Transit for the Physically Challenged Moves Ahead

by Kris Svela

Wellington North could be the testing ground for a transit system for mentally and physically challenged residents that could, if proven successful, spread across Wellington County.

Rowland Discusses Online Access

Rowland, most websites are not designed with accessibility in mind, and are only later made accessible to people with disabilities upon request.

“We have an affirmative duty to develop a comprehensive policy [regarding accessibility] in advance,” Rowland said.


New Technologies Bring Accessibility to Canadian School

Over the last decade, the rise of technologies like text reading software, scanners, mp3 audio files, braille translation programs, large print textbooks
and specialized iPad applications have brought equality and accessibility to Canadian classrooms and students from primary to post-secondary levels.


Ottawa Parents Appeal to Premier After U.S. Facility Refuses to Treat Mentally Ill Daughter  

By Kenyon Wallace and Andrew Seymour, National Post and The Ottawa Citizen January 25, 2011

OTTAWA — In a case that shines a harsh light on the many challenges faced by Canada’s mentally ill, the parents of an Ottawa teen deemed too violent to
remain in care at a Utah treatment centre — the only place considered by the Ontario government appropriate for the girl — are appealing to Premier Dalton
McGuinty to find a suitable alternative in their daughter’s home province.

Get R-E-A-L: A Manifesto for Blind Citizens

It is time for the CNIB and other relevant institutions to relinquish control over the lives of blind citizens. The Canadian government could facilitate
that by abolishing blind charities and replacing them with comprehensive services for blind people.


The Politics of Blindness: From Charity to Parity

In his new groundbreaking book, “The Politics of Blindness: from Charity to Parity,” author Graeme McCreath does what no other person in the history of our country has done; he writes expertly and profoundly about the deplorable situation faced by blind Canadians, and brings our voices to life.


Cell Phones Utilizing Sign Language Increase Communication Between Deaf Friends and Family

When your loved ones reside some distance from you, communication is usually enhanced with a quick text or a cell phone video chat. However this can have its drawbacks if either one of you is hearing impaired. This need prompted research by the University of Washington’s Engineering Department,
who began development of a device that is able to transmit sign language over cell networks.


Service Dog Denial Leads to Charges for Eatery

Posted January 22, 2011

Charges have been laid against a downtown Barrie restaurant and its owner for denying access to a blind woman.

Although the owner of the Dunlop Street establishment says it is a misunderstanding, many believe it’s a lack of understanding about the Blind Persons’
Rights Act that is to blame.

Accessibility News January 22,2011 Update

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In this Issue

1) Message Board
*ACB Web Accessibility comments for Department of Justice (DOJ) ANPRM
*Disabled Less Likely to Use Web: study
*Show of Support
*Transit Cuts to Impact the Disabled
*Community Input Wanted to Help Make Sault Barrier Free
*Council Refuses to Add Position
*Province Heading for Autism Showdown: MacDonald
*The Price of Poverty and Pain
*Accessible pedestrian signals: Reasonable or Ridiculous?
*Jenkins Aim to Bring Sled Hockey to SoCal
*Lack of Mental Health Services Leave Advocate Dismayed
*Blind Outraged Over Government Appeal of Access Decision
*Eadie Seeking $45K for Staff
*Federal Appeals Court Upholds Blind Woman’s Right to Use Technology to Take Professional Examinations
*Huntsville to Host 2012 Ontario ParaSport Winter Games
3) Classifieds
4) This and That

ACB Web Accessibility comments for Department of Justice (DOJ) ANPRM

“To summarize then, we assert that the failure to enforce web access as a general principle in 1990’s has done an immense disservice to people with
disabilities and more specifically we aver that people who are blind or have low vision have been most severely impacted by this failure. The Department must take this opportunity to clearly articulate that there is a categorical and ineluctable affirmative requirement for web accessibility that applies equally to state and local governments and places of public accommodation.”