09/12/2007

The AMO comments on the proposed Transportation Standard (T-S) as developed under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
AMO supports the principles of accessible customer service for persons with disabilities: dignity, equity, inclusion, independence, responsiveness and sensitivity, as we support the spirit and intent of theAODA. What we recognize as being essential to achieving these principles and the long-term objectives of the Act, is a balanced, measured and sustainable approach that can maintain the progress necessary to fulfill the desired vision.

The challenge ultimately lies in some of the decisions that shape the path to the vision; the key one being that the AODA is not supported by a realistic means to realizing it - specifically, sustainable funding. As it stands, municipalities, who are leaders in laying the foundations for accessibility and barrier free communities may now be hampered and sanctioned in their efforts.