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The AODA Clock is Ticking
There are 10 years, 12 weeks, 0 days till a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?
In this Issue
*Ten Years Ago Tomorrow, the Ontario Government Introduced Bill 118, Its Proposed Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, Into the Ontario Legislature for First Reading
*AODA Compliance in 2015: Are You Up to Date?
*Premier Wynnes Mandate Letter to Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid Downplays His Duty to Implement and Enforce Ontarios Disabilities Act Among A Blizzard of Other Ministry Priorities
*The Coming Tide of Website Disability Claims Under ADA
*New Information On AODA Compliance!
*Premier Wynne Snubs 2014 Written Election Promise to 1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities
*Scientist Creates Eye Tracker for £43
*Is it Time for Local AODA Alliance Chapters?
*Blind Woman Calls Foul on Government Letters
*Brock Churches Recognized for Accessibility Improvements
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Ten Years Ago Tomorrow, the Ontario Government Introduced Bill 118, Its Proposed Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, Into the Ontario Legislature for First Reading
Tomorrow marks yet another anniversary of an important milestone on the road to a fully accessible Ontario for over 1.8 million people with disabilities. Ten years ago tomorrow, on October 12, 2004, the Ontario Government under Premier Dalton McGuinty, introduced Bill 118 into the Legislature for First Reading. This is the bill which, once passed in May 2005, became the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
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AODA Compliance in 2015: Are You Up to Date?
If you have not yet complied, for example, because you think that you are an organization that is exempt because you do not receive customers on your premises. Dont fool yourself, there is no exemptions; the definition of customer is very broad and includes your vendors, suppliers, consultants, among others.
Premier Wynnes Mandate Letter to Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid Downplays His Duty to Implement and Enforce Ontarios Disabilities Act Among A Blizzard of Other Ministry Priorities
Brad Duguid, the Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, is the newest Ontario Cabinet Minister with lead responsibility for implementing and enforcing the AODA. He is, for example, responsible for leading the development of new accessibility standards under the AODA, and for enforcing any accessibility standards that have already been enacted.
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The Coming Tide of Website Disability Claims Under ADA
For example, retailers websites now offer the means to order online for pick-up at the store. Restaurants offer reservations online. Movie theaters websites offer ticket reservations or printing for use at the theater. In each of these instances, the case may be made that the website constitutes a public accommodation under the ADA because there is a connection between the good or service complained of and an actual physical space.
New Information On AODA Compliance!
By Victor Schwartzman
Apparently, the lack of any public comment or information or overall significant action about enforcing AODA all stems from a misunderstanding of the transparency mandate. Key policy makers interpreted transparent as being able to see through it. That led to Transparency meaning invisibility. True to that mandate, AODA enforcement has been so transparent it is invisible.
Premier Wynne Snubs 2014 Written Election Promise to 1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities
This tells us that the Government makes big election promises to Ontarians with disabilities, but then largely sets them aside once all votes are counted. People with disabilities deserve better than systematic second-class treatment.
Scientist Creates Eye Tracker for £43
Device normally costing £20,000 opens up computer use for millions with restricted mobility and could hit shelves in two years
Is it Time for Local AODA Alliance Chapters?
Commentary by Linda Saxon
The AODA Alliance has been a very effective voice for the disability community, raising awareness of barrier removal with provincial leaders, but has it trickled down?
Blind Woman Calls Foul on Government Letters
The province is not doing enough to accommodate people with disabilities, according to a blind woman who is routinely expected to read letters from Ontarios Disability Support Program.
Brock Churches Recognized for Accessibility Improvements
Members of council and the volunteer Accessibility Advisory Committee presented 2014 Accessibility Awards to St. Andrews United Church in both Beaverton and Sunderland last week.
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eSSENTIAL Accessibility: helping organizations reach, serve and empower people with disabilities.
The eSSENTIAL Accessibility assistive technology app gives those who have trouble typing, moving a mouse, or reading a screen due to a variety of conditions – such as stroke, paralysis or arthritis – the tools they need to navigate the Web. The app is free to the end-user and simple to use.
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
*Merck Partners with eSSENTIAL Accessibility to Offer App for People With Disabilities
http://www.aoda.ca/merck-partners-with-essential-accessibility-to-offer-app-for-people-with-disabilities/ *Aeroplan Partners with eSSENTIAL Accessibility to Offer App for People with Disabilities
*Celebration of People 2014
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