Accessibility News January 21,2023 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There is 1 year, 49 weeks, 2 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

*Return of Online Voting, Vote-From-Hhome to Be Considered
*Making Ontario Totally Accessible by Deadline of 2025 with Suggested Funding Model!
*Air Canada Lost Her Stepdad’s Custom Wheelchair. One Advocate Says It’s ‘Not a One-Off’
*This Service Dog Isn’t a Golden Retriever or Lab. Is that Why This Woman Wasn’t Allowed in an Ontario Hotel?
*Australia Misses 20-Year Public Transport Accessibility Target as Many Train and Tram Networks Fail People With Disabilities *TransLink Testing App-Based Accessibility Tool for Individuals with Sight Loss *David Onley, Former Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, Dead at 72 *AODAAlliance Updates[3]

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ARTICLES:

Return of Online Voting, Vote-From-Hhome to Be Considered

In a presentation to the Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) this week, city staff declared a pilot vote-from-home project offered for the first time during last year’s election a “success” and noted online voting will be considered as an accessible option for the next municipal election.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/return-of-online-voting-vote-from-hhome-to-be-considered/

Making Ontario Totally Accessible by Deadline of 2025 with Suggested Funding Model!

Honourable Doug Ford, Ontario Premier:

As we know the AODA deadline for making Ontario totally accessible is Jan. 1, 2025. For many businesses, the obstacle for achieving compliance with the AODA deadline is finances.
I suggest that Ontario consider a loan program comparable to the Ontario Tile Drainage Loan Act to help our local businesses secure affordable financing for accessibility projects on private property.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/making-ontario-totally-accessible-by-deadline-of-2025-with-suggested-funding-model/

Air Canada Lost Her Stepdad’s Custom Wheelchair. One Advocate Says It’s ‘Not a One-Off’

Airline provided $300 and loaner wheelchair, but family says transferring man in and out of chair not safe

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/air-canada-lost-her-stepdads-custom-wheelchair-one-advocate-says-its-not-a-one-off/

This Service Dog Isn’t a Golden Retriever or Lab. Is that Why This Woman Wasn’t Allowed in an Ontario Hotel?

Durham, Ont., resident Vita Stiebert wants people to know service dogs come in different shapes and sizes.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/this-service-dog-isnt-a-golden-retriever-or-lab-is-that-why-this-woman-wasnt-allowed-in-an-ontario-hotel/

Australia Misses 20-Year Public Transport Accessibility Target as Many Train and Tram Networks Fail People With Disabilities

All of Australia’s train and tram stations should have been fully compliant with accessibility standards by the end of 2022
Only 50 per cent of the country’s network is accessible, according to Sterling Infrastructure’s Susie Pascoe

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/australia-misses-20-year-public-transport-accessibility-target-as-many-train-and-tram-networks-fail-people-with-disabilities/

TransLink Testing App-Based Accessibility Tool for Individuals with Sight Loss

TransLink is set to test the new use of NaviLens, a smartphone app-based tool, for providing passengers with navigational audio and sensory cues to identify their bus stop and the exact point of pick-up. As well, the app provides real-time bus arrival times and service alerts and identifies relevant facilities at a location, such as elevators.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/translink-testing-app-based-accessibility-tool-for-individuals-with-sight-loss/

David Onley, Former Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, Dead at 72

Serving from 2007 to 2014, Onley was the first person with a physical disability to hold the post, a statement from Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell reads.

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/david-onley-former-lieutenant-governor-of-ontario-dead-at-72/

AODAAlliance Updates:

Reflecting Back Upon One of David Onley’s Last Published Statements on the Need for the Ontario Government to Beef Up the Implementation of Ontario’s Disability Act

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/reflecting-back-upon-one-of-david-onleys-last-published-statements-on-the-need-for-the-ontario-government-to-beef-up-the-implementation-of-ontarios-disability-act/

Outpouring of Media Coverage of the Passing of Former Lieutenant Governor David Onley Focuses on His Legacy for Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/outpouring-of-media-coverage-of-the-passing-of-former-lieutenant-governor-david-onley-focuses-on-his-legacy-for-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities/

In Memory of The Honourable David Onley, a Strong Voice for Tearing Down the Many Barriers Still Impeding People with Disabilities

Read more at
https://www.accessibilitynews.ca/in-memory-of-the-honourable-david-onley-a-strong-voice-for-tearing-down-the-many-barriers-still-impeding-people-with-disabilities/

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