Accessibility News August 20,2011 Update

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In this Issue

*The McGuinty Watch
*Some Voters Will Cast Ballot at Home
*Labour Leader Joins Injured Workers for Sit In
*Elections Canada Lobbies for Test of Online Voting
*Accessible Technology Increasingly a Requirement for Businesses
*Handicap Parking Rules Frustrate Residents
*Inclusivity Requires A Paradigm Shift
*Disabled Senior Left Without Wheelchair Funding
*Boy ‘Not Disabled Enough’ to Receive Tax Credit
*New Bus Standards Help Those With Disabilities
*Reservation System a Concern for Cobourg Wheels Services User

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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

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Some Voters Will Cast Ballot at Home

Voters who’ve had difficulty in the past getting to polling stations or returning offices due to disability will have a new voting option in October.

Elections Ontario will introduced home visits as a voting alternative for the Oct. 6 provincial election. By calling Elections Ontario or its local returning office, electors who qualify can have a special ballot officer come to their home so they can cast their vote.

“I don’t like the idea of having someone come to your house and hold your hand. I just don’t find it very dignifying,” said Collis.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1316

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Labour Leader Joins Injured Workers for Sit In

The head of the Ontario Federation of Labour, joined injured workers from across the province, for a sit-in Wednesday at Ontario PC leader and Niagara West-Glanbrook MPP Tim Hudak’s Beamsville office.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=1590

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Elections Canada Lobbies for Test of Online Voting

Internet and social media prompt look at reforming election laws

The head of the agency in charge of federal elections says it’s time to modernize Canada’s elections, including testing online voting and ending a ban on publishing early election results.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2264

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Accessible Technology Increasingly a Requirement for Businesses

Under the Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act, private businesses operating in the province will have to meet new accessibility standards for customer service by the beginning of next year. Other standards
will follow over the next few years.

But the law, passed in 2005, really just adds specifics to a responsibility businesses across the country have had under human rights legislation for about a quarter century.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1313

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Handicap Parking Rules Frustrate Residents

Different rules. Michelle Zaldin and daughter Paige show the parking ticket they received for parking next to the Ohr Menachem Park in Thornhill, because they thought City of Vaughan disabled parking rules were the same as in the City of Toronto.

It’s tough enough going through life with a disability, and trying to find a parking spot when you’re not mobile is just one of many challenges. That’s why Vaughan resident Michelle Zaldin, whose daughter has cerebral palsy, gets frustrated knowing just a few blocks to the south, in Toronto, she can park her minivan just about any place.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=1583

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Inclusivity Requires A Paradigm Shift

We have allowed special interest groups who are no doubt well-intentioned, to distort and fragment our understanding of the problem and where we often have a case where only those that shout loudest get their needs served.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2261

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Disabled Senior Left Without Wheelchair Funding

If my severely disabled uncle was an immigrant, he’d already be sitting in a shiny new wheelchair.

Instead, he sits in limbo — slumped over in obvious discomfort in a rickety old chair on a seat that should have been replaced years ago — wondering how he’s going to come up with the thousands of dollars he’s expected to pay for a replacement.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=1577

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Boy ‘Not Disabled Enough’ to Receive Tax Credit

The Canada Revenue Agency has decided, however, that Marcus is “not disabled enough” to qualify for the $2,400-a-year disability tax credit. Roque had been receiving the credit since her son was diagnosed in 2006.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2256

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New Bus Standards Help Those With Disabilities

Ottawa, Ontario – Those with disabilities will be better served by intercity buses following new standards introduced by the federal government.

Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, has announced an update of the Intercity Bus Code of Practices, which establishes standards for accessible intercity bus services for persons with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2258

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Reservation System a Concern for Cobourg Wheels Services User

COBOURG — Cobourg resident, Gerald Ford, presented a delegation to Council regarding the Wheels Reservation System in a Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, Aug. 8. Mr. Ford expressed his concerns regarding the rate of booking errors experienced in the reservation system and suggested the need of a single consistent system.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=1567

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