Parking Punishes Handicapped

Updated February 15, 2011

My wife and I have had to make several trips to the new hospital in North Bay.

On our first trip we could not find a handicapped parking spot in the designated area, and on only one occasion have we been able to park in the proper
designated handicapped zone.

Even though there appears to be more handicapped spaces, they are always full. When I asked about parking costs I was told that starting March 1 you will
need a ticket to enter the parking lot, then take that ticket into the hospital with you and have it punched just before you leave the hospital.

Mental Health the Final Frontier in Diversity

When Michael Bach has a bad day he doesn’t lie to his boss about where he is. The national director of diversity, equity and inclusion for KPMG LLP Canada, who’s lived with depression for his entire adult life, can call and say, “I woke up in the grey cloud today so I’m going to work from home.”

“He won’t have a problem with that,” says Mr. Bach. “Depression isn’t something I chose. I can still be recognized for being a great contributor to the
firm.”

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=988

Pay $1,800 a Day or Get Out: Hospital

Theresa Boyle Health Reporter
Published On Fri Feb 18 2011

Angela Cornacchia was bowled over when she learned the “consequences” her mother, an 82-year-old hospital patient, was threatened with if she refused to move to the first bed that became available from a shortlist of nursing homes.

A social worker at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre told Cornacchia her mother could be billed $1,800 a day, the same daily, non-OHIP rate that out-of-country patients are charged.

Tips on How to Make WordPress Admin More Accessible to Screen Readers

By Geof Collis

I’ve been using WordPress now for almost 3 years, I’ve found it to be a fantastic piece of work and highly recommend it to anyone wanting to create a website, there are many Themes to choose from or if you have the skills you can create your own.

Most people might think WordPress is a Bloggin platform only but it is also a great Content Management System (CMS) as well and there are thousands of Plugins you can choose from to enhance your website and you dont need any real programming knowledge.

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http://www.badeyes.com/?p=293

Accessibility News February 19,2011 Update

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In this Issue

1) Message Board
2)Articles
*The McGuinty Watch
*Blind Need Access to the Best Training
*Class Action Lawsuit Against Disney Alleges Inaccessible Websites and Failure to Accommodate Blind Persons in Violation of ADA; Case No. 10-cv-5810
*Human Rights Commission Warns Municipalities AND Municipal Transit Authorities to Ensure That All New Buses are Accessible, Despite Anything Less in McGuinty Government’s Proposed Accessibility Standard
*Access Watch Dog Launches New Website to Hold Local Politicians Accountable
*Call for Submissions: 2011/12 EnAbling Change Partnership Program, The Accessibility Directorate of Ontario
*Avoid the Stigma of the Word ‘Blind’
*Thousands of Vets Missing Out on Better Disability Benefits
*Councillors Debate Subsidizing Bus Passes for Disabled
*More Benefits, Not Rules: Activists
*Federal Court Finds City of Los Angeles Discriminates Against People With Disabilities in Emergency Plans
3) Classifieds
4) This and That

Blind Need Access to the Best Training

Blind people from across the province gathered Tuesday at the Parliament Buildings in Victoria for a historic demonstration to tell government and
the public There is an urgent need in B.C. and Canada for intensive training in blindness skills, such as braille, cane travel and adaptive technology. And, as a basic human right, it must be publicly funded and accountable -not offloaded to charity.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2009

Class Action Lawsuit Against Disney Alleges Inaccessible Websites and Failure to Accommodate Blind Persons in Violation of ADA; Case No. 10-cv-5810

In September 2010, three visually impaired women, who have long been patrons of the Walt Disney Company’s theme parks and website, filed a class action against two Walt Disney companies, alleging that Disney’s websites relating to its theme parks, hotels and restaurants are inaccessible to the visually impaired, in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act and other laws.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2011

Human Rights Commission Warns Municipalities AND Municipal Transit Authorities to Ensure That All New Buses are Accessible, Despite Anything Less in McGuinty Government’s Proposed Accessibility Standard

We commend the Ontario Human Rights Commission for writing local public transit authorities and municipalities across Ontario, warning them not to buy inaccessible buses, no matter what exemptions may be in the McGuinty Government’s proposed Integrated Accessibility Regulation. The Government’s inadequate proposed new accessibility standard would let public transit authorities and municipalities rush out now to enter in to contracts before July 1, 2011, which include no accessibility features. The Human Rights Commission warns that to do so could lead to human rights complaints against those organizations that purchase them. This highlights one of the serious problems with the McGuinty Government’s proposed Integrated Accessibility Regulation that we have highlighted.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=986

Access Watch Dog Launches New Website to Hold Local Politicians Accountable

By Geof Collis

First it was dealing with a pre-election issue on the Mail In Ballot with the City of Kawartha Lakes, Disabled Only Ones to Make Concessions in Kawartha Lakes Councils Election ‘Compromise that I first entertained the idea of holding my City accountable to my Accessibility concerns that were not being addressed by creating a website to Archive my issues.

Read more at
http://www.klwatch.ca/?p=340

Call for Submissions: 2011/12 EnAbling Change Partnership Program, The Accessibility Directorate of Ontario

Under the annual EnAbling Change Partnership Program, the government provides project funding to organizations that have the vision, leadership and commitment to improve accessibility across industries or sectors.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=980