What Is the Doug Ford Government Planning for Its Widely-Criticized Proposal to Allow Unlicensed, Uninsured Electric Scooters in Ontario? Over 2 Million Ontarians with Disabilities and Many Others Await A Government Announcement, With Serious Concerns and Unanswered Questions

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE NEWS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE What Is the Doug Ford Government Planning for Its Widely-Criticized Proposal to Allow Unlicensed, Uninsured Electric Scooters in Ontario? Over 2 Million Ontarians with Disabilities and Many Others Await A Government Announcement, With Serious Concerns and Unanswered Questions November 1, 2019 Toronto: … Continue reading What Is the Doug Ford Government Planning for Its Widely-Criticized Proposal to Allow Unlicensed, Uninsured Electric Scooters in Ontario? Over 2 Million Ontarians with Disabilities and Many Others Await A Government Announcement, With Serious Concerns and Unanswered Questions

AODA Alliance Finalizes and Makes Public Its Proposed Framework for the Promised Education Accessibility Standard

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 Finalizes and Makes Public Its Proposed Framework for the Promised Education Accessibility Standard October 10, 2019           SUMMARY It’s done, and it’s public! Below we set out our finished product, the … Continue reading AODA Alliance Finalizes and Makes Public Its Proposed Framework for the Promised Education Accessibility Standard

More Media on the E-scooters Issue – and – On September 25, Attend Either a Federal Candidates’ Forum on the Accessible Canada Act or the TTC’s Public Forum on Accessible Transit

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 More Media on the E-scooters Issue – and – On September 25, Attend Either a Federal Candidates’ Forum on the Accessible Canada Act or the TTC’s Public Forum on Accessible Transit September 23, … Continue reading More Media on the E-scooters Issue – and – On September 25, Attend Either a Federal Candidates’ Forum on the Accessible Canada Act or the TTC’s Public Forum on Accessible Transit

Send Us Your Feedback on Our Draft Framework for what the Promised K-12 Education Accessibility Standard Should Include

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 Send Us Your Feedback on Our Draft Framework for what the Promised K-12 Education Accessibility Standard Should Include September 18, 2019           SUMMARY Today, the AODA Alliance is making public a draft Framework … Continue reading Send Us Your Feedback on Our Draft Framework for what the Promised K-12 Education Accessibility Standard Should Include

Tell the Ford Government if You Support the AODA Alliance’s Brief and Recommendations on the Government’s Proposal to Hold a 5-Year Pilot Project to Allow Electric Scooters in Ontario – and – Lots More Media Coverage of Our Issues Over the Past Two Weeks

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 Tell the Ford Government if You Support the AODA Alliance’s Brief and Recommendations on the Government’s Proposal to Hold a 5-Year Pilot Project to Allow Electric Scooters in Ontario – and – Lots … Continue reading Tell the Ford Government if You Support the AODA Alliance’s Brief and Recommendations on the Government’s Proposal to Hold a 5-Year Pilot Project to Allow Electric Scooters in Ontario – and – Lots More Media Coverage of Our Issues Over the Past Two Weeks

AODA Alliance Files A Brief With Ontario’s Doug Ford Government, Urging that Ontario Should Not Allow E-scooters, Should Withdraw Its Proposal for a 5-Year E-scooter Pilot Project, Or, If Allowed, Should Ban E-scooter Rentals and Require E-scooters and Their Drivers to Be Licensed and Insured

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE NEWS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AODA Alliance Files A Brief With Ontario’s Doug Ford Government, Urging that Ontario Should Not Allow E-scooters, Should Withdraw Its Proposal for a 5-Year E-scooter Pilot Project, Or, If Allowed, Should Ban E-scooter Rentals and Require E-scooters and Their Drivers to Be … Continue reading AODA Alliance Files A Brief With Ontario’s Doug Ford Government, Urging that Ontario Should Not Allow E-scooters, Should Withdraw Its Proposal for a 5-Year E-scooter Pilot Project, Or, If Allowed, Should Ban E-scooter Rentals and Require E-scooters and Their Drivers to Be Licensed and Insured

