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January

The Most Welcoming Town in Ontario

Date posted to site: January 31, 2009

I am very happy to announce the new launch of our website EH? www.ehwhat.ca and the beginning of a contest to find which of the many lovely towns and cities we have in Ontario is the most welcoming, the one that makes people who live there feel good about themselves and gives visitors a reason to come back.

When you get to the website follow the link named " The Most Welcoming Town"(or visit http://www.ehwhat.ca/?page_id=25) and learn all about the survey, participate and get your friends involved because we want information from people who live in our communities and people who visit them. We want comments from people with disabilities, people who know people with disabilities and people who don't know anything about disabilities or accessibility. Different points of view will give us a more complete picture of what our communities are really like.

Your comments are always welcome. Thanks for helping us!

Jerry Ford

EH? it's simply common sense

Accessability an Issue in Community - Leduc Representative - Alberta, CA

Date posted to site: January 31, 2009

Editor:

Joanne Sinclair's letter in the Representative should make us furious. Ongoing problems have controlled the function of the Handibus for years. The access hours for seniors/handicapped are extremely limited, restricted by obligations for the students whose rides financially support the system.

Buses are not the only problem for seniors/handicapped in Leduc - imagine the difficulties entering the Leduc hospital. Friends, when visiting the hospital, say that they feel they will be the patient by the time they walk up the steps to the entrance, and are afraid that they will fall walking down the steps to the parking lot.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=307

Deaf Advocates Call for Real-time Texting

Date posted to site: January 30, 2009

Supporters of the hearing impaired say the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission will save people's lives if it requires all wireless carriers to provide real-time text.

On the highway one night, your tires start slipping, your car fishtails, and you go into a ditch. When you regain consciousness, you realize you're trapped. What do you do first? Call 911, of course.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=298

The Web Can Help Mental Health: Psychologist

Date posted to site: January 29, 2009

Dr Peter Cotton, a psychologist, writes in response to Gavin Andrew's recent article on web-based treatment programs for depression, anxiety and other disorders:

“My initial response is that I think this is a very promising and potentially helpful development. It builds on, and is consistent with, emerging research around the web-based delivery of programs for common mental health problems including depression, alcohol abuse and anxiety disorders.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=291

Web Doctoring: A Sad Comment on the State of Mental Health Services?

Date posted to site: January 29, 2009

Some hundreds of patients with depression, anxiety and other disorders have received online treatment using a sophisticated computerised cognitive behaviour therapy program from the St Vincent's Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety Disorders in Sydney. The treatment is effective in the short and long term, according to Gavin Andrews, professor of psychiatry at St Vincent's Hospital. Writing recently in Crikey, he said the approach had the potential to improve the community's access to treatment.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=289

Surprise Chamber Launches Program to Aid Disabled

Date posted to site: January 29, 2009

People with disabilities can now find Northwest Valley businesses that take extra measures to meet their accessibility needs, all at the click of a mouse.

The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce this month launched a program on its Web site, featuring lodgings, restaurants, shopping and medical facilities with accessibility features. The program is in collaboration with the city's Surprise Disability Advisory Commission.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=296

Tribunal Finds Air Canada Discriminated Against Disabled Man

Date posted to site: January 28, 2009

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled Monday that Air Canada discriminated against a deaf and partially blind man by saying he could only fly with an attendant when he wanted to fly alone.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=281

Expedia and Hotels.com agree to provide information for disabled travelers

Date posted to site: January 28, 2009

Expedia Inc. has agreed in a California court to add content and search features to its travel services sites Hotels.com and Expedia.com to enable people with physical disabilities to reserve hotel rooms that can accommodate them with such things as wheelchair access or Braille signage, Expedia says.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=283

Please Endorse the AODA Alliance's Brief on the Initial Proposed Information and Communication Accessibility Standard

Date posted to site: January 27, 2009

If you haven't already dones so Accessibility News urges everyone to read the AODA Alliances brief on the new standard at http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/01222009.asp and endorse it by writing an email to the Ministry of Community and Social Services at public.review@oliverwyman.com, you can also add your own submissions.

Even if you haven't read it, Accessibility News urges you to endorse it anyway as it is a well researched document and this Government needs to make the necessary changes as all of us have a stake in the outcome.

Feel free to let the AODA Alliance aware that you have done so by copying them at aodafeedback@rogers.com on any correspondence.

Human Rights Trump Property Rights

Date posted to site: January 27, 2009

Community organizing is a term that conjures up images of Chicago's south side, Harlem in the 1970s and '80s and U.S. President Barack Obama's early career.

But Canadians - especially here in Toronto - know how to get people working for change in their community, their city and their country.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=279

Developmental Services Worker Apprenticeship Course

Date posted to site: January 26, 2009

A developmental disability significantly affects one's ability to learn and use information. Whether caused genetically or developmentally, a developmental disability continues throughout a person's life.

As a consequence of their permanent intellectual limitations, people with a developmental disability require varying degrees of support throughout their lives.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=278

The Blind Man Who Can See' - and How He Shows That Humans Really DO Have a Sixth Sense

Date posted to site: January 26, 2009

For blind people to regain the power of sight usually requires a miracle - either of the old-fashioned, Biblical variety or of the modern, medical sort.

Yet an extraordinary case reported this week shows us that there may be another form of miracle that can help the blind to 'see' - and it's one that may force us to rethink our whole understanding of the way in which the human senses operate.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=277

Who Says That Dreams Don't Come True?

Date posted to site: January 26, 2009

By Donna J. Jodhan

Last week as I sat glued to my television taking in the pomp and ceremony of President Barack Obama's inauguration, something very real occurred to me. We now have a brand new spanking president in the Oval Office. The first African American president and I am sure that many are still in disbelief that this momentous event has actually come to pass. A few years ago, the majority of us me included would probably have said that it was not possible to have such an event take place but here we are today with a man who has fulfilled his dream! The political landscape of America and indeed of the world has just been given a huge and memorable makeover and I bet that we can't wait for the next chapter to be written.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=275

Demonstration Planned for Parliament Hill, Monday January 26th

Date posted to site: January 24, 2009

For more information on this and other issues surrounding the Transit strike in Ottawa, go to
http://catherinegardner.ca/

Obama Earmarks $19.8 Billion for Disability Issues in Stimulus Package

Date posted to site: January 23, 2009

Second round stimulus introduced by Democrats in the US Congress includes almost $20 billion in aid for Americans with disabilities. President Barack Obama set out a pre-election agenda on disability issues that should provide some pretty quick relief to Americans with disabilities. The official Obama and Biden site lists three priorities, along with enforcement of the 1,100 page ADA Amendments passed last fall by President Bush, including:

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=273

ADHD Diagnosis And Treatment Require Grappling With "Zone Of Ambiguity"

Date posted to site: January 23, 2009

Significant local and international variations in the diagnosis and treatment of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder ( ADHD) stem at least in part from a "zone of ambiguity"-different interpretations of what is normal behavior and what level of impairment is required for a psychiatric diagnosis. Furthermore, the long- term effectiveness of different treatments is unclear. These are among the conclusions of a new report by Hastings Center scholars published online in the current issue of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=270

Accessibility still an issue with the town's website

Date posted to site: January 22, 2009

The town of Amherstburg has been under scrutiny with regards to accessibility because it has not provided its residents with an accessible website for some time, despite claims to the contrary.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=276

New Insight Into Autism

Date posted to site: January 22, 2009

People with autism are not a distinct group, but instead experience extreme versions of traits that all of us have to a greater or lesser degree, many researchers now believe. A major new study gives new evidence supporting this by showing that children with mild autistic traits, not severe enough for a diagnosis on the autistic spectrum, are more likely to experience the sorts of behavioural, emotional and social difficulties we see in autism.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=261

Hiring the Disabled

Date posted to site: January 22, 2009

With salaries lower and unemployment levels higher for people with disabilities, Obama pledged efforts to break down workplace barriers. A key aspect of that mission will involve the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission(EEOC), which has been hampered by increasing workloads and, until last year, a lack of budget funding.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=267

Strike Exacting Heavy Social Toll

Date posted to site: January 22, 2009

OTTAWA- Last week, on the second day of the four-day cold snap, when my car wouldn't start. I hadn't plugged in the block heater. And with the bus strike on, there was no backup transportation. I cursed winter, Ford and OC Transpo as I walked to work and back - a whole 2 1/2 kilometres each way that takes about 35 minutes.

Not impressed? After listening to Eloise Lafontaine describe the problems the bus strike have caused for her, I'm actually embarrassed that I thought I was hard-done-by that day.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=277

Mona Winberg, 76: Pillar for Disabled

Date posted to site: January 21, 2009

Toronto native Mona Winberg overcame many challenges. Born with cerebral palsy, the activist and writer clung to independent status until her death

The doctors told her parents she would never amount to anything. Put her in an institution, they said, and forget the whole thing ever happened.

Talk about a misdiagnosis.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=275

Retailers are Beginning to Design Web sites for Disabled Consumers

Date posted to site: January 21, 2009

Retailers including Canadian Tire Corp. and Home Hardware Stores Ltd. are making their e-commerce sites more accessible with innovative technology that provides web page navigation without a conventional keyboard or computer mouse.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=252

From the Whitehouse's New Website: DISABILITIES

Date posted to site: January 21, 2009

"We must build a world free of unnecessary barriers, stereotypes, and discrimination.... policies must be developed, attitudes must be shaped, and buildings and organizations must be designed to ensure that everyone has a chance to get the education they need and live independently as full citizens in their communities."
Barack Obama, April 11, 2008

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=255

Band helps battle mental illness

Date posted to site: January 21, 2009

Mississauga band Crash Parallel is helping to promote the work of the Canadian Mental Health Association by offering a free download of its latest single, Casualties of War.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=258

FDA pulls DMSA and hope from children with autism and ADHD

Date posted to site: January 20, 2009

Random acts of violence are usually considered methods of the weak, but a long history of FDA political violence directed against public health safety and our freedom to obtain dietary supplements reveals something more calculated and oppressive. The results of FDA actions are obvious: Our right to choose safe health care alternatives and abstain from questionable medical practices is increasingly met with fierce opposition. The consequences are equally obvious as we helplessly witness a relative epidemic of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) ravaging our children.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=244

Disabled Sheltered With New Savings Plan

Date posted to site: January 20, 2009

Time running out for government grants

If you are disabled, you have less than 60 days to get up to $4,500 from the federal government.

While the new tax-free savings account that came into effect Jan. 1 has garnered much of the media coverage, the government's registered disability savings plan is more generous. Luckily for Canadians with a disability, the Bank of Montreal stepped up to the plate in December and said it would begin setting up RDSP accounts. None of the other major banks have so far done so.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=246

National Transportation Access for People with Disabilities: Moving Backwards

Date posted to site: January 20, 2009

Access in Canada declines

Accessibility standards are a thing of the past for Canada's federal transport system. Voluntary codes of practice are the Canadian way. The result: travel denied.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=248

Accessible Taxi Opens New Avenues for Patrons

Date posted to site: January 19, 2009

Sixty-year-old Jerry Ford and his wife, Christine Bayer, are both wheelchair bound - but with Cobourg's new fully accessible taxi they have newfound freedom to travel around the area. And it could become a joint service with Port Hope.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=274

Is There Really a Special Needs Department at Bell Canada?

Date posted to site: January 19, 2009

By Donna Jodhan

You would think that there is but when you are told "We don't handle requests to help you navigate our website" you are left wondering! Shocker or shaker? To me this is a real shocker! Just imagine! Canada's largest phone company is always so quick to say how much they go out of their way to accommodate their blind and visually impaired customers but truth be told when it comes to their special needs department; they might as well not have any.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/editorials/commentary.php?donna=83

ALS Patient On Hunger Strike Over Home Care

Date posted to site: January 19, 2009

A desperately ill Sudbury woman heralded as a champion -- athletically and of human rights -- is entering the sixth day of a fast to end her suffering and her life.

Minna Mettinen- Kekalainen, 42, has fought for years to keep amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) from preventing her from doing the things she loves -- skydiving, rowing and raising two children.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=271

Students Rally for Better Accessibility

Date posted to site: January 19, 2009

In the best of conditions, it can be a challenge to get around.

But with all the snow this winter, Jess Ferencz has found it to be especially trying.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=273

Mother Desperate to Get Help for Ill Son

Date posted to site: January 19, 2009

April Houghton just wants to get her son back.

The son she knew who, when he was healthy, was enjoyable and safe to be around.

Her son, Devon, is 16, and is now living out of the house, and for most of his life has suffered from various mental illnesses. At five years old, he was diagnosed with ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder). Growing up, he was on three different medications: Ritalin, to control ADHD symptoms such as poor concentration and impulsiveness; Risperidone, to control his aggression; and Prozac, which Houghton says made him become pleasant to be around.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=272

New National Children's Study Seeks Environmental Causes of Autism, Asthma, ADHD

Date posted to site: January 16, 2009

Starting this week, pregnant women in Duplin County, N.C., and Queens, N.Y., will be getting letters and phone calls asking them to be part of the National Children's Study.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=240

National Bank Financial Group Encourages Students With Functional Limitations to Apply for its Bursary and Summer Employment Program

Date posted to site: January 16, 2009

MONTREAL, QUEBEC -- 01/15/09 -- National Bank Financial Group (TSX: NA) has launched its annual Bursary and Summer Employment Program for university and CEGEP students with functional limitations.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=238

TV for tots may do more harm than good, MD says

Date posted to site: January 16, 2009

A Seattle pediatrician says television programs geared towards infants, like those popular "Baby Einstein" DVDs, may be doing your baby more harm than good.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=242

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Blind Celebrate Braille: "The Original Blackberry"

Date posted to site: January 15, 2009

Across Canada throughout 2009, members of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians and other organizations will celebrate the 200th birthday of Louis Braille and his method of writing and reading.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=234

Laughter as Mental Health Therapy

Date posted to site: January 15, 2009

Humor therapy, a recent and growing trend in mental health counseling, is defined at the use of humor for the relief of physical or emotional pain or stress. The use of humor for psychological benefit may include interventions such as laughter exercises or a process of assisting clients to gain humorous perspectives on their lives and situations. Laughter groups are a common method for practicing humor therapy. Today, thousands of people in over forty countries participate in laughter groups. This speaks to the popularity of this form of treatment. Humor is generally used by therapists to increase quality of life, reduce stress and increase relaxation.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=236

Parents Seek More Than Detentions

Date posted to site: January 14, 2009

For years, Sylvia Naumovski watched as her disruptive son was punished at school while she tried to find help for his mental illness.

He was sent to the principal's office, given detentions and suspended. While he excelled at volleyball and soccer, he was frequently excluded from team events for bad behaviour.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=269

Parents Battle for Special Kids

Date posted to site: January 14, 2009

Parents struggling to raise children with mental health illnesses are calling on the Ontario government to protect and enhance services despite the difficult economic times.

Parent Sarah Cannon, of St. Catharines, whose 12-year-old daughter has been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, told a news conference yesterday that only one out of six children with mental health illnesses in the province are able to access services and then only after months on waiting lists.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=270

Mom Fights to Keep Son in Residence

Date posted to site: January 13, 2009

PROVINCE TO END FUNDING FOR BOY WITH TOURETTE'S

Looking at the photo Darlene Ellsworth holds tenderly in her hands, it's hard to believe there's anything wrong with her son Cody.

The 13-year-old is outdoors, smiling and making the American Sign Language sign for "I love you."

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=268

Town Unveils Newly Designed Website

Date posted to site: January 13, 2009

Accessibility News Note: We did a site check of this site and unfortunatley for the residents of Amherstburg, they didn't get the product that Mr Carpenter is all excited about, see the site check at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/sites/results.php?failspriority1=29

Four months of work went into new site

AMHERSTBURG - If you've visited the town's official web site, you likely have noticed its new look.

Not only do they want to appeal to residents, but there was a concerted effort on tourism and attracting business to the area and much of the site is focused on that.

"We want to give the person coming to the web site the capability of going to what they want to do," Carpenter told the Echo last Thursday.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=267

Site Check: Town of Amherstburg, 2009

Date posted to site: January 13, 2009

Accessibility News Note: Mr Carpenter states the following in this article at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=267:

Carpenter noted that the site is at a minimum of Level 2 but he said much of it is at the higher Level 3 and "we're really excited about that."

Sorry to disappoint you Mr Carpenter, as someone who does Accessibility Audits on a weekly/daily basis, your claim is just not true.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/sites/results.php?failspriority1=29

CMA rejects MDs' notes for obese travellers

Date posted to site: January 12, 2009

Canada's three major airlines will now require a doctor's note from disabled or obese passengers seeking a second seat free of charge, a requirement that the Canadian Medical Association calls an undue pressure on the country's doctors.

As of today, Air Canada, Air Canada Jazz and WestJet require medical certification for access to the "one person, one fare" program, which took effect this month after a Canadian Transportation Agency ruling early last year. The program guarantees a second free seat for those who require a personal attendant while travelling, or whose obesity functionally disables them from travelling.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=228

Parents of Autistic Drowning in Worry, Study Finds

Date posted to site: January 12, 2009

Parents of autistic children feel they are "financially drowning," a new study by the non-profit agency Easter Seals finds. Worry over medical and therapy costs, as well as time missed from work, preys on the minds of parents and the children they care for.

"My son is worried that if I die, he will have to live in a park and be homeless," said Moe Mendoza of Ontario, Calif., mother of 12-year-old Nathaniel, who has autism.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=225

Calling out stops an issue, bus drivers say

Date posted to site: January 12, 2009

Grand River Transit has told its drivers to call out every bus stop to assist blind passengers and others.

"It's such an important thing for blind people," said Sharon Ward-Zeller, a blind passenger. "We really should have it."

But upset drivers are refusing to call out every stop. They complain the effort could damage their vocal chords, distract them while driving and add to their stress.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=266

A Close-up of Barbados

Date posted to site: January 12, 2009

By Donna J. Jodhan

When it comes to really knowing how to accommodate persons with special needs, I would like to shine the spotlight this week on a tiny island in the Caribbean namely Barbados. No doubt many of our readers are familiar with this tiny sunshine island, but there is a lot more for me to tell.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=230

Ontario Fails Patients Who Require Urgent Care, Critics Say

Date posted to site: January 10, 2009

Ottawa A Perth doctor is sounding the alarm over what he sees as a breakdown in the province's urgent-care system after he phoned five Eastern Ontario hospitals in a failed attempt to get psychiatric help for a suicidal woman.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=265

Touch-Screen Gadgets Alienate Blind

Date posted to site: January 09, 2009

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The craze for touch-screen gadgets, sparked by Apple Inc's popular iPhone, is raising worries that a whole generation of consumer electronics will be out of the reach of the blind.

Motown icon Stevie Wonder and other advocates came to the world/s biggest gadget fest, the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, to convince vendors to consider the needs of the blind.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=221

Accessibility Standards Could be Costly

Date posted to site: January 09, 2009

No funding planned for proposed legislation

DURHAM -- A proposed set of accessibility standards could be a good news, bad news item for the Durham District School Board.

The proposed standards are part of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, that aims to make the province accessible by 2025, said superintendent Doug Crichton, during the board's Jan. 5 standing committee meeting.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=264

IBM Donates Web Accessibility Platform to Open Source Eclipse Foundation

Date posted to site: January 09, 2009

IBM has contributed its Accessibility Tools Framework (ACTF) to the open source Eclipse Foundation, to make it easier for developers to produce systems that can be made available to disabled web users. By using the framework, developers can create accessibility tools and applications easily and cost effectively, as they no longer need to spend time creating a tool or an application from scratch, said IBM.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=223

Commentary: How Do Health Professionals View Their Sight Impaired Patients?

Date posted to site: January 07, 2009

By Donna Jodhan

From where I sit, Health professionals in Toronto do not really think much of blind and sighted patients. As a matter of fact and based on the opinions of many, our feeling is that doctors in particular would rather not see us and deal with us as patients. Many would probably carry out their commitment and obligation to provide us with the best treatment that they could muster but we often have to wonder if given the choice, how interested are they really in helping us to receive the best treatment that this country has to offer.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/editorials/commentary.php?donna=82#skip

Rural Kids Face Crisis

Date posted to site: January 06, 2009

MENTAL HEALTH: Services aren't available in four counties

The desperation rural families face in trying to find children's mental-health services has become downright "frightening", the chief executive of the Huron-Perth Centre for Children and Youth says.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=263

In Our Shoes: BlogCastBlog IOS Radio Interview with Geof Collis

Date posted to site: January 06, 2009

Listen to a PodCast of In Our Shoes interview with Geof Collis of Badeyes Design and Consulting

Read more at
http://inourshoespodcastblog.podbean.com/2009/01/06/ios-radio-interview-with-geof-collis/

Sensory Phantoms: Dealing with the Loss of a Limb

Date posted to site: January 06, 2009

One of the hardest parts of adjusting to an amputation can be the distracting and often painful sensations from nerves that are no longer even there

Imagine having an unbearable itch that you absolutely can't scratch, or a muscle pain you cannot simply knead away. Losing a limb is devastating enough, both physically and mentally, but one of the hardest parts of adjusting to an amputation can be the distracting and often painful sensations from nerves that are no longer even there.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=219

City Hopes to Meet Accessibility Guidelines

Date posted to site: January 06, 2009

Fines could top $100K a day if standards not attained

The year 2009 may have barely begun, but city hall is already looking ahead to 2010.

By this time next year, the city will have to comply with a slew of new accessibility guidelines from the province. Already, the city has done some work to meet the "customer service" regulations that came into effect one year ago.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=262

For the Blind, Technology Does What a Guide Dog Can't

Date posted to site: January 05, 2009

T. V. RAMAN was a bookish child who developed a love of math and puzzles at an early age.

That passion didn’t change after glaucoma took his eyesight at the age of 14. What changed is the role that technology and his own innovations played in helping him pursue his interests.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=215

The Right to Mobility Aids, Accessibility in South-Eastern Europe

Date posted to site: January 05, 2009

Countries that have chosen to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) are now required to protect the right of people with disabilities to personal mobility; and to an accessible environment. But disabled people in the South-Eastern countries of Europe, such as Kosovo, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Albania, Croatia, and Hungary, are often denied the right simply to move from one place to another on the same basis as other people in their society.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=217

Help Falls Short for Home-Based Care

Date posted to site: January 03, 2009

Kids with disabilities and their families continue to suffer needlessly from shortfalls in provincial programs and services that are supposed to help them cope at home.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=261

Unequal Citizens

Date posted to site: January 03, 2009

Disabled people from all over India assembled at India Gate in New Delhi on the occasion of World Disability Day on December 3. Their demands include a separate ministry for the disabled.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=211

Rough Draft: Stop the lies, Legalize it already

Date posted to site: January 02, 2009

Imagine a naturally occurring plant that when consumed kills cancer cells, grows new brain cells, can stop seizures, relieves nausea during chemotherapy, treats pain more effectively than morphine, reduces muscle spasticity for people with multiple sclerosis, slows the onset of blindness in people with glaucoma, can treat tourettes syndrome, is impossible to overdose on, and makes people who use it really happy. It almost sounds too good to be true, yet it is. The plant is called Cannabis Sativa, or what is known on the streets as "marijuana."

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=66

Mental Health Court a Success

Date posted to site: January 01, 2009

JUSTICE: Mentally ill offenders are getting the help they need instead of simply being put in jail

At first glance, you wouldn't know the soft-spoken young man had terrorized neighbourhood children with a knife.

The 27-year-old schizophrenic is standing before Ontario Court Justice Deborah Livingstone in London's mental health court.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=260

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February

Bureaucracy At Its Best

Date posted to site: February 28, 2009

By Linda Saxon

Last week I played phone tag with the vision department of the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) attempting to locate a registered authorizer on behalf of someone who is blind.

When I finally reached an employee yesterday, I was told to contact the CNIB, which I had already done months earlier.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/editorials/commentary.php?linda=86

Experiment Sweet Music to the Deaf

Date posted to site: February 28, 2009

Scientists from Ryerson University are working on a chair that would allow the deaf to 'hear' music.

In a small Toronto tavern next week, people who cannot hear will crowd into the room to experience music.

The unusual concert, in what organizers say is the first ever concert for the deaf, is a rather public experiment by those who specialize in the science of music, who will use computers to translate audio signals into tactile sensations, along with visual projections that mimic the tempo of the music.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=389

Tax Tips With an Emphasis on Disability Issues

Date posted to site: February 26, 2009

In the next two months you will file your tax return, but will you claim all the deductions and credits that you have coming to you? Eh?

Get the scoop on the latest tax benefits for persons with disabilities, and some pointers for keeping your tax bill as low as possible.

Read more at http://www.ehwhat.ca/?page_id=15

Improved Accessibility Benefits Sport

Date posted to site: February 26, 2009

Toronto's Chris Rees will begin delivering rocks today at the Royal Kingston Curling Club in hopes of winning his fourth consecutive Ontario wheelchair curling championship.

He is one of the trailblazers for a sport that didn't even exist until five years ago.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=295

Parents Get Lesson in Teenage Depression

Date posted to site: February 26, 2009

Around 100 concerned parents attended a seminar on teen depression and anxiety at St. Ignatius of Loyola High School, Wednesday night, to learn how to help their children deal with a number of recent tragedies.

The school community has lost four Grade 12 students within less than two years - two students passed away as the result of terminal illnesses, while two others chose to end their own lives.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=296

Proactive Management is the Answer to Stressed-out Employees, report says

Date posted to site: February 25, 2009

The current economic downturn can severely impact workplace productivity unless organizations help employees deal with the added stress. This is according to a new report by Shepell-fgi, which examined employee use of Employee Assistance Programs as they relate to financial issues over the past two years.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=380

Redefining Ability

Date posted to site: February 25, 2009

If we are serious about creating a resilient future for our province, we must redefine ability.

People who apply for disability benefits are required to catalogue all the ways in which they are unable to contribute to society. To be successful in securing financial support, they must itemize all of the areas where they are unsuccessful. By the time many people have completed the application process for benefits, they have lost self-respect and self-esteem. To be worthy of disability benefits means proving that you are unworthy.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=384

BC Medical Association: ADHD-The Sleeper Illness That Affects More People Than We Realize

Date posted to site: February 24, 2009

Less than half of British Columbia's estimated 30,900 youth with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) receives either an accurate diagnosis or regular medical treatment. As well, patients properly diagnosed with ADHD have found that demand for effective health services greatly exceeds the supply. This can result in serious social consequences: crime, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, delinquency and traffic accidents; and economic consequences: more than $500 million each year just to pay for direct health, education and justice related costs.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=376

Government of Canada Issues a Call for Proposals for Projects That Remove Barriers for People With Disabilities

Date posted to site: February 24, 2009

The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced a multi-year Call for Proposals (2009-2012) focusing on projects that will improve services or accessibility for people with disabilities to fully participate in society.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=378

The Triple Whammy at Bell Sympatico

Date posted to site: February 23, 2009

By Donna J. Jodhan

Talk about a triple whammy! It is not enough that we have to deal with a knowledge gap when it comes to the technical support staff at Bell Sympatico but added to this is the language barrier and their blissful unawareness of accessibility issues. So many mainstream Canadians continue to complain bitterly about the service being provided by the technical support staff at Bell Sympatico but when you are sight impaired it makes matters thrice as difficult.

Shocker or shaker? I am not really sure what it is. Maybe just a very don't care attitude on the part of Bell Sympatico.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/editorials/commentary.php?donna=85

Guide to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines

Date posted to site: February 23, 2009

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines are developed by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). The WAI are a branch of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the organisation that provides guidelines and specifications for many web technologies.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=367

Jury Finds Iowa Department For the Blind's Guide Dog Policy Does Not Discriminate

Date posted to site: February 23, 2009

Des Moines. A Polk County jury has rejected a Des Moines woman's claim that the State of Iowa Department for the Blind discriminated against her by refusing her request to use a guide dog while she attended the Department's orientation and adjustment training program.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=369

Charities like Rotary become addicts

Date posted to site: February 23, 2009

Charlottetown Rotary, addicted to money

Love of money betrays the cause

The protests against Jerry Lewis and his MD Telethon by disability activists is typical of a charity gone wrong. The same thing is happening on Prince Edward Island(PEI) with the abuse of disabled children by Rotary, Easter Seals and CBC Charlottetown. Well meaning groups have fallen behind the times and get stuck because the money is too good. It doesn't have to be that way with Rotary on PEI and MDA don't have to abuse children either. But money is a powerful drug.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=371

Breakdown: Canada's Mental HealthCrisis a Continuing Series

Date posted to site: February 23, 2009

He switched on the light - then fell into darkness To cap a long, high-powered career, Bill Wilkerson led a campaign to transform the way corporate Canada saw mental illness in the workplace. Then as he reveals here for the first time the professional crisis manager unexpectedly slipped into crisis himself.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=374

Editorial: 'But Heads' Must Not be Allowed to Delay Implementation of the AODA Standards

Date posted to site: February 21, 2009

How do I know if I am a "But Head"? If you find yourself saying any of the following statements, in any combination or variation, then you are a "But Head".

  • Accessibility for the Disabled is very important, but at what cost
  • Sure Persons with Disabilities should have rights but we need more time.
  • No one disputes that the Disabled should be accommodated but only a handful of people have complained.
  • Accessibility is very important to us but...

