ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE UPDATE

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TELL THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT IF YOU ENDORSE THE AODA ALLIANCE FINALIZED BRIEF ON GOVERNMENT SUMMARY OF PROPOSED INTEGRATED ACCESSIBILITY STANDARD

October 8, 2010

SUMMARY

Today we make public our finalized, comprehensive brief to the Ontario Government which gives our feedback on the Government Summary of the proposed integrated accessibility standard. We are very eager for you to contact the Ontario Government to tell them if you endorse our brief. You can download our brief in MS Word format by clicking here:
http://www.aodaalliance.org/docs/1010-aodaa-brief-proposed-integrated-standard.doc

On September 2, 2010, the Government made public a summary of the proposed integrated accessibility standard it plans to enact under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. That standard is supposed to address barriers facing persons with disabilities in transportation, information and communication, and employment. You can see the Governmentís proposal at:
http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/09152010.asp

That proposed accessibility standard is very weak. Our brief details its many serious problems. We also offer 79 constructive recommendations on how to fix it.

It is absolutely crucial for as many people as possible to tell the Government what you think of its proposed integrated accessibility standard. As part of your feedback, please tell the Government if you support our brief. The Government has given the public until October 16, 2010 to give feedback.

Please write Premier McGuinty and Minister of Community and Social Services Madeleine Meilleur. You can write as an individual. If you are involved with a community organization, get it to write on behalf of that organization. If you are on a municipal accessibility advisory committee, please get your committee to write them. If not, write the Government on your own behalf as a member of an accessibility advisory committee.

Here is how to reach the Premier and the Minister:

To reach Premier McGuinty, you cannot write to a public email address. You have to go to a website page and enter your email message there. Go to: http://www.premier.gov.on.ca/feedback

The Premierís other contact information is:

Hon. Premier Dalton McGuinty
Room 281, Legislative Building
Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario
M7A 1A1
Facsimile: (416) 325-9895
Voice phone: (416) 325-1941

To reach Community and Social Services Minister Madeleine Meilleur:

Hon. Madeleine Meilleur, Minister
Community & Social Services
Hepburn Block
6th Floor, 80 Grosvenor Street
Toronto, Ontario
M7A 1E9
Facsimile: (416) 325-3347
Email: mcssinfo@css.gov.on.ca
Voice phone (toll free): (888) 789-4199

Back on September 15, 2010, we circulated a draft brief for your comments and input. It is available at: http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/09152010-2.asp

Over the past weeks, we received excellent and very helpful feedback. In the finalized brief that we make public today, and that we have sent to the Ontario Government, we have done our best to incorporate as much of that feedback as we can. Our finalized brief includes all the contents of our original brief, and an additional 14 recommendations. We offer a huge thank you to all who took the time to review our draft and offer their great ideas.

Let us know what you can do to help convince the Government to strengthen its weak and inadequate proposal for an integrated accessibility standard.