Accessibility Law Says Taxis Can’t Overcharge Disabled Passengers

Taxicab passengers with disabilities or mobility issues that require the storage and transport of aids or assistive devices cannot be charged a higher fare than able-bodied passengers, according to provincial accessibility legislation discussed at last week’s Committee of the Whole meeting in North Grenville.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1586

Emergency Preparedness: New AODA Rules for Persons With Disabilities

Author: Yosie Saint-Cyr

Under the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulations of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), effective January 1, 2012, organizations in Ontario must provide and make available in an accessible format or with appropriate communication supports, information about emergency response plans or public safety to customers and employees with disabilities.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1584

17 Years Ago Today Ontario’s Non-Partisan Disabilities Act Movement Was Born!

Seventeen years ago today, on November 29, 1994, the non-partisan grassroots community coalition to campaign for a strong and effective Disabilities Act in Ontario was born. It was originally called the Ontarians with Disabilities Act Committee.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1582

Accessibility News November 26,2011 Update

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In this Issue

*The CLBC Controversy
*Apple’s AssistiveTouch Helps the Disabled Use a Smartphone
*Three Developments in Our Quest for Internet and Telephone Voting to Promote Accessibility for Voters With Disabilities
*Ontario: Macy’s Diner Leads the Way in Restaurant Menu Accessibility
*Cities Study How to Become Age-Friendly
*OPSEU to Frances Lankin: Improve Income Assistance for People With Disabilities
*McGuinty Government Ducks Complaint About Its Contraversial Choice of Whom to Conduct Independent Review of Bill 107
*Everyone Has a Role to Play

The CLBC Controversy

By Victor Schwartzman and Paul Caune 

“We must never forget BC public sector unions fought against liberating people with disabilities from institutions such as Woodlands.  They have also stymied reform at Vancouver’s George Pearson Centre for decades.  As recently as 2005, they lied about the quality of care there.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2366

Apple’s AssistiveTouch Helps the Disabled Use a Smartphone

By David Pogue

Plenty has been written about the new iPhone 4S, with its voice-controlled virtual assistant Siri, and about iOS 5, its software.
But in writing a book about both, I stumbled across an amazingly thoughtful feature that I haven’t seen a word about: something called AssistiveTouch.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2364

Three Developments in Our Quest for Internet and Telephone Voting to Promote Accessibility for Voters With Disabilities

Here are three recent developments in our campaign to make elections in Ontario fully accessible for persons with disabilities:

* On November 17, 2011, Elections Ontario responded to our October 28 letter, in which we had asked for a progress report on internet and telephone voting. Elections Ontario defers most of our inquiries to the future.
* Toronto Star columnist Martin Regg Cohn supports the need for internet voting to help fight low voter turnout.
* The state of Oregon experiments with use of the iPad to make voting more accessible for some voters with disabilities.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1579

Ontario: Macy’s Diner Leads the Way in Restaurant Menu Accessibility

By Sandra Rhodda

Now Ontarian restaurateurs have a solution in aMENU – a website developed by Geoff Collis – where participating restaurants can place their menus so that they can be accessed not only with assistive devices but portable devices such as mobile phones. Menus can be read before a patron even gets to an establishment. The first restaurant leading the way by participating is Macy’s Diner & Delicatessen

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http://www.accesstourismnz.org.nz/2011/11/ontario-macy%e2%80%99s-diner-leads-the-way-in-restaurant-menu-accessibility/

Cities Study How to Become Age-Friendly

TORONTO – Lucy Howe rides a scooter to get around but she bounces uncomfortably when the sidewalks are rough and cracked. Curb cuts that form ramps for getting across the street aren’t always wide enough for the scooter, and it’s especially difficult in winter.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2358

OPSEU to Frances Lankin: Improve Income Assistance for People With Disabilities

TORONTO, Nov. 21, 2011 /CNW/ – The union representing workers at the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) calls on the provincially-appointed
Commission for the Reform of Social Assistance (CRSA) to improve the program instead of downloading it to municipalities.

OPSEU has drafted an ODSP Business Case submission upon the request of the Commission’s co-chair, Frances Lankin, in advance of a CRSA Options Paper to be released in December of 2011. Frances Lankin told the union at a meeting on October 12 that the Options Paper could include a recommendation to download ODSP onto municipalities.