Accessibility Advocate Appeals Access to Information Fee

The Wynne government is denying Ontarians the right to know the details behind its promised 2015 crack-down on businesses that ignore their responsibilities under the province’s landmark accessibility legislation, an accessibility activist says.


Check out the Arguments the Information and Privacy Commission Will Hear Tomorrow in AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky’s Freedom of Information Appeal Against the Wynne Government

Tomorrow at 10 a.m., AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky will personally argue his Freedom of Information appeal against the Wynne Government. He is appealing the Ontario Government’s refusal to waive the $4,250 fee the Wynne Government is charging to fully answer his June 4, 2015 Freedom of Information application. He seeks information on the Government’s implementation and enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The Government gave him information it said it could quickly acquire, but is insisting on this fee for all the other information, due to the search time involved.


David vs Goliath: Freedom of Information

Below you will find links to David Lepofsky’s Freedom of Information Appeal with the Ontario Government.

1. david lepofskys reply memorandum of argument on his freedom of information appeal

2. david lepofskys reply affidavit in his freedom of information appeal

3. ontario governments memorandum of argument in opposition to david lepofskys freedom of information appeal

4. ministry affidavit without appendices filed in opposition to david lepofskys freedom of information application

AMI Announces Scholarship Program for 2017

Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today that the 2017 AMI Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarship campaign will launch Monday, February 6.

Entering its sixth year, the AMI Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarship program offers much needed financial assistance to students with a disability. The scholarship was renamed in 2016 in memory of AMI’s former Accessibility Officer, Robert Pearson, who passed away suddenly in December 2015.


Reader Concerned About Lack of Accessibility in Gemmill Park Concept Plan

I was quite disappointed when I saw the recent concept plan prepared by Lashley & Associates for the Gemmill Park Project play spaces in Almonte. Accessibility to the proposed playground improvements and the suitability of these improvements to people of all abilities is an ongoing concern of mine.


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In this Issue

Canadian Accessibility Guidelines Survey

A committee has been organized through the Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers that has been tasked with reviewing accessibility guidelines published by various levels of government across Canada.


New Self-Assessment Launching Will Help Departments Evaluate Accessibility Efforts

As part of its ongoing work to guide accessibility and inclusion efforts at Ohio University, the Presidentially Appointed Committee on Disability and Accessibility Promotion (PACDAP) Leadership Implementation Team will launch a departmental self-assessment tool on Tuesday, Jan. 24, to help University departments reflect on their efforts to incorporate accessibility planning into their day-to-day activities and identify resources needed to further those efforts.


Can You Work in Healthcare with a Disability?

If you are one of hundreds of students looking to see if an ADU Online bachelor of science in diagnostic medical sonography would lend itself well to a job you can handle, the following information may prove useful.


Nova Scotians Can Discuss Accessibility at Law Amendments Committee

Nova Scotians are encouraged to present their views about the province’s first accessibility legislation, Bill 59, to the Law Amendments Committee.