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In this Issue
*Doing More For People With Disabilities Is Doing More For Canadians *Court Report Confirms Dismal State of Sidewalks for Disabled New Yorkers
*Tune in Online to the August 22, 2017 Conference on What the Promised National Accessibility Law Should Include *Americans with Disabilities Act: An Epic Tragedy of Good Intentions *Worlds Blind Population to Triple by 2050: study
*Toronto Star Editorial Blasts the Wynne Government for Too Much Secrecy and Not Enough Action on Disability Accessibility *On Accessibility, Ontario Needs Less Secrecy, More Action: Editorial
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Doing More For People With Disabilities Is Doing More For Canadians
People with disabilities still make up a disproportionate number of professionals working in jobs that are below their skills level.
Court Report Confirms Dismal State of Sidewalks for Disabled New Yorkers
Special Master Robert L. Burgdorf, Jr., one of the nations leading experts on disability rights, issued a 285 page report finding that it could take another 20 years or more to bring New York City street corners into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if a proposed class settlement is upheld.
Concluding that such a result would be unconscionable, Special Master Burgdorf recommended that the New York federal judge presiding over the suit reject the intended class settlement as not being fair, reasonable or adequate for people with disabilities.
Tune in Online to the August 22, 2017 Conference on What the Promised National Accessibility Law Should Include
What should be included in Canadas forthcoming national accessibility law that the Federal Government promised to enact? Here is a great way to hear from policy experts on accessibility legislation from Canada and around the world.
Americans with Disabilities Act: An Epic Tragedy of Good Intentions
Looking back at the Americans with Disabilities Act, passed by Congress in 1990, one has to be struck by the extent to which the ADAs lofty sentiments have been overwhelmed by its adverse results. If its true that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, then the ADA is a veritable Autobahn of
wishful thinking gone awry. Yet no one seems inclined to reroute the ill-fated traffic; some states are even widening the highway with additional lanes.
Worlds Blind Population to Triple by 2050: study
The number of blind people across the world is set to triple from about 36 million to 115 million by 2050, due to a growing ageing population, says a study in The Lancet
The researchers estimate that crude prevalence of global blindness declined from 0.75% in 1990 to 0.48% in 2015, while the rate of moderate to severe vision impairment reduced from 3.83% to 2.90%.
Toronto Star Editorial Blasts the Wynne Government for Too Much Secrecy and Not Enough Action on Disability Accessibility
Will the Wynne Government Finally Agree to Waive Its Fee and Make Public All the Information on the Disabilities Acts Implementation and Enforcement that AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky Sought under the Freedom of Information Act Over Two Years Ago?
On Accessibility, Ontario Needs Less Secrecy, More Action: Editorial
David Lepofsky just wants to make sure the province is doing what it promised to do. A disability advocate and lawyer, Lepofsky has worked tirelessly since the McGuinty Liberals passed the landmark Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) in 2005, holding the government to account as it moves toward its goal of a fully accessible Ontario by 2025.
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