The Ford Government Defeated a Proposed Resolution in the Legislature that Called for a Plan to Implement David Onley’s Report on Strengthening the Implementation of Ontario’s Disabilities Act – The Government Invoked False and Hurtful Stereotypes About the Disabilities Act, Unfairly Disparaging Its Implementation and Enforcement as “Red Tape”

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Society for All People with Disabilities www.aodaalliance.org aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance The Ford Government Defeated a Proposed Resolution in the Legislature that Called for a Plan to Implement David Onley’s Report on Strengthening the Implementation of Ontario’s Disabilities Act – The Government Invoked False … Continue reading The Ford Government Defeated a Proposed Resolution in the Legislature that Called for a Plan to Implement David Onley’s Report on Strengthening the Implementation of Ontario’s Disabilities Act – The Government Invoked False and Hurtful Stereotypes About the Disabilities Act, Unfairly Disparaging Its Implementation and Enforcement as “Red Tape”

A Toronto Star News Report and New Editorial Together Show Why the Ford Government Must Now Announce a Comprehensive Plan to Substantially Improve the Implementation and Enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Society for All People with Disabilities www.aodaalliance.org aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance A Toronto Star News Report and New Editorial Together Show Why the Ford Government Must Now Announce a Comprehensive Plan to Substantially Improve the Implementation and Enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with … Continue reading A Toronto Star News Report and New Editorial Together Show Why the Ford Government Must Now Announce a Comprehensive Plan to Substantially Improve the Implementation and Enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Help Us Expand Access to Jobs for Ontarians with Disabilities — Please Tell the Ontario Government If You Support the Finalized AODA Alliance Brief on Improvements that the Employment Standards Development Committee Should Recommend to Ontario’s Employment Accessibility Standard

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities www.aodaalliance.org aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance Help Us Expand Access to Jobs for Ontarians with Disabilities — Please Tell the Ontario Government If You Support the Finalized AODA Alliance Brief on Improvements that the Employment Standards Development Committee Should … Continue reading Help Us Expand Access to Jobs for Ontarians with Disabilities — Please Tell the Ontario Government If You Support the Finalized AODA Alliance Brief on Improvements that the Employment Standards Development Committee Should Recommend to Ontario’s Employment Accessibility Standard

Read the May 7, 2018 AODA Alliance Brief to the Ontario Employment Standards Development Committee on Its Draft Recommendations for Revisions to the 2011 Employment Accessibility Standard

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities www.aodaalliance.org aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance Brief to the Ontario Employment Standards Development Committee on Its Draft Recommendations for Revisions to the 2011 Employment Accessibility Standard Via email at aoda.input@ontario.ca To: Laura McKeen, Chair Employment Standards Review Feedback Accessibility Directorate … Continue reading Read the May 7, 2018 AODA Alliance Brief to the Ontario Employment Standards Development Committee on Its Draft Recommendations for Revisions to the 2011 Employment Accessibility Standard

Please Send Us Your Feedback on the AODA Alliance’s Draft Brief on the Proposed Recommendations for Revisions to the 2011 Employment Accessibility Standard that the Employment Standards Development Committee Has Circulated for Public Comment

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities Please Send Us Your Feedback on the AODA Alliance’s Draft Brief on the Proposed Recommendations for Revisions to the 2011 Employment Accessibility Standard that the Employment Standards Development Committee Has Circulated for Public Comment April 27, 2018 … Continue reading Please Send Us Your Feedback on the AODA Alliance’s Draft Brief on the Proposed Recommendations for Revisions to the 2011 Employment Accessibility Standard that the Employment Standards Development Committee Has Circulated for Public Comment

The Media Reports on AODA Alliance Concerns About the Wynne Government’s Disability Employment Strategy – and – More Reflections on that Disability Employment Strategy

June 6, 2017 Summary We are delighted that the AODA Alliance’s appraisal of the Wynne Government’s June 5, 2017 announcement of its “Disability Employment Strategy” quickly secured great media attention. This included: * leading in June 6, 2017’s Toronto Star report on this issue, set out below. * also appearing in the Globe and Mail’s … Continue reading The Media Reports on AODA Alliance Concerns About the Wynne Government’s Disability Employment Strategy – and – More Reflections on that Disability Employment Strategy

Today’s Wynne Government Disability Employment Strategy Offers Too Little Immediate Concrete Action and More Delays for Unemployed Ontarians with Disabilities, After More Than Four Years Since the Government Promised Action

June 5, 2017 Summary June 5, 2017 Toronto: The Wynne Government’s Disability Employment Strategy, unveiled this afternoon, will do little for months, if not  years, to combat high levels of unemployment facing Ontarians with disabilities. In 2015, David Onley (Ontario’s former Lieutenant Governor and now the Wynne Government’s Special Advisor on Accessibility) declared that the unemployment … Continue reading Today’s Wynne Government Disability Employment Strategy Offers Too Little Immediate Concrete Action and More Delays for Unemployed Ontarians with Disabilities, After More Than Four Years Since the Government Promised Action

Wynne Government to Unveil Its Promised New Strategy to Tackle High Unemployment Facing Ontarians with Disabilities on June 5, 2017 (A Strategy On Which the AODA Alliance Was Not Consulted) – AODA Alliance Releases a Backgrounder Documenting Four and One-Third Years of Government Foot-Dragging

June 2, 2017 Summary The unemployment rate facing people with disabilities is not only a national crisis – it is a national shame, according to David Onley, Ontario’s former Lieutenant Governor and now the Wynne Government’s special advisor on accessibility. What will the Wynne Government do about this? On Monday, June 5, 2017, at 1 … Continue reading Wynne Government to Unveil Its Promised New Strategy to Tackle High Unemployment Facing Ontarians with Disabilities on June 5, 2017 (A Strategy On Which the AODA Alliance Was Not Consulted) – AODA Alliance Releases a Backgrounder Documenting Four and One-Third Years of Government Foot-Dragging

