Disabled and Reduced Mobility Airport Guide

Travelling with a disability or restricted mobility can be a daunting experience if the appropriate assistance and support is not available at the airport.
This guide has been created to inform and advise you about the services available to make your journey as easy and pleasurable as possible.

What’s included in the guide?

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2010-2011 Annual Report celebrates 50 years of OHRC

Working for greater accessibility for everyone: improved accessibility for voters with disabilities, supported the implementation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), provided comments on the independent review of the Act and input on how to remove physical and attitudinal barriers for persons with disabilities through the proposed integrated accessibility regulations.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1291

Draft Report Calls for Reduction of Suicide Stigma

The MHCC which was established in 2007 by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the recommendations of former Senator Michael Kirby, has a twin mission. Erasing stigma has always been the long-term project, but this formalized national strategy is the immediate goal.

The strategy comes at a crucial moment for psychiatry, not just in Canada but globally, as the discipline’s diagnostic manual undergoes a thorough revision, and old battles flare up over how to define mental illness. There is also a strong climate of suspicion about the role of drug manufacturers in the proliferation of psychiatric drugs, and about the spike in diagnoses of childhood behavioural disorders.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2219

Psychiatric Survivors Continue to Fight Against the Stigma of Mental Illness

Shortly after the Ontario legislature adjourned for the summer and without public consultation, the Liberals decided to integrate the Psychiatric Patient
Advocate Office’s rights advice and advocacy services with the Canadian Mental Health Association’s community-based mental health services.

“The Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office was their watchdog, their voice, their first line of defence against being involuntarily drugged, restrained and
subjected to excessive force by the police,” wrote Carol Goar, Editorial Board member of the Toronto Star in her July 12 column.

AODA Alliance Writes Three Political Parties to Request 2011 Election Commitments

We have just launched the next phase in our campaign for a fully-accessible Ontario. We will raise accessibility issues in the upcoming October 2011 provincial election. We also want to again try to ensure that this election is fully accessible to voters and candidates with disabilities.

To kick off this new activity, on Friday July 15, 2011, the AODA Alliance wrote Ontario’s three major political parties to ask for election commitments concerning disability accessibility. We set out this letter below.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1288

Respectable Record Marred by Embellishment

It is hard to tell whether Premier Dalton McGuinty’s latest “progress report” is taxpayer-funded pre-election handout or a serious defence of his government’s social policy record.

Either way, Ontario Building Stronger Communities fails.

The 17-page document is far too long, too dense and too abstruse to hold the attention of voters; let alone convince them to re-elect a Liberal government
when they go to the polls in October.

Interest Grows in ‘Virtual’ Schools

For Alhammadi, the last straw was when Memphis school leaders classified her son “ADHD,” attention deficit hyperactive disorder.

“My son is an advanced learner. Of course he’s going to be bored if he finishes way ahead of everyone else and has to just sit there.”

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2215

Myths About Low Vision

Whenever you think about low vision you must remember that you are not addressing one disability; you are addressing a large cluster of disabilities. Something that works for one population, has a good chance of impeding another population. Regarding print, visual readers need individualized accommodation. This is best exemplified by HTML with CSS that has fully separated information and structure from presentation. Using the unfettered power of CSS most people in VR/LV can have their reading disability substantially if not completely removed. Print disabilities for visual readers with low vision are avoidable today. They only persist because publishers and media vendors persist in using media that prevent individualized accommodation.

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http://www.badeyes.com/?p=369#more-369

Accessibility Rules for New Builds Only

Your editorial suggests that Ontario’s new accessibility standards will require “100 per cent of all surfaces to be fully accessible.” At this time the
standard that will cover outdoor spaces and playgrounds – the Accessibility Standard for the Built Environment – is still being developed and its requirements have not yet been finalized.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1282

Sault Transit to Conduct Review of City’s Parabus Service

“The Accessibility Advisory Committee is pleased to support the operational review of transit services. By creating dialogue between Sault Ste. Marie parabus service providers and its users, we will have a better understanding of which areas of service are working well and what areas may be improved as we work toward full community participation for all our citizens,” Morrell says.

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http://www.coaac.ca/?p=545