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Stronger AODA Standards Governing Buildings

In the third review of the AODA, the Honourable David Onley recommends needed improvements to the Act. One of these improvements is the need for stronger AODA standards mandating accessibility in buildings and public spaces. During the public meetings Onley held while preparing his review, attendees outline how weak building accessibility is today. Therefore, Onley’s review recommends stronger AODA standards governing buildings and public spaces.


Creating More AODA Standards

In the third review of the AODA, the Honourable David Onley recommends needed improvements to the Act. One of these improvements is the need for more AODA standards. In addition, the review recommends that the government update the General Provisions of the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR). During the public meetings Onley held while preparing his review, attendees outlined the need for creating more AODA standards and updating general ones.


Updating the Information and Communications Standards

In the third review of the AODA, the Honourable David Onley recommends needed improvements to the Act. One of these improvements is the need for updating the Information and Communications Standards. During the public meetings Onley held while preparing his review, attendees state that the existing standards do not make current technology accessible. As a result, the standards must address the accessibility of new ways that people access information.


Further Development of Education Standards and Healthcare Standards

In the third review of the AODA, the Honourable David Onley recommends needed improvements to the Act. One of these improvements is the need for further development of education standards and healthcare standards. During the public meetings Onley held while preparing his review, the government had postponed work on these AODA standards. Therefore, Onley’s review recommended that the government allow the standards development committees creating these standards to continue their work. Currently, these committees have resumed their work creating education and healthcare standards.


Accessibility in Professional Training

In the third review of the AODA, the Honourable David Onley recommends needed improvements to the Act. One of these improvements is the need to help professionals, such as architects or interior designers, create more accessible products. During public meetings Onley held while preparing his review, attendees requested that the government mandate more focus on accessibility in professional training.