In a Compelling Open Letter, 21 Disability Organizations Unite to Call on the Doug Ford Government to Announce a Plan to Implement the Report on Ontario’s Disabilities Act Submitted by Former Lieutenant Governor David Onley Almost Six Months Ago

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 In a Compelling Open Letter, 21 Disability Organizations Unite to Call on the Doug Ford Government to Announce a Plan to Implement the Report on Ontario’s Disabilities Act Submitted by Former Lieutenant Governor … Continue reading In a Compelling Open Letter, 21 Disability Organizations Unite to Call on the Doug Ford Government to Announce a Plan to Implement the Report on Ontario’s Disabilities Act Submitted by Former Lieutenant Governor David Onley Almost Six Months Ago

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”

During National Access Abilities Week, Ontario NDP Accessibility Critic Joel Harden Presented a Proposed Resolution for Debate in the Legislature that Called On the Ford Government to Create a Plan to Implement the Report of David Onley’s Independent Review of the Implementation and Enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act – There are Many Good Reasons Why the Ford Government Should Support this Proposed Resolution

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 During National Access Abilities Week, Ontario NDP Accessibility Critic Joel Harden Presented a Proposed Resolution for Debate in the Legislature that Called On the Ford Government to Create a Plan to Implement the … Continue reading During National Access Abilities Week, Ontario NDP Accessibility Critic Joel Harden Presented a Proposed Resolution for Debate in the Legislature that Called On the Ford Government to Create a Plan to Implement the Report of David Onley’s Independent Review of the Implementation and Enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act – There are Many Good Reasons Why the Ford Government Should Support this Proposed Resolution

Despite No Announced Plans to Implement the David Onley AODA Independent Review Report, the Ford Government Gives 1.3 Million Dollars to Help Finance a Private Accessibility Certification Program — A Use of Public Money We Don’t Support

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 Despite No Announced Plans to Implement the David Onley AODA Independent Review Report, the Ford Government Gives 1.3 Million Dollars to Help Finance a Private Accessibility Certification Program — A Use of Public … Continue reading Despite No Announced Plans to Implement the David Onley AODA Independent Review Report, the Ford Government Gives 1.3 Million Dollars to Help Finance a Private Accessibility Certification Program — A Use of Public Money We Don’t Support

102 Days after the Ford Government Received the Report of David Onley’s Independent Review of the AODA, the Government Has Still Not Announced a Detailed Plan to Implement It

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 102 Days after the Ford Government Received the Report of David Onley’s Independent Review of the AODA, the Government Has Still Not Announced a Detailed Plan to Implement It May 13, 2019           … Continue reading 102 Days after the Ford Government Received the Report of David Onley’s Independent Review of the AODA, the Government Has Still Not Announced a Detailed Plan to Implement It

AODA Alliance Writes Ontario’s Accessibility Minister to Urge Swift Action to Implement the Onley Report – and Media Coverage of the Onley Report and of Ongoing Public Transit Barriers

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 AODA Alliance Writes Ontario’s Accessibility Minister to Urge Swift Action to Implement the Onley Report – and Media Coverage of the Onley Report and of Ongoing Public Transit Barriers March 11, 2019           … Continue reading AODA Alliance Writes Ontario’s Accessibility Minister to Urge Swift Action to Implement the Onley Report – and Media Coverage of the Onley Report and of Ongoing Public Transit Barriers

By December 3, 2018, Please Send Us Feedback on the AODA Alliance’s Draft Brief to the David Onley Independent Review 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 By December 3, 2018, Send Us Feedback on the AODA Alliance’s Draft Brief to the David Onley Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act November 23, 2018           SUMMARY Today … Continue reading By December 3, 2018, Please Send Us Feedback on the AODA Alliance’s Draft Brief to the David Onley Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

AODA Alliance Writes Ontario’s New Minister for Accessibility and Seniors Raymond Cho to Introduce Ourselves and to Provide a detailed Briefing Note on Priorities Needing Action Now for 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities AODA Alliance Writes Ontario’s New Minister for Accessibility and Seniors Raymond Cho to Introduce Ourselves and to Provide a detailed Briefing Note on Priorities Needing Action Now for 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities July 17, 2018           … Continue reading AODA Alliance Writes Ontario’s New Minister for Accessibility and Seniors Raymond Cho to Introduce Ourselves and to Provide a detailed Briefing Note on Priorities Needing Action Now for 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities

Retrospective On Progress from October 2003 to June 2018 on Disability Accessibility Under the Ontario Liberal Government of Premiers Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne

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 Retrospective On Progress from October 2003 to June 2018 on Disability Accessibility Under the Ontario Liberal Government of Premiers Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne June 29, 2018           SUMMARY Today, Friday, June 29, … Continue reading Retrospective On Progress from October 2003 to June 2018 on Disability Accessibility Under the Ontario Liberal Government of Premiers Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne

