Accessibility News July 28,2012 Update

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In this Issue

*Initiative to Revise the Excise Tax Act for Goods for the Blind and Visually Impaired
*Wheelchair Users Pay More for Taxis
*The Toll of Mental Illness
*My Life Simplified via Accessible Web and Apps!
*Seniors Face Ageism Stigma; Age an Obstacle to Finding Jobs
*TIGAR Project Accelerates Book Accessibility for People With Print Disabilities *Barriers to Equality Persist in Ontario

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ARTICLES:

Initiative to Revise the Excise Tax Act for Goods for the Blind and Visually Impaired

There are many specialized pieces of software and hardware that are available for people who are blind or visually impaired that are not sold by the CNIB.

The vast majority of doctors have no understanding of what specialized aids are available for the blind or visually impaired.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2753

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Wheelchair Users Pay More for Taxis

Due to his condition, taxi cabs are overcharging him, said Mr. Barker, who is on the town’s accessibility advisory committee.

“I’ve been told it’s an industry standard,” he said.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1869

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The Toll of Mental Illness

It’s a staggering number. The conference board estimates that Canada’s economy loses $20.7 billion a year due to people being unable to work as a result of the six types of mental illness most prevalent among working age people, including depression, bipolar disorder and panic disorder.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2751

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My Life Simplified via Accessible Web and Apps!

I can wake up to my phone’s alarm and check the weather.This task previously required a specialized Braille or talking watch and/or lock and use of radio or television for weather information.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2749

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Seniors Face Ageism Stigma; Age an Obstacle to Finding Jobs

After beating cancer, James Ford was eager to re-enter the workforce and resume an active business life.

But the Sherwood Park man’s nearly four decades of experience in marketing and communications were consistently negated by his age, with prospective employers seemingly more interested in his health than in his professional talent.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=2687

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TIGAR Project Accelerates Book Accessibility for People With Print Disabilities

“The real impact of the TIGAR Project is the impact it makes in the lives of people with print disabilities”, said François Hendrikz of the South African Library for the Blind. “For example, one of the titles we selected was a book by Erik Orsenna, a French novelist and member of the Académie Française. The book, “L’Entreprise des Indes” is highly recommended as a ‘coup de coeur’ and thanks to the TIGAR project it was available to readers with print disabilities in Canada at the same time as it was available to sighted readers.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2745

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Barriers to Equality Persist in Ontario

More than 1,000 people with mental-health issues sent lengthy submissions about their experiences of discrimination in the health-care system, housing, education and the workforce.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1865

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