Please tell candidates running for Mayor and Toronto City Council that fully accessible transit is critical to people with disabilities, and that contravening the AODA and the slow pace of station retrofitting is not acceptable.
With the Ontario 2014 election now at a close - and a new Liberal majority at Queens Park - attendant services is an issue that new Members of Provincial Parliament will continue to hear about in the coming months.
To find out where the parties stand on the following question:
“If elected, what will your party do to address waitlists for community-based Personal Support Worker services such as Attendant Outreach Services to those who need them, regardless of age?”
In the meantime, we have asked individual candidates of the Ontario Liberal Party, the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, and the New Democratic Party the following question on Twitter:
2 June 2014
We are pleased that all parties in the Legislative Assembly - the Ontario Liberal Party, the Progressive Conservative Party, and the Ontario New Democratic Party of Ontario - have replied to our survey.
Responses are below.
TORONTO - 14 May 2014
Today, the Provincial Attendant Services Advisory Committee launched its election ask of the three parties in the legislature:
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act is undergoing its Legislative Review, overseen by Dean Mayo Moran.
Stakeholders are encouraged to share their views with the Review, including any gaps in the Act, and how it can be improved to build a barrier-free Ontario for everyone.
A new partnership between researchers involved in the Actionable Nuggets Project and the Canadian Medical Association has resulted in important information about spinal cord injury getting into the hands of doctors who need it. Termed "nuggets" of information, the research team, including researchers from Queen's University, Memorial University and the University of New South Wales, have determined what are the need-to-knows for family doctors and developed the nuggets.
Below are two submissions that provide the rationale for providing consumer-centered, economically efficient attendant services rooted in the Independent Philosophy:
Spinal Cord Injury Ontario
Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs
The Canadian Disability Policy Alliance, in partnership with Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, has released the results of its initiative to expand accessible examining tables and lifts to Family Health Teams (consortiums of family physicians in Ontario).
To read Improving accessibility of Family Health Teams for people with mobility disabilities. click here.