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AODA Alliance Releases Its Preliminary Analysis of the Trudeau Government’s Bill C-81, the Proposed Accessible Canada Act

A Good Start With Helpful Ingredients, But It Needs Substantial Improvements to Be a Good Law

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities http://www.aodaalliance.org aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance

June 21, 2018

SUMMARY

This is the AODA Alliance’s preliminary review of bill C-81, the proposed Accessible Canada Act, which the Trudeau Government introduced into Parliament for First Reading on June 20, 2018, just before it rose for the summer break.


Creating an Accessibility Policy and Plan

Under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), you must have an accessibility policy and accessibility plan in place. Creating an accessibility policy and plan may be challenging since legislation only provides an outline of what needs to be included. Every workplace’s policy and plan will differ. The policy and plan must be tailored to your business environment and the goods and services you offer. Below we provide suggestions on how to start creating an accessibility policy and plan. Furthermore, we provide a checklist to ensure that you have all of your bases covered.


An Historic Step On the Road to a Barrier-Free Canada for 4 Million Canadians with Disabilities Today – the Trudeau Government Just Introduced in Parliament for First Reading “An Act to Ensure a Barrier-Free Canada” – Disability Advocates Rushing Now to Size it Up

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance
News Release For Immediate Release

June 20, 2018 Toronto: In a major step forward in the national grassroots campaign to make Canada become accessible to four million people with disabilities in this country, the Trudeau Government just introduced in Parliament for First Reading its promised new Canadian accessibility law, called “An Act to Ensure a Barrier-Free Canada”. This law was promised in the 2015 federal election at the request of Canadians with disabilities, to ensure that Canada becomes fully accessible to four million people with a physical, sensory, mental, intellectual, learning, communication or other disabilities.


Federal Government Announces Its Intent to Introduce Into Parliament, As Early As This Week, “An Act to Ensure a Barrier-Free Canada” – Will History Be Made This Week?

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance
News Release For Immediate Release

June 19, 2018 Toronto: In a major step forward in the national grassroots campaign to make Canada become accessible to four million people with disabilities in this country, the Trudeau Government just gave formal notice that as early as this week, it plans to introduce into Parliament a new law. This law was promised in the 2015 federal election at the request of Canadians with disabilities, to ensure that Canada becomes fully accessible to four million people with disabilities.


Accessible Digital Design

What if you were unable to hear a video or read text? What if you couldn’t use a mouse or focus on a graphic? Many users have difficulty navigating and understanding websites and content because of the lack of accessible digital designs. However, the IASR WCAG 2.0 standard addresses this lack and aims at making all web content more accessible for users who are blind, have low vision, are deaf or have hearing loss, have learning disabilities, or have mobility impairments. WCAG 2.0 makes digital designs accessible for people with all disabilities by addressing several design elements, such as colour contrast, audio control, navigation, and readability.  While some digital designers may think that the standards limit their creative freedom, designers still have free range to make their work an accessible digital design for everyone to enjoy.