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The AODA Clock is Ticking
There are 7 years, 3 weeks, 3 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?
In this Issue
*After Months of AODA Alliance Advocacy Efforts, the Wynne Government Announces the Chairs of the Education Standards Development Committee
*Government of Canada: Call for Proposal Accessibility
*Elections Ontario Invites Ontarians to Provide Feedback on Accessibility of Proposed Voting Locations for the 2018 General Election
*New Year, New AODA Rules Is Your Business Accessible ?
*Will Ontarios Transportation Standards Development Committee Consider and Vote on Each Recommendation that the AODA Alliance and ARCH Disability Law Centre Have Made to Strengthen Ontarios Transportation Accessibility Standard?
*The Opposition New Democratic Party and Progressive Conservative Party Each Draw on The AODA Alliances December 4, 2017 News Release to Support Our Call
for the Wynne Government to Now Appoint the Overdue Education Standards Development Committee
*Much Remains to Be Done When It Comes to Quality of Life and Safety
*Toronto Needs Wider, Unobstructed Sidewalks, Disability and Pedestrian Advocates Say
*All Branches of Government Must Rally Together for Canadians With Disabilities
*News Release: Anniversary of Wynne Government Inaction
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After Months of AODA Alliance Advocacy Efforts, the Wynne Government Announces the Chairs of the Education Standards Development Committee
Year-End Report on Efforts in 2017 of Ontarios Grassroots Non-Partisan Accessibility Campaign
Government of Canada: Call for Proposal Accessibility
Exciting news! We have just released a letter of interest for our Accessibility Procurement Pilot (Gov. of Canada Call for Proposal Accessibility , looking for better digital solutions to improve the accessibility of our Public Service Commission of Canadas online recruitment system.
Elections Ontario Invites Ontarians to Provide Feedback on Accessibility of Proposed Voting Locations for the 2018 General Election
Today marks the first day of a month-long public consultation process on the accessibility of proposed voting locations for the 2018 General Election.
Public consultation will run online from December 5 to January 5, 2018
New Year, New AODA Rules Is Your Business Accessible ?
January 1st, 2018 brings a brand new set of requirements for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA)
If you are not familiar with AODA, its comprised of a series of rules and regulations designed to make Ontario fully accessible within the next decade (with a goal of 2025). The rules are being implemented in phases, in order to give both small and large workplaces time to acclimatize to the changes and adjust both their physical spaces, as well as their policies.
Will Ontarios Transportation Standards Development Committee Consider and Vote on Each Recommendation that the AODA Alliance and ARCH Disability Law Centre Have Made to Strengthen Ontarios Transportation Accessibility Standard?
There is good reason to be quite concerned about the efforts going on now to develop or review accessibility standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Right now, four Standards Development Committees are in operation. The Wynne Government appointed each of them under the AODA.
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The Opposition New Democratic Party and Progressive Conservative Party Each Draw on The AODA Alliances December 4, 2017 News Release to Support Our Call for the Wynne Government to Now Appoint the Overdue Education Standards Development Committee
One full year ago today, Premier Wynne announced in the Ontario Legislature that her Government would create an Education Accessibility Standard under the AODA. We have led the campaigned for this, to tear down the many disability barriers that impede students with disabilities in Ontarios education system.
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Much Remains to Be Done When It Comes to Quality of Life and Safety
Sarah Jama says there is much to be done when it comes to protecting and providing quality of life for the citys most vulnerable residents.
Sarah Jama is an outreach coordinator at the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion and a disability justice activist in Hamilton Ontario.
Hamilton has the largest population of people with disabilities in our province.
Toronto Needs Wider, Unobstructed Sidewalks, Disability and Pedestrian Advocates Say
As she navigates Torontos sidewalks, Yin Brown finds herself dodging a dizzying array of obstacles.
I smash into patio fences, trip over cafe chairs, get stuck in bicycle racks, walk into trees and even knock down seniors, said the president of Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians.
All Branches of Government Must Rally Together for Canadians With Disabilities
Dec. 3 is the United Nations-sanctioned International Day of Persons With Disabilities (IDPD), and this also marks the 30th year since I wheeled around the world creating awareness and encouraging barriers to be removed. A lot has been accomplished in that time, including the UN declaring the launch of
the Decade of Disabled Persons from 1983-1992, which ended with a global conference on accessibility hosted by Canada that I had the good fortune of leading.
News Release: Anniversary of Wynne Government Inaction
One Year After Promising A New Regulation for One-Third of a Million Ontario Students with Disabilities to Tear Down Disability Barriers in Schools, Colleges
and Universities, Why Hasnt Premier Wynne Appointed the Mandatory Advisory Committee to Recommend What that Regulation Should Include?
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*What You Need to Know for 2018: Upcoming Compliance Deadlines and Milestones
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