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In this Issue
*On this International Day for People with Disabilities, We Look Back at Kathleen Wynnes Written Promises to 1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities, Made Four years Ago Today, on What She’d Do on Disability Accessibility if She Became Ontarios Premier
*Ontario and Federal Governments Announce $44 Million for New Infrastructure at Centennial College But Announce No Strings To Ensure Its Fully Disability-Accessible
*Accessibility Lift Means a Lot: Swimmer
*Humber Media Program Marks New Inclusiveness
*Accessible Transit ? A Daily Struggle with Accessibility Issues on the TTC
*On the 22nd Anniversary of the Birth of Ontarios Grassroots Accessibility Law Campaign, the AODA Alliance Releases a Striking Video that Shows Significant Accessibility Problems at the Brand New Centennial College Culinary Arts Centre
*International Day of Persons with Disability 2016
*CCD Disappointed by Electoral Reform Bill C-33
*Silent No More: Ottawa Consults on national disability act, demonstrations for disability justice remain strong
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On this International Day for People with Disabilities, We Look Back at Kathleen Wynnes Written Promises to 1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities, Made Four years Ago Today, on What Shed Do on Disability Accessibility if She Became Ontarios Premier
Lets look back at a very important letter that Kathleen Wynne wrote to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance four years ago today, on December 3, 2012. December 3 is the day which the United Nations declares as the International Day for People with Disabilities.
To set the stage, back in the 2012 fall, Premier Dalton McGuinty had announced his plans to step down as premier. The Ontario Liberal party was holding a hotly-contested leadership race. Whoever won would automatically become Ontarios next premier.
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Ontario and Federal Governments Announce $44 Million for New Infrastructure at Centennial College But Announce No Strings To Ensure Its Fully Disability-Accessible
Deeply Worrying After the AODA Alliances Online Video Shows Significant Accessibility Deficiencies at Centennial Colleges Brand-New Culinary Arts Centre
Accessibility Lift Means a Lot: Swimmer
The impact that the lift has had on our members cannot be underestimated, said Sarah Tokley, manager of association aquatics. The lift allows for independent
access to the pool which can have a significant impact on a person with mobility challenges.
Humber Media Program Marks New Inclusiveness
When a student asked Humber College professor Anne Zbitnew to ensure videos presented in her class were captioned, she not only fulfilled the request but also recognized a need to help others to understand inclusive design in digital media. As a result, Zbitnew and her research partner, Hillary Rexe, designed
a program to address that need. This January, Humber will begin to offer the inclusive design in digital media program in a part-time format.
Accessible Transit ? A Daily Struggle with Accessibility Issues on the TTC
by Ilanna Mandel
Back in the 1980s and early 1990s, I was involved with an outspoken group of social activists advocating for an overhaul of our transportation system. The TTC I know today, and the system that existed then are entirely different. Today, there are low floor buses, elevators in subways, brailled information
in subway stations, and new, accessible streetcars are on the way. But, in the analysis of this system, the question must be asked: how accessible is transportation in Toronto? Do we truly have what can be called accessible transit?
On the 22nd Anniversary of the Birth of Ontarios Grassroots Accessibility Law Campaign, the AODA Alliance Releases a Striking Video that Shows Significant Accessibility Problems at the Brand New Centennial College Culinary Arts Centre
The AODA Alliance today makes public a striking 18-minute video, and a shorter 6 minute version. These shows significant accessibility barriers in a brand-new public building that was just built with public money, the new Culinary Arts Centre at Torontos Centennial College. This video depicts accessibility issues regarding the specific design of such things as door openers, parking signage, outside stairs and ramp to the front door, the parking pay machine, washrooms, elevators, interior signage, and more. Ontarios community colleges operate under the Ontario Government.
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International Day of Persons with Disability 2016
Independent Living Canada invites Canadians to join their voices for a more inclusive Canada
In preparation for the 2016 International Day of Persons with Disability (IDPD) Independent Living Canada has an ambitious goal: Get thousands of Canadians from across the country to add their voice by signing their Declaration on their campaign page: http://www.ilcanada.ca/idpd
CCD Disappointed by Electoral Reform Bill C-33
While the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) is pleased with some aspects of the Governments electoral reform bill, This Bill fails to respond to most of the important amendments to the Canada Elections Act that CCD proposed, said John Rae, 1st Vice Chair of CCD.
Silent No More: Ottawa Consults on national disability act, demonstrations for disability justice remain strong
With a national disability act in preparation, the federal government is continuing its consultation process to address concerns within the disability community. On Nov. 1, over 100 people with disabilities arrived at Carleton University to take part in the National Youth Forum on an Accessible Canada.
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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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