Accessibility News September 20,2014 Update

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In this Issue

*AODA Alliance Writes the Ontario Treasury Board, the International Trade Minister and the Attorney General to Identify Key Disability Accessibility Priorities for Their Ministries
*AODA Alliance Writes the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to Identify Key Accessibility Priorities for that Ministry
*Minister Duguid Communications Strategy Revealed
*Onley Champions Accessibility as Term Ends
*New Award Honours Leaders in Accessibility
*Russias Treatment of Disabled Kids Deplorable: Study
*Open Letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne

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ARTICLES:

AODA Alliance Writes the Ontario Treasury Board, the International Trade Minister and the Attorney General to Identify Key Disability Accessibility Priorities for Their Ministries

As the Ontario Government marches ahead in its new term in power, we have written all key Ontario Government ministries to identify important steps they must take to keep the Governments promises on disability accessibility. This is part of our effort to help ensure that Ontario becomes fully accessible to persons with disabilities on or before 2025, as the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act requires.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-writes-the-ontario-treasury-board-the-international-trade-minister-and-the-attorney-general-to-identify-key-disability-accessibility-priorities-for-their-ministries/

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AODA Alliance Writes the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to Identify Key Accessibility Priorities for that Ministry

On September 16, 2014, the AODA Alliance wrote the new Ontario Minister for Municipal Affairs and Housing, Ted McMeekin. In that letter, set out below, we identify key priorities on disability accessibility for his Ministry. This is part of our effort to write each Ministry which can help ensure that Ontario becomes fully accessible to persons with disabilities on or before 2025, as the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act requires.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-writes-the-minister-of-municipal-affairs-and-housing-to-identify-key-accessibility-priorities-for-that-ministry/

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Minister Duguid Communications Strategy Revealed

By Victor Schwartzman

On June 24, Minister Brad Duguid wrote a 162 word letter to the AODA Alliance, thanking it for its 4,700 word letter on AODA to the former Minister, Eric Hoskins. His tiny response noted the Alliances concerns about AODAs implementation. He also noted its request for information and did not provide it. But he did look forward to meeting the Alliance.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/minister-duguid-communications-strategy-revealed/

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Onley Champions Accessibility as Term Ends

TORONTO There is an airtight business case for hiring people with disabilities, Ontarios outgoing lieutenant-governor said Monday in his last major speech.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/onley-champions-accessibility-as-term-ends/

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New Award Honours Leaders in Accessibility

Province Celebrates Ontarians Who Break Down Barriers

Ontario is recognizing individuals and organizations who demonstrate leadership in accessibility and disability issues through the new David C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/new-award-honours-leaders-in-accessibility/

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Russias Treatment of Disabled Kids Deplorable: Study

A 93-page report from Human Rights Watch describes the violence, educational deprivation and neglect faced by children with disabilities who are placed in state orphanages.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/russia%c2%92s-treatment-of-disabled-kids-%c2%91deplorable%c2%92-study/
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Open Letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne

Dear Premier Wynne,

I am writing with regards to the pressing issue of accessible transit in the city of Toronto.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/open-letter-to-premier-kathleen-wynne/

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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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In the Spotlight

*Tim Hortons
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*Frida Restaurant & Bar
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*Quinns Steakhouse & Irish Bar
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