Accessibility News January 15,2011 Update

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In this Issue

1) Message Board
2)Articles
*Federal Government Pokes the Blind and Visually Impaired in the Eye!
*Government to Appeal Ruling Over Website Access for Blind
*Burnaby Set to Introduce New Vibrating Signals for Pedestrian Crossings
*Province’s Refusal to Fund Needed Drug Appalling
*Jurisdiction of Canadian Transportation Agency Affirmed – International Law Office
*Voting Process Meets Accessibility Standards
*BRIEF TO: The Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission(CRTC)
*The Bus Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore; Disabled Passengers Turned Away From Stops They’ve Used for Years
*Charity Abused Disability Tax Credit Program: CRA
*Supreme Court May Be Last Hope for Disabled Nortel Employees
*CRTASA Announces Launch of New Working Animal Health Insurance Plan for Service and Therapy Animals in Canada and the USA!
*Canadian Government Helping Fund Improved Visitor Access
*Seeking a Few Good Ideas
3) Classifieds
4) This and That

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MESSAGE BOARD:

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Thank you to all of you who responded to the Survey, not sure if the problems are fixed but I’ll continue to monitor it.

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ARTICLES:
Federal Government Pokes the Blind and Visually Impaired in the Eye!

By Geof Collis

In a recent decision “Government to Appeal Ruling Over Website Access for Blind www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1930
” the Federal Government has in essence given the finger to the Blind and Visually Impaired Community and other Disabilities that rely on websites being Accessible.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1941

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Government to Appeal Ruling Over Website Access for Blind

Note: Please take the time to email your MP and express your disgust at this ruling, you can find their contact info at http://webinfo.parl.gc.ca/MembersOfParliament/MainMPsCompleteList.aspx?TimePeriod=Current&Language=E.

Ottawa – The federal government plans to appeal a court decision won by a blind Toronto woman who says many government websites breach equality rights because they are not accessible by blind people.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1930

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Burnaby Set to Introduce New Vibrating Signals for Pedestrian Crossings

While the chirping at Burnaby intersections won’t be silenced soon, it could be replaced with specific crossing directions for pedestrians, starting this
year.

For now, vibrating signals are being introduced throughout the city, to help pedestrians with vision problems, as well as those whose hearing is diminished.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1944

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Province’s Refusal to Fund Needed Drug Appalling

The plight of a London woman suffering from a rare, leprosy-like skin infection but unable to get the province to fund the drug needed to treat it has outraged people across the country and rightly so.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=697

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Jurisdiction of Canadian Transportation Agency Affirmed – International Law Office

On October 13 2010 the Federal Court released its reasons for setting aside a decision of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, which in turn had issued
a decision inconsistent with a prior decision of the Canadian Transportation Agency dealing with the same passenger complaint.

The Federal Court found that Parliament intended that the agency should handle certain disability-related complaints, and that within this category of complaint the apparatus defined by the Canadian Human Rights Act does not provide an alternative recourse.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1939

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Voting Process Meets Accessibility Standards

Note: Here is a perfect example of a so called Accessibility Consulting Group not being in touch. Their recommendations on accessibility for Blind and Visually Impaired people is way off the mark, the Councillor has more sense. All the more reason that Accessibility Consultants should be regulated before they do any more damage, send them your comments at donna@theherringtongroup.ca .

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=907

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BRIEF TO: The Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission(CRTC)

RE: BCE APPLICATION TO PURCHASE CTV

Bell is one of Canada’s largest communications companies. As such, it must be a leader in accessibility for all Canadians, including Canadians who are
blind, deaf-blind or partially sighted. BCE has offered to buy CTV’s over-the-air and specialty television services and its radio stations, for
$3.2 million. The AEBC is concerned that Bell has not built any information regarding plans for expanding accessibility into its purchase proposal. This
lack of information and concrete steps makes it impossible for the AEBC to support Bell’s application as it is currently constituted, and we request
the opportunity to appear at the public hearing to further outline our position.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1935

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The Bus Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore; Disabled Passengers Turned Away From Stops They’ve Used for Years

David Lepofsky, a Toronto lawyer who is blind, says access for the disabled remains patchwork in Toronto. “People with disabilities have to fight one
street corner at a time, one bus stop at a time, one barrier at a time,” he says. He has won two human-rights cases against the TTC, forcing it to
announce subway and bus stops. The TTC spent $450,000 fighting him.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=903

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Charity Abused Disability Tax Credit Program: CRA

Canada’s largest tax company for the disabled had links to a controversial charity that once helped obtain disability tax credits for some people who did
not qualify, according to Canada Revenue Agency documents obtained by CBC News.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1928

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Supreme Court May Be Last Hope for Disabled Nortel Employees

One of the financial experts working on their behalf — Diane Urquhart — says that even when CPP Disability benefits are included in their income, this group will get only 27% of the benefits they would have received had the Nortel insolvency not occurred: from $40,200 on average to just $17,900. She estimates disabled former Nortel workers have average annual medical costs of $7,200 and as much as $50,000. Disabled with two children receive more than $47,000 a year in both the United States and the United Kingdom (via Social Security and the UK Pension Protection Fund respectively).

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1926

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CRTASA Announces Launch of New Working Animal Health Insurance Plan for Service and Therapy Animals in Canada and the USA!

Canadian Registry of Therapy Animals and Service Animals (   CRTASA)

Until present it has been nearly impossible for Owners of Service and Therapy Animals to get animal health insurance coverage in Canada or the USA for their working animals under standard Pet Insurance Plans. Simply because the eligibility criteria excluded certain animal species, breeds, as well as it held age restrictions for animals qualifying for insurance coverage. 

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1917

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Canadian Government Helping Fund Improved Visitor Access

The Canadian Government’s   Enabling Accessibility Fund program supports community-based projects across Canada that improve accessibility, remove barriers, and enable Canadians with disabilities to participate in and contribute to their communities.  It supports municipal projects that create and enhance accessibility for people with disabilities as well as providing inclusion activities for people to fully participate in community life, socially as well as economically.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1923

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Seeking a Few Good Ideas

Quadriplegic Mark Johnston enjoys time with his brother Max and niece Bony Gordon at Hastings Manor. Johnston is looking for ideas for a fundraiser that would help him and his family raising the $25,000 missing to pay for his stem cell treatments at Dr. David Steenblock’s Personalized Regenerative Medicine clinic in Mission Viejo, Calif.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=608

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CLASSIFIEDS

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