Quickly Send Us Feedback On Our Draft Brief to the Ontario Government’s Rushed Public Consultation on Its Proposal to Hold a Five-Year Pilot Project to Allow Electric Scooters in Ontario

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 Quickly Send Us Feedback On Our Draft Brief to the Ontario Government’s Rushed Public Consultation on Its Proposal to Hold a Five-Year Pilot Project to Allow Electric Scooters in Ontario September 6, 2019 … Continue reading Quickly Send Us Feedback On Our Draft Brief to the Ontario Government’s Rushed Public Consultation on Its Proposal to Hold a Five-Year Pilot Project to Allow Electric Scooters in Ontario

The Ford Government Admits It Planned a “Compromise of Road Safety” and the Opportunity for Businesses to Expand When It designed Its Controversial Proposed 5-Year Pilot to Allow Motorized Electric Scooters on Ontario Roads, According to a Media Report – Yet The Government Should Never Compromise On Public Safety

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 Admits It Planned a “Compromise of Road Safety” and the Opportunity for Businesses to Expand When It designed Its Controversial Proposed 5-Year Pilot to Allow Motorized Electric Scooters on Ontario … Continue reading The Ford Government Admits It Planned a “Compromise of Road Safety” and the Opportunity for Businesses to Expand When It designed Its Controversial Proposed 5-Year Pilot to Allow Motorized Electric Scooters on Ontario Roads, According to a Media Report – Yet The Government Should Never Compromise On Public Safety

Ford Government Quietly Conducts Inexcusably Rushed 2-Day Public Consultation Just Before the Labour Day Long Weekend on a Troubling Proposal to Allow Electric Scooters in Ontario – Because This Risks a Safety Threat for People with Disabilities, the AODA Alliance Calls for This Rushed Consultation To Be Withdrawn, and For Assurances that Our Safety Won’t Ever Be Put At Risk, Even During Any Trial Period

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 Ford Government Quietly Conducts Inexcusably Rushed 2-Day Public Consultation Just Before the Labour Day Long Weekend on a Troubling Proposal to Allow Electric Scooters in Ontario – Because This Risks a Safety Threat … Continue reading Ford Government Quietly Conducts Inexcusably Rushed 2-Day Public Consultation Just Before the Labour Day Long Weekend on a Troubling Proposal to Allow Electric Scooters in Ontario – Because This Risks a Safety Threat for People with Disabilities, the AODA Alliance Calls for This Rushed Consultation To Be Withdrawn, and For Assurances that Our Safety Won’t Ever Be Put At Risk, Even During Any Trial Period

AODA Alliance Writes Federal Party Leaders Seeking Election Commitments on Advancing the Cause of Accessibility for Over 6 Million People with Disabilities in Canada

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 Federal Party Leaders Seeking Election Commitments on Advancing the Cause of Accessibility for Over 6 Million People with Disabilities in Canada July 18, 2019           SUMMARY A hotly-contested federal election … Continue reading AODA Alliance Writes Federal Party Leaders Seeking Election Commitments on Advancing the Cause of Accessibility for Over 6 Million People with Disabilities in Canada

The Ford Government Gets A Failing Grade on Making Progress on Disability Accessibility After One year in Power

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 Gets A Failing Grade on Making Progress on Disability Accessibility After One year in Power June 21, 2019 SUMMARY It’s time to look back on the past year, take stock … Continue reading The Ford Government Gets A Failing Grade on Making Progress on Disability Accessibility After One year in Power

CBC National News Reveals Appalling Incidents of Accessibility Failures in Air Travel in Canada – Yet More Proof that the Canadian Transportation Agency has been Ineffective at Ensuring Accessibility for Air Travel Passengers with Disabilities in Canada