Analysis of the May 2015 Initial Report of the Wynne Government’s Partnership Council on Employment for People with Disabilities, and of the Government’s Response to It – A Legacy of Years of Delay and Government Lethargy in the Face of Cruel Rates of Unemployment Facing People with Disabilities

Sign Up for AODA Alliance Updates by writing: aodafeedback@gmail.com Learn more at: www.www.aodaalliance.org United for a Barrier-Free Ontario February 19, 2016 I. Introduction and Summary Why is the Wynne Government doing so little on increasing stunning levels of unemployment chronically facing people with disabilities? On November 28, 2014, former Ontario Lieutenant Governor David Onley (the … Continue reading Analysis of the May 2015 Initial Report of the Wynne Government’s Partnership Council on Employment for People with Disabilities, and of the Government’s Response to It – A Legacy of Years of Delay and Government Lethargy in the Face of Cruel Rates of Unemployment Facing People with Disabilities

News Release: On Third Anniversary of Premier Wynne’s First Throne Speech, that Promised Increased Employment for Ontarians with Disabilities Is a Priority, the AODA Alliance Releases a Detailed Analysis Showing Three Years of Government Dithering and Delay, Despite Declarations by the Wynne Government’s Special Advisor on Disability, Former Lieutenant-Governor David Onley, that the Unemployment Rate Facing People with Disabilities Is a National Shame

Sign Up for AODA Alliance Updates by writing: aodafeedback@gmail.com Learn more at: www.www.aodaalliance.org United for a Barrier-Free Ontario February 19, 2016 Toronto: Three years ago today, in her first Throne Speech after becoming Ontario Premier, Kathleen Wynne signaled great hope to over 1.8 million Ontarians with disabilities, when her Government committed to set, as a … Continue reading News Release: On Third Anniversary of Premier Wynne’s First Throne Speech, that Promised Increased Employment for Ontarians with Disabilities Is a Priority, the AODA Alliance Releases a Detailed Analysis Showing Three Years of Government Dithering and Delay, Despite Declarations by the Wynne Government’s Special Advisor on Disability, Former Lieutenant-Governor David Onley, that the Unemployment Rate Facing People with Disabilities Is a National Shame

Wynne Government Commendably Announces Targeted AODA Enforcement Blitz on Workplace Barriers Aimed at Large Retail Establishments in Ontario – What Could This Mean for the Campaign to Make Ontario Fully Accessible for 1.8 Million People with Disabilities?

Sign Up for AODA Alliance Updates by writing: aodafeedback@gmail.com Learn more at: www.www.aodaalliance.org United for a Barrier-Free Ontario November 2, 2015 SUMMARY On October 5, 2015, the Wynne Government issued a News Release and Backgrounder announcing a targeted Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) enforcement initiative. We set out the Government’s announcement below. What … Continue reading Wynne Government Commendably Announces Targeted AODA Enforcement Blitz on Workplace Barriers Aimed at Large Retail Establishments in Ontario – What Could This Mean for the Campaign to Make Ontario Fully Accessible for 1.8 Million People with Disabilities?

One Year Ago Today We Revealed that the Wynne Government Knew Staggering 70% of Private Sector Organizations with 20 or More Employees Were Violating Disabilities Act – But No Effective Enforcement, Despite Election Promises – One Year Later, the Government Quietly Posts a Paltry Plan for AODA Enforcement that Falls Short of Its 2014 Election Pledge

Sign Up for AODA Alliance Updates by writing: aodafeedback@gmail.com Learn more at: www.www.aodaalliance.org United for a Barrier-Free Ontario November 18, 2014 Summary One year ago today, on November 18, 2013, we revealed and the Toronto Star reported that the Ontario Government had known for months that fully 70% of Ontario private sector organizations with at … Continue reading One Year Ago Today We Revealed that the Wynne Government Knew Staggering 70% of Private Sector Organizations with 20 or More Employees Were Violating Disabilities Act – But No Effective Enforcement, Despite Election Promises – One Year Later, the Government Quietly Posts a Paltry Plan for AODA Enforcement that Falls Short of Its 2014 Election Pledge

AODA Alliance Writes New Ontario Government Services Minister to Urge Action to Make the Ontario Public Service a Fully Accessible Workplace and Provider of Public Services

Sign Up for AODA Alliance Updates by writing: aodafeedback@gmail.com Learn more at: www.www.aodaalliance.org United for a Barrier-Free Ontario September 12, 2014 Summary On September 12, 2014, the AODA Alliance wrote Ontario’s new Minister of Government and Consumer Services, David Orazietti. (Letter set out below.) He is the minister responsible for the Ontario Public Service as … Continue reading AODA Alliance Writes New Ontario Government Services Minister to Urge Action to Make the Ontario Public Service a Fully Accessible Workplace and Provider of Public Services

Ontario Government’s Promised Plan to Increase Private Sector Employment for Ontarians with Disabilities Turns Out To Be More Delay, Re-Inventing the Wheel, No Teeth and No Imminent Practical Improvements

Sign Up for AODA Alliance Updates by writing: aodafeedback@gmail.com Learn more at: www.www.aodaalliance.org United for a Barrier-Free Ontario February 7, 2014 Summary We have learned that to keep its year-old Throne Speech commitment for action to increase employment of Ontarians with disabilities in the private sector, the Ontario Government still has no prompt results in … Continue reading Ontario Government’s Promised Plan to Increase Private Sector Employment for Ontarians with Disabilities Turns Out To Be More Delay, Re-Inventing the Wheel, No Teeth and No Imminent Practical Improvements