New 2-Minute Teaser/Promo Video Available for the Longer AODA Alliance Video on Accessibility Problems at New and Recently Renovated Toronto Public Transit Stations – and – Let Us Know If You Face Disability Barriers When Voting – and – Progress on AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky’s Latest Freedom of Information Application

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance Update United for a Barrier-Free Ontario for All People with Disabilities New 2-Minute Teaser/Promo Video Available for the Longer AODA Alliance Video on Accessibility Problems at New and Recently Renovated Toronto Public Transit Stations – and – Let Us Know If You Face Disability Barriers When Voting – … Continue reading New 2-Minute Teaser/Promo Video Available for the Longer AODA Alliance Video on Accessibility Problems at New and Recently Renovated Toronto Public Transit Stations – and – Let Us Know If You Face Disability Barriers When Voting – and – Progress on AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky’s Latest Freedom of Information Application

News Release: Major Disability Coalition Unveils the Parties’ 2018 Election Pledges on Accessibility for 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance News Release For Immediate Release What Has Each Political Party Pledged to Do to Make Ontario Fully Accessible to 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities by 2025? Major Disability Coalition Unveils and Analyzes the Parties’ Pledges May 16, 2018 Toronto: With a province-wide live-streamed all-candidates’ debate between the parties … Continue reading News Release: Major Disability Coalition Unveils the Parties’ 2018 Election Pledges on Accessibility for 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities

The AODA Alliance’s Party-By-Party Analysis of the 2018 Election Disability Accessibility Commitments of the Major Ontario Political Parties

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE The AODA Alliance’s Party-By-Party Analysis of the 2018 Election Disability Accessibility Commitments of the Major Ontario Political Parties May 16, 2018 Introduction This is the AODA Alliance’s party-by-party analysis of the election commitments on disability accessibility that we have received. In providing this analysis, we emphasize that we … Continue reading The AODA Alliance’s Party-By-Party Analysis of the 2018 Election Disability Accessibility Commitments of the Major Ontario Political Parties

The AODA Alliance’s Issue-By-Issue Party Comparison of the Major Parties’ Election Commitments on Disability Accessibility

The AODA Alliance’s Issue-By-Issue Party Comparison of the Major Parties’ Election Commitments on Disability Accessibility   May 16, 2018   Introduction   On April 2, 2018, the AODA Alliance wrote the leaders of the major parties, seeking detailed election commitments on accessibility. Below is an issue-by-issue breakdown of the parties’ responses. The AODA Alliance bases … Continue reading The AODA Alliance’s Issue-By-Issue Party Comparison of the Major Parties’ Election Commitments on Disability Accessibility

Read the May 15, 2018 Letter from the Progressive Conservative Party to the AODA Alliance, Setting Out Its 2018 Election Commitments on Accessibility

May 15, 2018 David Lepofsky, Chair Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance (AODA Alliance) Dear David, The Ontario PC Party is pleased to respond to the AODA Alliance’s survey for the 2018 Ontario election. Our team is focused on providing a clear alternative to voters. After 15 years of high taxes and government mismanagement … Continue reading Read the May 15, 2018 Letter from the Progressive Conservative Party to the AODA Alliance, Setting Out Its 2018 Election Commitments on Accessibility

Read the May 14, 2018 Letter from the Liberal Party to the AODA Alliance, Setting Out Its 2018 Election Commitments on Accessibility

May 14, 2018 Mr. David Lepofsky Chair, Accessibility for Ontarians for Disabilities Act Alliance 1929 Bayview Ave Toronto, ON M4G 3E8 aodafeedback@gmail.com Dear David, Thank you very much for providing us with the opportunity to respond to the AODA Alliance Questionnaire. Please find attached our completed response. In 2014, the people of Ontario elected a … Continue reading Read the May 14, 2018 Letter from the Liberal Party to the AODA Alliance, Setting Out Its 2018 Election Commitments on Accessibility

Read the May 5, 2018 Letter from the New Democratic Party to the AODA Alliance, Setting Out Its 2018 Election Commitments on Accessibility

May 5, 2018 Dear AODA Alliance, Thank you for your letter dated April 3, 2018 regarding our election commitments on accessibility for Ontarians with disabilities. Ontario is at its best when everyone is able to reach their full potential and people of all abilities feel included and see themselves in Ontario’s future. People of all … Continue reading Read the May 5, 2018 Letter from the New Democratic Party to the AODA Alliance, Setting Out Its 2018 Election Commitments on Accessibility

Read the May 4, 2018 Letter from the Green Party to the AODA Alliance, Setting Out Its 2018 Election Commitments on Accessibility

David Lepofsky, CM, O.Ont. Chair, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance 1929 Bayview Avenue Toronto, Ontario M4G 3E8 Dear Mr.Lepofsky: Thank you for giving the Green Party of Ontario an opportunity to speak about issues of importance to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance. We have read over your list of election … Continue reading Read the May 4, 2018 Letter from the Green Party to the AODA Alliance, Setting Out Its 2018 Election Commitments on Accessibility