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/editorials/commentary.php?geof=84

Parental Stress With Special-Needs Children

Date posted to site: February 20, 2009

Raising a child with a disability can cause more daily stress and long-range health problems than parenting a child without disabilities, finds a new study.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=364

Stimulus Bill a Victory for Disabled

Date posted to site: February 20, 2009

People with disabilities scored a major victory in the economic stimulus package signed by President Barack Obama. Businesses owned by people with disabilities are to be given consideration in stimulus contracts issued by the Secretary of the Treasury. The action is the result of efforts by U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), and Enable America, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=362

A 'lightning rod' for bank's diversity

Date posted to site: February 20, 2009

Pina D'Intino remembers the day as if it was yesterday, even though 10 years have passed.

One minute she could see everything around her, the next she was plunged into permanent darkness.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=360

Government of Canada Breaks Down Barriers to Accessibility in Calgary

Date posted to site: February 20, 2009

The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced Government of Canada support through the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) to the North East Centre of Community Society (NECCS).

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=357

LSAC Discriminates Against Blind Law School Applicants

Date posted to site: February 20, 2009

National Federation of the Blind Sues Law School Admissions Council for Inaccessible Web Site and LSAT Preparation Materials

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=355

Public Review for the Initial Proposed Employment Accessibility Standard

Date posted to site: February 19, 2009

The proposed standard for Employment Accessibility was developed by an external Employment Accessibility Standards Development Committee (SDC).

This external committee included representatives from the disability community as well as the public and private sectors. The SDC's initial proposed standard is now posted for public review and feedback. The initial proposed standard does not necessarily reflect the point of view of the government.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=293

Rebuilt With MoreAccess

Date posted to site: February 19, 2009

From the ashes of two buildings destroyed by fire have arisen facilities that are more accessible.

The Golden Acres Curling Club in Blenheim and Wendy's Restaurant on St. Clair Street in Chatham were recognized yesterday by the Chatham-Kent Accessibility Committee for becoming more accessible since both buildings were reconstructed after fires two years ago.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=292

What to do When You Meet a Sighted Person:

Date posted to site: February 19, 2009

People who use their eyes to acquire information about the world are called sighted people or "people who are sighted". Legal sight means any visual acuity greater than 20/200 in the better eye without correction or an angle of vision wider than 20 degrees.

Sighted people enjoy rich, full lives working, playing and raising families.

They run businesses, hold public offices, get arrested and teach your children!

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=353

Struggle for a Voice

Date posted to site: February 19, 2009

For well over half a century, the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) has waged an uphill battle to ensure the basic human rights afforded all Canadians are also extended to an oft-forgotten group - the estimated 600,000 men, women and children who have some form of intellectual disability.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=351#more-351

Ghotit Revolutionizes Writing Experience for People With Dyslexia

Date posted to site: February 18, 2009

Ghotit released innovative context-based spell checker enabling people with poor spelling to write correctly

February 18, 2009 -Tel Aviv, Israel - Dyslexia is the most prevalent of all known learning disabilities. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 5-15 percent of the population suffers from severe reading and writing difficulties associated with dyslexia. Dyslexics spend significant time, effort and money to improve their written communication skills.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=349

The Cycle of Dependence

Date posted to site: February 18, 2009

Trapped under Foot

The government of Ontario and other provinces across Canada recognize that many people with disabilities are unable to work and need income support in order to cover their living and medical expenses. In Ontario it's called the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and it provides a maximum amount of $900 a month, along with a monthly dental and drug voucher. On its face it sounds excellent, and it does really help those with no alternative. But needing your every need provided for is only one extreme on the entire ability spectrum.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=291

Bailouts for the Rich but What About the Rest of Us?

Date posted to site: February 16, 2009

By Donna J. Jodhan

It never ceases to amaze me that whenever times are hard, whenever the economy is down in the dumps, or whenever big business starts to cry the blues, there they are! Those big powerful global governments ever ready to bail them out! However, whenever the poor and destitute are in trouble which is almost all of the time, whenever persons with disabilities ask for help, or whenever seniors find themselves in financial or medical difficulties, then guess what? These big powerful global governments seem to ignore the desperate cries for help.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=347

POVERTY: The Poor are Sick and Tired, Study Says

Date posted to site: February 16, 2009

More money in people's pockets creates more opportunities

Being poor will make you sick or send you to an early grave at alarmingly higher rates than if you are a middle- or upper-income earner.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=290

Accessibility Could Cost City

Date posted to site: February 14, 2009

Accessibility News Note: So the excuses and delay tactics have started. Perhaps if they had started implementing years ago they could have lessened the impact instead of acting like this was a rabbit just recently pulled out of a hat by the Government. Earth to Councillors, the AODA has been coming for a long time! You cant pretend you didn't see this coming and that goes for all Municipalities in Ontario, you should have been busy yesterday!!

Meeting all of the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act could prove to be very costly to municipalities like the City of Pembroke.

Members of the planning and waterfront committee were outraged to learn during their meeting Tuesday they could be on the hook for $250,000 to $750,000 annually to provide information services which would be accessible to everyone regardless of their disability.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=286

New Website Will Offer Expertise to Parents Frustrated by Hurdles to Special Needs Help

Date posted to site: February 13, 2009

ONE of Wales' leading education lawyers has launched a website which drafts legal letters and offers expert medical opinion to help parents of children with special needs fight for better support, no matter what their income.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=345

ARCH Disability Law Centre Call For Participants!!!

Date posted to site: February 13, 2009

Are you a person with a disability living in Ontario who has comments and questions about getting legal help and services?

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=289

New Disability Regulations Could Cost City Millions

Date posted to site: February 13, 2009

Accessibility News Note: Another City bllindsided by the AODA. Where did this Law come from!! We like the way they say they have no problem with giving the Disabled rights then follow it up with a "but..."

City council has sounded the alarm over the cost to Ontario municipalities of implementing new information and communications standards under provincial disability legislation.

According to a council resolution passed on Wednesday, small cities such as Brockville face a bill of up to $3.8 million to ensure every piece of communication produced by the city is available in formats accessible to those with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=288

Disability activists call on Action for Children to withdraw autism ad

Date posted to site: February 12, 2009

LONDON - Action for Children's high-profile TV ad campaign has been slammed by a coalition of disability rights campaigners, people with autism, their parents and specialists, who have called for its withdrawal.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=341

Empowering Persons with Disabilities

Date posted to site: February 12, 2009

More than 465,000 people in the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area are currently living with a disability. As that number continues to grow, Arizonans with disabilities will have a new, large-scale resource available for their use, situated conveniently in Phoenix.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=343

Accessible websites could become a reality

Date posted to site: February 11, 2009

Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), a Bangalore-based NGO that researches on Internet's influence on families and individuals, had reported that about 99 per cent of government websites have failed in meeting with the accessibility guidelines issued by W3C (World Wide Web Consortium).

As Kanchan Pamnani speaks about web accessibility, she relates to us an old story learnt at school. A crane called his long-time friend, a wolf, for dinner and showed a tall, narrow jar that had delicious fishes in it. Unable to put its head inside and eat, the bewildered wolf returned home hungry, as the crane enjoyed putting its long beak inside the jar and tasted its content.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=336

Home Care: Ontario is Falling Short

Date posted to site: February 11, 2009

Twenty years ago the provincial Liberals made a commitment to parents of disabled children: the government would provide the necessary resources so those children could live in their own homes, with their families, instead of being institutionalized.

While millions of dollars were promised over the years for across-the-board home care and community support funding -- more than $3 million was allocated to expand services in 2006 alone -- not enough of those dollars have found their way to services for children with disabilities. As a result, parents have routinely found themselves frustrated, financially strapped and overwhelmed by their lack of access to care.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=285

U.N. Program in Atlanta Promotes Digital Access for Disabled

Date posted to site: February 11, 2009

Axel Leblois, founder and director of a United Nations program pushing for expanded digital access for the disabled.

It is a statistic that simply does not make sense to Axel Leblois. In many countries, including the United States, the unemployment rate for blind persons of working age tops 70 percent.

"And yet we know - because you can see it every day - blind persons can have fully productive lives using technology," said Mr. Leblois. "Why that gap?"

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=338

Man's Detention at Ottawa Jail a 'Tragedy'

Date posted to site: February 10, 2009

OTTAWA - A 30-year-old man with Down syndrome and bipolar disorder has been housed in a segregated cell at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre for more than two weeks, a case some say highlights a gap in the criminal justice system.

Karl Gauthier is charged with assault after an alleged incident last month involving a worker at his Nation Township group home. He is expected to remain at the jail until at least Wednesday, when he has a bail hearing.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=284

Businessman walks a mile in disability shoes

Date posted to site: February 10, 2009

Business owner Dave Neiman of St. Peter, Minnesota, has become a great deal more aware over the last six months about accessibility issues arising in his ten Arrow Ace Hardware stores.

It all started last June: "While launching a boat then with my father-in-law, I was jumping from boat to dock and just landed wrong," he said in a telephone interview. A doctor later confirmed Neiman had severely injured his Lisfranc joint, which an American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons website defines as "the point at which the metatarsal bones (long bones that lead up to the toes) and the tarsal bones (bones in the arch) connect."

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=334

Freedom Scientific Files Patent Infringement Suit against GW Micro

Date posted to site: February 10, 2009

When two of the leading producers of access technology in the blindness field have differences that can apparently be resolved only in federal court, blind consumers deserve to know what is going on. How might the dispute affect this small market? Will the actions of either party influence consumer access to diverse, responsive, and competitive products in the U.S. and international blindness communities?

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=332

Can We Really Look to the Canadian Human Rights Commission(CHRC) for Leadership?

Date posted to site: February 09, 2009

By Donna J. Jodhan

In the eyes of many Canadians, the CHRC's role should be one of leadership and protection when it comes to ensuring that the rights of special needs Canadians are protected. However, based on my experiences with this esteemed agency over the past four years, I am going to have to burst the bubble. I do not think that many Canadians with disabilities would be too shocked to hear this but I do believe that the mainstream Canadian would be.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=327

Disability-related Simulations: If, When, and How to Use Them in Professional Development

Date posted to site: February 09, 2009

Abstract: Increasing numbers of students with disabilities participate in mainstream pre-college classes in preparation for higher education. Many educators and administrators have limited knowledge about specific accommodations that can facilitate learning for students with disabilities. Professional development has the potential to increase their knowledge and skills in this area. Simulations of disability experiences, such as completing tasks while covering eyes or sitting in a wheelchair, have sometimes been used to show learners what it is like to have a disability. This form of training has been criticized as inappropriate in the context of emerging paradigms of disability studies, which leads to the question: "Is the use of disability-related simulations ever appropriate?" In this article, we explore positive and negative aspects of disability-related simulations; paradigm shifts regarding approaches to disability studies; implications for training educators and administrators, and examples of disability awareness activities that maximize positive outcomes.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=329

Blindness, Cerebral Palsy Can't Stop Him

Date posted to site: February 09, 2009

Wrestler Jeremy Stanley is all business once he takes his glasses off.

The 17-year-old grappler, who has cerebral palsy and is legally blind, has a focused glare as the referee guides him to the centre of the squared circle. A quick handshake with his opponent and he's ready to go.

His matches don't last long. As a rookie with limited physical abilities, he has a tough time against his able-bodied foes. But he's learning fast and refuses to give up.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=283

Scugog Mayor Sounds Warning Again On New Accessibility Rules

Date posted to site: February 06, 2009

SCUGOG -- The municipality's business community was once again urged Monday by Scugog's mayor to give some thought to costly new accessibility regulations that must be implemented in coming years.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=282

CloseUp: Disability and Employment

Date posted to site: February 06, 2009

when news of mass layoffs became unavoidable. We had to ask ourselves, if it's difficult for millions of able-bodied Americans to find and keep employment, what is the situation like for people with disabilities (PWD)?

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=321

Social Networks 'Could Be More Accessible'

Date posted to site: February 05, 2009

More could be done to improve the accessibility of social media website design, according to a new report.

The publication from the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C's) Workshop on the Future of Social Networking, which explored several aspects of the social media sector, suggested that a number of sites make heavy use of CAPTCHA-based authentication, which can be difficult for some to use.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=319

Massive Disability Employment Survey and Business Case Released

Date posted to site: February 05, 2009

News release from ODEP 1/09/2009

Findings of most extensive employer survey ever on people with disabilities released by U.S. Labor Department's Office of Disability Employment Policy

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=317

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) Is a Worldwide Environmental Health Crisis

Date posted to site: February 04, 2009

By now, most people are fully aware of global pollution, toxic chemicals, and have heard, about Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)/ Environmental Sensitivities(ES). What they do not know is the emergency and seriousness of this public health problem which is spreading daily at an alarming rate worldwide and the terrible sufferings of the millions of people, including, children, all over the world, victims of this chemically triggered disease, which has destroyed their lives.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=315

A comedy of errors

Date posted to site: February 03, 2009

By Donna J. Jodhan

President John F. Kennedy once said: "An error is not a mistake until you refuse to correct it." A Catholic priest recently said in his sermon: "Mistakes cannot be erased." However you choose to define it and however you choose to view the present situation; in my humble opinion, the CNIB is guilty of having committed several mistakes, errors, and faupas for too many years. No one should have been really shocked or shaken when this organization announced last week that Jim Sanders's replacement is going to be a sighted person. We should have read the writing on the wall when the CNIB amended its bylaws in late September of 2008 to allow the hiring of a sighted person to hold its highest office. No shocker, no shaker! A disgrace? Definitely so! A comedy of errors? Definitely so!

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=311

OPTA to Develop Accessibility Training Module for Taxi Industry

Date posted to site: February 03, 2009

(Toronto, January 30, 2009) The Ontario Public Transit Association, or OPTA, announces that it will develop training for taxi drivers to fulfill the training requirements of the new Accessibility Standards for Customer Service, the first of five accessibility standards to be developed under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. This initiative is a partnership between OPTA, OTEC - Training and HR Solutions, and the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario (ADO) through the EnAbling Change Partnership Program.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=281

Video Description Petition

Date posted to site: February 03, 2009

To: Disney

My name is Nicole Torcolini. I thoroughly enjoy the movies that the company produces. However, lately, a problem has developed that causes myself and thousands of others to not only not fully enjoy movies but to even find watching movies frustrating.

You might ask how this could possibly be. I and thousands of others are blind. We cannot enjoy movies if the movies do not have video description tracks (an extra track, added onto the main soundtrack, of narrations of key visual elements, such as actions, costumes, gestures, and scene changes), the exclusion of which has now become the norm with the transition to DVD's.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=313e

Human Rights Issued Reviewed

Date posted to site: February 02, 2009

With changes to the province's human rights legislation employers can expect increased complaints and costs, according to a lawyer specializing in labour and employment law.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=280

Some Technology Leaves The Blind Behind

Date posted to site: February 02, 2009

For those who can't rely on vision or hearing to guide their navigation of consumer electronics devices, doing simple tasks can become a huge challenge. Meanwhile, the price of many of the devices created specifically for the blind or deaf is anything but accessible -- and would give most consumers sticker shock.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=309

Deafblind Adults Taste Independence; A Different World

Date posted to site: February 02, 2009

A gentle touch to her chin relays the question: Are you hungry?

Being asked the question, any question is remarkable for Lynn Todd who transferred to the new DeafBlind Ontario residence in Kitchener last March, the first time the 52-year-old has lived outside a government institution since childhood.

"She's starting to gain independence, make choices: what to do today, what to wear," explained Susan Manahan, community manager for DeafBlind Ontario Services. "She's deciding if she wants a coffee and a muffin or a piece of toast. It used to be just handed to her. This concept of choice is huge."

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/deaf_articles.php?deaf=279

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March

Backed Into a Treatment Corner

Date posted to site: March 31, 2009

IMAGINE YOU live in a small town, and your son is found to have a brain tumor. Faced with such a devastating illness, you would not hesitate to find the means to get to a medical center, even if it were in a city more than an hour from your home. You probably would search for high-quality specialists to provide the best care possible.

But consider that your son has another serious illness affecting his brain, but one you cannot see on a scan. I am referring to serious mental illness. Rather than assuming that this child deserves to have access to the same specialized care, our culture has colluded in the belief that a primary care doctor will be an acceptable provider of care.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=471

Canadian Transportation Agency Releases Guide for Travellers with Disabilities

Date posted to site: March 31, 2009

OTTAWA, March 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, the Canadian Transportation Agency released the new publication Take Charge of Your Travel at its Accessibility Advisory Committee meeting in Ottawa.

This free guide provides information for persons with disabilities that will help plan their travel and make it easier to get from point A to point B. It describes accessible services and features for travellers with disabilities who use airplanes and trains, as well as passenger ferries and buses that cross a Canadian or provincial border.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=474

Discrimination at Wheeltrans

Date posted to site: March 30, 2009

By Donna J. Jodhan

Well! Well! A real example of first degree discrimination right here within our own community and you can call this a real shocker. I can't count the times when someone has asked me why I do not take Wheeltrans services and when I tell them that I have been refused service because I am visually impaired, the shock is real and disbelieving! I think that many Canadians and even those living in Toronto would be truly disgusted if they were to know that the Wheeltrans organization does not cater to blind and visually impaired persons. Now, Wheeltrans can come back by saying that blind and visually impaired persons living in Toronto are blessed to have those ever-handy TTC bus passes and this is quite true but there is one major drawback to all of this.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/editorials/commentary.php?donna=89

Are Your Curb Ramps Really ADA Compliant?

Date posted to site: March 30, 2009

Most municipalities have implemented features required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but many of these features fall short of ADA compliance. With a little background knowledge of the ADA and its standards, facilities managers (fms) can alleviate some of the most common problems that occur when installing curb ramps.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=469

Accessible Websites Make Good Business Sense

Date posted to site: March 28, 2009

By: Geof Collis

You've taken the time to put together your business website. All of the players--the designer, programmer and marketing--have done their part, and the site is now launched. You did everything right.

Or did you? Did you take into account accessibility? Usability?

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=462

Children's Mental Health Ontario disappointed in budget

Date posted to site: March 27, 2009

TORONTO, March 26 /CNW/ - Children and youth across Ontario suffering from mental health issues and their families find little to cheer about in the Ontario budget. "We had hoped that the government would have recognized the increased pressure on our budgets as families struggle to manage in this difficult economy" said Glen Newby, president of Children's Mental Health Ontario. "Instead, we are once again asked to do more, with stagnant funding."

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http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=314

Back In the Driver's Seat

Date posted to site: March 27, 2009

Dan Harvey is not your typical motorist.

Western FIMS student Dan Harvey is thrilled to be behind the wheel of his one-of-akind joystick-operated van - a Canadian first. Driving his newly acquired van through congested London streets, Harvey, a quadriplegic, is just happy to be in the driver's seat. Operating the machine solely by a joystick device, his new wheels are currently the only one of its kind in Canada.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=315

Embarrass Politicians Into Action: Ombudsman

Date posted to site: March 26, 2009

SAINT JOHN - Ombudsman Bernard Richard had no answers for those who attended a conference on access to mental health services Tuesday. But Richard, who is also the province's child and youth advocate, encouraged people to keep pushing and do what he does, embarrass politicians into taking action.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=459

HumanWare and ReadHowYouWant Join Forces to Bring Books to Visually Impaired Readers

Date posted to site: March 26, 2009

Sydney, Australia, March 11, 2009-HumanWare, the leader in assistive technologies for people with print disability, and digital publishing innovator ReadHowYouWant are partnering to help visually impaired readers discover the book reading device, and the format that's right for their reading needs.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=457

City Infrastructure Awaits Accessibility Rules

Date posted to site: March 25, 2009

'It's going to mean a big change in how we do things'

By Jan. 1, 2025, public and private businesses will have to comply with the standards laid out under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

And while some of those standards are still in the process of being created, others have been established and await implementation across the province. The legislation will establish standards with respect to goods, services, facilities, accommodation, employment, buildings, structures and premises.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=313

News Flash: PDF Files CAN be Accessible!

Date posted to site: March 25, 2009

Accessibility News Note: The operative word here is "CAN", it does not mean that any pdf document you pump out is automatically accessible, just like building accessible websites, you need to know how to make them accessible and even if they are you still need to offer up alternat formats.

By, Suzanne Cohen Share, M.A.

I was asked to be a guest speaker to discuss Internet Accessibility in the nation's capital, Ottawa. While writing my speech, I was about to use PDF files as an example of documentation that is not accessible for people with vision or hearing loss. I spoke to the conference organizers who told me that a focus of the conference was to demonstrate how PDF files can be accessible. I stayed at the conference and true to the organizers words; demonstrations for programmers explained Adobe's accessibility features.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=455

Disability - Why is it the Problem of Those with Disabilities?

Date posted to site: March 24, 2009

Our society's progress on the rights of persons with disabilities is likely akin to what the rights of African-Americans were before Rosa Parks did her famous stand down on the city bus and refused to move to the back, as they were required then. African-Americans received a major boost with the election of President Barack Obama. I am not saying things are now perfect for this group, as still there is far too much poverty, too much racism and too much violence in this population. However, they are many steps away from the rights of persons who are differently abled?

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=452

Lexmark Application Facilitates Easy Printing for the Visually Impaired

Date posted to site: March 24, 2009

Most companies nowadays are equal opportunity employers - meaning their criteria for selecting employees do not include factors such as race, sexual orientation or disability.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=450

CNIB has Turned its Back on Blind Canadians, Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians Charges

Date posted to site: March 23, 2009

"The CNIB, founded in 1918 to assist blind Canadians, continues to turn its back on those Canadians it was established to assist," charges Robin East of Saskatoon, the President of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians, a national organization of rights holders who are blind, deaf-blind and partially blind.

The AEBC says the CNIB's lack of consultation with blind Canadians, fundraising campaigns that demean their clients, and now the appointment of a sighted CEO, have left blind Canadians frustrated and in search of alternative sources of the services they need.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=446

Targets of Schemes and Scams

Date posted to site: March 23, 2009

By Donna J. Jodhan

We are living in a world where schemes and scams continue to spiral out of control. There was a time when one could probably venture to say that seniors and persons with disabilities were probably relatively safe from schemes and scams; but not anymore and as we continue to deal with hard economic times, you are going to see that schemers and scammers are not going to discriminate when they choose their targets. Many Canadians would probably be shocked if they really knew how often seniors and persons with disabilities fall to those seedy individuals with their get rich quick schemes and scams with smoking mirrors but I am hear to tell them that this is no shocker. As a matter of fact, seniors and persons with disabilities are probably the favourite targets of many schemers and scammers.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=448

EnAbling Change Partnership Program

Date posted to site: March 23, 2009

Ontario is making progress on its plan to be fully accessible to people with disabilities by 2025. There are changes ahead for all of us and we want to make sure that organizations and businesses are ready for them.

Many of Ontario's businesses and organizations know the value of accessibility. They know that improving accessibility isn't just the right thing to do - it's the smart thing to do. More accessibility means more:

Through the EnAbling Change Partnership Program, we are working with non-profit organizations to provide funding for projects that will improve accessibility for people with disabilities.

Are you a non-profit organization interested in partnering with us to improve accessibility? Find out how to apply.

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http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=311

A Guide to the Canadian Human Rights Act

Date posted to site: March 23, 2009

The Canadian Human Rights Commission deals with allegations of discrimination against federally regulated employers, unions and service providers. When possible, the Commission encourages parties to try to resolve such allegations through alternative dispute resolution (ADR). The Commission can help parties resolve disputes informally, as soon as they are brought to its attention, or after a formal complaint has been filed. If the parties cannot resolve the matter themselves, the Commission may investigate the allegations and ask the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to hold hearings.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=444

Cost Prevents Wheelchair-accessible Cabs

Date posted to site: March 23, 2009

Red tape aside, city officials are likely to find one major obstacle to shepherding wheelchair-accessible taxis into existence in SD&G and Akwesasne: the cost.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=312

Ontario Boosts Funding for Autism Treatment

Date posted to site: March 21, 2009

Another 210 children to receive specialized treatment this year

The province is kicking in another $12 million to provide specialized autism treatment for 210 more children this year, but critics say the announcement does little to clear the massive waiting list or address the issue of school-based therapy.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=310

Accessibility Will Improve Housing Market

Date posted to site: March 20, 2009

"New Homes This Way" read the gyrating sign, with an arrow pointing just up the street to a new housing development. As Bill and his wife Jill waited for the light to change so they could go about their day, their attention shifted - not to the gyrating sign itself, but to the day-glow purple shaggy gorilla suit incasing an exuberantly dancing person on the street corner twirling the large sign. As they laughed at the comical sight, they were instantly hooked, (the developer's ploy had worked!) and they soon found themselves in the parking lot just outside the model homes.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=440

Education About Toxic Vaccines is Sweeping the Nation

Date posted to site: March 20, 2009

Public awareness about problems associated with childhood vaccines is paramount. Concern is spreading like wild-fire. Parents across the country are not just going with the flow; they are questioning the issues of safety, efficacy and lack of long-term studies that the medical community continues to ignore.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=437

Town Confident in Website Accessibility

Date posted to site: March 19, 2009

IT manager makes presentation before town council

Accessibility News Note: We would like to take up Mr Carpenters challenge and defy him that their website is somehow some beacon of accessibility and not to be matched. 90% of websites, public and private are not accessible and hardly something to compare itself with. The best of the worst.

As for not knowing what standards are coming, that's a crock! We know that at a minimum they will be Web Content Accessibility Guidelines(WCAG) 2.0, AA. They were in the works for a very long time and any Design firm worth their salt should have known this as the World Wide Web Consortium(W3C) recommended a long time ago, before they became the new standard, that sites should be designed with WCAG 2.0 in mind.

As for Wired Solutions, we wrote an article with Companies like this in mind at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/editorials/commentary.php?geof=57 called "Beware The Charlatans.

Unfortunately until the Province has some real enforcement of the AODA Standards, Mr. Carpenter and Wired Solutions can claim that the site passes Priority 2 plus on their "Accessibility" page, but that isn't true.

Amherstburg Taxpayers, prepare to open you wallets later on down the road for a retrofit and dont let it be said that Accessibility News and Linda Saxon didn't warn you.

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http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=308

Cost Shouldn't Be an Excuse

Date posted to site: March 19, 2009

But some wonder how far back retro-fitting facilities should go

The idea of equal access for the disabled people in Ontario might be a notion everyone can support, but the issue of how we can afford it is one that creates a lot of disagreement.

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http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=309

The Government of Canada Supports Seniors in Niagara West and Flamborough

Date posted to site: March 18, 2009

DUNDAS, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 17, 2009) - Mr. Dean Allison, Member of Parliament for Niagara West-Glanbrook, and Mr. David Sweet, Member of Parliament for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, today announced federal support for the Disabled and Aged Regional Transportation System and for Flamborough Information Community Services under the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=307

Creating Win-Win Opportunities for Success in the Workplace

Date posted to site: March 17, 2009

OTTAWA, March 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Employers say, "It works for us!"

Employers in the skilled trades say making accommodations enables their employees to be more effective at the workplace. Greater awareness, however, about the advantages of making workplace accommodations is needed.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=434

Big Bucks No End to Barriers

Date posted to site: March 16, 2009

by Linda Saxon

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty's visit to Amherstburg to announce $15.7 million for a recreation complex that "showed imagination and heart," does not change my opinion that the Town needs to be more committed to the removal of barriers.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/editorials/commentary.php?linda=88

Are Agencies Really Acting in Our Best Interest?

Date posted to site: March 16, 2009

By Donna J. Jodhan

This question has lingered in my mind for many years now and it is a very troubling one. I know that there are many persons with disabilities who continue to ask the same question and I am afraid that the reader may not like the answer. That is, if you are a person with a disability, you would most likely agree with me but for the mainstream reader, you may be either surprised or dare to call me a pessimist or even a grouch or maybe something stronger.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=432

Inclusive Home Design Act Introduced

Date posted to site: March 16, 2009

CHICAGO - Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago applauds the introduction of new federal legislation called the Inclusive Home Design Act (IHDA). The new legislation, introduced on March 10 by U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky, will dramatically increase the number of homes accessible to people with disabilities.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=430

Editorial: Who Among Us is 'Level Headed'?

Date posted to site: March 14, 2009

Do you consider yourself "Level Headed"?

First we heard from the "But Heads" and their excuses about needing more time to implement the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), now it appears they've morphed into the "Level Headed", wondering out loud what "Level of Accessibility" can we afford.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/editorials/commentary.php?geof=87

Vancouver Sets Standard for Disabled Access

Date posted to site: March 13, 2009

Three years ago, when spectators using wheelchairs tried to get to and from the cross-country venue at the Turin Winter Paralympics, they found themselves stranded by a gulf of mud.

The lack of access irritated International Paralympic Committee president Sir Phil Craven, who was among the stranded. He ordered mats be put down over the mud and around Sestriere, the Italian mountain village that was playing host to some of the Paralympic events.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=428

Can London Afford to be Fully Accessible?

Date posted to site: March 12, 2009

Accessibility News Note: The "But Heads" are at it again. Same story different Municipality. It's either Accessible or its not, stop trying to cloud the issue.

Despite high costs, it's a question of equality

Should everyone be afforded the same level of accessibility to both public and private places? And if so, what should that level of accessibility be?

