Accommodating Workers with Mental Illnesses: Part One

Under the AODA, specifically the Employment Standard, employers are required to accommodate workers with mental illnesses. To do so, employers must become aware of what mental illnesses are. They also need to learn some strategies that will allow people with such illnesses to succeed in the workplace.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/accommodating-workers-with-mental-illnesses-part-one/

Time for Real Action on Universal Accessibility

From October 15th through November 30th, Montreal is holding public consultations on the preliminary version of its Action Plan for Universal Accessibility 2019-2020. We welcome the citys willingness to listen and find ways to act to improve accessibility.

Objectives for making municipal services accessible are certainly commendable. However, the Action Plan remains far too vague when it comes to how businesses and new constructions are to be made accessible.

We have attended a couple of consultation meetings, and the lack of accessibility to businesses was one of concerns most often expressed by participants. With fully one third of Montrealers living with mild, moderate, or serious incapacities, it is time to take decisive action.

Rosannie Filato, the member of Montreals Executive Committee responsible for accessibility issues, stated in an interview November 2nd on CBC Radio Ones Radio Noon that the municipal administration intends to pursue discussions with the other levels of government and look at its own urban planning laws to see what it can change to make businesses universally accessible. It is reassuring to see that she is aware of the scope of the problem and willing to find the solutions for which thousands of Montrealers have so long waited.

In this respect, we note that Montreal already has the power to impose accessibility guidelines stricter than the current minimum standards without approval from the Quebec government. The administration must be courageous and audacious.

The preliminary Action Plan does not in any way directly address the discrimination caused by the appalling state of accessibility of businesses. Surprisingly, it makes no mention of discrimination at all. Accessibility is a right recognized by many laws, policies, and charters at all levels of government municipal, provincial, and federal and it is enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (ratified by Canada in 2010). The Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms prohibits not only discrimination based on disability, but also discrimination in access to public places, such as commercial establishments. This is exactly why Montreals Action Plan must put a stronger focus on the issue of accessibility, not only of businesses, but of residential buildings as well.

The government of Quebec, for its part, needs to adopt laws and regulations on universal accessibility that spell out specific obligations, precise deadlines, and penalties for non-compliance or missed deadlines, as is presently done in Ontario and Manitoba. The Plante administration must put pressure on the government to introduce such a reform. Should the province prove unwilling to act, the city must seek the appropriate powers for itself. As it is, the city is doing little more than raising awareness in the private sector. And yet inaccessible businesses continue to be renovated and to open because business owners are not sufficiently informed about the available grants, nor made aware of the economic potential of full accessibility (one UK government study has pegged the buying power of disabled clientele at around £212 billion annually).

Ms. Filato recognizes the importance of communicating with small and medium-sized businesses. This is encouraging, and the Action Plan should better reflect this commitment. Still, it is clear that an enforceable regulatory framework is the only way that real change will ever happen on the ground.

The consultations currently underway, and the statements by the administrations representative, show that the Plante administration is taking universal accessibility and the rights of the disabled seriously. The city must however further improve its Action Plan to recognize and fight against the discrimination experienced by people with disabilities as they navigate their daily lives. Montreal can truly spearhead an accessibility revolution in Quebec by assuming the leadership role that, in Ms. Filatos words, it needs to take.

Jody Negley
Jérôme Saunier
ACTION ACCESSIBLE
editor@thesuburban.com

Original at http://www.thesuburban.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/time-for-real-action-on-universal-accessibility/article_9dcbaccf-9ef5-5fa8-adf5-717998292ed4.html

Activision Ignites Rage Over Spyro’s Accessibility Failure

Subtitles go poof

The arrival of Spyro Reignited Trilogy should be an occasion of joy for players, either those coming to the beloved PlayStation platformer for the first time or those seeing one of their childhood gaming icons lovingly remastered in a modern engine.

The trilogy revisits the first three Spyro games developed by Insomniac Games from 1998 to 2000, all of which were made for the PS1. When the trilogy launched last week, however, there was a notable omission: subtitles.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/activision-ignites-rage-over-spyros-accessibility-failure/

Uber enlists outside help to improve wheelchair-accessible rides

It’s aiming to keep wait times down to 15 minutes or less

Uber has found itself in hot water multiple times over its lack of wheelchair-accessible vehicles (WAVs), and now it’s teaming up with another company in order to better serve passengers with disabilities. It’s partnering with MV Transportation, a company that provides paratransit services across the US and Canada, and is bringing MV Transportation’s WAV fleet to eight cities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/uber-enlists-outside-help-to-improve-wheelchair-accessible-rides/

Accommodating Workers who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

The Employment Standard under the AODA requires employers to accommodate workers with disabilities. Employers can make the workplace accessible for workers who are deaf or hard of hearing if they learn about the kinds of accommodations workers might need.