AODA Alliance Report on 5 Years of Lax AODA Enforcement Comes Up in the Legislature and the Media – and — AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky Files Another Freedom of Information Application to Get Needed Information on AODA Implementation and Enforcement

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 AODA Alliance Report on 5 Years of Lax AODA Enforcement Comes Up in the Legislature and the Media – and — AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky Files Another Freedom of Information Application to … Continue reading AODA Alliance Report on 5 Years of Lax AODA Enforcement Comes Up in the Legislature and the Media – and — AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky Files Another Freedom of Information Application to Get Needed Information on AODA Implementation and Enforcement

News Release: Grassroots Disability Coalition’s New Report Reveals Five Consecutive Years of Rampant Violations of Ontario’s Disabilities Act, Known to the Wynne Government, And Ineffective Provincial Enforcement, Despite Unkept Government Promises to Effectively Enforce this Law

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE NEWS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Grassroots Disability Coalition’s New Report Reveals Five Consecutive Years of Rampant Violations of Ontario’s Disabilities Act, Known to the Wynne Government, And Ineffective Provincial Enforcement, Despite Unkept Government Promises to Effectively Enforce this Law   April 18, 2018 Toronto: The Wynne … Continue reading News Release: Grassroots Disability Coalition’s New Report Reveals Five Consecutive Years of Rampant Violations of Ontario’s Disabilities Act, Known to the Wynne Government, And Ineffective Provincial Enforcement, Despite Unkept Government Promises to Effectively Enforce this Law

The Wynne Government Appoints a Person to Conduct an Independent Review of the Disabilities Act Who has Respected Expertise in Accessibility, But who Lacks Much-Needed Independence–He Worked as the Government’s Special Advisor on Accessibility For Most of the Period He is To Now Independently Audit

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 The Wynne Government Appoints a Person to Conduct an Independent Review of the Disabilities Act Who has Respected Expertise in Accessibility, But who Lacks Much-Needed Independence–He Worked as the Government’s Special Advisor on … Continue reading The Wynne Government Appoints a Person to Conduct an Independent Review of the Disabilities Act Who has Respected Expertise in Accessibility, But who Lacks Much-Needed Independence–He Worked as the Government’s Special Advisor on Accessibility For Most of the Period He is To Now Independently Audit

AODA Alliance Writes Ontario’s Accessibility Minister to Requested Updated Information on the Wynne Government’s Implementation and Enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

February 1, 2018 SUMMARY On February 1, 2018, the AODA Alliance wrote Ontario’s Accessibility Minister, Tracy MacCharles. This letter, set out below, asks the Minister to give us updated information on the Government’s implementation and enforcement of the AODA. As our letter emphasizes, we and the public need this information, as a provincial election is … Continue reading AODA Alliance Writes Ontario’s Accessibility Minister to Requested Updated Information on the Wynne Government’s Implementation and Enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Action Kit for Raising Disability Accessibility Issues in the September 1, 2016 Ontario By-election in Scarborough-Rouge River

August 8, 2016 1. SUMMARY The Ontario Government called a provincial by-election for September 1, 2016 in the Scarborough-Rouge River riding. Let’s use this provincial by-election as a great opportunity to raise disability accessibility issues with all candidates, to get the Government to kick-start stalled efforts at getting Ontario back on schedule for full accessibility … Continue reading Action Kit for Raising Disability Accessibility Issues in the September 1, 2016 Ontario By-election in Scarborough-Rouge River

AODA Alliance Writes New Ontario Accessibility Minister Tracy MacCharles to List Priority Actions to Get Ontario Back on Schedule to Reach Full Accessibility by 2025, the Deadline that Ontario’s Accessibility Law Imposes

July 12, 2016 SUMMARY On July 10, 2016, the AODA Alliance wrote Ontario’s new Accessibility Minister, Tracy MacCharles. Tracy MacCharles is the fifth minister in the past five years to be assigned lead responsibility for the Government’s implementation and enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Our detailed 10-page July 10, 2016 letter, … Continue reading AODA Alliance Writes New Ontario Accessibility Minister Tracy MacCharles to List Priority Actions to Get Ontario Back on Schedule to Reach Full Accessibility by 2025, the Deadline that Ontario’s Accessibility Law Imposes

Come to March 3 University of Windsor Accessibility Forum, March 7 York University Accessibility Forum or March 12 Ryerson Accessibility Panel – Get Your Nearby University, Community College or Other Community Organization to Hold An Accessibility Forum! – and – Watch AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky on TVOntario’s “The Agenda with Steve Paikin” on March 3 2016!

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 28, 2016 SUMMARY 1. Three Great Accessibility Advocacy Training Events in a Row and How to Get Started Planning One in Your Community Here are three great community events in rapid succession that will help our … Continue reading Come to March 3 University of Windsor Accessibility Forum, March 7 York University Accessibility Forum or March 12 Ryerson Accessibility Panel – Get Your Nearby University, Community College or Other Community Organization to Hold An Accessibility Forum! – and – Watch AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky on TVOntario’s “The Agenda with Steve Paikin” on March 3 2016!

