Accessibility News January 26,2013 Update

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In this Issue

*Does the New Accessibility Coordinator for the County of Brant have a Conflict of Interest?
*Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan Makes Landmark Public Declaration That Public Money Should Never Be Used to Create or Perpetuate Barriers Against People With Disabilities
*Disabled Canadians Form Significant and Untapped Labour Pool
*AODA Alliance Presses McGuinty Government for Specifics on How It Plans to Keep Its Oft-Repeated Election Pledge to Effectively Enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act
*Ontario Employers Have a New Tool to Improve Accessibility for People With Disabilities
*Nortel Reaches Settlement With US Long-Term Disabled Workers
*Shining a Light on Disabilities in the Workforce
*McGuinty Government Commits That Revamped Accessibility Council Will Develop New Accessibility Standards Under the Disabilities Act- but No Commitments on Which New Standards or by When
*Government Response to Recommendations of the Accessibility Advisory Council for a Made-in-Manitoba Accessibility Act
*Agony Behind Bars

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Does the New Accessibility Coordinator for the County of Brant have a Conflict of Interest?

Apparently although not able to fund the specialized transportation service, County Council quickly “found” the money to fund an Accessibility coordinator and now has one (hired internally).

Read more at
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/does-the-new-accessibility-coordinator-for-the-county-of-brant-have-a-conflict-of-interest/

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Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan Makes Landmark Public Declaration That Public Money Should Never Be Used to Create or Perpetuate Barriers Against People With Disabilities

On January 22, 2013, Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan gave an important speech at the prestigious Canadian Club. In his update on Ontario’s economy and provincial budget, he made a landmark declaration, which all governments across Canada should follow. He declared: “Public money used for capital infrastructure or procurement of goods and services should never be used to create or perpetuate barriers against persons with disabilities.” See the key passage of his speech, set out below.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-finance-minister-dwight-duncan-makes-landmark-public-declaration-that-public-money-should-never-be-used-to-create-or-perpetuate-barriers-against-people-with-disabilities/

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Disabled Canadians Form Significant and Untapped Labour Pool

It’s not enough for the federal government to merely issue a report on the fact that labour-starved companies are overlooking a talented pool of disabled workers, says the head of a disabled advocacy group.
“It’s positive with respect with what employers have to say,” said Bruce Uditsky, CEO of Alberta Association for Community Living. “What’s disappointing is that there’s no actions following from the federal government with respect to what can be done to further promote and ensure greater employment of people with developmental and other disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/disabled-canadians-form-significant-and-untapped-labour-pool/

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AODA Alliance Presses McGuinty Government for Specifics on How It Plans to Keep Its Oft-Repeated Election Pledge to Effectively Enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act

On January 22, 2013, the AODA Alliance wrote Community and Social Services Minister John Milloy, who has lead responsibility for implementing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. We asked the minister for specific details on the Government’s plans to keep its promise to effectively enforce the AODA. This letter is set out below.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-presses-mcguinty-government-for-specifics-on-how-it-plans-to-keep-its-oft-repeated-election-pledge-to-effectively-enforce-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-act/

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Ontario Employers Have a New Tool to Improve Accessibility for People With Disabilities

The Conference Board of Canada in partnership with the Government of Ontario’s EnAbling Change program have released a new free resource to help employers make their workplaces more inclusive.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-employers-have-a-new-tool-to-improve-accessibility-for-people-with-disabilities/

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Nortel Reaches Settlement With US Long-Term Disabled Workers

Nortel Networks Corp. has reached a $28 million settlement with disabled U.S. workers, averting a trial over its treatment of some of its most vulnerable creditors.

Outlined in bankruptcy-court documents, the settlement allows Nortel to shut off pay and benefits to some 200 people with chronic disabilities at the end of May. They will get an unsecured claim in the former telecommunications equipment maker’s bankruptcy case instead.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/nortel-reaches-settlement-with-us-long-term-disabled-workers/

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Shining a Light on Disabilities in the Workforce

A recent presentation in Killaloe outlined the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities as Adam Lesco shared the knowledge and experience he has gained working at the Neil Squire Society in Pembroke.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=3330

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McGuinty Government Commits That Revamped Accessibility Council Will Develop New Accessibility Standards Under the Disabilities Act- but No Commitments on Which New Standards or by When

Today there have been two newsworthy developments concerning the efforts to achieve accessibility for persons with disabilities in Canada.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/mcguinty-government-commits-that-revamped-accessibility-council-will-develop-new-accessibility-standards-under-the-disabilities-act-but-no-commitments-on-which-new-standards-or-by-when/

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Government Response to Recommendations of the Accessibility Advisory Council for a Made-in-Manitoba Accessibility Act

More than 15% of Manitobans face barriers that prevent their full participation in activities others take for granted. These barriers are very costly to persons with disabilities, to their family and friends, and to their communities. In Manitoba, accessibility legislation will provide a process for the removal of barriers, as well as the prevention of new ones.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/government-response-to-recommendations-of-the-accessibility-advisory-council-for-a-made-in-manitoba-accessibility-act/

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Agony Behind Bars

Some inmates with mental health problems “manifest symptoms of their illness through disruptive behaviour, aggression, violence, self-mutilation, suicidal ideation, withdrawal, refusal or inability to follow prison orders or rules,” according to Correctional Investigator of Canada Howard Sapers.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/agony-behind-bars/

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