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In this Issue
*New Democratic Party and Progressive Conservative Party Call on the Wynne Government to Make Public All Information that AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky Requested in His June 4, 2015 Freedom of Information Application, on the Disabilities Acts Implementation and Enforcement Without Charging a Fee
*Educational Organizations, Libraries, and the AODA
*Tell the Ontario Government if You Support the AODA Alliances and ARCH Disability Law Centres Brief to the Ontario Government on Reforms to Make Transportation Accessible to People with Disabilities
*City of Peterborough Launches Online Survey on Accessibility
*Information and Privacy Commission Orders the Wynne Government to Reveal Its Plans for Enforcing Ontarios Accessibility Law
*Privacy Commission Rules in Favour of Accessibility Advocacy Group
*Federal Disabilities Minister Frustrated After Family Denied Residency Over Daughters Health Needs
*Committed to Technology Equality for People with Disabilities
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New Democratic Party and Progressive Conservative Party Call on the Wynne Government to Make Public All Information that AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky Requested in His June 4, 2015 Freedom of Information Application, on the Disabilities Acts Implementation and Enforcement Without Charging a Fee
and Other Developments on the Freedom of Information Front
Despite the lazy, hazy days of summer, there are four important developments on our efforts to get the Wynne Government to keep its promise to be the most open and transparent government in Canada.
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Educational Organizations, Libraries, and the AODA
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) sets the goal of creating an accessible Ontario by the year 2025. Because of their important role, it is especially important for schools, libraries, and other educational organizations to be accessible for students, parents, and patrons with disabilities.
While AODA applies to all organizations with one or more employee subject to regulation by the province of Ontario, there are a number of rules that apply specifically to educational institutions. These regulations apply to school boards and most public and private educational organizations that grant degrees, diplomas, or certificates. Libraries are also subject to some special rules.
Tell the Ontario Government if You Support the AODA Alliances and ARCH Disability Law Centres Brief to the Ontario Government on Reforms to Make Transportation Accessible to People with Disabilities
On July 31, 2017, the AODA Alliance and ARCH Disability Law Centre submitted our finalized joint brief to the Transportation Standards Development committee. In it we offer detailed recommendations on how the Government should strengthen the Transportation Accessibility Standard which the Ontario Government enacted in 2011 under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Our finalized brief is available in MS Word format at:
http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/07312017-brief-on-transportation-accessibility-standard.docx Read more at
City of Peterborough Launches Online Survey on Accessibility
The city has launched a survey for people with a disability, or their advocates, as part of a plan to set priorities for accessibility planning in the city.
People who live in Peterborough, or who work in or visit the city, are asked to share their experiences with accessibility through the online survey at http://www.peterborough.ca/AccessibilityPlanSurvey.
Information and Privacy Commission Orders the Wynne Government to Reveal Its Plans for Enforcing Ontarios Accessibility Law
and Finds the Government Tried to Charge the AODA Alliance, an Unfunded Disability Coalition, over Five Times the Fee It Could Justify Disability Coalition Presses the Government to Make Freedom of Information Free
Privacy Commission Rules in Favour of Accessibility Advocacy Group
TORONTO Ontarios privacy commission says the provincial government significantly overcharged an advocacy group fighting for information on accessibility law compliance in the province and must now hand over the material.
Federal Disabilities Minister Frustrated After Family Denied Residency Over Daughters Health Needs
Carla Qualtrough hopes to reverse presumption that people with disabilities burden the system
An advocate who says it is unfair that an American family was denied permanent residency due to the potential costs of their daughters health problems has found an ally in Canadas minister of persons with disabilities.
Committed to Technology Equality for People with Disabilities
The year 2017 will be remembered as a major milestone in the relationship between technology and equality.
Earlier this year, updates were finally approved to the Section 508 Amendment of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that transformed turn-of-the-century accessibility guidelines for procurement and services of the U.S. federal government to encompass modern challenges and solutions. This new set of requirements provides organizations with a roadmap toward creating inclusive technologies that can benefit all individuals, including people with disabilities.
eSSENTIAL Accessibility: helping organizations reach, serve and empower people with disabilities.
The eSSENTIAL Accessibility assistive technology app gives those who have trouble typing, moving a mouse, or reading a screen due to a variety of conditions – such as stroke, paralysis or arthritis – the tools they need to navigate the Web. The app is free to the end-user and simple to use.
Organizations that feature the app on their websites are committed to making it easier for people with disabilities to access information online. For more info, please visit http://www.essentialaccessibility.com
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