Accessibility News February 25,2012 Update

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In this Issue

*Cut Frustrate Disabled
*BrailleTouch App to Help Visually Impaired Send Text Messages
*‘We Need Each Other’
*Vets Deserve Better From Feds Regarding Disability Benefits, Ombudsman Says
*City not compliant on transit access
*Deaf Community Puts Hope in New Phone Technology
*Human Rights Review Bypasses Thunder Bay
*Visually-impaired Never Lose Sight of Their Goals

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ARTICLES:

Cut Frustrate Disabled

ACCESSIBILITY: Council chopped a $500,000 contribution to a reserve fund for upgrades

“This decision sends a bold, clear message that the needs of the disabled just don’t matter,” said Preston, a PhD student at Western University and an advocate for people with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1722

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BrailleTouch App to Help Visually Impaired Send Text Messages

A group of researchers at Georgia Tech has developed an app, designed for helping out blind people to write and read text messages using touch screen mobile devices.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2489

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‘We Need Each Other’

Hope Rehman, a Grade 6 pupil at Robarts School for the Deaf in London, with the help of mom Kate’s typing skills, has written a letter to Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek, worried her school may close.

“I feel I am proud of being deaf,” Hope wrote. “I don’t feel ashamed or embarrassed. I feel complete. Robarts is not only my school, it is my family. I don’t want it to go away.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=2219

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Vets Deserve Better From Feds Regarding Disability Benefits, Ombudsman Says

OTTAWAA report on how former soldiers are told whether they’ve qualified for disability benefits is the start of a wide-ranging look into problems plaguing veterans’ care, the veterans ombudsman says.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2487

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City not compliant on transit access

Judi Mansfield-Jones, Hamilton

On Wednesday, my daughter Kristin and I presented a petition to City Hall on behalf of the Developmental Services Transportation Committee. The petition supports equal access to DARTS for all disabled adults.

In 2008, council passed a motion to revise the eligibility criteria for DARTS to comply with Human Rights and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act regulations for implementing a fair and equitable transportation system for all Hamiltonians. To date, access to DARTS remains restricted and not available to all disabled adults.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1717

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Deaf Community Puts Hope in New Phone Technology

Getting heard isn’t easy when you’re deaf.

Changing a doctor’s appointment, ordering pizza, dialing 911: all are next to impossible without hearing. But Edmonton’s deaf community hopes Canada’s telecommunications regulator will change that.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2482

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Human Rights Review Bypasses Thunder Bay

Organizers cite lack of interest

David Lepofsky is the chair of the lobby group, Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act Alliance. He blamed poor marketing and poor communication for lack of interest.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1713

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Visually-impaired Never Lose Sight of Their Goals

Champions Team Ontario from K-W Granite Club were winners of the Canadian Visually-impaired curling championship in Ottawa last week.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2480

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•*Swiss Chalet (Lindsay)
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•*Hobarts Steakhouse (Lindsay)
http://www.amenu.ca/?p=903

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