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A National Persons with Disabilities Act

This section provides information about the prospect of a National Persons with Disabilities Act in Canada as well as information about similar existing legislation in other countries and in Ontario. There is also information about the major party positions in Canada on National Disability legislation. The resources are organized into five sections with information divided by country (or province) within each of those sections. The five sections are “A National Persons with Disabilities Act in the News,” “Advocacy Organizations,” “National Political Party Positions (Canada),” “Government Sites and Legislation (international).” and “General Info about Disability Legislation World Wide.”


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A NATIONAL DISABILITY ACT IN THE NEWS

Julian Drafts Disabilities Bill

Straight.com
By Matthew Burrows 19-Jan-2006

Julian is trying to entrench this with a private member’s bill to institute a Canadians with Disabilities Act. The bill is patterned on the Americans With Disabilities Act, which passed in 1990 and aimed to reduce barriers to employment, transportation, public services, and telecommunications.

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Canadians with Disabilities Act - Transcript

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by Adam Ungstad

Member of Parliament Peter Julian is drafting federal legislation that will specifically address the rights of Canadians with disabilities.

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ADVOCACY ORGANIZATIONS

Canada

Law Reform Analysis: A Canadians with Disabilities Act?

Lana Kerzner and David Baker
Council of Canadians with Disabilities May 14, 1999

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Disability Task Force: Legislative Reform Recommendations

(Regarding A National Disability Act)
Council of Canadians with Disabilities: Disability Task Force. May 14, 1999

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Ontario

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Resource Page

Community Living Ontario.

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A Stronger and More Effective Ontarians with Disabilities Act: Brief to the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration's Accessibility Directorate of Ontario.

Community Living Ontario.

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Submission to the Ontario Legislature's Standing Committee on Social Policy regarding Bill 118, the proposed Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Community Living Ontario. January 31, 2005

This compilation was prepared on 10 August 2005 taking into account amendments up to Act No. 86 of 2005

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Submission to the Provincial Consultation on the Ontarians with Disabilities Act: “Delivering Positive Change where it is Needed Most”

City of Toronto Disability Issues Committee—Presentation by Councillor Joe Mihevc. March 23, 2004

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ODA Committee

Fact Sheet on the Ontarians with Disabilities Act

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The United States:

Achieving Accessibility: How the Americans with Disabilities Act Is Changing the Face and Mind of a Nation

By Silvia Yee1 and Marilyn Golden

Co-Sponsors: Presidential Taskforce on Employment of Adults with Disabilities, President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, Department of State, Center for Mental Health Services, National Council on Disability, US Agency for International Development, US Information Agency, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

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Job Accommodation Network-ADA Hot Links and Document Center

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ADVOCACY ORGANIZATIONS


A CANADIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

Lana Kerzner and David Baker


Disability Task Force: Legislative Reform Recommendations

(regarding a national disability act)

Council of Canadians with Disabilities: Disability Task Force May 14, 1999

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Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Resource Page

Community Living Ontario.

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A Stronger and More Effective Ontarians with Disabilities Act: Brief to the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration's Accessibility Directorate of Ontario.

Community Living Ontario. March 31, 2004

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Submission to the Ontario Legislature's Standing Committee on Social Policy regarding Bill 118, the proposed Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Community Living Ontario. January 31, 2005

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ODA Committee

Fact Sheet on the Ontarians with Disabilities Act

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Achieving Accessibility: How the Americans with Disabilities Act Is Changing the Face and Mind of a Nation

By Silvia Yee1 and Marilyn Golden

Co-Sponsors: Presidential Taskforce on Employment of Adults with Disabilities, President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, Department of State, Center for Mental Health Services, National Council on Disability, US Agency for International Development, US Information Agency, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

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Job Accommodation Network-ADA Hot Links and Document Center

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The Roeher Institute

American’s with Disability Act (ADA) Research Project, Report. June 1997

This report provides an overview of the administration of the ADA; the provisions under Titles I - III of the Act and the impacts identified in research of the ADA to date. The report reviews selected case law that deals with how "reasonable accommodation" requirements and "undue hardship" provisions have been interpreted by the courts. In addition, the report provides an overview of the Canadian framework for disability equality rights.


