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New Ontario Throne Speech Offers More Mental Health and Addiction Supports, but Nothing New on Accessibility for 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities

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

March 19, 2018

SUMMARY

Today’s Wynne Government pre-election Throne Speech at Queen’s Park offers nothing new on accessibility for 1.9 million Ontarians with disabilities. Its key new disability-related commitment is for more mental health and addiction services in Ontario. This would be a welcome improvement if it is substantial in size and content.


Accessibility Advisory Committee is seeking new members

March 14, 2018
Media Release

Brockville The Leeds and Grenville Accessibility Advisory Committee is seeking new members. The Counties is required under the Provincial Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 to have a committee if its population is over 10,000.
The membership includes community volunteers and members of Counties Council, including the Warden. The Committee, which meets four times a year, assists Counties Council with changes that will make the Counties more accessible to people with disabilities.


City Pays $25K Fine for Not Calling Out OC Transpo Bus Stops

Fine comes after CBC Ottawa report of riders flagging problems with automated call system CBC News, Posted: Mar 13, 2018.

Terrance Green, right, complained successfully to the Canadian
Transportation Agency in 2006 about OC Transpo drivers failing to call out stops. More than a decade later, an automated system is in place to call out stops, but he and his wife Lorraine, who is also visually impaired, have said it frequently doesn’t work properly.


AODA Alliance Writes New Ontario Conservative Leader Doug Ford to Request a Meeting to Brief Him and His Team on Pressing Disability Accessibility Issues in Ontario

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities

March 12, 2018

SUMMARY

On March 12, 2018, the AODA Alliance wrote the new leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party and Leader of the Official Opposition, Doug Ford. He won this leadership position this past weekend. We set out this letter below.


Petition Calls on Upper Canada Mall to Get Disabled Off Washroom Floor

Georgina and Aurora residents work with Newmarket mall to install washroom change table, lift for those who need by Teresa Latchford
Newmarket Era

Derek Bunn and Tyler Barker have made it their mission to get children, adults and seniors living with a severe disability off public washroom floors.

Bunn, a special-education teacher from Sutton, often takes his students on field trips to Newmarket’s Upper Canada Mall. The outings help the students gain valuable life skills such as working with a budget, shopping, social skills and more.