AODA Alliance Sends the Deloitte Company its Submission on the First Phase of the Deloitte Company’s Public Consultation on the Wynne Government’s Problem-Ridden Proposal to Fund a New Private Accessibility Certification Process – Deloitte’s Draft Report on its Consultations to Date is Seriously Flawed and Ignores or Rejects the AODA Alliance’s Key Input

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 1, 2016 SUMMARY The AODA Alliance has finalized and submitted its initial submission on the Wynne Government’s problem-ridden proposal to establish and fund a private accessibility certification process in Ontario. We sent our written feedback to … Continue reading AODA Alliance Sends the Deloitte Company its Submission on the First Phase of the Deloitte Company’s Public Consultation on the Wynne Government’s Problem-Ridden Proposal to Fund a New Private Accessibility Certification Process – Deloitte’s Draft Report on its Consultations to Date is Seriously Flawed and Ignores or Rejects the AODA Alliance’s Key Input

Toronto Star Reports on Massive Private Sector Violations of Ontario’s Disability Accessibility Law and Continued Weak Enforcement – Wynne Government’s Reported Response Is Quite Troubling

Sign Up for AODA Alliance Updates by writing: aodafeedback@gmail.com Learn more at: www.www.aodaalliance.org United for a Barrier-Free Ontario January 27, 2016 SUMMARY An excellent article published in the Toronto Star one month ago, while the AODA Alliance email Update service was off on holidays, remains current and important! The Toronto Star’s December 14, 2015 edition … Continue reading Toronto Star Reports on Massive Private Sector Violations of Ontario’s Disability Accessibility Law and Continued Weak Enforcement – Wynne Government’s Reported Response Is Quite Troubling

Barrier-Free Canada’s January 2016 Newsletter Fills You in on Progress to Date in the Campaign for the Promised Canadians with Disabilities Act and Offers Tips on How You Can Help

Sign Up for AODA Alliance Updates by writing: aodafeedback@gmail.com Learn more at: www.www.aodaalliance.org United for a Barrier-Free Ontario January 21, 2016 SUMMARY Below we set out the January 2016 Barrier-Free Canada Newsletter. The AODA Alliance is proud to be the Ontario affiliate of Barrier-Free Canada, and to help with the campaign to win a strong, … Continue reading Barrier-Free Canada’s January 2016 Newsletter Fills You in on Progress to Date in the Campaign for the Promised Canadians with Disabilities Act and Offers Tips on How You Can Help

The AODA Alliance Writes Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid to Request Important Information Regarding the Wynne Government’s Consultation on its Problematic Proposal to Establish a Private Accessibility certification Process in Ontario –And – The AODA Alliance Goes Radio Silent for the Holidays!

Sign Up for AODA Alliance Updates by writing: aodafeedback@gmail.com Learn more at: www.www.aodaalliance.org United for a Barrier-Free Ontario December 5, 2015 SUMMARY 1. Asking the Wynne Government for Important Background on the Deloitte Firm’s Consultation Regarding the Government’s Proposal to Create a Private Accessibility Certification Process On December 5, 2015, the AODA Alliance wrote Economic … Continue reading The AODA Alliance Writes Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid to Request Important Information Regarding the Wynne Government’s Consultation on its Problematic Proposal to Establish a Private Accessibility certification Process in Ontario –And – The AODA Alliance Goes Radio Silent for the Holidays!

The AODA Alliance Issues a News Release about Newly-Secured Government Documents that Show the Wynne Government Continues With Paltry Enforcement of Ontario’s Disabilities Act, Despite Three Years of Rampant Private Sector Violations and 1.3 Million Dollars Left Unspent that Could Buy Lots More Enforcement

Sign Up for AODA Alliance Updates by writing: aodafeedback@gmail.com Learn more at: www.www.aodaalliance.org United for a Barrier-Free Ontario December 3, 2015 SUMMARY To mark December 3, 2015, the International Day for People with Disabilities, the AODA Alliance has issued a news release. It makes public documents obtained from the Wynne Government showing that it still … Continue reading The AODA Alliance Issues a News Release about Newly-Secured Government Documents that Show the Wynne Government Continues With Paltry Enforcement of Ontario’s Disabilities Act, Despite Three Years of Rampant Private Sector Violations and 1.3 Million Dollars Left Unspent that Could Buy Lots More Enforcement

Should the Wynne Government Create a Private Accessibility Certification Process? – Send Feedback on Our Draft Response Demonstrating Its Serious Problems — Better for the Government to Keep Unkept Promise to Effectively Enforce the AODA

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 25, 2015 SUMMARY 1. Wynne Government Hires the Deloitte Firm to Consult You On November 16, 2015, the Wynne Government announced that it has launched a public consultation on its proposal that the Government create a … Continue reading Should the Wynne Government Create a Private Accessibility Certification Process? – Send Feedback on Our Draft Response Demonstrating Its Serious Problems — Better for the Government to Keep Unkept Promise to Effectively Enforce the AODA

