Accessibility News December 3,2011 Update

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In this Issue

*Persons With Disabilities Are Still Waiting for Action: OFL Statement for International Day of Persons With Disabilities, 2011
*New Accessibility Standards Impact Ontario Restaurants
*New Policy Sends Landlords Back to School
*Dec 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities
*‘Church is for Everybody’
*Canadian Government Web 2.0 Guidelines Criticized
*Scholarship supports promising research careers of graduate students with disabilities
*Accessibility Law Says Taxis Can’t Overcharge Disabled Passengers
*Emergency Preparedness: New AODA Rules for Persons With Disabilities
*17 Years Ago Today Ontario’s Non-Partisan Disabilities Act Movement Was Born!

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ARTICLES:

Persons With Disabilities Are Still Waiting for Action: OFL Statement for International Day of Persons With Disabilities, 2011

“A disproportionately high number of people with disabilities in Ontario, as in the rest of the country, have no employment earnings. In 2008, 62% of people with disabilities in Ontario reported employment earnings, compared with 86% of people without disabilities. For those who work, average earnings are lower among people with disabilities as compared to the rest of the population.”

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1596

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New Accessibility Standards Impact Ontario Restaurants

have a policy on allowing people to use their own assistive devices (e.g. screen reader, cane, wheelchair, oxygen tank) to access your goods and services, your menu for example with regards to a screen reader ( Owners View a presentation www.amenu.ca/presentation ;

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1231

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New Policy Sends Landlords Back to School

A new provincial policy that outlines standards for better customer service to people with disabilities is rolling out Jan. 1. The Federation of Rental Housing Providers of Ontario is trying to make sure its members are up to speed on how to comply.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1590

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Dec 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities

City is Not Accessible to Everyone

We as a society must be aware that persons with disabilities are persons first.

We are still a contributing part of the community. We have jobs, volunteer, go to school, travel and enjoy theatres, music and sports which we want to not just watch but also participate.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=571

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‘Church is for Everybody’

In secular society, advances for people with disabilities in Canada have happened through litigation and activism. People with disabilities were one of the last groups to have their rights recognized when, in 1981, disability was included in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. A 2004 study prepared by Environics for the Office for Disability Issues asked Canadians who played the most essential role in helping people with disabilities participate in society. Religious organizations ranked low on the list.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1588

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Canadian Government Web 2.0 Guidelines Criticized

The Treasury Board’s formal guidelines governing social media use have only been out for about a week, and they’ve already been scrutinized as impenetrable

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2372

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Scholarship supports promising research careers of graduate students with disabilities

Making public parks more accessible and understanding how the human body compensates after the loss of an eye are what Jason Angel and Stefania Moro hope to accomplish with their research. The two graduate students are the latest recipients of a unique scholarship aimed at helping burgeoning scientists living with a disability to pursue and advance a career in rehabilitation research.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=1923

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Accessibility Law Says Taxis Can’t Overcharge Disabled Passengers

Taxicab passengers with disabilities or mobility issues that require the storage and transport of aids or assistive devices cannot be charged a higher fare than able-bodied passengers, according to provincial accessibility legislation discussed at last week’s Committee of the Whole meeting in North Grenville.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1586

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Emergency Preparedness: New AODA Rules for Persons With Disabilities

Under the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulations of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), effective January 1, 2012, organizations in Ontario must provide and make available in an accessible format or with appropriate communication supports, information about emergency response plans or public safety to customers and employees with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1584

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17 Years Ago Today Ontario’s Non-Partisan Disabilities Act Movement Was Born!
Seventeen years ago today, on November 29, 1994, the non-partisan grassroots community coalition to campaign for a strong and effective Disabilities Act in Ontario was born. It was originally called the Ontarians with Disabilities Act Committee.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1582

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Services include writing and training to support businesses to comply with the AODA.

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Phone (289) 235-9725

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aMENU: Accessible Restaurant Menus.

Visit the site at www.amenu.ca , Restaurant Owners visit www.amenu.ca/presentation/

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
*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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