Plan to Change Autism Definition Has Some Worried

Autism advocates are worrying that proposed changes to the way that autism is defined could affect the way that children and adults with the condition access treatment and services.

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In this Issue

*New Accessibility Standards Impact Ontario Restaurants
*Human Rights Tribunal to Examine City Restrictions on Group Homes
*Providing Emergency and Public Safety Information for People With Disabilities Guide
*Disabilities Report Author is Concerned that Many Kids Have 1 or No Friends
*Disabled Man’s Death After Arrest Cannot Be Ignored, Advocates Say
*Redbox Discriminates Against the Blind By Failing to Provide Accessible Self-Service Kiosks
*AODA: Accessible Transportation Compliance Schedule
*ATTEND JANUARY 27 2012 TORONTO PRESENTATION ON THE WORLD BANK’S REPORT ON the Unmet needs of People With Disabilities AROUND THE World
*Government of Canada Supports Accessibility for Canadians with Disabilities in Ontario
*South African Chain Reaches Out to Visually Impaired With ‘Braille Burgers’

Human Rights Tribunal to Examine City Restrictions on Group Homes

By: Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Ontario’s human rights tribunal will weigh a challenge to Toronto’s zoning rules that experts say could affect how municipalities across the country integrate housing for people with mental illness or disabilities.

Providing Emergency and Public Safety Information for People With Disabilities Guide

Public safety information can help keep people safe when an emergency happens. Ontario’s Accessibility Standard for Information and Communications can help you do that by making your emergency and public safety information accessible to people with disabilities. This guide will help you.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1671#appendix

Disabilities Report Author is Concerned that Many Kids Have 1 or No Friends

“Communities tend to have more opportunities for children in the zero-to-six, maybe zero- to eight-year-old age range, but when we’re working with children who are 18 or 21 or 24, there are many, many fewer opportunities,” she said in an interview.

“Our data suggests that the social involvement in communities declines quite sharply as the children get older.”

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Disabled Man’s Death After Arrest Cannot Be Ignored, Advocates Say

Published On Thu Jan 19 2012
Jayme Poisson
Staff Reporter

A day after the province’s police watchdog called the death of Charles McGillivary a “sad set of circumstances,” advocates for those with disabilities cautioned against seeing the case as an isolated tragedy. We must learn from it, they say.

“It’s a sad set of circumstances that’s similar, unfortunately, to other similar cases where the police push things with people who have some sort of mental health issues and it ends up in the death of that person,” said Toronto lawyer Peter Rosenthal.

Redbox Discriminates Against the Blind By Failing to Provide Accessible Self-Service Kiosks

The technology exists to make self-service kiosks accessible to the blind. Accessible ATMs and iPhones make use of tactile controls and/or screen reading software that enables blind people to use these devices.

“A lack of accessibility in newly emerging forms of commerce is a symptom of the overall growing technological divide that blind people experience when companies fail to build in accessible features at the onset,” said Bryan Bashin, Executive Director/CEO of the Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2437

AODA: Accessible Transportation Compliance Schedule

Author: Suzanne Cohen Share

As you probably know, the Transportation Standards under the Integrated Accessibility Standards of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will come into force over the next five years. The Ministry of Community and Social Services has released the accessible transportation compliance dates, and you can find them all at the link below.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1657

Government of Canada Supports Accessibility for Canadians with Disabilities in Ontario

The Lions Club received $55,000 for its Building Accessibility project to create an accessible entrance, a ramp and accessible washrooms, thereby removing barriers and promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities in the community.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1649

South African Chain Reaches Out to Visually Impaired With ‘Braille Burgers’

Advertising is such a visual medium – whether it’s 30-second spots on TV or the image
onslaught of outdoor billboards and street furniture – that blind and visually-impaired
consumers are, for marketers, often invisible.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2435