Accessibility News March 10,2018 Update

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In this Issue

* The Toronto Star Reports on Objections from the Disability Community to the Wynne Governments Appointing Its Former Accessibility Special Advisor to Conduct the Next Independent Review of the Governments Implementation and Enforcement of Ontarios Accessibility Law
* Olympic Bid an Opportunity to Improve Accessibility
* Advocates Question Independence of Provincial Accessibility Review
* At Odds Over Parking Proposal
* Technology Innovations: Making the Online World More Accessible
* Diversity and Inclusion Give These Firms a Competitive Advantage
* Record Snow Creates Nightmare for People With Accessibility Issues, Says Advocate Urging Better Clearing
* Census an Accessibility Debacle, Blind Man Says

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The Toronto Star Reports on Objections from the Disability Community to the Wynne Governments Appointing Its Former Accessibility Special Advisor to Conduct the Next Independent Review of the Governments Implementation and Enforcement of Ontarios Accessibility Law

Government Defence of Its Action Doesnt Stand Up Under Scrutiny

Read more at
https://www.aoda.ca/the-toronto-star-reports-on-objections-from-the-disability-community-to-the-wynne-governments-appointing-its-former-accessibility-special-advisor-to-conduct-the-next-independent-review-of-the-gov/

Olympic Bid an Opportunity to Improve Accessibility

On the eve of the opening ceremonies for the Paralympic Games in South Korea and ongoing discussions at home about hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics, accessibility remains an issue for many in this community.

Just ask Robin Slater, who has been advocating for years to make the community more accessible for people with cognitive, mental and physical disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/olympic-bid-an-opportunity-to-improve-accessibility/

Advocates Question Independence of Provincial Accessibility Review

Former lieutenant-governor David Onley defends his appointment to lead review of landmark legislation.

Accessibility activist and lawyer David Lepofsky, who is blind, says the independent reviewer of Ontarios accessibility law should not have recent ties to the government.

Read more at
https://www.aoda.ca/advocates-question-independence-of-provincial-accessibility-review/

At Odds Over Parking Proposal

A local advisory group on parking issues isnt completely on board with a proposal that would allow people with accessible parking permits to use regular parking spots without having to feed the meter.

Read more at
https://www.aoda.ca/at-odds-over-parking-proposal/

Technology Innovations: Making the Online World More Accessible

From wheelchair ramps to braille on ATMs, you can see the steps businesses are taking to make the physical world more accessible for people with disabilities. But what about when it comes to using computers or going online?

Being able to use the computer and have things in an electronic format is really a life changer, said Shawn Marsolais, executive director of Blind Beginnings who is living with visual impairment.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/technology-innovations-making-the-online-world-more-accessible/

Diversity and Inclusion Give These Firms a Competitive Advantage

An employers inclusion strategy might mean that some people will be hired, despite having a disability, because that employer is willing to provide an accommodation for them in the workplace. It can also mean that people with invisible disabilities, such as mental-health challenges or learning disabilities, will get the support they need to succeed at work. Examples include Toronto law firm McCarthy TĂ©trault LLP, which has created a multiyear initiative on mental-health awareness that includes education and awareness as well as training for leadership, or SaskTel in Regina that created the Supported Employment program for candidates with cognitive disabilities, in partnership with the Saskatchewan Abilities Council.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/diversity-and-inclusion-give-these-firms-a-competitive-advantage/

Record Snow Creates Nightmare for People With Accessibility Issues, Says Advocate Urging Better Clearing

Accessibility advocate Darby Lee Young says snow clearing this year had led to some people with mobility issues being stuck in their homes.

A Calgary accessibility advocate says there are people with mobility challenges across the city who are suffering due to the citys current level of snow clearing, and there are some real consequences.

It leads to depression. It really hurts an individuals self-esteem, Darby Lee Young told the Calgary Eyeopener Monday, of people who find themselves housebound due to record snowfall this winter.

Read more at
https://www.aoda.ca/record-snow-creates-nightmare-for-people-with-accessibility-issues-says-advocate-urging-better-clearing/

Census an Accessibility Debacle, Blind Man Says

A blind man is calling for an inquiry into this years census, saying there are barriers for blind people and other groups to access the census.

Read more at
https://www.aoda.ca/census-an-accessibility-debacle-blind-man-says/

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