Accessibility News January 14,2017 Update

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In this Issue

*Yesterdays Ontarios Cabinet Shuffle Is a Step Backwards for 1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities *Vaughan Accessibility Activist Randy McNeil Wont Stop Pushing Changes *ODSP Cases on the Rise as Link Between Poverty and Mental Health Strengthens *Spotlight on Invisible Disabilities Project
*THE MOST CRITICAL ELEMENT IN AN EFFECTIVE NATIONAL ACCESS and INCLUSION ACT *CES 2017: Emerging Tech Aims to Improve Life for Handicapped *Access Denied: Womans Support Dog Not Recognized by Orangeville Transit *4 Reasons Why Online Education is Perfect for Students with Disabilities

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Yesterdays Ontarios Cabinet Shuffle Is a Step Backwards for 1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities

We unfortunately start this new year with a Cabinet shuffle that for people with disabilities, is a case of one step forward and then seven months later, one step backward. Yesterdays Cabinet shuffle significantly unravelled the gains we applauded last June.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/yesterdays-ontarios-cabinet-shuffle-is-a-step-backwards-for-1-8-million-ontarians-with-disabilities/

Vaughan Accessibility Activist Randy McNeil Wont Stop Pushing Changes

Wheeler Randy McNeil wont back down from a fight.

The Vaughan man makes it his business to stand up to anybody who doesnt follow accessibility rules and laws. And he makes no bones about how he feels about those who dont know or care about the law.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/vaughan-accessibility-activist-randy-mcneil-wont-stop-pushing-changes/

ODSP Cases on the Rise as Link Between Poverty and Mental Health Strengthens

The number of disabled Ontarians accessing the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) is on the rise and a large majority of the growing caseload is due to mental illness, according to data compiled by a pair of researchers at Kings University College in London.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/odsp-cases-on-the-rise-as-link-between-poverty-and-mental-health-strengthens/

Spotlight on Invisible Disabilities Project

ARCH Disability Law Centre wants you to know about the Spotlight on Invisible Disabilities Project.

The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association is leading a national consultation process on the Government of Canadas proposed federal accessibility legislation.

This legislation promises to make Canada more accessible and inclusive of persons with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/spotlight-on-invisible-disabilities-project/

THE MOST CRITICAL ELEMENT IN AN EFFECTIVE NATIONAL ACCESS and INCLUSION ACT

Brief From: John Rae
Brief To: Consultation Accessibility Legislation

I am working on a much lengthier and more comprehensive Brief which I expect to complete and submit in the next couple of weeks. In the interim I would like to file this short Brief in order to give focus to what I consider to be the most important elements of a productive and successful National Accessibility and Inclusion Act.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-most-critical-element-in-an-effective-national-access-and-inclusion-act/

CES 2017: Emerging Tech Aims to Improve Life for Handicapped

LAS VEGAS: Emerging technology is giving new hope for the handicapped, and harnessing brainwaves for the physically disabled and helping the visually impaired with artificial vision are just the start.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/ces-2017-emerging-tech-aims-to-improve-life-for-handicapped/

Access Denied: Womans Support Dog Not Recognized by Orangeville Transit

She sits alone on the Orangeville Transit bus fixated on the pictures of her emotional support dog found on her cellular phone.

As more people board the bus, the woman in her mid-30s looks away and senses her anxiety levels starting to rise. A quick glance back at her phone helps calm her down.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/access-denied-womans-support-dog-not-recognized-by-orangeville-transit/

4 Reasons Why Online Education is Perfect for Students with Disabilities

Just about every person out there will see some sort of benefit when it comes to online MBA learning. However, arguably, those who benefit the most are those who are suffering from a disability. There are a number of reasons for this, a few of which will be covered on this page.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/4-reasons-why-online-education-is-perfect-for-students-with-disabilities/

eSSENTIAL Accessibility: helping organizations reach, serve and empower people with disabilities.

The eSSENTIAL Accessibility assistive technology app gives those who have trouble typing, moving a mouse, or reading a screen due to a variety of conditions – such as stroke, paralysis or arthritis – the tools they need to navigate the Web. The app is free to the end-user and simple to use.

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

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