Here We Go Again – Premier Kathleen Wynne Promised The Most Open Government In Canada, But Her Economic Development Ministry Asks AODA Alliance Chair to Pay $4,200 To Fully Answer His June 4, 2015 Freedom Of Information Application On The Implementation And Enforcement Of The Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities Act – And – Other Accessibility News

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 5, 2015 SUMMARY 1. History Repeats Itself Again in Ontario… Unfortunately! Back on June 4, 2015, AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky had to resort to filing a Freedom of Information application to get comprehensive current information … Continue reading Here We Go Again – Premier Kathleen Wynne Promised The Most Open Government In Canada, But Her Economic Development Ministry Asks AODA Alliance Chair to Pay $4,200 To Fully Answer His June 4, 2015 Freedom Of Information Application On The Implementation And Enforcement Of The Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities Act – And – Other Accessibility News

AODA Alliance Chair Files New Freedom of Information Application with the Ontario Government Ministry Responsible for Implementing and Enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Sign Up for AODA Alliance Updates by writing: aodafeedback@gmail.com Learn more at: www.www.aodaalliance.org United for a Barrier-Free Ontario June 9, 2015 Summary Now that the Ontario Government has announced its June 3, 2015 Accessibility Action Plan in response to the final report of the Mayo Moran AODA Independent Review, should we sit back and rest? … Continue reading AODA Alliance Chair Files New Freedom of Information Application with the Ontario Government Ministry Responsible for Implementing and Enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Ontario Government Announces Measures to Implement Recommendations of 2014 Moran AODA Independent Review – Government Commits to Some Helpful Measures Including Increased Enforcement, But Much More Is Still Needed

Sign Up for AODA Alliance Updates by writing: aodafeedback@gmail.com Learn more at: www.www.aodaalliance.org United for a Barrier-Free Ontario June 3, 2015 Summary On June 3, 2015, the Ontario Government’s minister with lead responsibility for the AODA’s implementation and enforcement, Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid, announced a series of measures to respond to parts of the … Continue reading Ontario Government Announces Measures to Implement Recommendations of 2014 Moran AODA Independent Review – Government Commits to Some Helpful Measures Including Increased Enforcement, But Much More Is Still Needed

In the Wake of the AODA’s 10th Anniversary, Accessibility Comes up in the Legislature’s Question Period, in the 2015 Ontario Budget and in More Recent Media Coverage – The Wynne Government Claims Ontario is “Number One” in the World in Taking Action on Accessibility, Yet the Moran AODA Independent Review Says this Law Hasn’t Had a Significant Impact on 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 May 15, 2015 Summary In the wake of the 10th anniversary of the historic vote when the Ontario Legislature passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, here’s a recap of recent developments in our ongoing campaign … Continue reading In the Wake of the AODA’s 10th Anniversary, Accessibility Comes up in the Legislature’s Question Period, in the 2015 Ontario Budget and in More Recent Media Coverage – The Wynne Government Claims Ontario is “Number One” in the World in Taking Action on Accessibility, Yet the Moran AODA Independent Review Says this Law Hasn’t Had a Significant Impact on People with Disabilities

Part 2 of the AODA Alliance’s Detailed Analysis of the Final Report of the Mayo Moran Independent Review of the Implementation and Enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act – Major Recommendations in the Moran Report that We Do Not Support

Sign Up for AODA Alliance Updates by writing: aodafeedback@gmail.com Learn more at: www.www.aodaalliance.org United for a Barrier-Free Ontario May 1, 2015 Part 2: Major Findings and Recommendations in the Moran Report that We Do Not Support OVERVIEW AND SUMMARY In September 2013, the Ontario Government appointed Professor Mayo Moran to conduct a mandatory Independent Review … Continue reading Part 2 of the AODA Alliance’s Detailed Analysis of the Final Report of the Mayo Moran Independent Review of the Implementation and Enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act – Major Recommendations in the Moran Report that We Do Not Support

Part 1 of the AODA Alliance’s Detailed Analysis of the Final Report of the Mayo Moran Independent Review of the Implementation and Enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act — Major Findings and Recommendations in the Moran Report that We Support

Sign Up for AODA Alliance Updates by writing: aodafeedback@gmail.com Learn more at: www.www.aodaalliance.org United for a Barrier-Free Ontario April 29, 2015 Part 1: Major Findings and Recommendations in the Moran Report that We Support OVERVIEW AND SUMMARY In September, 2013, the Ontario Government appointed Professor Mayo Moran to conduct an Independent Review of its implementation … Continue reading Part 1 of the AODA Alliance’s Detailed Analysis of the Final Report of the Mayo Moran Independent Review of the Implementation and Enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act — Major Findings and Recommendations in the Moran Report that We Support

Call the New Ontario Government Toll-Free Line to Report AODA Violations – We Campaigned Over Two Years to Win This Toll-Free Number!

