Thank you for a great #TDPM2016!

Thank you to all of the marchers, speakers, and volunteers who supported us this year! We’re taking a break over the winter, but we’ll be right back to organizing for TDPM 2017 this spring.

You can still find us on Facebook and Twitter @DisabilityPM for updates on the Toronto disability community.

The latest: Silent No More: Ottawa consults on national disability act, demonstrations for disability justice remain strong from The Leveller.

Please stay in touch, we’re still here. Stay Loud! Stay Proud!

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Wheelchairs are Not Suitcases: a great opportunity for some #RealChange

Sit Down, Fight Back

Sign the Petition.

Every time I fly I make a silent apology to my wheelchair. I leave the chair at the gate, fingers crossed, as I’m transported to the cushy seat on the plain with a small screen in front to distract me from what’s happening to my wheelchair in the cargo hold.

For my wheelchair this journey will be far more hazardous. Once it leaves my sight, this machine that provides me with daily independence, freedom, and mobility, gets thrown on the carts and on to the loading machines with the similar respect that passengers suitcases would expect.

Imagine watching you 600 pound chair get tossed on its side and just hoping your chair isn’t melted, broken, or taken apart by the time you reach your destination. Yes, these things actually happen to people.

I’ve looked up the standards and regulations, it turns out Transport Canada is really concerned about

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TDPM supports the Accessible Canada for All Campaign

Thursday December 3rd is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. It is also the day before Prime Minister Trudeau’s Throne Speech.

That is why on December 3rd we’re asking all of you to show our new Prime Minister and his Cabinet what an Accessible Canada for all looks like.

  • The need for accessible, affordable housing.
  • Protection of the rights of parents with disabilities.
  • Accessibility in healthcare, including Indigenous Peoples and refugees.
  • Police training in effectively and sensitively working with disabled people.
  • Distribution of Health and Social transfers to address the inequities in the systemic barriers that exist between provinces and territories.

Using the hashtag #AccessibleCanada4All please take to social media and remind them that real change is not a continuation of the status quo, where only the most advantaged of us move forward.

This is our time. Let’s make it count.

Please share the #AccessibleCanada4All campaign with your networks.

For more information check out https://exposingableism.wordpress.com/2015/11/16/accessible-canada-for-all/

Thank you for an amazing march!

Thank you for joining us for the 5th annual Toronto Disability Pride March on October 3, 2015.  There are so many thanks to give and so much to share. Roughly 100 people braved the cold to march this year!

We have so much to share about this and our upcoming projects, but until then you can check out the speeches from this year’s speakers, this interview, and photo essay.

Keep in touch there’s more to come!

Marchers from the 2015 march

Banner making Party!

In keeping with the tradition, you are invited again this year to join us for a DIY Banner making Party.

Where?

99 Gerrard Street East –  Board Room(5th. Floor)

Ryerson University – School of Disability Studies

When?

Saturday, September 19, 2015  from 2:00 to 6:00 pm

What do I bring?  

Your enthusiasm; your creative spirit; your friends and allies.

Whatever material you would like to contribute for the banner making.

The details of the march:

Like the previous year, the march will begin at Queen’s Park at 1:00 and end at Ryerson’s School of Disability, 99 Gerrard Street East, where the marchers will take a moment to hear concluding speeches and to celebrate in solidarity.

The Toronto Disability Pride March promotes a cross-disability atmosphere that also recognizes other forms of oppression based on race, class, gender, sexuality, age, etc. The organizers believe the disability movement is strongest in a harmony of voices, not one homogeneous voice and urge those who plan to attend the march to respect this approach and the other people within the space of the march. The invitation is for all; take it as political or celebratory, either way,  be LOUD be PROUD and come out to march!
TDPM organizers:  torontodisabilitypride@gmail.com

Access Awareness: “The Carter decision on physician-assisted suicide event

ARCH Disability Law Centre and The Law Society of Upper Canada are hosting an event for Access Awareness: “The Carter decision on physician-assisted suicide: where do people with disabilities go from here?”

