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In this Issue
*Lest You Forgot: The Wynne/McGuinty Legacy
*AODA Alliance Holds Novel On-Line Virtual News Conference to Unveil the Ontario Parties 2014 Disability Accessibility Election Pledges *How Pollyanna Usually Goes Swimming in Yellowknife
*AODA: The need to clarify public transportation in the standards
*Portable Toilet That Expands for People in Wheelchairs Wins COUs annual IDeA Student Contest to Improve Accessibility *Accessibility Improvements Continue in Oshawa
*FDA Approves Segway Inventors Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm
*Lawyer slams payout cuts to injured workers
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Lest You Forgot: The Wynne/McGuinty Legacy
With the upcoming election just around the corner, Ive compiled a list of Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynnes accomplishments, or lack of them with regards to the Disabled Community.
While she has tried to distance herself from him lately perhaps this video will remind you:
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AODA Alliance Holds Novel On-Line Virtual News Conference to Unveil the Ontario Parties 2014 Disability Accessibility Election Pledges Urge Your Local Media to Cover the Elections Disability Accessibility Issues!
Do you want to know what the three parties in the Ontario Legislature have pledged in this Ontario election, to make Ontario fully accessible for persons with disabilities by 2025? We have just made public all the answers, in a way that lets you enjoy a front row seat!
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How Pollyanna Usually Goes Swimming in Yellowknife
By Victor Schwartzman
There are many Pollyannas. Todays lives in Yellowknife (if you are reading this outside of Canada, Yellowknife is a small city in the sub-arctic north.) Our Pollyanna never fell from a tree but instead developed an ongoing disability. She can walk, but with limits, including limited energy.
AODA: The need to clarify public transportation in the standards
by Karen McCall
May 15, 2014
For those who are familiar with the successful rebranding of a specialized transportation service as a subsidized transportation program in one municipality to get rid of AODA, you will be familiar with the attitudes toward those of us with disabilities and this form of public transit.
What has become clear from our struggle is that very few people know that specialized transportation service or Para Transit is a form of public transportation.
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Portable Toilet That Expands for People in Wheelchairs Wins COUs annual IDeA Student Contest to Improve Accessibility
A portable toilet that can expand by four times the usual size to make life easier for people in wheelchairs, but can shrink for easy transportation, is this years winner of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) annual Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition.
Accessibility Improvements Continue in Oshawa
Oshawas annual state of the union on accessibility was a mostly good news affair.
City council held a special meeting on May 8 to discuss accessibility issues. The meeting even had a personal support worker and sign language interpreter in attendance.
FDA Approves Segway Inventors Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm
The era of real cyborgs has begun. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave its first approval for the sale and marketing of a prosthetic arm that translates signals from a persons muscles on Friday.
Lawyer slams payout cuts to injured workers
Workplace safety board sued for reducing benefits based on pre-existing health conditions
A Toronto lawyer has launched a multimillion-dollar class action lawsuit on behalf of injured workers against Ontarios Workplace Safety and Insurance Board for discounting pain and suffering awards due to pre-existing medical conditions.
For 22 years, the board has calculated non-economic loss awards based on a point system that recognized the impact of injuries on degenerative disease, said lawyer Richard Fink.
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eSSENTIAL Accessibility: helping organizations reach, serve and empower people with disabilities.
The eSSENTIAL Accessibility assistive technology app gives those who have trouble typing, moving a mouse, or reading a screen due to a variety of conditions such as stroke, paralysis or arthritis – the tools they need to navigate the Web. The app is free to the end-user and simple to use.
Organizations that feature the app on their websites are committed to making it easier for people with disabilities to access information online. For more info, please visit http://www.essentialaccessibility.com
aMENU: Accessible Restaurant Menus.
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