AODA Alliance Update: 2011 Priorities in Our Accessibility Campaign

We brought to public attention the troubling barriers in the Government-funded Presto Smart Card technology for paying public transit fares. We showed that the Government was forewarned about these barriers, and that the Government nevertheless persisted in spending public money, creating new barriers against persons with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=948

Advocate Says Province Underfunding DeafBlind

The executive director of Deafblind Services of B.C. says being both deaf and blind in the province of B.C. isn’t enough to receive assistance from the
provincial government.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1980

Blind Man Drives Car Independently

Blind Driver Avoids Dynamic Obstacles

Mark Anthony Riccobono, a blind executive who directs technology, research, and education programs for the organization, was behind the wheel of a Ford Escape hybrid equipped with nonvisual technology and successfully navigated 1.5 miles of the road course section of the famed track at the Daytona International Speedway.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1978

Cuts Threaten Bus Service to Toronto’s Deaf-Blind Community

Published On Mon Jan 31 2011
By Joe Fiorito
City Columnist

Nazar Strejko, who is deaf-blind, relies on the bus the passes by the Rotary Cheshire Home on Willowdale Ave. The route is in danger of being cut because of a lack of night riders.

Accessibility News January 29,2011 Update

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In this Issue

1) Message Board
2)Articles
*The Blind Have Rights, the Right to Unemployment, Unequal Access and Poverty
*Blind Man to Take to the Road at Daytona International Speedway
*Why Does Disabled Son Have So Many Fewer Choices in Life?
*People with Disabilities ‘Huge Untapped Pool of Labour’
*Town Asked to Reconsider Accessible Transportation Booking
*Transit for the Physically Challenged Moves Ahead
*Rowland Discusses Online Access
*New Technologies Bring Accessibility to Canadian School
*Ottawa Parents Appeal to Premier After U.S. Facility Refuses to Treat Mentally Ill Daughter  
*Get R-E-A-L: A Manifesto for Blind Citizens
*The Politics of Blindness: From Charity to Parity
*Cell Phones Utilizing Sign Language Increase Communication Between Deaf Friends and Family
*Service Dog Denial Leads to Charges for Eatery
3) Classifieds
4) This and That

The Blind Have Rights, the Right to Unemployment, Unequal Access and Poverty

Donna Jodhan how dare you Sue Us the Federal Government to give Equal Access to the Blind by way of our websites!

You want to get a Job with Us? You have the Right to be Unemployed.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1965

Blind Man to Take to the Road at Daytona International Speedway

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the oldest and largest organization of blind people in the nation, announced today that Mark
Anthony Riccobono, a blind executive who directs technology, research, and education programs for the organization, will be the first blind individual
to drive a street vehicle in public.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1976

Why Does Disabled Son Have So Many Fewer Choices in Life?

By Anne Marie Fantin, Windsor Star January 29, 2011   

Re: Families being left without support, by Christina Holley, Dec. 8.

I have two children. My son, Eric, is 18 years old and he has an intellectual disability.

Last year, he graduated from high school with a diploma, but I am very concerned about his life now. There are not many options.

People with Disabilities ‘Huge Untapped Pool of Labour’

Ontario Disability Network executive director extols virtues of disabled workers

JOHN CAMPBELL / THE INDEPENDENT
Jan 28, 2011 – 04:30 AM

CAMPBELLFORD – Mark Wafer has helped almost 50 people with a disability enter the workforce over the past 15 years by hiring them to work at his seven Tim Hortons franchises in Scarborough. He was a guest speaker at a Business Appreciation Breakfast hosted by Community Living Campbellford/Brighton. Jan. 19, 2011

TRENT HILLS – The country’s growing shortage of workers would be less of a problem if more employers hired members of “Canada’s largest minority” – people with disabilities, says the executive director of the Ontario Disability Network (ODN).

Town Asked to Reconsider Accessible Transportation Booking

By CECILIA NASMITH, NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY
Posted January 26, 2011

COBOURG — It’s amazing how a simple change in Cobourg’s Wheels accessible-transportation service has relegated more than 300 people who rely on the system to second-class status.