Accessibility News January 28,2012 Update

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In this Issue

*New Accessibility Standards Impact Ontario Restaurants
*Canada Still Has a Way to Go in Ending Barriers for Disabled People: Advocates
*Mental Illness Rampant, Untreated in Jails Says Union
*George Pearson Centre Is a Zombie
*Is the Government Complying With Its New Standard on Web Accessibility?
*Disabled Children Get Left Out
*AODA Alliance Urges Pinto Human Rights Review to Give the Public More Time to Give Input Into Ontario’s Human Rights System
*Mom at Wit’s End
*Plan to Change Autism Definition Has Some Worried

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ARTICLES:

New Accessibility Standards Impact Ontario Restaurants

have a policy on allowing people to use their own assistive devices (e.g. screen reader, cane, wheelchair, oxygen tank) to access your goods and services, your menu for example with regards to a screen reader ( Owners View a presentation www.amenu.ca/presentation ;

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1231

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Canada Still Has a Way to Go in Ending Barriers for Disabled People: Advocates

TORONTO — Advocates say Canadians and their governments must take action to tear down barriers that hurt people with disabilities.

The plea came Friday with the Toronto launch of a report by the World Health Organization and the World Bank.

The World Report on Disability suggests that more than one billion people in the world today experience disability and their barriers are many.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2451

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Mental Illness Rampant, Untreated in Jails Says Union

“We’ve seen a dramatic increase in the number of inmates in jails that require mental health treatment that is simply not available to them,” Clancy said.

“There’s probably no more cruel and inhumane punishment than being incarcerated where one would require mental health treatment and not receive it.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2447

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George Pearson Centre Is a Zombie

For sixty years, like a zombie from George Romero’s film Night of the Living Dead, the George Pearson Centre, a 126 bed nursing home for adults with disabilities in Vancouver, B.C., has eaten the freedom and dignity of British Columbians with disabilities. Despite years of promises of reform it is a prison rather than a home.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2449

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Is the Government Complying With Its New Standard on Web Accessibility?

HELP the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) FIND OUT!

On November 29, 2010 the Federal Court of Canada released a landmark decision concerning the rights of Canadians with disabilities to access government websites.

Justice Kelen declared that Donna Jodhan’s inability to access certain government websites is representative of a system wide failure by government departments and agencies to make their websites accessible, and that the
government’s failure to monitor and ensure compliance with its own accessibility standards violates the equality guarantee in the Charter.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2444

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Disabled Children Get Left Out

Unless you have a child with a disability in your family, you probably don’t realize how lonely these youngsters are. Some of them struggle harder with social isolation than their physical and intellectual limitations.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=2131

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AODA Alliance Urges Pinto Human Rights Review to Give the Public More Time to Give Input Into Ontario’s Human Rights System

We Ask Human Rights Tribunal, Commission and Legal Support Centre to Disclose More About Their Operations –McGuinty Gvornment Urged to Make Public the Annual Reports of the Human Rights Legal Support Centre

Here is the latest news in our effort to ensure that people with disabilities and others who face discrimination in Ontario can effectively enforce the right to equality that the Ontario Human Rights Code guarantees to them.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1677

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Mom at Wit’s End

A Stratford mother whose nine-year-old son requires immediate treatment for a number of mental-health and related behavioral problems is wondering how her family will cope with a six-month or longer wait for a hospital bed.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=2125

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Plan to Change Autism Definition Has Some Worried

Autism advocates are worrying that proposed changes to the way that autism is defined could affect the way that children and adults with the condition access treatment and services.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2442

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Services include writing and training to support businesses to comply with the AODA.

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Reach her by email at SMB@AccessibilityCopywriter.com or Suzanne@SMBCopywriting.com
Phone (289) 235-9725

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aMENU: Accessible Restaurant Menus.
Visit the site at www.amenu.ca , Restaurant Owners visit www.amenu.ca/presentation/

Most Recent Menus
*Macy’s Diner & Delicatessen
www.amenu.ca/?p=988
*Boston Pizza (Hamilton)
http://www.amenu.ca/?p=1011
*Swiss Chalet (Lindsay)
http://www.amenu.ca/?p=339
*Boston Pizza (Lindsay)
http://www.amenu.ca/?p=454

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EVENTS
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*Faculty of Design Speaker Series: Judith Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the U.S. Department of State
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1030

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