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In this Issue
*Fixing Society Involves Boosting Accessibility Laws
*Creating New National Accessibility Legislation: What We Learned
*The Media Reports on AODA Alliance Concerns About the Wynne Governments Disability Employment Strategy
*Accessing Accessibility Under the Building Code, the AODA and the OHRC
*Todays Wynne Government Disability Employment Strategy Offers Too Little Immediate Concrete Action and More Delays for Unemployed Ontarians with Disabilities, After More Than Four Years Since the Government Promised Action
*Making the Business Case for Hiring People with Disabilities *Manitoba Accessibility Awareness Week kicks off June 4
*So many barriers: Forum discusses jobs and accessibility
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Fixing Society Involves Boosting Accessibility Laws
The world would be a different place for people who have disabilities if Toronto lawyer David Lepofsky has his way.
Lepofsky said the biggest changes would happen if governments could be convinced to create better laws to guide accessibility.
Creating New National Accessibility Legislation: What We Learned
Message from the Minister
As Canadas first-ever Minister responsible for persons with disabilities, I had the honour of leading Canadas largest and most accessible consultation on disability issues ever.
The Media Reports on AODA Alliance Concerns About the Wynne Governments Disability Employment Strategy
And More Reflections on that Disability Employment Strategy
Accessing Accessibility Under the Building Code, the AODA and the OHRC
In light of recent amendments to the Building Code, landlords and tenants should be aware of whether a particular renovation they are considering could trigger new accessibility requirements.
Todays Wynne Government Disability Employment Strategy Offers Too Little Immediate Concrete Action and More Delays for Unemployed Ontarians with Disabilities, After More Than Four Years Since the Government Promised Action
Toronto: The Wynne Governments Disability Employment Strategy, unveiled this afternoon, will do little for months, if not years, to combat high levels of unemployment facing Ontarians with disabilities. In 2015, David Onley (Ontarios former Lieutenant Governor and now the Wynne Governments Special Advisor on Accessibility) declared that the unemployment rate facing people with disabilities in Canada is not only a national crisis, its a national shame.
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Making the Business Case for Hiring People with Disabilities
In his address, Mr. Lewis emphasized the need to change perceptions about the key role people with disabilities can play within all areas of a business.
Most of us believe that people with disabilities cannot perform as well on the job as others. At Walgreens, we found that to be untrue and unfair, Mr. Lewis said. He continued, We ended up hiring more than 1,000 people with disabilities. We didnt lower the bar when it came to performance, but we did have to open the door wider to include those who are routinely overlooked. The results exceeded our wildest expectations.
Manitoba Accessibility Awareness Week kicks off June 4
More than a dozen events will focus on ways to improve accessibility in the province, with guest speakers flying in from Denver and Toronto.
David Lepofsky, a Toronto-based advocate, will be in Winnipeg for three talks during Manitoba Accessibility Awareness Week.
So many barriers: Forum discusses jobs and accessibility
Alliance aims to have people noticed for their abilities rather than their disabilities
Islanders shared accessibility issues on P.E.I. and how they want the federal government to improve things at a public forum Wednesday.
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