Accessibility News August 17,2019 Update

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In this Issue

*The Doug Ford Government’s Controversial Plan to Divert $1.3 Million into the Rick Hansen Foundation’s Private Accessibility Certification Program Is Plagued with Even More Problems Than Earlier Revealed, according to the AODA Alliance’s New Supplemental Report Made Public Today
*Expert Says It’s Not Uncommon, but it is Worrisome
*Niagara Business Campaign Encourages Accessibility
*Dedication Ceremony Names Beach Accessibility Mat After Man Who Fought for Equality for All
*How Actors With Disabilities are Changing the Narrative in Hollywood
*National Federation of the Blind Applauds Introduction of Greater Access and Independence through Nonvisual Access Technology (GAIN) Act
*Lack of Progress on Human Rights Order Frustrates Accessibility Activist

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ARTICLES:

The Doug Ford Government’s Controversial Plan to Divert $1.3 Million into the Rick Hansen Foundation’s Private Accessibility Certification Program Is Plagued with Even More Problems Than Earlier Revealed, according to the AODA Alliance’s New Supplemental Report Made Public Today

Over three and a half years ago, the AODA Alliance showed that there are serious problems with the entire idea of a private building accessibility certification process, no matter who conducts it. Last month, in an AODA Alliance report that we made public on July 25, 2019, we unearthed serious problems with the
Ford Government’s plan to give $1.3 million of public funds to the specific program that the RHF offers, the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC) program.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/the-doug-ford-governments-controversial-plan-to-divert-1-3-million-into-the-rick-hansen-foundations-private-accessibility-certification-program-is-plagued-with-even-more-problems-than-earlier-rev/

Expert Says It’s Not Uncommon, but it is Worrisome

Ontario man says life insurance application denied due to anxiety disorder

A man in Elmira, Ont., says Sun Life Financial denied his application for life insurance because he has generalized anxiety disorder, and he’s worried the practice could discourage others from seeking help for mental illness.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/expert-says-its-not-uncommon-but-it-is-worrisome/

Niagara Business Campaign Encourages Accessibility

One of the initiatives the committee has taken on is the We Are Accessible campaign Evans said will be launched in September, to encourage businesses to identify themselves as accessible.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/niagara-business-campaign-encourages-accessibility/

Dedication Ceremony Names Beach Accessibility Mat After Man Who Fought for Equality for All

North Bay’s first beach accessibility mat was dedicated in honour of Adam “Wheels” Miller who worked tirelessly to get a mat for North Bay. His father Wayne gently touches the sign which bears his son’s name, located beside the mat at Marathon Beach.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/dedication-ceremony-names-beach-accessibility-mat-after-man-who-fought-for-equality-for-all/

How Actors With Disabilities are Changing the Narrative in Hollywood

When Ryan O’Connell created his Netflix series Special, he knew it was good. But he didn’t imagine the comedy would earn four Emmy nominations, including best comedy, in its first season.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/how-actors-with-disabilities-are-changing-the-narrative-in-hollywood/

National Federation of the Blind Applauds Introduction of Greater Access and Independence through Nonvisual Access Technology (GAIN) Act

Urges Swift Passage of Legislation to Preserve Independence of Blind People in their Homes

The bill was introduced by Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE), and Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA). This legislation directs the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (the “Access Board”) to develop a minimum nonvisual access standard for home-use medical devices,
exercise equipment, and home appliances, and provide for the enforcement of the standard.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/national-federation-of-the-blind-applauds-introduction-of-greater-access-and-independence-through-nonvisual-access-technology-gain-act/

Lack of Progress on Human Rights Order Frustrates Accessibility Activist

Gus Reed says the government isn’t doing enough to follow its own accessibility rules.

Reed was part of a group successful in a human rights challenge against the Nova Scotia government, arguing he and other wheelchair users could not wash their hands in many restaurants where accessible washrooms are not available. A board of inquiry found the government was not enforcing its own accessibility regulations.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/lack-of-progress-on-human-rights-order-frustrates-accessibility-activist/

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