Accessibility News December 7,2013 Update

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In this Issue

*AODA Alliance: Final 2013 News Roundup from Our Accessibility Campaign
*Rules Only Work if Enforced
*CN Tower Goes Mobile!
*UMass Boston and IBM Advance Technology Accessibility Research
*Legal Aid Ontario Releases Pioneering Mental Health Strategy: Goar
*European Consortium To Create Wearable Technology For The Blind
*The AODA and the Lack of Enforcement
*OFL Statement: Make Ontario a Fully Accessible Province by 2025!
*TO MARK DECEMBER 3, THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, THE AODA ALLIANCE ASKS ONTARIO’S POLITICAL PARTIES TO ENDORSE NINE IMMEDIATE PRIORITIES FOR ACTION TOWARD MAKING ONTARIO FULLY ACCESSIBLE TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES BY 2025
*Ontario Government Sued For Causing Disabilities In Advocates

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ARTICLES:

AODA Alliance: Final 2013 News Roundup from Our Accessibility Campaign

2013 has been a fast-paced year full of surprises in our ongoing campaign for a fully accessible Ontario for all people with disabilities. It began in January, with our continued and successful efforts to get accessibility commitments from the candidates to replace Dalton McGuinty as leader of the Ontario Liberal Party. It ended late in the fall with a flurry of media coverage, as we finally extracted from the Ontario Government important information we had sought all year on enforcement of the AODA.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-final-2013-news-roundup-from-our-accessibility-campaign/2/

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Rules Only Work if Enforced

Passing laws removing barriers great in policy, but needs to be put into practice too

Ontario, which passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act in 2005, is often held up as a model for others to follow. Eight years later, we are learning that Ontario isn’t paradise for people with disabilities. It’s not even close to being barrier-free.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/rules-only-work-if-enforced/

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CN Tower Goes Mobile!

And complies with the AODA at the same time.

CN Tower took the initiative and put aMenus’ new “Create Your Own Accessible Restaurant Menu” form into action and now have their Winter Menu up on the site in a Mobile friendly, AODA compliant format.

Read more at
http://www.amenu.ca/cn-tower-goes-mobile/

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UMass Boston and IBM Advance Technology Accessibility Research

UMass Boston students will develop the necessary skills to become a massive force of inclusion.

The University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a new research initiative to advance accessible technology solutions for people with disabilities, the growing elderly population, those with low literacy and novice technology users.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/umass-boston-and-ibm-advance-technology-accessibility-research/

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Legal Aid Ontario Releases Pioneering Mental Health Strategy: Goar

Legal Aid Ontario is poised to unveil the country’s first strategy for dealing with mentally ill offenders.

Ryan Fritsch has developed a strategy for knocking down the significant legal barriers confronting Ontarians with mental disabilities.

One of the biggest barriers to justice is a mental disability. No agency is more aware of this than Legal Aid Ontario (LAO), whose clients are disproportionately impoverished, underhoused, criminalized and incarcerated. Approximately one in three have mental health problems.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=4190

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European Consortium To Create Wearable Technology For The Blind

A consortium of European companies, comprised of research institutions and technology companies, today announced it will work together to create a standalone, wearable assistive device for the visually impaired. The consortium, including Dräger & Lienert and TU Dresden out of Germany, Elitac and TNO in the Netherlands and Ghent University and SoftKinetic® in Belgium, have labeled the FP7 project Range-IT. The goal of the Range-IT system is to create a wearable device that will extend mobility and improve employment opportunities and daily interactions for blind persons.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/european-consortium-to-create-wearable-technology-for-the-blind/

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The AODA and the Lack of Enforcement

When the use of pain medication was demonized years ago, the government acted VERY quickly and shut the clinics down. They also revoked the licenses of the doctors who ran them. One example is what happened to Dr. Frank Adams from Kingston.

Read more at
http://www.wheelchairdemon.blogspot.ca/

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OFL Statement: Make Ontario a Fully Accessible Province by 2025!

The International Day for People with Disabilities is the day that the OFL and its affiliates endorse and support the AODA Alliance’s grassroots campaign to make Ontario fully accessible to over 1.7 million people with disabilities by 2025.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ofl-statement-make-ontario-a-fully-accessible-province-by-2025/

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TO MARK DECEMBER 3, THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, THE AODA ALLIANCE ASKS ONTARIO’S POLITICAL PARTIES TO ENDORSE NINE IMMEDIATE PRIORITIES FOR ACTION TOWARD MAKING ONTARIO FULLY ACCESSIBLE TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES BY 2025

The AODA Alliance has chosen today, December 3, 2013, the International Day for People with Disabilities, to kick off a new blitz in its non-partisan grassroots campaign to make Ontario fully accessible to over 1.7 million people with disabilities by 2025. We unveil a list of nine priorities for immediate action to speed up efforts on removing and preventing barriers against people with disabilities. These will be our main focus over the next months.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/to-mark-december-3-the-international-day-for-people-with-disabilities-the-aoda-alliance-asks-ontarios-political-parties-to-endorse-nine-immediate-priorities-for-action-toward-making-ontario

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Ontario Government Sued For Causing Disabilities In Advocates

By Victor Schwartzman

Some members of the National Football League have sued the NFL for brain damage and other problems related to concussions suffered while playing pro football. Law suits have also been filed against the National Hockey League for similar problems suffered by pro hockey players. Following this lead, advocates associated with the AODA Alliance have filed a class action law suit against the Ontario Government for having forced a manner of playing with it which creates disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-government-sued-for-causing-disabilities-in-advocates/

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