Accessibility Standards (ASC)

ASC - Rail Travel

Chair:  Sousan Zaribaf

Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD)

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities has been leading the way to ensure that federally regulated transportation, like air and train travel, will be accessible and respectful of the needs of persons with disabilities.

CCD challenged VIA Rail's decision to purchase inaccessible passenger railcars.  A chronology of this David-and-Goliath type battle to win the case can be found on the CCD's website.  Click here to read CCD's chronology of the Via Rail case.

Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA)

The Canadian Transportation Agency is responsible for ensuring that undue obstacles to the mobility of persons with disabilities are removed from federally-regulated transportation services and facilities.

The Agency removes undue obstacles in two ways:

  • on a case-by-case basis by resolving individual complaints formally, through adjudication and informally, through mediation and facilitation
  •  on a systemic basis by developing regulations, codes of practice and standards concerning the level of accessibility in modes of transport under federal jurisdiction, including air, rail, and extra-provincial ferry and bus transportation

 

 CTA Publications

News

ASC - Air Travel

Chair:  Sousan Zaribaf

Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD)

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities has been leading the way to ensure that federally regulated transportation, like air and train travel, will be accessible and respectful of the needs of persons with disabilities.

CCD fought to ensure that persons with disabilities would not have to pay an extra fare when accompanied by an attendant, or if, because of their size, required more than one seat.  Details of the "One Person One Fare" case, and press releases, can be found on the CCD's website.  Click here to read CCD's press release.

Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA)

The Canadian Transportation Agency is responsible for ensuring that undue obstacles to the mobility of persons with disabilities are removed from federally-regulated transportation services and facilities.

The Agency removes undue obstacles in two ways:

  • on a case-by-case basis by resolving individual complaints formally, through adjudication and informally, through mediation and facilitation
  •  on a systemic basis by developing regulations, codes of practice and standards concerning the level of accessibility in modes of transport under federal jurisdiction, including air, rail, and extra-provincial ferry and bus transportation
The Canadian Transportation Agency has just released two Implementation Guides to help Canadian air carriers better serve travellers who are blind or
have a visual impairment.
 CTA Publications

News

ASC_Chair_Backgound

SOUSAN ZARIBAF - Toronto, Ontario

Interests: Aging with a disability; Arts and Culture;
Attendant services; Accessibility; Employment; Housing;
Recreation

Background:   As a college student, Sousan
formed a Union for Students with Disabilities, organized meetings with
administrators and teachers to discuss accessibility on campus, and secured
improved services for students with disabilities in the classroom. She served on
the Board of Directors of Aldebrain Attendant Care Services of Toronto as
Secretary, promoting accessible housing for many years. Sousan participated in
successful negotiations with the Ontario Ministry of Housing to secure approval
for funding to start construction of an apartment building which integrated
wheelchair accessible units with support services in a public community setting.
She met with Ruth Grier, then Minister of Health, to advocate the great need for
social housing in Toronto.

Since commencing employment at TD Canada
Trust, Sousan has been an active participant in the Bank's advocacy and
employment diversity programs, recently serving on a panel organized by TD to
speak to 50
employers from all industries, explaining the tangible advantages
in hiring more persons with disabilities

ASC Chair - Background

SOUSAN ZARIBAF - Toronto, Ontario

 

Interests: Aging with a disability; Arts and Culture; Attendant services; Accessibility; Employment; Housing; Recreation

 

Background:   As a college student, Sousan formed a Union for Students with Disabilities, organized meetings with administrators and teachers to discuss accessibility on campus, and secured improved services for students with disabilities in the classroom. She served on the Board of Directors of Aldebrain Attendant Care Services of Toronto as Secretary, promoting accessible housing for many years. Sousan participated in successful negotiations with the Ontario Ministry of Housing to secure approval for funding to start construction of an apartment building which integrated wheelchair accessible units with support services in a public community setting. She met with Ruth Grier, then Minister of Health, to advocate the great need for social housing in Toronto.

 

Since commencing employment at TD Canada Trust, Sousan has been an active participant in the Bank's advocacy and employment diversity programs, recently serving on a panel organized by TD to speak to 50 employers from all industries, explaining the tangible advantages in hiring more persons with disabilities

Accessibility Standards Committee (ASC)

Chair:  Sousan Zaribaf  Click here for Chair's background.

Welcome to the Accessibility Standards Committee!  We are working on raising awareness about barriers and concerns related to full participation of persons with disabilities who live and work in Ontario.


Our current focus is on Ontario's Accessibility Standards:

We are also monitoring Federal standards for transportation:

Click here to see our Terms of Reference (under development).


See who is on our Committee.


Articles and issues.


News


For once, a positive editorial citing some of the right reasons for setting standards for accessibility.  We recognize the rationale voice of Durham Region News. 

Toronto Port Authority proposes an underground tunnel and pedestrian walkway to its Island airport, but so far it looks like accessibility for travellers is not part of the plan.  Link to: Toronto Star news article (August 24, 2009) and Toronto Star news article (August 24, 2009)



Ontario Seeks Input On Draft Accessibility Standard - The Built Environment

Ontario Launches Review Of Accessibility Legislation



With more member involvement, we could do more!


Our Committees always welcome new members who share CWDO’s mission and values.  We meet as needed, using the IDEAL Conference® system.


To join this Committee and to find out the next meeting date, please contact the Committee Chair.   You must first be a member of CWDO to join a committee, and have the Chair’s approval. 


If you are new, you will need to complete and send us a Membership Form.


Please review our IDEAL Conference® instructions to find out how to participate on a Committee.