Reflecting the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

This site will be of interest to anyone working on implementing and monitoring the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and disability issues unfolding throughout Ontario.

Below you will find updates from the Provinces' Accessibility Advisory Committees. To have posts emailed to you as they become available please go to theMailing Lists Page.

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Cornwall a Leader on Accessibility Front

Published on November 06, 2015

From the hallways of the flagship Benson Centre to new play structures in community parks, the City of Cornwall is showing a commitment to making things accessible to all residents.

It’s been 10 years since the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) came into effect, and in that time, the city has made tremendous gains on accessibility.

Committee Calls for Greater Accessibility

Steph Crosier, The Sault Star
Thursday, October 30, 2014

The City of Sault Ste. Marie’s Accessibility Advisory Committee made a formal proposal to the Sault Police Board Thursday that would require all taxi cab companies in city to have at least one accessible vehicle for the mobility disabled. Currently there are none.

People with mobility disabilities are trapped like prisoners in Sault Ste. Marie, says chair of police board.

Brock Churches Recognized for Accessibility Improvements

Brock Citizen
By Scott Howard
Posted October 6, 2014
Terry Vestby of St. Andrew’s United Church in Sunderland accepted the award from Brock Township Accessibility Advisory committee member Donna Schirle, Ward 3 Councillor Walter Schummer, Mayor Terry Clayton and advisory committee member Bart St. Dennis on Friday (Sept. 26) afternoon. Photo by Scott Howard

(BROCK TWP.) A pair of local churches have been recognized for their efforts to improve accessibility.

City Lags Behind Other Durham Municipalities in Parking Requirements

Moya Dillon
Mar 29, 2013 – 4:30 AM

More accessible parking needed in Pickering: committee. PICKERING — Sue Wilkinson is a member of the Pickering Accessibility Advisory Committee and presented a motion requesting council increase the accessible parking requirements in the city. March 27, 2013 Jason Liebregts/ Metroland PICKERING —

One Pickering resident is asking the City to reconsider its accessible parking requirements to keep up with increasing need.

Council Approves Mississauga’s 10th Annual Accessibility Plan

Feb 20, 2013

Mississauga’s focus on transforming into an accessible city reached a milestone this week after Council approved the City’s 10th Annual Accessibility Plan. The plan outlines new strategies and initiatives that help to remove the barriers that people with disabilities experience in their everyday lives.

Chance to raise awareness and promote inclusiveness

Keith Gilligan
Nov 07, 2012 – 4:30 PM

PICKERING — William Howe and his dog Angus were part of the Accessibility Awareness event at Pickering Town Centre November 3. Other speakers included Brandon Wagner, a gold-medal-winning wheelchair basketball Paralympian. November 3, 2012.123

PICKERING — A young man’s dream, an Olympic gold medal and Angus were all part of an event to raise awareness of accessibility issues and the work the City of Pickering has been doing on the matter.

Helping One Another Through King’s Accessibility Committee

September 5, 2012
By Mark Pavilons
Being part of the process to affect a change in awareness is what keeps volunteers of the Township’s Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) going.

In fact, it brings King’s communities closer together.

The committee is looking for some new blood to serve on this “official” committee that acts to advise council on accessibility issues. The group has made some inroads in the past 10 years or so by helping to increase access to Township programs, services and facilities to those with disabilities.

Essex County Council Approves Annual Accessibility Plan

The 2012 County of Essex Accessibility Plan was adopted by Essex County Council at its April 4, 2012 meeting. Alternate formats of the plan are available upon request.

Burlington City Council Approves Accessibility Design Standards

Apr 13, 2012

Burlington council approved accessibility design standards at its meeting on Tuesday night, ratifying a budget and corporate services committee recommendation it made on March 27.

The accessibility design standards will ensure all new City of Burlington facilities will be accessible to all and that existing facilities will be retrofitted, renovated or altered over time to comply with the standards according to council’s decision.

Staff Told to Move on Audible Traffic Signal Requests

January 4, 2012
Gord Whitehead

LAMBTON SHORES — For the second time in as many months, Lambton Shores staff has been told to investigate and prepare a report on audible traffic lights.

The latest directive comes from the municipality’s accessibility committee which discussed letters from two women with complete vision loss who told of their difficulties crossing two busy intersections served by conventional light signals in Grand Bend.