Accessibility News July 30,2011 Update

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In this Issue

*The McGuinty Watch
*National Federation of the Blind Supports Blind Machinist in Employment Discrimination Suit Against Railroad
*AODA: Why Do I Have to Notify the Public When There is a Disruption of Services?
*Mental Health Courts Guide Offenders to Treatment, Not a Jail Cell
*The Accessibility Lesson Which My Co-Workers and I Learned During Dinner
*Flash Mob Project Creates Awareness of Environmental Sensitivities
*Prospects Brighten For Copyright Exception Treaty

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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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National Federation of the Blind Supports Blind Machinist in Employment Discrimination Suit Against Railroad

In 2004, BNSF removed Mr. Hohn from his job as a diesel locomotive mechanic, claiming that his visual impairment put his and others’ health at risk on the job, even though there was no evidence that Mr. Hohn had difficulty on the job or had ever endangered himself or anyone else. Mr. Hohn has worked safely in machinist positions for over three decades and has never suffered an injury because of his blindness.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2236

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AODA: Why Do I Have to Notify the Public When There is a Disruption of Services?

In Ontario, under the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service, as of January 1, 2012, organizations are required to publicly notify customers of temporary disruptions of services or facilities or if they are expected to be temporarily unavailable in the near future, including the steps to take to access alternative methods. This includes planned as well as unplanned service disruptions. Any disruption of services or facilities that people with disabilities need to access your products or services requires proper notification. You will provide a description of alternative facilities or services if they are available.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1298

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Mental Health Courts Guide Offenders to Treatment, Not a Jail Cell

Peering at Ontario Court Justice Leslie Chapin from the prisoner’s box, Christopher Parkinson took less than a minute to escalate from simmering anger to bellicose fury.

“Cut me a little bit of respect and tell me where I’m going to be sleeping tonight,” yelled Mr. Parkinson, one of a stream of petty offenders paraded through the city’s Mental Health Court one day last week. “You think this is funny?” he asked, before unleashing a stream of obscenities at the judge.

Most judges would have swiftly cited the wiry young man for contempt of court and sent him off to jail. But Judge Chapin turned a kindly eye on Mr. Parkinson, who was charged with two counts of threatening death, and patiently explained the mechanics of obtaining bail.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=1520

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The Accessibility Lesson Which My Co-Workers and I Learned During Dinner

I thanked the restaurant manager for what he and his staff had done and tried to do regarding accessibility, but I went on to point out
that without access to the restaurant’s menu, true accessibility did not exist.

I then asked the restaurant manager to think about how he would feel if he were in my shoes and if he had just learned that the restaurant either could not or would not spend the small amount of time and resources needed to produce a menu for him to read on his own.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1296

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Flash Mob Project Creates Awareness of Environmental Sensitivities

Having severe Asthma and trying to maintain a social life isn’t easy, but when you add the disability of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity to the combination, the challenges become even tougher.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2231

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Prospects Brighten For Copyright Exception Treaty

The prospect of agreement on an international treaty to allow accessible versions of copyrighted works to be shared across borders, giving people with print disabilities wider access to books, has brightened following a recent meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2229

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