Accessibility News June 21,2014 Update

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In this Issue

*Toronto author inspires Archie Comics first disabled character *B.C. Premier Offers Hope!
*Increasing Opportunities for Children Living With Intellectual Disabilities to Participate in Physical Activity
*Send Us Feedback on Our Draft Brief to the Mayo Moran Independent Review of the AODAs Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Acts Implementation and Enforcement
*Appeal Process for CPP disability Benefits is a David and Goliath Battle, Sask. Advocate Says *Ontario Issues Human Rights Policy for the Mentally Ill
*Toronto Police Admit Mistake After Finding Holding Cell Video They Say Didnt Exist *AODA: The Failure of a Self-Reporting Structure
*Workplace Safety Insurance Board Steps Up Spying on Clients, Documents Show

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ARTICLES:

Toronto author inspires Archie Comics first disabled character

Archie Comics #656, released June 18, 2014, features Riverdales first disabled character, Harper.

The timeless town of Riverdale is now a little more modern thanks to Harper, a disabled teen based on a real-life Toronto author.

Wednesdays issue of Archie Comics features a visit from Veronicas cousin, who gets around using a pink wheelchair and elbow crutch. Harper, a character inspired by Canadian childrens book author Jewel Kats, is the first disabled character in the comics more than 70 years of history.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=4550

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B.C. Premier Offers Hope!

By Victor Schwartzman

Give that politician a hand!! Two fisted B.C. Premier Christy Clark, fresh off an election victory that punched her to a large majority government, in response gave voters a few fingers when she talked relatively straight recently, Not anyone to palm things off, she spoke as clearly as she ever has about when she will work hard to make life better for people in B.C. who have disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/b-c-premier-offers-hope/
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Increasing Opportunities for Children Living With Intellectual Disabilities to Participate in Physical Activity

Government of Canada partnering with Special Olympics Canada, the RBC Foundation and the Samuel Family Foundation to expand Active Start and FUNdamentals programs

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/increasing-opportunities-for-children-living-with-intellectual-disabilities-to-participate-in-physical-activity/

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Send Us Feedback on Our Draft Brief to the Mayo Moran Independent Review of the AODAs Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Acts Implementation and Enforcement

Please send us feedback on our draft brief to the Independent Review of the AODAs implementation and enforcement that is now being conducted by Mayo Moran. Email your feedback to us no later than June 26, 2014, at aodafeedback@gmail.com

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/send-us-feedback-on-our-draft-brief-to-the-mayo-moran-independent-review-of-the-aodas-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-acts-implementation-and-enforcement/

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Appeal Process for CPP disability Benefits is a David and Goliath Battle, Sask. Advocate Says

Federal appeals tribunal has backlog of 7,000 cases

A Saskatchewan woman who helps people apply for benefits under the Canada Pension Plan says the federal governments appeal process is a David and Goliath battle.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/appeal-process-for-cpp-disability-benefits-is-a-david-and-goliath-battle-sask-advocate-says/

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Ontario Issues Human Rights Policy for the Mentally Ill

TORONTO The Ontario Human Rights Commission released a set of guidelines Wednesday on how to best handle human rights issues related to the mentally ill, saying it hoped other provinces would follow suit.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-issues-human-rights-policy-for-the-mentally-ill/

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Toronto Police Admit Mistake After Finding Holding Cell Video They Say Didnt Exist

Disabled man pushed for years to see the video from the night he claims a cop flicked urine on him. Police maintained no video existed, until they recently found it.

Udhbirprasaud Joe Bhikram has maintained he was mistreated while in police custody in 2009. A holding cell video police said no longer existed has just surfaced.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=4541

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AODA: The Failure of a Self-Reporting Structure

Once the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario ()ADO gets this self-report, they will have no idea that there IS a specialized transportation service in the municipality, that none of the Transportation Standards are being complied with, or that those of us with disabilities are in danger of having this service eliminated over the determination to get rid of the provincial law and those of us with disabilities.

Read more at
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/aoda-the-failure-of-a-self-reporting-structure/

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Workplace Safety Insurance Board Steps Up Spying on Clients, Documents Show

Internal documents show the WSIB considers psychological conditions or language barriers to be red flags for fraud and may order surveillance.

Jennifer Williams is a WSIB client who was tailed by a private investigator and cut off from benefits. By: Patty Winsa News reporter, Published on Mon Jun 16 2014

Jennifer Williams is sitting in the darkened board room of a legal clinic watching a video shot by private investigators as they follow her down the aisles of Honest Eds and up the stairs which, because of a fall at work, she takes slowly one by one using her cane.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=4539

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Organizations that feature the app on their websites are committed to making it easier for people with disabilities to access information online. For more info, please visit http://www.essentialaccessibility.com

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