Accessibility News February 4,2012 Update

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In this Issue

*Accommodating Bipolar Disorder in the Workplace, Part I: Disclosure and Stigma
*Just-Released Human Rights Legal Support Centre 2009-2010 Annual Report Documents That the Centre Warned McGuinty Government it Couldn’t Provide Appropriate Level of Service From 2008-2010
*Roundabouts a Threat to the Blind, Council Told
*UK Sight-Loss Charity Sues BMI
*Disability Tourism Needs a Boost

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ARTICLES:

Accommodating Bipolar Disorder in the Workplace, Part I: Disclosure and Stigma

Bipolar disorder, as well as being a mental illness, is also a disability. It is protected in the United States under the Americans With Disabilities Act, while in Canada it is protected under provincial Human Rights Acts. Employers are not only obliged to ignore bipolar disorder when considering hiring decisions, but they are obliged to provide what are called “reasonable accommodations” for people with bipolar disorder. In other words, they are obliged to take up to moderately difficult, active steps in order to ensure that people with bipolar disorder are able to perform their jobs.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2461

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Just-Released Human Rights Legal Support Centre 2009-2010 Annual Report Documents That the Centre Warned McGuinty Government it Couldn’t Provide Appropriate Level of Service From 2008-2010
AND MORE NEWS ON UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PINTO HUMAN RIGHTS REVIEW

Here is the latest news on the Independent Review of the McGuinty Government’s 2006 privatization of the enforcement of human rights in Ontario under Bill 107:

The just-released 2009-2010 Annual Report of the Human Rights Legal Support Centre shows that the McGuinty Government was warned that large numbers of people seeking legal advice couldn’t even get the Centre to answer their calls. The Annual Report admits that”…the Centre’s capacity to respond to the public falls far short of reasonable standards”, and that “…the Centre is not meeting an appropriate level of service to the public.”

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1684

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Roundabouts a Threat to the Blind, Council Told

KITCHENER — Blind pedestrians feel unsafe at roundabouts and gave politicians an earful Tuesday.

They didn’t demand an end to roundabouts. But they’re frustrated that politicians are approving traffic circles without safety measures such as raised crosswalks to alert them, noisy rumble strips to reveal approaching cars, flashing lights to make drivers stop or crosswalks placed outside the circles.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=2152

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UK Sight-Loss Charity Sues BMI

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has taken the unusual step of suing BMI after the airline failed to make changes to its website to make it accessible to blind and partially sighted people.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2457

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Disability Tourism Needs a Boost

Antigua St John’s – Head of the Centre for Disabilities Emelda Wade wants to see the government do more to boost “disability tourism” in Antigua & Barbuda.

She made the remarks while addressing a 16-member Canadian group with disabilities being hosted for the day. They arrived aboard the Serenade of the Seas this week and explored the beauty and cuisine of Antigua & Barbuda while discussing ways of developing closer ties with each other.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2459

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