Accessibility News July 23,2011 Update

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In this Issue

*The McGuinty Watch
*Enabling Accessibility Fund
*DOJ Delays Web Accessibility Regulations
*Disabled and Reduced Mobility Airport Guide
*2010-2011 Annual Report celebrates 50 years of OHRC
*Draft Report Calls for Reduction of Suicide Stigma
*Psychiatric Survivors Continue to Fight Against the Stigma of Mental Illness
*AODA Alliance Writes Three Political Parties to Request 2011 Election Commitments
*Respectable Record Marred by Embellishment
*Interest Grows in ‘Virtual’ Schools
*Myths About Low Vision
*Accessibility Rules for New Builds Only
*Sault Transit to Conduct Review of City’s Parabus Service
*Keep Enhanced Caregiver Tax Credits in Mind
*System Failed Mentally Ill Teen

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ARTICLES:

The McGuinty Watch

To make it easier for you to see how the McGuinty Government has treated the Disabled Community over it’s Terms we’ve compiled some relevant articles for you to view

As they become available we’ll post more so check back once in a while before Election time.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?page_id=928

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Enabling Accessibility Fund

The Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) supports community-based projects across Canada that improve accessibility, remove barriers, and enable Canadians with disabilities to participate in and contribute to their communities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2225

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DOJ Delays Web Accessibility Regulations

Earlier this month the United States Department of Justice admitted what many of us have suspected: we will not be seeing web accessibility regulations in the United States for commercial and public entities any time soon. Some time in 2013 at the earliest.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2221

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Disabled and Reduced Mobility Airport Guide

Travelling with a disability or restricted mobility can be a daunting experience if the appropriate assistance and support is not available at the airport. This guide has been created to inform and advise you about the services available to make your journey as easy and pleasurable as possible.

Read more at
http://www.parkat.co.uk/disabled/

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2010-2011 Annual Report celebrates 50 years of OHRC

Working for greater accessibility for everyone: improved accessibility for voters with disabilities, supported the implementation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), provided comments on the independent review of the Act and input on how to remove physical and attitudinal barriers for persons with disabilities through the proposed integrated accessibility regulations.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1291

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Draft Report Calls for Reduction of Suicide Stigma

The MHCC which was established in 2007 by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the recommendations of former Senator Michael Kirby, has a twin mission. Erasing stigma has always been the long-term project, but this formalized national strategy is the immediate goal.

The strategy comes at a crucial moment for psychiatry, not just in Canada but globally, as the discipline’s diagnostic manual undergoes a thorough revision, and old battles flare up over how to define mental illness. There is also a strong climate of suspicion about the role of drug manufacturers in the proliferation of psychiatric drugs, and about the spike in diagnoses of childhood behavioural disorders.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2219

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Psychiatric Survivors Continue to Fight Against the Stigma of Mental Illness

Shortly after the Ontario legislature adjourned for the summer and without public consultation, the Liberals decided to integrate the Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office’s rights advice and advocacy services with the Canadian Mental Health Association’s community-based mental health services.

“The Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office was their watchdog, their voice, their first line of defence against being involuntarily drugged, restrained and subjected to excessive force by the police,” wrote Carol Goar, Editorial Board member of the Toronto Star in her July 12 column.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=1497

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AODA Alliance Writes Three Political Parties to Request 2011 Election Commitments

We have just launched the next phase in our campaign for a fully-accessible Ontario. We will raise accessibility issues in the upcoming October 2011 provincial election. We also want to again try to ensure that this election is fully accessible to voters and candidates with disabilities.

To kick off this new activity, on Friday July 15, 2011, the AODA Alliance wrote Ontario’s three major political parties to ask for election commitments concerning disability accessibility. We set out this letter below.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1288

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Respectable Record Marred by Embellishment

It is hard to tell whether Premier Dalton McGuinty’s latest “progress report” is taxpayer-funded pre-election handout or a serious defence of his government’s social policy record.

Either way, Ontario Building Stronger Communities fails.

The 17-page document is far too long, too dense and too abstruse to hold the attention of voters; let alone convince them to re-elect a Liberal government when they go to the polls in October.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=1493

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Interest Grows in ‘Virtual’ Schools

For Alhammadi, the last straw was when Memphis school leaders classified her son “ADHD,” attention deficit hyperactive disorder.

“My son is an advanced learner. Of course he’s going to be bored if he finishes way ahead of everyone else and has to just sit there.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2215

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Myths About Low Vision

Whenever you think about low vision you must remember that you are not addressing one disability; you are addressing a large cluster of disabilities. Something that works for one population, has a good chance of impeding another population. Regarding print, visual readers need individualized accommodation. This is best exemplified by HTML with CSS that has fully separated information and structure from presentation. Using the unfettered power of CSS most people
in VR/LV can have their reading disability substantially if not completely removed. Print disabilities for visual readers with low vision are avoidable today. They only persist because publishers and media vendors persist in using media that prevent individualized accommodation.

Read more at
http://www.badeyes.com/?p=369#more-369

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Accessibility Rules for New Builds Only

Your editorial suggests that Ontario’s new accessibility standards will require “100 per cent of all surfaces to be fully accessible.” At this time the standard that will cover outdoor spaces and playgrounds the Accessibility Standard for the Built Environment is still being developed and its requirements have not yet been finalized.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1282

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Sault Transit to Conduct Review of City’s Parabus Service

“The Accessibility Advisory Committee is pleased to support the operational review of transit services. By creating dialogue between Sault Ste. Marie parabus service providers and its users, we will have a better understanding of which areas of service are working well and what areas may be improved as we work
toward full community participation for all our citizens,” Morrell says.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=545

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Keep Enhanced Caregiver Tax Credits in Mind

Maureen is pleased to learn that the 2011 federal budget is eliminating the $10,000 limit on eligible expenses that can be claimed in respect of a dependent relative. That means for 2011, she can expect to be able to claim about $15,000 of Patrick’s medical expenses, which should save her about $1,300 more
in income tax each year.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2208

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System Failed Mentally Ill Teen

Gleb Alfyorov died in 2008 after hanging himself in his cell at the Syl Apps Youth Centre in Oakville.

Hours before committing suicide in his cell at the Syl Apps Youth Centre, Gleb Alfyorov piteously asked the judge presiding over his case: “If I have mental issues, why am I in jail?”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=1479

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