Accessibility News July 14,2012 Update

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In this Issue

*Six Reasons Why Hiring Disabled Good for Business
*Help Simplify the GST/HST Exemption for Low Vision and Blindness Aids
*Ontario’s Trillium Benefit: A New Way to Help the Poor
*Federal Mental Health Portal Fails Web Standards
*Keeping Up the Pressure
*AODA Alliance Launches Campaign to Get McGuinty Government to Develop Three New Accessibility Standards to Address Barriers Impeding Persons With Disabilities (PWD) in Access to Education, to Health Care and to Residential Housing

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ARTICLES:

Six Reasons Why Hiring Disabled Good for Business

I got a torrent of letters from the disabled and their families cataloguing their often heartbreaking unemployment stories. Then, an email arrived from Toronto businessman Mark Wafer.

“I am deaf, I have about 20 per cent hearing and have since birth. I could not keep a job as a young man but became a successful business owner. I began hiring people with disabilities in my first Tim Hortons in 1995,” he wrote.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1834

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Help Simplify the GST/HST Exemption for Low Vision and Blindness Aids

In 1996 the Excise Tax Act, covering the way GST and HST was applied to medical and assistive devices, was changed. Prior to the change specialized equipment for low vision and blindness was considered exempt from Federal sales tax based on its purpose of manufacture.

A device manufactured specifically for the purpose of aiding someone who was blind or who had low vision was exempt from Federal tax at time of sale. In provinces with PST it was also exempt from PST.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2729

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Ontario’s Trillium Benefit: A New Way to Help the Poor

About 3.5 million low- and moderate-income Ontarians this week are receiving their first Trillium Benefit, a provincial initiative that combines three quarterly tax credits into a new monthly payment.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=2658

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Federal Mental Health Portal Fails Web Standards

The Department of Health & Ageing’s newly launched, $1.7 million mental health portal has yet to meet the Federal Government’s minimum web standards.

The mindhealthconnect site, run by the National Health Call Centre Network (NHCCN), was launched this month with a total of $3.2 million in funding to be spent over the next 12 months.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2726

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Keeping Up the Pressure

The Ontario Disability Support Payment office in St. Thomas is scheduled to close in October.

ST. THOMAS Both St. Thomas and Elgin county councillors are prepared to sit down again Thursday, in a second attempt to keep up the lobby on the Ontario government not to close the Ontario Disability Support Payment offices in the fall.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=2653

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AODA Alliance Launches Campaign to Get McGuinty Government to Develop Three New Accessibility Standards to Address Barriers Impeding Persons With Disabilities (PWD) in Access to Education, to Health Care and to Residential Housing

Ontario is now well behind schedule on achieving full accessibility by 2025.

Even if all the existing accessibility standards are fully implemented and complied with, Ontario will not achieve full accessibility by 2025.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1860

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