To access the event listing, copy and paste or click on http://archdisabilitylaw.ca/node/1036
The recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in Carter has raised serious questions about its impact on persons with disabilities — many are concerned that the decision leaves them vulnerable.

Join the ARCH Disability Law Centre and the Law Society for a discussion about the Carter decision. The discussion will address what Carter means for persons with disabilities; explore the community’s concerns about the decision; and offer guidance on how community members can ensure that their voices are heard in any legislative process that develops, in order to guarantee that the interests of all persons with disabilities are recognized and protected.

When: June 4, 2015
4:00 – 6:00 pm – Panel Discussion
6:00 – 8:00 pm – Reception

Where: Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen St. W., Toronto
Please enter through east-side doors facing Nathan Phillips Square

RSVP
This public event is free, but space is limited.

Please note RSVPs are required for this event and are being received by the Law Society of Upper Canada. The invitation provides these details.

For additional information, visit: http://www.lawsocietygazette.ca/event/access-awareness-event-the-carter-decision/

To provide the optimal level of accessibility for participants, please let us know in advance of any accommodation requirements. Please do not wear fragrances and colognes.

 

New Toll-Free Number for Reporting AODA Violations

We need to send a clear message on the importance of AODA Enforcement by using this toll-free number when we see a violation of the Act. To report an AODA violation to the Government, call 1-866-515-2025. TTY: 1-800-268-7095

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) became law on June 13, 2005. Under this landmark legislation, the government of Ontario has developed mandatory accessibility standards that identifies, removes, and prevents barriers for people with disabilities.The AODA applies to all levels of government, nonprofits, and private sector businesses across Ontario who have one or more staff.

Ontario plans to conduct fewer compliance inspections this year, even though more than 60 per cent of businesses are still in violation of the province’s landmark accessibility legislation, according to new government data. We need to send a clear message on the importance of AODA Enforcement by using this toll-free number when we see a violation of the Act.

The following is from the AODA Alliance:

The Ontario Government has  established a toll-free phone number for the public to report violations of the AODA. This is an interim victory for us, on the long road of our ongoing effort to get the Government to keep its promise to effectively enforce the AODA.

Use this line if you encounter an organization in Ontario which you believe is violating the AODA.

To report an AODA violation to the Government, call 1-866-515-2025.

TTY: 1-800-268-7095

Take the steps we describe here, and then tell the Government operator you reach the specifics of the AODA violation, including what happened and when, and the name of the organization that violated the AODA.

When you call this number, it is not immediately clear from the Government’s audio announcement that this is the number to call to report AODA violations to the Government. Stick with it!

To reach a human being in order to report a violation of the AODA, first press 1 for English or 2 for French. The automated phone system will then offer to press 1 if you are an individual, or 2 for a business. Press 1, if you want to report an AODA violation.

You will then hear a longer audio announcement. At any time during that audio announcement, just press 0, to reach an operator. Tell the operator you want to report a violation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

The first operator you reach does not take that information down from you.
Instead, that first operator is supposed to then connect you with a second operator, one who works at the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario, located at the Economic Development Ministry. That second operator is the person to whom you can report an AODA violation.

We encourage you to:

* Call this toll-free number if you know of a situation where an obligated organization is violating the AODA, or any accessibility standards under it.

* Ask the Ontario Government operator you reach what the Government will do with the information you give them. Ask them to be sure that the obligated organization is notified that you have contacted the Government with this report of an AODA violation.

* It is not necessary to yourself first notify the obligated organization of your concern that it has violated the AODA. However, it is quite worthwhile to first let that obligated organization know about the accessibility problem. When you call the Government’s toll-free number, you can include in your report any information on your efforts to get the obligated organization to fix the problem, and the response you received from the obligated organization.

* Encourage your friends and family members to also use this toll-free number to report violations of the AODA.

* Widely publicize the availability of this toll-free number. Include it in newsletters, letters to the editor, Facebook pages, etc.

Let us know what happens when you call this number. You can give us your feedback on your experience by emailing us at aodafeedback[at]gmail[dot]com