If you ask Jeff Fielding, London's chief administrative officer or other members of city staff, they would agree everyone deserves equal access. However, none of them is prepared to say what that level of service might be and just how much it is going to cost Londoners - but the number could easily be in the tens-of-millions-of-dollars.

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http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=302

The CEO Poll: Work and Disability

Date posted to site: March 12, 2009

Canadian Business Leaders on Barriers to Employment

People with disabilities have higher unemployment rates in Canada than those individuals without disabilities. A recent web poll conducted by COMPAS Inc. asked CEOs about the biggest barriers to employment. The largest obstacle, according to the 106 respondents, is the on-site costs of accommodating people with disabilities. The "interpersonal complexities" and the perception that an employee with a disability may be less skilled, rounded out the top three challenges.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=423

The Team That Takes on Mental Crises

Date posted to site: March 12, 2009

OTTAWA-Heather Lightfoot, who works on the front lines of the city's mental-health system, has learned to be prepared for all kinds of curious sights when she steps inside her patients' homes: newspapers piled to the ceiling, toilet-paper rolls stockpiled in rooms, empty food cans littered everywhere.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=300

Visually Impaired People's Access To Employment: Summary Of Findings

Date posted to site: March 12, 2009

This summary report presents findings from Network 1000 Survey 2. The data was collected during interviews with 503 visually impaired people of working age between November 2006 and January 2007. All the participants were registered as either blind or partially sighted and lived in Great Britain. Sampling and analysis accounted for the age distribution of the visually impaired population.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=425

RE: Press Release: Human Rights Afronts -Response to CBC National Segment 'Leave Timmys Alone'

Date posted to site: March 12, 2009

In further response to comments that were posted to CBC The National in regards to the segment "Leave Timmys Alone" Gerald Parker of Beyond Ability International, past member of multiple provincial task forces on accessibility and an internationally respected accessibility and human rights expert, "wants every one to know that the Ontario Human Rights Commission is allowing Tim Horton's and others like McDonalds to thumb their collective noses at Canada's human rights laws and its very own rulings".

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=301

Man Running to Raise Awareness on Mental Health

Date posted to site: March 12, 2009

Wayne Cho didn't know until he was 30 that he suffered from anxiety. Now four years later, the Toronto native is running across Canada to raise awareness for anxiety and depression-and to help shatter the stigma around anxiety and depression.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=303

CUPE Members Tell McGuinty: Keep Your Promise to Persons With a Developmental Disability

Date posted to site: March 12, 2009

Accessibility News Note: Premier McGuinty wouldn't screw the Disabled would he? After all he's never lied to us before and broken a promise, unless you want to count that little white lie he told the families of Autistic children.

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Frontline developmental service workers have launched a campaign calling on Premier Dalton McGuinty and Finance Minister Dwight Duncan to keep their government's funding promise to persons with developmental disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=304

Canada's Supreme Court Declines To Hear Appeal On Free Seats For Disabled Fliers

Date posted to site: March 10, 2009

Obese Passengers Must Also Be Given Extra Seat

In a judicial precedent that may have implications for US law, Canada's Supreme Court declined Sunday to hear an appeal filed by Air Canada and WestJet, arguing the airlines shouldn't be forced to give disabled and morbidly obese passengers an extra seat for free.

Canada's National Post reports the court's decision not to intervene in the November 2008 ruling ends a six-year legal battle over the "one-person, one fare" pricing strategy... stating in essence that airlines should charge per person onboard their planes, and not per seat.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=421

University of Central Florida Study: Hyperactivity Enables Children With ADHD to Stay Alert

Date posted to site: March 10, 2009

A new University of Central Florida study may explain why children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder move around a lot -- it helps them stay alert enough to complete challenging tasks.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=417

Travelers With Disabilities: The Untapped Market

Date posted to site: March 10, 2009

When most people think about accommodating people with disabilities in their business they get a scared feeling in their gut and their mind scrambles to search for that all-important date when the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) went into effect. It doesn't have to be that way! When business owners open their eyes and start to realize that there are literally billions of dollars to be made in the accessible travel market, I believe we will start to remove the fear associated with the ADA.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=419

Job Discrimination Claims Rise to Record Levels

Date posted to site: March 10, 2009

In wake of recent layoffs, complaints for 2008 up 15 percent

When Hans Bongers was laid off from Tesla Motors Inc. in late February, he began to suspect it was his age that may have landed him a pink slip.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=414

Is IKEA Missing the Boat?

Date posted to site: March 09, 2009

By Donna J. Jodhan

Here in Toronto many seniors and persons with disabilities continue to face a very challenging problem and that is: large furniture stores and departmental chains are still not willing to provide services to deliver, assemble and remove large appliances and furniture. If you are able-bodied, can drive, and can assemble purchased items for yourself then lucky for you; but for those of us who are unable to drive, and who have difficulty assembling purchased items we are out of luck. Shocker or shaker? No shocker or shaker but rather disgusting that stores such as IKEA are managing to get away with it but hold on!

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=411

Your Little Texting Runt May Not Be Illiterate

Date posted to site: March 09, 2009

A friend of mine recently showed me a text message from her boyfriend. "I luv u," it said. As she cooed over his ability to access his deepest feelings, I wondered whether he might access the deeper fact that three fewer letters do not make the romance greater.

However, there is now vast hope for all those who send texts with stunted spellings. And for their children.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=408

Why a National Mental Health Strategy Is Critical to Preventing Future Tragedies

Date posted to site: March 07, 2009

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA - The Schizophrenia Society of Canada (SCC) extends its sympathy to both the McLean family and the Li family as they struggle to come to terms with the tragic incident around the death of Timothy McLean.

The Schizophrenia Society of Canada remains concerned about the negative or limited information that exists regarding individuals with schizophrenia and psychosis. This has been evident in the recent case of Vincent Li.

Since 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime, and 1 in 100 people will be diagnosed with schizophrenia, it raises the issue for reflection on the nature of mental illnesses including what they are and what they are not in regards to symptoms, treatment and risks of violence.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=404

Thought-propelled wheelchair developed in Italy

Date posted to site: March 07, 2009

Italian researchers have developed a wheelchair that obeys mental signals sent to a computer, they said Friday.

The researchers at Milan's Polytechnical Institute artificial intelligence and robotics laboratory took three years to develop the system, Professor Matteo Matteucci told AFP.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=406#more-406

To stakeholders serving Ontarians with disabilities:

Date posted to site: March 06, 2009

Elections Ontario is the non-partisan agency responsible for the administration of provincial elections, by-elections and referenda.

As a result of recent amendments to the Election Act, Ontario's Chief Electoral Officer, Greg Essensa, introduced new voting technology as a pilot at advance polls in the Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock by-election. Vote Tabulators served to count all votes electronically at advance polls while allowing electors with disabilities to cast their ballot independently.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=298

Landmark Lawsuit Against Los Angeles for Failure to Include PWDs in Disaster Planning

Date posted to site: March 05, 2009

A lawsuit was filed in Federal Court against the City of Los Angeles and County of Los Angeles to address their failure to adequately plan to meet the needs of people with disabilities in an emergency. The suit highlights a national problem, and one made especially evident during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, during which people with disabilities had their lives put at risk because of a lack of planning for this vulnerable population. The case is one of the first of its kind in the country and the most comprehensive filed to date.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=402

Teen Dies Following Lack of Adequate Mental Health Services

Date posted to site: March 04, 2009

Correctional Investigator Continues to Urge Action to Address High Number of Preventable Deaths in Custody

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, Mar 03, 2009 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- A report released by Mr. Howard Sapers, Correctional Investigator of Canada, into the death of Ashley Smith finds the teenager died following the inability of federal and provincial health care and correctional systems to provide her with the care, treatment and support she desperately needed. Addressing Ms. Smith's specific time in the care and custody of the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), the corrections Ombudsman said a culmination of failures contributed to the 19 year old's death at the Grand Valley Institution for Women, Kitchener Ontario,

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=400#more-400

Common Vision Problem Often Misdiagnosed As ADHD

Date posted to site: March 04, 2009

If you think your child had ADHD or a learning problem, it could be a commonly misdiagnosed vision problem that glasses won't fix.

Inattention, inability to focus, lack of interest in academic activities--they're symptoms frequently associated with ADHD.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=398

Collaborative to Develop Online Game for MS Population

Date posted to site: March 03, 2009

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the health benefits of gaming, particularly regarding the ability of games to maintain or improve cognitive function. Games have been developed for people with chronic conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, however nothing has ever been created specifically for people living with Multiple Sclerosis.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=396

Sidewalk Snow Clearing Program Urged

Date posted to site: March 03, 2009

For all the times his motorized wheelchair has been stuck this winter in snow on London sidewalks, Tyler Campbell has had time to reconsider why he left northern Ontario only to come to a city where more often than not he felt trapped by winter.

"I moved here to London and I thought it will have more accessibility and opportunity, but this winter I have been very discouraged."

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=297

Making Decisions Without Dated Information

Date posted to site: March 02, 2009

By Donna J. Jodhan

This is the story of my life! Every time I go to analyze my ever shrinking investments, or request information from a Governmental department, I have to wait weeks before receiving the requested information. Last year for example, I phoned the 1800 ocanada phone number and requested a copy of the Health Canada guidelines and do you know how long I had to wait before it arrived? Three long and agonizing months! Shocker or shaker? Maybe a shocker to the mainstream Canadian but no shocker or shaker to blind and visually impaired Canadians.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=393

Bligh and Springborg Breaking the Law: disabled

Date posted to site: March 02, 2009

Premier Anna Bligh and LNP leader Springborg may have violated federal and international law with their respective web sites says a Brisbane man who is lodging a complaint with the Human Rights Commission.

Les Kerr, who is vision-impaired, is filing complaints against both major parties because neither website complies with federal guidelines on website accessibility for the disabled.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=391

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April

Children Not Getting Help They Need

Date posted to site: April 29, 2009

Ontario needs to introduce a provincewide child and youth mental health plan if the system is going to be pulled out of crisis, provincial opposition MPPs say.

"It's what needs to happen if we're going to get the kind of dedicated resources and consistent services across the province," said Andrea Horwath, NDP leader and Hamilton Centre MPP.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=331

New Tool Helps Safeguard Mental Health of Employees

Date posted to site: April 28, 2009

A new evidence-based tool for employers looking to improve mental health and safety in their workplaces was released on April 20 by the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace.

Guarding Minds @ Work, developed by researchers at the Burnaby, British Columbia-based Simon Fraser University, provides employers with tools to assess the psychological well-being of their workplaces, implement changes to problem areas and evaluate their programs.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=548

Orillia Man Qualified for Prestigious Run on Prosthetic Leg - 'I'm Smoking Fast'

Date posted to site: April 28, 2009

Marathon runner and motivational speaker Rick Ball has a surefire way to wake up the students he frequently speaks to about his life.

"When I am about to lose their attention about halfway, I take off my leg and hand it around."

The curved prosthetic, called a Flex-Run, is made by Iceland-based company Ossur and is used for long-distance running.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=330

The 'R' Word: Still Toxic, Even if You Don't Say it Out Loud

Date posted to site: April 28, 2009

Imbeciles, subhumans, morons, village idiots, fools, retards.

Never mind what Mamma used to tell you. Sticks and stones may break your bones but names will always hurt you.

Big, enduring hurts that can't be mended by plaster casts. Hurts that leave deep scars and drain confidence. Hurts that create outcasts of people who have much to contribute and from whom we have much to learn.

Ask anyone with an intellectual disability what it's like to be mocked and you will uncover wounds that are almost impossible to heal. They endure no matter how much money or stature a family has.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=543

The Growing Disability Divide, is anyone listening?

Date posted to site: April 27, 2009

By Donna Jodhan

What exactly is the disability divide and why am I so up in arms these days about this? The disability divide refers to the gap between what is available on the Internet to the mainstream person and what can be accessed by those with disabilities. To those stakeholders and others who are closely familiar with this topic, this comes as no shocker nor shaker and the best that we can hope for now is to work extra hard to convince website owners and content developers to change their approach and attitude.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/editorials/commentary.php?donna=92

Full Accessibility by 2025: Will Your Business Be Ready?

Date posted to site: April 27, 2009

It won't be long before companies in the province of Ontario, like companies in some other jurisdictions around the world, will be obliged by law to accommodate people with disabilities. These authors, who have extensive experience in researching and implementing workplace disability programs and initiatives, provide a concise and comprehensive "how to" for organizations on everything from defining "disability" to meeting their ultimate obligations.

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http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=329

Service Gives Disabled Their 'Freedom' Back

Date posted to site: April 24, 2009

COBOURG -- If Cobourg Transit issued Air Miles for trips using the town's options, Jerry Ford would definitely be counted in the frequent flyer category.

Mr. Ford, a disabled Cobourg resident who is in a wheelchair, said the addition of an accessible taxi service to supplement the WHEELS bus service to match the town's conventional transit service operation hours, has opened a whole new world to him.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=328

Kingston's Access Transit Workers Striking Over Lack of Access to Lunch Room!

Date posted to site: April 24, 2009

According to Ottawa Community Advocate Catherine Gardner, on April 16th, Kingston's Access Service workers walked off the job and left over 3800 disabled residents & visitors without any means of transportation to medical appointments, work, shopping etc.

Read more at
http://catherinegardner.ca/blog/?p=418

Large Format Ballots to Aid Vision Impaired Voters in Oregon

Date posted to site: April 24, 2009

OakTree Digital announces it is working with the Oregon Secretary of State to create an automated process for creating Large Print Ballots (LPB) for voters with visual impairments. The system will allow county elections officials to distribute Large Print Ballots (LPB) to individual voters who request them.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=535

Study finds volunteering benefits health

Date posted to site: April 22, 2009

As finals week grows ever nearer, many college students are wondering what to do with themselves over the summer months. Whether we are graduating or not, the economy has had a significant effect on the number of internships and job opportunities that are available this summer.

If you still haven't decided what your summer will bring or if you have a few months off before beginning a job, I would highly recommend seeking out a volunteer position to fill your time.

Volunteering is a great way to enhance your résumé and can give you a sense of pride and accomplishment, but it can also improve your health.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=519

Open Letter to Dr. Keith Martin Regarding the Use of Medical Marijuana

Date posted to site: April 22, 2009

To The Honourable Dr. Keith Martin:

As sick and dying federally authorized medical marijuana consumers, we wish to bring to your attention the critical state of current legislation. We believe that the Medical Marijuana Access Regulations pose a risk to those of us who wish to comply with the laws and ensure the personal health and safety of ourselves and our families.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=521

Employer Terminates Disabled Employee Before Union Protection Could Be Gained

Date posted to site: April 22, 2009

In a March 9, 2009 decision, the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal(http://www.bchrt.bc.ca/decisions/2009/pdf/march/99_Mills_v_Norex_Civil_Contractors_and_Reutlinger_2009_BCHRT_99.pdf) ruled that Norwex Civil Contractors Inc. discriminated against Chris Mills on the basis of disability. In particular, the Tribunal concluded that Mr. Mills, who was actually terminated twice by Norwex, was ultimately fired the second time to prevent him from becoming a member of the company's newly formed union. Membership in the union would have protected Mr. Mills from arbitrary termination on the basis of disability.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=532

Seniors Tangled in the World Wide Web

Date posted to site: April 21, 2009

MADRID - Young people largely drove the early stages of Internet growth but in recent years the sharpest rise in Web use in developed nations has been amongst people aged 70 and over, experts said Monday.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=517

Time to Stop the Infighting

Date posted to site: April 20, 2009

By Donna J. Jodhan

Easier said than done and I do not think that anyone would be too eager to disagree with me. Infighting is nothing new when it comes to every day life; almost every group and community experiences it but for our blind and visually impaired community! It seems to be something that has become a natural habit of the day. Shocker or shaker? Neither of the two. What would be a shocker is if we all decided to stop it. If all stakeholders were to decide to stop the infighting for the sake of the children of the future.

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http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/editorials/commentary.php?donna=91

Housing Hell: Our most vulnerable living in deplorable conditions

Date posted to site: April 20, 2009

George Hallam lived and died alone in a one bedroom apartment in a building owned by the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, otherwise known as TCHC. Hallam suffered from serious mental health issues and, unable to take care of himself, he was basically left to rot in a pile of human filth in an apartment infested with cockroaches and bed bugs. When Hallam died in January, 2009, his body lay, undiscovered for days.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=327

Google Lime Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

Date posted to site: April 20, 2009

Access to knowledge is our thing. When it comes to higher education for promising scholars, we don't want anything to stand in the way. That's why we're proud to partner with Lime. Google is committed to helping the innovators of the future make the most of their talents by providing scholarships and networking retreats for computer science students with disabilities. Recipients of the Google Lime Scholarship will receive a scholarship for the 2009-`2010 academic year. Selected students will also be invited to attend the all-expenses-paid retreat at the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA, in 2010. Scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of candidates' academic background and demonstrated passion - $10,000USD for those studying in the US and $5,000CAD for those studying in Canada (based on average tuition costs).

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=512

Canadian Human Rights Tribunal: A Major Win For Persons With Disabilities!

Date posted to site: April 18, 2009

As of May 2009, residents of Ottawa who qualify for Para Transpo service will now have access to the Gatineau STO Para Transit service! This is welcome news for many persons with disabilities who reside in Ottawa who could not access their work, family gatherings, special events such as the Gatineau Balloon Festival due the lack of accessible transit in Gatineau.

On March 27th, 2005 Community Advocate Bob Brown launched a complaint with the Human Rights Commission claiming discrimination by the STO as he was not provided equal access to areas of Gatineau including the municipalities of Cantley and Chelsea due to the fact that the STO conventional drivers were not able to operate their wheelchair accessible buses (defective ramps) and to the fact that the STO Para Transit would not allow him access to their services because he was not a permanent resident of Gatineau.

Read more at
http://catherinegardner.ca/blog/?p=413

Justice Department Reaches Settlement With Philadelphia Regarding Polling Place Access For People With Disabilities

Date posted to site: April 17, 2009

WASHINGTON, April 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Justice Department today announced a settlement under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with the city of Philadelphia to greatly improve accessibility for individuals with mobility disabilities at the city's 1,200 polling places. Today's settlement is the first settlement by the Justice Department with a city focused solely on accessible polling places.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=508

Local Girl Honoured at Queen's Park During World Autism Day

Date posted to site: April 15, 2009

Carolyne Prasuhn sits in the corner of her playroom counting items and doing basic math, excitedly waiting for a token after answering a question correctly. Once she's earned enough tokens she'll get a treat of her choice.

This is the routine for Carolyne three days a week for her intensive behavioural intervention (IBI) therapy, a treatment for autism and a program she has been benefiting from for three years.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=326

Federal Autism Legislation, Bill C-360, a 'Step in the Right Direction'

Date posted to site: April 15, 2009

Autism Society Canada hopes the introduction of Federal Autism legislation will pave the way for a National Autism Strategy in Canada

House of Commons of Bill C-360, An Act to amend the Canada Health Act (Autism Spectrum Disorder). In introducing the Bill, Sudbury M.P. Glenn Thibeault said: "Yesterday was World Autism Awareness Day. I still wear my awareness pin proudly. We as parliamentarians need to work together to provide individuals with ASD and their families with the right supports."

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=503

NIAGARA LACKS SKILLED WORKERS? WHY DON'T THEY LOOK AROUND AND ASK?

Date posted to site: April 14, 2009

The Niagara Training and Adjustment Board (NTAB)(http://www.ntab.org/) under its new moniker Niagara Workforce Planning Board, has released a report on April 6, 2009, to tell the world that while we are not suffering a 'labour shortage' per se, we are suffering a shortage of skilled workers.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=325

How Safe is the TTC for Special Needs Persons?

Date posted to site: April 13, 2009

Within the last few months we have had the misfortune to witness a number of scary incidents on the TTC but what is most concerning to me is how exposed disabled travelers are to future potential incidents of pushing and shoving off the subway platforms.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/editorials/commentary.php?donna=90

New Accessibility Initiatives

Date posted to site: April 13, 2009

The St. Lawrence Parks Commission has made a number of small but important capital improvements to promote the accessibility of its attractions and parks sites, in preparation for new compliance legislation that takes effect in January, 2010. These improvements focus on increasing physical accessibility of wheelchairs and strollers and should be especially welcomed by the Commission's older guests and families who may utilize assistance devices.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=324

Kids on Drugs: The Unwarranted Medicalization of Childhood

Date posted to site: April 13, 2009

Last week BBC Radio Four reported on a care home in Kent who routinely drugged its teenage residents during the 70's and 80's. Records show that one young girl was medicated against her will over 1,200 times with a cocktail of tranquillizers, antidepressants and 'other drugs'. Whilst the focus has largely been on the long-term genetic consequences for these women's children, the wider issue of medicating young people in the first place remains a controversial one.

Mike Lindsay of the Children's Rights Alliance for England has said that "using drugs to control the behaviour of children was perfectly acceptable as far as the professional understanding at that time went," the assumption being that such methods are no longer a part of professional practice. However, in a country in which children have been deemed to be the unhappiest in the western world, GPs are now writing prescriptions for children as young as seven at the rate of 250 a day.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=500

Working Together

Date posted to site: April 10, 2009

Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley (CLUOV) recently recognized local employers who demonstrate in a meaningful way their support for an inclusive society.

Tuesday morning at the Travelodge in Pembroke, employers, self advocates and community leaders were invited to share breakfast, mingle and listen to several success stories of local inclusive employment.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=323

A Glimpse of Life on Disability Support

Date posted to site: April 09, 2009

Determined to kick off the discussion on a positive note, Christine Watts enumerated the good things about living on disability support.

"It's better than Ontario Works (welfare)," she said. There were grudging nods around the table. No one could dispute that $1,020 a month was better than $572.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=322

TransPLAN 2009 Includes Cutting Some Express Bus Routes!

Date posted to site: April 09, 2009

Dear City Councillors,

My name is Catherine Gardner and I am writing to you today in regards to the proposed TransPLAN 2009 which according to the OC Transpo website details were to be posted sometime this month.

On Apr. 2nd I attended a meeting in Crystal Beach where I was shocked by the announcement by Councillor Cullen that some express buses will be cut in September and that persons using these buses will have to travel farther to get to a commuter bus which will then get them to a 90 series bus and that their trips including wait times will take longer.

Read more at
http://catherinegardner.ca/blog/?p=407

’IN OUR SHOES' BLOGCAST TAKES GIANT LEAP FOR ACCESSIBILITY

Date posted to site: April 09, 2009

There is an old Indian proverb that goes something like, "In order to understand someone, you need to walk a mile in their shoes".

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=321

Disabled Man's Right to Travel Alone Challenged

Date posted to site: April 08, 2009

Air Canada is challenging a deaf, blind man's contention that he has the right to travel alone.

OTTAWA - In a case that balances passenger safety and the rights of the disabled, Air Canada is challenging a deaf and blind man's contention that he should be allowed to fly without an attendant.

The airline will argue in Federal Court that not allowing Eddy Morten to fly alone is justified discrimination.

Morten of Burnaby, B.C., counters that he has a system for safe air travel with his service dog, he has been self-sufficient all his life, and that he has made many past trips on planes, trains and buses.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=497

Lawyers Ready for Trek to the Pole

Date posted to site: April 07, 2009

Thunder Bay lawyer Dave Shannon was busy Sunday preparing for a trip of a lifetime. Shannon, along with fellow Thunder Bay lawyer, Chris Watkins - or Team Independence as they're calling themselves - leave Tuesday for the North Pole and he said he is starting to get antsy.

"I'm at the point where I really just want to take off now," he said over the phone Sunday afternoon.

Shannon, a quadriplegic, and Watkins, who has problems with chronic pain and arthritis, hope their journey will send a message to people around the world, especially to those living with disabilities.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=495

Disabilities: Web Site Accessibility

Date posted to site: April 07, 2009

When born in 1969, no one realized Lance Cariveau was deaf. "In fact, Lance was more than a year old before a doctor diagnosed him," said 47-year-old Yvonne Cariveau, Lance's sister, in a telephone interview. "We hadn't been able to understand why he wasn't talking or interacting well with people."

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=492

The Life and Times of a Disabled Job Seeker

Date posted to site: April 06, 2009

By Donna J. Jodhan

At the best of times, job seeking can be one of the most tedious, frustrating, and nerve racking processes but for a disabled person it can be doubly difficult.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=490#more-490

Gov't Urged to Cover Cost of Visual Alarms

Date posted to site: April 06, 2009

Deaf and hard of hearing people should be afforded the safety of visual fire alarms in all public buildings, and government programs should make such technology affordable for individuals, according to the regional director of the Canadian Hearing Society - Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand, Brant Region.

Current legislation does not address these issues and proposed legislation does not go far enough, says Chris Kenopic.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/deaf_articles.php?deaf=320

City Hall Diversity Lagging

Date posted to site: April 06, 2009

Toronto once challenged its fire and police departments to hire more women and people of colour. It was among the first in Canada to draft employment equity plans. Almost three decades later, it doesn't even know how many non-whites or women work at City Hall.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=319

Disabilities Not a Reason to Send a Person to 'Jail'

Date posted to site: April 03, 2009

On Tuesday night, on the grounds of the Ontario legislature, a group of community-living activists and former residents of institutions gathered for a candlelight vigil.

They were celebrating a historic moment in the evolution of health and social-welfare systems that occurred when, on March 31, Ontario closed the last three large institutions for people with developmental disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=318

The Price of Freedom: $4,000

Date posted to site: April 02, 2009

For a while yesterday it looked like a double-leg amputee would soon have his special wheelchair repossessed unless he coughed up $4,000.

Thanks to the power of the press it should not happen now.

But for most of yesterday I was quite sure it was headed that way.

However, as the sun set last night, thanks to some caring, high-level contacts, this will turn out to be one of those April Fool's tales after all -- one where you wake up the next day and find out it was all a bad dream.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=317

South Africa: Lessons in Life and the Power of Inclusiveness

Date posted to site: April 02, 2009

Johannesburg - ASK not what you can do for disabled people, ask what disabled people can do for you, says education consultant Norman Kunc, who presents an annual lecture series at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

"We need to realise that disabled people are a normal part of the community and ask what contribution they can make. And here's the funny thing," Kunc says, "in some instances the disabled employee benefits the employer."

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=484

Make EI Accessible and Inclusive to Canadian Women with Disabilities

Date posted to site: April 02, 2009

31 March 2009-Today, the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women and called upon the Federal Government to make EI more accessible and inclusive to women with disabilities by expanding eligibility criteria and expanding its coverage.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=482

Computer Exercise Helps Stroke Victims 'Ssee' Again

Date posted to site: April 02, 2009

A man is seen during a visual test used to monitor the quality of vision of patients before an experimental computer-based program to help stroke victims regain some sight.

Millie Sauer did not even know she had suffered a stroke until she tried to read a book as she recovered from surgery and saw only a gray blur for part of the page.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=488

Student Withdraws Complaint to Human Rights Commission

Date posted to site: April 02, 2009

Accessibility News Note: We dont normally add Comments that accompany the original article, but in this case we felt it necessary as we echo their sentiments. As far as we are concerned the CNIB is outdated and does not represent a lot of the Blind community and we resent those of you who feel it necessary to contact the CNIB to speak on our behalf, we have voices of our own.

A University of New Brunswick law student has withdrawn his complaint to the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission about lack of access to the city's Dial-a-Bus service.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=480

Canadians Living with Schizophrenia Experience Discrimination: Report

Date posted to site: April 01, 2009

REGINA -- Canadians living with schizophrenia experience discrimination, which impacts the quality of their life and the level of health care services they receive, a new report says.

The report released this week by the Schizophrenia Society of Canada calls on Canadians, health-care professionals and government to support a national mental health strategy that addresses the disparities and inequities faced daily by those living with schizophrenia and their family members.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=478

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May

USA, Canada and the EU attempt to kill treaty to protect blind people's access to written material

Date posted to site: May 30, 2009

Right now, in Geneva, at the UN's World Intellectual Property Organization, history is being made. For the first time in WIPO history, the body that creates the world's copyright treaties is attempting to write a copyright treaty dedicated to protecting the interests of copyright users, not just copyright owners.

At issue is a treaty to protect the rights of blind people and people with other disabilities that affect reading (people with dyslexia, people who are paralyzed or lack arms or hands for turning pages). This should be a slam dunk: who wouldn't want a harmonized system of copyright exceptions that ensure that it's possible for disabled people to get access to the written word?

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=616

Council Wrong About Act, Reader Says

Date posted to site: May 30, 2009

May 30, 2009

Sir:Re: Then article "Accessibility Act will cost taxpayers millions" which was carried recently in our local newspaper, the North Bay Nugget (originally printed in The Observer on May 19, 2009 under the headline "Accessibility comes with some cost").

As a member of this community and as an advocate for people with disabilities, I'd like to address some factual errors in the comments made by city councillors in Sarnia.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=351

Barriers to Justice Hold Back Disabled

Date posted to site: May 29, 2009

By 2025, every public courthouse in Ontario must be barrier-free.

It's government policy, the will of the judiciary, perhaps even a sign of the times. "We're dealing with some courthouses that are really old and decrepit, but disability issues are being taken seriously," said Justice Anne Molloy. "I think we'll see some improvement in the short term."

