Accessibility News May 23,2015 Update

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In this Issue

*Ontario Human Rights Commissions Chief Commissioner Endorses the AODA Alliances Call to Ensure a Legacy of Improved Tourism/ Hospitality Accessibility for the 2015 Toronto Pan/ParaPan American Games
*Message from Interim Chief Commissioner Ruth Goba: Global Accessibility Awareness Day
*Human Rights Protection: How far have we come?
*Please Support Barrier-Free Canada A New Disability Coalition that Advocates for a nation-wide Canadians with Disabilities Act
*Jim McEwen at Queens Park to Raise Concerns of Age Discrimination Against Ontario Post-Stroke Patients Between 20 and 64
*Refusing Service to Customer With a Dog
*Ontario Rethinks Complex Disability Reviews; Advocates Say Unwieldy System Wastes Public Funds and Puts Vulnerable at Risk
*P.T. Barnums Secret AODA Advice Revealed

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ARTICLES:

Ontario Human Rights Commissions Chief Commissioner Endorses the AODA Alliances Call to Ensure a Legacy of Improved Tourism/ Hospitality Accessibility for the 2015 Toronto Pan/ParaPan American Games

Former Premier David Peterson Reportedly Confirms the Games Are $56 Million Under Budget Yet Still No Announced Ontario Government Strategy to Ensure Greater
Accessibility of Tourism/Hospitality Services as Hundreds of Thousands Expected to Come to the Greater Toronto Area for the 2015 Games

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-human-rights-commissions-chief-commissioner-endorses-the-aoda-alliances-call-to-ensure-a-legacy-of-improved-tourism-hospitality-accessibility-for-the-2015-toronto-pan-parapan-americ/

Message from Interim Chief Commissioner Ruth Goba: Global Accessibility Awareness Day

It is important that municipalities collect feedback on how accessible the games were for both athletes and spectators. Think about the accessibility of
the venues and the experience as a whole (ranging from where they stayed to how they got to the venue). To do this, we recommend that both the Pan Am/Parapan
Am Games Organizing Committee and the municipalities who host events collect and track complaints/compliments about accessibility, and use that feedback to guide broader efforts to improve accessibility.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/message-from-interim-chief-commissioner-ruth-goba-global-accessibility-awareness-day/

Human Rights Protection: How far have we come?

By John Rae

This tells me two things. On the one hand, it is clear that members of the disability community have learned what rights we have, and are prepared to file
complaints to resolve instances of discrimination. On the other hand, however, it also indicates the extent of discrimination, both by design and through unintended actions, that continues to plague persons with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/human-rights-protection-how-far-have-we-come/

Please Support Barrier-Free Canada A New Disability Coalition that Advocates for a nation-wide Canadians with Disabilities Act

Ever since the movement began over 20 years ago for an Ontario accessibility law, we have been asked over and over: Why not go for a nation-wide Canadians
with Disabilities Act? Now, a community coalition has formed to achieve that goal.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/please-support-barrier-free-canada-a-new-disability-coalition-that-advocates-for-a-nation-wide-canadians-with-disabilities-act/

Jim McEwen at Queens Park to Raise Concerns of Age Discrimination Against Ontario Post-Stroke Patients Between 20 and 64

by Jim McEwen

It is now May 19, 2015 and there is no hint of your Plan referenced on April 2, 2015. Please provide me with an update on your subject Plan. This discrimination
cannot continue. Surely a verbal commitment to the Speaker of the House must be meaningful, especially from a Minister of the Crown. Please recall your Oath of Office when becoming Ontarios Health Minister.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/jim-mcewen-at-queens-park-to-raise-concerns-of-age-discrimination-against-ontario-post-stroke-patients-between-20-and-64/

Refusing Service to Customer With a Dog

Interestingly, the Toronto Star story mentioned a city bylaw but didnt mention the Ontario Human Rights Code or the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities
Act, 2005 (AODA). Both pieces of legislation require accommodation for people with disabilities in the provision of goods and services. Specifically, the
AODA Customer Service Standard requires organizations to allow customers onto their premises with their guide dogs and service animals.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/refusing-service-to-customer-with-a-dog/

Ontario Rethinks Complex Disability Reviews; Advocates Say Unwieldy System Wastes Public Funds and Puts Vulnerable at Risk

Laurie Monsebraaten

Queens Park is reversing an aggressive plan to clear a backlog of more than 60,000 medical reviews for people on disability welfare after advocates warned it would be a waste of public funds and put vulnerable Ontarians at risk.

While we remain committed to eliminating the backlog of medical reviews, we want to take the time to get the process right, said a spokeswoman for Helena
Jaczek, the minister of community and social services. The government has been working with advocates to improve the medical review process, Meaghan Coker added in an email.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/ontario-rethinks-complex-disability-reviews-advocates-say-unwieldy-system-wastes-public-funds-and-puts-vulnerable-at-risk/

P.T. Barnums Secret AODA Advice Revealed

By Victor Schwartzman and P.T. Barnum

When it comes to having legislated requirements, were the only province that has that right now. So were number one in the world for that.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/p-t-barnums-secret-aoda-advice-revealed/

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