Ontario Launches Review Of Accessibility Legislation



    McGuinty Government Helping People With Disabilities

    TORONTO, June 12 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario has appointed Charles Beer to conduct a mandatory independent
review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
    Under the act, Ontario is making the province accessible for people with
disabilities by 2025 through standards     
(http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=ec448005365ed81), which will break down
barriers (http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/mcss/english/topics/pop_ado_barriers.htm)
in key areas of every day life. Beer will evaluate how these accessibility
standards are being developed. Through this review, Ontario can make sure
accessibility takes place in a way that makes sense for people with
disabilities, businesses and organizations.
    Ontarians will have the opportunity to participate in this review and
provide feedback about the act
(http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/mcss/english/pillars/accessibilityOntario/). Beer
will also consult with people from the disability, business and public sector
communities. He is expected to submit his report in January 2010.

    QUOTES

    "Our accessibility legislation is built on a foundation of collaboration
and flexibility. We have made a lot of progress over the past four years and
we continue to work with our partners to make sure we're on the right track
for 2025."
    - Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community and Social Services 
(http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/mcss/english/ministry/minister/)

    "I am honoured to have the opportunity to play a role in reviewing
Ontario's accessibility legislation. I look forward to consulting with a
variety of people across the province to gauge, and ultimately strengthen, the
effectiveness of the legislation."
    - Charles Beer

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -  1.85 million Ontarians have a disability and this number will grow as
       the baby boomer generation ages.

    -  More than 200 people participated on committees that drafted the
       accessibility standards.

    -  Accessibility standards are being phased-in to give businesses and
       organizations time to break down barriers for people with disabilities
       over planning cycles.
    

    LEARN MORE

    Learn more about the status of the accessibility standards for customer
service (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=5dc56030243c891), transportation
(http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=3752093ebc55816), information and
communications  (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=2ff4da64865861e),
employment (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=4f20065f4604e77) and the built
environment (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=c349f52cb8cd0fd).

    See how an Ontario municipality
(http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/mcss/english/mediaroom) is breaking down barriers
for its citizens with disabilities.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Kevin Cooke, Minister's Office, (416) 325-5219;
 Sandy Mangat, Media Office, (416) 212-3262

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