Europe

Europe's First Comprehensive Disability Rights Law Unveiled

European Disability Forum. 12 March 2003

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The EDF proposal for a Disability Specific Directive

European Disability Forum

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Equal Citizens: Proposals for Core Elements of Disability Legislation

Disability Legislation Consultation Group-Ireland. February 2003

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NATIONAL POLITICAL PARTY POSITIONS

Canada

Special Edition #4 of Voice of Our Own

Council of Canadians with Disabilities’ CCD Election Challenge

Council of Canadians with Disabilities

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Conservative Party Election Policy Statement on Disability Issues

The statement below is excerpted from page 31 of the Conservative Party's Platform 2006 (PDF version) in a section addressing "health" issues

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NDP Election Policy Statement on Disability Issues

The statement below on "People with Disabilities" is excerpted from page 14 of the New Democratic Party's Platform 2006 (PDF version)

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Government Sites and Legislation(International)

Canada

Equal Citizenship for Canadians With Disabilities

Chapter 3, Federal organization and approach to disability issues-A Canadians with Disabilities Act

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Ontario

Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001

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The United States

U.S. Department of Justice Americans with Disabilities Act ADA HOME PAGE

Information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities act.

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Enforcing the ADA: A Status Report from the Department of Justice

April – June 2005

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The ADA and City Governments: Common Problems

U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section

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Australia

Australia Commonwealth Consolidated Acts DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION ACT 1992

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Australia-Disability Discrimination Act 1992-Act No. 135 of 1992 as Amended

This compilation was prepared on 10 August 2005 taking into account amendments up to Act No. 86 of 2005

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Review of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992

Productivity Commission Inquiry Report Volume 1: Chapters Government of Australia

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Volume 2: Appendices

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Great Britain

Great Britain—The Disability Discrimination Act and You

Department for work and Pensions

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Your rights and the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA)

The United Kingdom

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GENERAL INFO ON COMPREHENSIVE DISABILITY LEGISLATION WORLD WIDE

Action Plan Launched For People with Disabilities

In July 2001, the French government launched a new action plan for people with disabilities, aimed at improving their integration into society and work. One of the key measures seeks to encourage employers to reintegrate disabled employees back into the workforce.

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France- Disability Legislation to Be Reformed

In January 2004, the French government issued a bill on promoting equality for people with disabilities. The draft legislation, which has already been amended by the Senate, includes provisions to promote the employment of disabled workers in the mainstream labour market, such as a requirement on employers to make 'reasonable accommodation' for such workers and an obligation for employers and trade unions to hold regular negotiations on relevant issues.

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Great Brtain-The Disability Discrimination Act and You

Department for work and Pensions

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The Need for A More Comprehensive Legislation - Towards A European Non-Discrimination Disability Specific Directive

European Disability Forum

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The European Union Disability Strategy

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2010: A Europe Accessible For All

An accessible built environment is a key for a society based on equal rights, and provides its citizens with autonomy and the means to pursue an active social and economic life. For an individual to enjoy his/her rights as a citizen, he/she should be able to access buildings, premises and other facilities: an accessible environment means that a person will be able to seek employment, receive education and training, and pursue an active social and economic life. The "red thread" of this report is that promoting accessibility for all will contribute to the success of the European strategy of "economic and social renewal" launched three years ago at the Lisbon European Council. The European Union committed itself to modernising and reinforcing social cohesion and social protection as a key to deliver more and better growth by 2010.

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Definitions of Disability In Europe: A Comparative Analysis

In November 2000 the European Union (EU) issued a Directive (Council Directive 2000/78/EC) which established a general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation and outlawed discrimination based on religion, belief, disability, age and sexual orientation (the ‘framework equal treatment directive’, FETD). Anti-discrimination policy is a relatively new type of regulatory policy. The main aim of this chapter is to examine how this new approach relates to existing policies in the Member States. Existing anti-discrimination measures are reviewed, and we also examine how anti-discrimination policy fits with other policies to combat the obstacles that disabled people may face in entering and retaining employment. (Anti-discrimination policy may extend in scope beyond employment, but we focus on employment here as the FETD is confined to employment.)

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Overview of International Legal Frameworks for Disability Legislation

UNEnable

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