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The AODA Clock is Ticking
There are 4 years, 42 weeks, 6 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?
In this Issue
*Ontario Government to Fund Talk Therapy, Improve Integration in Mental Illness Treatment
*Accessibility in School Curriculums at Every Level
*Flying While Disabled: Air Travelers Must Wait Decades for Handicap-Accessible Bathrooms
*AODA Alliance’s Toronto Star Guest Column Honours the Memory of the Late Senator David Smith, An Important Hero in the Campaign for Accessibility for People with Disabilities ” And Other News
*The QP Briefing Podcast: Welcoming David Lepofsky
*The Ford Government Claims to Be Leading Ontario By Its Example on Achieving Accessibility for 2.6 Million Ontarians with Disabilities, But a Closer Look Shows That It Is Leading By a Poor Example
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Ontario Government to Fund Talk Therapy, Improve Integration in Mental Illness Treatment
The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) welcomes today’s announcement by the Ontario Government to improve quality, address gaps and increase services in treating mental illness and addictions.
Accessibility in School Curriculums at Every Level
In the third review of the AODA, the Honourable David Onley recommends needed improvements to the Act. One of these improvements is the need to help more Ontarians learn about people with disabilities and understand accessibility. During public meetings Onley held while preparing his review, attendees requested that the government mandate accessibility in school curriculums at every level. If students learn about disability during elementary and high school, they will know the truth about how disability impacts people’s lives. Moreover, they will be comfortable interacting with people who have disabilities.
Flying While Disabled: Air Travelers Must Wait Decades for Handicap-Accessible Bathrooms
New proposals for handicapped-accessible airline lavatories would only apply to new aircraft not the 5,600 planes already flying today.
Federal officials want to make airplane bathrooms easier to use for people with disabilities and aging travelers with reduced mobility. But it could be decades before planes with those features dominate the air.
AODA Alliance’s Toronto Star Guest Column Honours the Memory of the Late Senator David Smith, An Important Hero in the Campaign for Accessibility for People with Disabilities ” And Other News
Toronto Star Runs A Guest Column by AODA Alliance Chair on the Legacy for Canadians with Disabilities Left by the Late Senator David Smith
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The QP Briefing Podcast: Welcoming David Lepofsky
David Lepofsky, chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance, joins the QP Briefing podcast this week to discuss accessibility issues in the province.
The Ford Government Claims to Be Leading Ontario By Its Example on Achieving Accessibility for 2.6 Million Ontarians with Disabilities, But a Closer Look Shows That It Is Leading By a Poor Example
Last Friday, February 28, 2020, at a media event to which the AODA Alliance was not invited, the Ford Government made an announcement, set out below, unveiling how it says it is leading Ontario by example to achieve accessibility for 2.6 million Ontarians with disabilities-
people who face far too many barriers on a daily basis when they try to get a job, ride public transit, shop, or use public services. Yet a closer look shows that the example by which the Ford Government says it is leading is a very poor one. It lacks key ingredients that Ontarians with disabilities need.
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