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Consultation and feedback processes should not be underestimated

Consultation and feedback processes should not be underestimated.  Doing away with the old systems of decision making provides for a more thorough engagement with those groups that would represent gaps in policy and operations.

 

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Is the AODA standard for employment applicable to volunteers? 

Volunteers are crucial to many  not-for-profit and public organizations.  All not-for-profits have volunteers – even if it is just at the Board of Director level.  There is widespread awareness that the training standards for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) apply to both volunteers and staff in the organization.  But what about the accessibility standard for employment? Is it applicable to volunteers? 

 

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Accessibility and transitions

There is an accessibility consideration that I have been thinking about for quite some time which isn’t covered under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is the accessibility of transition. It was a thought that started around the same time as when the new subways started to show up in Toronto, and the height and width became a new barrier for some people who rely on transit to get to and from work.

 

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The trajectory of the AODA

It would seem that there is some movement towards a more motivated government with regards to leadership and the AODA… 

 

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Dysfunction of function, accessibility and inclusion.

At this point in time, after having seen the release of the Mayo Moran review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act(AODA),  it is important to center our focus on how accessibility  is created within a market place. From the outset there have been organizations and businesses that had a tepid response to the AODA because it automatically brings to mind the mythical beast that is the concept of undue hardship.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with enforceability of ESA based termination clause; maternity leave and bonus payment; and accessibility certification program.

 

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A brief review of the Mayo Moran legislative review of the AODA

The Mayo Moran Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act is both a welcome and timely document as it reflects the progressive goal of inclusion within business and social culture.

 

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Accessibility can change the way we think

People with disabilities have traditionally been excluded from decision-making, holding roles of importance, exercising personal autonomy and obtaining gainful employment. Although the view prescribed to people with disabilities has shifted over the years, there persists an underlying theme in which the overarching narrative is one of cultural mistrust.

 

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Disability, employment and the new veterans charter

The relationship between disability and employment is slowly changing, and as much as we are mindful of developing trends in policy and law, we still have the obligation to recognize and respect disability from a cross sector perspective, including individuals who have served in the Canadian Forces, acquiring an injury as a result.

 

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A critical look at the proposed revisions to the accessible customer service standard

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act should be viewed as a living document. To illustrate this point, so far there have been two independent reviews of the AODA, the first completed by…

 

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Human Rights principles and accessibility

This is a great post on this International Human Rights Day. The principles that guide accessibility can be found in a few human rights mechanisms that structure the responsibility to make adjustments of law and policy to allow for equal participation of persons with disabilities.

 

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December 3, 2014, International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities this year is Wednesday December 3, 2014.

 

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Introducing our newest guest blogger Christopher Lytle

We are very pleased to announce that Christopher Lytle from Christopher Lytle Consulting (CLC) will be blogging on First Reference Talks on the topics of disability and human rights issues.

 

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AODA 2014–2015 deadlines…and things to work on for 2016

As you may be aware, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act contains several obligations that apply at different points in time, depending on whether the organization is a small organization (under 50 employees) or a large organization (50 employees or more), in order to achieve the goal of creating an accessible Ontario. A number of additional requirements take effect January 1, 2015, they include,..

 

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