Accessibility News December 15,2012 Update

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In this Issue

*Is the Teachers Strike Impacting You Due to Disability?
*Hamilton Turns an “Oops” into a HUGE Mess!
*Ghotit Releases Its Dyslexia Writing Assistant Application, the Ghotit Real Writer Pro
*Brother Battles to Keep Group Homes Open
*Blind Hamiltonians Fight for the Right to Keep Their Bus Passes
*Resignation from County of Brant AAC Over Systemic Discrimination/Para Transit Scheme
*Law Commission of Ontario Releases Final Report and Framework for the Law as it Affects Persons with Disabilities

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ARTICLES:

Is the Teachers Strike Impacting You Due to Disability?

Is the Strike causing you personal financial or other difficulties because of you or your childs’ Disability?

Know of anyone who it does?

Let the Teachers/Union know how you feel by going to www.DoingItToOurChildren.ca and sharing your thoughts.

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Hamilton Turns an “Oops” into a HUGE Mess!

The issues raised in the County of Brant and in Hamilton demonstrate a disturbing trend of using the Integrated Accessibility Standards for transportation as a tool to create an exclusive rather than inclusive society and the removal of independence and freedom that we’ve had in favour of attempting to imprison us in our homes and deny us services.

Read more at
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/hamilton-turns-an-oops-into-a-huge-mess/

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Ghotit Releases Its Dyslexia Writing Assistant Application, the Ghotit Real Writer Pro

Ghotit released its long awaited Real Writer Pro. Ghotit Real Writer Pro uses an advanced writing assistance technology tailor-made for people with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and other learning disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/ghotit-releases-its-dyslexia-writing-assistant-application-the-ghotit-real-writer-pro/

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Brother Battles to Keep Group Homes Open

Hubert Druid, left, has sought an injunction with the Ministry of Community and Social Services to keep open the group home that his brother Marc, right, who is developmentally disabled and blind, is living in now.Photograph by: Chris Mikula , The Ottawa CitizenOTTAWA

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=3187

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Blind Hamiltonians Fight for the Right to Keep Their Bus Passes

Merulla wants council to reverse its decision at Wednesday’s meeting. He says council has been misinformed by staff.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/blind-hamiltonians-fight-for-the-right-to-keep-their-bus-passes/

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Resignation from County of Brant AAC Over Systemic Discrimination/Para Transit Scheme

The intentional violation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, the Customer Service Standards and the Integrated Accessibility Standards continue to be a profound embarrassment when I talk with and work with provincial, national and international municipalities and organizations to embrace inclusion and people with disabilities.

Read more at
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/resignation-from-county-of-brant-aac-over-systemic-discriminaitonpara-transit-scheme/

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Law Commission of Ontario Releases Final Report and Framework for the Law as it Affects Persons with Disabilities

Marking International Human Rights Day, the Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) today released its Framework for the Law as it Affects Persons with Disabilities. The Framework enables policy-makers, legislators, courts, advocates, community organizations and others to understand and evaluate the effects of laws, policies and practices on persons with disabilities, and provides a foundation for law reform efforts in this area.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/law-commission-of-ontario-releases-final-report-and-framework-for-the-law-as-it-affects-persons-with-disabilities/

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AODA Enforcement

Having an Accessibility issue that isn’t being resolved because of lack of Enforcement?

Perhaps your solution is at enforcement.aoda.ca .

* Hamilton Turns an “Oops” into a HUGE Mess!
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/hamilton-turns-an-oops-into-a-huge-mess/
* Resignation from County of Brant AAC Over Systemic Discrimination/Para Transit Scheme
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/resignation-from-county-of-brant-aac-over-systemic-discriminaitonpara-transit-scheme/
* Hamilton Council Decision Highlights the Need for Clearer Standards Language
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/hamilton-council-decision-highlights-the-need-for-clearer-standards-language/
* “If an Ontario Human Rights Complaint is filed, we will stop providing Para transit” County of Brant
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/if-an-ontario-human-rights-complaint-is-filed-we-will-stop-providing-para-transit-county-of-brant/
* Systemic Discrimination Toward People with Disabilities in the County of Brant
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/systemic-discrimination-toward-people-with-disabilities-in-the-county-of-brant/

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EVENTS

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*Connect Learning Centre’s Holiday Gala
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