Accessibility News December 10,2011 Update

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In this Issue

*Meeting the Customer Service Standard (CSS): Restaurant Menu
*US Labor Department Seeks to Improve Job Opportunities for Americans With Disabilities by Setting Historic Hiring Goal for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors
*How Easy is it for You to Shop?
*Mental Illness Linked to Higher Mortality Rates
*Business Accessibility Needs Common Sense Approach
*The Demonisation of the Disabled is a Chilling Sign of the Times
*To Mark International Day for People With Disabilities, AODA Alliance Identifies Major Actions Needed by Key Ontario Cabinet Ministers to Advance Ontario Towards Full Accessibility
*International Human Rights Day Candlelight Vigil-Toronto
*Breaking Down Barriers With the Right Attitude
*Disabled community left in the cold
*Better Service for Disabled Key Goal of New Policy

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ARTICLES:

Meeting the Customer Service Standard (CSS): Restaurant Menu

Jan 1 Deadline is right around the corner, is your Menu Accessible to All?

All businesses with at least one employee will have to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Customer Service Standard (CSS) taking effect Jan. 1, 2012.

With regards to Restaurants you need to have a policy on allowing people to use their own assistive devices to access your Goods and Services and that includes your menu.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1611

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US Labor Department Seeks to Improve Job Opportunities for Americans With Disabilities by Setting Historic Hiring Goal for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor is proposing a new rule that would require federal contractors and subcontractors to set a hiring goal of having 7 percent of their workforces be people with disabilities, among other requirements.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2381

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How Easy is it for You to Shop?

As we age and some of us find ourselves with physical challenges, an age-friendly shopping experience becomes an important factor that contributes to our continued independence and quality of life. In the Hamilton Council on Aging’s (HCoA) 2010 report, Hamilton: A City for ALL Ages, older adults identified many barriers and obstacles that exist in Hamilton’s outdoor spaces and buildings that present a challenge to their quality of life and need to be addressed.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1616

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Mental Illness Linked to Higher Mortality Rates

New Report: “40 is too young to die: A call for action from Toronto’s Early-Onset Illness and Mortality”

The Ontario Federation of Community Mental Health and Addiction Programs (OFCMHAP) would like to announce the release of “40 is too young to die: A call for action from Toronto’s Early Onset Illness and Mortality Working Group” by a coalition of

Toronto agencies, academics and supportive housing providers. The report refers to extensive research and studies which indicate that individuals with mental health and addiction issues, have consistently higher mortality rather than the general population.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=1965

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Business Accessibility Needs Common Sense Approach

Businesses need not be anxious about the new accessibility rules that come into effect on Jan. 1, 2012.

Louie DiPalma, who is the director of the small/medium enterprise program at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, feels that most businesses are already complying with the standards being laid out.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1608

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The Demonisation of the Disabled is a Chilling Sign of the Times

There is a climate of hostility towards people for whom life is already difficult and it is being fostered by politicians and journalists

Polls have found substantial increases in the number of disabled people experiencing aggression and abuse, with evidence that the attitudes of the
rest of society towards them are worsening. Many disabled people were already scared to go out after dark or travel on public transport such is their justified fear of encountering hostility.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2379

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To Mark International Day for People With Disabilities, AODA Alliance Identifies Major Actions Needed by Key Ontario Cabinet Ministers to Advance Ontario Towards Full Accessibility

The AODA Alliance has just written seven cabinet ministers in the Ontario Government. For each, we identify the key disability accessibility issues that they need to address. We link our proposals to election commitments that the Government has made. We offer each minister our help in addressing these issues

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1605

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International Human Rights Day Candlelight Vigil-Toronto

Saturday December 10, 2011 is International Human Rights Day and a candlelight vigil will begin at Nathans Philips Square in Toronto at 8:00 pm and then proceed to Queens Park after an introduction and speaker.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1021

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Breaking Down Barriers With the Right Attitude

He said legislation like the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act is helpful, but it doesn’t necessarily address attitudinal barriers.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1599

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Disabled community left in the cold

The blind and those in wheelchairs gathered on a cold corner of Nathan Phillips Square Saturday to stage their own celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities after the annual event was cancelled by the City of Toronto.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1601

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Better Service for Disabled Key Goal of New Policy

The new standard doesn’t mean businesses have to turn everything upside down, he added. “The idea is to be do things differently to accommodate. It’s about changing the culture a bit,”

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1603

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Phone (289) 235-9725

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aMENU: Accessible Restaurant Menus.

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Most Recent Menus

*Macy’s Diner & Delicatessen
www.amenu.ca/?p=988

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CLASSIFIEDS

*2005 Dodge Grand Caravan Wheelchair Van with Braun Conversion
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1000
EVENTS

*International Human Rights Day Candlelight Vigil-Toronto
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1021
*Access Recognition Awards Nomination Deadline
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1016
*Accessible Emergency 911 and Emergency Alert Services
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1009
*Audio Described Broadway Musical, Mary Poppins, at the Princess of Wales Theatre
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=995

SURVEYS
*ADULTS COUNT! A survey on youth and adults with ASDs in Ontario
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1004

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