[community] AODA standard for Social Assistance?

Ushnish Sengupta ushnish.sengupta at gmail.com
Mon Jul 5 20:54:29 UTC 2021

Hi John

I attend the ODSP Political Awareness and Action Committee (PAAC) meetings
occasionally so I want to credit them for pointing me to this great

*The “Digital Transformation” at Tribunals Ontario: The Impact on Access to
Justice* (p. 28). Tribunal Watch.

The “Digital Transformation” at Tribunals Ontario: The Impact on Access to
Justice report, outlines the issues ODSP and OW recipients have had in the
transition to online tribunals.

Anecdotally PAAC members have mentioned need for scanned documents, when
they dont have access to scanners at home and the offices they would go to
get scanner access are closed etc.

So many layers of access issues,  I'll stop there.


On Mon, Jul 5, 2021 at 4:12 PM John W (personal) <pickupwillis at gmail.com>

> Hello Inclusive Design Community (aka My External Brain)
> I think a number of  folks here -- including Pina and Jutta and David L but
> maybe others? -- have deep expertise in AODA Standards development.
> Question: Has there ever been a discussion with the Provincial gov (either
> the current Ministry or the former ADO) about developing a Standard for
> social assistance? Since OW an dODSP are heavily targeted at persons with
> disabilities, some of us are interested if this idea has ever surfaced and
> if so, what was the upshot?
> If it has NOT come up, does anyone here want to make a case for or against
> having an AODA Standard for social assistance? Since services under OW and
> ODSP are by eligibility only (not universal per se) this would presumably
> be a narrower Standard than others, but at the same time it is interesting
> to consider how a third-party standards-development process might serve the
> people who need social assistance in terms of accessibility.
> thanks, all thoughts welcome
> j
> --
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> Design & Innovation in Public Services
> Toronto CANADA
> Garbled text? My apologies - speech-to-text technology is still a work in
> progress...
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