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.

If you wish to become a contributing member please see the Site Membership Page for details.

Latest Posts

Wheelchair Basketball Game

In recognition of the International Day Of Persons With Disabilities, members of Essex County Council and the Essex County Accessibility Advisory Committee (ECAAC) played a wheelchair basketball game against the students and teacher of Western Secondary School. Prior to the game, ECAAC members were given a tour of the school’s diverse programs and were treated to an excellent lunch prepared by culinary arts students.

Essex County Accessibility Advisory Committee Presents Annual Report to County Council

On December 7, in accordance with the Essex County Accessibility Plan, the Essex County Accessibility Advisory Committee (ECAAC) provided its annual report to County Council on the status of initiatives that were identified in the Accessibility Plan, as well as an update on the Committee’s activities for the current year.

The following are the Initiatives and Activities of ECAAC During 2011:

  • New ECAAC was appointed in January 2011 for a four year term

City is Not Accessible to Everyone

Updated Dec 2, 2011

Since 1992, the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities is held on Dec. 3. It aims to increase the understanding of the issues around disabilities and bring attention to the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.

It also aims to increase the awareness of the gains for everybody if disabled persons are integrated into all aspects of political, social, economic and cultural life and raising money for resources for persons with disabilities.

International Day Of Persons With Disabilities

The United Nations has declared December 3rd, 2011 to be International Day of Persons with Disabilities.  This year’s theme is “Together for a better world for all:  Including persons with disabilities in development”. Communities around the world are being encouraged to promote the need for inclusion for persons with disabilities through various activities. 

The Essex County Accessibility Advisory Committee is planning a Wheelchair Basketball Game in recognition of International Day for Persons with Disabilities.

Accessibility Workshop Information Now Available

information from the essex county accessibility advisory committee’s 9th annual workshop, opening doors and minds, is now available online here at  http://www.countyofessex.on.ca/wps/wcm/connect/coe/coe/essex+county+services/accessibility+services/workshops/9th+annual+accessibility+workshop+opening+doors+and+minds

Sault Transit to Conduct Review of City’s Parabus Service

By LORI BALLSTADT
Posted July 16, 2011

Sault Ste. Marie Transit will undergo an operational review in the upcoming months that includes an analysis of the city’s parabus service.

The HDR/iTrans Corporation will conduct the operational review. This company is familiar with Sault Ste. Marie’s transit system as the same group co-ordinated a Transit Fare Collection Technology Assessment for Sault Transit in 2004 and developed a Ridership Growth Plan in 2005.

New Program Will Give a “Thumbs Up”

June 24, 2011

The Kawartha Lakes Accessibility Advisory Committee (KLAAC) has launched a new Access and Awareness Program that will give a “Thumbs Up” to companies that strive for accessibility. The Accessibility Committee would like to encourage all companies in the City of Kawartha Lakes that offer goods and services to the public to participate.

How Much Should Accommodation at the Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee (MAAC) Provide to Those with Low Vision or Blindness?

By Geof Collis
May 31, 2011
This topic was recently brought to my attention by Axel Krueger, a member of a Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee (MAAC), an issue I was quite familiar with during my term on an MAAC.

Perhaps you have seen this as well or actually experienced it at your meeting.

Axel explains the Scenario for me below:

A Work of (Accessible) Art: Brockville Arts Centre

May 2, 2011

Built in 1858, the Brockville Arts Centre is one of Ontario’s most historic performing arts centres. Each year, the theatre hosts thousands of diverse guests for concerts, dance performances, plays, musicals and more. Recently, the arts centre underwent a much-needed facelift to not only restore its historic
beauty, but to open its doors to as many customers as possible.

City of Ottawa Advisory Committees Exist for Citizen Engagement (So Use Them!)

Posted on April 9, 2011
by keenan Wellar  

I spent a disturbing couple of hours at City Hall in the Champlain Room on Friday afternoon. The occasion was a Special Meeting called by the Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC).

The mandate of the Accessibility Advisory Committee is defined by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act; briefly it is to advise Council and staff to ensure that persons with disabilities have the same level of access to municipal services and programs as do those without disabilities.