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 CBC National News Reveals Appalling Incidents of Accessibility Failures in Air Travel in Canada – Yet More Proof that the Canadian Transportation Agency has been Ineffective at Ensuring Accessibility for Air Travel Passengers … Continue reading CBC National News Reveals Appalling Incidents of Accessibility Failures in Air Travel in Canada – Yet More Proof that the Canadian Transportation Agency has been Ineffective at Ensuring Accessibility for Air Travel Passengers with Disabilities in Canada

More Specifics on the Amendments to Bill C-81 (the Proposed Accessible Canada Act) that the Senate’s Standing Committee Passed and that We Want the House of Commons to Ratify – Still No Commitment by the Federal Government to Ratify All the Senate’s Amendments

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 More Specifics on the Amendments to Bill C-81 (the Proposed Accessible Canada Act) that the Senate’s Standing Committee Passed and that We Want the House of Commons to Ratify – Still No Commitment … Continue reading More Specifics on the Amendments to Bill C-81 (the Proposed Accessible Canada Act) that the Senate’s Standing Committee Passed and that We Want the House of Commons to Ratify – Still No Commitment by the Federal Government to Ratify All the Senate’s Amendments

New Toronto Star Guest Column by AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky Shows How and Why the Senate Should Strengthen Bill C-81, the Proposed Accessible Canada Act, Before Passing it this Spring

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 New Toronto Star Guest Column by AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky Shows How and Why the Senate Should Strengthen Bill C-81, the Proposed Accessible Canada Act, Before Passing it this Spring April 30, … Continue reading New Toronto Star Guest Column by AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky Shows How and Why the Senate Should Strengthen Bill C-81, the Proposed Accessible Canada Act, Before Passing it this Spring

AODA Alliance’s Short Supplementary Brief to the Senate Focuses on the High Priority of Surgically Removing from Bill C-81 A Troubling Provision that Lets the Canadian Transportation Agency Pass Regulations that Cut Back on the Human Rights of Passengers with Disabilities

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’s Short Supplementary Brief to the Senate Focuses on the High Priority of Surgically Removing from Bill C-81 A Troubling Provision that Lets the Canadian Transportation Agency Pass Regulations that Cut Back … Continue reading AODA Alliance’s Short Supplementary Brief to the Senate Focuses on the High Priority of Surgically Removing from Bill C-81 A Troubling Provision that Lets the Canadian Transportation Agency Pass Regulations that Cut Back on the Human Rights of Passengers with Disabilities

At the Senate, Federal Disability Minister Carla Qualtrough Answers Senators’ Questions on the Weak Bill C-81 (Proposed Accessible Canada Act) – Read the AODA Alliance’s Commentary on the Minister’s Key Answers

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 At the Senate, Federal Disability Minister Carla Qualtrough Answers Senators’ Questions on the Weak Bill C-81 (Proposed Accessible Canada Act) – Read the AODA Alliance’s Commentary on the Minister’s Key Answers April 23, … Continue reading At the Senate, Federal Disability Minister Carla Qualtrough Answers Senators’ Questions on the Weak Bill C-81 (Proposed Accessible Canada Act) – Read the AODA Alliance’s Commentary on the Minister’s Key Answers

Canada Transportation Agency Proposes New Regulations that Threatens to Reduce the Duty to Accommodate Passengers with Disabilities in Air Travel and Other Transportation that the Federal Government Can Regulate, According to a New Brief by the AODA Alliance

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 Canada Transportation Agency Proposes New Regulations that Threaten to Reduce the Duty to Accommodate Passengers with Disabilities in Air Travel and Other Transportation that the Federal Government Can Regulate, According to a New … Continue reading Canada Transportation Agency Proposes New Regulations that Threatens to Reduce the Duty to Accommodate Passengers with Disabilities in Air Travel and Other Transportation that the Federal Government Can Regulate, According to a New Brief by the AODA Alliance

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

Raise Public Transit Accessibility Barriers at the December 13, 2018 TTC Public Forum on Accessible Transit -and – The AODA Alliance Sends the Ontario Government a Written Submission for the Provincial Consultation on Education in Ontario

