Accessibility Not A Priority

by Willy Noiles

The Ontario government celebrated the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities by doing what the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act Alliance (AODA Alliance) hoped they wouldn’t: simply offer more platitudes and lofty rhetoric (of which some was inaccurate or overblown). With the AODA Alliance having already demonstrated earlier this fall how little the government has done to implement its own 2005 accessibility legislation this year, Dec. 3 should’ve been a time to finally announce new standards and a plan to enforce existing standards, but instead all it really did was name a couple people to a committee it had promised a year ago would be developing new standards.