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Presidential Proclamation — Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act

ANNIVERSARY OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, 2014
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Over two decades ago, Americans — some in wheelchairs, some using sign language, and all with an abiding belief in our Nation’s promise — came together to strengthen our commitment to equality for all.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/presidential-proclamation-anniversary-of-the-americans-with-disabilities-act/

Ontario Should Consult People With Disabilities Before Making Laws to Protect Them

Unfortunately, with almost 10 years passed since its enactment, many Ontarians with disabilities (myself included) see the AODA as something the province wanted to do, but didn’t quite know how to achieve. This has become quite evident to anyone living with a disability, and that is where I would like to begin the discussion.

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http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-should-consult-people-with-disabilities-before-making-laws-to-protect-them/

Open Doors Organization will reveal the findings on international travel of its 2014 national survey of American travelers with disabilities at the World Summit Destinations for All

2 Press Releases

Open Doors Organization (ODO) is conducting its third nationwide survey of American adult travelers with disabilities. The findings on international travel will be revealed at the World Summit Destinations for All to be held in Montreal, October 19-22 2014.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/open-doors-organization-will-reveal-the-findings-on-international-travel-of-its-2014-national-survey-of-american-travelers-with-disabilities-at-the-world-summit-destinations-for-all/

Innovative Recommendations for Toronto Police Dealing with the Mentally Ill

Five important, off-the-beaten path ideas from retired Supreme Court Justice Frank Iacobucci’s report on police use of force

Sammy Yatim was 18 when he was shot and killed by Toronto Police on a TTC streetcar last summer. By: Wendy Gillis News reporter, Published on Sat Jul 26 2014

Body cameras, the expansion of Taser use, training that focuses on de-escalation in the wake of retired Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci’s report on police use of force, these issues have stood out among the broad-ranging recommendations.

Disabled Man Reports ‘Hurtful’ Comments to TTC 400 Says Booth Collector Called Him a ‘Diddler’

By Maryam Shah ,Toronto Sun
First posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014 06:09 PM EDT

Disabled man Kevin Rogers, 51, alleges a TTC collector verbally abused him, prompting Rogers to file a complaint with the TTC. (Maryam Shah/Toronto Sun)

TORONTO – Kevin Rogers simply wanted to ride the subway with his family to Ripley’s Aquarium on a sunny weekday.

Instead, he says he got an earful from a TTC booth collector who accused him of being a “diddler” in front of other people.

Harper Government Supports Innovative Pilot Program Assisting Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder Obtain Employment in the IT Industry

Today, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, together with the Honourable Mike Lake, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry and Member of Parliament for EdmontonMill WoodsBeaumont, announced an investment of $150,000 in support of a pilot program that is providing Information Technology (IT) skills training and career opportunities for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/harper-government-supports-innovative-pilot-program-assisting-individuals-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-obtain-employment-in-the-it-industry/

PRESS RELEASE : DUCERE TECHNOLOGIES LAUNCHES LECHAL Worlds first interactive haptic footwear

Ducere Technologies announced the launch of the world’s first interactive haptic footwear under their wearable technology brand ‘LECHAL’ (pronounced lay-ch-al, meaning “take me there” in Hindi).

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/press-release-ducere-technologies-launches-lechal-worlds-first-interactive-haptic-footwear/

No Rest for the Weary: More AODA Compliance Required in January 2015

Employers who still have less than fond memories of trying to comply with the requirements of Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 relating to Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standards are now facing a new challenge: complying with additional AODA requirements that come into force on Jan. 1, 2015.

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http://www.aoda.ca/no-rest-for-the-weary-more-aoda-compliance-required-in-january-2015/

Toronto Cancels Plan to Allow Online, Phone Voting for Disabled Citizens in 2014

The cancellation “profoundly disappointed” one member of the city’s disability issues committee. The city says there isn’t enough time to get the system ready.

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http://www.aoda.ca/toronto-cancels-plan-to-allow-online-phone-voting-for-disabled-citizens-in-2014/

No More Wait Lists for Disabled in Ontario, All-Party Report Urges

By: Andrea Gordon Feature Writer, Laurie Monsebraaten Social justice reporter, Published on Tue Jul 22 2014

No more wait lists. One provincial minister in charge. And recognition that all people with developmental disabilities have the right to services throughout their lives. Those are the key recommendations in a long-awaited report released by the Select Committee on Developmental Services.

Gloria Noseworthy has been waiting three years for adult funding for her 23-year-old son Zachariah, above right, who has autism and other medical conditions. She hopes the reports recommendations are implemented soon.

Seven Reasons why disabled Canadians are Losing CPP Benefits

There are serious problems at the Social Security Tribunal and the Canada Pension Plan Disability Program, especially for people trying to appeal decisions on their ineligibility for this disability pension benefit.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/seven-reasons-why-disabled-canadians-are-losing-cpp-benefits/

How Accessibility is Redefining Personalization

Accessibility that is grounded in a company’s values can bridge individual differences, better connect with customers, enable a diverse pool of talent in the workplace, and improve the standard of living for all members of society.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/how-accessibility-is-redefining-personalization/

Access Health Clock Announced

By Victor Schwartzman

Recently Accessibility News reposted an article by Michelle Diament about a 2013 study. 256 randomly selected medical practices in four major American cities were surveyed about access. The result? 22% could not accommodate a hypothetical patient who used a wheelchair and required assistance moving from the wheelchair to an examining table.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/access-health-clock-announced/

Survey Suggests Federal Network Complexity is Limiting Data Center Consolidation

Anti-social: Feds wonder why social media companies drag feet on accessibility issues

A panel held at the FCC Thursday to discuss how to open up social networks to the disabled was missing a key contingent: the social media companies themselves.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/survey-suggests-federal-network-complexity-is-limiting-data-center-consolidation/

Federal Plan to Help Mentally Ill Female Inmates on Hold

Program to move federal inmates was spawned from inquest into Ashley Smith’s disturbing death

Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney announced a pilot project to house female mentally ill federal inmates in Brockville, Ont., last year, but the effort has since stalled due to funding disagreements.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/federal-plan-to-help-mentally-ill-female-inmates-on-hold/

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