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In this Issue
*FCC Adopts Real-Time Text Proposed Rulemaking
*YMCA of Greater Toronto Opens Its Most Accessible Centre Yet
*Family Protests Airlines Rejection of Special Seat for Son Who Has Cerebral Palsy
*Mertl: Here are 10 Reasons to Hire Workers With Disabilities
*CRA Hurting Disabled Canadians, Advocates Say
*Cuts Make for Lost Generation: Critics
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FCC Adopts Real-Time Text Proposed Rulemaking
The Federal Communications Commission today approved a proposal to utilize real-time text to ensure that people with disabilities who rely on text to communicate have accessible and effective telephone access.
YMCA of Greater Toronto Opens Its Most Accessible Centre Yet
Cooper Koo Family Cherry St. YMCA design goes above and beyond latest accessibility standards
Family Protests Airlines Rejection of Special Seat for Son Who Has Cerebral Palsy
Cathay Pacific had approved the seat months before but turned it away at Pearson, says mother of boy with cerebral palsy, who cant sit up without it.
Alastair Sharp, daughter Tallula, 3, son Sebastian, 7, and wife Kara found themselves turned away from a flight to Australia at Pearson Airport last week because the airline refused to let them use Sebastians special seat designed to help him sit upright.
Mertl: Here are 10 Reasons to Hire Workers With Disabilities
In Ottawa, people who live with disabilities are often underemployed and only 43 per cent participate in the labour market, compared to 70 per cent of the general population.
With an aging workforce and shortage of young skilled workers, employees with disabilities offer a large untapped talent pool for employers.
CRA Hurting Disabled Canadians, Advocates Say
Almost two years ago, Ottawa passed a bill to limit what consultants could charge when helping others file for the disability tax credit. But the bill didnt specify a limit and experts say the delay is hitting people with disabilities in their wallets.
Cuts Make for Lost Generation: Critics
Jordan Boufford, 17, a teen with autism who greatly benefitted from Intensive Behavioural Intervention, is speaking out against a move by the provincial government to limit funding for the treatment to autistic children no older than four.
As families and activists battle against changes to an Ontario government-funded treatment for autistic children, a London teen whos been through it already is at the tip of the spear.
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