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Manitoba Government Enacts Accessible Information and Communication Standard Regulation

Regulation Supports Government’s Commitment to Significantly Increasing Accessibility by 2023


Unveiling the Party’s Disability Accessibility Platforms: Every Ontario Political Leader Except Doug Ford Makes Major Election Pledges on Tearing Down Accessibility Barriers that Impede 2.6 Million Ontarians with Disabilities


May 3, 2022 Toronto: Doug Ford’s Tories are Ontario’s only major political party which has made no election promises to 2.6 million Ontarians with disabilities to tear down barriers impeding their access to jobs, transit, schools, health care and other necessities, according to a major grass-roots non-partisan disability coalition. Below the AODA Alliance unveils all 2022 disability accessibility election promises in response to its November 22, 2021 letter to the party leaders.

Guelph Stopped Short of Banning Plastic Straws. Why One Woman Sees Them as a ‘Necessary Evil’

Paper, glass or metal straws can be a choking hazard, unsafe Carmen Groleau · CBC News
Posted: Apr 30, 2022

The chair of Guelph’s accessibility advisory committee wants people to be more aware that banning single-use plastic straws has real-life implications for people living with a disability.

The plastic straw is an accessibility device, said Lorelei Root, who uses a wheelchair. She says plastic straws are “a necessary evil” because it is the only way some people with disabilities can drink.

“People have difficulty holding a cup because of motor function disabilities, grip strength or have spasms,” she said.

“When it comes to plastic, unfortunately, it’s the only material currently available that serves the needs of the disabled community with out creating more barriers.”

The Ford Government’s 2022 Ontario Budget is a Slap in the Face for 2.6 Million Ontarians with Disabilities

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Society for All People with Disabilities Web:
Twitter: @aodaalliance

April 29, 2022


The 2022 Ontario Budget is a major slap in the face for 2.6 million Ontarians with disabilities. Ontarians with disabilities bore the biggest brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic. They were more likely to get COVID-19, to suffer its worst impacts, and to die from it. They were systematically left out of much of the Ford Government’s emergency response to it. The “new normal” is one where people with disabilities are worse off, and face troubling new barriers, as the April 22, 2022 AODA Alliance update documents. The new Ontario Budget does nothing to correct any of this.

AMI Announces the Opening of The Disability Screen Office

AMI, in partnership with the Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Telefilm Canada, is excited to announce the launch of the Disability Screen Office (DSO).


Celebrating Inclusivity in Our Communities – Region of Durham

Whitby, Ontario Durham Region is once again celebrating its accessibility achievements via the 2022-2025 Multi-Year Accessibility Plana document designed
to highlight the achievements of past accessibility plans and reports, while outlining efforts that will continue into 2025.

The elimination of accessibility barriers across Regional operations relate to attitudes, technology, policies, and procedures; as well as those involving
physical accessibility to buildings, services and transportation. Achievements highlighted in this plan include:

  • Conducting a survey for the Multi-Year Accessibility Plan; asking residents to weigh in on accessible options for people with disabilities and taking note of their feedback.
  • Ensuring existing Durham Region websites and web content conformed to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Level AA.

Help Ensure a Strong Voice for People with Disabilities at the Local Level — Action Tips for Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committees and School Boards’ Special Education Advisory Committees

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Society for All People with Disabilities Web:
Twitter: @aodaalliance

April 26, 2022

People with disabilities need to use every available avenue to advocate for accessibility and inclusion in society. That is why we are increasingly concerned about unfair barriers that can obstruct people with disabilities when they try to raise their issues before advisory committees that are supposed to be strong voices for disability issues.

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act requires every Ontario municipality with at least 10,000 residents to appoint an Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) to give advice on disability accessibility issues to the municipality. As well, regulations under Ontario’s Education Act require every school board to appoint a Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) to advise the school board on the needs of students with special education needs.

New Website Accessibility Guidance a Welcomed Tool for Businesses and Agencies

The U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) has issued web accessibility guidance under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). While many courts have historically held that business and public agency websites are required to be accessible under respective provisions of the ADA, there are no enforceable standards on website accessibility, as there are under Section 508 for federal government websites.


Ontario’s Public Education System Fails to Meet Needs of Students With Reading Disabilities: Report

Report contains recommendations calling for critical changes to Ontario’s approach to early reading BY Katrina Eñano 18 Apr 2022

Ontarios public education system has failed to meet the needs of students with reading disabilities, according to Ontario Human Rights Commission in its latest report.

In Oct. 2019, the OHRC commenced a public inquiry into potential human rights issues affecting students with reading disabilities in Ontarios public education system. The inquiry builds on the OHRCs previous work on accessible education, including its intervention in the case of Moore v. British Columbia (Education), 2012 SCC 61. In that case, the Supreme Court of Canada held that human rights laws in Canada protect the right of all students, including those with disabilities, to an equal opportunity to learn to read.

In Memory of OPSEU/SEFPO Activist John Rae

John was totally blind most of his life and lobbied on eliminating existing barriers with an overarching goal of creating a fully accessible inclusive society where those with disabilities could participate with dignity both within their workplace and the broader society or and in their communities.