Accessibility News April 30,2011 Update

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In this Issue

1) Message Board
2)Articles
*The McGuinty Watch
*Henderson: It’s Time to Make Polls Fully Accessible
*AODA Alliance Update: Three Quick Ways You Can Help Promote Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities
*Election 2011 Issue of ARCH Alert – April 28, 2011
*Disabled Community Absent From Party Platforms, Agendas
*AODA and the Relationship with the Ontario Human Rights Code
*National Federation of the Blind Announces Agreement with Ticketmaster
*Stigma and Challenges Continue for Mental Health Care
*National Federation of the Blind and Law School Admissions Council Agree to Settlement
*Quebec’s Psychologists in Crisis
3) Classifieds, Events, Surveys
4)Thanks for Your Support

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MESSAGE BOARD:

Inclusive Media and Design Inc.

(“Inclusive”) is an innovation company focused on advancing accessibility of digital media for people with disabilities.?

Inclusive offers technical services of Web video captioning, description and other media transformation. They consult on information and communication issues, policy and practices for organizations. Inclusive also offers training sessions covering a wide range of accessibility topics, many of which are relevant to the AODA.

In Ontario, the Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR) will require business, government and education sectors to provide media accessibility on their
websites – including captions on video.

Our goal is to make media on the web fully accessible. It’s our mission – and our passion. For more info visit www.inclusivemedia.ca.

ARTICLES:
The McGuinty Watch

To make it easier for you to see how the McGuinty Government has treated the Disabled Community over it’s Terms we’ve compiled some relevant articles for you to view

As they become available we’ll post more so check back once in a while before Election time.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?page_id=928

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Henderson: It’s Time to Make Polls Fully Accessible

In 2003, the last time the town used the traditional voting system, total municipal election expenses were $81,627 and there was a 36 per cent turnout.
In 2006, when Cobourg combined traditional voting with a phone and Internet system, election costs rose to $87,895 and voter turnout to 45 per cent.

But in 2010, when it switched totally to Internet and phone voting, costs dropped to $52,460 and turnout increased to 47 per cent, Brace reported to the
mayor and council this month.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1129

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AODA Alliance Update: Three Quick Ways You Can Help Promote Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities

Please take a few moments to help our campaign for a fully-accessible Ontario. We here recap three quick and easy actions you can take to help our campaign.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1126

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Election 2011 Issue of ARCH Alert – April 28, 2011

Before you attend your polling station on May 2, 2011 to cast your vote, you should inform yourself about the promises and commitments that each of the Parties have made during the election. One of the ways of learning about each Party’s plan for Canada should it be elected, is to review the Party’s platform.
 
Fortunately, a number of disability organizations have reviewed each Party’s platform and released a summary of their findings.

Read more at
http://www.archdisabilitylaw.ca/?q=read-election-2011-issue-arch-alert-april-28-2011

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Disabled Community Absent From Party Platforms, Agendas

Up to a fifth of Canadians have special needs, but it’s a segment of the population that is being largely ignored in the federal election campaign, say
advocates for people with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2096

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AODA and the Relationship with the Ontario Human Rights Code

While learning about the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), organizations should be aware of the legal limitations of the Act in
relation to the Ontario Human Rights Code. Many people are unaware that the Code takes precedent.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1123

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National Federation of the Blind Announces Agreement with Ticketmaster

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the nation’s leading advocate for Internet access by blind Americans,
today announced a cooperative agreement with Ticketmaster, the global event ticketing leader and one of the world’s top five eCommerce sites, to make its website fully accessible to the blind. 

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2094

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Stigma and Challenges Continue for Mental Health Care

Mental health and addiction issues cost the province of Ontario $39 billion annually.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=1146

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National Federation of the Blind and Law School Admissions Council Agree to Settlement

CNIB take note, the NFB is an Organization for the Blind, led by the Blind!

LSAC Will Make its Web Site Fully Accessible to the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) today announced that it has settled a lawsuit with the Law School Admissions Council, Inc. (LSAC) regarding access to the LSAC Web site.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2092

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Quebec’s Psychologists in Crisis

Poor Public Sector wages and overwork are driving many into private practice – a trend they say is killing mental health care access 

The starting salary for a psychologist working in the public sector is $20 an hour.

“This is the deep dark secret,” says Dinh. “And the ceiling is hovering around $38 something. This is after 10 years. This has never been published because it is not in the interests of the government to say just how badly psychologists are being treated.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2090

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CLASSIFIEDS
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EVENTS
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SURVEYS
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