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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Latest Posts

Elderly and Disabled Speak Out on Bus Route Changes

By JAMES CULIC, Ottawa Sun, April 8, 2011

Elderly and disabled OC Transpo riders visited city hall Friday to speak out on proposed changes to OC Transpo routes.

Frustrated riders attended a special meeting of the city’s accessibility advisory committee.

Leona Emberson, a partially-sighted transit user, explained that even minor changes create big problems for people with disabilities.

Talking Traffic Signals Coming Soon

By Carla Garrett
March 19, 2011

WOODSTOCK— Crossing busy intersections in the city are about to get easier for the visually impaired.

Starting this year, two main intersections will be retrofitted with audible pedestrian signals.

A beep or tone will indicate to visually impaired persons when it is safe to cross.

Such signals have already been in use in other municipalities in Southwestern Ontario, including intersections in downtown Ingersoll.

761-Unit Second Phase of Mason Homes Subdivision OK’d

Council for Persons with Disabilities criticizes sidewalks on only one side of some streets
By BRENDAN WEDLEY/Examiner Municipal Writer
March 15, 2011

The largest subdivision plan in the city’s history was approved by city council Monday despite some concerns from the Council for Persons with Disabilities.

Councillors Lesley Parnell and Keith Riel tried to delay the application to give the Council for Persons with Disabilities an opportunity to provide more
input on the plan and to rework the design.

Three More Committee Members Resign

Updated February 4, 2011

As the mayor looked on, three more members of the city’s municipal accessibility advisory committee resigned Thursday in dramatic fashion.

They were protesting city council’s failure to reappoint the former chairman, Glenn Outhwaite.

The resignations of Bill Brown, Bill Hendry and Al Mezzetta left the committee with barely enough members to appoint its various working groups and project teams.

Show of Support

January 21, 2011

A member of Kingston’s accessibility committee has resigned after an attempt to reinstate former chairman Glenn Outhwaite failed at city council.

Dava Gamble said she was “disgusted” by how Tuesday’s council proceedings unfolded as she watched them on TV.

“(Mayor Mark) Gerretsen and (Councillor Brian) Reitzel both voted no,” she said.

Community Input Wanted to Help Make Sault Barrier Free

By Elaine Della-Mattia
Posted January 19, 2011
The Sault Star

Sault Ste. Marie’s accessibility advisory committee is looking for area residents to help them make the city more barrier free.

It wants people to share their experiences involving barriers and offer possible solutions to improve accessibility at city run facilities.

It’s the first time the committee has sought the public’s help and suggestions, said Lynn Rosso, the city’s policy manager/accessibility plan co-ordinator.

Council Refuses to Add Position

“Two weeks ago, Outhwaite, a longtime advocate for Kingston’s disabled, had his re-application for the disability committee rejected by a panel of city councillors.

Councillors Bill Glover and Rob Hutchison told the Whig-Standard that they thought Outhwaite was turned down because he had complained publicly about being muzzled by city administrators.”

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Accessible pedestrian signals: Reasonable or Ridiculous?

Monday, January 17, 2011
Posted by Gina Barber at 2:15 PM

Last week the London Free Press published an article about the City’s commitment to making the streets safer for people with visual impairments. The story headline read $12M for city crossings overhaul,
and the subheading CROSSWALK: Nearly 400 city crossings are each getting a $32,000 overhaul.

Accessibility Committee Celebrates Victories

Posted by sam on Jan 6th, 2011

Marie Cutler can rest a little easier at night knowing that her alma mater is more accessible to anyone who enters its doors.

The alumna, who graduated in 2007 with a degree in Business Administration, co-chairs the Brock University
Accessibility Advisory Committee (BUAAC) with Human Rights and Equity officer Marla Portfilio. It’s a committee with the daunting task of advising the university on modern accessibility standards.

Group Opposes Contact Limits

Posted December 24, 2010

The chairman of Kingston’s accessibility committee says the city is setting up unnecessary barriers to open communication.

Glenn Outhwaite and members of the Kingston Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee received a letter from city staff earlier this year that he says
restricts to whom they can talk.

It listed city staff, other city committees, accessibility advisory committees around the province and the media as those with whom it should not communicate.