Sign Up for AODA Alliance Updates by writing: aodafeedback@gmail.com Learn more at: www.www.aodaalliance.org United for a Barrier-Free Ontario March 23, 2015 Summary The Ontario Government only has 9 years, 10 months and 8 days left to lead Ontario to become fully accessible to 1.8 million Ontarians with disabilities by 2025, as the Accessibility for Ontarians … Continue reading Call the New Ontario Government Toll-Free Line to Report AODA Violations – We Campaigned Over Two Years to Win This Toll-Free Number!

Despite Mayo Moran Independent Review Report Recommending that Ontario Should Beef Up Enforcement, the Wynne Government Plans to Cut Back on Enforcement of Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, Even Though Violations of this Law Remain Rampant Among Private Sector Organizations with At Least Twenty Employees – and – Wynne Government at Last Has a Toll-Free Phone Number the Public Can Call to Report AODA Violations – But You would not Know that from the Government’s Website, or from the Audio Announcement When You Call that Number

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 25, 2015 Summary With only 9 years, 10 months and 3 days left for the Government to lead Ontario to become fully accessible for people with disabilities by 2025, the Ontario Government has taken the backwards … Continue reading Despite Mayo Moran Independent Review Report Recommending that Ontario Should Beef Up Enforcement, the Wynne Government Plans to Cut Back on Enforcement of Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, Even Though Violations of this Law Remain Rampant Among Private Sector Organizations with At Least Twenty Employees – and – Wynne Government at Last Has a Toll-Free Phone Number the Public Can Call to Report AODA Violations – But You would not Know that from the Government’s Website, or from the Audio Announcement When You Call that Number

Premier Wynne and Economic Develop Minister Duguid Respond to AODA Alliance’s Detail Proposals to Get Ontario Back on Schedule for Full Disability Accessibility by 2025 – But the Government’s Responses Largely Trumpet Insufficient Past Government Action Instead of Adopting Our Action Recommendations – There’s No Government Plan in Effect that Will Ensure Full Accessibility By 2025 and fulfill the Government’s Unkept Accessibility Promises

Sign Up for AODA Alliance Updates by writing: aodafeedback@gmail.com Learn more at: www.www.aodaalliance.org United for a Barrier-Free Ontario January 20, 2015 Summary Only 9 years and 345 days remain before January 1, 2025. The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act AODA requires the Ontario Government to have led Ontario to become fully accessible to people … Continue reading Premier Wynne and Economic Develop Minister Duguid Respond to AODA Alliance’s Detail Proposals to Get Ontario Back on Schedule for Full Disability Accessibility by 2025 – But the Government’s Responses Largely Trumpet Insufficient Past Government Action Instead of Adopting Our Action Recommendations – There’s No Government Plan in Effect that Will Ensure Full Accessibility By 2025 and fulfill the Government’s Unkept Accessibility Promises

While the Ontario Government Continues Multi-Year Dithering on Accessibility Rather than Keeping Its Promise to Effectively Enforce Ontario’s Accessibility Legislation, the City of Toronto Wrongly Orders a Downtown Restaurant to Remove Its Wheelchair Ramp – If Only the Ontario Government Enforced Accessibility As Swiftly and Vigorously as the City of Toronto Enforces Inaccessibility!

Sign Up for AODA Alliance Updates by writing: aodafeedback@gmail.com Learn more at: www.www.aodaalliance.org United for a Barrier-Free Ontario December 1, 2014 Summary At the same time as the Ontario Government under Premier Kathleen Wynne continues to break its promise to effectively enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, the City of Toronto is busy … Continue reading While the Ontario Government Continues Multi-Year Dithering on Accessibility Rather than Keeping Its Promise to Effectively Enforce Ontario’s Accessibility Legislation, the City of Toronto Wrongly Orders a Downtown Restaurant to Remove Its Wheelchair Ramp – If Only the Ontario Government Enforced Accessibility As Swiftly and Vigorously as the City of Toronto Enforces Inaccessibility!

NDP MPP Cindy Forster Grills Premier Wynne in the Legislature on Why Her Mandate Letters’ Marching Orders to Her Cabinet Ministers Leave out Most Government Promises on Disability Accessibility – Premier Ducks the Question – Economic Development Minister Says Premier Wynne Ordered Her “Loud and Clear” to Effectively Enforce the Disabilities Act

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 20, 2014 Summary When we cannot get the Government to answer important questions on the implementation and enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, it is unfortunately sometimes necessary to resort to asking opposition … Continue reading NDP MPP Cindy Forster Grills Premier Wynne in the Legislature on Why Her Mandate Letters’ Marching Orders to Her Cabinet Ministers Leave out Most Government Promises on Disability Accessibility – Premier Ducks the Question – Economic Development Minister Says Premier Wynne Ordered Her “Loud and Clear” to Effectively Enforce the Disabilities Act

