Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
Ontario has the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). It came in 2005. Basically, its purpose is to make everything accessible to ALL by the year 2025, not too far away.
Now although you may hear a lot of negativity around this, which for the most part I agree with, I feel we have come a long way with accessibility for all, and attitudes towards people with disabilities have changed quite a bit. I remember not too long ago I would wheel into a store and once the staff saw my involuntary movements, they would scatter around trying to look busy. Now they a all over me trying to help. There are still times when I approach someone to assist me, they try to avoid me like the plague. Now I know I’m speaking from personal experiences and I’m sure there are many others out there who can still tell us horror stories from not so long ago, but still, I think that the AODA has improved things considerably for ALL.
To my friends who know me, have I gone soft and do I think everything is hunky-dory? No we still have a way to go. Are we going to get there by 2025? LOL. I feel that having the AODA has force society to LOOK at making things accessible to all but it hasn’t penalized society enough for not actually doing it.