Accessibility News August 27,2016 Update

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In this Issue

*Watchdog Hammers Ontarios Hands-Off Stance with Adults with Autism, Down Syndrome
*Tell the Wynne Government If You Support the AODA Alliances Finalized Brief on health Care Accessibility Barriers that We Submitted to the Governments Pre-Consultation
*How Accessibility is Driving Innovation in Canada
*Australia Adopts New Standard for ICT Accessibility in Procurement
*The Canadian Union of Public Employees Ontario Calls On the Wynne Government to Agree to Create an Education Accessibility Standard Under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
*Righting a Wrong
*Paralyzed Edmonton Toddler a Whiz in Homemade Wheelchair
*Becoming Disabled

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Watchdog Hammers Ontarios Hands-Off Stance with Adults with Autism, Down Syndrome

In his long-awaited report, Paul Dubé said he found a fragmented, overly complicated system of service agencies and funding programs, and a baffling lack of flexibility from officials at the top.

Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubés hard-hitting report, called Nowhere to Turn and based on more than 1,400 complaints from families, includes 60 recommendations.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/watchdog-hammers-ontarios-hands-off-stance-with-adults-with-autism-down-syndrome/

Tell the Wynne Government If You Support the AODA Alliances Finalized Brief on health Care Accessibility Barriers that We Submitted to the Governments Pre-Consultation

The AODA Alliance has finalized its august 26, 2016 brief to the Wynne Government on accessibility barriers in Ontarios health care system. We submitted it to the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario as part of its Pre-Consultation.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/tell-the-wynne-government-if-you-support-the-aoda-alliances-finalized-brief-on-health-care-accessibility-barriers-that-we-submitted-to-the-governments-pre-consultation/

How Accessibility is Driving Innovation in Canada

Today, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, visited the Abilities Centre in Whitby, Ontario, and hosted a panel with three young Canadian innovators to discuss how accessibility drives innovation. The Minister toured the centre, noting the accessibility measures
in place there, which serve as an example for other communities across Canada. Minister Qualtrough also announced the schedule of the in-person consultations organized to inform planned accessibility legislation.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/how-accessibility-is-driving-innovation-in-canada/

Australia Adopts New Standard for ICT Accessibility in Procurement

The Accessibility requirements suitable for public procurement of ICT products and services establishes a minimum standard to ensure that websites, software and digital devices are accessible.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/australia-adopts-new-standard-for-ict-accessibility-in-procurement/

The Canadian Union of Public Employees Ontario Calls On the Wynne Government to Agree to Create an Education Accessibility Standard Under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Yet another major voice has joined our call for the Wynne Government to agree to develop an Education Accessibility Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. On August 10, 2016, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario wrote Ontarios new Accessibility Minister,
Tracy MacCharles, to support our request that the Ontario Government create an Education Accessibility Standard. This new accessibility standard is needed to tear down the many barriers that impede students with disabilities in Ontarios education system.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/the-canadian-union-of-public-employees-ontario-calls-on-the-wynne-government-to-agree-to-create-an-education-accessibility-standard-under-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-act/

Righting a Wrong

The legal duty to accommodate disabled employees is covered in the Canadian Human Rights Act. Brian McKenzie, director of training and employment services for CHS, advises Ontario employers to consult the two key pieces of legislation, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human
Rights Code, regarding the duty to accommodate. He also recommends that hearing-impaired workers contact CHS Employment Services department to assess accommodation needs.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/righting-a-wrong/

Paralyzed Edmonton Toddler a Whiz in Homemade Wheelchair

It took a while for Evelyn to figure it out. Then one day Dad nudged her down the driveway and she was able to stop herself.

She now waves her arms when she knows shes about to be put in her chair, and able to only speak a few words like dada and uh-oh tilts the chair back and forth, clicking the casters to show shes excited.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/paralyzed-edmonton-toddler-a-whiz-in-homemade-wheelchair/

Becoming Disabled

Yet pride movements for people with disabilities like Crip Power or Mad Pride have not gained the same sort of traction in the American consciousness.

Why? One answer is that we have a much clearer collective notion of what it means to be a woman or an African-American, gay or transgender person than we do of what it means to be disabled.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/becoming-disabled/

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