Accessibility News January 22,2011 Update

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In this Issue

1) Message Board
2)Articles
*ACB Web Accessibility comments for Department of Justice (DOJ) ANPRM
*Disabled Less Likely to Use Web: study
*Show of Support
*Transit Cuts to Impact the Disabled
*Community Input Wanted to Help Make Sault Barrier Free
*Council Refuses to Add Position
*Province Heading for Autism Showdown: MacDonald
*The Price of Poverty and Pain
*Accessible pedestrian signals: Reasonable or Ridiculous?
*Jenkins Aim to Bring Sled Hockey to SoCal
*Lack of Mental Health Services Leave Advocate Dismayed
*Blind Outraged Over Government Appeal of Access Decision
*Eadie Seeking $45K for Staff
*Federal Appeals Court Upholds Blind Woman’s Right to Use Technology to Take Professional Examinations
*Huntsville to Host 2012 Ontario ParaSport Winter Games
3) Classifieds
4) This and That

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MESSAGE BOARD:

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ARTICLES:
ACB Web Accessibility comments for Department of Justice (DOJ) ANPRM

“To summarize then, we assert that the failure to enforce web access as a general principle in 1990’s has done an immense disservice to people with
disabilities and more specifically we aver that people who are blind or have low vision have been most severely impacted by this failure. The Department must take this opportunity to clearly articulate that there is a categorical and ineluctable affirmative requirement for web accessibility that applies equally to state and local governments and places of public accommodation.”

Read more at
http://www.badeyes.com/?p=281-281

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Disabled Less Likely to Use Web: study

Adults who are disabled are much less likely to use the Internet deterred by a number of factors which can create obstacles for them in an increasingly
digital world, a new U.S. study suggests.

Only 54 per cent of U.S. adults living with a disability go online, hindered by income, education and specific mental or physical limitations, according
to a study released Friday by the Pew Research Center.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1954

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Show of Support

A member of Kingston’s accessibility committee has resigned after an attempt to reinstate former chairman Glenn Outhwaite failed at city council.

Dava Gamble said she was “disgusted” by how Tuesday’s council proceedings unfolded as she watched them on TV.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=491

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Transit Cuts to Impact the Disabled

Brian Christoph can barely walk some days because of his disabilities, but he looks forward to going to Peterborough Petes games thanks to the city’s Handi- Van service.

If city council goes ahead with its planned cuts to the public transit service to help drive down the property tax increase to 1.335%, he said he won’t
be able to get to the Memorial Centre from his Stewart St. home for Petes games on Saturdays.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=739

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Community Input Wanted to Help Make Sault Barrier Free

Sault Ste. Marie’s accessibility advisory committee is looking for area residents to help them make the city more barrier free.

It wants people to share their experiences involving barriers and offer possible solutions to improve accessibility at city run facilities.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=489

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Council Refuses to Add Position

“Two weeks ago, Outhwaite, a longtime advocate for Kingston’s disabled, had his re-application for the disability committee rejected by a panel of city
councillors.

Councillors Bill Glover and Rob Hutchison told the Whig-Standard that they thought Outhwaite was turned down because he had complained publicly about being muzzled by city administrators.”

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=483

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Province Heading for Autism Showdown: MacDonald

How does the mother of an 11-year-old daughter with autism land in a civil disobedience class?

Not because of casual interest or scads of leisure time. East York mom Kiri Nesbitt turned to civil disobedience training last year after nearly eight years
battling the government for proper supports for her daughter Thais, and coming up empty-handed.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=731

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The Price of Poverty and Pain

Bill Haggett, 53, spent much of his life as an anti-poverty advocate.

Then, like the shoemaker’s barefoot children, he became poor himself, dependent on help for his daily bread.

There are worse things than being poor, of course. Haggett is those things, too. Disabled, lonely, in extremely poor health, without a family doctor, in
debt.

And, damn, if he doesn’t possess a positive attitude.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=728

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Accessible pedestrian signals: Reasonable or Ridiculous?

For the coming year, the Accessibility Advisory Committee has requested the installation of accessible pedestrian signals at Richmond and Grosvenor, where over 80,000 persons with vision loss visit the Ivey Eye Institute each year, and the intersection of York and Clarence where a high number of visually impaired go to the government offices at 217 York St. Only the former can be accommodated under the current budget.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=480

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Jenkins Aim to Bring Sled Hockey to SoCal

Nick Jenkins, a 10-year-old from San Bernardino, Calif., is the type of child who looks at a challenge and just smiles. He knows he’ll overcome it with
hard work and a positive attitude. It’s just the way he is.

Nick was born with spina bifida, which in layman’s terms means he was born with a broken back. Despite being confined mainly to a wheelchair, Nick has maintained his trademark positive attitude and hasn’t allowed his disability prevent him from doing the things he wants to do.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1952

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Lack of Mental Health Services Leave Advocate Dismayed

Sarnians need to speak out about the disarray of local mental health services, says the president of the local Sexual Assault Survivors Centre.

Georgette Parsons says she’s frustrated that so much attention has been given to underfunded mental health agencies and children’s services, yet the problem continues to escalate.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=719

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Blind Outraged Over Government Appeal of Access Decision

Blind Canadians are outraged over the federal government’s decision to file an appeal regarding the federal court decision that was handed down by
Justice Kelen on November 29, 2010 regarding a charter challenge filed by Donna Jodhan of Toronto.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1950

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Eadie Seeking $45K for Staff

Blind councillor says extra funding needed due to special needs

Coun. Ross Eadie says he simply wants to be able to fulfill his duties and serve his constituents.

Blind city councillor Ross Eadie has asked the City of Winnipeg to spend $45,000 a year to ensure he can access all city documents and find his way to all meetings outside his office in a safe and timely manner.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1946

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Federal Appeals Court Upholds Blind Woman’s Right to Use Technology to Take Professional Examinations

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind people, today applauded a federal appellate
court ruling affirming the right of a blind California woman to use screen access technology to take professional examinations required for her to
receive a license to practice law.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1948

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Huntsville to Host 2012 Ontario ParaSport Winter Games

Huntsville The Town of Huntsville isn’t resting on its laurels it is capitalizing on it’s recent G8 international exposure.

After several years of huge success with the Iron Man, the Townin partnership with the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce, has been selected to host the 2012 Ontario ParaSport Winter Games (2012 OPWG).

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=708

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