ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE UPDATE

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Upcoming Accessibility Public Forums in Ottawa, London and Whitby and Let the Wynne Government Know by This Friday If You Support the AODA Alliance's Brief on Health Care Accessibility Barriers

September 8, 2016

SUMMARY

1. Join Us at Upcoming AODA Accessibility Forums in Ottawa September 19, London September 30, and Whitby November 12

The AODA Alliance Express is making its way around Ontario to spread the word and promote more advocacy and action on accessibility across the province. Join us and let others know about these events!

* On Monday, September 19, 2016 from 1:30 pm to 3:30pm, there will be an Accessibility Public Forum at the University of Ottawa Desmarais Building (external link), 55 Laurier Avenue East, room 12102. Below we set out the full announcement for this event. It is open to anyone in or near the Ottawa area.

* On Friday, September 30, 2016, for anyone in the London area, there will be an Accessibility Forum from 1 to 3 pm. Come to The Vitali lounge, second floor of the Wemple building, King's university college, 266 Epworth ave

To get there, turn east off Richmond, across from the main gates to University of Western Ontario. Accessible parking is in the lot beside Wemple (to west) - out front & the best is at the back. An elevator goes up right to the room.
   
It is not mandatory that you RSVP, but the organizers would appreciate it if you let them know if you are coming. Email Estelle.VanWinckle@kings.uwo.ca Details for this event are still being worked out. Stay tuned for more details.  

* On Saturday, November 12, 2016, from 10 a.m. to noon, there will be an Accessibility Public Forum at the Abilities Centre 55 Gordon Street, Whitby, in the Multi-Purpose Room on the second floor. This is for anyone in or near the Durham Region. Details for this event are also set out below.

The announcements, set out below, give information on how to RSVP and on available accommodations.

These great events follow on the heels of successful Accessibility Public Forums earlier this year in Kingston, Windsor, Peel Region, and at York University in Toronto.

We encourage you to offer to help organize an AODA Accessibility Public Forum in your community, to help us spread the word. If you are interested in doing so, or want more information on what this involves, contact us at aodafeedback@gmail.com

2. The Accessibility Directorate of Ontario Extended the Deadline for Giving Feedback on Health Care Accessibility Barriers to this Friday, September 9, 2016

At our request, the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario has extended the deadline to this Friday, September 9, 2016, for you to let the Wynne Government know about accessibility barriers in Ontario's health care system that the promised Health Care Accessibility Standard should address. We do not know what steps the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario has taken to alert the public of this extension.

Take advantage of this extension. Please email the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario to say if you support the AODA Alliance's August 26, 2016 brief on the accessibility barriers in the health care system that the Health Care Accessibility Standard should address. write the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario at:

aoda.input@ontario.ca  

If you don't have time to write the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario a longer email, just say something like this:

"I support the AODA Alliance's August 26, 2016 brief on the accessibility barriers in the health care system that the promised Health Care Accessibility Standard should remove and prevent."

You can read the AODA Alliance's August 26, 2016 brief to the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario on the accessibility standards barriers in the health care system that the Health Care Accessibility Standard should address by visiting Ð09__

3. Will the New Ontario Throne speech on Monday, September 12, 2016 Include Any New Action on the Implementation and Enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act?

In a news release today, the Wynne Government announced that when the Legislature resumes sitting this upcoming Monday, September 12, 2016, there will be a new Speech from the Throne. A Throne Speech is a key point in a Government's term in office, when it announces its major priorities for action over the next months.

We will be poised to respond quickly to the Throne Speech. We will be watching to see what the Wynne Government announces to kick-start the slow and sluggish implementation and enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. It is good that Premier Wynne appointed Tracy MacCharles this summer, as Ontario's new Minister of Accessibility. The Throne Speech is a good place for the Wynne Government to show that it means business by this appointment.

Will the Government commit to develop an Education Accessibility Standard, desperately needed to meet the needs of 334,000 students with special education needs in publicly-funded schools in Ontario, as well as many more students with disabilities who want to study in Ontario's colleges and universities? Will the Government announce any action to address the need for accessibility retrofits in existing buildings that are not being renovated? Will the Government announce new action to ramp up the weak enforcement of the AODA?

Stay tuned for more news on this front. Let your MPP know how important these issues are to you.