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

Wynne Government Ignores Yet another Election Promise to Over 1.8 Million Ontarians 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 7, 2014 Summary The Ontario Government under Premier Wynne has ignored yet another election promise to over 1.8 million Ontarians with disabilities. On Thursday, November 6, 2014, the Government appointed a new person to serve as … Continue reading Wynne Government Ignores Yet another Election Promise to Over 1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities

Metrolinx Backs Down! It Waives Its Proposed $250 Fee for Answering the AODA Alliance Chair’s Freedom of Information Application Regarding the Creation of New Accessibility/Safety Barriers on the Eglinton Crosstown Subway – Within Two Hours of Our Publicizing Metrolinx’s Attempt to Extract That Fee – And A Week of Great Media on Accessibility Issues Coverage on Accessibility

Sign Up for AODA Alliance Updates by writing: aodafeedback@gmail.com Learn more at: www.www.aodaalliance.org United for a Barrier-Free Ontario October 20, 2014 Summary 1. Metrolinx Backs Down – Open Government Can Really Mean Open Government! On Friday, October 17, 2014, Metrolinx contacted AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky to let him know that Metrolinx President/Chief Executive Officer … Continue reading Metrolinx Backs Down! It Waives Its Proposed $250 Fee for Answering the AODA Alliance Chair’s Freedom of Information Application Regarding the Creation of New Accessibility/Safety Barriers on the Eglinton Crosstown Subway – Within Two Hours of Our Publicizing Metrolinx’s Attempt to Extract That Fee – And A Week of Great Media on Accessibility Issues Coverage on Accessibility

Despite Promising to be the Most Open and Transparent Government in Canada, Wynne Government Again Tries Charging a Hefty Fee to Give Answers on Its Promises on Disability Accessibility – Metrolinx Asks AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky to pay $250 Just to Find Out Why Metrolinx Designed Several Stations on the New Eglinton Crosstown Line with Accessibility/Safety Problems

Sign Up for AODA Alliance Updates by writing: aodafeedback@gmail.com Learn more at: www.www.aodaalliance.org United for a Barrier-Free Ontario October 17, 2014 Summary Defying Premier Wynne’s instructions to all Cabinet ministers to be “the most open and transparent government in the country,” Metrolinx has asked AODA Alliance chair David Lepofsky to pay $250, just to get … Continue reading Despite Promising to be the Most Open and Transparent Government in Canada, Wynne Government Again Tries Charging a Hefty Fee to Give Answers on Its Promises on Disability Accessibility – Metrolinx Asks AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky to pay $250 Just to Find Out Why Metrolinx Designed Several Stations on the New Eglinton Crosstown Line with Accessibility/Safety Problems

Premier Wynne’s Mandate Letter to Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid Downplays His Duty to Implement and Enforce Ontario’s Disabilities Act Among A Blizzard of Other Ministry Priorities

Sign Up for AODA Alliance Updates by writing: aodafeedback@gmail.com Learn more at: www.www.aodaalliance.org United for a Barrier-Free Ontario October 9, 2014 Summary Brad Duguid, the Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, is the newest Ontario Cabinet Minister with lead responsibility for implementing and enforcing the AODA. He is, for example, responsible for leading the … Continue reading Premier Wynne’s Mandate Letter to Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid Downplays His Duty to Implement and Enforce Ontario’s Disabilities Act Among A Blizzard of Other Ministry Priorities

Premier Wynne Snubs 2014 Written Election Promise to 1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities – Her Written Instructions to Each Cabinet Minister on Their Action Priorities Systematically Ignore Many if Not Most Government Promises on Disability Accessibility

Sign Up for AODA Alliance Updates by writing: aodafeedback@gmail.com Learn more at: www.www.aodaalliance.org United for a Barrier-Free Ontario Summary October 7, 2014 Toronto: Premier Kathleen Wynne has failed to keep an important 2014 election written promise to 1.8 million Ontarians with disabilities, according to the AODA Alliance, a widely-recognized non-partisan disability coalition that leads the … Continue reading Premier Wynne Snubs 2014 Written Election Promise to 1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities – Her Written Instructions to Each Cabinet Minister on Their Action Priorities Systematically Ignore Many if Not Most Government Promises on Disability Accessibility

AODA Alliance Chair Resorts to Freedom of Information Application to Unearth the Story on How and Why Metrolinx Designed the New Eglinton Subway with Barriers to Disability Accessibility and Safety

Sign Up for AODA Alliance Updates by writing: aodafeedback@gmail.com Learn more at: www.www.aodaalliance.org United for a Barrier-Free Ontario August 27, 2014 Summary On August 22, 2014, David Lepofsky, who serves as the chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance, resorted to submitting a Freedom of Information application to Metrolinx. The key part … Continue reading AODA Alliance Chair Resorts to Freedom of Information Application to Unearth the Story on How and Why Metrolinx Designed the New Eglinton Subway with Barriers to Disability Accessibility and Safety

