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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    reasonably possible requirements for openness and fair flexible processes should be set out in the legislation These requirements should be augmented through clear guidelines established in the terms of reference of committees relating to keeping and making public minutes of meetings and decisions and the public availability of research and discussion documents as well as recommendations to the Government Transparency should also extend to a responsibility for government to provide summaries of the public feedback it receives when finalizing and enacting accessibility standards Acknowledgement of Obligations under the Human Rights Code The core aim of the AODA has been to provide for the timely and systemic implementation of accessibility requirements established in the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms This is the only principled and reasonable alternative to requiring that people with disabilities litigate about the many barriers they face one barrier at a time We gather that the proposed legislation in Manitoba will have a similar intent We have found however that there is still far too little public understanding of the pre existing duty under human rights legislation to prevent and remove barriers to accessibility faced by persons with disabilities This has contributed to a mistaken belief by some that AODA accessibility standards create new cost burdens when in fact the obligations had already been long established but may not have been recognized Based on our experience government has a huge role in promoting widespread public awareness not only of requirements under the legislation and the benefits of removing and preventing barriers faced by persons with disabilities but also of the pre existing duty to provide accessibility under human rights legislation The Charles Beer Independent Review of the AODA recognized a pressing need for more public education on accessibility requirements and benefits yet again in 2009 Related to this the AODA Alliance had recommended the AODA be revised to require that accessibility standards enacted under it should at minimum meet the accessibility requirements in the Ontario Human Rights Code We have further recommended an extensive involvement by the Ontario Human Rights Commission in the standard development process Target Date for Full Accessibility You specifically asked us to comment on the extent to which the AODA s establishment of the 2025 end date by which to achieve full accessibility has been helpful in supporting progress under the legislation The concept of a target date for the AODA was introduced by the then Minister who led the legislative initiative Dr Marie Bountrogianni not as many might surmise by disability advocates or other stakeholder groups There were initial concerns by some within the disability community that the 2025 target date was too long ahead On the other hand during public hearings on the AODA bill in 2005 which were televised across Ontario on the Legislature s cable channel there was an impressive amount of support for this end date from a full range of sectors including the private sector Based on our experience the setting

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    Resource Materials Barrier Free Manitoba Materials Accessibility Legislation Models The Americans with Disabilities Act ADA The Disability Discrimination Act DDA The Disabilities Disabilities Discrimination Acts The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act AODA Other Resources Links Endorsers Effective Implementation Strong Legislation You Can Help Make Manitoba Barrier Free Spread the Word Endorse the Call Subscribe Follow Us on Twitter Join Us on Facebook To increase decrease the font PC ctrl ctrl MAC command command Barrier Free Manitoba Submits and Posts Our Detailed Comments Oct 01 2012 It s one thing to make bold statements It s quite another to back those statements up with careful thought and reasoned analysis Barrier Free Manitoba has tried to do both Here are the documents that we submitted to Minister Howard earlier today Comprehensive Review The findings from our comprehensive review of the MAAC s report Executive Summary 7 pages PDF Word Full Report without Appendices 50 pages PDF Word Full Report with Appendices 134 pages PDF Word Position Paper Our position in each of the MAAC s 43 individual recommendations and 5 broader comments 27 pages PDF Word Take Action Join us in telling Minister Jennifer Howard how very important this legislation is

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    The Americans with Disabilities Act ADA The Disability Discrimination Act DDA The Disabilities Disabilities Discrimination Acts The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act AODA Other Resources Links Endorsers Effective Implementation Strong Legislation You Can Help Make Manitoba Barrier Free Spread the Word Endorse the Call Subscribe Follow Us on Twitter Join Us on Facebook To increase decrease the font PC ctrl ctrl MAC command command Manitoba Recommendations for Legislation Garner

