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Ensuring Equal Justice for All
For a lot of Ontarians with mental health issues, legal problems don’t exist in isolation. Too often there are multiple legal needs that cut across the entire justice system.
Disabled Still Face Work Barriers
Another major reason why Canada’s disabled community is largely on the margins of the labour market is the country’s incoherent set of disability support programs, according to experts. Unlike some other advanced nations, Canada has no uniform, national disability policy. What it has is a number of policies that vary across provinces and territories.
Auditor General’s Report: Autism Services in Disarray
Simone Papernick’s 4-year-old son, Noah, seen at left in 2012, has been waiting for services through Kinark Child and Family Services since he was 18 months old and she expects it will be four more years.
By: Andrea Gordon Feature Writer, Published on Tue Dec 10 2013
Children with autism in Ontario can wait four years or longer to receive intensive therapy, and most don’t receive it until age 7, even though early intervention is critical to improving their lives, auditor general Bonnie Lysyk has found.
Ontario Honours International Day For People With Disabilities
By Victor Schwartzman
December 3 was the International Day for People with Disabilities. The AODA Alliance marked the Day by listing nine priorities Ontario needs to be fully accessible by 2025. Premier Kathleen Wynne acknowledged the Day in her own way at a special media conference.
“We are proud to honour this Day,” she told journalists, “especially because it is only one day a year. Frankly, we would have a tough time honouring this Day if it was any longer, say a whole week. In fact, during National Access Awareness Week we missed a legislated deadline to appoint a new AODA reviewer. As a result, this year we worried we would not last one whole day to honour the Day.
Everyday Barriers remain for disabled
There is cultural ambivalence towards accessibility and disability that is reflected in the way Kingston has a disastrous number of businesses and housing units without legally required accessible entrances.
AODA Alliance: Final 2013 News Roundup from Our Accessibility Campaign
2013 has been a fast-paced year full of surprises in our ongoing campaign for a fully accessible Ontario for all people with disabilities. It began in January, with our continued and successful efforts to get accessibility commitments from the candidates to replace Dalton McGuinty as leader of the Ontario Liberal Party. It ended late in the fall with a flurry of media coverage, as we finally extracted from the Ontario Government important information we had sought all year on enforcement of the AODA.
Rules Only Work if Enforced
Passing laws removing barriers great in policy, but needs to be put into practice too
Ontario, which passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act in 2005, is often held up as a model for others to follow. Eight years later, we are learning that Ontario isn’t paradise for people with disabilities. It’s not even close to being barrier-free.
CN Tower Goes Mobile!
And complies with the AODA at the same time.
CN Tower took the initiative and put aMenus’ new “Create Your Own Accessible Restaurant Menu” form into action and now have their Winter Menu up on the site in a Mobile friendly, AODA compliant format.
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UMass Boston and IBM Advance Technology Accessibility Research
UMass Boston students will develop the necessary skills to become a massive force of inclusion.
The University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a new research initiative to advance accessible technology solutions for people with disabilities, the growing elderly population, those with low literacy and novice technology users.
Legal Aid Ontario Releases Pioneering Mental Health Strategy: Goar
Legal Aid Ontario is poised to unveil the country’s first strategy for dealing with mentally ill offenders.
Ryan Fritsch has developed a strategy for knocking down the significant legal barriers confronting Ontarians with mental disabilities.
By: Carol Goar Star Columnist, Published on Tue Dec 03 2013
One of the biggest barriers to justice is a mental disability. No agency is more aware of this than Legal Aid Ontario (LAO), whose clients are disproportionately impoverished, underhoused, criminalized and incarcerated. Approximately one in three have mental health problems.
For years, the agency has made incremental reforms; some effective, some still being tested. But John McCamus, chair of LAO’s board, knew these ad hoc efforts were not enough. He had come to the inescapable conclusion that the traditional legal model simply didn’t work for people with mental disorders.
A year ago, he commissioned the development of a comprehensive mental health strategy. He recruited a young lawyer who had spent his career working with psychiatric patients to canvas Ontarians with mental disabilities, their caregivers, social service providers, housing advocates, health-care professionals, judges and lawyers to come up with a blueprint.
European Consortium To Create Wearable Technology For The Blind
A consortium of European companies, comprised of research institutions and technology companies, today announced it will work together to create a standalone, wearable assistive device for the visually impaired. The consortium, including Dräger & Lienert and TU Dresden out of Germany, Elitac and TNO in the Netherlands and Ghent University and SoftKinetic® in Belgium, have labeled the FP7 project Range-IT. The goal of the Range-IT system is to create a wearable device that will extend mobility and improve employment opportunities and daily interactions for blind persons.
The AODA and the Lack of Enforcement
When the use of pain medication was demonized years ago, the government acted VERY quickly and shut the clinics down. They also revoked the licenses of the doctors who ran them. One example is what happened to Dr. Frank Adams from Kingston.
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OFL Statement: Make Ontario a Fully Accessible Province by 2025!
TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Dec. 3, 2013) – December 3, 2013
The International Day for People with Disabilities is the day that the OFL and its affiliates endorse and support the AODA Alliance’s grassroots campaign to make Ontario fully accessible to over 1.7 million people with disabilities by 2025.
TO MARK DECEMBER 3, THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, THE AODA ALLIANCE ASKS ONTARIO’S POLITICAL PARTIES TO ENDORSE NINE IMMEDIATE PRIORITIES FOR ACTION TOWARD MAKING ONTARIO FULLY ACCESSIBLE TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES BY 2025
The AODA Alliance has chosen today, December 3, 2013, the International Day for People with Disabilities, to kick off a new blitz in its non-partisan grassroots campaign to make Ontario fully accessible to over 1.7 million people with disabilities by 2025. We unveil a list of nine priorities for immediate action to speed up efforts on removing and preventing barriers against people with disabilities. These will be our main focus over the next months.
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Ontario Government Sued For Causing Disabilities In Advocates
By Victor Schwartzman
Some members of the National Football League have sued the NFL for brain damage and other problems related to concussions suffered while playing pro football. Law suits have also been filed against the National Hockey League for similar problems suffered by pro hockey players. Following this lead, advocates associated with the AODA Alliance have filed a class action law suit against the Ontario Government for having forced a manner of playing with it which creates disabilities.Older Posts »