ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE UPDATE

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ONTARIO THRONE SPEECH MAKES PROGRESS ON DISABILITY ACCESSIBILITY A PRIORITY FOR THE MCGUINTY GOVERNMENT

March 8, 2010

SUMMARY

Today, the Ontario Government commenced a new session of the Ontario Legislature with a Speech from the Throne. This is where the Government sets out its priorities for action over the next session of the Legislature.

In today’s Throne Speech, the Government committed:

“Your government will continue to open up new economic opportunities for all Ontarians through the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, which will make Ontario accessible by 2025.”

This was situated amidst a description of a range of different economic strategies that the Government intends to follow.

It is good that the Government has committed to treat accessibility for persons with disabilities as a priority in this session of the Legislature. It is positive that the Government associates implementation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act with the goal of opening up economic opportunities for all Ontarians, linked to a broader economic strategy for Ontario.

We offer the Government constructive ideas on how this general language in the Throne Speech can be put into action that will be meaningful for over 1.5 million Ontarians with disabilities. For example, the Government should:

For our detailed proposals in all of these areas and others, see generally:
http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/12152009.asp

“We urge all Ontarians with disabilities to call on the Ontario Government to use measures like these to implement this Throne Speech commitment”, said David Lepofsky, Chair of the non-partisan AODA Alliance.

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