Accessibility News August 31,2013 Update

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In this Issue

*Breaking Their Own Law: Week 13;
*An Open Letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne from Huronia Regional Centre Survivors
*Province Supports Organizations Providing Accessible Transportation
*Where is Disability Accessibility in the Ontario Government’s Planned Legacy for the Expensive 2015 Toronto Pan/ParaPan American Games?
*Tall Ships Not Accessible To Everyone
*Activist Launches Accessibility Audit of Businesses; Posts Results Online
*Pan/Parapan American Games Sends AODA Alliance Chair an Inaccessible Invitation to Kickoff for Countdown to Toronto 2015 Games What Example for Digital Accessibility is Ontario Showcasing for the World?
*Top Ten Reasons Why AODA Will NEVER Be Implemented

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ARTICLES:

Breaking Their Own Law: Week 13;

WYNNE GOVERNMENT HONOURS NATIONAL ACCESS AWARENESS WEEK BY BREACHING THE ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

No matter how frustrated, we soldier on, undeterred. Premier Wynne called me two months ago, warmly offering to work together on making Ontario fully accessible to people with disabilities. Today’s failure to obey the law should be a wake-up call to the government to take the entire accessibility issue off its back burner where it has languished for two years. Let today’s bad news spur our new premier to act decisively, boldly and broadly on accessibility. Let it cause her to restore the swiftness, determination and vigour on this issue that the government commendably demonstrated a decade ago, and to keep all her commitments on accessibility.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/wynne-government-honours-national-access-awareness-week-by-breaching-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-act/

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An Open Letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne from Huronia Regional Centre Survivors

We were humiliated at Huronia. In large groups, we were herded into the showers, naked. We were forced to wait in line, again naked, for our clothes and underwear. Other times we were forced to march around the playroom with our pants down. There was sexual abuse, too.

Many of us thought that we would die at Huronia, and be buried out behind the barn where the grave markers had no names, only numbers. It was as if we were imprisoned for a crime we did not commit and that our only “crime” was having an intellectual disability.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/an-open-letter-to-premier-kathleen-wynne-from-huronia-regional-centre-survivors/

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Province Supports Organizations Providing Accessible Transportation

More Nova Scotians will have easier access to safe, affordable and accessible transportation in their communities, with provincial support announced today, Aug. 28.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/province-supports-organizations-providing-accessible-transportation/

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Where is Disability Accessibility in the Ontario Government’s Planned Legacy for the Expensive 2015 Toronto Pan/ParaPan American Games?

Shockingly, not a Word about It from the Ontario Cabinet Minister Responsible at the Government’s August 28 2013 News Conference to Unveil the Games’ Planned Legacy

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/where-is-disability-accessibility-in-the-ontario-governments-planned-legacy-for-the-expensive-2015-toronto-panparapan-american-games/

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Tall Ships Not Accessible To Everyone

The historic Town of Amherstburg continues celebrating the bicentennial of the war of 1812 with the “Coastal Trails Sails To See Tall Ships Festival” in late August.

Promotional information is included on the town’s website, along with another site devoted to the war of 1812 events; there was no mention of accessibility so I submitted an online inquiry to ask if the tall ships were barrier free and accessible to people with disabilities.

Read more at
http://theburgwatch.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/tall-ships-not-accessible-to-everyone/

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Activist Launches Accessibility Audit of Businesses; Posts Results Online

Nick Wendler has experienced the challenges of getting around Waterloo in a wheelchair for years. Many businesses in the uptown have stairs that make it impossible for him to enter their stores without assistance. The owners of Nick & Nat’s Uptown 21 have purchased a removable ramp to make their restaurant more accessible.

Read more at
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/activist-launches-accessibility-audit-of-businesses-posts-results-online/

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Pan/Parapan American Games Sends AODA Alliance Chair an Inaccessible Invitation to Kickoff for Countdown to Toronto 2015 Games What Example for Digital Accessibility is Ontario Showcasing for the World?

We can’t make this up! Last week the Government-subsidized Toronto 2015 Pan Parapan American Games sent AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky, who is blind, an inaccessible (and hence, unreadable) email invitation to an upcoming “good news” kick-off of the lead-up to the Games. Lepofsky gets and answers dozens, and at times, hundreds of emails each day and was shocked when this inaccessible one arrived.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/panparapan-american-games-sends-aoda-alliance-chair-an-inaccessible-invitation-to-kickoff-for-countdown-to-toronto-2015-games-what-example-for-digital-accessibility-is-ontario-showcasing-fo/

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Top Ten Reasons Why AODA Will NEVER Be Implemented

3. Implementing AODA would create problems for the Government it can avoid by not implementing AODA. Hmmmm. If I do this AODA thing I have to hire a lot of staff and upset a lot of businesses and other governments. If I do nothing I have no problems except some whining from advocates no one
listens to.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/top-ten-reasons-why-aoda-will-never-be-implemented/

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AODA Enforcement
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* Activist Launches Accessibility Audit of Businesses; Posts Results Online
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/activist-launches-accessibility-audit-of-businesses-posts-results-online/
* “Subsidized Transportation Program” not Accessible for People with Disabilities in County of Brant?
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/subsidized-transportation-program-not-accessible-for-people-with-disabilities-in-county-of-brant/

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EVENTS

*Mad Students Society invites you to a peer support discussion on “Alternatives to the Medical Model”
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1309
*Vision Quest 2013: Education series for individuals and families living with vision loss
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1305
*2nd Annual Conference March 5 & 6, 2014
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1297
*Celebration of People Call for Nominations!
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1290

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