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    Legislation You Can Help Make Manitoba Barrier Free Spread the Word Endorse the Call Subscribe Follow Us on Twitter Join Us on Facebook To increase decrease the font PC ctrl ctrl MAC command command CHRC s New Report on Equality Rights of People with Disabilities Jul 09 2012 As excerpted from the CHRC s Media Release Canadians have a better picture of how disability affects equality of opportunity thanks to a new benchmarking study released by the Canadian Human Rights Commission today The Report on Equality Rights of People with Disabilities compares Canadians with disabilities to those without disabilities across a spectrum of indicators such as education employment economic well being health and housing The report consolidates data from seven Statistics Canada surveys This is the first comprehensive examination of how disability affects equality of opportunity in daily life Acting Chief Commissioner David Langtry said It provides a benchmark that will enable Canadians to track progress and identify barriers that deny people with disabilities the full opportunity to make for themselves the lives they wish to have The report released today provides insight for academics NGOs community groups and all levels of government involved in developing policies and programs aimed

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act AODA Other Resources Links Endorsers Effective Implementation Strong Legislation You Can Help Make Manitoba Barrier Free Spread the Word Endorse the Call Subscribe Follow Us on Twitter Join Us on Facebook To increase decrease the font PC ctrl ctrl MAC command command Win iPads in Access Together Contest Jun 16 2012 The Independent Living Resource Centre ILRC in conjunctionlwith Barrier Free Manitoba has launched an Access Together contest that will run from July 1 to September 30 for teams of two with a grand prize of two iPads The Rules 1 Participants will review community business in Manitoba in teams of two 2 Teams must enter the business being assessed and complete two fields of the assessment e g senior and mobility related disability 3 All entries must be entered into Access Together then emailed to Doug Locckhart dougl ilrc mb ca by the September 30th deadline 4 Teams of two can have others supporting them with entries on Access Together but on y registered team memers can make submissions 5 There is no cost associated with registering or training 6 Winners will be announced October 5th at ILRC Optional Training The ILRC

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    summary it remains unclear to us that MAAC members came away from the event with the same primary messages we had heard The discussion summary as posted on the DIO website as of June 6 2012 No attendance information was made available in the summary ACCESSIBILITY ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING MONDAY May 14 12 00 P M 3 00 P M ROOM 208 401 YORK AVENUE The Chairperson opened the meeting with a discussion of the public consultation event of May 8 He noted that overall the consultation went well He reminded the Council that the deadline for its recommendations is fast approaching and Council members will need to continue to dedicate themselves to the task The Council members took turns providing a debriefing of the public consultation even held on May 8th Comments included Positive feedback was heard regarding the inclusion of education and training opportunities in the discussion Members of the public enquired on using alternative media such as video blogs for keeping members of the public informed The event was well organized and well facilitated Throughout the discussion there was a lack of specifics on the how accessibility is to be achieved whereas most agreed on the general purpose of the legislation Attendees seemed favourable toward the process although there was a lack of awareness of the ongoing work of the Council Good discussion and debate took place regarding compliance between those who favoured penalties and those who favoured incentives The Council then began going through draft recommendations that had been prepared to this point with the goal of revising finalizing them based on the public input received at the May 8th consultation and subsequent responses provided before the June 5th deadline These draft recommendations will make up the basis of the Advisory Council s June 16th report

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    Act DDA The Disabilities Disabilities Discrimination Acts The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act AODA Other Resources Links Endorsers Effective Implementation Strong Legislation You Can Help Make Manitoba Barrier Free Spread the Word Endorse the Call Subscribe Follow Us on Twitter Join Us on Facebook To increase decrease the font PC ctrl ctrl MAC command command BFM s Keynote Presentation Available as PDF Jun 01 2012 Barrier Free Manitoba was

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    Materials Accessibility Legislation Models The Americans with Disabilities Act ADA The Disability Discrimination Act DDA The Disabilities Disabilities Discrimination Acts The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act AODA Other Resources Links Endorsers Effective Implementation Strong Legislation You Can Help Make Manitoba Barrier Free Spread the Word Endorse the Call Subscribe Follow Us on Twitter Join Us on Facebook To increase decrease the font PC ctrl ctrl MAC command command Global

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