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Imagine a savings program where the federal government gives a man or woman up to $3 for every $1 contributed by that man or woman – to a lifetime
maximum of $70,000. Wouldn’t people flock to that program? Wouldn’t the
Treasury be all but emptied?

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2336

Law Grad’s Discrimination Claim Denied Once Again

A law graduate who lost her discrimination claim against her articling principal has once again found herself stymied at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1531

Taco Bell Awaits Sanctions in Accessibility Suit

Taco Bell is expected to appeal ruling that it violated Americans with Disabilities Act

A recent federal court decision that found Taco Bell in violation of federal and state laws protecting the rights of customers who use wheelchairs or scooters should motivate restaurant operators to comply with access rules, attorneys say.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1528

Accessibility News October 29,2011 Update

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In this Issue

*New Accessibility Standards Impact Ontario Restaurants
*AODA Alliance Asks Chief Electoral Officer for Press Report on Internet and Telephone Voting
*Meter Fees to Be Waived for Disabled Drivers
*Technology Helps Hearing Impaired Stay in ‘Loop’
*Federal Judge Issues Permanent Legal Resolution for Blind Law School Graduate Who Paved the Way for Blind Test Takers
*Civil Rights Now: Outside Noise
*Hiring Bias in Canada a Barrier to Success in the Workforce for Canadians with Disabilities
*Citizens With Disabilities Long for Independence
*Volunteer Can’t Access Campus Building
*Edmonton Store Bans Girl’s Service Dog – Twice
*Groups Aim to Alter Attitudes on Workplace Disability: Fit Notes, not Sick Notes?
*Freedom Scientific Releases JAWS 13 Screen Reading Software

AODA Alliance Asks Chief Electoral Officer for Press Report on Internet and Telephone Voting

Swinging Into Action with Ontario’s New Legislature

A major priority for us in the new Ontario Legislature is to get Ontario’s elections legislation strengthened to ensure fully accessible elections for voters and candidates with disabilities. We foreshadowed this on the eve of Election Day earlier this month.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1525

Meter Fees to Be Waived for Disabled Drivers

CAPE MAY — In what the city believes to be a first-of-its-kind ordinance statewide, handicapped drivers will now be exempt from feeding the meters here.

“I thank council for supporting this. It seems like the right thing to do. Common sense has prevailed,” Councilman Jack Wichterman said at the regular council meeting earlier this month.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2331

Technology Helps Hearing Impaired Stay in ‘Loop’

Advocates for the hearing impaired in Ontario told CBC News they hope the passage of access laws such as Ontario’s Access for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, which comes into force in the new year, will push Canadian organizations to follow suit.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1523

Federal Judge Issues Permanent Legal Resolution for Blind Law School Graduate Who Paved the Way for Blind Test Takers

On Monday, October 24, the Honorable Judge Charles R. Breyer ended a two-year legal battle between a blind law school graduate and a national
testing corporation over the graduate’s right to use a computer equipped with assistive technology to take the California Bar Exam.

Granting Stephanie Enyart’s motion for summary judgment, Judge Breyer found that Ms. Enyart is entitled to take the bar exam on a computer equipped with text-to-speech screen reading and visual screen magnification software, as
the method that will best ensure that she is tested on her aptitude rather than her disability.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2326

Civil Rights Now: Outside Noise

When Denise Turner called these voters “outside noise” she coldly dismissed the distress of parents who have good reasons to be afraid of what the future has in store for their children with developmental disabilities. The Board of CLBC should fire Denise Turner. To permit her to retain her appointed position would be an endorsement of her contempt for British Columbian voters.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2328

Hiring Bias in Canada a Barrier to Success in the Workforce for Canadians with Disabilities

Large pool of driven, high-achieving talent being largely ignored by Canadian employers. – Statistics show employees with disabilities often score higher
than their co-workers in job performance and job retention. – 16 per cent of Canadians – equivalent to the population of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan – have a disability. – 70 per cent of Canadians with disabilities are unemployed versus 7.1 per cent of the general population. – Best practices demonstrate these biases can be overcome and people with disabilities can make meaningful contributions to corporations’ success.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2323