Text-to-911 Service for Hearing Impaired

Ottawa police announced Wednesday the creation of a text-to-911 service, facilitating 911 contact via cellphone for the deaf and hearing impaired.

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http://www.aoda.ca/police-unveil-text-to-911-service-for-hearing-impaired/

Ontario Simplifies Medical Reviews for People on Disability Support

Onerous reviews for people on ODSP many of whom suffer from mental illness will become less stressful under a new process.

About 30 per cent of Dr. Gary Bloch’s family-practice patients survive on ODSP payments of about $1,110 a month for a single person. By: Laurie Monsebraaten Social Justice Reporter, Published on Thu Feb 18 2016

Queen’s Park is scrapping its “difficult and intimidating” medical review process for people receiving income support from the Ontario Disability Support Program, in favour of a simpler approach.

Provincial officials will work with anti-poverty advocates to design a new, streamlined medical review process and form, Community and Social Services Minister Helena Jaczek told the Star on Wednesday. It will be implemented this fall.

Toronto Officials Lay Down the Law on New Sidewalks

City staff are proposing changes that would allow new sidewalks to be installed on local roads even if residents don’t want them.

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http://www.aoda.ca/toronto-officials-lay-down-the-law-on-new-sidewalks/

Human Rights Commission Releases Decision Related to Service Animal Legislation

In a decision released February 8, 2016 a Human Rights Board of Inquiry has made a finding of discrimination against a taxi company for failing to provide service to a sight impaired women who was accompanied by a service animal.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/human-rights-commission-releases-decision-related-to-service-animal-legislation/

New Yorkers with Disabilities Are Denied Equitable Access to the Citys Sidewalks

In July 2014, DRA and Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP filed a class action lawsuit against the City of New York challenging widespread dangerous curb ramps and inaccessible pedestrian routes throughout New York City neighborhoods in Manhattan below 14th Street. These inaccessible pedestrian routes result in persons with mobility and vision disabilities from traveling freely and safely throughout these neighborhoods.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/new-yorkers-with-disabilities-are-denied-equitable-access-to-the-citys-sidewalks/

Kessler Foundation and NJIT Secure $5M Grant to Study Wearable Robots

Researchers from the two institutions are working together on the next generation of robotic exoskeletons to improve mobility and to enable safer, more independent functioning for people with spinal cord injuries (SCI), Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and stroke.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/kessler-foundation-and-njit-secure-5m-grant-to-study-wearable-robots/

Accessibility News February 13,2016 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 8 years, 46 weeks, 2 days till a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

One Year Ago Today the Wynne Government Released the Report of the Mayo Moran Independent Review of Ontarios Disabilities Act

The Moran Report in substance found that after ten years on the books, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act had not made a significant difference in the lives of people with disabilities. Ontario was then not on schedule for full accessibility by 2025, the deadline that the AODA requires.

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http://www.aoda.ca/one-year-ago-today-the-wynne-government-released-the-report-of-the-mayo-moran-independent-review-of-ontarios-disabilities-act/

New Accessible Tram Stops Not On the Level for Those Most In Need in Melbourne

Melbourne’s expanding fleet of low-floor trams are being allocated to tram routes that lack wheelchair-accessible stops, while accessible tram stops are being built on routes that have no low-floor trams.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/new-accessible-tram-stops-not-on-the-level-for-those-most-in-need-in-melbourne/