But even when the last ramp is built and the last Braille nameplate mounted, Ontarians with disabilities will face barriers. They won't be physical. But they'll be every bit as formidable as a flight of steps or a dark corridor.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=348

Bus Clang is Music to Disabled Persons' Ears; New Retro Prompt Alerts Passengers That a Stop Will be Announced

Date posted to site: May 29, 2009

"Clang, clang, clang went the trolley, "Ding, ding, ding went the bell, "Zing, zing, zing went my heartstrings, "As we started for Huntington Dell...."

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=612

Cobourg Downtown Falls Short on Accessibility

Date posted to site: May 28, 2009

On every aspect on which Don Ubell recently measured downtown Cobourg stores, more than half fell short of almost every accessibility guideline that will be enforced within two or three years.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=347

Action Urged for Those Suffering From Mental Illness

Date posted to site: May 28, 2009

CALGARY - One year after Joshua Lall committed the worst multiple murder-suicide in Calgary's history, his mother-in-law says people must learn to recognize the symptoms of mental illness and seek help for their problems.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=606

40 Million Americans Outside Institutions are Disabled

Date posted to site: May 28, 2009

New US Census Bureau report highlight significant disability numbers

The US Census Bureau has released fast facts about the numbers and severity of the American disability population. 40 million Americans over the age of 15 are living with a disability outside institutions. The total number exceeds 50 million.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=610

Managers Get a Taste of Life in a Wheelchair

Date posted to site: May 27, 2009

People in the private sector often underestimate the ability of public servants to think outside the proverbial box. Nine provincial government managers blew a big hole into that tired old stereotype after spending a day working from wheelchairs at their John Counter Boulevard offices.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=346

Deaf Students Demonstrate Against Inaccessibility and Inequity at Ontario Universities

Date posted to site: May 26, 2009

At a protest outside the Accessibility Services building on Wednesday at the University of Toronto (U of T), students described the inequity and inaccessibility issues Deaf people face at some Ontario universities, as they pushed for policy and budgetary changes to improve the quality of interpreter services.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/deaf_articles.php?deaf=345

Manufacturers Determine Hybrid Cars Should Have Noise Generators

Date posted to site: May 26, 2009

Sound generators will make electric and hybrid cars safer WHEN cars run on electric power they not only save fuel and cut emissions but also run more quietly.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=604

Time To Pay The Piper

Date posted to site: May 25, 2009

Accessibility News Note: Excellent read!! More of us should write letters like this telling those whiners that the time for delays is over. You've had enough time, shut up now and get busy. It's not our fault that you got blindsided by this law, obviously you've been asleep for far too long. Time to wake up and smell the coffee.

Sir:Re: "Accessibility comes with some costs" (The Observer, May 19, 2009)

I am somewhat miffed by the comments of Councillors Jon McEachran and Mike Kelch regarding the AODA, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Since confederation in 1867, 142 years ago, voluntary consideration for those with disabilities has failed miserably. Commercial, residential and government facilities have rarely, and then only grudgingly, made some accommodations for those with physical disabilities and very modest progress in accommodating those with neurological or mental disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=344

Anxiety, Depression Increasing With Fear of Job Losses, Cuts

Date posted to site: May 21, 2009

More than four in 10 employed Canadians are worried they will lose their jobs, according to a new national snapshot of Canadians' mental health.

The survey shows 36% of working adults feel more stressed now than they did a year ago -- a number that climbs as high as 40% in Ontario, and 38% in B.C. -- while one in three are experiencing trouble sleeping, overall anxiety, and suffering such ailments as muscle aches, physical tension and headaches.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=601

Accessibility Act Will Cost Taxpayers Millions - Sarnia Councillor

Date posted to site: May 21, 2009

Accessibility News Note:Where do these people come from? They use words like"foisted on", "Draconian" and they dance around discriminating against the Disability Community by pointing the finger at the Province for enacting this law when it is the Disabled who were responsible for getting it implemented in the first place. Heck, they dont even know what it will achieve! Say What? Stop your whining and get down to business now, not tomorrow and read this article Commentary: 'But Heads' Must Not be Allowed to Delay Implementation of the AODA Standards!!

SARNIA - Ontario's new accessibility laws are being implemented too quickly, without a plan, and will cost local taxpayers millions, a member of city council says.

Coun. Jon McEachran said the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act was foisted on municipalities to implement without any real idea of how much it will cost or what it will achieve.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=343

Georgia Takes Lead in Travel/Tourism for the Disabled

Date posted to site: May 20, 2009

Consider all of the frustrations that you may experience preparing for and during overseas travel. Now imagine the existence of these difficulties in addition to the challenge of being visually impaired, deaf or physically disabled. These considerations and concerns for people with disabilities have inspired public and private sector leaders in Georgia to direct efforts toward statewide travel and tourism.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=598

Don't Forsake These Teens

Date posted to site: May 18, 2009

Few political decisions could be as short-sighted as refusing necessary funding to a mental health agency for teenagers.

The Roberts/Smart Centre provides care for teenagers with serious or complicated mental-health problems. These are, by and large, young people with suicidal or aggressive tendencies, or who might cause themselves physical harm by banging their heads against walls or cutting themselves. The centre is the only one of its kind in Ottawa that provides residential care as well as day programs, and one of only two in the province with a secure unit.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=342

The State of Blindness: A Current Assessment

Date posted to site: May 18, 2009

"It's respectable to be blind." "We're changing what it means to be blind." These mantras along with several others have been passed down through the years from one blind person to another. They have been used as rallying cries to educate the public, boost the spirits of the blind people who have repeated them, and galvanize our advocacy efforts to gain our rightful place in society. They have also helped us to accept the reality that being blind is really okay in spite of conventional beliefs to the contrary.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=595

Survey To Support the Social Lives of Older Adults With Severe Visual Impairment

Date posted to site: May 18, 2009

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and North Carolina State University are conducting research on technologies to support the social lives of older adults with severe visual impairments. This research is funded by the National Science Foundation.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=593

’I am a Capital D Deaf'

Date posted to site: May 18, 2009

Advocates want better services for the deaf, not just cochlear implants

Jennifer Sooley says she's deaf, not disabled.

Through a sign language interpreter, the president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of the Deaf says society placed the disabled label on her and other deaf people, and not the other way around.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=590

Editorial: Just Another Bad Decision by the CNIB

Date posted to site: May 15, 2009

Re: Debate Stirs Over Hiring of Sighted CNIB Head

I originally started writing this Editorial about the CNIB hiring a sighted person for the top job and how it was a bad decision but quickly realized that it's not their first and wont be their last.

This organization has made so many bad mistakes in the past that one more wont change my opinion, it's just business as usual for those who make the decisions.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=584

2009 Brings ADA Changes

Date posted to site: May 15, 2009

The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) took effect on January 1, 2009. The ADAAA, which was signed by President Bush on September 25, 2008, is intended to restore Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provisions that had been eroded by a series of Supreme Court decisions.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=588

Social-Networking Sites 'Locking Users Out'

Date posted to site: May 15, 2009

But are not breaking disability discrimination laws

Social-networking websites and those based on user-generated content are "effectively locking out" disabled users, charities have said.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=586

Peel Region Approves Universal Accessibility Standards for Future Social Housing Developments

Date posted to site: May 14, 2009

BRAMPTON, ON. (May 13, 2009) - In its commitment to accessibility for all residents, Peel Regional Council has approved a report on Universal Accessibility Standards (UAS) for new social housing projects developed by the Region. The UAS was developed through a collaboration between the Region of Peel Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC), Regional staff and sector partners.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=340

City Has to Make Accessibility Changes or Face Heavy Fines

Date posted to site: May 13, 2009

Pembroke appears to have little choice but to follow the guidelines of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, no matter what it costs.

The alternative is dealing with fines amounting to $50,000 a day for each day changes are not implemented.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=338

Local Woman Files Discrimination Complaint After Being Turned Away at the Canadian Border

Date posted to site: May 13, 2009

OWOSSO - An Owosso woman says she was recently denied permission to cross the Canadian border because she is on welfare.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=579

Web-based, Self-help Intervention Can Aid Problem Drinkers in the Privacy of Their Homes

Date posted to site: May 13, 2009

  • Problem drinking in Western societies leads to disease and death, as well as social and economic problems.
  • Few problem drinkers seek treatment help.
  • New findings show that a 24/7 free-access, anonymous, interactive, and Web-based self-help intervention can aid problem drinkers in the privacy of their own homes.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=581

Youth Mental Health Agency in Crisis

Date posted to site: May 13, 2009

Ottawa facility warns it will have to close doors unless McGuinty Grits increase funding

OTTAWA - An Ottawa mental health agency for teenagers with suicidal tendencies and other serious problems says it will be forced to close soon if the Ontario government does not increase funding.

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http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=339

Managing the Recruitment and Absence of People With Disabilities

Date posted to site: May 12, 2009

UK - Two-thirds (67%) of employers have a written policy that deals with disability as part of a more general diversity policy, according to a recent survey by Personnel Today's sister organisation IRS Employment Review.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=577

Emergency Procedures in Alternate Formats?

Date posted to site: May 11, 2009

By Donna J. Jodhan

With our attentions being turned towards the ramifications of the swine flu and what procedures we need to be taking in order to stay healthy as members of the public, I would like to ask the following: As a blind person, I am wondering out loud if Ontario and indeed Canada has given any thought to producing emergency procedures in alternate formats? Not just for this present situation but in general?

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=569

Benetech's CEO Jim Fruchterman Announces University and Publishing Partnerships to Benefit Students with Print Disabilities

Date posted to site: May 11, 2009

In an historic event sponsored by the National Press Club Benetech's CEO Jim Fruchterman announced partnerships between Bookshare (www.Bookshare.org) and universities nationwide and between Bookshare and publishers to provide digital books for Bookshare's accessible on-line library for people with print disabilities.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=574

KeyPoint Credit UnionSued for Illegally Discriminating AgainstDeaf Customers by RefusingTelephone 'Relay' Calls

Date posted to site: May 11, 2009

OAKLAND, Calif. - A class action suit filed today in state court in Alameda County charges that KeyPoint Credit Union has committed "systemic civil rights violations" by repeatedly refusing to accept telephone relay service calls from deaf customers and potential customers.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=572

Ontario Faces Constitutional Challenge Over Disability Funding

Date posted to site: May 07, 2009

TORONTO - Ontario is discriminating against disabled students in private, faith-based schools by refusing to fund certain ailments, say a group of parents who have launched a constitutional challenge against the McGuinty Liberal government.

The parents of the eight children say their kids are only eligible for funding for certain disabilities. If they are blind, deaf or learning disabled, they are out of luck.

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http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=337

Getting Help a 'Hit-and-Miss' situation

Date posted to site: May 07, 2009

He's known to many as the travelling shrink.

Psychiatrist Dr. Joe Burley has been a pioneer, working in mental health carein rural and small-town communities in eastern Ontario for more than 20 years. He is on the road for days, working with family doctors and other mental health workers. He sees patients in Sharbot Lake, Verona, Tamworth, Sydenham, Northbrook and Picton among other rural settings.

It's estimated 20% to 25% of people living in Ontario experience significant psychiatric disorders but even though mental illness strikes everywhere, those who live in small towns and rural settings face significant hurdles to getting help when compared to people in big cities.

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http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=336

Quadriplegic Lawyer From Thunder Bay, Ont., Reaches North Pole

Date posted to site: May 06, 2009

THUNDER BAY, Ont. - A lawyer from the northern Ontario city of Thunder Bay has become the first known quadriplegic to reach the North Pole.

David Shannon, 46, who was paralyzed after a spinal-cord injury, reached the frosty destination on Saturday with his expedition partner Christopher Watkins, 40, who is also from Thunder Bay.

The men, both lawyers, say they embarked on the daunting trek to raise awareness of accessibility issues and to show how obstacles can be overcome through persistence.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=567

Athlete Fights For Disabled Rights

Date posted to site: May 06, 2009

Hotel had only one accessible suite

WINNIPEG -- She spent nine months in hospital fighting for her life after her vehicle was rammed from behind on the highway.

Now, Arlene Ursel is fighting for her rights.

On Thursday, the Manitoba wheelchair curling champion has a human rights hearing in Winnipeg she hopes will draw attention to the need for accessibility legislation.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=565

How Much Are We Like Susan Boyle?

Date posted to site: May 04, 2009

By DonnaJ. Jodhan

A few weeks ago, a very unassuming and very modest British lady took the world totally and literally by surprise and she did it with such ease! Man did she ever do it in grand style! Now that she has done so, the gurus and pontiffs are taking the time to ponder and wonder. As for me, I was very happy for this lady and why? Because the world had totally judged this song bird by her looks but as soon as she had belted out the first few notes of her rendition of "I dreamed a dream" everything changed in an instant! Shocker or shaker? Neither of the above. Why? Because like it or not, society still tends to judge a person by their looks and too often they are made to eat crow when they are proven wrong.

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http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/editorials/commentary.php?donna=94

Canada: Provincial Court Rules Ontario Benefits Law Discriminates Against Alcoholics, Drug Addicts

Date posted to site: May 04, 2009

An Ontario law that bars alcoholics and drug addicts from receiving long-term disability benefits violates the provincial Human Rights Code, the Ontario Divisional Court ruled last Friday.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=334

One in Five: Canada's Crisis In Children's Mental Health; Part 7: Time To End The Shame And Save Young Lives

Date posted to site: May 04, 2009

An interesting thing happened when I began my research into the crisis in children's mental health.

People started telling me stories. Whenever it came up that I was working on this issue, they started pouring out.

They came unsolicited and spontaneously, and were often heartbreaking.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=563

Recession-Stressed Workers Need Employers' Support - New Study Shows Increased Anxiety in the Workplace

Date posted to site: May 04, 2009

TORONTO, May 4 /CNW Telbec/ - They're stressed, anxious, worried about their jobs. They're losing sleep and they're losing confidence in the economy. Many Canadian employees are showing these and other signs of mental distress. According to the first results of the Desjardins Financial Security National Health Survey released today for National Mental Health Week (May 4-10), during which Canadians are encouraged to "Invest in yourself", a significant number of workers in Canada feel they have lost control of their lives as the economic recession grinds on, unemployment numbers rise and financial security appears to be evaporating.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=561

Debate Stirs Over Hiring of Sighted CNIB Head

Date posted to site: May 04, 2009

When John Rafferty looks out the window of his modest third-floor corner office at CNIB's Bayview Ave. headquarters, he can see the trees of a wooded ravine.

This is why an advocacy group calls his hiring "a step backward."

This is why he speaks of "my unique challenges" and "taking time to understand" and being "extra careful." This is why the leader of another charity says a genial man with a sterling resumé who left a lucrative private-sector job to occupy this corner office would, "in a perfect world," be somewhere else.

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http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/blind_articles.php?blind=333

Presentation to the Standing Committee on Social Policy: Re Bill 152

Date posted to site: May 01, 2009

Accessibility News Note: We were duly impressed by John Rae's empassioned speech to the Standing Committee, a must read.

In particular, you have heard how disappointed the disabled community was over the government's poverty reduction strategy because of its focus on children. For our community, many persons with disabilities do not have children. Many people become disabled later in life. Those individuals may have had children or may not have. Many of those children have left the nest. Unless I miss my guess, unless things have dramatically changed today since I left home, most children live as part of families. So we seek a more holistic approach.

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http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/editorials/commentary.php?john=93

U.S. Trade and Textbook Publishers Partner with Bookshare to Increase the Quantity of Digital Accessible Books for Individuals with Print Disabilities

Date posted to site: May 01, 2009

In an effort to improve the availability and quantity of digital accessible educational books, textbooks and trade books for students and individuals with print disabilities, Bookshare, the world's largest online accessible library, announced partnerships with over two-dozen leading U.S. trade and K-12 publishers.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=556

Disabled Have Little to Celebrate on Labor Day

Date posted to site: May 01, 2009

Despite project to boost inclusion, workers with disabilities still face marginalization

BEIRUT: Thousands of disabled Lebanese will be staying at home on Friday, not in honor of International Workers' Day, but because they face widespread discrimination and stereotypes by employers preventing them from getting jobs, say members from the Lebanese Physical Handicapped Union (LPHU).

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=553

Young volunteer wins Ontario medal

Date posted to site: May 01, 2009

A Chesley native is one of only eight winners of the 2009 Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers.

Bronwyn Loucks was recognized for her volunteer commitment to mental health issues and for her efforts in helping to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=332

First Bionic Eye to Undergo Clinical Tests by 2011

Date posted to site: May 01, 2009

Sydney (IANS): The first clinical test of a bionic eye is likely within two years and commercialisation within five, according to researchers.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=558

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June

Youth Are Not Getting Needed Treatment

Date posted to site: June 30, 2009

Could Canada be on the verge of a fundamental transformation of mental health care?

Dr. Simon Davidson, psychiatrist at the Children's hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, believes this could be the case.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=683

Where's Welfare Reform?

Date posted to site: June 29, 2009

Three months ago, Premier Dalton McGuinty acknowledged that our welfare rules "stomp" people into the ground, hurting them and Ontario's economy. He was right.

So where is the government's promised review of our outdated and mean-spirited social assistance system?

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http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=369

Blind Spa, Deaf Couriers: India and Disabled Rights

Date posted to site: June 27, 2009

MUMBAI (AFP) - At a foot spa above a children's playschool in the winding backstreets of north Mumbai, Anand's busy thumbs and fingers press and pull on the soles of a client, as light, relaxing music fills the air.

In a cramped office in the south of the city, an ancient air-conditioner clanks noisily as six women quietly fill in slips of paper to accompany packages to be delivered by their male colleagues who wait patiently nearby.

The everyday scenes could be from any firm or office anywhere in the world, except at the Metta spa and the Mirakle Couriers, all the employees are either blind or deaf.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=681

Lack of Mental Health Care 'Embarrassing,' says Michael Kirby

Date posted to site: June 27, 2009

Former Liberal senator Michael Kirby is embarrassed. "We closed the insane asylums and decided that instead of institutionalizing or warehousing people, we would create community-based beds ... They closed the institutional beds, but were very slow on opening community beds," says Kirby. "I'm embarrassed to say this as a Canadian, but we have really made the streets and the prisons the asylums of the 21st century."

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=678

Re: Handicapping the Law

Date posted to site: June 26, 2009

Accessibility News Note: This letter , which we were given permission to reprint, was sent to the Toronto Sun but was not published, I guess they didn't want facts getting in the way of a good scare mongering.

Ref: June 14,2009 Article : "Handicapping the Law" Cost can be Manageable

Dear Editor,

I share the concerns of the Municipalities regarding the cost (of the AODA implementation) to make our Province accessible to all citizens. Cost is a major issue during there hard economic times and I agree with Larry Duharme of London Transit that,"There has to be harmonization of all the standards".

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http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=366

Boomers Less Likely to Volunteer: Senator

Date posted to site: June 26, 2009

Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.

Those words, uttered during the inaugural address of ill-fated United States president John F. Kennedy, are probably familiar ones for many Canadians lumped into the so-called baby boomer generation, now inching their way toward age 65. Yet despite their familiarity, many of those now reaching their golden years just aren't volunteering to the same degree as their parents and grandparents did and that's a problem, Senator Marjory LeBreton said yesterday.

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http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=367

The Government of Canada Launches Online Consultations on the Ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities

Date posted to site: June 26, 2009

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 25, 2009) - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today invited Canadians to provide their views on the ratification and implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=671

Chief of the Defence Staff Launches Canadian Forces Mental Health Awareness Campaign

Date posted to site: June 26, 2009

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- 06/25/09 -- General Walt Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff, launched today the Canadian Forces (CF) Mental Health Awareness Campaign, which has the dual aim of educating CF personnel on mental health issues, and building a culture of understanding. The campaign's theme of "Be the Difference" communicates the idea that all personnel can make a difference to those affected by mental health issues.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=673

The Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay: a 10-day celebration of extraordinary achievements

Date posted to site: June 26, 2009

Starting point, steel blue torch design, official uniform, and relay's emblem unveiled

VANCOUVER, June 25 /CNW/ - Three days after the Olympic Flame is extinguished on the West Coast, a new flame will light in Ottawa - in the heart of Canada's national capital - sparking the official start of the 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay on March 3, 2010. The 10-day inspirational journey will illuminate the extraordinary achievements of Paralympians and celebrate the endless possibilities of the human spirit through sharing the message of courage and determination embodied by the flame.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=676

Ontario Women Live Longer But Don't Prosper: Study

Date posted to site: June 26, 2009

While Ontario women live longer than men, a majority are more likely to suffer from disability and chronic conditions, according to a new women's health study by St. Michael's Hospital researcher Dr. Arlene Bierman. What's more, low-income women have more chronic conditions, greater disability and a shorter life expectancy than women in high-income groups.

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http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/stats_results.php?stats=368

NTID Develops Test for ADHD in Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Adults

Date posted to site: June 25, 2009

"The Attention Deficit Scales for Adults: Sign Language Version" is now available from NTID. The DVD enables more accurate screening for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder for deaf and hard-of-hearing adults using sign language."

A DVD that uses American Sign Language and English-based sign language to test for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in deaf and hard-of-hearing adults is now available.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=669

Disabled Denied Access to Tim Hortons Violates His Human Rights

Date posted to site: June 23, 2009

Dave Matthews can't get a Tim Horton's coffee due to his mobility disability

Access to public places should be a guarantee under Canadian law but some businesses don't believe access is a right

CBC Halifax reported the story of Dave Matthews from Lower Sackville who cannot get a coffee from a local Tim Horton's donut shop. Matthews claims the Tim's is discriminating against him on the basis of his disability. Tim Horton's is discriminating in our opinion.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=666

Aussie Phone For Disabled Wins Recognition

Date posted to site: June 23, 2009

With Australia's mobile phone penetration now sitting at around 100 percent, it's easy to forget that there are still groups for whom the technology remains out of reach.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=664

Group Urges Parents to Complain to Ombudsman

Date posted to site: June 22, 2009

A provincewide parents' group is urging the Ontario ombudsman to launch an investigation into the crisis in mental health services for children.

Parents for Children's Mental Health (PCMH) is encouraging its members to lodge complaints with the provincial watchdog in the hope that an investigation of the system will lead to change.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=365

Local Parents Launch Provincial Fight for Autistic Kids

Date posted to site: June 22, 2009

A group of York Region parents would like you to imagine this scenario:

You've just been diagnosed with cancer. To get chemotherapy treatment you'll have to go on a waiting list - behind 1,400 other cancer patients.

Before you can move up the waiting list, someone ahead of you has to die or get better first. It could take three years or longer. The more you wait, the less likely your chemo will work.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=364

Ex-worker Wins Rights Fight

Date posted to site: June 22, 2009

Commission discriminated against him, probe finds

Victor Schwartzman filed a human rights complaint against the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, where he once worked as an investigator.

The Manitoba Human Rights Commission has been found to have discriminated against one of its former employees.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=661

The Hostile Takeover of Childhood

Date posted to site: June 18, 2009

"Irresponsible, manipulative, and deceitful marketing efforts push products and programs that harm children physically, emotionally, socially, mentally, morally, and even spiritually. Children today face increased exposure to sex, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, guns, foul language, bullying, violence, and fattening foods. And many of us are simply standing by as increased materialism and commercialism undermine our culture's basic values." -- Daniel S. Acuff and Robert H. Reiher, Kidnapped: How Irresponsible Marketers Are Stealing the Minds of Your Children (2005)

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=656

Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) Opposes Bill C-384

Date posted to site: June 18, 2009

Winnipeg-The COUNCIL OF CANADIANS WITH DISABILITIES (CCD) believes that everyone who supports disability rights should oppose Bill C-384 which would legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide and put Canadians with disabilities at risk! CCD is a national human rights organization of persons with disabilities working for an accessible and inclusive Canada.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=659

Include Art de Triomphe on Your Must-see List

Date posted to site: June 17, 2009

Along with the great art on display at the Waterfront Festival, a local group is hoping you'll make room in your Canada Day plans to visit their exhibition as well.

This will be the second annual Art de Triomphe, celebrating triumphant artists with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=652#more-652

Reading Rights Coalition Denounces Random House

Date posted to site: June 17, 2009

Random House Has Denied 15 Million Print-Disabled Americans Access to its Books

NEW YORK, May 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Reading Rights Coalition, representing more than 15 million print-disabled Americans, has denounced publishing giant Random House, which has turned off text-to-speech on all of its e-books available for Amazon's Kindle 2 reading service.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=654

North 'Pioneers' Mental Health Program

Date posted to site: June 16, 2009

Patients contribute to their own treatment

Sharing space with a roommate, a dispute with a neighbour or not feeling safe can be stressful for any resident.

For someone with mental health issues, these are basic needs that can make the difference between successfully managing illness or relapsing into unhealthy habits.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=361

Handicapping the Law

Date posted to site: June 15, 2009

Accessibility News Note: Here go the "But Heads" again. When is a reporter going to cover the other side. What about all of the Advocates that have been trying to convince Politicians, Business and other entities on their Accessibility needs over the last few decades, only to be dismissed? Now it is time to pay the ppiper and they act like this is all new, that the Law was some deep dark secret.

We need harmonized accessibility rules, but they could prove costly

Government plans to make Ontario's public places and services accessible for people with disabilities by 2025 have run into a hitch.

The Liberals this week appointed Charles Beer, a former Liberal MPP and cabinet minister in the David Peterson government, to review standards being developed for disabled people that will be imposed on businesses and organizations.

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http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=360

OC / Para Updates

Date posted to site: June 15, 2009

Dear Community Members,

I am writing to you today with hopes that you will pass this important information onto others who have disabilities and who use either the OC Transpo Conventional and or Para Transpo Services.

OC Transpo and Attendant Cards

It has come to my attention "again" that some OC Transpo drivers are telling people who use wheelchairs and or scooters that they must pay for their attendant and that they must also have an attendant card. Some have even told me that drivers have told them that their Attendant card is no good as the photo is not the same as their attendant.

Please note that persons using wheelchairs and or scooters do not, I repeat do not need an Attendant card and you do not need to pay for your attendant. You can take one person on the bus with you free of charge and this person does not need to be the same person every time. Please I urge you to go to the OC Transpo site and print out a copy of the page where it informs you of their policy and keep this with you at all times.

Read more at
http://catherinegardner.ca/blog/?p=431

Ontario Launches Review Of Accessibility Legislation

Date posted to site: June 13, 2009

McGuinty Government Helping People With Disabilities

Ontario has appointed Charles Beer to conduct a mandatory independent review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Under the act, Ontario is making the province accessible for people with disabilities by 2025 through standards (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=ec448005365ed81), which will break down barriers (http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/mcss/english/topics/pop_ado_barriers.htm)

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http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=357

Two-Tier System Evolving for Special Ed; Cash-Strapped, Cookie-Cutter Public System Failing Kids with High Needs, say private Educators

Date posted to site: June 13, 2009

Sammy Miller always had quick reflexes on the infield, a decent hockey shot and a knack for computers. In the classroom, things didn't come as easily. During grade school, she struggled to read and was quick to give up. She didn't feel she fit in.

In Grade 9, Miller's parents enrolled her in YMCA Academy, a small independent high school in Toronto for teens with learning disabilities or learning styles that aren't suited to traditional high schools.

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http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=358

It's Like Being in Jail

Date posted to site: June 13, 2009

The Kingston Access Bus drivers have been on strike for more than 50 days now, and the majority of their 3,600 registered passengers are still stranded at home and missing medical appointments, to say nothing of the day-to-day activities that most people can take for granted.

What is shocking is that during last Tuesday's city council meeting, the mayor made it abundantly clear that the city could do nothing to resolve the strike. Apparently the city cannot get involved in a labour dispute.

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http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=359

We've All Grown Into Our Disorders - Patty Fedeli Column

Date posted to site: June 13, 2009

In the midst of a swine flu epidemic, rising numbers of dangerously undiagnosed cases of lyme disease, and the daily threat of contaminated food, I laughed myself sick when I read the article in last week's Nugget entitled, Regaining Focus.

It warned every Canadian to be aware they may have Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=647

Artist Tells the Story of Her Life in nearly 10-metre mural

Date posted to site: June 12, 2009

Linda Crabtree's disability just incidental, she says

The tragedy isn't the disability.

The real tragedy occurs when a person does not use what abilities they have to their fullest.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=643

Breaking Down Barriers for Accessible IT

Date posted to site: June 12, 2009

While issues with e-voting systems for last week's European elections gave accessibility campaigners yet another cause for complaint, there is growing evidence that the needs of people with disabilities are being taken seriously

Last week's European elections were always going to be controversial ­ - the current fury over MPs' expenses claims saw to that. But elsewhere in the EU, it was the voting process itself that came under fire, with many arguing that new e-voting technology that is intended to empower citizens is actually alienating some.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=645

Poor Website Designs Frustrate Disabled

Date posted to site: June 10, 2009

Governments, schools and companies are throwing more information out all the time through their Internet websites.

But even with specialized equipment and software, persons with disabilities often can't get the messages at all because of the websites' design.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=356

Increasing Accessibility Focus of Meeting

Date posted to site: June 09, 2009

Changes that will make life easier for people with disabilities became law in 2005, but compliance is happening slowly.