Here we outline some ways that employers and colleagues can communicate with and accommodate workers who are deaf or hard of hearing. Workers will explain the communication methods that work best for them.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/accommodating-workers-who-are-deaf-or-hard-of-hearing/

The Internet Is An Unwelcoming Place to the Disabled

There’s already a blueprint for a more accessible Internet. If only designers would learn it

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-internet-is-an-unwelcoming-place-to-the-disabled/

Accessibility News November 17,2018 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 6 years, 6 weeks, 4 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

* CBC Radio and TV Report on the Ford Government’s Continued Freeze on the Work of Standards Development Committees to Tackle Disability Barriers in Ontario’s Education and Health Care Systems
* 4 Reasons to Comply with the AODA and Make Your Website Accessible
* Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Medi-Cal
* Accessibility Advocates Want the Ontario Government to Put Them to Work
* Disclosure of Disability in the Workplace
* A Wake Up Call on the Urgent Need to Remove Barriers

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ARTICLES:

CBC Radio and TV Report on the Ford Government’s Continued Freeze on the Work of Standards Development Committees to Tackle Disability Barriers in Ontario’s Education and Health Care Systems

The Ford Government Makes the Obviously Incorrect Claim that Ontario’s Accessibility Law Doesn’t Cover Accessibility of Buildings

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/cbc-radio-and-tv-report-on-the-ford-governments-continued-freeze-on-the-work-of-standards-development-committees-to-tackle-disability-barriers-in-ontarios-education-and-health-care-systems/

4 Reasons to Comply with the AODA and Make Your Website Accessible

There are many reasons why you should be complying with the AODA and removing disability barriers from your website as soon as possible. In fact, we can
come up with more than two million reasons because that’s approximately how many people in Ontario live with disabilities! To get you started, however,
we’re presenting you with four important reasons to ensure your website is as accessible as possible

Read more at
https://www.essentialaccessibility.com/blog/aoda-website/

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Medi-Cal

On October 18, 2018, Disability Rights Advocates(DRA) and a coalition of blind advocates filed a class action lawsuit in Federal Court against the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and its county agents for failing to provide Medi-Cal notices in accessible formats, such as Braille.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/class-action-lawsuit-filed-against-medi-cal/

Accessibility Advocates Want the Ontario Government to Put Them to Work

Committees working on provincial accessibility standards say their work’s been paused for too long

Kathleen Lynch, a student at Humber College, looks down at a garbage can blocking the path to her classroom. She wants Ontario to get back to work creating accessibility standards, so all of her classrooms will be equipped with automatic doors.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/accessibility-advocates-want-the-ontario-government-to-put-them-to-work/

Disclosure of Disability in the Workplace

Disclosure of disability in the workplace is the process in which workers reveal their disabilities to employers. Disclosure of disability can be daunting for workers and the people they disclose to.

In this article, we explore:

Why workers might choose or not choose to disclose; How they might do so; What employers’ responsibilities are after disclosure of disability and How employers can create a work environment encouraging disclosure of disability

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/disclosure-of-disability-in-the-workplace/

A Wake Up Call on the Urgent Need to Remove Barriers

Canada has received a wake-up call in recent months about the urgent need to remove physical barriers in the built environment and improve accessibility for people of all abilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/a-wake-up-call-on-the-urgent-need-to-remove-barriers/

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CBC Radio and TV Report on the Ford Government’s Continued Freeze on the Work of Standards Development Committees to Tackle Disability Barriers in Ontario’s Education and Health Care Systems

The Ford Government Makes the Obviously Incorrect Claim that Ontario’s Accessibility Law Doesn’t Cover Accessibility of Buildings

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/cbc-radio-and-tv-report-on-the-ford-governments-continued-freeze-on-the-work-of-standards-development-committees-to-tackle-disability-barriers-in-ontarios-education-and-health-care-systems/

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Medi-Cal

On October 18, 2018, Disability Rights Advocates(DRA) and a coalition of blind advocates filed a class action lawsuit in Federal Court against the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and its county agents for failing to provide Medi-Cal notices in accessible formats, such as Braille.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/class-action-lawsuit-filed-against-medi-cal/

Accessibility Advocates Want the Ontario Government to Put Them to Work

Committees working on provincial accessibility standards say their work’s been paused for too long

Kathleen Lynch, a student at Humber College, looks down at a garbage can blocking the path to her classroom. She wants Ontario to get back to work creating accessibility standards, so all of her classrooms will be equipped with automatic doors.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/accessibility-advocates-want-the-ontario-government-to-put-them-to-work/