Accessibility Resources

National AccessAbility Week, May 27th-June 2nd 2018

In celebration of National AccessAbility Week, May 27th-June 2nd, we'll share one article of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) each day. 

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is an international agreement to support and protect the rights of people with disabilities to live as full members of society.

In 2010, Canada ratified the CRPD which means that we have committed ourselves as a country to respect the articles of the Convention and to ensure that our national, provincial and municipal laws are aligned and compatible with the CRPD.

Below you find the articles along with informative videos and links to provide feedback. 

Article 22: Respect for privacy

Article 22: Respect for privacy 

 1. No person with disabilities, regardless of place of residence or living arrangements, shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his or her privacy, family, home or correspondence or other types of communication or to unlawful attacks on his or her honour and reputation. Persons with disabilities have the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

2. States Parties shall protect the privacy of personal, health and rehabilitation information of persons with disabilities on an equal basis with others. 

Here is a video about privacy: Dignity in care: Privacy https://youtu.be/Sj5fsfslPHQ and a glimpse of a powerful film about dignity when receiving supports and care: What Do You See? Dignity in care https://youtu.be/MTcopj6dYWQ 

If you are interested in learning more about the rights of people with disabilities, the Government of Canada has made it easier for you http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1448633334025

Article 29 Participation in political and public life

Article 29 Participation in political and public life

States Parties shall guarantee to persons with disabilities political rights and the opportunity to enjoy them on an equal basis with others, and shall undertake:

(a ) To ensure that persons with disabilities can effectively and fully participate in political and public life on an equal basis with others, directly or through freely chosen representatives, including the right and opportunity for persons with disabilities to vote and be elected, inter alia, by:

(i) Ensuring that voting procedures, facilities and materials are appropriate, accessible and easy to understand and use;

(ii) Protecting the right of persons with disabilities to vote by secret ballot in elections and public referendums without intimidation, and to stand for elections, to effectively hold office and perform all public functions at all levels of government, facilitating the use of assistive and new technologies where appropriate;

(iii) Guaranteeing the free expression of the will of persons with disabilities as electors and to this end, where necessary, at their request, allowing assistance in voting by a person of their own choice;

(b ) To promote actively an environment in which persons with disabilities can effectively and fully participate in the conduct of public affairs, without discrimination and on an equal basis with others, and encourage their participation in public affairs, including:

(i) Participation in non-governmental organizations and associations concerned with the public and political life of the country, and in the activities and administration of political parties;

 

(ii) Forming and joining organizations of persons with disabilities to represent persons with disabilities at international, national, regional and local levels.

 

Here is a short documentary about the Disability Rights Activist Movement in the US (7min28sec): https://youtu.be/qXD7TckuVjM

 

If you are interested in learning more about the rights of people with disabilities, the Government of Canada has made it easier for you http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1448633334025

Article 8 Awareness-raising


Article 8 Awareness-raising
  

1. States Parties undertake to adopt immediate, effective and appropriate measures:

(a ) To raise awareness throughout society, including at the family level, regarding persons with disabilities, and to foster respect for the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities;

(b ) To combat stereotypes, prejudices and harmful practices relating to persons with disabilities, including those based on sex and age, in all areas of life;

(c ) To promote awareness of the capabilities and contributions of persons with disabilities.

 

2. Measures to this end include:

(a ) Initiating and maintaining effective public awareness campaigns designed:

(i) To nurture receptiveness to the rights of persons with disabilities;

(ii) To promote positive perceptions and greater social awareness towards persons with disabilities;

(iii) To promote recognition of the skills, merits and abilities of persons with disabilities, and of their contributions to the workplace and the labour market;

(b ) Fostering at all levels of the education system, including in all children from an early age, an attitude of respect for the rights of persons with disabilities;

(c ) Encouraging all organs of the media to portray persons with disabilities in a manner consistent with the purpose of the present Convention;

(d ) Promoting awareness-training programmes regarding persons with disabilities and the rights of persons with disabilities.

 

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If you are interested in learning more about the rights of people with disabilities, the Government of Canada has made it easier for you http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1448633334025

Article 6 Women with disabilities

Article 6 Women with disabilities

 

1. States Parties recognize that women and girls with disabilities are subject to multiple discrimination, and in this regard shall take measures to ensure the full and equal enjoyment by them of all human rights and fundamental freedoms.

2. States Parties shall take all appropriate measures to ensure the full development, advancement and empowerment of women, for the purpose of guaranteeing them the exercise and enjoyment of the human rights and fundamental freedoms set out in the present Convention.

 

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If you are interested in learning more about the rights of people with disabilities, the Government of Canada has made it easier for you http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1448633334025

Articles shared in 2017:

Article 9 Accessibility

Article 9 Accessibility
1.The countries [Canada] will eliminate barriers that people with disabilities face in buildings, the outdoors, transport, information, communication and services, in both cities and the countryside. This way people with disabilities can live independently and fully live their lives. 

