Province: Sheltered Workshops on Way Out; Announcing Plan to Close Facilities Permanently, Minister Hails ‘New Era’ for ‘Fantastic Population’

Now, the same advocates say they’re thrilled but shocked by the ministry’s new commitment to a massive transformation.

Moira Welsh The Toronto Star , Nov. 29, 2015

Ontario will eliminate provincially funded workshops where people with intellectual disabilities do menial tasks for pennies a day, says a top official with Ontario’s Ministry of Community and Social Services.

The decision is the strongest statement yet from the ministry following a Toronto Star series exposing the problem. Initially, the government announced there would be no new admissions to the workshops, typically located in industrial malls. Now the province plans to close them forever.

Accessibility News November 28,2015 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

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In this Issue

Campus Group Works to Enhance Statewide Instructional Accessibility Goals

The University of Tennessee(UT) System recently adopted a policy that reiterates its commitment to providing and supporting a teaching and learning environment that is accessible to all.

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Should the Wynne Government Create a Private Accessibility Certification Process?

Send Feedback on Our Draft Response Demonstrating Its Serious Problems — Better for the Government to Keep Unkept Promise to Effectively Enforce the AODA

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Blind Girl, Seven, Banned From Using White Stick at School as it is ‘Health and Safety Risk’

Bristol primary school says seven-year-old pupil can no longer use her walking cane because it could trip up teachers and other children

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U.S. Department of Justice Further Delays ADA Title III Rulemaking on Website Accessibility

On Nov. 19, the federal government released its Fall Semiannual Regulatory Agenda. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has moved its anticipated rulemaking regarding website accessibility under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which pertains to places of public accommodation, to the “long-term action” list.

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Accessibility News November 21,2015 Update

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In this Issue

Wynne Government Seeks Public Feedback on Its Proposals to Amend Two Accessibility Standards that Would Do Little for People with Disabilities But would Break an Important Promise to Ontarians with Disabilities

On November 9, 2015, the Wynne Government made an important and deeply disturbing announcement. It posted online a short and problematic five-page summary of amendments it proposes to make to the 2007 Customer Service Accessibility Standard and the 2011 Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation. Those are the two accessibility standards that the Government has enacted in the past decade under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

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Proposed Ontario Changes to Accessibility Regulations

by Yosie Saint-Cyr

The Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure has proposed changes to the Customer Service Standard and Integrated Accessibility Standards regulations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If approved, the changes will be enacted on July 1, 2016, and take immediate effect.

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Head-Mounted Virtual Reality Could Help People With Autism Learn Social Skills and Develop Employment Opportunities

Virtual reality technologies (VRTs) using head-mounted displays (HMDs) could help people with autism develop social skills and confidence according to a researcher from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol).

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