So says Paula Hall, a co-ordinator for AbilitiesFirst, an organization funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services Ontario that offers information sessions for employers to hear from industry experts about the business case of hiring people with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=355

Stereotype and stigma

Date posted to site: June 09, 2009

Psychiatric facilities have not fared well onscreen. As far back as 1948, "insane asylums" famously immersed poor Olivia de Havilland into The Snake Pit's horrors. In 1975, also famously, they subjected the patients of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest to the sadistic ministrations of Nurse Ratched.

But that was then. We're much better educated now about mental illness and its treatment. The stigma is gone, the age enlightened. Snake pits and cuckoo's nests are so yesterday, right?

Well, no, actually. Did you happen to catch the season finale of House, the award-winning TV medical drama?

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=639

PDF Accessibility Webinar June 17, 2009

Date posted to site: June 09, 2009

Editors Note: No matter how accessible a PDF document can become, it is always necessary to post an alternatative document along with it and preferably HTML. Many of us wont touch a PDF with a ten foot pole.

Accessibility in PDF documents and forms

When: Wed, Jun 17, 2009

Time: 10:00 am US Pacific (1pm US Eastern)

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=641

City Pesticides Pose a Severe Dilemma for Sufferers, Says Group

Date posted to site: June 08, 2009

Albi Hawkeye suffers from a controversial condition known as multiple-chemical sensitivity.

Albi Hawkeye stood chatting on a sidewalk near her house when a school bus drove by, stopping her in mid-speech and creating a look of anxiety.

Fifteen seconds later, Hawkeye's voice was a faint squeak. It sounded like her throat was closing.

Before she lost her ability to speak, she managed to whisper that it was the diesel fumes from the bus that caused the problem.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=637

Heart of a clown

Date posted to site: June 08, 2009

Young artist: Michael Webb, 8, of Covington will have his work, 'Clown Heart,' on display at Washington, D.C.'s Union Station from June 1 to June 21. Michael's work was selected as a result of a contest hosted by VSA arts, which hightlights the art of children with disabilities - in his case, ADHD. He was entered into the contest by his art teacher, Candise Scholl-Christopher at South Salem Elementary.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=634

Disability Policy Office Welcome but Issues Remain

Date posted to site: June 08, 2009

NAPE says home care and support services for persons with disabilities must be addressed in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Carol Furlong, president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE/NUPGE)St. John's (8 June 2009) - The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE/NUPGE) is commending the provincial government for introducing a Provincial Disability Policy Office.

However, NAPE president Carol Furlong is also calling on Susan Sullivan, the minister responsible for the status of persons with disabilities, to ensure adequate home care and support services for persons with disabilities.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=632

Manitoba Strategy for People With Disabilities

Date posted to site: June 05, 2009

$30 million strategy opening doors for Manitobans with disabilities

The province is renewing its commitment to a long-term strategy for Manitobans who have disabilities with a $30 million down payment on more accessible housing, enhanced access to public buildings, more support for children with disabilities in child care, better employment services and improved supports for caregivers, Family Services and Housing Minister Gord Mackintosh, minister responsible for persons with disabilities, announced.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=630

N.S. Man Gives Back Medals in Protest

Date posted to site: June 04, 2009

Veteran unhappy with how Ottawa treats injured soldiers

A Nova Scotia man has returned his military medals to the commander-in-chief of the Canadian Forces to protest the way the federal government treats injured soldiers.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=628

Residents with Disabilities Demand Changes

Date posted to site: June 04, 2009

Edna Toth, chair of the Peel Poverty Action Group, says there needs to be changes made to the Ontario government's disability support program to better assist those in need.

Close to 12,000 Peel residents with mental or physical disabilities are getting little financial help from the Ontario government, according to the Peel Poverty Action Group (PPAG).

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=354

Rules Make Poverty Worse When the Disabled Turn 65

Date posted to site: June 03, 2009

"Poverty is so depressing," Monianne Monianne says.

Monianne Monianne thought it was a clerical error.

When the disabled photographer turned 65 and transferred from provincial disability support to federal Old Age Security, the monthly rent on her subsidized Toronto co-op more than doubled to $380 from $149 - even though her income barely changed.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=625

Ontario Private Schools Accused of Discrimination

Date posted to site: June 03, 2009

TORONTO - Ontario is discriminating against disabled students in private, faith-based schools by refusing to fund certain ailments, says a group of parents who have launched a constitutional challenge against the McGuinty Liberal government.

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http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=353

RE: USA, Canada and the EU attempt to kill treaty to protect blind people's access to written material

Date posted to site: June 01, 2009

To introduce Copyright to enable the visually impaired to exchange and share cross border their collections of accessible format books.

This stream relates to WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights at its 18th meeting in Geneva this last week. I was there as WBU's Observer and inspite of recent US Government consultations which were well supported by George Kerscher, Jim Fruchterman and Scott La Barre, the US Delegation were very much in the front leading opposition to WBU's efforts to introduce a Treaty on Copyright and the Visually Impaired.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=622

Disabled Groups Battle Tech Discrimination

Date posted to site: June 01, 2009

EDMONTON -- Thirty years ago, groups for the disabled in Canada fought for accessible sidewalks, washrooms and transportation.

Today, their battleground is equal access to technologies such as cellphones, hand-held devices, entertainment systems and even home appliances.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=620

Children's Mental Health Being Ignored

Date posted to site: June 01, 2009

Sir:In its recent budget, the Ontario government committed to spend $3.75 billion on repairs to roads and highways over the next four years. This includes the $45 million for widening the westbound carriageway of the 402 in Sarnia, which many people believe to be an unnecessary waste of money.

Meanwhile, that same budget failed to provide any additional funding for Children's Mental Health services, despite the fact that demand for these services is showing an unprecedented increase (up 34 per cent in Lambton County, and about 50 per cent in Windsor) since last September, and despite the fact that funding for these services has seen only an eight per cent inflationary increase over the last 17 years.

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http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=352

Wheelchair Travel Tips

Date posted to site: June 01, 2009

Sometimes it is easy for people to forget that those who have disabilities and are confined to a wheelchair have a much more difficult time doing things we take for granted. In fact, some people choose to ignore the fact and think that people in wheelchairs are actually just like you and me, and they should be treated as such. This is true to an extent, however people who are confined to wheelchairs face many more obstacles than everyone else. Because of this, it is necessary to make accommodations ensuring that they can have the same experiences that everyone else does.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=618

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July

Australia to sign UN disability protocol

Date posted to site: July 30, 2009

AUSTRALIA has cleared the way for people to take complaints about disability discrimination policies to the United Nations - including prospective migrants with disabled children.

The Rudd Government will announce today that a year after signing the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, it intends to agree to the optional protocol that establishes a complaints mechanism for breaches of the treaty.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=758

Pass the Green Dumpster, Please: Making Your Business Handicap Accessible

Date posted to site: July 30, 2009

This past Sunday, July 26, we marked the 19th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA of 1990 was modeled after the first major piece of civil rights disability law, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

The ADA directs all local governments to provide readily usable programs and opportunities to all; covers public transportation services; and directs all public accommodations, such as restaurants, retail stores, hotels, movie theaters, private schools, convention centers, doctors' offices, homeless shelters, transportation depots, zoos, funeral homes, day care centers, and recreation facilities to provide all programs in the most inclusively accessible manner possible, regardless of size or funding. It also sets out standards for accessible telephones, televisions and other communications technology.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=753

Welland Transit Adding More Accessible Buses to Fleet

Date posted to site: July 29, 2009

WELLAND - Welland is way ahead when it comes to ensuring its citizens can get around.

"I don't think there's a city in the province that's further down the road towards complete accessibilization than Welland," said Russ Findlay, chair of the city's accessibility advisory committee.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=391

New System Will Help Bus passengers Not Miss Their Stop

Date posted to site: July 29, 2009

CITY COUNCIL: Automated system which will be a boon to vision and hearing impaired riders

Transit users in Belleville will have less chance of missing their stop -- city council has approved a motion to purchase an automated system that will both announce and visibly display upcoming stops.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=390

Athletes Shine at Summer Games

Date posted to site: July 28, 2009

The best gauge of the success of the Woodstock edition of the Ontario ParaSport Summer Games was the fervent response of its athletes.

Organizers had worked for months to prepare the city and its venues for the influx of more than 150 elite athletes, and their efforts guaranteed the 2009 event would rank among the best.

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http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=389

Container Homes Touted as Ship-Shape Option

Date posted to site: July 28, 2009

HOUSING:Woman wants to see low-cost abodes manufactured on Wolfe Island

A Wolfe Island woman on Saturday displayed what she hopes will be the prototype for low income housing in Ontario -- and she hopes to manufacture them on the island.

Judy Greenwood-Spears unveiled a container home at the Stone Heron gallery in Marys ville.

Made from a shipping container -- although no longer looking like one -- the base home is the size of a modest condo, starting at 360 square feet. It's an affordable home that can be put down almost anywhere.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=751

OC Transpo Receives Penalty for Failing to Call Out Stops

Date posted to site: July 28, 2009

OTTAWA, July 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Transportation Agency today issued a $5,000 penalty to OC Transpo for failing to comply with an order to call out major and requested stops on all of its routes.

In a November 2007 Decision, the Agency found that OC Transpo's failure to call out stops was an undue obstacle to transportation for persons with a disability, in this case persons with visual impairments.

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http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=388

Tim Hortons Needs to Show Malinda a Bit of Compassion

Date posted to site: July 27, 2009

A joke that misfired cost Malinda Caron a job she coveted. Tim Hortons broke no law, but her parents think she deserves more than a verbal apology.

Frances Caron comforts her daughter, Malinda, who has the mental age of 11. She was fired from a Tim Hortons outlet and has been disconsolate since.

Malinda, who has Down syndrome and a severe hearing problem, did the jobs that many people would turn up their noses at -- mopping the floors, taking out the garbage, loading the dishwasher, cleaning the bathroom sinks (though she drew the line at doing the toilets). She had learned those tasks at the various jobs she's held since she began working 12 years ago at the age of 16.

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http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=387

National Federation of the Blind and Blind Business Owner File Complaint with Small Business Administration

Date posted to site: July 27, 2009

SBA's Inaccessible Web Site Discriminates Against the Blind

BALTIMORE, July 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The National Federation of the Blind, the nation's oldest and largest organization of blind people and the leading advocate for equal access by the blind to information technology, and Virgil Stinnett, a blind business owner from Honolulu, Hawaii, filed an administrative complaint today with the Small Business Administration (SBA). The complaint asserts that the SBA's Web site violates Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act because it is inaccessible to blind people who use text-to-speech screen access technology or Braille displays to access information on the Internet.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=749

Advocates for Blind Students Sue ASU Over Kindle Use

Date posted to site: July 27, 2009

Arizona State University's decision to use the Kindle in a pilot program has drawn criticism from advocates for the blind, who say the electronic book reader is inaccessible to blind students.

The National Federation of the Blind and the American Council of the Blind are seeking a preliminary injunction in federal court to stop ASU's plan to use the device in place of traditional textbooks in three class sections. They say ASU's decision to pilot the Kindle discriminates against blind students because they cannot access all of the device's features.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=746

Golden Reflections. My Master's Secrets

Date posted to site: July 24, 2009

Told in First Person Canine

Vargus Yale (Story teller) with Michael Yale (Writer)

You need to know that Vargus (the author) is a "seeing-eye dog". Vargus led me through life for twelve years. I am simply the scribe for Vargus as we hear about my life from this remarkable dog's perspective.

VARGUS SAYS...

"Do you have any idea how frustrating it is being on the wrong end of a leash with a hippie, for twelve years?

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=744

Riding a Bus Tough When You’re Blind

Date posted to site: July 23, 2009

Advisory committee identifies 'key deficiencies' in transit system

Metro transit recently installed cameras in its buses to improve safety for passengers and drivers. Now a group says it's time to make improvements for seeing impaired travellers such as: tactile markers or visual aids at stops and oral bus stop announcements.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=742

Re: Accessibility Plans Finding Obstacles at School Board

Date posted to site: July 22, 2009

Speaking Notes for David Croome to the meeting of the Peel District School Board June 25, 2009, at the Central Board Office

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http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=386

MPs push government to take action on PTSD in Canadian Forces

Date posted to site: July 22, 2009

Some four per cent of Canadian Forces indicated signs of PTSD, 4.2 per cent depression, and 5.8 per cent either PTSD or depression.

The upper echelon of the Canadian Forces last month launched a national campaign to shed light on post traumatic stress disorder, but Liberal MP Bryon Wilfert says Canadian soldiers returning home from Afghanistan with operational stress injuries and PTSD, in particular, are falling through the cracks of the system and the government still hasn't officially responded to the Defence Committee PTSD report.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=738

Genetic Link Between Mental Illness, Creativity: Study

Date posted to site: July 22, 2009

Art and music help Nigel Bart, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia 15 years ago, get through his day and manage his mental disorder.

He wakes up every morning with what he calls an intrinsic need to paint, to sculpt or to play the piano. And he's not alone.

The experiential link between creativity and mental illness is well documented, but a new study out of Budapest, Hungary has discovered what could be a genetic link between the two.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=740

Talking GPS Guide The Blind on Horseback & UP Kilimanjaro

Date posted to site: July 21, 2009

HumanWare's Trekker Breeze offers unprecedented mobility to visually impaired

Montreal (Canada), July 21, 2008 ­ HumanWare's handheld talking GPS units are empowering the blind to lead more active, independent lifestyles-and even to embark on some extraordinary adventures.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=735

Blind Cyclist Raising Money for Special Olympics

Date posted to site: July 20, 2009

Richard Holloway is cycling across Canada with the help of his nephew, Aaron Matthews. Holloway has only six per cent vision. He is raising money for the Special Olympics.

Richard Holloway said he believes disabled people can make a difference in the world, and he's cycling across Canada to prove it.

The Brampton, Ontario resident, who has only six per cent vision, is making the trek on a recumbent tandem bicycle on behalf of the Canadian Progress Club (a service club) to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=720

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Ensuring Facility ADA Compliance

Date posted to site: July 20, 2009

Ever since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) went into effect on January 26, 1992, it has dramatically improved the lives of disabled individuals by working to make all public places in the United States both accessible and hospitable to those with disabilities. But even though the ADA has greatly helped in achieving a better quality of life for disabled people over the past 17 years, the changes didn't happen overnight, and are, in fact, still underway today.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=722

Beware of Credit Card Scams

Date posted to site: July 20, 2009

SCENE 1.

A friend went to the local gym and placed his belongings in the Locker.

After the workout and a shower, he came out, saw The locker open, and thought to himself, 'Funny, I thought I Locked the locker.

Hmm, 'He dressed and just flipped the Wallet to make sure all was in order. Everything Looked okay - all cards were in place..

A few weeks later his credit card bill came - a whooping bill of $14,000!

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=727

Guest Commentary: Treatment for a Disability

Date posted to site: July 20, 2009

For 21 years I was a Human Rights Officer with The Manitoba Human Rights Commission, until I ran into problems being accommodated for the treatment of a disability (high blood pressure). High blood pressure felt fine. I only felt sick from the medical treatment of lowering it.

Prescription medications for serious medical conditions, including disabilities, are common in North America. We love our pills! But pills come with a price. Some of the meds I take, the list of side effects is so long they have to print it in tiny type you can't read (just to squeeze it in). If you are not aware that human rights protections includes the treatment for a disability, read on.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=718

Rwanda: Reproductive health bill violates rights

Date posted to site: July 20, 2009

Inclusion International Condemns Compulsory Sterilization And HIV Testing Of People With Disabilities In Rwanda As An Abhorrent Violation Of Human Rights

(Toronto) - Inclusion International (II), a federation of 200 family-based organizations advocating for the human rights of people with intellectual disabilities worldwide, calls on the international community to oppose a reproductive health bill introduced in the Rwandan Parliament.

The proposed reproductive health bill includes provisions that would impose forced sterilization and mandatory HIV testing on people with intellectual disabilities. According to the newly introduced bill drafted by the parliamentary committee, physicians would be granted the right to test an "incapacitated" person without their consent and then disclose the testing results to their official guardian.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=729

Blind Can Take Wheel With Vehicle Designed by University Engineering Design

Date posted to site: July 20, 2009

team Blacksburg, Va. - - A student team in the Virginia Tech College of Engineering is providing the blind with an opportunity many never thought possible: The opportunity to drive.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=732

Feeling the Beat

Date posted to site: July 18, 2009

Dear All:

Hello, my name is Jack Liang. I am a student researcher working with Dr. Elaine Biddiss at the Bloorview Research Institute. I am designing a device to help people join in dance activities, especially people who have difficulty hearing rhythms in music. I am looking for volunteers to take part in a research study. I want to see how feeling the musical rhythm through vibrations on the skin helps people to dance.

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http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/deaf_articles.php?deaf=383

Accessibility Standards Goal Behind Schedule

Date posted to site: July 18, 2009

Province told to move more quickly to allow broader use of public spaces

OTTAWA - The provincial government is moving ahead with creating accessibility standards for all buildings, sidewalks, roads, and any other man-made structure, but the chairman of the province's largest advocacy group for people with disabilities says the process is taking too long.

David Lepofsky, chairman of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance, says members of the disabled community understand the task is complicated, but that if the government continues to move at its current pace, it will fail to meet the 2005 act's goal of having the province 100-per-cent accessible by 2025.

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http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=382

Province Wrong to Make Only New buildings Accessible: Disability Group

Date posted to site: July 18, 2009

Should retrofit old ones, too

An advocacy group for people with disabilities says that the Ontario government is ignoring an important piece of legislation that was supposed to make the province's buildings more accessible.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=384

Thorold Urged to Make Ferry Wheelchair Accessible

Date posted to site: July 18, 2009

Gilbert Lizotte has no problem getting on and off the Port Robinson ferry.

But the St. Catharines resident knows accessing the pontoon shuttling people across the Welland Canal in south Thorold isn't easy for everyone, particularly for people using wheelchairs.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=385

Ontario Seeks Input On Draft Accessibility Standard

Date posted to site: July 15, 2009

McGuinty Government Takes Steps To Break Down Barriers For People With Disabilities

Ontario is seeking input on the initial proposed accessible built environment standard, which was released today for public review.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=381

A Father's Reflection in a Time of Pain

Date posted to site: July 15, 2009

Cameron Smith, father of Alexandra Smith

'What kind of a province do we live in, and what kind of a society are we, when we refuse to look through the disruptive, occasionally threatening behaviour of the mentally ill to see human beings urgently in need of help?'

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=379

Amazon and e-Bay Flunk UK Retail Site Test

Date posted to site: July 15, 2009

The UK Web sites for Amazon and eBay were among the worst performing retail sites of 50 tested in June by site review specialist Sitemorse. In fact, with Amazon coming in at 46th place and eBay at 47th, the sites couldn't do much worse.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=716

Dentists Need Patience to Treat Special-Needs Patients

Date posted to site: July 15, 2009

TORONTO - Judy Teper leans back in the dentist's chair, squinting against the bright light shining in her face. A nurse asks the 39-year-old to open her mouth. But Judy, whose fists are clenched in her lap, locks her jaw in a grimace.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=380

Sprint's BlackBerry Was Not Developed for Persons With Disabilities(PWD)

Date posted to site: July 13, 2009

I am pleased to become a consumer of the BlackBerry telephone craze. I had held onto my Sprint cell phone too long. As someone who receives more than a hundred e-mails daily, I watched with envy as people accessed their e-mails on trains, buses, cars, at airports and on streets as they walk. They were in constant contact with their friends, clients, news organizations and family. They could text message or call anyone they wanted at anytime from almost anyplace. Instant communication and productivity are a pressed button in the palm of their hands.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=712

Help Blind People See the World

Date posted to site: July 13, 2009

Spain -- Video from portable cameras are analysed to calculate the distance of obstacles and predict the movements of people and cars. This information is then transformed and relayed to a blind person as a three-dimensional 'picture' of sound.

The concept is apparently simple and two prototypes have been successfully tested. Laser and digital video cameras become the eyes for the blind man and see the objects and activity going on around him.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=714

A Hole in Section 508

Date posted to site: July 10, 2009

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act is the law in the US that ensures that US Government organisations will only buy ICT products that are accessible.

When asked about accessibility, vendors will often say their products conform to section 508 and will point to the relevant document called a Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (VPAT). Which will say if the product is accessible and any areas that are not fully accessible.

The problem is that the VPAT only considers the accessibility of the product and not the accessibility of any outputs of the product. This means that website development tools, Content Management tools, document creation tools or any other tool that produces output that may be viewed electronically can conform to section 508 but none of their outputs do.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=710

MS Society Transportation Survey

Date posted to site: July 08, 2009

The position paper will be used to:

  • Provide background information, research, and perspective;
  • Provide recommendations to the Government of Ontario and potentially to municipalities, regional transit and planning authorities, and other bodies;
  • Provide MS Society volunteers and staff with tools to use in advocacy efforts to improve accessible transportation.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=378

Updated Travel Law Improves Accessibility for Disabled/Handicapped Travelers

Date posted to site: July 08, 2009

Air travel can be a real adventure these days. Factor a disability into the equation, and the potential for a mis-adventure increases-which is why we have laws on the books to protect the rights of disabled passengers.

Accessible travel guru Candy B. Harrington examines the latest updates on the Air Carrier Access Act and how it affects travelers.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=707

Ontario Human Rights Commission Files Complaints Against Three Public Transit Providers

Date posted to site: July 07, 2009

TORONTO, July 6 /CNW/ - The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) today filed applications at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario against Hamilton, Sudbury and Thunder Bay transit providers, on behalf of transit riders with a vision disability. The OHRC took the action after these Ontario public transit providers failed to implement plans to call out all stops for bus passengers.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=377

Don't Hide Mental Illness; Accept and Forgive Yourself if You're Depressed

Date posted to site: July 07, 2009

In 1957, the American Medical Association accepted alcoholism as an illness. At about the same time, alcoholism found a place in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-- the hallowed handbook that doctors use to diagnose mental illness.

In other words, alcoholism is an illness. It is a mental illness. People who have alcoholism, like me, are not weak or lacking discipline. In fact, most of the alcoholics I know --in recovery and still drinking-- are very strong and very disciplined. That's how we convince ourselves that we are in control and what makes us so annoying.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=703

Program Aims to Stop 'Revolving Door' for Mentally Ill; Offenders Diverted from Justice System

Date posted to site: July 07, 2009

In an Edmonton courtroom on a Thursday morning near the end of May, a prosecutor quietly dropped a minor criminal charge against a bipolar middle-aged woman, and ushered in a new era for offenders struggling with mental illness.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=705

Olympic Skater Talks Frankly About Her Not-so-smooth Glide to the Top

Date posted to site: July 06, 2009

With her head in the hairdresser's sink, the shampoo just rinsed out, Canadian figure skater Elizabeth Manley heard a gasp, then shocked whispers between her mom and the beautician standing behind her.

"Should we tell her?"

"Yes," her mom said. "Elizabeth always wants honesty."

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=701

Autism and Schools

Date posted to site: July 06, 2009

There are more autistic children on a waiting list to get government-funded therapy than there are children actually receiving the one-on-one help.

The latest provincial government statistics show 1,306 children are getting intensive behavioural intervention (IBI), while 1,513 are waiting for it. Another 389 kids are waiting to be assessed so they can qualify for therapy - and earn a spot on the waiting list.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=376

Accessibility Plans Finding Obstacles at School Board

Date posted to site: July 04, 2009

Editors Note: Hats off to David Croome for bringing attention to this matter, I'm sure it's not the only instance of this happening around the Province. What is troubling is the lack of action on the Provinces' part, makes one wonder how they plan on enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act(AODA) if they cant even address this violation.

While Queen's Park intensifies efforts towards making Ontario barrier-free for the disabled, Peel's public school board is trying hard not to lose focus on achieving the government's goal.

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http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=374

Threat to Rights Tribunal Demands a Response

Date posted to site: July 04, 2009

So Tim Hudak wants to dismantle the Ontario Human Rights tribunal.

For the newly minted provincial Progressive Conservative leader, this platform undoubtedly has conservative appeal, but it is by no stretch of the imagination progressive.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=375

Law Commission of Ontario Launches Project On the Law and Persons with Disabilities

Date posted to site: July 04, 2009

TORONTO, July 3 /CNW/ - The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) today launched a public consultation on the law as it affects persons with disabilities. This public consultation is the first stage of a major project that is expected to develop a new approach to this area of the law. It seeks input on how the law should define "disability".

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=373

Georgia's Planning and Tourism Initiatives for the Disabled

Date posted to site: July 04, 2009

Could a blind visitor ever fully enjoy a visit to Georgia's Aquarium without being able to see the marine life? Yes. Due to the collaborative efforts of experts at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and several local organizations committed to the disability community, it may someday be possible for a blind guest to have an enriching experience at this Atlanta attraction.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=699

Mental Care Menace

Date posted to site: July 04, 2009

MENTALLY ill people facing criminal charges are living in the community because there are not enough high-security mental health beds to care for them, health experts warn.

The Gold Coast has no dedicated facility for treating mentally ill people going through the courts despite calls for more than 10 years for a 'forensic' mental health unit.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=697

Bed Closures at Brockville Mental Health Facility "outrageous" says OPSEU

Date posted to site: July 03, 2009

BROCKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 2, 2009) - The closure of 90 beds at Brockville Mental Health Centre and the resulting layoff of over 240 mental health workers is a stunning blow to both the community and the economy in the area, says the Ontario Public Service Employees Union.

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http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=372

Cross-country Ride Picking Up Speed

Date posted to site: July 03, 2009

He's rolled over the Rocky Mountains, pedalled down the Prairies and is now hammering through the hills of northwestern Ontario.

It is the remarkable journey of Richmond Hill's Mel Thompson and his family, which began six weeks ago as he dipped the rear wheel of his bicycle in the Pacific Ocean.

That day in Vancouver started his quest to reach the shores of the Atlantic Ocean on Labour Day weekend and dip his worn front wheel into the cool waters of St. John's harbour, conquering thousands of kilometres, all in the name of his daughter.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=694

Assistive Technology and the Mobile Student Body

Date posted to site: July 02, 2009

Laptop penetration and wireless connectivity, two major technological phenomena of this past decade, could have dramatically affected the penetration and adoption of assistive technology in educational institutes. However, the conservative policies of software-based assistive technology vendors have prevented this promise from being fulfilled.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=687

Introducing Orator for BlackBerry Smartphones

Date posted to site: July 02, 2009

New screen reader software application provides blind and visually impaired customers with a solution to access BlackBerry® smartphones

With The summer conferences just around the corner, HumanWare is pleased to introduce its newest software solution called "Orator for BlackBerry Smartphones®" to the blind community. Access to information through mobile devices is key in today's business world and the use of smartphones has become the predominant way of communication for business professionals and management. With over 21 million subscribers in 150 countries the BlackBerry Smartphones have grown in popularity to become the smartphone of choice to stay in touch with work, family, friends and important information while on the go.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=692

Lawsuit Against Arizona State and Complaints Against Princeton, Reed, Pace, Darden School of Business and Case Western

Date posted to site: July 01, 2009

National Federation of the Blind and American Council of the Blind File Discrimination Suit Against Arizona State University

University's Amazon Kindle DX Pilot Program Discriminates Against the Blind

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=685

’Institutional Mindset’ Must Go

Date posted to site: July 01, 2009

Posted By John Campbell, June 30, 2009

Now that Ontario has closed the last of its institutions for people with an intellectual disability, the next hurdle is to get rid of the "institutional mindset" left behind and make society truly inclusive, says the president of Community Living Ontario.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=370

Backlog of Autistic Kids Waiting for Treatment Growing too Quickly: NDP

Date posted to site: July 01, 2009

TORONTO - The backlog of autistic children waiting for crucial therapy in Ontario is growing and in some cases leaving parents to pick up the tab for costly treatment, critics said Tuesday.

As of March 31, there were 1,513 children waiting for treatment, an increase over the previous quarter and a trend that autism advocates say shows the government's strategy isn't working.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=371

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August

Guest Editorial: Re: Making Buildings Accessible

Date posted to site: August 31, 2009

By Victor Schwartzman

A recent piece by Janis Ramsey(Making Buildings Accessible) was very revealing. Her article detailed the ongoing problems Catherine Caldwell has in Barrie, Ontario, accessing public buildings, and that the Government is yet again reviewing the problem. Why are articles like this still being written? Was not the law clearly established decades ago?

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=809

Life in Wheelchair: Our Travails, Our Challenges

Date posted to site: August 31, 2009

As you step into their world, signs of misery and pains become obvious. Their world probably ended the very day they found themselves in this unending traumatic condition.

A recent visit to the Amuwo-Odofin Estate, Lagos, secretariat of the Spinal Cord injuries Association of Nigeria, otherwise known as the Rehabilitation for the Physically Challenged People Centre invokes some kind of pity and gloomy atmosphere. Perhaps, it's a dark world inhabited by people whose dreams and aspirations suffered serious setbacks following their pitiable condition which probably is none of their making.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=813

ICT Access for Everyone

Date posted to site: August 31, 2009

The revolution in information technology has transformed the travel and tourism industry, and is now well placed to push forward into a new domain - making travel products and services more user-friendly for the world's estimated 650 million people with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=811

Gatineau Swimmer a Double Medallist

Date posted to site: August 27, 2009

Camille Bérubé was born 14 years ago with cancer.

