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In this Issue
*Yet More Superb Media Coverage of the Need for the Wynne Government to Strengthen Enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
*Proposed Changes to the AODA Customer Service Standard
*Accessibility Laws Not Enforced:Advocates
*The Deaf-Blind Dilemma
*Service Animal Laws Challenged in Arizona
*Manitobas Vulnerable Persons Act: Only a select few protected
*Taking The Social Model of Disability Online
*Ontario Launches Grand Experiment To Teach People About Access!
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Yet More Superb Media Coverage of the Need for the Wynne Government to Strengthen Enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
Fully five months ago, the final report of the Mayo Moran Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Independent Review told the Wynne Government
that ten years of its implementing the AODA has not made a significant impact on the lives of Ontarians with disabilities. The Government has still not announced a plan to implement that clear, strong and practical report.
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Proposed Changes to the AODA Customer Service Standard
Last year, proposed changes to the Customer Service Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA), were made available
for public comment. A finalized version of these proposed changes has now been released.
Accessibility Laws Not Enforced:Advocates
But a spokesman with the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure confirmed that the government opted instead to simply enhance
tracking systems on an existing phone line used to share general information on access regulations.
Glen Padassery says reports filed through the line will be used primarily for trend analysis rather than enforcement.
The Deaf-Blind Dilemma
Because of all the oppression by the hearing educators, this generation of Deaf people learned to distrust the hearing community. That distrust continues
today and is perpetuated by incidents such as the failure of institutions such as hospitals and the judicial system to hire qualified interpreters when
serving a Deaf person, resulting in horror stories about wrongful incarceration, withheld medical treatment, etc.
Service Animal Laws Challenged in Arizona
Donald Porterfield is the first vice president of the National Federation of the Blind of Arizona and serves as its legislative director. Recently he found
out about a proposal to eliminate protections for service dogs, including guide dogs for the blind.
Manitobas Vulnerable Persons Act: Only a select few protected
Depending on someone to get me out of bed in the morning and manage the details of my life until they put me in my room at night only makes me feel one way: Vulnerable, says Alex Lytwyn.
Taking The Social Model of Disability Online
As more of our lives move online, is the online world accessible to everyone? Are newer technologies keeping up, or are disabled people getting left out again?
Ontario Launches Grand Experiment To Teach People About Access!
By Victor Schwartzman
Minister Brad Duguid, responsible for the implementation of the AODA access law, has publicly declared he is easing up on AODAs already comatose enforcement.
Businesses would only find ways around the law, he reasoned on behalf of the Ontario Government, so why enforce it
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