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 Raise Public Transit Accessibility Barriers at the December 13, 2018 TTC Public Forum on Accessible Transit –and – The AODA Alliance Sends the Ontario Government a Written Submission for the Provincial Consultation on … Continue reading Raise Public Transit Accessibility Barriers at the December 13, 2018 TTC Public Forum on Accessible Transit -and – The AODA Alliance Sends the Ontario Government a Written Submission for the Provincial Consultation on Education in Ontario

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

News Release: A Look at Premier Doug Ford’s First Throne Speech from the Perspective of Ensuring that Ontario Becomes Accessible to 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities by 2025

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE NEWS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   A Look at Premier Doug Ford’s First Throne Speech from the Perspective of Ensuring that Ontario Becomes Accessible to 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities by 2025 July 13, 2018 Toronto: Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s first Throne Speech, read at Queen’s Park … Continue reading News Release: A Look at Premier Doug Ford’s First Throne Speech from the Perspective of Ensuring that Ontario Becomes Accessible to 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities by 2025

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

AODA Alliance Writes Premier-Designate Doug Ford, as the Conservative Party Prepares to Take Power in Ontario

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 Writes Premier-Designate Doug Ford, as the Conservative Party Prepares to Take Power in Ontario June 15, 2018           SUMMARY We have gotten right to work on developing a good working relationship … Continue reading AODA Alliance Writes Premier-Designate Doug Ford, as the Conservative Party Prepares to Take Power in Ontario

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

On the Eve of the 2018 Ontario Election Campaign, the Wynne Government Made Public the Weak Final Recommendations of the Transportation Standards Development committee For Revisions to the 2011 Transportation Accessibility Standard – Reflecting an Impoverished Approach to Ontario’s Disabilities Act, The Wynne Government Said It is Not Seeking Public Input on those Recommendations

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 On the Eve of the 2018 Ontario Election Campaign, the Wynne Government Made Public the Weak Final Recommendations of the Transportation Standards Development committee For Revisions to the 2011 Transportation Accessibility Standard – … Continue reading On the Eve of the 2018 Ontario Election Campaign, the Wynne Government Made Public the Weak Final Recommendations of the Transportation Standards Development committee For Revisions to the 2011 Transportation Accessibility Standard – Reflecting an Impoverished Approach to Ontario’s Disabilities Act, The Wynne Government Said It is Not Seeking Public Input on those Recommendations

Read the Government-appointed Transportation Standards Development committee’s Final Recommendations for Revisions to the 2011 AODA Transportation Accessibility Standard

Text of the Final Recommendations of the Transportation Standards Development committee, Proposing  Revisions to the 2011 Transportation Accessibility Standard, Enacted Under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, Which the Ontario Government Made Public On May 2, 2018 Review of the Transportation Standards The purpose of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) … Continue reading Read the Government-appointed Transportation Standards Development committee’s Final Recommendations for Revisions to the 2011 AODA Transportation Accessibility Standard

Watch AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky on TVOntario’s “The Agenda with Steve Paikin” Tonight at 8 or 11 PM or Later on YouTube, Talking about This Ontario Election’s Accessibility Issues – and — New Captioned Online Lecture on Progress from 2014 to 2018 in Ontario on Accessibility 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 www.aodaalliance.org aodafeedback@gmail.com Twitter: @aodaalliance Watch AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky on TVOntario’s “The Agenda with Steve Paikin” Tonight at 8 or 11 PM or Later on YouTube, Talking about This Ontario Election’s Accessibility Issues – and — … Continue reading Watch AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky on TVOntario’s “The Agenda with Steve Paikin” Tonight at 8 or 11 PM or Later on YouTube, Talking about This Ontario Election’s Accessibility Issues – and — New Captioned Online Lecture on Progress from 2014 to 2018 in Ontario on Accessibility for 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities

Use and Widely circulate our new Election Action Kit — Full of tips on how to raise disability accessibility issues in this Ontario election

