Accessibility News January 30,2016 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

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OHRC Report Strongly Links Mental Illness to Poverty, Unemployment

Chris Herhalt, CP24.com
Published Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Those who suffer from mental illness or addiction are much more likely to be poor, unemployed and living in inadequate housing, especially when they also suffer from other forms of disability, a new report finds.

Compiled using federal data and published by the Ontario Human Rights Commission, data from the report suggests that regarding several factors housing, income, employment, and attainment of education those who suffer from mental illness or addiction don’t just face worse outcomes when compared to the general population, they also fare worse than those who report other forms of disability.

Watchdog Pushed to Probe WSIB; Medical Advice From Doctors Routinely Ignored, Advocates say

Sara Mojtehedzadeh
The Toronto Star , Jan. 29,

Citing “systematic disregard” for professional medical assessments of injured workers, advocates have asked Ontario’s government watchdog to launch an investigation into the province’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).

The 200-page submission made Friday to the provincial ombudsman by health professionals, workers, lawyers and labour groups blasts WSIB for ignoring the medical advice provided by doctors treating injured workers in favour of so-called “paper doctors” who have not met patients directly.

The resulting clawbacks in medical benefits are having a “devastating effect,” the submission says.

That effect has left workers who have severe physical and mental problems stranded in poverty.

Toronto Star Reports on Massive Private Sector Violations of Ontario’s Disability Accessibility Law and Continued Weak Enforcement – Wynne Governments Reported Response Is Quite Troubling

An excellent article published in the Toronto Star one month ago, while the AODA Alliance email Update service was off on holidays, remains current and important! The Toronto Star’s December 14, 2015 edition include a powerful report reported on the fact that there remains in Ontario massive private sector non-compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and inadequate AODA enforcement by the Wynne Government, despite the fact that the Government has unused budget on hand that could have been used to beef up AODA enforcement.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/toronto-star-reports-on-massive-private-sector-violations-of-ontarios-disability-accessibility-law-and-continued-weak-enforcement-wynne-governments-reported-response-is-quite-troubling/

Winnipeg Man Who Seeks Death, Not Disability, a ‘Sad’ Reality

A disabled rights advocate says a Winnipeg man who wants a physician-assisted death reflects a “bleak” societal attitude:”He would rather be dead than disabled.” “For me it’s sad that he would rather die than be in a wheelchair,” said Allen Mankewich, co-chair of the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities. “And many people would agree with him.”

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/winnipeg-man-who-seeks-death-not-disability-a-sad-reality/

Bill Would Require Restaurant Menus in Braille

“Whenever I went out to a restaurant, it was always an awkward situation, to not know what is on the menu and to rely on people to let me know what I want,” said Mornis, who has been blind since birth and began learning to read Braille at the age of 3.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/bill-would-require-restaurant-menus-in-braille/

Don’t Ask for Guide-Dog Documents

B.C.’s new Guide and Service Dog Act instituted provincial certification
with the twin intentions of guaranteeing access rights for people with disabilities and preventing the public from fraudulently passing off pets as service dogs.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/dont-ask-for-guide-dog-documents/

Accessibility News January 23,2016 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 8 years, 49 weeks, 2 days till a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

Justice Department Reaches Landmark Settlement Agreement with State of Oregon Regarding Americans with Disabilities Act

In a Dec. 29, 2015, order, the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon approved a settlement agreement between the Justice Department, a class of private plaintiffs and the state of Oregon, which resolved the department’s and the class plaintiffs’ claims against the state under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/justice-department-reaches-landmark-settlement-agreement-with-state-of-oregon-regarding-americans-with-disabilities-act/

Will New Accessible Parking Permits Combat Abuse?

Service Ontario rolls out new safeguards against people without disabilities taking advantage of accessible parking spots and free parking

The government of Ontario has launched new accessible parking permits (APP) to combat abuse by those who don’t need them.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/will-new-accessible-parking-permits-combat-abuse/