Accessibility News April 5,2014 Update

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In this Issue

*Will we Finally get Reform of Disability Services at Toronto Pearson International Airport? *Bill C-23: Its Impact on Electors with Disabilities
*Online College Learning for Students with Disabilities Database *Ontario Government Cancels AODA In Ridings Where It Isnt A Gas
*As the Ontario Government Continues to Break its Promise to Effectively Enforce Its Disability Accessibility Law, its Minister Responsible for its Enforcement Introduces New Bill into the Legislature to Cut Regulations on Business *Three Simple Ways to Make Your Hiring Accessible to Persons with Disabilities

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ARTICLES:

Will we Finally get Reform of Disability Services at Toronto Pearson International Airport?

by Karen McCall

For those of us with disabilities who travel through Toronto Pearson Airport, hearing that violinist Itzhak Perlman was treated without respect or dignity came as no surprise. The surprise was that treating us like cattle or cargo hasnt received media attention before now.

Read more at
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/will-we-finally-get-reform-of-disability-services-at-toronto-pearson-international-airport/

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Bill C-23: Its Impact on Electors with Disabilities

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), a national self-help organization working for an accessible and inclusive Canada, recommends the removal of provisions in Bill C-23 (Fair Elections) that will have the effect of disenfranchising some persons with disabilities and/or slowing barrier removal.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/bill-c-23-its-impact-on-electors-with-disabilities/

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Online College Learning for Students with Disabilities Database

Online programs today benefit from advances in technology and offer rigorous curricula that rival those of in-classroom programs. The freedom to learn from anywhere at any time, and often at a students own pace, is attractive to many. But for students with disabilities, online learning can offer additional advantages. The College Database gathered input from more than 20 college and university disability services and online learning experts to compile the latest information on:

Read more at
http://www.onlinecollegesdatabase.org/online-college-learning-for-students-with-disabilities/

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Ontario Government Cancels AODA In Ridings Where It Isnt A Gas

By Victor Schwartzman

Eric Hoskins, Minister responsible for the implementation of the AODA access legislation, recently called a media conference to announce his new policy for implementing AODA, which includes cancelling AODA implementation in the Oakville and Mississauga ridings.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-government-cancels-aoda-in-ridings-where-it-isnt-a-gas/

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As the Ontario Government Continues to Break its Promise to Effectively Enforce Its Disability Accessibility Law, its Minister Responsible for its Enforcement Introduces New Bill into the Legislature to Cut Regulations on Business

A troubling 134 days have now passed since we revealed that the Ontario Government was not enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, &that there have been Rampant AODA violations in the private sector. The Government still has not made public its promised plan for the AODAs effective enforcement. Forty days have passed since the Toronto Star reported that the Government would be publicly posting that new enforcement plan in short order.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/as-the-ontario-government-continues-to-break-its-promise-to-effectively-enforce-its-disability-accessibility-law-its-minister-responsible-for-its-enforcement-introduces-new-bill-into-the-legislature/

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Three Simple Ways to Make Your Hiring Accessible to Persons with Disabilities

A disability can affect someones body or mind, be mild or severe, happen at any stage of life, be long or short term but even taking into account employment barriers, the majority of persons with disabilities are skilled and able to actively work.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/three-simple-ways-to-make-your-hiring-accessible-to-persons-with-disabilities/

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Organizations that feature the app on their websites are committed to making it easier for people with disabilities to access information online. For more info, please visit http://www.essentialaccessibility.com

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