International Certification of Accessibility Consultants for the Built Environment launched by GAATES

The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES), recognized as an international leader in the field of accessibility, is pleased to announce its public launch of the International Certification of Accessibility Consultants Built Environment (ICAC-BE) program.


The AODA Alliance Launches Part 2 of Its Series of Online Videos on the Campaign for Accessibility, to Mark the 23rd Anniversary of Ontario’s Grassroots Campaign for Disability Accessibility

A Great New Resource at Your Fingertips

Today the AODA Alliance is delighted to unveil Part 2 of its series of online videos. These tell the story of the campaign for accessibility in Ontario.


Accessing Education With a Disability Isn’t As Easy As We Think

Lack of leadership in accessibility isn’t just a problem for the University of Ottawa(U of O).

As someone who lives without a disability, a wheelchair ramp is one of the first things that comes to mind when I think of accessibility.

But accessibility goes far beyond this, especially in a campus context, expanding to measures such as proper snow removal in the winter and ensuring that students are able to see the text on a PowerPoint in class.


Our Communities are Dying the Death of 1,000 Cuts

Cliche as it might be, we are killing our communities through a thousand cuts. Cuts to hospitals that once provided respite care, cuts to psychiatric services that have lowered the bar from “wellness” to “maintenance” of basic functioning, and cuts to community-based social services that make medication-delivery their primary activity.


Accessibility Concerns Raised in Stirling

Local resident Bill Seeley sits in his electric scooter at the base of the stairs leading up to the second floor of the Stirling-Rawdon and District Recreation Centre. The upper floor, which is rented out for a variety of community activities, currently has no accessibility options for people with mobility issues.


Lawyers Back Family Law Act Change, But Say Disability Definition May Become Issue

Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 8:51 AM | By Amanda Jerome
The Ontario government has introduced an amendment to the province’s Family Law Act that would make all children with disabilities eligible for child support regardless of whether their parents were ever married.

“Our government believes that everyone is entitled to the financial support they need regardless of the makeup of their family,” said Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi, in a statement.

Naqvi added that the government’s introduction to the amendment in its fall economic statement, released Nov. 14, would expand eligibility for support payments to those over 18 years old with a disability or illness who require ongoing financial support from a parent.

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In this Issue

Immigration Minister Vows to Change Law That Bars Immigrants With Disabilities and Illnesses

A parliamentary committee is reviewing the law that refuses applicants who would put “excessive demand” on health or social services.

Canada’s Immigration Minister says he’s committed to changing the rule that bars many people with disabilities and illnesses from immigrating to Canada.


Service Dog Handlers Face Bitter Pushback, Kicked Out of Public Places

Canadian Forces vet booted from mall, child with diabetes rejected from public places

Mike Rude says he often has trouble with people who don’t understand that his service dog, Spark, is allowed to accompany him almost everywhere.


Section 508 Gets an Update: New Web Accessibility Guidelines for Government Sites Take Effect in January

People with hearing and sight disabilities using screen readers and other assistive tech must be able to access content on government websites, but getting and staying compliant is a challenge.