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In this Issue
*Ontario Governments Promised Plan to Increase Private Sector Employment for Ontarians with Disabilities Turns Out To Be More Delay, Re-Inventing the Wheel, No Teeth and No Imminent Practical Improvements *McMaster Centre to Study Disability and Work
*Greyhound Steps Up Accessibility Training for Bus Drivers
*ACCAN Wants Google to Rethink reCAPTCHA
*WordPress for Badeyes: A Beginners Guide
*FCC Sets Path for Widespread Text-to-911 Deployment
*B.C. Budds Moving Experience!
*Parents of Kids With Autism Fight to Get Service Dogs in Schools
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Ontario Governments Promised Plan to Increase Private Sector Employment for Ontarians with Disabilities Turns Out To Be More Delay, Re-Inventing the Wheel, No Teeth and No Imminent Practical Improvements
We have learned that to keep its year-old Throne Speech commitment for action to increase employment of Ontarians with disabilities in the private sector, the Ontario Government still has no prompt results in mind, and just more delays.
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McMaster Centre to Study Disability and Work
New research centre on disability and work aims to repair Canadas fractured support system for disabled workers. By:
Postal worker Michele McSweeney doesnt know what she thinks was worse her treatment by Canada Post and workers compensation officials in 2005 when she was injured on the job in a hit-and-run truck accident, or her doctors missed diagnosis of her crushed wrist.
All she knows is that she is in constant pain, permanently unable to use her right arm and out of a job she loved.
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Greyhound Steps Up Accessibility Training for Bus Drivers
Wilfrid Laurier University student Chantal Hunan, who uses a motorized wheelchair, was trapped on a Greyhound bus on Wednesday after the lift malfunctioned.
All Greyhound bus drivers in Canada will receive a refresher course on accessibility equipment over the next three weeks, after a Waterloo womans ride from hell last month, company officials say.
ACCAN Wants Google to Rethink reCAPTCHA
Google says its committed to accessibility, open to feedback.
Google should provide an accessible alternative to reCAPTCHA, the companys online test to prevent bots from posting spam to websites, said
WordPress for Badeyes: A Beginners Guide
For Immediate Release!
Ever wanted to start up your own Personal or Business website but didnt know where to start?
Youve heard of WordPress, arguably the worlds best Content Management System(CMS) but have no idea about how to install it or manage it.
To complicate matters even more you use a Screen Reader and the Web is notoriously inaccessible at the best of times!
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FCC Sets Path for Widespread Text-to-911 Deployment
Washington, D.C. The Federal Communications Commission said today that text providers should enable
the public to text 911 in an emergency, encouraging providers that have not begun deploying text-to-911 to forge solutions to meet this goal.
B.C. Budds Moving Experience!
By Victor Schwartzman
This column will be a moving experience. If not for you, then at least for B.C. Budd, because he actually is moving. He was renting and the house will be sold. Not that B.C. Budd will dwell in this column on his personal situation, even though he must rip his lovingly built nest to bitter shreds. In Manitoba, he could afford a house; in Vancouver, he rents. No, B.C. Budd is a professional! Read more at
Parents of Kids With Autism Fight to Get Service Dogs in Schools
While federal law protects a blind persons right to be accompanied in any public place by a service animal, the rights of children with autism who rely on trained dogs to keep them safe, regulate unruly behaviour and help them develop socially are not so clear.
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Organizations that feature the app on their websites are committed to making it easier for people with disabilities to access information online. For more info, please visit http://www.essentialaccessibility.com
In the Spotlight
*Quinns Steakhouse & Irish Bar
*Shopsys Deli, Restaurant & Catering
*Irish Embassy Pub & Grill (Toronto)
*Irish Embassay Pub & Grill (Montreal)
*P.J. OBrien Irish Pub and Restaurant