The Reviewer, Dean Mayo Moran, will be hosting public consultations regarding the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act in March and April 2014.
There are two types of consultations being held:
“In person” consultations in Ottawa, Toronto, London, and Thunder Bay
Online and call-in consultations.
The dates and locations of the Reviewer’s in-person public consultations are:
Ottawa: Tuesday, March 18, 12:30p.m. to 5:30pm. ***CANCELLED DUE TO LOW REGISTRATION NUMBERS*** Unfortunately the Ottawa consultation will NOT proceed due to low registration numbers.
Toronto: Friday, March 21, 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m and Tuesday, April 29, 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.
London: Wednesday, April 9, 12:30p.m. to 5:30p.m.
Thunder Bay: Tuesday, April 15, 12:30p.m. to 3:00p.m.
If you would like to speak at one of these consultations, you must select a ten-minute block in which to speak using the registration form button below.
Speakers are welcome to leave after they have delivered their remarks.
If you would like to speak at a consultation, please register at least 7 days prior to the date of the consultation.
Observers who do not wish to deliver their own remarks are welcome to attend to listen to the remarks delivered by others, but are not required to register.
People speaking at the public consultations do not need to provide a written copy of their remarks/statement. However, if you would like to refer to a written statement during your remarks, please submit your written statement 7 days prior to the date of the consultation that you will be attending. You can upload your written comments using the Comments page (“Provide your Comments on the A.O.D.A. to the Reviewer” page) on this website.
Format of the In-Person Consultations:
Members of the public who would like to speak at a consultation session will each have a ten-minute window to deliver their remarks. The Reviewer will listen to all remarks carefully and take notes, but will not be delivering remarks of her own during the consultation sessions, apart from a short introduction.
Live-captioning: and a public address system will be used at each of the public consultations. If you are delivering remarks and need specific accessibility services, including sign language/ interpretation services, please make sure to tell us about them in the space provided on the registration form.
To register to deliver remarks at one of the in-person consultations use the link here:
Online and Call-in Consultations:
You do not need to register to participate in the two online and call-in consultations.
Thursday, April 3, 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.
Tuesday, April 22, 11:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.
Individuals may log on or call in by phone to deliver comments about the A.O.D.A. to the Reviewer during these times. The Reviewer will moderate the discussion online.
Website address to log on to the online consultation:
The link is found here (Opens new window)
Phone number to call during this time to register a comment about the AODA:
Note that this is not a conference call, and callers can simply call the above number to register their comment to a staff member. Your comment will then be transcribed into the online consultation ‘chat’.
Details of the Online and call-in consultations:
The online consultation session will be hosted in Citizens with Disabilities Ontario’s online chatroom.
Participants can log on to the online consultation using a PC, Mac, or iPhone. Participants that have microphones on their computers or mobile devices will be able to make verbal remarks to the Reviewer during the online consultation via their microphone. Participants who prefer not to use the microphone option may type in their comments to the Reviewer via the text box in the online chat room.
A CART writer will transcribe any comments made via microphone into text.
There will be no video involved in this consultation. As such, there will be no ASL interpretation offered.
Technical requirements for Online participation in the consultation:
For best results:
Internet Explorer works best on the site. You may have difficulties if you are using another browser like Firefox or Chrome
If you want to be able to speak during the consultation, a headset with a microphone will work better than the microphone on your computer. Otherwise you have the option to type your questions.
Wi-Fi will not work as well as a direct wire connection to the Internet.
Avoid multi-tasking so your computer resources can be focused on the conference room and all its features.
Go to this weblink. (Opens new window)
If you have been there before, click the link “Click here to enter the room”
PC Users: If you are entering the room for the first time, follow the instructions under “first-time participants”
MAC Users: Go to the APP Store to download the free conference APP from “Talking Communities”.
Enter a username and your location in the Username box (example, Neel Khundara in Thunder Bay)
No password is required.
For those participating in an online consultation who are interested, a ‘test’ session will be available prior to the consultation. The test sessions will allow you to make sure that your computer will work and connect properly during the online consultation. It will also allow you to experience the features of the web-conference to enable your full participation.
Online test session dates and times:
Friday, March 28, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 17, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: At this link: here (Opens new window) No password is required to log in