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ODA Committee Update
dated June 30, 2004
posted August 3, 2004


ODA Committee's London Region Announces Major Sept. 11, 2004 Policy Conference On What A Strengthened Oda Should Include - Circulate Widely And Plan To Come!

June 30, 2004


The ODA Committee's London Region has announced that it will be convening a
major, open, accessible public conference on September 11, 2004 in London
Ontario. (See announcement below) With the Liberal Government committed to
introducing legislation this fall to strengthen the weak, unenforceable ODA
2001 passed by the previous Conservative Government, this conference will
explore ideas on what measures should be included in the new, strengthened

This conference is being held in memory of the late Michael Lewis, a great
friend of the ODA movement, who's song "Still Waiting" has served as a theme
song for ODA supporters.

Plan to come to this conference. Circulate this news to others. Encourage
as many as possible to attend. Our thanks to the ODA Committee London Region
for taking the initiative to organize this great event.

Please note that the ODA Committee's email news service is now going off
line until some time in August. Emails to the ODA Committee won't be
answered until then. Have a great, barrier-free summer!


NOTICE: Ontarians with Disabilities Act Committee, LONDON REGION, FORUM

The Ontarians With Disabilities Act Committee, London Region, in co-operation with King's University College, University of Western Ontario (UWO),

DATE: September 11, 2004

TIME: 9 am TO 4:30 pm with reception to follow.

COST: Forum is free of charge including lunch and light snacks.

LOCATION: King's University College, Elizabeth A. "Bessie' Labatt Hall; 266 Epworth Avenue, London, Ontario

ACCESSIBILITY OF SITE: The Elizabeth A. "Bessie" Labatt Hall meets the minimum accessibility standards set out by the Ontario Building Code. Every effort is being made to enhance accessibility for the day of the forum.

PARKING: Free on site with ample handicapped spots.


1. To critically examine the methods and effectiveness of the work done under the current Ontarians with Disabilities Act (ODA) 2001.

2. To present new and creative ideas on how to strengthen and enforce the ODA.


The day will consist of a number of panels with experts who have worked with the current legislation. Guest speakers include: David Lepofsky, ODA Committee Chair; Patti Bregman, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA); local Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) members and municipal politicians; UWO professors of law and political science. An invitation to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration has been issued.


- Accessibility Advisory Committee members from across the province

- ODA Committee members

- Municipal, Provincial and Federal politicians

- Law, Public Administration, Political Science, and Social Justice, Disability Studies students and professors

- Community members interested in disability issues


Registration forms will be available soon, with directions to forum site.


If you are planning to attend the conference from out of town and need more information about accessible lodgings, please go to the ACCESS GUIDE CANADA website at http://enablelink.org/agc/ and click on the words "find a listing" at the top of the home page.

Choose the province and city from a pull-down list of choices. Then click on "lodgings" which is a heading displayed on the right hand side of the page. You'll go to a list of 14 different facilities in London which have been described in terms of their accessibility to people with disabilities.

Please note: Access Guide Canada is a work in progress and the Canadian Abilities Foundation welcomes new listings.

To be on our mailing list, contact Kathy Lewis at the e-mail address or phone number below.


Kathy Lewis at kathylewis@rogers.com
or phone (519) 645-0558.


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