Keep Enhanced Caregiver Tax Credits in Mind

Maureen is pleased to learn that the 2011 federal budget is eliminating the $10,000 limit on eligible expenses that can be claimed in respect of a dependent relative. That means for 2011, she can expect to be able to claim about $15,000 of Patrick’s medical expenses, which should save her about $1,300 more in income tax each year.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2208

System Failed Mentally Ill Teen

Published On Sun Jul 17 2011

Gleb Alfyorov died in 2008 after hanging himself in his cell at the Syl Apps Youth Centre in Oakville.

Hours before committing suicide in his cell at the Syl Apps Youth Centre, Gleb Alfyorov piteously asked the judge presiding over his case: “If I have mental issues, why am I in jail?”

Accessibility News July 16,2011 Update

Inclusive Media and Design Inc

Inclusive is ready to caption and video describe all your video for web, DVD, and computer desktop. They can also assist you in understanding and implementing Ontario’s AODA Integrated Standards’ media requirements.

Visit www.inclusivemedia.ca to find out more.

—-

In this Issue

*The McGuinty Watch
*Cops Want Mental Health Supports Improved
*What is the Future for Enforcing Human Rights in Ontario?
*Sticking Up for Her Son
*Goar: Ontario Takes a Backward Step on Mental Health
*Commissioner Calls for Reform
*U.S. Weighs Rule Requiring Hybrids, EV Cars to Sound Pedestrian Alerts
*Officials Scramble to Keep Computers for Deaf and Blind
*Laurier Bike Lanes Form Disability Barrier

—-

Cops Want Mental Health Supports Improved

By Joe Fantauzzi
Jul 13, 2011 – 10:10 AM

York Regional Police responded to more calls about emotionally disturbed people last year than in 2009.
With that as a backdrop, a group representing Ontario’s police chiefs supports de-emphasizing police involvement with people with mental illness or addictions and better funding for support services.

What is the Future for Enforcing Human Rights in Ontario?

In the October Ontario election, an important issue for persons with disabilities will be the future of the enforcement of the Ontario Human Rights Code. The Human Rights Code makes it illegal to discriminate against a person because of such things as his or her disability, in areas like employment, housing, and access to goods, services and facilities. This election issue concerns what you will have to do to enforce your human rights, if you feel you were the victim of a barrier that violates the Human Rights Code.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1274

Sticking Up for Her Son

“They looked at it again, looked at it one more time and still denied us,” she said. “Is my son not disabled enough for the government to acknowledge it?”

In the letter the CRA sent to Roque, Marcus was deemed ineligible for the tax credit because “the restriction in performing the mental functions necessary
for everyday life is not present all or substantially all the time.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2206

Goar: Ontario Takes a Backward Step on Mental Health

By Carol Goar
Editorial Board

Shortly after the provincial Legislature adjourned for the summer, the Ministry of Health began negotiating the hand-off of Ontario’s
Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office, an independent provincial agency, to the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Commissioner Calls for Reform

By CLARE CLANCY FOR THE WHIG-STANDARD
July 13, 2011

Social assistance is administered through a broken system, says a representative from the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario.

“Tinkering won’t fix it,” said Commissioner Frances Lankin. “There’s some fundamental reform required.”

U.S. Weighs Rule Requiring Hybrids, EV Cars to Sound Pedestrian Alerts

Electric vehicles and hybrid cars could be required to sound alerts to pedestrians under a new proposal from the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration.

In a notice (pdf) posted yesterday on its website, the agency announced the
first steps toward a rule aimed at protecting pedestrians and bikers from
the nearly silent cars.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2202

Officials Scramble to Keep Computers for Deaf and Blind

Computers were recently boxed for removal at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind.

In January 2010, state Sen. Emmett W. Hanger Jr. introduced legislation to exempt the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind
from the state’s centralized computer network, a one-size-fits-all system that was not designed to meet the school’s specialized education needs and costs it tens of thousands of dollars a month.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2204