You can always send your feedback to us on any AODA and accessibility issue at aodafeedback@gmail.com

Have you taken part in our "Picture Our Barriers campaign? If not, please join in! You can get all the information you need about our "Picture Our Barriers" campaign by visiting www.aodaalliance.org/2016

To sign up for, or unsubscribe from AODA Alliance e-mail updates, write to: aodafeedback@gmail.com

We encourage you to use the Government's toll-free number for reporting AODA violations. We fought long and hard to get the Government to promise this, and later to deliver on that promise. If you encounter any accessibility problems at any large retail establishments, it will be especially important to report them to the Government via that toll-free number. Call 1-866-515-2025.

Please pass on our email Updates to your family and friends.

Why not subscribe to the AODA Alliance's YouTube channel, so you can get immediate alerts when we post new videos on our accessibility campaign.

Please "like" our Facebook page and share our updates.
 
Follow us on Twitter. Get others to follow us. And please re-tweet our tweets!! @AODAAlliance

Learn all about our campaign for a fully accessible Ontario by visiting http://www.aodaalliance.org

Please also join the campaign for a strong and effective Canadians with Disabilities Act, spearheaded by Barrier-Free Canada. The AODA Alliance is proud to be the Ontario affiliate of Barrier-Free Canada. Sign up for Barrier-Free Canada updates by emailing info@BarrierFreeCanada.org

MORE DETAILS

Announcement of the September 19, 2016 Ottawa Accessibility Public Forum

You are invited!

Accessibility discussion with AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky

Co-sponsored by the Social Justice Group and the Human Rights Office and in collaboration with the Centre for students with disabilities.

Information

(Presentation in English, with possibilities of some intervention in French)

LEARN more about accessibility, how to create a barrier free environment and how to be more engaged in your community to promote accessibility.

RECOGNIZE barriers to an accessible environment and the added value of combining our efforts to enhance accessibility in our community.

GAIN strategies on how to spread awareness and how to prevent accessibility barriers.

Registration and queries

Please forward an email to accessib@uOttawa.ca or call the Human Rights Office 613-562-5222

Parking

Desmarais Garage

Lot B

Accessibility

Vous êtes invités !

Échange sur l'accessibilité avec David Lepofsky, président de l'Alliance de la LAPHO

Co-parrainé par le Groupe de justice sociale et le Bureau des droits de la personne et en collaboration avec le Centre des étudiants ayant un handicap.

Information

(Présentation en anglais, avec la possibilité de certaines interventions en français)

APPRENDRE plus sur l'accessibilité, comment créer un environnement sans barrières et s'engager dans la communauté pour promouvoir l'accessibilité.

RECONNAÎTRE les barrières en accessibilité, et l'importance d'agir collectivement pour améliorer l'accessibilité dans notre communauté.

ACQUÉRIR des stratégies pour promouvoir l'accessibilité, une prise de conscience sociale et pour prévenir les barrières.

Inscription et demandes

S'il vous plait, veuillez envoyer un courriel à accessib@uOttawa.ca ou téléphonez au bureau des droits de la personne 613-562-5222.

Stationnement

Garage Desmarais

Parc de stationnement B

Accessibilité

Announcement of the November 12, 2016 Whitby Accessibility Public Forum

All are welcome to attend the Durham Region Accessibility Forum on Saturday, November 12 at the Abilities Centre, 55 Gordon Street, Whitby. The Forum begins promptly at 10am and finishes at noon, in the Multi-Purpose Room, 2nd floor.

Real-time captioning, ASL interpreters and Personal Care Attendants will be available for those who needing these services.
 
Scott Bremner, former host of the Rogers Cable Durham TV show, "DurAbility", together with David Lepofsky, AODA Alliance Chair, will discuss the need to get the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, AODA, back on track as progress is currently stalled. The legislation was passed in 2005 and while there have been some successes, unless the government moves more quickly and effectively, Ontario will not reach its target of full accessibility by 2025 as mandated in the legislation.
 
The AODA Alliance is a disability consumer advocacy group that works to support the full and effective implementation of accessibility standards in Ontario.
 
Part of the discussion will include the need for federal accessibility legislation, a Canadians with Disabilities Act which will address barriers that the provincial law cannot, such as air travel, postal services, banking and the Federal Government itself.
 
Please R.S.V.P. to DRaccessforum@yahoo.com to confirm your attendance.