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE 2018 Ontario Election Action Kit Tell Candidates that In This Election, the Disability Vote Counts! #DisabilityVoteCounts aodafeedback@gmail.com www.aodaalliance.org Twitter: @aodaalliance May 19, 2018 It’s Time for Grassroots Action! This Election Action Kit gives you quick ways to help our non-partisan campaign to get stronger accessibility pledges from the … Continue reading Use and Widely circulate our new Election Action Kit — Full of tips on how to raise disability accessibility issues in this Ontario election

Wonderful Media Coverage of the AODA Alliance’s New Video on Serious Accessibility Problems at New and Recently-Renovated Toronto Area Public Transit Stations – Our Video Is Quickly Becoming a Key Part of Our Non-Partisan Accessibility Blitz During the 2018 Ontario Election Campaign

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 Wonderful Media Coverage of the AODA Alliance’s New Video on Serious Accessibility Problems at New and Recently-Renovated Toronto Area Public Transit Stations – Our Video Is Quickly Becoming a Key Part of Our … Continue reading Wonderful Media Coverage of the AODA Alliance’s New Video on Serious Accessibility Problems at New and Recently-Renovated Toronto Area Public Transit Stations – Our Video Is Quickly Becoming a Key Part of Our Non-Partisan Accessibility Blitz During the 2018 Ontario Election Campaign

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

News Release: Grassroots Disability Coalition’s Powerful New Video Shows Serious Accessibility Problems at New and Recently Renovated Public Transit Stations in Toronto, As the Future of Accessibility for 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities Looms as an Ontario Election Issue

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE NEWS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Grassroots Disability Coalition’s Powerful New Video Shows Serious Accessibility Problems at New and Recently Renovated Public Transit Stations in Toronto, As the Future of Accessibility for 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities Looms as an Ontario Election Issue   May 15, 2018 … Continue reading News Release: Grassroots Disability Coalition’s Powerful New Video Shows Serious Accessibility Problems at New and Recently Renovated Public Transit Stations in Toronto, As the Future of Accessibility for 1.9 Million Ontarians with Disabilities Looms as an Ontario Election Issue

AODA Alliance Writes Accessibility Minister Tracy MacCharles to Request Modest But Important Improvements to the Way Accessibility Standards are Developed Under Ontario’s Disabilities Act

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 Writes Accessibility Minister Tracy MacCharles to Request Modest But Important Improvements to the Way Accessibility Standards are Developed Under Ontario’s Disabilities Act April 23, 2018           SUMMARY The AODA Alliance has … Continue reading AODA Alliance Writes Accessibility Minister Tracy MacCharles to Request Modest But Important Improvements to the Way Accessibility Standards are Developed Under Ontario’s Disabilities Act

Will Ontario’s Transportation Standards Development Committee Consider and Vote on Each Recommendation that the AODA Alliance and ARCH Disability Law Centre Have Made to Strengthen Ontario’s Transportation Accessibility Standard?

December 6, 2017 There is good reason to be quite concerned about the efforts going on now to develop or review accessibility standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Right now, four Standards Development Committees are in operation. The Wynne Government appointed each of them under the AODA. One Standards Development Committee is … Continue reading Will Ontario’s Transportation Standards Development Committee Consider and Vote on Each Recommendation that the AODA Alliance and ARCH Disability Law Centre Have Made to Strengthen Ontario’s Transportation Accessibility Standard?

CBC Radio Reports on Serious Recurring Accessibility Barriers on Toronto Transit Commission– Will Reforms to Ontario’s 2011 Transportation Accessibility Standard Ensure These Barriers are Removed by 2025?

September 20, 2017 Summary CBC Radio ran an excellent news report on September 20, 2017, addressing the many accessibility barriers that persist on TTC, Canada’s largest public transit system. This news report came less than 7.5 years before the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act requires Ontario to become fully accessible to people with disabilities. … Continue reading CBC Radio Reports on Serious Recurring Accessibility Barriers on Toronto Transit Commission– Will Reforms to Ontario’s 2011 Transportation Accessibility Standard Ensure These Barriers are Removed by 2025?