AODA Alliance Writes New Minister Responsible for Implementing and Enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act to Urge Priorities for Prompt Action

Sign Up for AODA Alliance Updates by writing: aodafeedback@gmail.com Learn more at: www.www.aodaalliance.org United for a Barrier-Free Ontario August 14, 2014 Summary On August 14, 2014, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance wrote Mr. Brad Duguid, the new Ontario Minister for Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure. He is the new Ontario cabinet minister … Continue reading AODA Alliance Writes New Minister Responsible for Implementing and Enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act to Urge Priorities for Prompt Action

Compare the Major Ontario Parties’ Records On Disability Accessibility

Sign Up for AODA Alliance Updates by writing: aodafeedback@gmail.com Learn more at: www.www.aodaalliance.org United for a Barrier-Free Ontario May 7, 2014 Summary We have asked the major parties in the Ontario June 12, 2014 general election to send us their  platforms on disability accessibility by 5 pm on Friday, May 9, 2014. They have had … Continue reading Compare the Major Ontario Parties’ Records On Disability Accessibility

AODA Alliance Writes Economic Development, Trade and Employment Minister to Request Specific Details on Government Action to Implement and Enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Sign Up for AODA Alliance Updates by writing: aodafeedback@gmail.com Learn more at: www.www.aodaalliance.org United for a Barrier-Free Ontario May 2, 2014 Summary On May 2, 2014, the AODA Alliance wrote Dr. Eric Hoskins, the Ontario Government cabinet minister with lead responsibility for implementing and enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. See the text … Continue reading AODA Alliance Writes Economic Development, Trade and Employment Minister to Request Specific Details on Government Action to Implement and Enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

As the Ontario Government Continues to Break its Promise to Effectively Enforce Its Disability Accessibility Law, its Minister Responsible for its Enforcement Introduces New Bill into the Legislature to Cut Regulations on Business – Will Accessibility Safeguards Be Kept off the Chopping Block?

Sign Up for AODA Alliance Updates by writing: aodafeedback@gmail.com Learn more at: www.www.aodaalliance.org United for a Barrier-Free Ontario April 1, 2014 Summary Ontarians with disabilities must remain ever-vigilant. We must stay on the look-out to ensure that hard-won gains on disability accessibility are never eroded, and to ensure that opportunities to promote accessibility for persons … Continue reading As the Ontario Government Continues to Break its Promise to Effectively Enforce Its Disability Accessibility Law, its Minister Responsible for its Enforcement Introduces New Bill into the Legislature to Cut Regulations on Business – Will Accessibility Safeguards Be Kept off the Chopping Block?

Sign Up for Public Hearings for Dean Mayo Moran’s Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act’s Implementation and Enforcement in Ottawa, Toronto, London, Thunder Bay and On-Line

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 28, 2014 Summary The Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act’s implementation and enforcement, conducted by University of Toronto’s Law Dean Mayo Moran, has announced that it will be holding public hearings. These … Continue reading Sign Up for Public Hearings for Dean Mayo Moran’s Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act’s Implementation and Enforcement in Ottawa, Toronto, London, Thunder Bay and On-Line

Ontario Government Sat on A Detailed Plan for Enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act since at Least May 2012, According to a Front Page Story in the Toronto Star that Quotes the AODA Alliance

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 20, 2014 Summary The Toronto Star today reported on its front page that we revealed that the Ontario Government has since at least May 2012 been sitting on a detailed plan, prepared by public servants, for … Continue reading Ontario Government Sat on A Detailed Plan for Enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act since at Least May 2012, According to a Front Page Story in the Toronto Star that Quotes the AODA Alliance

NDP and Conservatives Make Written Election Commitments to AODA Alliance – Unveiled at September 7, 2007 AODA Alliance Queen’s Park News Conference

September 7, 2007 SUMMARY The AODA Alliance held a news conference at Queen’s Park on Friday September 7, 2007. We made public the written election commitments we have just received from the New Democratic and Progressive Conservative parties. See below their letters to the AODA Alliance, shown in the order we received them. Subsequent to the news conference, we received … Continue reading NDP and Conservatives Make Written Election Commitments to AODA Alliance – Unveiled at September 7, 2007 AODA Alliance Queen’s Park News Conference

McGuinty Government Quietly Proclaims Bill 107 In Force On Election Campaign`s Eve, Before Solving Key Problems With Its Implementation — Human Rights Enforcement Weakened And Privatized

SEPTEMBER 4, 2007 SUMMARY In late August, on the eve of Ontario’s 2007 provincial election campaign, the McGuinty Government quietly proclaimed the date when its widely-criticized Bill 107 comes into force. Bill 107 will privatize and weaken the enforcement of human rights in Ontario. Unless the next Government prevents this, Bill 107 goes into force on June 30, 2008. The … Continue reading McGuinty Government Quietly Proclaims Bill 107 In Force On Election Campaign`s Eve, Before Solving Key Problems With Its Implementation — Human Rights Enforcement Weakened And Privatized