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Crackdown on Illegal Use of Accessible Parking Spots Continues

Dan Brown
Updated: December 6, 2019

Accessible parking spots aren’t a nice-to-have thing for Jeff Preston, they’re a must-have.

“It’s so frustrating,” he said of the times when able-bodied people without permits park in the spots designed for those who have similar needs as he does.

Preston, a professor of disability studies at King’s University College, uses a wheelchair to get around because he was born with muscular dystrophy, which made him a quadriplegic. He drives a customized van using a joystick.

TransLink has Approved $7 Million in Funding to Upgrade the Transit System for the Visually Impaired.

The transit agency calls the program “industry-leading,” and says it will significantly improve the transit experience for blind and partially-sighted passengers.

Tactile and braille signage will be added to an estimated 8,500 bus stops in the system starting in 2020, while tactile walking surface indicators will be installed at stations and bus exchanges.

Send Us Feedback on the Draft AODA Alliance Framework for the Health Care Accessibility Standard

And–Results of The December 3 Celebration of the 25th Birthday of the Grassroots AODA Movement

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

December 5, 2019


After a very busy year, this may be our last AODA Alliance Update until the New Year. It is full of important news for you.

First Fully Accessible Universal Washroom Opens at Upper Canada

Accessibility advocates say the new facility at Newmarket’s mall should serve as a benchmark for universal washrooms of the future By: Kim Champion
Dec. 3, 2019

Newmarket resident and chairperson of the Town of Newmarket’s accessibility advisory committee, Steve Foglia (left), and Derek Bunn, a special education teacher who also works with Community Living, were the driving force behind the new fully accessible universal washroom at Upper Canada Mall that’s now open.

Disability Activists Mark a Quarter Century of Tenacious Advocacy for Accessibility for Over 2 Million Ontarians with Disabilities


December 3, 2019 Toronto:

What does Ontario learn when two veteran disability rights advocates compare their approaches to tenacious non-partisan political activism on disability issues, especially when they do so on the International Day for People with Disabilities, and mark the 25th anniversary of the birth of the grassroots movement for strong provincial accessibility legislation?? At a Queens Park news conference this morning, AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky, leading this accessibility campaign, was interviewed by the highly-successful president of the Ontario Autism Coalition, Laura Kirby-McIntosh, that led the relentless campaign against the Ford Governments cuts to the Ontario Autism Program.