TTC Top Brass to Hear from Passengers with all Kinds of Disabilities at Public Forum Tonight about Inexcusable Barriers They Still Face on Public Transit in Canada’s Biggest City 12 Years After Ontario Passed Its Disabilities Act

September 19, 2017 – TORONTO: With nine months left before Ontario’s next general election, Torontonians with all kinds of disabilities will converge tonight from 7 to 9 pm at the TTC’s Accessible Transit Public Forum at the Beanfield Centre (formerly Allstream Centre) Exhibition Place – 150 Princes’ Boulevard. The media will have its eyes opened … Continue reading TTC Top Brass to Hear from Passengers with all Kinds of Disabilities at Public Forum Tonight about Inexcusable Barriers They Still Face on Public Transit in Canada’s Biggest City 12 Years After Ontario Passed Its Disabilities Act

Raise Public Transit Accessibility Barriers at the September 19, 2017 TTC Public Forum on Accessible Transit — and – AODA Alliance’s Advice on Accessibility Reaches All the Way to New Zealand

September 13, 2017 Summary 1. Come to TTC’s Annual Public Forum on Accessible Transit on September 19, 2017 Below you can find the Toronto Transit Commission’s web announcement of its 2017 Annual Public Forum on Accessible Transit. It will be held on the evening of Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 7 to 9 pm. We … Continue reading Raise Public Transit Accessibility Barriers at the September 19, 2017 TTC Public Forum on Accessible Transit — and – AODA Alliance’s Advice on Accessibility Reaches All the Way to New Zealand

Tell the Ontario Government if You Support the AODA Alliance’s and ARCH Disability Law Centre’s Brief to the Ontario Government on Reforms to Make Transportation Accessible to People with Disabilities

August 2, 2017 Summary On July 31, 2017, the AODA Alliance and ARCH Disability Law Centre submitted our finalized joint brief to the Transportation Standards Development committee. In it we offer detailed recommendations on how the Government should strengthen the Transportation Accessibility Standard which the Ontario Government enacted in 2011 under the Accessibility for Ontarians … Continue reading Tell the Ontario Government if You Support the AODA Alliance’s and ARCH Disability Law Centre’s Brief to the Ontario Government on Reforms to Make Transportation Accessible to People with Disabilities

Help Us Make Transportation Services in Ontario Accessible to Passengers with Disabilities — By July 27, 2017 Please Send Us Feedback on the draft Brief by the AODA Alliance and ARCH Disability Law Centre on the Transportation Standards Development committee’s Draft Recommendations for Improving the 2011 Transportation Accessibility Standard

July 21, 2017 Summary We very much want and welcome your feedback on how to make transportation services in Ontario fully accessible to passengers with disabilities! Email us at aodafeedback@gmail.com by the end of Thursday, July 27, 2017. In 2011, the Ontario Government enacted the Transportation Accessibility Standard. It sets accessibility requirements for transportation services in Ontario. … Continue reading Help Us Make Transportation Services in Ontario Accessible to Passengers with Disabilities — By July 27, 2017 Please Send Us Feedback on the draft Brief by the AODA Alliance and ARCH Disability Law Centre on the Transportation Standards Development committee’s Draft Recommendations for Improving the 2011 Transportation Accessibility Standard

Wynne Government Extends to July 31, 2017 the Deadline for Answering the Government’s Education Barriers Survey and for Giving Feedback on Draft Reforms to Ontario’s Transportation Accessibility Standard – and – Wynne Government Responds to AODA Alliance Letter But Doesn’t Answer Our Concerns With the Government’s Consultation on Education Accessibility Barriers

July 17, 2017 Summary Here are five quick newsworthy items from the front lines of our accessibility campaign in Ontario: 1. Wynne Government Extends Deadline to Complete the Government’s Education Accessibility Barriers Survey At our request, the Wynne Government has extended the deadline for completing the Government’s online survey of disability accessibility barriers in Ontario’s … Continue reading Wynne Government Extends to July 31, 2017 the Deadline for Answering the Government’s Education Barriers Survey and for Giving Feedback on Draft Reforms to Ontario’s Transportation Accessibility Standard – and – Wynne Government Responds to AODA Alliance Letter But Doesn’t Answer Our Concerns With the Government’s Consultation on Education Accessibility Barriers

