Accessibility News January 19,2013 Update

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In this Issue

*New Accessibility Standards in Effect
*All Ontario Liberal Leadership Candidates Have Now Made Disability Accessibility Pledges
*Charles Sousa is Fifth Ontario Liberal Party Leadership Candidate to Make Disability Accessibility Commitments
*Nebraska Doctor Develops Smartphone App for Parents of Autistic Children
*Ontario PC Government Would Merge Welfare and Disability Programs
*Working Groups Address Accessibility Issues
*People with Disabilities get Support from Former County of Brant Councellor in Specialized Transportation Service Struggle

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New Accessibility Standards in Effect

On Jan. 1, requirements for information and communications under the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation come into effect for universities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/new-accessibility-standards-in-effect/

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All Ontario Liberal Leadership Candidates Have Now Made Disability Accessibility Pledges

We are delighted to report that we have now received disability accessibility commitments from each of the six candidates for leadership of the Ontario Liberal party. Late on January 17, 2013, the AODA Alliance received an email, setting out disability accessibility commitments, from Harinder Takhar, the final candidate to send such commitments to us.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/all-ontario-liberal-leadership-candidates-have-now-made-disability-accessibility-pledges/

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Charles Sousa is Fifth Ontario Liberal Party Leadership Candidate to Make Disability Accessibility Commitments

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January 17, 2013

Mr. Charles Sousa is the fifth candidate for leadership of the Ontario Liberal Party to make disability accessibility pledges in response to our November 1, 2012 open letter to all candidates for that leadership role.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/charles-sousa-is-fifth-ontario-liberal-party-leadership-candidate-to-make-disability-accessibility-commitments/

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Nebraska Doctor Develops Smartphone App for Parents of Autistic Children

If you have a child with autism, now there is an app for that.

This new smartphone/tablet application is designed for parents, with the goal of helping them teach their primarily non-speaking children to communicate.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/nebraska-doctor-develops-smartphone-app-for-parents-of-autistic-children/

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Ontario PC Government Would Merge Welfare and Disability Programs

TORONTO An Ontario PC government would combine welfare and disability support programs and direct municipalities to deliver both services.

Leader Tim Hudak said his party will deliver its latest policy white paper, Welfare to Work, Thursday to put ideas forward to make the current system more efficient and less rule-bound.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=3309

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Working Groups Address Accessibility Issues

Justine Fehr recalls being judged simply for taking the elevator up one floor. The student, who suffers from a chronic pain condition as a result of knee surgery, has days when she can’t fathom walking up a flight of stairs.

“The pain never goes away,” she explains, “even when I’m sleeping.” But Ms Fehr’s pain isn’t something other people can see. That’s why strangers’ jokes about her being “lazy” for needing a lift are particularly hurtful.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/working-groups-address-accessibility-issues/

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People with Disabilities get Support from Former County of Brant Councellor in Specialized Transportation Service Struggle

This letter was submitted to County Council, County of Brant at the January 8, 2013 Council meeting. The letter was written by former County of Brant Counsellor Roy Haggart.

Read more at
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/people-with-disabilities-get-support-from-former-county-of-brant-councellor-in-specialized-transportation-service-struggle/

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