Accessibility News May 11,2019 Update

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In this Issue

*The Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs’ Chair and Vice-Chair Make Strong Speeches in the Senate to Support the Committee’s Amendments to Improve Bill C-81, the Proposed Accessible Canada Act
*Laws Alone Aren’t The Answer for Improving Disability Access, Expert at Ottawa Summit Says
*More Specifics on the Amendments to Bill C-81 (the Proposed Accessible Canada Act) that the Senate’s Standing Committee Passed and that We Want the House of Commons to Ratify
*Where to Start When You Need a Mental Health Accommodation at Work
*Feds Cutting Program That Employs Dozens with Developmental Disabilities
*NWT Human Rights Commission backs call for accessibility legislation
*Man Challenges Ontario Pot Rules, Argues Discrimination Against People With Disabilities
*Help Our New Blitz to Get the House of Commons to Swiftly Ratify All the Amendments to Bill C-81(the Proposed Accessible Canada Act) that the Senate Standing Committee Has Passed *Media Release: Senate Committee Corrects Some Weaknesses in Bill C-81

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ARTICLES:

The Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs’ Chair and Vice-Chair Make Strong Speeches in the Senate to Support the Committee’s Amendments to Improve Bill C-81, the Proposed Accessible Canada Act

These Speeches Show Why the Federal Government Should Agree to Pass All Those Amendments

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/the-senate-standing-committee-on-social-affairs-chair-and-vice-chair-make-strong-speeches-in-the-senate-to-support-the-committees-amendments-to-improve-bill-c-81-the-proposed-accessible-canada-ac/

Laws Alone Aren’t The Answer for Improving Disability Access, Expert at Ottawa Summit Says

When it comes to accessibility, casinos lead the way.

“They started accommodation long before the ADA because they saw it’s the little things, McCannell said, referring to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/laws-alone-arent-the-answer-for-improving-disability-access-expert-at-ottawa-summit-says/

More Specifics on the Amendments to Bill C-81 (the Proposed Accessible Canada Act) that the Senate’s Standing Committee Passed and that We Want the House of Commons to Ratify

Still No Commitment by the Federal Government to Ratify All the Senate’s Amendments

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/more-specifics-on-the-amendments-to-bill-c-81-the-proposed-accessible-canada-act-that-the-senates-standing-committee-passed-and-that-we-want-the-house-of-commons-to-ratify/

Where to Start When You Need a Mental Health Accommodation at Work

An outside sales executive is struggling with focus at work and finding difficulty being positive about anything. This preoccupation and negative mindset are beginning to affect her job performance. She realizes she needs help, which is a good step, but she has no idea where to begin. She’s apprehensive
about telling her employer of her struggles, in fear of consequences like judgment, demotion or even dismissal.

The good news for this employee is that employers have a duty to reasonably accommodate a disability, including mental health-related issues. Here’s what she needs to know about accommodation and how to request it.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/where-to-start-when-you-need-a-mental-health-accommodation-at-work/

Feds Cutting Program That Employs Dozens with Developmental Disabilities

Workers with developmental disabilities say they are planning to protest on Parliament Hill if the government doesn’t reverse its plan to shut the federal program that employs them.

For nearly four decades, they have sorted and shredded papers for Library and Archives Canada. Now, they’ve learned for the second time in four years that the program is being cut.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/feds-cutting-program-that-employs-dozens-with-developmental-disabilities/

NWT Human Rights Commission backs call for accessibility legislation

Says accessibility ‘is about a person’s dignity’ and is ‘good for business’

The NWT Human Rights Commission is supporting the development of accessibility legislation in the territory after a woman has called for the move to make the North barrier-free.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/nwt-human-rights-commission-backs-call-for-accessibility-legislation/

Man Challenges Ontario Pot Rules, Argues Discrimination Against People With Disabilities

Ken Harrower, who uses cannabis to relieve symptoms from a condition affecting his joints and other medical issues, says the city has too few private retail stores, which he alleges are not wheelchair-accessible.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/man-challenges-ontario-pot-rules-argues-discrimination-against-people-with-disabilities/

Help Our New Blitz to Get the House of Commons to Swiftly Ratify All the Amendments to Bill C-81(the Proposed Accessible Canada Act) that the Senate Standing Committee Has Passed

The AODA Alliance has just launched a new blitz to get Canada’s House of Commons to swiftly ratify all the amendments to Bill C-81 (the proposed Accessible Canada Act) that the Senate’s Standing Committee passed on May 2, 2019.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/help-our-new-blitz-to-get-the-house-of-commons-to-swiftly-ratify-all-the-amendments-to-bill-c-81the-proposed-accessible-canada-act-that-the-senate-standing-committee-has-passed/

Media Release: Senate Committee Corrects Some Weaknesses in Bill C-81

With the Accessible Canada Act, Bill C-81, the federal government introduced measures that will help bring Canada into compliance with the commitments that it made when it ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2010.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/media-release-senate-committee-corrects-some-weaknesses-in-bill-c-81/

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