Accessibility News August 6,2011 Update

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In this Issue

*The McGuinty Watch
*Henderson: Rallying Support for Psychiatric Patients
*Court Rules in Favor of JetBlue ­ Airline Websites and Kiosks Not Covered by State Law
*Ontario’s Mental Health Patients Not Getting Follow-Up Care They Need: Study
*Accessibility Barrier at Whitby Building Traps Disabled Man
*Why are the Disabled Ignored When Development Decisions are Made?
*Safety Warnings a Phone Call Away

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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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Henderson: Rallying Support for Psychiatric Patients

So now the hard part begins.

For the remainder of the summer and through the fall, champions of a strong, independent voice for vulnerable psychiatric patients will be working long hours to come up with a way to protect the integrity of the province’s Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=1541

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Court Rules in Favor of JetBlue ­ Airline Websites and Kiosks Not Covered by State Law

In a blow to the rights of people with disabilities in California and across the country, a second United States federal judge has ruled that state anti-discrimination laws do not apply to airline websites and kiosks. In a closely watched case against JetBlue Airways, Judge Joseph Spero ruled on August 3, 2011 that regulations
issued by the United States Department of Transportation — no matter how weak and ineffective — strip away the rights California residents with visual impairments to access and use JetBlue’s website and airport kiosks.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2242

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Ontario’s Mental Health Patients Not Getting Follow-Up Care They Need: Study

TORONTO – A quarter of Ontarians hospitalized for depression are falling through the cracks, the results of a study show.

The study — published in the Canadian Journal of Pscyhiatry — found that one-third of patients hospitalized for depression did not receive follow-up care and ended up back in the emergency room or readmitted within a month of being discharged.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=1537

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Accessibility Barrier at Whitby Building Traps Disabled Man

The Province has conducted a review of the proposed Built Environment Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and an updated set of requirements will be established in the near future.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1302

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Why are the Disabled Ignored When Development Decisions are Made?

They found an emaciated Dorcas Mburu tied up in the corner of a room.

For years, Dorcas Mburu’s 80-year-old mother had kept her locked in the house, humiliated by her own daughter’s existence, and the mental disability from which her daughter suffered. After years of neglect, villagers of Kabuku in Kenya broke down the front door to save the woman.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2240

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Safety Warnings a Phone Call Away

Access to all land-line numbers gives city ability to issue neighbourhood-specific automated alerts

Ottawa residents will soon be warned with a phone call if there’s a chemical spill, a boil-water advisory or a toxic fire in their neighbourhood.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=1530

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