They [Canada] will make rules and put them into practice for:

a. Buildings, roads, transportation, indoor and outdoor objects, for example, schools, housing, hospitals, health centres, and workplaces;

b. Information, communications, and other things, for example, electronic services and emergency services.

2.The countries [Canda] will also take action to:

a. Make, put in place, and oversee minimum standards for accessibility for places and services that are open to public;

b. Make sure that private businesses and organizations that are open to the public are accessible for people with disabilities;

c.Train people who are involved in accessibility issues on what people with disabilities need when it comes to accessibility;

d. Have Braille signs and easy to read and understand information in buildings open to the public;

e. Provide help, such as readers, sign language interpreters and guides, so people with disabilities can access buildings open to the public;

f. Provide other types of help as needed so people with disabilities can get access to information;

g. Promote access to new technologies for people with disabilities;

h. When looking for, and creating new technology, make sure that accessibility is taken into account early on, so that this technology can be made accessible at the smallest cost.

(Source: CRPD in Plain Language: http://www.equalityni.org/ECNI/media/ECNI/Publications/Delivering%20Equality/UNCRPDOptionalProtocolPlainlanguage.pdf)

If you are interested in learning more about the rights of people with disabilities, the Government of Canada has made it easier for you http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1448633334025

Article 12 - Equal recognition as a person before the law

Article 12 - Equal recognition as a person before the law

The countries: 

1. Agree that people with disabilities have the right to be recognised as people before the law.

2. Agree that people with disabilities are capable like all other people on legal issues in all areas of their lives.

3. Will take action to make sure that people with disabilities can get and use support if they need it to work on legal issues.

4. Agree that where people with disabilities need support on legal or financial issues: 

  • They will be protected from abuse;
  • Their rights and their choices will be respected;
  • People who give support will not pressure people with disabilities into making a decision;
  • They get the help they need, only for the time they need it and only as much as they need;
  • The courts will review the support received.

5. Agree and will make sure that people with disabilities:

  • Have the right to own or get property;
  • Have the right to control their money or other financial affairs;
  • Have the same opportunities as other people to get bank loans, mortgages and credit;

Cannot have property taken away without a reason.

(Source: CRPD in Plain Language: http://www.equalityni.org/ECNI/media/ECNI/Publications/Delivering%20Equality/UNCRPDOptionalProtocolPlainlanguage.pdf)

Here is a video about Article 12 and legal capacity produced by Mental Health Europe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3PVqTYI05s

If you are interested in learning more about the rights of people with disabilities, the Government of Canada has made it easier for you http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1448633334025

Article 19 - Living independently and being included in the community


Article 19 - Living independently and being included in the community

The countries [including Canda] agree that all people with disabilities have the same right as anyone else to live in the community and to be fully included and participating in the community. 

This includes making sure that people with disabilities:

a. Have the same opportunities as other people to choose who they live with, where they live, and are not forced to live in institutions or in other living arrangements that they do not like;

b. Have a range of choices on where and how to live in the community, including personal assistance, to help with inclusion and living in the community and preventing people with disabilities from being isolated;

c. People with disabilities can use community services that are available to the public, which may need to be adapted to a particular person’s needs.

Here is a video about a personal entity of support for living independently by Rozo Productions: https://vimeo.com/189787285

If you are interested in learning more about the rights of people with disabilities, the Government of Canada has made it easier for you http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1448633334025

Article 24 - Education

Article 24 - Education


1. The countries  [Canada] agree that all people withdisabilities have the right to education. They will make sure that the education system, at all levels, includes people with disabilities, and that the educational system: 

a. Works to make sure everyone develops their human potential, sense of dignity and self worth, and respect for human rights, freedoms and diversity;

b. Works to develop the person’s personality and talents to their fullest potential;

c. Works to make sure all people with disabilities can be involved in society.

 

2. To do this, the countries [Canada] will make sure that:

a. People with disabilities are not excluded from education because of their disability, and children with disabilities are not excluded from free and compulsory primary and secondary education because of their disability;

b. All people with disabilities can choose education that includes them, is accessible and is in their own community;

c. Reasonable changes are made to make sure that people with disabilities get the most out of their education;

d. People with disabilities get the help they need to get the most out of their education;

e. Help for students with disabilities is given so that their individual needs are met.

 

3. The countries [Canada] will make it possible for people with disabilities to learn social and life skills that they need to go to schools and be in the community. They will do this by:

a. Arranging that students with disabilities learn Braille or other types of communication, and that they get peer support and mentoring;

b. Teaching sign language;

c. Making sure that especially children who are blind, deaf or deafblind are educated in the most appropriate types of communication so that they get the most out of their education. 

 

4. To help make sure that these rights are put into practice, the countries will hire teachers who are people with disabilities, teachers who are qualified in Braille and sign languages, and will train teachers and staff at all levels of education on how to give quality education to people with disabilities.

