Ontario Employers Have a New Tool to Improve Accessibility for People With Disabilities

The Conference Board of Canada in partnership with the Government of Ontario’s EnAbling Change program have released a new free resource to help employers make their workplaces more inclusive.

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http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-employers-have-a-new-tool-to-improve-accessibility-for-people-with-disabilities/

Nortel Reaches Settlement With US Long-Term Disabled Workers

Nortel Networks Corp. has reached a $28 million settlement with disabled U.S. workers, averting a trial over its treatment of some of its most vulnerable creditors.

Outlined in bankruptcy-court documents, the settlement allows Nortel to shut off pay and benefits to some 200 people with chronic disabilities at the end of May. They will get an unsecured claim in the former telecommunications equipment maker’s bankruptcy case instead.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/nortel-reaches-settlement-with-us-long-term-disabled-workers/

Shining a Light on Disabilities in the Workforce

By Emily McPhee, Special to Barry’s Bay This Week
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 3:13:59 EST PM

A recent presentation in Killaloe outlined the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities as Adam Lesco shared the knowledge and experience he has gained working at the Neil Squire Society in Pembroke.

McGuinty Government Commits That Revamped Accessibility Council Will Develop New Accessibility Standards Under the Disabilities Act- but No Commitments on Which New Standards or by When

January 21, 2013

Today there have been two newsworthy developments concerning the efforts to achieve accessibility for persons with disabilities in Canada.

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http://www.aoda.ca/mcguinty-government-commits-that-revamped-accessibility-council-will-develop-new-accessibility-standards-under-the-disabilities-act-but-no-commitments-on-which-new-standards-or-by-when/

Government Response to Recommendations of the Accessibility Advisory Council for a Made-in-Manitoba Accessibility Act

Posted January 21, 2013

More than 15% of Manitobans face barriers that prevent their full participation in activities others take for granted. These barriers are very costly – to persons with disabilities, to their family and friends, and to their communities. In Manitoba, accessibility legislation will provide a process for the removal of barriers, as well as the prevention of new ones.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/government-response-to-recommendations-of-the-accessibility-advisory-council-for-a-made-in-manitoba-accessibility-act/

Agony Behind Bars

Some inmates with mental health problems “manifest symptoms of their illness through disruptive behaviour, aggression, violence, self-mutilation, suicidal ideation, withdrawal, refusal or inability to follow prison orders or rules,” according to Correctional Investigator of Canada Howard Sapers.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/agony-behind-bars/

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In this Issue

*New Accessibility Standards in Effect
*All Ontario Liberal Leadership Candidates Have Now Made Disability Accessibility Pledges
*Charles Sousa is Fifth Ontario Liberal Party Leadership Candidate to Make Disability Accessibility Commitments
*Nebraska Doctor Develops Smartphone App for Parents of Autistic Children
*Ontario PC Government Would Merge Welfare and Disability Programs
*Working Groups Address Accessibility Issues
*People with Disabilities get Support from Former County of Brant Councellor in Specialized Transportation Service Struggle

New Accessibility Standards in Effect

On Jan. 1, requirements for information and communications under the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation come into effect for universities.

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http://www.aoda.ca/new-accessibility-standards-in-effect/

All Ontario Liberal Leadership Candidates Have Now Made Disability Accessibility Pledges

We are delighted to report that we have now received disability accessibility commitments from each of the six candidates for leadership of the Ontario Liberal party. Late on January 17, 2013, the AODA Alliance received an email, setting out disability accessibility commitments, from Harinder Takhar, the final candidate to send such commitments to us.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/all-ontario-liberal-leadership-candidates-have-now-made-disability-accessibility-pledges/

Charles Sousa is Fifth Ontario Liberal Party Leadership Candidate to Make Disability Accessibility Commitments

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January 17, 2013

Mr. Charles Sousa is the fifth candidate for leadership of the Ontario Liberal Party to make disability accessibility pledges in response to our November 1, 2012 open letter to all candidates for that leadership role.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/charles-sousa-is-fifth-ontario-liberal-party-leadership-candidate-to-make-disability-accessibility-commitments/