New Yorkers with Disabilities Neglected In City’s Emergency Planning

Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled (BCID), et al. v. Mayor Bloomberg, et al

More than a decade after 9/11, New Yorkers with disabilities continue to face disproportionate risks of catastrophic harm and death when disasters strike, like Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/brooklyn-center-for-independence-of-the-disabled-bcid-et-al-v-mayor-bloomberg-et-al/

AODA Alliance Writes Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario’s New Minister Responsible for Implementing and Enforcing the Disabilities Act, to Urge Prompt and Decisive Action

On February 27, 2013, the AODA Alliance wrote Ontario’s new cabinet minister responsible for implementing and enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, Dr. Eric Hoskins. He is the new Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-writes-dr-eric-hoskins-ontarios-new-minister-responsible-for-implementing-and-enforcing-the-disabilities-act-to-urge-prompt-and-decisive-action/

OPM Issues Final Rule to Simplify Schedule A, Hiring Authority for Persons With Disabilities

Washington, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued final regulations pertaining to a special hiring authority for the appointment of persons with certain disabilities.

The final rule for “Excepted Service – Appointment of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities, Severe Physical Disabilities, and Psychiatric Disabilities,” also known as “Schedule A Hiring Authority,” simplifies the hiring process for job applicants with disabilities who have work, educational, or other relevant experience, by relieving them of the burden of procuring “certificates of readiness” as a condition of appointment.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/opm-issues-final-rule-to-simplify-schedule-a-hiring-authority-for-persons-with-disabilities/

Accessibility News February 23,2013 Update

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In this Issue

*Design of Public Spaces Standards (Accessibility Standards for the Built Environment) Now on AODA.ca
*Samsung Struggles to Block iPhone Function for the Blind
*B.C. Plans to Slash Funding for Adults With Disabilities
*Council Approves Mississauga’s 10th Annual Accessibility Plan
*Wynne Government’s First Throne Speech Signals Potential Revitalized Approach to Accessibility for People With Disabilities
*Autism’s New Frontiers PART 2: ‘The bridge to nowhere’

Design of Public Spaces Standards (Accessibility Standards for the Built Environment) Now on AODA.ca

February 23, 2013

It was a bit of a chore getting it coded for Accessibility but the new Standard has been added to the Integrated Accessibility Regulation and still needs a bit of work but if you find any errors let me know.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/integrated/

Samsung Struggles to Block iPhone Function for the Blind

“We continue to believe that Apple has infringed our patented mobile technologies, and we will continue to take the measures necessary to protect our intellectual property rights.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/samsung-struggles-to-block-iphone-function-for-the-blind/

B.C. Plans to Slash Funding for Adults With Disabilities

The B.C. government plans to drastically reduce the average amount of money it spends on adults with developmental disabilities over the next three years, budget documents show.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/b-c-plans-to-slash-funding-for-adults-with-disabilities/

Council Approves Mississauga’s 10th Annual Accessibility Plan

Mississauga’s focus on transforming into an accessible city reached a milestone this week after Council approved the City’s 10th Annual Accessibility Plan. The plan outlines new strategies and initiatives that help to remove the barriers that people with disabilities experience in their everyday lives.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=611

Wynne Government’s First Throne Speech Signals Potential Revitalized Approach to Accessibility for People With Disabilities

On February 19, 2013, in its first Throne Speech, the Wynne Government made a promising announcement. It is shifting lead responsibility for implementation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act from the Community and Social Services Ministry (where it has resided since 2005) to the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment. The Throne Speech made increased employment for all and inclusiveness for all as core themes. It included this key passage:

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/wynne-governments-first-throne-speech-signals-potential-revitalized-approach-to-accessibility-for-people-with-disabilities/

Autism’s New Frontiers PART 2: ‘The bridge to nowhere’

The transition from youth to adulthood is the weakest link in the country’s already fractured approach to caring for children with autism

Two years ago, when Ashley Corbett of Arnprior turned 18, she entered Ontario’s Byzantine world of autism services for adults.

At best, the system treated her with benign neglect. At worst, she was invisible to it. Knowing that the wait was long for a coveted place at a provincially funded group home, Linda Murphy put her daughter’s name on the list when Corbett was just 13.

Six years later, she’s still waiting

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/autisms-new-frontiers-part-2-the-bridge-to-nowhere/