Accessibility News January 14,2012 Update

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In this Issue

*New Research Report on Tourism, Travel, and Hospitality for People With Hearing Loss
*Those With Disabilities are People First
*Advocating for InvisAbilities
*Is Our Society Prejudiced Against Children?
*Students with ADHD Have Legal Right to Supports in School
*Sign Up to Tell the Pinto Human Rights Code Review What You Think of the McGuinty Government’s Privatizing Human Rights Enforcement
*Lawyers Donate Expertise to Sick Kids Families
*Ontario Insurers Leave Catastrophically Injured at Risk

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ARTICLES:

New Research Report on Tourism, Travel, and Hospitality for People With Hearing Loss

When asked what other things would make their travel more enjoyable and accessible, both NZ and Int respondents highlighted the importance of understanding, patient staff trained to know how to accommodate people with hearing loss, how to meet their needs, and what to do in an emergency.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2433

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Those With Disabilities are People First

Historically, people with disabilities have been regarded as individuals to be pitied, feared or ignored.

They have been seen as helpless victims, offensive adversaries, heroic people overcoming tragedy and charity cases that are dependent on others for their well being and care.

The media would focus on heartwarming stories of inspiration that reinforced stereotypes and patronized and underestimated people’s abilities. They have also been treated as people who are incapable of making decisions about their own lives. Behaviour, life skills, social skills programs and so on were set up to address what they needed based on their diagnosis.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=2092

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Advocating for InvisAbilities

As Tighe states, “We all have a distorted image of how a person with disability should look. We’ve all gone through the situation when someone just takes the elevator one floor and thinks to ourselves, ‘Gosh! Why can’t this person just take the stairs?’ But this person might have arthritis or asthma. People may need help for a real reason.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2431

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Is Our Society Prejudiced Against Children?

Access to care is a significant obstacle to implementation. I believe Young- Bruehl would say that childism is the reason why pediatric primary care clinicians and mental health care workers are among the lowest paid professionals. She would point to childism to explain why the health insurance industry and pharmaceutical industry have together been able to create a system where children are more likely to be medicated than listened to.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2429

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Students with ADHD Have Legal Right to Supports in School

Thousands of Ontario students with ADHD who are struggling in the classroom now have the right to receive help at school, according to a statement from the Ministry of Education.

A memorandum to school boards quietly posted on the ministry’s website last month says children with conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are entitled to special education supports and services if the condition interferes with their learning.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=2085

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Sign Up to Tell the Pinto Human Rights Code Review What You Think of the McGuinty Government’s Privatizing Human Rights Enforcement

And Tell the Pinto Review if You Support Our Recommendations on How to Fix Problems with the Pinto Review’s Consultations

A major issue is now becoming a priority for us, as we anticipated the future of how people who suffer discrimination in Ontario can seek a remedy under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

If you have faced barriers due to a disability, have the Human Rights Tribunal, the Human Rights Commission and the Human Rights Legal Support Centre been effective at getting the barrier removed or prevented? Is Ontario’s system for enforcing your human rights (including your right to be free from discrimination on grounds like disability) effective for you?

Read more at
http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/0109022012.asp

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Lawyers Donate Expertise to Sick Kids Families

Julia Morreale had a heart transplant when she was eight months old, but that was not the end of her battle.

She has had frequent rejection episodes and more recently has developed recurrent post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder, a rare complication.

Doctors at the Hospital for Sick Children believe the best hope for the 6-year-old is CTL therapy, available in the United States.

But it’s considered experimental here, and OHIP has refused to pay for Julia’s out of country treatment, which costs $60,000 to $80,000 per three-week cycle.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=2079

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Ontario Insurers Leave Catastrophically Injured at Risk

While the insurance industry has loudly proclaimed the pervasiveness of insurance fraud, it has been quietly leading a battle to deny benefits to the most seriously injured car accident victims.

That battle is being waged over the definition of catastrophic impairment.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=2077

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Suzanne Mulligan-Born, The Accessibility Copywriter, specializes in writing to promote products and services that increase accessibility: Sales Letters; Articles; Case Studies; Special Reports; Grant Proposals; Manuals and Toolkits.

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

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Reach her by email at SMB@AccessibilityCopywriter.com or Suzanne@SMBCopywriting.com
Phone (289) 235-9725

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