Currently, no AODA standards require provincial or municipal elections in Ontario to be accessible. However, the Third Review of the AODA recommends the creation of standards mandating accessibility in politics and elections. In this article, we will outline the need for accessible polling stations.
Accessible Polling Stations
Every person in Ontario should be able to enter and move through their local polling station independently. Therefore, all venues that the government uses as a polling station during an election should be fully physically accessible. For instance, every location where voting takes place should have:
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Currently, only five (5) sectors of the economy have AODA standards that require accessibility for citizens with disabilities. In addition, committees are developing standards in two (2) more sectors, education and healthcare. However, the AODA’s goal is an accessible Ontario by the year 2025. If only seven (7) sectors of the economy have AODA standards, the province will not be accessible in four (4) years. Therefore, the Third Review of the AODA recommends the creation of new AODA standards. For example, the review states that Ontario needs AODA standards for the sector of politics and elections. These standards would allow more citizens with disabilities to vote, run for office, or take part in political campaigns.
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This month is Mobility Awareness Month!
Mobility Awareness Month takes place across Canada in May every year. The month raises awareness about how people with physical disabilities can move freely and enjoy active lifestyles. In addition, the public can learn more about how people can use assistive devices and other equipment to be actively involved in their communities.
Mobility Awareness Month
Mobility Awareness Month is a chance for the public to learn how people use assistive devices to travel:
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This month is Mental Health Awareness Month!
Mental Health Awareness Month takes place across Canada in May every year. During this month, Canadians can learn about mental illnesses and how they affect people’s lives in different ways. In addition, the public can learn more about how to reduce the stigma around mental illnesses.
Mental Health Awareness Month
What are Mental Illnesses?
Mental illnesses are medical conditions that can affect many different aspects of a person, such as:
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Currently, no AODA standards require houses and apartments to be accessible. However, the Third Review of the AODA recommends the creation of standards mandating accessibility in housing. AODA standards in housing could require accommodation plans for tenants with disabilities.
Accommodation Plans for Tenants with Disabilities. Read full article.