Accessibility News May 10,2014 Update

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In this Issue

*Lest You Forgot: The Wynne/McGuinty Legacy
*What New Efforts will Elections Ontario Make to Remove Barriers Impeding Voters with Disabilities During the June 12, 2014 Ontario Election?
*Historic Rule Passed; NYC Taxicab Accessibility to Dramatically Increase
*Compare the Major Ontario Parties’ Records On Disability Accessibility
*Yellowknife and The Toilet Seat of Democracy
*Please Raise Disability Accessibility Issues with Voters and Candidates Across Ontario!

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ARTICLES:

Lest You Forgot: The Wynne/McGuinty Legacy

With the upcoming election just around the corner, I’ve compiled a list of Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynnes’ accomplishments, or lack of them with regards to the Disabled Community.

While she has tried to distance herself from him lately perhaps this video will remind you:

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/mcguinty-watch/
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What New Efforts will Elections Ontario Make to Remove Barriers Impeding Voters with Disabilities During the June 12, 2014 Ontario Election?

On May 8, 2014, the AODA Alliance wrote Chief Electoral Officer Greg Essensa. We asked for details on any new steps Elections Ontario has taken to ensure that voters with disabilities do not face barriers when seeking to take part in the upcoming June 2014, 2014 Ontario general election. That letter is set out below.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/what-new-efforts-will-elections-ontario-make-to-remove-barriers-impeding-voters-with-disabilities-during-the-june-12-2014-ontario-election/

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Historic Rule Passed; NYC Taxicab Accessibility to Dramatically Increase

NEW YORK, NY The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission approved today a measure to phase in accessible yellow taxicabs so that by 2020, fifty percent (50%) of New York’s yellow taxis will be accessible to men, women, and children who use wheelchairs.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/historic-rule-passed-nyc-taxicab-accessibility-to-dramatically-increase/

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Compare the Major Ontario Parties’ Records On Disability Accessibility

We have asked the major parties in the Ontario June 12, 2014 general election to send us their platforms on disability accessibility by 5 pm on Friday, May 9, 2014. They have had over two months to mull over the election commitments we seek. We wrote the party leaders on March 3, 2014 to set out the election commitments on disability accessibility that we are requesting.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/compare-the-major-ontario-parties-records-on-disability-accessibility/

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Yellowknife and The Toilet Seat of Democracy

By Victor Schwartzman

There are seats. There is democracy. Today our subject is the seat of democracy. Specifically, the toilet seat of democracy.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/yellowknife-and-the-toilet-seat-of-democracy/

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Please Raise Disability Accessibility Issues with Voters and Candidates Across Ontario!

AODA Alliance Writes Party Leaders to Ask for their Disability Accessibility Platforms in the June 12, 2014 Election, by May 9, 2014

This is the sixth Ontario general election in which we, preceded by our predecessor (the Ontarians with Disabilities Act Committee), have waged a strong, non-partisan campaign to raise disability accessibility issues with the parties and candidates. In every election, we have gotten disability accessibility pledges from at least two, if not more, of the major parties. Since 1995, every party’s disability accessibility platform has been set out in letters to us, or before 2005, to our predecessor coalition.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/please-raise-disability-accessibility-issues-with-voters-and-candidates-across-ontario-aoda-alliance-writes-party-leaders-to-ask-for-their-disability-accessibility-platforms-in-the-june-12-2014/
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eSSENTIAL Accessibility: helping organizations reach, serve and empower people with disabilities.

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Organizations that feature the app on their websites are committed to making it easier for people with disabilities to access information online.
For more info, please visit http://www.essentialaccessibility.com

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aMENU: Accessible Restaurant Menus.

Visit the site at http://www.amenu.ca , Restaurant Owners visit http://www.amenu.ca/create/ and design your own Menu.

In the Spotlight

*360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower Spring Menu
http://www.amenu.ca/360-restaurant/
*Frida Restaurant & Bar
http://www.amenu.ca/frida-restaurant/

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EVENT

*Stratford Community In Motion Fair
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/stratford-community-in-motion-fair/

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