Accessibility News August 4,2012 Update

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In this Issue

*Petition for the HST/GST Exemption
*Disabled Face Tech Hurdles
*Disability Report Demonstrates Great Strides in Hiring People with Disabilities
*Hiring Those With Disabilities Easier Than You Think:Tim Hortons Franchise Owner
*Government of Canada Initiatives Help Canadians With Disabilities Find Jobs
*How Effective is the Integrated Accessibility Standard, Part IV Transportation? Not so Much!
*Ontario Turns Down Simple, Affordable Way to Help Mentally Ill

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ARTICLES:

Petition for the HST/GST Exemption

By Steve Barclay

The clerk of the House of Commons has certified my petition for the exemption of the GST/HST. If you’re willing, here is a link to download a copy of the petition form:

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2769

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Disabled Face Tech Hurdles

Where would people with disabilities be without technology?

Many probably wouldn’t be living in the community, while others would see their “quality of life” greatly diminished. Information and communication technology has become an integral part of daily living for people living with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2764

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Disability Report Demonstrates Great Strides in Hiring People with Disabilities

“People with disabilities are welcome in the federal family,” said OPM Director John Berry. “We need the talents and creativity of all people including people with disabilities to help do the work of the American people. We are doing anything possible to remove barriers to their employment, and the good news is that we’re moving in the right direction, and you can see it in the numbers.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2761

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Hiring Those With Disabilities Easier Than You Think:Tim Hortons Franchise Owner

Mark Wafer, president of Megleen Inc., which operates as a Tim Hortons, was appointed Monday to a federal panel looking to get more people with disabilities into the workforce.

Wafer has hired 82 people with disabilities over the last 17 years, including 33 out of his current workforce of 210 spread over his six locations.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2759

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Government of Canada Initiatives Help Canadians With Disabilities Find Jobs

“Any vision of future growth and prosperity for Canada depends on getting more people into the labour force, including Canadians with disabilities,” said Minister Flaherty. “Many businesses have already adopted innovative approaches to the employment of people with disabilities that are both effective and affordable, and it’s important to build on this expertise and experience.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2756

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How Effective is the Integrated Accessibility Standard, Part IV Transportation? Not so Much!

The other side of this is that there is currently no mechanism of enforcing the AODA and many municipalities are just going to wait it out until 2025.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1877

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Ontario Turns Down Simple, Affordable Way to Help Mentally Ill

Since the shooting of Michael Eligon by police in February, residents of East York have been asking for a mobile crisis intervention team to help de-escalate confrontations with mentally ill patients.

Ontario has declared mental health a priority, shielding it from the cutbacks other public services are facing.

But to residents of East York, that commitment rings hollow. Desperate for help after the shooting of a psychiatric patient by police and a series of other “code yellow” incidents (unauthorized departures from their local hospital), 60 of them signed a petition last week pleading for a mobile crisis intervention team.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=2701

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