Take a Look at the May and June 2016 Newsletters from Barrier-Free Canada

June 28, 2016 SUMMARY Below we share with you the May and June 2016 newsletters from Barrier-Free Canada. The AODA Alliance is proud to serve as the Ontario affiliate of Barrier-Free Canada. These newsletters show that the Federal Government is moving ahead with enthusiasm on its pledge to enact the Canadians with Disabilities Act after … Continue reading Take a Look at the May and June 2016 Newsletters from Barrier-Free Canada

Attend September 29, 2015 Toronto All Candidates’ Debate on Federal Election’s Disability Issues – and – More Media Coverage on Federal and Provincial Disability Accessibility Campaigns – and – AODA Alliance News Release on Tonight’s TTC Accessible Transit Public Forum

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 16, 2015 Summary Here’s another grab bag of recent developments on the disability accessibility front, both federally and provincially. Below you will find: * The announcement of the September 29, 2015 Toronto All Candidates’ Debate on … Continue reading Attend September 29, 2015 Toronto All Candidates’ Debate on Federal Election’s Disability Issues – and – More Media Coverage on Federal and Provincial Disability Accessibility Campaigns – and – AODA Alliance News Release on Tonight’s TTC Accessible Transit Public Forum

Attend the Toronto Transit Commission’s September 16, 2015 Annual Public Forum on Accessible Transit to Recount Accessibility Barriers You Face on TTC – Are Public Transit Authorities across Ontario All Annually Holding these Mandatory Public Forums for Public Transit Riders 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 September 9, 2015 Summary Below we set out TTC’s web announcement of its 2015 Annual Public Forum on Accessible Transit, to be held on the evening of September 16, 2015. We encourage anyone in the Toronto area … Continue reading Attend the Toronto Transit Commission’s September 16, 2015 Annual Public Forum on Accessible Transit to Recount Accessibility Barriers You Face on TTC – Are Public Transit Authorities across Ontario All Annually Holding these Mandatory Public Forums for Public Transit Riders 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

On the 20th Anniversary of the Launch of the Public Battle to Get TTC to Announce all Subway Stops, the AODA Alliance Calls on Voters with Disabilities Across Ontario to Seek Strong Accessibility Commitments from Candidates for Mayor, City Council and School Board, in the Lead-Up to the October 27, 2014 Ontario Municipal Elections

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 8, 2014 Summary The grassroots campaign to make Ontario fully accessible to persons with disabilities gets a new focus today. All eligible Ontario voters have a great chance to help speed up efforts on disability accessibility … Continue reading On the 20th Anniversary of the Launch of the Public Battle to Get TTC to Announce all Subway Stops, the AODA Alliance Calls on Voters with Disabilities Across Ontario to Seek Strong Accessibility Commitments from Candidates for Mayor, City Council and School Board, in the Lead-Up to the October 27, 2014 Ontario Municipal Elections

Toronto Star Reports that Metrolinx Designed Underground Eglinton LRT Stations with Troubling and Preventable Barriers to Disability Accessibility and Safety — Metrolinx Refuses to Change These plans Despite the AODA, the Human Rights Code, the Charter of Rights, the Government Ten-Year Infrastructure Plan’s Accessibility Guarantees, and Premier Wynne’s Election Pledge Not to Use Public Money to Create New Accessibility Barriers

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 19, 2014 Summary ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE UPDATE UNITED FOR A BARRIER-FREE ONTARIO The August 19, 2014 Toronto Star includes a powerful article on disability accessibility. It reports that Metrolinx has designed the … Continue reading Toronto Star Reports that Metrolinx Designed Underground Eglinton LRT Stations with Troubling and Preventable Barriers to Disability Accessibility and Safety — Metrolinx Refuses to Change These plans Despite the AODA, the Human Rights Code, the Charter of Rights, the Government Ten-Year Infrastructure Plan’s Accessibility Guarantees, and Premier Wynne’s Election Pledge Not to Use Public Money to Create New Accessibility Barriers

