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First Phases Of Province's Accessibility Law Move Forward
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 23, 2006

TORONTO, ONTARIO--People who live in and visit Ontario will enjoy better access to public and private goods and services because of guidelines currently being set under the province's new accessibility law, Community and Social Services Minister Madeleine Meilleur said Monday.

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2005 set a goal for the province to be completely accessible by 2025. The administration of Premier Dalton McGuinty is currently in the process of setting standards and determining precisely what 'accessibility' means.

In a press release, Meilleur said the first proposed standard, which deals with customer service, was being published Monday for the public to review and provide feedback.

Meilleur also announced that recruitment is beginning for a new committee to write the next proposed standards on accessible information and communications. People with disabilities, along with representatives from both the private and public sectors, will work to draft the proposals, which will then be posted for public review.

The proposed standards and announcement for the information and communications standards committee are available online.

Related website:
Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities

http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/mcss/english/pillars/accessibilityOntario

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