Today, the Gatineau Phoenix Swim Club athlete is a double medallist at the Canada Summer Games in Prince Edward Island.

A day after breaking her personal-best time by one second to win the bronze medal in the women's 100-metre freestyle race for swimmers with a disability, Bérubé took silver in the 100-metre backstroke in dramatic style.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=807

Making Buildings More Accessible

Date posted to site: August 26, 2009

Catherine Caldwell talks about getting around Barrie on four wheels.

Catherine Caldwell knows what it's like to see Barrie from a different perspective. For almost 27 years, she's done business from a wheelchair and has much to say about how inaccessible it is here.

Simple things like going out to a restaurant or to the movies come with a whole new set of challenges for Caldwell - even though many places are somewhat accessible.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=162

Telecom Union Urges Access for Disabled

Date posted to site: August 25, 2009

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is urging lawmakers and regulators in Asia-Pacific countries to make a greater effort to provide access to information and communication technology for disabled people.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=805

Crazy Daisy's Petal Power

Date posted to site: August 24, 2009

Struggling with mental illness since adolescence, Sarah Moir launched a floral shop with a mission: to promote mental wellness through flowers

It's ironic that flowers have saved Sarah Moir's life.

Moir, who feels emotions at an often crippling fever pitch, has found her mission in helping others express emotions through flowers.

Struggling with mental illness since adolescence, Moir hit the lowest point of her life at 27.

"It was a major turning point," she says, with tears sliding down her cheeks. "I had become every negative stereotype. If I wanted to live, I had to learn how to ... No one in my life wanted to be around me anymore. I didn't want to be around me anymore."

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=801

Provincial Support Programs Failing Clients

Date posted to site: August 22, 2009

Approval process still preying on vulnerable

It's been 18 months since the provincial government said they were studying changes to the Ontario Disability Support Program. Still, the ministry's determined to take more time in order to review changes to the system.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=403

Mayors Take Over Financially-Struggling Disability Transportation Service

Date posted to site: August 21, 2009

-Hanover Mayor Kathi Maskell is the new chairperson of the board for the embattled Bruce Grey & Huron Disability Transportation Corporation. West Grey Mayor Kevin Eccles is the new vice-chair.

A new board of directors was appointed on June 30 for the service which provides safe, accessible transportation for those with disabilities in Hanover, West Grey, Arran-Elderslie, Brockton and South Bruce.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=402

Pedestrian Signals are Needed 24/7

Date posted to site: August 21, 2009

My name is Marcia Cummings and I lived, until May 5, 2009, in the city of Toronto, Ontario. I travelled throughout Toronto using a white cane as my mobility aid, as I am totally blind. I made use of the many accessible pedestrian signal-equipped intersections in Toronto, the majority of which were configured to operate in tandem with their visual counterparts. As a result, they were always active, giving anyone crossing a safe experience at any time of day or night, without any need for personal intervention.

When I moved to Huntsville with my fiancé, Michael Yale, I discovered there were only two intersections equipped with accessible pedestrian signals — at Main Street and Brunel Road, and at Main Street and Centre Street. The first thing I noticed about these signals was that they were not always active; they had to be activated by someone finding the pole, which emitted a beep, and then pushing and holding a button.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=401

Discrimination in Rental Housing Focus of Human Rights Report

Date posted to site: August 20, 2009

Subtle discrimination in Ontario's rental housing sector over race, age or social standing will be among the problem areas targeted in a new housing policy this fall from the Ontario Human Rights Commission, the chief commissioner said today.

In its first annual report released since widening its mandate to focus on broader societal issues rather than just individual complaints, the commission found that the "issue of discrimination in housing kept coming up," said Barbara Hall.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=400

Morrison & Foerster and DRA to Present Appeals Argument Against Department of Veterans Affairs on Behalf of 900,000 Veterans

Date posted to site: August 20, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO [August 10, 2009] - Attorneys from Morrison & Foerster LLP and Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) on Wednesday will present arguments in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a landmark lawsuit demanding reform of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), a system now backlogged with 900,000 disability claims-400,000 of which have been filed by Iraq war veterans (Veterans for Common Sense, et al. v. Shinseki, et al.).

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=798

Sudbury Psychologist to Conduct Study of Female Inmates

Date posted to site: August 19, 2009

Sudbury psychologist Dr. Michel Lariviere and a team of local researchers and mental health workers will travel the country to study the prevalence of mental illness among women in federal penitentiaries.

The Correctional Service of Canada will use the data collected to create an up-to-date profile of the mental health diagnoses of female offenders. The information will be used to better meet the mental health needs of women prisoners.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=795

K1 Speed to Pay $50,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Date posted to site: August 18, 2009

Go-Kart Company Refused to Discuss Accommodation for Employee's Cystic Fibrosis, Federal Agency Charged

SEATTLE - K1 Speed, Inc., a Carlsbad, Calif.-based go-kart racing operation, will provide $50,000 and other relief to settle a federal lawsuit charging that the company refused to accommodate an employee with cystic fibrosis and fired him from its facility in Redmond, Wash., the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=793

Guest Editorial Accessible Taxis in Kingston

Date posted to site: August 17, 2009

Individuals with mobility impairments have been negotiating on Kingston's accessibility committee for almost three years. To date, it is unclear anything positive will happen.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=791

OPSEU: Health Care Workers Still at Risk Despite CAMH Guilty Plea and Fine

Date posted to site: August 17, 2009

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 14, 2009) - Health care workers can take some small comfort in the $70,000 fine levied against the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH) for failing to comply with the Ontario Health and Safety Act, but much more needs to be done to stem the growing tide of workplace violence, says the president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=397

Richmond Hill Family Wants Answers in Son's Death

Date posted to site: August 17, 2009

Ubah Aganeh wants answers.

Ms Aganeh's brother Kulmiye died March 14 at the Mental Health Centre in Penetanguishene.

According to the Aganeh family's lawyer, Barry Swadron, Mr. Aganeh, 22, was transferred to the hospital after being found not criminally responsible for stealing a car.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=398

A Voice on Behalf of Others

Date posted to site: August 17, 2009

Russ Findlay's journey as an advocate has taken two lifetimes.

Speaking out for others was learned by example in his parent's northern Ontario home in Haileybury.

His advocate's role was honed as a union leader with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) when the union office was still located on Broadway Ave. The union position came on the heels of a teaching career at Eastdale Secondary School where Findlay taught math.

That was his first life.

A cane, a walker and eventually a wheelchair carried Findlay on the next fateful phase of his advocate's journey.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=399

Town Adopts Policy on Serving Individuals with Disabilities

Date posted to site: August 13, 2009

WOLFEBORO - At its Aug. 5 meeting the Wolfeboro Board of Selectmen adopted, with minor revisions, a "Policy on Accommodations to Individuals with Disabilities" drafted by Town Manager Dave Owen.

The policy grew out of a July 15 letter by John J. Farley, Assistant U.S. Attorney, responding to Owen's June 15 report on the town's efforts to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In that letter Owen reported that town's decision to discontinue using the Town Hall Meeting Room, which was not ADA compliant and lacked bathroom facilities, and to hold meetings only in spaces that were ADA compliant.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=788

Cyclist Raises Funds for Eating Disorder

Date posted to site: August 13, 2009

Silence kills: this is something Tara Levis knows all too well.

When she was 11 years old, she was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa

and was hospitalized at 12.

For the next decade of her life, Levis struggled with the illness, going in and out of treatment centres from Ontario, where she grew up, to relocating to various cities all over Canada.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=786

Universal Health Care Does Not Necessarily Include the Disabled

Date posted to site: August 13, 2009

I would like to know how a brand new doctor's office was licensed to open without having purchased at least one height adjustable examination table? As a person who uses a wheelchair, I went up there for a procedure and, because I could not get onto the examination table due to its height, the appointment had to be cancelled.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=396

Accessible Cabs a Must: Group

Date posted to site: August 13, 2009

Glenn Outhwaite has been waiting for a taxi to come by his home for almost three years.

That's how long it has been since he and others on the city's accessibility committee began pushing for accessible taxis in Kingston.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=395

Blind, Sighted Athletes Equally Proud

Date posted to site: August 12, 2009

As athletes with disabilities prepare for the Paralympic Games next month, a new study co-authored by a Canadian researcher suggests spontaneous signs of celebration in victory displayed by sighted athletes bear strong similarities to those of blind athletes who have never seen such expressions of triumph.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=784

Renovating for the Needs of the Disabled

Date posted to site: August 11, 2009

Ronny Wiskin poses in his Toronto office. He started his company in 2004 after his grandmother's plight made him realize there might be a niche for a different kind of contractor.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=394

Back Off Charging the Blind for Transit

Date posted to site: August 11, 2009

SHOULD Halifax public transit services stiff the blind?

That's what regional council is supposed to grapple with tonight, as councillors discuss a staff recommendation to do away with free Metro Transit passes for passengers who are visually impaired.

The motive? Staff are worried the city may face human rights complaints from other disabled groups whose members have to pay full fares.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=777

Talking Back To Your Device Has Never Been Easier

Date posted to site: August 11, 2009

Dr. Carlo Tornatore, director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center at Georgetown University Hospital, uses a special medical version of Dragon voice recognition software to enter notes on a patient encounter.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=781

Disabled Workers Feel Sting of recession

Date posted to site: August 08, 2009

Ralph Waine first stuck his nose under the hood of a car at the age of five.

But even though the 43-year-old mechanic has since accumulated years of experience fixing cars and transport trucks, finding a job in the field has caused him nothing but frustration.

He says it comes down to one reason: "It's just I can't hear, and that's why they don't want to offer me that chance."

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=775

32 Percent Students Intellectually Challenged

Date posted to site: August 05, 2009

In Trinidad and Tobago there are many children that have learning disabilities that go unnoticed or ignored on a daily basis. According to research, learning disabilities (LD) often lead to long-lasting psychological harm unless they are caught early, yet still, in this country, many children slip through the system undiagnosed, leaving them unable to function later in life.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=771

Ottawa Launches Website to Consult Canadians on Copyright Laws

Date posted to site: August 04, 2009

The federal government announced Monday it would begin nationwide consultations with Canadians to get feedback on copyright laws. "Canadians are concerned with copyright and its implications in our increasingly digital environment," said Minister of Industry Tony Clement, at a conference Monday in Vancouver with Heritage Minister James Moore. "Your opinions and suggestions will help us draft new, flexible legislation so that Canada can regain its place on the cutting edge of the digital economy," said Mr. Clement.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=767

University of Prince Edward Island(UPEI) accessible for everyone

Date posted to site: August 04, 2009

Great news for people with disabilities- We finally have a place that we can go on Prince Edward Island where everything is ACCESSIBLE. THIS IS a place we should be proud of and hold as an example to the rest of province and this place is our university, the University of Prince Edward Island.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=765

Japan Rethinks Silent Hybrid Cars

Date posted to site: August 04, 2009

Japan is considering the introduction of noise-making devices for near-silent hybrid cars following safety fears from vision-impaired pedestrians.

"Vision-impaired people feel that hybrid vehicles are dangerous", a transport ministry official told AFP. The top-selling hybrid vehicles run almost without any sound when they change from fuel to battery mode.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=769

Ontario Liberals Cut Off Benefits for Parents of Severely Disabled Child

Date posted to site: August 02, 2009

Considering 11-year-old Grace Wood has undergone several life saving procedures since birth and still struggles with numerous health challenges on a daily basis, it's a miracle she's made it this far.

At seven days, doctors performed major airway reconstruction.When she was four months old, a G-Tube was implanted in her stomach. At fourteen months, she had her first open heart surgery, followed by a tracheotomy a month later that lasted for three years. After the tracheotomy was removed, she underwent numerous heart catheterization procedures at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=393

’We Need That Drug Card'

Date posted to site: August 02, 2009

$3,000 a month in medical expenses: Another local family with disabled child fights for reinstatement of benefits cut off because income exceeded cap

Ever since five-year-old Gabriel Leung's feeding tube was pulled out of his stomach by his nurse at school, his parents have been frightened to leave him with anyone.

The nurse, who accompanies him to Otonabee Valley Public School, accidentally pulled out the tube in January, his father, Carey Leung, said yesterday.

"If a nurse accidentally pulled it out, anyone could, " he said.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=392

U.S. Signs U.N. Disabilities Pact, in Change of Course

Date posted to site: August 02, 2009

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States signed a U.N. convention on Thursday aimed at ensuring equal rights for the world's 650 million disabled people, a pact that the former Bush administration refused to endorse.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=760

Ratify Disability Rights Agreement Now

Date posted to site: August 02, 2009

What can a six-foot-10 Turkish hoops star teach us that the Bank of Canada can't?

When it comes to money, the financial capital that drives the economy, the central bank likes to think of itself as the last word. If it says things have bottomed out, we are meant to take heart.

Personally I'd rather put my faith in our social capital.

Social capital is all about our ability to live with each other, to build communities that include everyone.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=762

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September

City May Enforce Parking Rules

Date posted to site: September 30, 2009

A program to enforce parking regulations for people with disabilities on private property, such as malls and plazas, got the endorsement of city council last night.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=417

Radio Comments About Disabled Person Violates Code, CBSC Finds

Date posted to site: September 29, 2009

OTTAWA - Negative comments about person with a disability made during the morning show on Toronto's CFNY-FM (102.1 The Edge), violated the equitable portrayal code, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) has found.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=416

New Information and Some Changed Dates for Charles Beer's Public Forums on How to Improve the AODA

Date posted to site: September 29, 2009

It is more important than ever for as many of you as possible to attend the public forums Charles Beer is hosting, to get input on what can be done to more effectively implement the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, so that Ontarians with disabilities can live in a barrier-free society. We need a large turn-out. Please circulate this information to others who may be interested.

Read more at
http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/09272009.asp

The Paciello Group and Riverdocs Announce Accessibility Services for Legacy PDF Documents

Date posted to site: September 29, 2009

The Paciello Group (TPG), pioneers in the field of accessible interface design, and Riverdocs, a leading document conversion solutions provider, today announced a partnership that will provide the ability to take existing PDF documents and deliver structured, accessible HTML content in conformance with existing governmental guidelines. These guidelines include adhering to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Version 2 (WCAG 2.0), the DDA and Section 508 requirements.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=886

People With Disabilities and the Promise of ICTs

Date posted to site: September 29, 2009

The Future of ICT for Development

This post is part of a series commissioned by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) on the future of ICTs and development.

"I MAY be 100% blind but the internet has taken away 50% of my disability," Silatul Rahim Dahman told Cindy Tham of the Nut Graph, an independent Malaysian news site.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=888

Guest Commentary: Accessibility, a Short Definition

Date posted to site: September 28, 2009

Since the advent of the Americans with Disabilities Act, commercial establishments have been trying to comply with the laws with varying success. As for what is accessible and what is not, a simple rule to follow is that if some arrangement is accessible for the less ambulatory, it will be accessible for anyone.

Lowering a light switch to a height that can be used by a person in a wheelchair does not make it difficult for an ambulatory person. And in fact, it might be easier to turn on light switches that are belt level than one that is 5 feet up the wall! The ADA actually makes the world easier to operate for all people. (Sometime watch how many ambulatory people use the ramps at a ball park as opposed to those using the stairs.)

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=884

The Reality of Trying to Live on Disability Support

Date posted to site: September 26, 2009

When her son was born, Charnelle Wade grew up in a hurry. She knew she couldn't support a child as a motel chambermaid and couldn't get a better job as a Grade 9 dropout. She was determined not to raise Alecsander in poverty.

So she buckled down and earned a high-school equivalency certificate, enrolled in Centennial College, reunited with her son's father and rented an apartment for three - everything society says a teenage mother should do.

That's where her story went off the rails.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=414

Deadline Looms for Accessibility Law

Date posted to site: September 25, 2009

The first step in a long, complex rollout of groundbreaking legislation to ensure accessibility for Ontarians with disabilities reaches The University of Western Ontario on Jan. 1.

Western, along with other public sector organizations in the province, is working towards a January deadline for instituting the first stage of compliance - new customer service standards - required by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) passed in 2005.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=193

The Deadly Silence of the Electric Car

Date posted to site: September 25, 2009

Automakers Propose Vroom-Vroom Substitutes to Alert Pedestrians

After years of trying to make cars sound as if they were riding on air, engineers are considering how they might bring back some noise. They're trying to make some of them -- those silent hybrids -- more audible.

But how?

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=882

New Provincial Accessibility Regulations Affect New Business and Major Renovations

Date posted to site: September 25, 2009

As part of its new commitment to making Ontario more accessible for people living with disabilities, the provincial government passed The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act in 2005.

Within it's framework, a number of committees have been set up and provided recommendations and new regulations outlining how the various sectors of the province need to become more accessible.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=191

Experts Gather to Discuss Invisible Addictions

Date posted to site: September 23, 2009

Chronic dependence on things such as shopping is being treated across North America, despite the fact that not one of these so-called "addictions" is officially recognized as a disorder.

Grandma collected one too many cookie jars? She may need rehab.

Chronic dependence on things such as hoarding, shopping, playing video games and even using Twitter is being treated in Betty Ford-style clinics across North America, despite the fact not one of these so-called "new addictions" is officially recognized as a disorder - at least, not yet.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=877

Sign Up For The Charles Beer Independent Review"s Public Forums On How Well Ontario"s Accessibility Legislation Is Working

Date posted to site: September 23, 2009

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE UPDATE
September 17, 2009

SUMMARY

We encourage you to sign up to have your say at public forums on whether the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act is being implemented quickly and effectively enough. The Ontario Government appointed Charles Beer to conduct an Independent Review of Ontario"s disability accessibility legislation.

Please find at the link below a message from Charles Beer with the details of where and when the public meetings are being held as well as the instructions for registration.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 28, 2009.

Read more at
http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/09172009.asp

Pentictonites joins anti-HST rallies across B.C.

Date posted to site: September 23, 2009

Regina Parker was one of about 40 people gathered downtown Saturday to protest the Harmonized Sales Tax. On a fixed income, the disabled woman says the tax will eat away at the small amount of money she gets to live on.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=879

Disabilities Do Not Have to Broaden the Digital Divide

Date posted to site: September 22, 2009

Frequently my choice of which restaurant, mall, or friend to visit is based on my knowledge of the prospects for finding parking. Am I alone in this? Consider then the infinitely greater issues and constraints faced by people with physical disabilities.

The issue of accessibility is not only limited to the physical world. In recent years there has been a growing appreciation of accessibility's implications in cyber space. Anyone who has tried to access a website mistakenly rendered inaccessible by an Etisalat firewall might have experienced some mild frustration.

Consider then the visually impaired individual attempting to access information on the web. Time and again the desired information is available, but rendered inaccessible by the thoughtless design of websites.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=873

Lyme Disease Patients Rally for Better Diagnostic Tests

Date posted to site: September 22, 2009

Lyme Disease Patients Rally for Better Diagnostic Tests

Canadian Lyme disease patients are calling for better doctor training and more accurate tests so sufferers can be diagnosed and treated quickly before their side effects become crippling and chronic.

At rallies across Canada this week, patients called for greater awareness of the disease within the medical community, and asked provincial governments to train doctors to recognize the disease.

"We have people on crutches, we have people that couldn't come today because they are bedridden," Lyme disease patient Gwen Barlee told CTV News at a rally in Vancouver. "Most people I know who have Lyme disease don't have jobs anymore."

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=875

Guest Commentary: What Would You Want?

Date posted to site: September 21, 2009

Have you ever wondered what it is like for someone else to go about their living? I'm sure at some point in all of our lives someone has said, "Try to think what it's like in my shoes." People today are caught up in their own lives, problems, and health concerns. It appears to me as if they think they're the only ones who should be accommodated. Whether you are disabled or just experiencing old age, everyone should have equal access to commercial business, even if it's a little more "leg work" for the owner.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=871

Brainstorming Uses for Camera-Phone Question Answering Service

Date posted to site: September 21, 2009

Principal Investigator Jeffrey P. Bigham, Ph.D.

This form describes a research study that Jeffrey P. Bigham, principal investigator from the University of Rochester, is conducting in order to brainstorm potential uses of a camera-phone question answering service designed to assist people with visual impairments with everyday visual tasks.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=868

Canada Games Success Takes Censorship And Disability Discrimination

Date posted to site: September 19, 2009

The Canada Games 2009 Host Committee reported their happiness with the Games success in the Charlottetown Guardian.

"Why does a national sporting event funded with taxpayers money feel it has the right to infringe our freedom of speech and trample disability rights?" said Stephen Pate, director of PEI Disability Alert. "We don't believe taxpayer money should fund organizations that didn't appreciate the values in a liberal democracy."

"Why did Canada Games tolerate the disability discrimination at the UPEI Canada Games site?"

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=866

New Funds Will Allow 58 More Applications for Home Repair Program

Date posted to site: September 18, 2009

THUNDER BAY - Thanks to federal and provincial funding, The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board (TBDSSAB) has so far been able to assist 250 home owners in repairing their homes. New funds confirmed this week will make it possible for an additional 58 applications to be processed.

"The Northern Home Repair Program (NHRP) provides assistance in the form of forgivable loans to low to moderate income individuals and families to repair their homes, bring them up to health and safety standards and improve accessibility for persons with disabilities" said TBDSSAB Chair Iain Angus.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=412

Margaret Frazer House Demands Action on Reducing the Financial Barrier to Healthcare for People with Mental Illness

Date posted to site: September 17, 2009

TORONTO, Sept. 16 /CNW/ - Financial barriers can be immense for people who suffer from mental illness and the Ontario Government has an opportunity to act now. The All-Party Committee on Mental Health and Addictions is hearing from groups and individuals on what should be included in a strategy for the province.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=411

When Disability is No Barrier

Date posted to site: September 16, 2009

ICT applications should consider handicapped users from the start,

Kamollak Deeyai, or Nong Kob, has difficulty controlling her movements and speech, as she was born with athetoid cerebral palsy.

Nong Oay and Nong Note enjoy taking photos for visitors and editing them with the Photoshop program.

The Mattayom 1 student cannot articulate, but she is able to communicate with teachers and friends with a picture notebook and the Talking Switch speech assistive equipment, which helps her to partake in activities in the classroom.

Beside Nong Kob, at the United Nation building recently, was fellow wheelchair user Nong Oay, who has weak bones due to the inherited disorder of collagen synthesis, and Nong Note, who suffers muscle weakness.

All are students at Srisangwal School who today enjoy using not only the assistive technology, developed by the National Electronics and Computer Technology Centre (Nectec), but also computer programs such as Photoshop.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=862

More Services Available for Learning Disabled

Date posted to site: September 16, 2009

September 15, 2009 - The Learning Disabilities Association of Sault Ste. Marie (LDA) has had funding approval of $61,554 from the Province of Ontario, through the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities under the Ontario Job Creation Program for their 'Opening Doors' Project.

The one-year funding has allowed for the hiring of two full-time staff, an adult services manager and a community technology manager; and for project costs including computers, assistive learning software and specialized training for the two participants.

This project will allow the LDA to improve, enhance and increase services in the community.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=185

Canadian group vows to fight Tanzania albino murders

Date posted to site: September 16, 2009

DAR ES SALAAM - A Canadian rights group says it will not rest until there is an end to the murder of albinos in Tanzania - a minority often hunted down for their body parts to be used in witchcraft.

Since 2007 at least 53 albinos have been killed in various parts of the east African nation, with most incidents occurring in the remote northwest regions of Shinyanga and Mwanza, where superstition is deep-seated.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=864

High Percentage of Complainants Without Counsel

Date posted to site: September 15, 2009

New human rights system speeds up cases but sees many unrepresented litigants

A year after the Ontario government overhauled the human rights system, the tribunal that handles cases is finding itself busy with scores of new complainants, many of them so far unrepresented by counsel.

Squaring off against complainants without counsel is a challenge for lawyers representing respondents, Patty Murray says.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=410

BlindAid: Virtual Maps For The Blind

Date posted to site: September 15, 2009

The blind and visually impaired often rely on others to provide cues and information on navigating through their environments. The problem with this method is that it doesn't give them the tools to venture out on their own, says Dr. Orly Lahav of Tel Aviv University's School of Education and Porter School for Environmental Studies.

To give navigational "sight" to the blind, Dr. Lahav has invented a new software tool to help the blind navigate through unfamiliar places. It is connected to an existing joystick, a 3-D haptic device, that interfaces with the user through the sense of touch. People can feel tension beneath their fingertips as a physical sensation through the joystick as they navigate around a virtual environment which they cannot see, only feel: the joystick stiffens when the user meets a virtual wall or barrier.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=860

New Addition At Bayshore Station Unsafe for Parents And Persons With Disabilities

Date posted to site: September 14, 2009

Dear Mayor O'Brien and City Councillors

I am writing to you today as a taxpayer, as a person with a disability and as a transit user to let you know that there are major safety issues at the new Bayshore Transit station addition for persons with disabilities and for parents who maybe travelling with young children.

Read more at
http://catherinegardner.ca/blog/?p=453#more-453

Suit: Ban on Service Animals Violates Fair Housing Act

Date posted to site: September 14, 2009

A Lindenhurst apartment complex has violated the Fair Housing Act by excluding disabled people with service animals from renting, the federal government charged in a lawsuit released Thursday.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=855

Role of Disabilities Ignored for Tens of Millions Experiencing Income Poverty

Date posted to site: September 14, 2009

Nearly half of all working age adults experiencing poverty have a disability.

Washington, D.C.- When the Census Bureau releases its yearly data on income poverty this Thursday, there will likely be little focus on disability as a cause and consequence of poverty. Yet, as a new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) shows, the share of people experiencing income poverty who have disabilities is far larger than conventionally understood. Nearly half of all working-age adults experiencing poverty on an annual basis have a disability, and more than half of household heads will experience a period of disability by their mid-50s.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=857

Guest Editorial: Rural vs. Urban

Date posted to site: September 14, 2009

A recent article from The Sudbury Star noted the lack of certain health programming in rural Ontario-for example, mental health programmes. A member of the Ontario Legislature, France Gelinas, is currently leading a Legislative committee touring rural Ontario communities (i.e. not Toronto), gathering information about the current situation. It appears obvious that when it comes to 'services', good luck if you do not live in Toronto.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=853

High-Tech Glasses Help the Nearly Blind See

Date posted to site: September 12, 2009

Anne Lewis, who is legally blind, has been testing the glasses. Unlike other products she has tried, they work while she is moving.

An Ottawa company is developing computerized glasses that help people with severe visual impairments see - as well as zoom in on and replay what they saw with the press of a button.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=851

Planting a Safer SEED Across All Disabilities

Date posted to site: September 12, 2009

What does it take for you to feel safe?

Is it about physical things - a roof over your head, enough to eat, a way to get around?

Is it about being able to move through the streets without worrying about being shot or mugged or molested?

Or does it go deeper than that?

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=408

Critics Barking Over Carleton Place 'Service Dog'

Date posted to site: September 12, 2009

Dog Owner Launches Human Rights Complaints Against Merchants

OTTAWA-The movie, inescapably, would be called Carleton Place Chihuahua.

Except no one, even in Hollywood or Beverly Hills, would believe a story so bizarre - only government could make it so.

A teacup chihuahua named Dee-O-Gee, weighing maybe seven pounds, and its assertive owner, Alex Allarie, have dragged the Ontario Human Rights Commission into a dispute over what is and isn't a "service dog" - the kind permissible in food stores and restaurants.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=183

Mental Health Programs Lacking: Gelinas

Date posted to site: September 12, 2009

A provincial committee investigating problems related to mental health and addictions in Ontario heard Thursday that the North suffers the same difficulties as southern Ontario -- and then some.

In many northern communities, it isn't just that wait times are long to access mental health and addictions programs. It is that those programs simply do not exist.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=409

IBM and Chinese Deaf Association Launch Real-time, Online Sign Language Interpretation Service

Date posted to site: September 11, 2009

First-of-a-kind Internet Service Supports Organization of 2009 Deaflympics

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) and the Chinese Deaf Association announced the launch of an online sign language interpretation service in Taiwan, aimed to provide video and audio instant messaging services to the deaf. The service, initially used to support the organization of the 21st Summer Deaflympics held in Taipei city from September 5 to 15, will benefit over 200,000 deaf and hearing impaired people in Taiwan.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=849

School Board Re-commits to Accessibility Plan

Date posted to site: September 11, 2009

Public schools in Peel will move toward greater accessibility in accordance with a provincial act to make Ontario barrier-free, pledged the school board at its Sept. 8 meeting.

Recent criticism of the Peel District School Board's lack of action on approving a plan to address accessibility issues prompted the board to bolster efforts and get back on track.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=177

New Accessibility Standards Will Affect Public and Private Sectors

Date posted to site: September 11, 2009

It's not just about municipalities anymore.

It seems as if the business community is the next stage for bringing about an accessible community.

Jennifer Cowan, Wellington County Accessibility Co-ordinator, came to Minto council to provide an overview of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=179

More Lives Shattered

Date posted to site: September 11, 2009

Long-neglected mental health issues have led to another tragic death in Peel Region

In Peel Region, another mother is slain, and once again, it is a son with mental health issues who stands charged with the heinous crime.

So the yellow police tape cordons off yet another suburban home, another grieving family is left shattered.