Update: One Day Left to Send the Ontario Government Your Feedback on Proposed Transportation Accessibility Standard – And Other News

September 27, 2007 SUMMARY Here are a few recent and important items: * We urge you to send the Ontario Government an email by the deadline tomorrow, Friday September 28, 2007, on the weak proposed transportation accessibility standard. If you don’t have much time, it would be great if you just send in a one-line … Continue reading Update: One Day Left to Send the Ontario Government Your Feedback on Proposed Transportation Accessibility Standard – And Other News

Human Rights Commission Slams McGuinty Government’s Weak Proposed Transportation Accessibility Standard for Falling Well Below Human Rights Code Requirements.

September 5, 2007 SUMMARY On the eve of the 2007 Ontario election, the Ontario Human Rights Commission issued a news release and a public submission to the McGuinty Government on its implementation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). These slammed the proposed Transportation Accessibility Standard that the McGuinty Government has circulated for public comment, as weak, ineffective … Continue reading Human Rights Commission Slams McGuinty Government’s Weak Proposed Transportation Accessibility Standard for Falling Well Below Human Rights Code Requirements.

Ontario Government Extends Time for Giving Feedback on Weak Proposed Transportation Accessibility Standard as Community Criticism of that Proposed Standard Mounts

August 28, 2007 SUMMARY Let us update you on recent developments on the Ontario Government’s weak proposed Transportation Accessibility Standard. * Good news! The Ontario Government has announced that it is extending the time for the public to give feedback on the weak proposed Transportation Accessibility Standard to September 28, 2007. The AODA Alliance led … Continue reading Ontario Government Extends Time for Giving Feedback on Weak Proposed Transportation Accessibility Standard as Community Criticism of that Proposed Standard Mounts

Tell the Ontario Government If You Support The AODA Alliance’s Brief on the Proposed Transportation Accessibility Standard

August 13, 2007 SUMMARY There’s just 18 days left to let the Ontario Government know what you think of the proposed transportation accessibility standard that has been developed by the Transportation Standards Development Committee under the Accessibility for Ontarians with disabilities Act. It is very important that as many people as possible send the Government … Continue reading Tell the Ontario Government If You Support The AODA Alliance’s Brief on the Proposed Transportation Accessibility Standard

AODA Alliance Seeks your Feedback on Draft Submission on Government’s Proposed Transportation Accessibility Standard.

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE UPDATE AODA ALLIANCE SEEKS YOUR FEEDBACK ON THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSED TRANSPORTATION ACCESSIBILITY STANDARD August 7, 2007 SUMMARY The Ontario Government has invited public input by August 31, 2007 on the proposed new Transportation Accessibility Standard that it is considering enacting into law under the Accessibility for Ontarians … Continue reading AODA Alliance Seeks your Feedback on Draft Submission on Government’s Proposed Transportation Accessibility Standard.

AODA Alliance Seeks Your Input On Upcoming Ontario Election And On Proposed Transit Accessibility Standard

July 15, 2007 SUMMARY There are two important priorities for us to address over the next 2-4 months. Raising disability issues in the upcoming Ontario election First, it will be important to raise disability issues in this October’s Ontario general election . We welcome your suggestions on priorities. Email us with your feedback at: aodafeedback@rogers.com … Continue reading AODA Alliance Seeks Your Input On Upcoming Ontario Election And On Proposed Transit Accessibility Standard

Initial Proposed Transportation Accessibility Standard

The Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) provides for the development of standards in order to achieve accessibility for Ontarians with disabilities with respect to goods, services, facilities, accommodation, employment, buildings, structures, and premises on or before January 1, 2025. The Minister responsible for the AODA is required to establish a process to … Continue reading Initial Proposed Transportation Accessibility Standard