On June 13, 2015, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) celebrated 10 years as legislation.
The Act was enacted in continuance of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act (ODA), 2001, with the purpose to improve opportunities for persons with disabilities and to provide for their involvement in the identification, removal and prevention of barriers to their full participation in the life of the province.
The occasion was marked with an anniversary celebration at the Royal Ontario Museum, and RGD representatives were honoured to be in attendance. Former Ontario Lieutenant Governor David Charles Onley and Brad Duguid, Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure were present to share words, and Ontario’s Premier Kathleen Wynne shared a congratulatory message via webcast.
Attendants at the event saw the first screening of a new video produced by the Government of Ontario, entitled “Who do we benefit when we make Ontario accessible?” View the moving video here:
AMCTO, with the support of the Government of Ontario, is recognizing individuals who demonstrate leadership in accessibility and disability issues through the new AODA 10th Anniversary Champion Award. This is a one-time award that recognizes outstanding individuals who demonstrate passion and commitment in the promotion of awareness of accessibility and inclusiveness in their community. Nomination deadline is August 28. See full details at http://www.amcto.com/imis15/content/ACCESSIBILITY/Home/AODA_Anniversary_Award.aspx.