Accessibility News June 9,2012 Update

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In this Issue

*CN Tower: 360 the Restaurant Elevates Its Menu Above the Rest
*Muskoka Looking to Brand Itself as an Accessible Tourist Destination
*County of Brant Reverses Decision to Discriminate Against People with Disabilities
*Accessibility Kawartha Lakes Hosts Inaccessible Luncheon!
*Take Part in an Ontario Government Survey of Impact of Accessibility Standards Enacted Under the Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act
*AODA Alliance Presses Two Cabinet Ministers on Plans to Finalize the Overdue Built Environment Accessibility Standard That the McGuinty Government Last August Promised to Enact “Promptly”
*Blind People Need Publicly Funded Rehabilitation
*Treatment Wait Times in ‘Depression Capital’ Have Now Grown to one Year

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ARTICLES:

CN Tower: 360 the Restaurant Elevates Its Menu Above the Rest

360 The Restaurant at the top of the CN Tower has shown its commitment to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Customer Service Standard (CSS) by having its Summer 2012 menu added to aMENU, the Accessible Menu website.

Read more at
http://www.amenu.ca/cn-tower-360-the-restaurant-elevates-its-menu-above-the-rest/

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Muskoka Looking to Brand Itself as an Accessible Tourist Destination

Muskoka Tourism Marketing Agency is working toward branding Muskoka as an accessible destination, but those with accessibility issues say it’s not quite there yet.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1832

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County of Brant Reverses Decision to Discriminate Against People with Disabilities

On June 5, 2012 the County of Brant, County Council voted unanimously to reverse their decision to eliminate specific types of travel to the specialized transportation service (County Service) for people with disabilities. There were no “abuses” to the service by people with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1828

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Accessibility Kawartha Lakes Hosts Inaccessible Luncheon!

Accessibility for All – Oh Really?

How could a government agency, with a Motto ‘Accessibility for All’ be so short sighted? Were they not aware of the inaccessibility of the venue? Apparently , Accessibility Kawartha Lakes is well aware of the situation. May 14, the problem, was brought to the attention of Accessibility Kawartha Lakes.

Read more at
http://omemeeon.blogspot.ca/2012/06/accessibility-kawartha-lakes-hosts.html

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Take Part in an Ontario Government Survey of Impact of Accessibility Standards Enacted Under the Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act

The Ontario Government has retained a private organization to consult with members of the public on issues concerning the impact of accessibility standards enacted under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. We have been asked to circulate an announcement of this survey. We encourage everyone to take part in this consultation, and to let others know about it.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1824

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AODA Alliance Presses Two Cabinet Ministers on Plans to Finalize the Overdue Built Environment Accessibility Standard That the McGuinty Government Last August Promised to Enact “Promptly”

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act requires Ontario’s buildings to become accessible to persons with disabilities by or before 2025. To achieve this, for several years the McGuinty Government has been developing a Built Environment Accessibility Standard to enact under the AODA.

On August 19, 2011, during last year’s Ontario election campaign, Premier Dalton McGuinty wrote us to promise that the Built Environment Accessibility Standard that his Government had under development would be enacted “promptly.”

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1821

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Blind People Need Publicly Funded Rehabilitation

Blind people need publicly funded rehabilitation and the right of informed choice. Rafferty’s call for a single, one-size-fits-all national strategy is a none too subtle plan to entrench CNIB, a monopoly the blind community increasingly distrusts.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2666#cnib

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Treatment Wait Times in ‘Depression Capital’ Have Now Grown to one Year

The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre has committed to cutting the wait time for mood disorder treatment in half to six months.In Ottawa, the city that’s been diagnosed as the “depression capital of Canada,” the wait time to be assessed for a mood disorder at the city’s marquee mental health treatment centre has now grown to one year.

Dr. Raj Bhatla, chief of psychiatry at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, says there is an “urgent need” to cut the 12-month waiting list for people suffering from depression, bi-polar disorder and other related conditions.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=2546

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aMENU: Accessible Restaurant Menus.
Visit the site at www.amenu.ca , Restaurant Owners visit www.amenu.ca/presentation/

In the Spotlight

*CN Tower, La Tour CN 360 Restaurant Accessible Menu
http://www.amenu.ca/360-restaurant/

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EVENTS

*Stop the ODSP Income Clawback! Public Rally June 13 Ottawa Ontario
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1109
*Mad Pride Toronto 2012: A Celebration of Madness
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1102
*International thought leaders on digital inclusion to converge at OCAD University
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1095

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