But then we should not really be surprised, not when Ontario -- and Peel in particular -- is a desert for those who desperately need psychiatric help.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=407

Help Change Business Practices Toward People With Disabilities!

Date posted to site: September 11, 2009

Many people with disabilities face challenges when trying to access everyday goods and services. Ensuring accessible quality customer service to all is becoming a business and legal imperative. Your experiences and ideas are important! Have your say!

PSN - Performance Solutions Network and LLR & associates are seeking your opinions. We want to understand the major barriers and issues you experience when attempting to access every day goods and services and quality customer service. We also are seeking your ideas and suggestions on what can be done to make your customer service experiences better.

Fill out our survey at
http://www.psncorp.com/survey_cs.html

19 Abuse Cases Found by Investigators at N.S. Residence for Mentally Disabled

Date posted to site: September 10, 2009

HALIFAX, N.S. — Residents of an aging centre in Nova Scotia for mentally handicapped and mentally ill adults suffered 19 cases of physical, emotional or sexual abuse over the past two years, say government documents obtained by The Canadian Press under provincial access to information legislation.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=847

AODA Transportation Standards Will Compromise on Safety!

Date posted to site: September 09, 2009

Warning - These New Standards Will Not Be Safe!

The provincial government has too many pieces of legislation and, after reading through a lot of it, I have been left to wonder if they are investing enough resources into making sure they are properly cross-referenced for conflicts or loop-holes which would prevent them from fulfilling their original mandate.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=175

ADD & ADHD Drugs War For Children

Date posted to site: September 09, 2009

Pills for ChildrenShould we really be giving ADD & ADHD hyperactivity drugs like Ritalin to our growing boys and girls? Are we willing to take the risks of short term and unknown long term side effects or rather, are the kids willing? Have we stopped to care what emotional impact forcing these decisions on our children will have on their psyche?

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=841

Quiet Hybrid Cars a Risk for the Blind

Date posted to site: September 09, 2009

Japanese panel considers ring-tones for hybrids and electric cars

One appeal of a hybrid or electric car is its super-quiet drive. But worries are growing that blind people may be endangered by that silence.

The Japanese government has set up a panel with automakers, organizations for the blind, and consumers groups to come up with a solution that could have such vehicles emitting what sounds like engine noise, or musical sounds like a cellphone ringtone, officials said Tuesday.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=845

Lawyer: Push forE-Reader Could Violate Blind Students' Rights

Date posted to site: September 08, 2009

Efforts to bring some of the most cutting-edge technologies to Wayne State University classrooms could violate the rights of blind students, lawyer and Board of Governors Chairman Richard Bernstein said today.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=839

Accessible Toilets

Date posted to site: September 07, 2009

Why bog standard should be a fully accessible standard

There is one final taboo in our culture. These days we have become used to people talking and writing about the most personal of subjects such as sex, mental illness and death. Yet there remains an aspect of our lives which is rarely discussed openly - the whole business of going to the loo.

Wheelchair users are perhaps the exception. We are forced by our circumstances to talk about it - with our family, our carers, our work colleagues and with medical professionals. I'd hazard a guess that I'm the first person to write an article about it for this website.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=834

Into the Mainstream

Date posted to site: September 07, 2009

After decades of virtually no access to education, children with special needs are getting a shot at the regular school system

on the vast compound belonging to the Ministry of Education (MOE), beyond the garden and the massive, white villa, there lies a decrepit building on the margins of the property. On its fourth floor, in a small section behind a nondescript door, is the Department of Special Education, isolated and until now, mostly ignored.

Eight-year-old Abdel Rahman walks in, grasping his mother's hand for guidance. Born with a defect of the optic nerve, the young boy has suffered from poor vision all his life. He missed a year of school as it became increasingly difficult for him to see what was written on the blackboard. Today, his mother has come to request her son be transferred from public school to a specialized school for students with visual impairments.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=832

Mobility Cup 2009 Toronto - The wrap up of a great regatta

Date posted to site: September 07, 2009

The inaugural Mobility Cup in 1991 kicked off the annual Canadian-hosted international regatta for sailors with a disability. In 1999, The Mobility Cup came to Toronto and left in its wake the Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario - what has become the country's largest sailing program of its type.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=836

Jan. 1 is Deadline

Date posted to site: September 05, 2009

PETAWAWA - The town is well positioned to meet the legal requirements of the Customer Service Standard policy as laid out in the province's Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

As a public sector organization, the town must comply with the standard by Jan. 1, 2010, while private businesses, non-profit organizations and other service providers must comply by 2012.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=169

Shining a Light Into a Dark World

Date posted to site: September 05, 2009

READING a newspaper or sitting down with a good book is something most of us take for granted.

But for 22-year-old Stephen Stubbs it's a skill that required much dedication and mastery of a host of hi-tech equipment.

Born totally blind, Stephen demonstrated an aptitude for the cutting edge computer software which has revolutionised his life and stunned his teachers in the process.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=827

Digital TV software provides talking menus for the visually impaired, deaf and elderly

Date posted to site: September 04, 2009

Bristol/Hong Kong-based Ocean Blue Software, a specialist digital TV software house, has developed "talking" digital TV technology for set top boxes and televisions that could potentially benefit millions of people who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, severely dyslexic, and elderly.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=825

Round Table: "Accessibility and Reasonable Accommodation"

Date posted to site: September 04, 2009

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro urged Member States this morning to without delay sign, ratify and implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities -- a landmark document that provided a solid norm for advancing the human rights of the 650 million people worldwide with disabilities -- as well as its Optional Protocol.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=823

The Weekend to End Breast Cancer Slogan Misses the Mark

Date posted to site: September 04, 2009

Toronto ON - The annual fundraising walk-a-thon called The Weekend to End Breast Cancer is taking place in Toronto in September.

It's been reported that similar events in five other cities have drawn a total of 6,445 participants. For every one of them, there are at least 5 other Canadians who would like to be able to take a few steps in a walk-a-thon.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=406

New York A.G. Announces Comprehensive Web Access Settlement

Date posted to site: September 03, 2009

Congratulations to New York State Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo's office for its announcement this week of a comprehensive accessibility settlement with HSBC Card Services.

The settlement, negotiated by attorney Jeffrey Powell in the Bureau of Consumer Frauds and Protection, addresses web accessibility, alternative formats for visually impaired customers, relay service for deaf and hearing impaired customers, and other important accessibility issues. Under the Agreement, the HSBC web site will satisfy Conformance Level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, promulgated by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World Wide Web Consortium (w3c) no later than May 31, 2010.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=821

Accessible Buildings a Balancing Act

Date posted to site: September 02, 2009

Public has until Oct. 16 to comment on built environment standards

OSHAWA -- The rubber wheels on Scott Pigden's scooter bump up against the step outside a vacant downtown Oshawa store, as he demonstrates how even little things can be big barriers.

The step up to the door is just a few inches high, but it's enough to block those using wheelchairs and scooters from entering, and to pose a serious safety hazard for the visually impaired.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=165

King on Board with Accessibility Standards

Date posted to site: September 02, 2009

King councillors stated last week they are on board with the accessibility standards for customer service, which will come into effect in the New Year.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=167

Guelph Girl With Tumor Rides for Kids' Camps

Date posted to site: September 01, 2009

GUELPH - Alicia Denoon is an adorable 12-year-old whose shyness tugs at your heartstrings.

But although she's coping with a brain tumor that has thankfully stabilized, she's determined to support camps for children with cancer. She's found them so helpful over the years with self-esteem, social skills and just getting some fun out of life.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=405

Drawing From Adversity: Disabled Artists Support Themselves Despite Tough Economic Conditions

Date posted to site: September 01, 2009

Mouth and Foot Painting Artists of Canada helps disabled artists foster a unique skill

TORONTO, Sept. 1 /CNW/ - Every artist dreams of being able to live off of their artwork, but few are fortunate enough to be able to sustain themselves through their creativity alone. Despite the current state of the global economy and the limited options available to disabled people in the Canadian workforce, the members of the Mouth and Foot painting Artists of Canada (MFPA) have been fortunate to be able to work within an organization that provides them with independence, fulfilment and job security.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=815

Poll Finds Those with Arthritis Feel Physical Activity May Be Unsafe

Date posted to site: September 01, 2009

Canadians with arthritis are urged to get moving during Arthritis Awareness Month

TORONTO, ONTARIO, NEWS RELEASE--(Marketwire - Sept. 1, 2009) - Almost two-thirds of Canadians struggling with arthritis believe that physical activity poses the risk of aggravating their symptoms, according to a recent poll commissioned by The Arthritis Society. This percentage was considerably higher than the general population who responded at 46 per cent, as indicated by the Ipsos Reid survey.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=819

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October

Provincial Government Should be Setting the Example for New Website Launches

Date posted to site: October 31, 2009

Well it didn't take long for me to find another so called "accessible website" through an article at http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/October2009/27/c3016.htmltitled "ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE | OPP launches redesigned website enhancing public access to OPP information ".

The Author states;

To be inclusive of people with disabilities, the website was designed to meet current accessibility standards.

What standards would that be?

Surely not Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0(WCAG), or even WCAG 1.0!

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=228

Student Files Suit Against U niversity

Date posted to site: October 31, 2009

Diane Metcalf-Leggette ’13 is suing the University for refusing to grant her extended time on examinations, the New Jersey Law Journal reported on Tuesday. Metcalf-Leggette, who filed the suit on Monday, claims that she should be given extra time on tests because of her learning disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=953

Chamber Hears About Accessibility Act

Date posted to site: October 30, 2009

Barrie's Accessibility Advisory Committee got into the business of teaching customer service to the Greater Barrie Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Barrie.

Thanks to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), municipalities have had to set up committees to help implement a series of provincial regulations that break down barriers for people with disabilities - be they physical (including vision and hearing losses), intellectual or mental health.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=226

Disabled Nortel Employees Lose Out

Date posted to site: October 29, 2009

As Nortel divvies up its assets and former CEO Mike Zafirovski paws for $12.3 million (U.S.), employees on long-term disability are forgotten and abandoned, providing yet another example of how more than 40 per cent of Canadians with disabilities find themselves earning less than $10,000 per year.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=951

The Pandemic and the Poor: Contrasting Government Responses

Date posted to site: October 29, 2009

The following is based on introductory remarks given at the Standing Committee on Finance's Pre Budget consultation, Toronto, October 22, 2009

Government responses to the possible H1N1 pandemic and the poor provide a stark contrast in approaches.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=949

Education Department Hit Over Web Site Access

Date posted to site: October 29, 2009

Complaint alleges USALearns.org Web site is inaccessible to the blind

The National Federation of the Blind is accusing the Education Department of failing to comply with accessibility requirements for disabled people on the department's USALearns.org Web site.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=946

Falling Through the Gaps

Date posted to site: October 27, 2009

FREE PRESS SERIES: It's been eight years since the Canadian Forces ombudsman complained about the way soldiers' mental health was being handled. There have been improvements, but services remain inadequately funded at a time when demand from troubled veterans and their families is rising, writes Free Press reporter Randy Richmond.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=940

The Minefield at Home : American Veterans Speak on Post War Life

Date posted to site: October 27, 2009

In August 2004, while on patrol with my Marine unit in Mahmudiya, Iraq, I was severely wounded by a roadside bomb. My wounds included a crushed skull and right hand, traumatic brain injury and the loss of both my eyes.

I am not alone. In the past eight years, many of the 35,000 American soldiers wounded in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have returned home. But many of us have also returned with deep emotional wounds, and those are harder to see.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=938

Inclusion: More Than Mere Access - Collections, Connections and Communities Conference, Ottawa, ON

Date posted to site: October 26, 2009

Whenever you hear the words "access" or "accessibility," what thoughts immediately come into your mind? Most people think of a sloping ramp or accessible washroom. This is understandable, since the International Symbol of Access is a stylized wheelchair.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=934

Museums Trying to Increase Accessibility for Blind

Date posted to site: October 26, 2009

to a new precedent set by the Justice Department, museums are scrambling to find new ways to include the visually impaired.

During a recent conference call among museum educators, one participant made an obvious point. "Art museums are essentially visual institutions," he said. He wasn't laughed off the phone. And given that those on the call were there to discuss how to make the visual arts accessible to the visually handicapped, his point was actually fairly profound.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=936

Site Check Certifications, Who Can You Trust?

Date posted to site: October 24, 2009

I recently read an article CIBC.com the first banking site in Canada to receive CNIB Site Check certification and just had to check it out.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=224

Federal Sites Rapped Over Accessibility Problems

Date posted to site: October 24, 2009

Sites not always useful for the disabled, groups claim

When the revamped Recovery.gov site went live this month, advocates for people with disabilities noticed problems with accessibility.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=930

Recognize Canada's Missing Millions

Date posted to site: October 24, 2009

How is it possible for more than 4.5 million Canadian citizens to go missing? Did they just drop off the map? Did anybody organize a search party?

Michael J. Prince went looking for evidence that those in positions of power give any thought at all to people with disabilities when formulating and assessing policies. He found little beyond empty words.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=932

Bringing Gaming to the Disabled

Date posted to site: October 22, 2009

Ironically, it was located in one of the least-accessible areas of the Games for Health conference held a few months ago in Boston.

Up a set of stairs and around a corner from the large conference halls and breakout rooms was the AbleGamers Accessibility Arcade.

Here, many in the gaming community got a chance to see _ and to experience _ what gaming is like for those with disabilities. As a game journalist, I can't think how many times I've trashed on a game's controller scheme for being illogical, unintuitive or just plain bad. But as lousy as those controller setups were, they were at least playable.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=928

Final Proposed Accessible Employment Standard

Date posted to site: October 21, 2009

The final proposed accessible employment standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) has now been submitted to the Minister of Community and Social Services (the Minister) for consideration as law. The proposed standard is designed to help employers create equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities and sets out the specific actions (requirements) that employers must take to achieve this. If the minister recommends that the whole proposed standard, or parts of it, be turned into a regulation, this will start a process for it to become law in Ontario.

Read more at
http://www.hrinfodesk.com/preview.asp?article=31483&title=Final%20proposed%20accessible%20employment%20standard

Virtual Pal Helps Autistic Kids Make Social Connections

Date posted to site: October 21, 2009

Researchers at Northwestern University are helping autistic children participate in conversations by using life-sized, computer-animated virtual peers

An early childhood neurological disorder, autism is one of the fastest-growing developmental disabilities in North America - with a new case diagnosed nearly every 20 minutes. Autism frequently impairs a child's ability to communicate with others. Parents might not hear their autistic child say "mommy" or "daddy" and find it difficult to determine what's bothering their child, let alone figure out what the child is thinking.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=926

ACS Signs Contract for Real-Time Passenger Information System with San Mateo County Transit

Date posted to site: October 21, 2009

Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (NYSE: ACS) has been selected by San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) to install a Predictive Bus Arrival / Departure System (PADS) system to provide real-time bus arrival/departure information to their customers via the Web, telephone systems, and on dynamic message signs at major SamTrans terminals.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=924

More Help Urged for Deaf Students

Date posted to site: October 21, 2009

Deaf children and those who are hard of hearing do not have equal access to health care or learning support across Ontario, says a new coalition of more than 150 parents, students and professionals who will descend Monday on Queen's Park to push for province-wide standards in services.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/deaf_articles.php?deaf=421

Rising Costs, Waiting Lists Can Cause Nightmares for Parents of Autistic Children

Date posted to site: October 20, 2009

OTTAWA - All the signs had been there.

When Suzanne Lanthier's three-year-old son, Scotty, played with his toy trucks, he would always turn them upside down and spin their wheels. The toddler would never stack his building blocks into a tower; instead he'd line them up one by one, with the perfect space in between each block.

And to their delight, her son would be able to sit and watch the same Sesame Street video over and over. For hours.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=922

Assistive Technology for the Blind

Date posted to site: October 19, 2009

When Jamie Paulo was in college, he used an electric typewriter to write all his papers. Blind since birth, Jamie hoped there weren't too many mistakes, and that his teachers would forgive the ones he made. More than once, he typed his entire paper only to later discover there was no ink in the typewriter.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=916

Status of the A.O.D.A

Date posted to site: October 19, 2009

Is Ontario now on schedule for achieving fully accessible employment, goods, services, facilities and buildings in the public and private sectors by 2025 as the Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act requires?

Read more at
http://www.blindcanadians.ca/press_releases//index.php?BriefID=55

Deaf Users Sound Off on Sidekick Outage

Date posted to site: October 16, 2009

"As the outage went on, I became concerned about how my deaf teenage son would be able to communicate in an emergency," Jamie Berke, an About.com guide based in the Washington metro area, said in an e-mail.

"I know he is not the only one," said Berke, who is also deaf. "The outage probably meant that thousands of deaf children who depend on their Sidekicks to communicate with parents were unable to communicate in the event of an emergency. Plus, I myself, would have been unable to communicate in an emergency."

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=909

Customer Service a Mindset

Date posted to site: October 15, 2009

Accessibility Act deadline fast-approaching

Providing customer service for people with disabilities is as much about mindset as it is about method.

Renfrew council recently received a primer on the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act from one of only three trainers in Renfrew County.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=216

Web Tool Helps Disabled San Franciscans Find the Latest Hotspots

Date posted to site: October 15, 2009

PR.com)-- Where's Lulu (http://www.whereslulu.com), a website featuring reviews about the accessibility of places and services, now provides a spot for San Franciscans to rate everything from the wheelchair accessibility of local restaurants, to the tasty drinks offered at nearby bars.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=905

Hybrid Cars May Include Fake Vroom for Safety

Date posted to site: October 15, 2009

For decades, automakers have been on a quest to make cars quieter: an auto that purrs, and glides almost silently in traffic.

They have finally succeeded.

Plug-in hybrid and electric cars, it turns out, not only reduce air pollution, they cut noise pollution as well with their whisper-quiet motors. But that has created a different problem. They aren't noisy enough.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=907

Accessibility Focus of Next Scugog Chamber Meeting

Date posted to site: October 14, 2009

New legislation to be highlighted at Oct. 29 meeting

SCUGOG -- Scugog's businesses will get a taste of what's to come over the next two years when the Scugog Chamber of Commerce focuses on new accessibility standards at its next breakfast meeting. Slated to be held Oct. 29 at the Scugog Community Centre, 1655 Reach St., the session will provide an overview of the first standard to be implemented under Ontario's Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The goal of the legislation is to make Ontario completely accessible by 2025.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=214

Barriers Will Face Us All as We Get Older

Date posted to site: October 13, 2009

Congratulations must go out to members of the Kawartha Lakes Accessibility Advisory Committee for a special event presented two weekends ago.

The Accessibility Aware Fair in Lindsay on Oct. 3 was a spirited attempt to draw attention to disability issues and barriers faced by many people in our community on a daily basis.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=209

Handicapped Parking Fines Eyed

Date posted to site: October 13, 2009

The fines paid by able-bodied drivers who park in handicapped parking spaces could be used to help Sarnia pay for costly accessibility initiatives mandated by the Ontario government, a committee of council has suggested.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=212

Parents of Disabled Grade 6 Student Hannah Gunderson and School District Have Found a Middle Ground

Date posted to site: October 13, 2009

Despite pleas earlier this year to allow Hannah Gunderson to continue riding a specially retrofitted standard bus with her friends to Ministik School, the disabled Grade 6 student is spending this year taking a more direct mini-bus.

Plans, however, are being made to allow Hannah to ride a full-sized, disabled-accessible bus for Grade 7 through 9 with Elk Island Public Schools, as well as her high school years, if she stays with EIPS.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=903

Guest Commentary: Getting a Job

Date posted to site: October 08, 2009

Getting a job while being disabled is more challenging than one might imagine. I was lucky to get an on-call job that gave me something to be proud of. I am thankful for the opportunity. Now, I am looking for a second job to fill the time I am not using for my other job, and am finding it to be difficult, not because of the economic times we are in, but because "hiring the handicapped" is no longer something that employers think is important.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=896

AODA Alliance -Send us Your Feedback on our Draft Brief on the Final Proposed Information and Communication Accessibility Standard

Date posted to site: October 07, 2009

SUMMARY

The Ontario Government recently made public the final proposed Information and Communication Accessibility Standard. This proposed accessibility standard was developed by the Information and Communication Standards Development Committee, which the Ontario Government appointed under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2005.

The Government is now considering this proposal. It has invited feedback from the public.

The Government has given the public up to October 16, 2009 to send in feedback on the final proposed standard. The Government will then decide what kind of Information and Communication Accessibility Standard it will enact.

Read more at
http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/10052009.asp

The Challenges of Making Art Accessible

Date posted to site: October 07, 2009

An Ottawa conference shows why galleries and museums need more than ramps to make them enjoyable for everyone.

OTTAWA - Canada's museums and art galleries are filled with wonderful things, an Ottawa conference has heard. Now, if only everyone could see and enjoy them.

Gallery and museum staff from across Canada spent the past four days at the National Gallery, mulling over the problems: What does "accessible" mean once the ramps are built? What if no one on staff understands sign language? How can a blind person get the most from an art gallery?

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=894

Sears, Roebuck to Pay $6.2 Million for Disability Bias

Date posted to site: October 07, 2009

Federal Court Approves Largest Monetary Amount Ever in Single EEOC ADA Suit; Employees Allegedly Terminated Based on Inflexible Workers' Compensation Leave Exhaustion Policy

CHICAGO - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced the entry of a record-setting consent decree resolving a class lawsuit against Sears, Roebuck and Co. (Sears) under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) for $6.2 million and significant remedial relief.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=892

Setting the Bar

Date posted to site: October 05, 2009

Members of the disabled community say they prefer the L-shaped handled to the angled one in washrooms.

Washroom bar handles should be standardised across Canada says some members of the disabled community.

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act released a proposed Accessibility Built Environment Standard for the public to review. Person's United for Self-Help held a community information workshop at Confederation College on Saturday to see if there were any issues that needed to be addressed. The public has until Oct. 16 to have input.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=204

Accessibility Plan 'Investment for All'

Date posted to site: October 05, 2009

A proposal to make all public and private buildings accessible to all disabilities is being reviewed.

The idea, being prepared under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), was up for public discussion at Confederation College on Saturday.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=202

European Commission Floats Idea of Web Accessibility Legislation

Date posted to site: October 03, 2009

The European Commission has proposed legislating to ensure that all EU nations adopt accessibility rules designed to ease disabled people's access to the web.

Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding has for the first time talked of a 'European Disability Act' that could compel EU nations to adopt web accessibility rules together so that all of Europe's websites become accessible at the same rate.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=890

OPSEU, MPP Urge Inquest

Date posted to site: October 03, 2009

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Access a Right, Says Commissioner

Date posted to site: October 02, 2009

The chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission says that while the Accessibility for Ontarians with a Disability Act (AODA) gives business owners and others until 2025 to comply, many have already made their facilities accessible.

"Many restaurants in Ontario have been made accessible because people have filed complaints and they have complied voluntarily or have been ordered by tribunals to do that," said Barbara Hall.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=200

Parasport Workshop Sheds Light on Wheelchair-Accessible Sports

Date posted to site: October 01, 2009

Whether you've wanted to try sledge hockey, or have wondered what it's like to shoot a basketball in a wheelchair, Saturday was the day to try any parasport you could think of, all in the gym at Cambrian College.

The workshop, hosted by Para Sport Ontario and Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association, showcased several sports, from curling and basketball, to sledge hockey and rowing. The goal was to raise awareness and promote a healthy lifestyle for people with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=418

Travel Woes of the Disabled in Our Community

Date posted to site: October 01, 2009

You are a person with a disability. That disability requires that you use a wheelchair or scooter for mobility. In this case, your disability is Multiple Sclerosis and you need to attend one of the special clinics for MS in Toronto to see your neurologist. You live in a city/town or rural area in Simcoe County.

The important question is: "How do you get there?"

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=198

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November

AEBC Seeks Increased Rights for Blind Canadians

Date posted to site: November 30, 2009

The International Day of Persons With Disabilities, December 3, brings a call for all Canadians to demand increased rights and opportunities for those who are blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted.

Robin East, President of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians says "All Canadians benefit from increasing the involvement of persons with disabilities in every aspect of the political, social, economic and cultural life of our communities." The AEBC President adds, “This Day reminds all of us to consider persons with disabilities in our country, and urges us to develop new ways to advance the opportunities of persons with disabilities."

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1028

There's Something Special (and Loud) About Wheelchair Rugby

Date posted to site: November 30, 2009

Some call it murderball, but to 15-year-old Nathan Bragg, it's a chance to showcase his athleticism while playing a full-contact sport in his wheelchair.

"For me, one of the things I absolutely love about [wheelchair] rugby is the contact," Bragg said. "I've never had the opportunity to do that before I started playing."

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1026

A Continuing Horror in the World!!!

Date posted to site: November 30, 2009

Thousands of African albinos displaced after rash of killings, report says

Nairobi - (AP) - The mistaken belief that albino body parts have magical powers has driven thousands of Africa's albinos into hiding, fearful of losing their lives and limbs to unscrupulous dealers who can make up to $75,000 selling a complete dismembered set.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1030

Banking Services for Older And Disabled People Improved

Date posted to site: November 30, 2009

The Human Rights Commission has helped the New Zealand Bankers' Association develop a set of voluntary guidelines to help improve access to banking services by older and disabled people.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1032

For Students with Disabilities, it's All in the Plan

Date posted to site: November 30, 2009

Derrick Pendilla is 12 years old, loves sports, cartoons, his dog and his little sister. All of his classes - he's in 6th-grade at Keene Middle School - are his favorite.

He wants to be a zookeeper when he grows up, and if asked about his favorite animals, he questions if you mean his favorite mammal or reptile, because he has one of each.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1034

Disabled Denied Sidewalk Snow Removal

Date posted to site: November 28, 2009

A representative for the city's disabled community may challenge the city for failing to respect the rights of the disabled

London politicians shunted aside a request from the disabled yesterday to restore spending to clear snow-packed sidewalks, but mostly gushed about a proposal to forgo even more cash to extend free and overnight on-street parking.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=252

Access denied

Date posted to site: November 28, 2009

Queen's completes scan to assess physical accessibility on campus

Director of Campus Planning and Development Audrey Kaplan says the University's getting better and more Auditors will complete an accessibility scan of Queen's today to bring the University up to provincial standards by January 2010.

The province, which mandated accessibility improvements by 2010, aims to have accessibility for all Ontarians by 2025.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=250

'Zac's Dream' of Accessible Port Hope Playground Becomes Reality

Date posted to site: November 28, 2009

Playground to be formally opened Nov. 28

PORT HOPE -- After years of advocating and fundraising, Zac Andrus's dream of a fully-accessible playground in Port Hope is about to become a reality.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=432

HandyDart Strike Leaves Disabled Passengers Out in the Cold

Date posted to site: November 27, 2009

A single mother who has suffered from rheumatoid arthritis since she was a teenager, Marshall told the Georgia Straight that she regularly used HandyDart-a service set up to help people disabled to the extent that they can't use regular transit-before its drivers began striking on October 26. She commutes from the side of the campus she lives on to the other. Now she has to travel the whole distance in her power wheelchair.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1024

Mental Illness Costs Canada $33B Annually: TD

Date posted to site: November 27, 2009

'A Major Economic Cost'

Mental illness drags down Canada's economic output by more than two per cent every year, according to the chief economist of the TD Bank.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1021

Limitations of Web Accessibility

Date posted to site: November 26, 2009

Many documents have been written about web accessibility. This is only appropriate as web accessibility covers a considerably large amount of topics. However, similar to any principle, web accessibility also has its set of limitations.

Here, we will try to point out those limitations in order for you to better understand web Accessibility. It is important to note though that experts are presently working on these issues to address or improve them.

Read more at
http://www.evengrounds.com/blog/limitations-of-web-accessibility

Doing it Right

Date posted to site: November 26, 2009

TORONTO - According to Edward Rice, chairman of Ontarians with Disabilities Sub-Committee, League for Human Rights, B'nai Brith Canada, "UJA Federation [of Greater Toronto] has gone beyond the building code" to accommodate disabled people at the renovated Lipa Green building - the first building to be completed at the new Sherman Jewish community campus on Bathurst north of Sheppard.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=248

MS Society Offers Hope

Date posted to site: November 26, 2009

For the estimated 55,000 to 75,000 Canadians who have multiple sclerosis, recent years have brought bright hope mixed with enormous continuing challenges, says the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1019

Councillors Consider Best Way to Make Accessibility Changes in city

Date posted to site: November 25, 2009

PICKERING -- A motion to pave the way for those living with disabilities took a detour recently.

