Accessibility News April 9,2011 Update

****
Is your Website AODA compliant?

The Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR) will soon be Law and there will be plenty of Companies claiming they can make your website Accessible but have no real experience, you’ll be their Guinea Pig at your cost.

Badeyes Design & Consulting can help, for more information visit www.badeyes.com .
***

In this Issue

1) Message Board
2)Articles
*The McGuinty Watch
*Make Sure the Polling Station for You in the October 2011 Election is Accessible to Voters with Disabilities
*What Online Businesses Need to Know About the ADA
*Accessibility Action Plan for the 2011 Provincial General Election
*Disabled Diver Wants Others to Give it a Try
*The Province Won’t Interfere with Collective Bargaining, Eh?
*OCAD U Sees an Accessible Future with New Master Program in Inclusive Design
*Canada, Labour and Employment, The Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities Act, 2005: Preparing Your Organization For Compliance – McCarthy Tétrault
*Seniors Speak Out on OC Transpo Route Cuts
*AODA Alliance: Help Us Respond to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s and the Public Transit Sector’s Efforts to Weaken the Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR) and to Delay its Enactment
*Direct Access: Funding Inclusion is Money Well Spent
*Ontario Postsecondary Students with Disabilities Face Unique Challenges
*Home Care in Bad Shape: Report
*Book Aims to Erase Stigma of Mental Illness
3) Classifieds, Events, Surveys
4)Thanks for Your Support

—-

MESSAGE BOARD:

“The Politics of Blindness: From Charity to Parity:

A must read book on the negative impact the CNIB has on stereotypes and the Blind Community and how it needs to be abolished www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1961

In this book you will read the truth about the CNIB as a so called Charity and how it fosters ‘Dependence’ and not ‘Independence’, for many Blind and Partially Sighted it will sound all too familiar.

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

—-

Make Sure the Polling Station for You in the October 2011 Election is Accessible to Voters with Disabilities

Here is the latest news in our 12-year long campaign to ensure that elections in Ontario are fully accessible to persons with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1092

—-

What Online Businesses Need to Know About the ADA

As the digital domain becomes ever more prevalent in our everyday lives through applications that facilitate our daily routine of social networking, online shopping and web access to information, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish where the virtual/digital world stops and the real/physical world begins.
Unless, that is, you are a person with a disability, in which case you may have experienced the same type of limited access to digital destinations as historically the disabled had with physical destinations. Unfortunately, most Internet destinations have been constructed without regard for the disabled, providing no cues or accessibility aids to guide visually or cognitively disabled individuals and resulting in thousands of Americans being effectively denied access to these digital destinations.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2074

—-

Accessibility Action Plan for the 2011 Provincial General Election

This report outlines how Elections Ontario will work to remove barriers that may prevent people from voting and make the electoral process as easy and convenient as possible. It provides details on how we will be implementing some of our new authority to introduce services such as Special ballots, including home visits, and mobile voting locations.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1086

—-

Disabled Diver Wants Others to Give it a Try

It was a profound experience for Diane Morrell, the first time she donned mask and scuba tanks to delve under the surface of the water.

For someone who uses a wheelchair to get around, like Morrell does, diving offers, an incredible feeling of freedom.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=1075

—-

The Province Won’t Interfere with Collective Bargaining, Eh?

Dear Minster Wynne,

Why, may I ask you, would you support the TTC becoming an essential service, and not the services of Kingston Access Bus?

Read more at
http://wheelchairdemon-transit.blogspot.com/2011/04/province-wont-interfere-with-collective.html

—-

OCAD U Sees an Accessible Future with New Master Program in Inclusive Design

In a major step that will further establish Toronto as a centre of innovation in inclusive design, OCAD University is launching a two-year Master of Design in Inclusive Design program. The goal is to cultivate a brain trust of people skilled in accessible technologies, then scatter them across sectors — everywhere from government to the arts — so that inclusion will become a habit rather than remaining an afterthought.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1083

—-

Canada, Labour and Employment, The Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities Act, 2005: Preparing Your Organization For Compliance – McCarthy Tétrault

Within less than one year, most organizations will have to comply with the Customer Service Standard (CSS) of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The CSS applies to designated public sector organizations as of January 1, 2011. Commencing January 1, 2012, it will also apply to every other organization that provides goods or services to members of the public or other third parties and that employs at least one employee in Ontario. Simply put, most private sector employers must comply by January 1, 2012.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1081

—-

Seniors Speak Out on OC Transpo Route Cuts

A blind woman hoped OC Transpo planners would be able to see the difficulties she will face as a result of proposed route cuts and alterations.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=1066

—-

AODA Alliance: Help Us Respond to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s and the Public Transit Sector’s Efforts to Weaken the Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR) and to Delay its Enactment

We now have a unique insight into the views of perhaps the most vocal voices advocating to weaken the McGuinty Government’s proposed new regulation to address barriers facing persons with disabilities in the areas of employment, transportation, and information and communication. It is striking that this resistance comes from organizations that advocate for municipal governments and public transit authorities in Ontario. In other words, these are the voices of local government agencies, raised to try to slow down progress towards accessibility for persons with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1079

—-

Direct Access: Funding Inclusion is Money Well Spent

Instead of a strong, cohesive national accessibility act, we have years of federal downloading, a divestment of leadership and resources that continues to breed exclusion.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2072

—-

Ontario Postsecondary Students with Disabilities Face Unique Challenges

College and university students with disabilities face significant financial burdens and a number of barriers that can strain their ability to successfully complete their education.

According to a new study commissioned by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO), students with registered disabilities take longer to complete their education, which can significantly increase the cost of their education. They also face unique challenges in finding employment, as well as balancing the demands of work and school, says the study

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=1060

—-

Home Care in Bad Shape: Report

Huge waiting lists, unequal access to care and high administrative costs continue to plague Ontario’s home care system, the Ontario Health Coalition claims.

Those are some of the findings in a report, Still Waiting: an assessment of Ontario’s Home Care System after two decades of restructuring, released by the coalition on Monday.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=1058

—-

Book Aims to Erase Stigma of Mental Illness

Organizer of local support group shares personal story in publication

Paul Morton, who heads up the Midland/Penetanguishene depression and manic-depression group, is one of many voices in a book called “Dancing in the Rain,” which tells the struggles and triumphs of people living with a mood disorder in their own words.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=1055

—-

CLASSIFIEDS
No New Listings for this Week

Check for older ones or add your own by going to www.accessibilityclassifieds.com

EVENTS
*Discover Scuba Diving for Persons with a Disability
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=918

SURVEYS
No New Surveys for this Week

Check for older Surveys or add your own by going to www.accessibilityclassifieds.com

——

Thanks for Your Support

Accessibility News is a voluntary Publication, please consider making a Donation at www.accessibilitynews.ca/?page_id=591
and we’ll add your Name/Company in this area.

THIS and THAT:

Be sure to visit us on the web at www.accessibilitynews.ca.
While you’re there, have a look in the Search/Archive section for items you might have missed.

You can now get back issues of the Newsletter at www.accessibilitynews.ca/?page_id=9
beginning on November 20, 2010

To unsubscribe from this Newsletter, send an email to info@accessibilitynews.ca
or just reply to this Update and state your intentions.

Note: The thoughts and opinions expressed throughout Accessibility News are not necessarily shared by the various organizations and individuals and are
solely those of the author of the specific article or commentary.

Accessibility News, since November 8, 2006