Festival Leads Way With Accessibility for Patrons

Among some of the other services, the Festival offers wheelchairs to borrow, a variety of hearing assistance receivers, elevators, accessible washrooms
and signage in colours geared for people with low vision.

Some of the renovations with accessibility in mind are subtle, and most patrons without a disability wouldn’t notice. For example, part of the countertop
at the concession stand is low enough for someone in a wheelchair or scooter to reach.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1343

Toronto Police Handcuffed Mentally Challenged Boy After ‘Uncontrollable’ Behaviour

By Teresa Smith, Postmedia News  

A Toronto boy’s mother is threatening legal action after her nine-year-old autistic son was handcuffed by police at his daycare.  

Police used handcuffs to restrain a nine-year-old mentally challenged boy who they say “became uncontrollable” at a Toronto daycare centre in July.

Autism Canada says the incident, which involved a boy with Asperger syndrome, highlights the need for federal guidelines to regulate how daycare facilities handle children with mental illness.

For an Independent Review of Ontario’s Human Rights Enforcement Ssystem, the McGuinty Government Appoints a Bill 107 Supporter, Who Publicly Opposed the AODA Alliance’s Position on Human Rights Enforcement

Your Government has already populated the new human rights system with a number of people who were Bill 107’s architects and who stood along side Mr. Pinto in support of the Bill. Mr. Pinto is essentially being asked to judge the performance of his allies who work in a system that they collectively created. The basic tenet of our justice system calls for a fundamental separation between, and independence of judiciary, prosecution and investigation.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1341

Food or Dental Care: a Grim Choice for the City’s Poor

By Grant LaFleche

The woman went five years without any real dental work. The last two of those without the ability to chew. When she finally did get dentures, she spent
hours savouring the ability to properly eat food.

Government of Canada New Standard on Web Accessibility Released

The  Standard on Web Accessibility(http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/pol/doc-eng.aspx?section=text&id=23601) came into effect on August 1, 2011. This standard applies to all institutions listed in schedules I, I.1, and II of the Financial Administration Act and will be implemented in three phases over a two-year period.

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Accessibility News August 27,2011 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.

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In this Issue

*The McGuinty Watch
*New Accessibility Standards Affecting Employment Now In Force
*AODA administrative Monetary Penalties Scheme – Three Strikes You’re Out!
*The AODA and the Integrated Accessibility Standards
*Blind Woman Refused Apartment Over Guide Dog
*Why Does Society Hate the Blind so Much?
*Manitoba Law Discriminatory

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ARTICLES:

New Accessibility Standards Affecting Employment Now In Force

During the recruitment process, employers shall advise applicants that accommodations of the materials and processes to be used are available and if accommodations are requested then the employer shall consult with the applicant on their accommodations needs.
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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1336

AODA administrative Monetary Penalties Scheme – Three Strikes You’re Out!

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) allows for severe maximum monetary penalties for any violation to the Act. The maximum penalties under the AODA include:

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1322

The AODA and the Integrated Accessibility Standards

As is evident, the Government’s commitment to accessibility for all Ontarians has been significantly watered down by these Standards, and is a significant disservice to Ontarians with Disabilities.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1328

Blind Woman Refused Apartment Over Guide Dog

Manitoba’s Human Rights Code specifically mentions guide dogs alongside  things like sexual orientation and religion as unacceptable targets of
discrimination.  That means it’s just as illegal to refuse someone an apartment  because of a service dog as it is to refuse them because of their religious beliefs.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2270