Accessibility News March 12,2011 Update

****
For a long term strategy in meeting the AODA and Section 508, Accessibility News recommends Accessibil-IT Inc for all your accessible PDF documentation needs. For more information email them at info@accessibilit.com or visit them on the web at: www.accessibilit.com
***

In this Issue

1) Message Board
2)Articles
*The McGuinty Watch
*Please Tell the McGuinty Government if You Endorse the AODA Alliance’s Finalized Brief on the Draft Integrated Accessibility Regulation
*House of Commons Approves Changes Proposed by the Minister of Veterans Affairs to the New Veterans Charter
*Author Wants Traditional Services for the Blind Abolished
*The Blind Man Who Taught Himself To See
*Eadie Issues Ultimatum
*Accessibility for the Disabled
*Accessibility Hot Topic at School Review Meeting
*OPSEU Calls on the McGuinty Government to “Walk the Talk on Mental Health”
*Canadian Veteran Faces a New Battle
*McGuinty ‘Kicks the Crutch Out’
3) Classifieds, Events, Surveys
4)Thanks for Your Support

—-

MESSAGE BOARD:

You can now follow Accessibility News on Twitter at www.twitter.com/acnewsca

“Bad Eyes Design and Consulting builds industry leading, accessible websites using today’s best practices and in compliance with the W3C standards as well as the soon to be Law Integrated Accessibility ‘regulation (IAR)and provides accessibility audits. Visit them on the web at www.badeyes.com
.”

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

—-

Please Tell the McGuinty Government if You Endorse the AODA Alliance’s Finalized Brief on the Draft Integrated Accessibility Regulation

Please contact the McGuinty Government to say if you or your organization endorses our just-released finalized brief on the Government’s February 1, 2011 draft of the Integrated Accessibility Regulation that it proposes to enact under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Below we give you contact information on how to let the Government know what you think.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1051

—-

House of Commons Approves Changes Proposed by the Minister of Veterans Affairs to the New Veterans Charter

The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture),
today welcomed the House of Commons’ swift approval of legislation, which significantly enhances financial support for injured Canadian Forces members and Veterans. 

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2044

—-

Author Wants Traditional Services for the Blind Abolished

McCreath wants to abolish charities for the blind, such as the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), and replace them with skill-based training
facilities that encourage employers to hire the blind. “We have to get rid of the CNIB because it creates barriers for people rather then
helping them,” he said. “They spend money on things like prevention of blindness. We’re not a group that wants to be eliminated.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2040

—-

The Blind Man Who Taught Himself To See

Daniel Kish has been sightless since he was a year old. Yet he can mountain bike. And navigate the wilderness alone. And
recognize a building as far away as 1,000 feet. How? The same way bats can see in the dark.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2042

—-

Eadie Issues Ultimatum

ROOKIE Mynarski Coun. Ross Eadie is threatening to file a human rights complaint if the city won’t accommodate his request to hire additional
staff.

The blind city councillor learned on Monday the 2011 operating budget did not address his $45,000 request for staff to help him access documents and
find his way to meetings outside city hall.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2038

—-

Accessibility for the Disabled

The problem with disability is not the disabled individual, but rather the environment that surrounds him or her.  In today’s society, disability is no
longer blindness, deafness or paralysis, etc.  It has become the impact on that individual’s life in society as a result of inadequate or non-existent
accommodation.  If a blind or illiterate person tries to pay for a purchase at a store that has upgraded its debit machine to a visual touch pad, this
individual is now vulnerable and has to rely on the goodwill of the clerk.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2034

—-

Accessibility Hot Topic at School Review Meeting

PCVS Foundation promises to pay for school upgrades, while report finds only Kenner Collegiate is completely barrier-free

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1046

—-

OPSEU Calls on the McGuinty Government to “Walk the Talk on Mental Health”

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union is calling upon the McGuinty government to “walk the talk on mental health.”

“We are tired of hearing about how this government is going to fix mental health care while front line workers lose their jobs and programs for patients
are getting cut,” says Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President of the 130,000-member OPSEU.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=960

—-

Canadian Veteran Faces a New Battle

Steven Dornan battled two monsters in Afghanistan: The Taliban and his cancer.

Today he is fighting a third battle — for his dignity and what Canada owes him: A veteran’s disability pension.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2032

—-

McGuinty ‘Kicks the Crutch Out’

Re: Special diet allowance

It seems to me and many other disabled Ontarians that the Dalton McGuinty government wants to play Scrooge and is willing to kick the crutch out from under Tiny Tim. I am referring to the Liberals’ new policy regarding the Special Diet Allowance.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=954

—-

CLASSIFIEDS
No New Listings for this Week

Check for older ones or add your own by going to www.accessibilityclassifieds.com

EVENTS
*Independent Living Sudbury Manitoulin Great Wheelchair Challenge
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=889

SURVEYS
No New Surveys for this Week

Check for older Surveys or add your own by going to www.accessibilityclassifieds.com

——

Thanks for Your Support

Accessibility News is a voluntary Publication, please consider making a Donation at www.accessibilitynews.ca/?page_id=591
and we’ll add your Name/Company in this area.

THIS and THAT:

Be sure to visit us on the web at www.accessibilitynews.ca.
While you’re there, have alook in the Search/Archive section for items you might have missed.

You can now get back issues of the Newsletter at www.accessibilitynews.ca/?page_id=9
beginning on November 20, 2010

To unsubscribe from this Newsletter, send an email to info@accessibilitynews.ca
or just reply to this Update and state your intentions.

Note: The thoughts and opinions expressed throughout Accessibility News are not necessarily shared by the various organizations and individuals and are
solely those of the author of the specific article or commentary.

Accessibility News, since November 8, 2006