Preparing to meet new provincial rules on accommodating those with physical disabilities was on the mind of Ward 1 City Councillor Jennifer O'Connell, who wants to get a head start on the planning due to a long implementation process. Some phases of the legislation won't be introduced until 2025. Her motion was referred back to Pickering's accessibility advisory committee by council.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=246

Making Your Home Accessible

Date posted to site: November 24, 2009

By Anna Taylor
November 24, 2009

Part 1, The Bathroom

Let me begin by saying, I am not an expert on all disabilities. I talk about what has worked for me because I live in a wheelchair. Depending on your unique situation some of these ideas will not work for you. Consider your situation and use these ideas to fit your needs.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=244

No Seat for Disabled Students on AMS Council

Date posted to site: November 24, 2009

A motion to create a non-voting seat for students with disabilities was voted down by AMS Council last week following a heated 90-minute debate.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1015

Housing First for Mentally Ill Homeless

Date posted to site: November 24, 2009

Homeless people with mental illnesses from five cities across Canada will take part in the federal housing project. (CBC)

A new research project designed to study the link between mental health and homelessness is giving more than 1,300 people across Canada a chance to get something many might not have thought possible: a roof over their head.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1013

Flame Seenas Triumph Over Adversity

Date posted to site: November 23, 2009

Paul Wilmot couldn't help but think about the symbolism of the Olympic torch he carried Saturday morning through this Nova Scotia town.

"I'll be praying for world peace," the 48-year-old outdoor recreation professor said before his portion of the relay.

The torch bid farewell to Nova Scotia and said hello to Prince Edward Island as the flame continued its cross-Canada odyssey.

Wilmot said, for him, the flame represents struggle against adversity, a struggle many people have faced during the history of the Games, and one he knows all too well.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1011

Parents Desperate for Autism Strategy

Date posted to site: November 23, 2009

Long wait times in P.E.I. for the diagnosis of autism, up to two years, are leaving parents in a "state of panic," said a protester at the legislature Thursday.

Opposition leader Olive Crane wants to know why pay for tutors is so low when the government has money to hire wine experts. (P.E.I. legislature)

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1009

blind Activist to be Honoured With City Access Award

Date posted to site: November 20, 2009

"We congratulate John Rae, AEBC's 1st National Vice President on being honoured with one of three Access Awards at Wednesday's Human Rights Awards ceremony at City Hall," said Richard Quan, President of AEBC's Toronto Chapter.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/events/

New Deal for Disabled

Date posted to site: November 20, 2009

Professor says dignity of pension could replace welfare for thousands

Michael J. Prince is a TAB: A temporarily able-bodied person. But without warning, accident or illness could push the University of Victoria professor into the ranks of more than two million Canadians with serious disabilities.

The glaring difference would be that most of the people the Lansdowne Professor of Social Policy writes about in his new book, Absent Citizens, have few or none of the income and health supports he could rely on to continue to live in dignity as an active citizen.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1005

Google to Caption YouTube Videos

Date posted to site: November 20, 2009

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - In the first major step toward making millions of videos on YouTube accessible to deaf and hearing-impaired people, Google unveiled new technologies on Thursday that will automatically bring text captions to many videos on the site.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1007

Doctor Uses Art to Overcome Depression

Date posted to site: November 20, 2009

Three decades after Dr. Michael Pare turned his life around after attempting suicide and being admitted to hospital in a coma, he wants others with mental illness to embrace the help and hope that treatment provides.

"The irony, of course, is people who have that sense of (wanting to commit) suicide want to end things because they don't think they can get better. But the irony is, there is treatment," said the North York physician and medical psychotherapist.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1003

But Accessibility is too Expensive

Date posted to site: November 20, 2009

Last night I froze watching my oldest child play hockey. It is part of the duty of a Canadian mother to tolerate this little ritual. Destruction got his second assist and though they lost the game, he played well. As I stood there, my body wracked in complete pain, I decided that it was time to make management aware of exactly how inaccessible their arena was.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=242

Student, Spirit Make a Team

Date posted to site: November 19, 2009

THE CITY: Jennifer Francis has her golden retriever to help her cope with bipolar disorder

The panic can strike Jennifer Francis at any time. And when it does, her heart pounds, her breathing grows shallow, her head feels light and her hands unsteady.

Those are the physical symptoms.

The psychological ones -- what the experts call "depersonalizationf" -- are even more unsettling, as Francis suddenly feels as if she's floating outside herself.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=996

Web Accessibility Surveys Results are Frequently Disappointing

Date posted to site: November 18, 2009

By David Sloan

A recent exchange on Twitter has motivated me to write about the contribution published surveys on web site accessibility make towards understanding and addressing the problems that hold back web accessibility. I've read, and continue to read, many, many papers presenting the results of surveys of web sites, and I think we need surveys to look beyond just the data and instead delve more deeply into why the results are as they are. We've gone way beyond the point where a paper simply reporting that a study of x web sites from y sector revealed 'disappointing' levels of accessibility provides anything more than a minor contribution. Surveys need to look at process not product.

Read more at
http://badeyes.com/?p=154

In support of Representation of Students with Disabilities on UBC Student Council

Date posted to site: November 17, 2009

.Dear AMS Council

Students with disabilities are an often overlooked segment of the UBC population and Antigone Magazine would like to endorse and support any efforts to include people with disabilities into student politics and the AMS by creating a specific position to represent students with disabilities. While not all students with disabilities experience the same types of marginalization and challenges, having a student to represent students with disabilities on the AMS Council would be an important step in the direction of rectifying the civic disempowerment that students with disabilities face in campus politics.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=991

Bloor Accessibility Survey highlights need for continuing research

Date posted to site: November 17, 2009

Bloor Research's Accessibility Practice, in conjunction with HeadStar and Ability Magazine, have just completed a survey of attitudes to ICT accessibility.

The survey was carried out in response to a heightened awareness of the need for accessibility brought about by court cases, such as Target in the US, new standards, such as WCAG 2.0, increased pressure from governments to make e-gov accessible to all, and the on-going ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=994

National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) Discriminates Against Blind and Low Vision Law School Graduates

Date posted to site: November 16, 2009

OAKLAND, Calif. - A suit filed today in Federal court alleges that The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) discriminates against blind and low vision law school graduates. The suit charges that the NCBE is violating Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and California's civil rights law by denying accommodations on the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) to a law school graduate who is blind.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=988

A Wheelchair Doesn't Make an Employee Perfect

Date posted to site: November 14, 2009

`I just told off a man in a wheelchair and it felt so good."

The speaker is Dr. Naomi Bennett, director of Pacific Wellcare, one of the fictional medical clinics depicted on the ABC television series Private Practice. The man in the wheelchair is Dr. Gabriel Fife, a "brilliant but arrogant" new colleague with whom she disagrees.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=984

Military Families Battling Red Tape

Date posted to site: November 14, 2009

Rosanne Dornan says she loses a lot of sleep studying legal proceedings and medical terms about radioactive isotopes hoping to help her husband's appeals to VAC. She says a generation of modern veterans is being ignored by Veterans Affairs in their hours of need.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=982

My wheelchair makes me invisible

Date posted to site: November 13, 2009

Once I am out of it, I will again be a visible person. But in the interim, stay out of my parking spot

Almost three years ago, after a series of misadventures and mishaps, I ended up in a wheelchair.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=429

Special Education Teacher Develops Assistive Device

Date posted to site: November 12, 2009

Rob Mayben is a special education teacher in Sonora, California. Several years ago a student was placed in his special education math/woodshop and was unable to actively and independently participate. Since that time, Mayben developed an assistive device that helped him and others become more independent at home, school, work, and even during family outings. His assistive device is portable, lightweight, sets up quickly and is called the desktop desk.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=980

Special Program for Special Needs

Date posted to site: November 11, 2009

Launch-year hiccups have some taking a cautious approach to disabled savings plan

It's been almost a year since the launch of the Registered Disability Savings Plan. But Graeme Treeby, a financial planner, has yet to open an account for his daughter Jennifer, 23, who is severely disabled with cerebral palsy and doesn't speak.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=978

Tim Hortons Boycotts Veterans and People with Disabilities:

Date posted to site: November 11, 2009

How Will You Remember Our Heros and What Will You Do to Combat Human Rights Abuses in Canada by Tim Hortons?

Ask a soldier what he would be willing to fight for and probably a cup of Timmies would rank top ten on a dark cold night in Afghanistan. It is too bad that same soldier cannot be honoured or even respected back home by Tim Hortons; our government's laws and their human rights agreements. These required Tim Hortons to provide accessibility for people with disabilities over eighteen years ago.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=233

Assistive Technology Benefits Autistic Children

Date posted to site: November 10, 2009

By John M. Williams

I start this column by stating that out of the more than 100 one-on-one interviews that I have done as a journalist the toughest interview was with an 11-year-old autistic boy. He would not respond to my questions until I condensed my questions to four words and he heard my tape recorder ask the questions. His answers were then concise and clear.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=973

Students Rally to Save Job of Blind Professor

Date posted to site: November 06, 2009

Rod Michalko orders his students to sit in the same seats all year. For the blind professor at the University of Toronto, getting to know their names hangs on hearing their voice from the same spot in the room.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/blind_articles.php?blind=428

Employers Anxious About Hiring People With Disabilities, but See Their Value

Date posted to site: November 06, 2009

TORONTO - While most employers see people living with disabilities as valuable assets to the workplace, anxieties over job accommodation or firing workers discourage some from hiring them, a new study suggests.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=964

Allergy Ruling Could Lead to Ban on Pets in Airplane Cabins

Date posted to site: November 05, 2009

OTTAWA - The government agency overseeing airline consumer complaints is considering declaring allergies a disability - a development that could force Canada's largest airlines to stop allowing small pets to fly in the passenger cabin with their owners.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=962

Bitter Income Dispute Leaves Sick Man Without Disability Benefits, Medications

Date posted to site: November 05, 2009

The Ontario government is flexing its muscles to show Réjean Mathurin who's boss. But does it have to do it by taking away the drugs Mathurin's son, Pascal, needs to stay alive?

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=426

Special Olympics Celebrates Milestone

Date posted to site: November 04, 2009

In Nov. of 1969, Harry "Red" Foster spearheaded the first Special Olympics in Toronto, Ontario. During these first Games, 1,400 athletes with intellectual disabilities competed. Forty years later, this year's Special Olympic Winter Games have 32,000 athletes with disabilities registered.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=960

Judge Hopeful Ahead of Province's First Mental health Court Opening

Date posted to site: November 04, 2009

In his 12 years as a judge, Bill MacDonald has had the frustration of watching mentally ill people appear before him time and time again, never getting the help they need.

"There are limited tools available in the traditional criminal court," he said yesterday. "The needs of many of the people before me who have mental disorders are beyond what a traditional court can deal with."

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=958

Cobourg's SNT Costs Could be Halved, resident insists

Date posted to site: November 03, 2009

As an individual coping with multiple sclerosis, Cobourg resident Jerry Ford can attest that the town deserves the outstanding-achievement award it won in June from the Canadian Urban Transit Association for its special-needs transit services.

As a taxpayer, Ford has found a simple way this level of service can continue at a greatly reduced cost. When transit contracts are retendered this month, he hopes council pays heed to the analysis he has given them.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=423

Poverty Group Wants New Homes to be Accessible

Date posted to site: November 03, 2009

The Peel Poverty Action Group is asking Queen's Park to introduce laws that will make all new homes - being built in the province - accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=424

Guelph Man Takes Sleeman to Human Rights Tribunal

Date posted to site: November 03, 2009

GUELPH - A Guelph man has taken Sleeman Breweries and Malting Co. Ltd. and its employee benefits supplier Great-West Life Assurance Company to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, claiming he was fired because he has a disability.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=425

Poor and Disabled Being Denied Access To H1N1 Shots!

Date posted to site: November 02, 2009

Many low income families including expectant mothers and persons with disabilities who want the H1N1 flu vaccine are being denied access to the H1N1 Vaccination Clinics!

Read more at
http://catherinegardner.ca/blog/?p=475

Web sight: A New Window to the World

Date posted to site: November 02, 2009

Through his tapering school years, Moiz Tundawala studied via his brother. The brother would read out texts to him as Moiz-who started to show signs of Retinitis Pigmentosa in his teens and whose sight gradually declined-would commit the lessons to memory. Then Moiz decided to study law, and he had to look for another oral tradition. In 2004, he found JAWS (Job Access With Speech), a text-to-speech software that could read out pages of digital text. But scanning a half-ton textbook requires the patience of Job.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=956

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December

Holiday Sales Plummet for Blind Recording Artists: Access for Blind Net

Date posted to site: December 31, 2009

When Mary Sten-Clanton of Dorchester, Massachusetts booted up her computer in early September, she intended to visit the online music store CDBaby and purchase "Unconditional" by easy jazz/easy pop vocalist Lisa Ostrow. Mary had used the site many times to sample and purchase new releases from the independent recording artists who pay CDBaby to sell their music. Once she arrived at Lisa's page, however, she noticed a problem. She could no longer listen to samples of the songs. Mary, who is legally blind, uses a "screen reader" (text-to-speech software) to navigate the internet. CDBaby was always accessible to her before. She decided that she would buy the CD anyway, since she was familiar with Lisa's music. She couldn't do that either.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1110

I Need a Job to be a Man, Says Physically-Challenged Olawonyin .

Date posted to site: December 30, 2009

HE exudes the confidence of a man who has just won millions of naira in a raffle draw. Boisterous and ever cheerful, Ahmed Olawonyin, physically-challenged and graduate of Business Education at the Oyo State College of Education (Special), Ibadan, wears a broad smile on his cherubic face. Wheeled into the living room by his father, Mr Wahab Olawonyin, the first attraction is his cheerfulness.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1108

The 'Toy Doctor' is in

Date posted to site: December 29, 2009

Dale Zimmerman makes toys work for children with physical disabilities

I'll bet Santa's tried to recruit Dale Zimmerman.

But Saint Nick himself couldn't trade all his elves for the Toronto District School Board's own "toy doctor."

Zimmerman does something better than making toys.

With the cut of her jigsaw, a twist of her wrench and an unstoppable imagination, she makes toys and a host of other learning materials come to life for physically challenged children, adapting them with a range of ingenious, hotwired changes that let these kids play, too.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=439

Flat World Knowledge Partners with Bookshare to Make Free College Textbooks Accessible to People with Print Disabilities

Date posted to site: December 29, 2009

Flat World Knowledge, the leading publisher of expert-authored, open content college textbooks, today became the first dedicated college textbook publisher to supply its digital textbooks to Bookshare, the world's largest online accessible library for people with print disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1102

Guest Commentary: Victor's New Year's Resolutions regarding the Ontario Government and people with disabilities:

Date posted to site: December 29, 2009

Victor Schwartzman is a former human rights officer with The Manitoba Human Rights Commission. His human rights complaint against the MHRC for failing to accommodate him has been supported by the Ontario Human Rights Commission, which in December, 2009 voted to reaffirm its decision of a year earlier to direct mediation on the complaint.

(Please note: unfortunately, all recommendations for Ontario also appear to apply to other Provinces).

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1104

Climate Change and Disability: a burning issue

Date posted to site: December 29, 2009

Known for his work in the Disability Studies field, academic Dr Tom Shakespeare is also interested in the environment. This month he has come across recently written papers on where the two areas collide.

I've just spent 30 minutes on the phone, arranging wheelchair assistance for one of my frequent visits to Geneva. This time it was more complicated, because I am travelling by train, and my meagre French was tested to the limit trying to book help on French and Swiss railways. But minimising extra flights seems the least I can do to contribute to avoiding global warming.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1106

Accessible Tasting for All

Date posted to site: December 26, 2009

At first blush, the wine tasting the ordinary. It's a bar where Creekside Estate Winery customers can saddle up and have a drink.

But look past the customers standing at the bar and you'll see something different. Around the side of the polished brown bar is another table top a few feet lower. It's designed for those in wheelchairs who cannot reach the bar.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=274

Blind Skier's Olympic Push

Date posted to site: December 24, 2009

Calgarian In Line For Berth At Vancouver Games; Triumph shows anything possible

Brian McKeever hopes Canadians look at the Paralympics through new eyes this morning upon reading of his latest brush with history in the Rocky Mountains.

With only 10 per cent vision, the legally blind Calgary native roared across a finish line he could not see Tuesday to win a 50-kilometre Nor-Am race on his home course at the Canmore Nordic Centre.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1100

Buying Holiday Toys for Children with Disabilities

Date posted to site: December 22, 2009

Elizabeth Johnson wrote, "I have a seven-year-old child with two disabilities. She is speech challenged and not very well physically coordinated. What would you recommend for me to buy her for Christmas?"

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1097

Aid Program Marred by Wheelchair 'Ripoff'

Date posted to site: December 21, 2009

A fund intended to help the elderly and infirm haunted by tales of waste and profiteering

Refurbished wheelchairs for palliative-care patients who will never use them. Cushions that cost $460 but need to be replaced because they cause bedsores. An 80% markup for wheelchair vendors who are often closely associated with the doctors and therapists prescribing them.

These are just a few of the problems rampant in the program that helps the chronically ill and elderly get wheelchairs in Ontario -- a $347-million-a-year cash cow that Auditor General Jim McCarter says is getting milked of scarce health-care funds.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=438

Bad Wheelchair Ramps no Good for City Transit

Date posted to site: December 21, 2009

Many disabled passengers are being left out in the cold

Defective wheelchair ramps are causing headaches for Charlottetown's transit system and the disabled community.

Bobby Dunn, general manager of Charlottetown Transit, says the problem with the wheelchair ramps has been affecting the entire service the past year.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1095

When the World Speaks, UofT Listens

Date posted to site: December 19, 2009

Look at us, you are looking at yourself' says teacher whose dismissal sparks quiet, but powerful, revolution

Rod Michalko wasn't looking to be a lightning rod. But when the sparks flew and the rallies started, when the web pages and the blogs and the petitions multiplied, when the outrage echoed around the planet, it was clear the award-winning professor had galvanized a community on the verge of greatness.

Disability pride will never again be underestimated in Canada. Hold that thought as we venture forth into a new decade.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/blind_articles.php?blind=437

Ground-breaking Legal Victory for Ontarians with Disabilities

Date posted to site: December 18, 2009

Condominiums must share costs of creating accessible units

Paul DiSalvo has won his long battle to be able to enter his own front door. Mr. Di Salvo has degenerative Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and has been unable to negotiate the front steps to his home. The condominium corporation insisted that Mr. DiSalvo bear the full costs of installing a ramp to his door and making modifications to the walkway, arguing it would not be appropriate to expend funds for the sole benefit of one owner. The law reads differently.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=269

Cobourg Customer-Service Policy Targets Accessibility

Date posted to site: December 18, 2009

COBOURG -- Cobourg council has adopted the accessible customer-service policy that was endorsed by its accessibility advisory committee.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=272

Obama Sides With Blind in Copyright-Treaty Debate

Date posted to site: December 17, 2009

The Obama administration announced Tuesday it supports loosening international copyright protections to enable cross-border distribution of special-format reading materials for the blind, a move that puts it at odds with nearly all of U.S. industry.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1093

Province Claws Back $6M From Agencies Helping Disabled

Date posted to site: December 17, 2009

Some groups consider closing doors

Agencies that provide services to those with disabilities say the government is trying to climb out of its deficit on the backs of the province's most vulnerable people.

The organizations that help people with disabilities live independently in the community are balking at a move by the Stelmach government to claw back more than $6 million from them over the next three months.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1091

Suspensions on the Rise for Special-needs Students

Date posted to site: December 16, 2009

Ottawa's public schools are suspending a growing number of students with special needs from autism to learning disabilities, according to a newly released report obtained by the Citizen.

The report, which will be discussed tonight by the board of education's Special Education Advisory Committee, shows that at the same time overall suspensions have dropped almost 38 per cent over the past five years.

But it is the increase related to the suspension of children with special needs that is raising concern.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1089

Web Accessibility no Longer an Afterthought

Date posted to site: December 15, 2009

Yahoo's Victor Tsaran, blind since the age of five, is responsible for making sure Yahoo developers design Web pages with accessibility in mind.

Yahoo's Victor Tsaran knows how much time Web designers spend agonizing over color and font-width choices when laying out an application. So when he started Yahoo's accessibility push two years ago, he had a tough time arousing sympathy for engineers grousing about how much extra time was needed to create accessibility features.

Read more at
http://badeyes.com/?p=178

Autism Treatment Acceleration Act (ATAA) - A contrast between American and Canadian efforts

Date posted to site: December 15, 2009

The Healthcare debate in the U.S. is bringing forth legislative amendments and new bills that will strengthen the American medical/social safety net. Comprehensive autism legislation has also been introduced in the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1085

Winnipeg MPs Lead Push for Treaty on Disabled

Date posted to site: December 15, 2009

OTTAWA -- The mood in the House of Commons last week was so frigid I half expected Olympic gold medallist Barbara Ann Scott would need to don her old figure skates to bring the Olympic torch into the chamber.

So it was with some surprise and satisfaction that I found out about NDP MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis and Conservative MP and cabinet minister Steven Fletcher, joining forces to push Canada to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1081

Kitchener-Waterloo Adopt New Standards to Ensure Citizens with Disabilities Have Access to Services

Date posted to site: December 14, 2009

WATERLOO REGION - On the eve of the International Day of People with Disabilities, the Cities of Kitchener and Waterloo announce new policies that position them to provide even better access to goods and services for residents with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=264

Seniors with Disabilities do not Get Help on UN International Day

Date posted to site: December 14, 2009

Prince Edward Island(PEI) refuses to extend coverage to seniors who need wheelchairs and hearing aids. December 3, 2009 is United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities.Support from the government of PEI is less than people except.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1077

Chapter 1: Definitions of Digital Inclusion1Introduction

Date posted to site: December 14, 2009

The society we live in today is dominated by technology and most of us accept the discourse of fast and ever-changing developments in technology which have transformed, or have the potential to transform, the way we live and relate to one another. This transformation may, however, not necessarily be a positive one. Technology can be a double-edged sword. Warschauer, Knobel & Stone (2004: p.563) for example, comment on how technology can either reduce divisions in society or amplify them:

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1079

Texas Child with Disabilities Given Timeout in Dark, Closed Restroom

Date posted to site: December 14, 2009

Kiersten Jordy is like most 7-year-olds, but in many ways she's not. Doctors have diagnosed Kiersten with mental retardation and carries traits of autism and Down's Syndrome. Doctors also say Kiersten may never have a classic diagnosis. Larry and Janet Jordy say their daughter can't speak in full sentences and is only able to communicate a word or two. The Jordy's say they were surprised to learn in late May 2009, that their daughter's teacher, Sharon Figueron, put Kiersten in a dark, closed restroom as a form of timeout.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1075

Customer Service Standard Key to Inclusiveness

Date posted to site: December 12, 2009

As part of the university's obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), the Division of Human Resources and Equity has launched the information-sharing portion of the newly legislated customer service standard to all faculty and staff.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=258

Reform to Disability Laws Touted

Date posted to site: December 12, 2009

Manitobans with disabilities say the changes they want to provincial laws will also be important to the many others who could become disabled later in life.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1073

As Americans Age, Public Transportation Provides Reliable Travel Option

Date posted to site: December 11, 2009

America's aging population is growing at a faster rate than any other U.S. population group. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that by 2030, there will be 9.6 million people age 85 and older – an increase of 73 percent from today. As American's age, they face challenges with mobility and the continued ability to drive safely.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1071

ODSP Accountable? You Be the Judge. Read the Directives

Date posted to site: December 10, 2009

By Wheelchairdemon

Given the nightmare I have been going through trying to transition from work back to ODSP, it is important that I share my story to illustrate how impossible the policies for the program are.

I qualify for rapid reinstatement but because I was optimistic about returning to work and applied for Employment Insurance sick benefits, I'm now so poor I don't know what hit me. The accountability I so believe in, has backfired in my face.

Read more at
http://wheelchairdemon.blogspot.com/2009/12/odsp-accountable-you-be-judge-read.html

Discover New Ways of Thinking About Accessibility

Date posted to site: December 10, 2009

by Shawn Henry

As an employee of the W3C Web standards organization, you might think that I would say the most important thing to start with when addressing web accessibility is standards. I don't. I say the first step is learning how people with disabilities use the web. You might be surprised to learn that is the W3C's advice. We've now got it more clearly in writing, in the new document published today by the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI):

Read more at
http://semanticseed.com/blog/?p=7251

Claims of Welfare Overpayment and Fraud Examined

Date posted to site: December 09, 2009

WINDSOR, Ont. -- The city's financial watchdogs will determine if a local review is needed after Ontario Auditor General Jim McCarter identified Tuesday about $1.2 billion of overpayments and fraud in welfare and disability support programs across the province.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=435

NCTI Conference Shows How Educational Futures Can Be Powered by Technology

Date posted to site: December 09, 2009

Washington, DC -- The National Center for Technology 9th annual conference thoroughly achieved its goal of showing how the educational futures for students with disabilities can be powered and supercharged by a variety of assistive technologies. During a Tech Expo attendees participated in hands-on demonstrations of emerging and cutting edge technologies and research designed to support the diverse learning needs of students.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1069

U.S Chamber Releases Study on the Importance of Broadband to People with Disabilities Offers Guidance to Policymakers on National Policy

Date posted to site: December 08, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today released a paper on The Impact of Broadband on People with Disabilities https://www.uschamber.com/assets/env/0912broadband_dis.pdf, as part of its series of studies detailing the benefits of broadband technology.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1058

Compliance with EU web accessibility guidelines still low

Date posted to site: December 08, 2009

The levels of full compliance with existing web accessibility guidelines (generally WCAG 1.0 based) remain very low in European countries, accordign to an EC report.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1056

Revolt of the HandyDart Riders

Date posted to site: December 05, 2009

People are mad at strikers for stranding the disabled. Here's another side you haven't heard.

More than 50 HandyDart riders from all over the Lower Mainland flooded TransLink's Metrotown head office yesterday to protest in support of striking drivers.

So many came that while protesters met with TransLink communications director Ken Hardie in a board room, more than 20 waited outside in the small waiting area on the 16th floor of the Metrotower II building. Office workers looked on as elevator after elevator unloaded people in wheelchairs, on walkers and on foot.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1054

Advisers aim to fix Ontario's welfare 'quagmire'

Date posted to site: December 04, 2009

Ontario has appointed the head of Toronto's Daily Bread Food Bank to head a panel of anti-poverty advocates to advise the government on a long-awaited review of its welfare system, the Star has learned.

"If this group can't make the proper recommendations, then nobody can," said food bank executive director Gail Nyberg.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=434

Accessibility: How Many Disabled Web Users Are There?

Date posted to site: December 04, 2009

Ecommerce merchants spend a lot of time thinking about statistics. They try to gauge who is visiting their website, what products consumers are most interested in, and how consumers are finding those products. Without knowing about their audience, merchants have a difficult time marketing their site and products.

The physical disabilities of a merchant’s visitors are a factor that he or she should consider.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1048

Canada fails to meet commitment to UN Convention on Disabilities

Date posted to site: December 04, 2009

Despite signing the UN Convention on Disabilities, Canada does not meet international standards for the human rights of people living with disabilities.

"Canadians with disabilities make up the poorest people in our country, are excluded from Canadian society and have limited recourse to redress human rights abuse," said Stephen Pate, Director of PEI Disability Alert Inc.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1046

Close Institutions for Mentally Challenged, advocacy group says

Date posted to site: December 04, 2009

The three remaining large-scale institutions for Canadians with intellectual disabilities should be shut down, says an association that helps mentally challenged people in Canada.

The Canadian Association for Community Living said Thursday it wants institutions housing some 900 people in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan to be closed down. In their place, the association asked for community-based options, such as public housing and more government-funded care workers to assist those with intellectual disabilities to live on their own.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1044

Ongoing Issues with Downtown Audible Signals

Date posted to site: December 03, 2009

Marcia Cummings and Mike Yale have been pushing for a compromise on the continuously running audible signals that help visually impaired people cross Main Street, but to no avail.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=254

Mentally disabled people need better access to jobs: Report

Date posted to site: December 03, 2009

Canada must end institutionalization of mentally disabled people and invest in their quality of life by improving access to jobs and social supports, says a new report to be released Thursday.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1042

Disability Savings Plan a Godsend for Parents

Date posted to site: December 02, 2009

The registered disability savings plan, first introduced in the March 2007 federal budget, can be used by parents as a key planning tool for the future, writes Family Man columnist Garry Marr.

Former National Hockey League player Jim Kyte knows a little something about living with a disability: He was the first deaf NHL hockey player.

During his pro career from 1983-1997, which included stops in Calgary, Ottawa and Winnipeg, Mr. Kyte made his share of money but this week he confessed much of his wealth has been directed to one of his own children born with a disability -- autism.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1038

4 Blind Speedskating Records for Ottawa-area Man

Date posted to site: December 02, 2009

An athlete from Orleans, Ont., has become a world record holder in blind speedskating.

Kevin Frost returned to Canada Thursday after winning four gold medals at the Russian Paralympic Open Blind Cup last week.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1040

Back for another challenge

Date posted to site: December 01, 2009

He's still 'Crazy' after all these years, but that isn't stopping David Thomasson from challenging the provincial government over what he considers unconstitutional legislation.

Thomasson, who's branded himself 'Crazy' due to his bipolar condition, has re-started a long process to "stop a bad law enforced on vulnerable people" by the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=433

Tech Talk:Making PDF files comply with Section 508

Date posted to site: December 01, 2009

Join Duff Johnson, chair of the US PDF Universal Accessibility Committee (PDF/UA), on Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 10:00 am US Pacific, for a free Tech Talk onessential concepts in document accessibility, the role of Acrobat's Accessibility Checker, and tips on how to recognize and correct accessibility problems in PDF files.

Read more at
http://www.acrobatusers.com/events/2047/tech-talk-making-pdf-files-comply-section-508

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