 

5. Countries will make sure that people with disabilities have equal access to vocational training, study in universities and lifelong learning like all other people, and will make any changes needed to make that happen.

 

Here is a video about inclusive education produced by Norman Kunc: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7ReJiCVllA&feature=youtu.be

 

If you are interested in learning more about the rights of people with disabilities, the Government of Canada has made it easier for you http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1448633334025

Article 27 Work and employment

​Article 27 Work and employment

1. The countries [including Canada] agree that people with disabilities have the same right to work as other people. This also means that they have the right to earn a living from work they choose in a work environment that is open and accessible to all people.

 

The countries [Canada] will pass laws and take other action needed to:

 

a. Stop discrimination because of disabilities in all situations relating to all kinds of employment. This relates, for example, to situations when people with disabilities are trying to get jobs, are hired, or promoted, or in making sure that the working conditions are safe and healthy;

b. Protect the rights of people with disabilities to equal pay for equal work, equal opportunity, safe and healthy working conditions, and the ability to make complaints;

c. Make sure that people with disabilities can organize and join labour unions and trade unions like everyone else;

d. Make it possible for people with disabilities to get career counselling and vocational trainings;

e. Promote employment, career advances, and help people with disabilities to find and keep employment;

f. Promote self-employment, business opportunities, and start-up businesses;

g. Hire people with disabilities to work for the government;

h. Encourage and help employers to hire people with disabilities;

i. Make it easy for people with disabilities to be in the work place and work environment by making sure reasonable allowances are made for them;

j. Work to make sure that people with disabilities can gain work experience in the labour market;

k. Promote vocational and professional rehabilitation and programmes to support people with disabilities to return to work and keep their jobs.

 

2. The countries will make sure that people with disabilities are not held in slavery. They will protect people with disabilities from forced labour as all other people are protected.

 

Here is a wonderful video about Tim's Place (a restaurant who's owner has Down syndrome) produced by AOL  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6He0FWoFj0 and here is a bonus video about the way disability is impacting big business produced by The National: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SE_VNRGYtU0

 

If you are interested in learning more about the rights of people with disabilities, the Government of Canada has made it easier for you http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1448633334025

Article 28 - Adequate standard of living and social protection

Article 28 - Adequate standard of living and social protection

1. The countries [including Canada] recognize the right of people with disabilities to an adequate standard of living for themselves and their families. This includes adequate food, clothing, housing, and to always be improving their living conditions.

2. The countries [including Canada] also recognise the right of people with disabilities to social protection by the government, without discrimination because of their disability. The countries will protect this right, including by making sure that:

a. People with disabilities can get necessary services, equipment and help for disability related needs;

b. People with disabilities have access to social welfare assistance and programmes that help them get out of poverty. This especially applies to women and girls with disabilities and older people with disabilities;

c. People with disabilities and their families who live in poverty get help from the government to be able to pay for expenses related to their disability;

d. People with disabilities have access to government housing programmes;

e. People with disabilities can get pensions.

While the Low Income Cut-Off or minimum necessary income for single Canadians is set at $24,600, Ontarians relying on the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) receive an average of $13,500 annually. 

Source: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/guides/5256ETOC.asp#incometables 

Here is the video No Fixed Address produced by CBC Toronto: http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/887927363653/ 

If you are interested in learning more about the rights of people with disabilities, the Government of Canada has made it easier for you http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1448633334025

Provide Feedback on Accessibility in Ontario

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 requires accessibility standards to be reviewed five years after they become law. The review determines whether the standards are working as intended and allows for any needed adjustments.

In December 2015, a Standards Development Committee was established to review the accessible Transportation Standards. Based on its review, the Committee has developed initial proposed changes to the standards and is seeking public feedback before finalizing its recommendations to government.

Learn more about Standards Development Committees
Learn more about the accessible Transportation Standards Review

How to provide feedback

There are three ways to share your feedback:

If you need an alternate format or if you have any questions:

Closing date for public comments: July 19, 2017

How will my comments be used?

Transportation Standards Development Committeeby the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario, Feedback received during this consultation is considered public information and will be given to the to help them finalize proposed revisions to Ontario’s current Transportation Standards. This may involve giving the Committee survey submissions and/or summaries of them.

If you submit feedback on behalf of an organization, it will be considered as the position of the organization identified.

About the accessible transportation standards

  • Accessible transportation services make is easier for people with disabilities to live, work and participate in their communities.
  • The accessible transportation standards sets out requirements to make services and vehicles accessible to people with disabilities for:

Read the requirements of the accessible transportation standards

Learn more about Ontario’s accessibility laws at ontario.ca/accessibility

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Accessibility Committee & Accessibility Plan

For information about the Accessibility Committee and the Accessibility Plan, see the Committees page.