Accessibility News February 24,2024 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 44 weeks, 3 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

*MPP Questions Government Commitment to Accessibility Goal
*Toronto’s Winter Stations are a Sight to Behold, but Disability Advocates Say They’re Far From Accessible
*LETTER: Accessibility Mat Issue is Just the Tip of the Iceberg
*Crawford Technologies Partners with PossibleNOW to Give Greater Control Over Communication Preferences and Delivery
*Starbucks is Updating Its Cafes to Be More Accessible With New Inclusive Designs
*Accessibility Holds a Mirror Up to An Inclusive Society
* AODAAlliance Updates(2)

ARTICLES:

MPP Questions Government Commitment to Accessibility Goal

“It’s unacceptable that you aren’t going to reach this target, and it’s unacceptable that you have been hiding the truth. You owe people with disabilities an apology, and you owe them action,” says Vaugeois.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/mpp-questions-government-commitment-to-accessibility-goal/

Toronto’s Winter Stations are a Sight to Behold, but Disability Advocates Say They’re Far From Accessible

Every year, Beate Hundert says she tries to view the art exhibits part of Winter Stations along Woodbine Beach. And each time, she says she’s robbed of the experience.

Instead of getting to view each station up close, Hundert says she can only go as far as the boardwalk allows.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/torontos-winter-stations-are-a-sight-to-behold-but-disability-advocates-say-theyre-far-from-accessible/

LETTER: Accessibility Mat Issue is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Almost twenty years have passed since the government of Ontario unanimously passed The Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act (AODA).

It was created to help people with disabilities fully participate in society, bring them to the table in crafting regulations, and build mechanisms to enforce standards. Advocates and experts hailed the legislation as groundbreaking and progressive. The goal was to have Ontario accessible to people with disabilities by 2025.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/letter-accessibility-mat-issue-is-just-the-tip-of-the-iceberg/

Crawford Technologies Partners with PossibleNOW to Give Greater Control Over Communication Preferences and Delivery

Crawford Technologies, a provider of innovative document solutions that streamline, improve and manage customer communications, announces it has established a partnership with PossibleNOW, a leading provider of preference and content management software. The partnership opens new opportunities for companies to transform customer engagement with the ability to implement a robust preference management system that connects to Crawford Technologiesâ enterprise communications processing (ECP) software.

Read more at
https://crawfordtech.com/news-events/press-release/crawford-technologies-partners-with-possiblenow/

Starbucks is Updating Its Cafes to Be More Accessible With New Inclusive Designs

Restaurant design changes include a point of sales system that’s accessible for the visually impaired, power-operated doors, and wider pedestrian paths

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/starbucks-is-updating-its-cafes-to-be-more-accessible-with-new-inclusive-designs/

Accessibility Holds a Mirror Up to An Inclusive Society

Efforts to improve accessibility must include consultation with persons living with disabilities and their advocates on priority issues.

Accessibility is not simply bricks and mortar, policies and legislation, but rather a mindset of inclusion to be embraced and nurtured, writes Brian Swainson.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/accessibility-holds-a-mirror-up-to-an-inclusive-society/

AODA Alliance Updates:

In the Legislature, the Ford Government Again Dodges Important Questions About its Failed Implementation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/in-the-legislature-the-ford-government-again-dodges-important-questions-about-its-failed-implementation-of-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-act/

Is the Second Time the Charm? AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky is Again Invited to Give Evidence at Airline Disability Barriers Hearings at the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/is-the-second-time-the-charm-aoda-alliance-chair-david-lepofsky-is-again-invited-to-give-evidence-at-airline-disability-barriers-hearings-at-the-house-of-commons-standing-committee-on-transport/

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