Accessibility News June 2,2018 Update

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In this Issue

* Blind Disability Rights Advocate Has His Right to Mark His Ballot in Private Violated at His Riding’s Returning Office
* Join Us at the Saturday June 16, 2018 Public Forum on Disability Accessibility in Barrie Ontario
* Making Businesses Accessible ‘Right Thing To Do’
* Despite Election Promises, Ontario’s Mental Health System is ‘Not Just a Simple Fix’
* More Proof During this Election of the Need for Ontario’s Next Government to Take Strong, Prompt New Action to Tear Down the Many Barriers Impeding Students with Disabilities and What Should An Accessible Education system Look Like?
* Frustrated By a Lack of Co-Operation From City Council, the Committee Accepts Offer to Talk Things Through
* On the Eve of the 2018 Ontario Election Campaign, the Wynne Government Made Public the Weak Final Recommendations of the Transportation Standards Development committee For Revisions to the 2011 Transportation Accessibility Standard
* A First of Its Kind Program in Ontario Will Help Police Officers and Deaf People Communicate
* CNIB Ontario Calls on Political Parties to Update Assistive Devices Program
* Bracebridge’s Accessibility Advisory Committee Keeps Accessibility Issues in the Forefront

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ARTICLES:

Blind Disability Rights Advocate Has His Right to Mark His Ballot in Private Violated at His Riding’s Returning Office

Elections Ontario Again Fails to Ensure Accessible, Private Voting for All Voters with Disabilities

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/blind-disability-rights-advocate-has-his-right-to-mark-his-ballot-in-private-violated-at-his-ridings-returning-office/

Join Us at the Saturday June 16, 2018 Public Forum on Disability Accessibility in Barrie Ontario

Check Out the Responses We’ve Received On Social Media from Candidates in the 2018 Ontario Election

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/join-us-at-the-saturday-june-16-2018-public-forum-on-disability-accessibility-in-barrie-ontario/

Making Businesses Accessible ‘Right Thing To Do’

While four per cent of customers complain about a negative experience, she said, 91 per cent of dissatisfied customers will never return to that business.
Not only that, they will pass on their negative news to family members and friends.

Read more at
https://www.aoda.ca/making-businesses-accessible-right-thing-to-do/

Despite Election Promises, Ontario’s Mental Health System is ‘Not Just a Simple Fix’

People who use the system say patients often fall through cracks and only get help when it’s too late

According to Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Ontario’s mental health care system is chronically underfunded to the tune of a $1.5 billion, leaving many people with few options.

After decades of navigating Ontario’s serpentine, sometimes baffling and often difficult to use mental health system, it was the courts that delivered the most help.

“At 22, it was the first time she’s actually got the help that she needed,” said Chris Moss of her daughter Kyla, who, in 2017 was charged with assault in London, Ont. after she told a cabbie she thought she would be sick in the back of his car.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/despite-election-promises-ontarios-mental-health-system-is-not-just-a-simple-fix/

More Proof During this Election of the Need for Ontario’s Next Government to Take Strong, Prompt New Action to Tear Down the Many Barriers Impeding Students with Disabilities and What Should An Accessible Education system Look Like?

A major disability issue that keeps coming up with Ontario election candidates around Ontario has been the pressing need to tear down the many disability barriers that impede students with disabilities in Ontario’s education system. We asked all the major parties for specific commitments in this area. Below
we set out what we asked, and what they committed. This is taken from the AODA Alliance’s issue-by-issue breakdown of the commitments we secured on a wide range of disability accessibility issues.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/more-proof-during-this-election-of-the-need-for-ontarios-next-government-to-take-strong-prompt-new-action-to-tear-down-the-many-barriers-impeding-students-with-disabilities-and-what-should-an/

Frustrated By a Lack of Co-Operation From City Council, the Committee Accepts Offer to Talk Things Through

The chair of London’s accessibility advisory committee says she’s looking forward to the start of a new dialogue with city council after the committee members were persuaded to drop their threat to resign en masse Tuesday night.

The threat was made at the end of a presentation to the Community and Protective Services Committee, during which several members of the advisory committee expressed their frustration with city council’s failure to adopt their recommendations.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/frustrated-by-a-lack-of-co-operation-from-city-council-the-committee-accepts-offer-to-talk-things-through/

On the Eve of the 2018 Ontario Election Campaign, the Wynne Government Made Public the Weak Final Recommendations of the Transportation Standards Development committee For Revisions to the 2011 Transportation Accessibility Standard

Reflecting an Impoverished Approach to Ontario’s Disabilities Act, The Wynne Government Said It is Not Seeking Public Input on those Recommendations

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/on-the-eve-of-the-2018-ontario-election-campaign-the-wynne-government-made-public-the-weak-final-recommendations-of-the-transportation-standards-development-committee-for-revisions-to-the-2011-tran/

A First of Its Kind Program in Ontario Will Help Police Officers and Deaf People Communicate

The Ontario Association of the Deaf (OAD) has partnered with the Ontario Provincial Police to provide members of the deaf community with visor cards, a guide that makes communicating with police more accessible.

Let’s say you’re deaf and you’re pulled over by a police officer. How do you quickly communicate that you may have different needs than another person?

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/a-first-of-its-kind-program-in-ontario-will-help-police-officers-and-deaf-people-communicate/

CNIB Ontario Calls on Political Parties to Update Assistive Devices Program

Marie-Claire Bilyk works in peer support for CNIB in London, Ont. Bilyk says she’s heard from a number of CNIB clients who want the province to update its assistive devices program.

When Marie Claire Bilyk drops an earring and can’t find it, she reaches for her smart phone.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/cnib-ontario-calls-on-political-parties-to-update-assistive-devices-program/

Bracebridge’s Accessibility Advisory Committee Keeps Accessibility Issues in the Forefront

National Access Awareness Week is intended to raise public awareness of barriers that people with disabilities face and to find ways to help remove these barriers. Mayor Graydon Smith and Members of the Town’s Accessibility Advisory Committee met recently to raise a flag in honour of this week.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/bracebridge%c2%92s-accessibility-advisory-committee-keeps-accessibility-issues-in-the-forefront/

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