Accessibility News December 14,2013 Update

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In this Issue

*New Accessibility Regulations About to Be Implemented
*Ensuring Equal Justice for All
*Disabled Still Face Work Barriers
*Auditor General’s Report: Autism Services in Disarray
*Ontario Honours International Day For People With Disabilities
*Everyday Barriers remain for disabled

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ARTICLES:

New Accessibility Regulations About to Be Implemented

On January 1, 2014, the next phase of prescribed requirements under the Integrated Accessibility Standards regulation are set to come into force affecting large private sector organizations. The regulation requires large private sector organizations to establish accessibility standards on information and communication, employment, transportation and the design of public spaces.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/new-accessibility-regulations-about-to-be-implemented/

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Ensuring Equal Justice for All

For a lot of Ontarians with mental health issues, legal problems don’t exist in isolation. Too often there are multiple legal needs that cut across the entire justice system.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/ensuring-equal-justice-for-all/

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Disabled Still Face Work Barriers

Another major reason why Canada’s disabled community is largely on the margins of the labour market is the country’s incoherent set of disability support programs, according to experts. Unlike some other advanced nations, Canada has no uniform, national disability policy. What it has is a number of policies that vary across provinces and territories.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/disabled-still-face-work-barriers/f

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Auditor General’s Report: Autism Services in Disarray

Children with autism in Ontario can wait four years or longer to receive intensive therapy, and most don’t receive it until age 7, even though early intervention is critical to improving their lives, auditor general Bonnie Lysyk has found.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=4208

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Ontario Honours International Day For People With Disabilities

By Victor Schwartzman

December 3 was the International Day for People with Disabilities. The AODA Alliance marked the Day by listing nine priorities Ontario needs to be fully accessible by 2025. Premier Kathleen Wynne acknowledged the Day in her own way at a special media conference.

“We are proud to honour this Day,” she told journalists, “especially because it is only one day a year. Frankly, we would have a tough time honouring this Day if it was any longer, say a whole week. In fact, during National Access Awareness Week we missed a legislated deadline to appoint a new AODA reviewer. As a result, this year we worried we would not last one whole day to honour the Day.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-honours-international-day-for-people-with-disabilities/

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Everyday Barriers remain for disabled

There is cultural ambivalence towards accessibility and disability that is reflected in the way Kingston has a disastrous number of businesses and housing units without legally required accessible entrances.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/everyday-barriers-remain-for-disabled/

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