Manitobans Voters with Disabilities Need Gagriel Dumonte, Instead they Have Ed Grimley

By Paul Caune and Victor Schwartzman

For the past decade, about one third of all complaints registered by the Manitoba Human Rights Commission have been based on disability, with the Cowardly Lion’s share based on physical disability. There are thirteen “group factors” on which to base a human rights complaint—it is remarkable that one third of all complaints are based on only one “group factor”. This is part of the ongoing international scandal of how Canada abuses its citizens who have disabilities.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2605

Students of Brantford School for the Blind Launch Abuse Claim

Toronto Star, Apr. 12 2012

Bob Seed, who manages a community-based radio station in Thunder Bay, Ont., is the lead plaintiff in a class-action bid against a provincially-run
school for the blind and visually impaired.

The bid claims the school sexually and physically abused residents dating back to the 1950s.

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In this Issue

*Andrew Pinto Refuses to Read the AODA Alliance’s Supplemental Brief to the Pinto Human Rights Code Review
*Parents Wire Kids to Prove Teachers’ Verbal Abuse
*Canadian Technology Improving the Lives of the Mentally Challenged
*Paying For a Taxi in New York Just Became More Accessible
*GLAD vs CNN Closed-Captions Lawsuit: Finding a Win-Win for Broadcasters and Deaf People
*New Low-Cost Handheld Device Offers Independence for Millions of Visually Impaired Americans
*Addressing Poverty a Big Issue, Quality of Life Survey Finds
*Web Accessibility Myths – A Call for Accessibility Advocates to be More Business-Minded

Parents Wire Kids to Prove Teachers’ Verbal Abuse

CHERRY HILL, N.J. — Teachers hurled insults like “bastard,” ”tard,” ”damn dumb” and “a hippo in a ballerina suit.” A bus driver threatened to slap one child, while a bus monitor told another, “Shut up, you little dog.”

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2602

Canadian Technology Improving the Lives of the Mentally Challenged

In a quest for increased independence and constant learning, tech developers throughout the country have begun designing apps and technology for some of those who can use it the most – those with disabilities that make it hard for them to step out on their own. Beyond telling you the weather or what time the next bus is coming, apps can now tell you which shirt and pants you should wear in today’s weather; and show you a picture of the bus that’s going to take you where you need to go.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2598

Paying For a Taxi in New York Just Became More Accessible

Posted by Matilda

I am not an experienced cab rider by any means, but the few times I’ve taken one, I’ve had to trust that the driver was honest with me about how much I owed since there was no accessible way for me to know the cost per mile or how far I had traveled. This is just one example of the many situations where the blind have to trust their sighted peers to not lie to them about the cost of things.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2600

GLAD vs CNN Closed-Captions Lawsuit: Finding a Win-Win for Broadcasters and Deaf People

Lack of captions is the number one accessibility concern of most Deaf and hard of hearing web users – without captions online video is pretty much useless for them. And the amount of video on the web is growing exponentially – Gartner reckon that over 25% of the content that workers see in a day will be dominated by pictures, video or audio.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2596

New Low-Cost Handheld Device Offers Independence for Millions of Visually Impaired Americans

Enhanced Vision Launches “Pebble-mini” – a Feature-Rich Magnifying Solution for Extreme Portability at Affordable Price

Enhanced Vision, America’s leading manufacturer of magnifying solutions for the visually impaired, launched a powerful new lightweight hand-held device today that can bring affordable independence to the 15 Million+ Americans suffering from low vision conditions such as macular degeneration.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2594

Andrew Pinto Refuses to Read the AODA Alliance’s Supplemental Brief to the Pinto Human Rights Code Review

On April 12, 2012 the AODA Alliance submitted a supplemental brief to the Andrew Pinto Human Rights Code Review. The McGuinty Government appointed Toronto lawyer Andrew Pinto to conduct an Independent Review of how effectively human rights are enforced in Ontario.

On April 16, 2012, we received an email from Mr. Pinto’s assistant. It states that Mr. Pinto has refused to read our supplemental brief, because it was delivered after Mr. Pinto’s stated deadline for receiving submissions. We set out that email below.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1788

Addressing Poverty a Big Issue, Quality of Life Survey Finds

By Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com

Not having enough money to pay bills or buy groceries carries with it a sense of shame for those forced to live under the yoke of poverty.