Accessibility News May 5,2012 Update

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In this Issue

*Andrew Pinto Refuses to Read the AODA Alliance’s Supplemental Brief to the Pinto Human Rights Code Review
*What Plans Does THE McGuinty GOVERNMENT Have for Keeping Its 2011 Election ACCESSIBILITY Promises?
*Cuts Shut Down Mental Health Monitoring and Key Resource for Suicide Prevention for Canadian Forces
*Thoughts on a Society of Accessibility Professionals
*Screen Reader User Survey
*Manitobans Voters with Disabilities Need Gagriel Dumonte, Instead they Have Ed Grimley
*Students of Brantford School for the Blind Launch Abuse Claim

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ARTICLES:

Andrew Pinto Refuses to Read the AODA Alliance’s Supplemental Brief to the Pinto Human Rights Code Review

On April 12, 2012 the AODA Alliance submitted a supplemental brief to the Andrew Pinto Human Rights Code Review. The McGuinty Government appointed Toronto lawyer Andrew Pinto to conduct an Independent Review of how effectively human rights are enforced in Ontario.

On April 16, 2012, we received an email from Mr. Pinto’s assistant. It states that Mr. Pinto has refused to read our supplemental brief, because it was delivered after Mr. Pinto’s stated deadline for receiving submissions.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1788

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What Plans Does THE McGuinty GOVERNMENT Have for Keeping Its 2011 Election ACCESSIBILITY Promises?

SEVEN CABINET MINISTERS REPLY TO OUR INQUIRIES BUT GIVE VERY FEW SPECIFICS

In the 2007 Ontario election, Premier Dalton McGuinty wrote us to make a series of important election promises on the issue of disability accessibility. We found it frustrating at times over the next four years when we tried to get the Government to keep those promises. No single cabinet minister had lead responsibility for all accessibility issues across the Ontario Government. The Minister of Community and Social Services is responsible for implementing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, but is not responsible for ensuring that the Ontario Government itself uses all the tools it can to become accessible and promote accessibility across society.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1796

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Cuts Shut Down Mental Health Monitoring and Key Resource for Suicide Prevention for Canadian Forces

Unions Call on Minister MacKay to Reverse Decision

Despite widespread concerns with the incidence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and suicide rates for members of the Canadian Forces (CF), notifications received by unions representing Department of National Defence (DND) health professionals indicate that federal budget cuts will shut down a key unit in the department that monitors mental health and contributes to suicide prevention.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2611

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Thoughts on a Society of Accessibility Professionals

Meanwhile, the opportunists are moving in. It’s increasingly common to hear of organizations being let down by the “accessibility professionals” they brought in. People and agencies who add accessibility to their credentials because they see the rise in demand and hope to capitalize on it.

Read more at
http://www.badeyes.com/?p=402

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Screen Reader User Survey

The following survey is a follow-up to the original WebAIM Screen Reader User Survey, and follow-up surveys in September 2009 and December 2010. This survey is primarily intended to collect new information and track updates/trends from previous surveys. By completing this survey you will help inform development choices for those creating accessible web content and web standards. All screen reader users, even those who use screen readers only for evaluation and testing, are invited to participate.

The survey will remain open through May 25, 2012.

Read more at
http://webaim.org/projects/screenreadersurvey4/

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Manitobans Voters with Disabilities Need Gagriel Dumonte, Instead they Have Ed Grimley

For the past decade, about one third of all complaints registered by the Manitoba Human Rights Commission have been based on disability, with the Cowardly Lion’s share based on physical disability. There are thirteen “group factors” on which to base a human rights complaintit is remarkable that one third of all complaints are based on only one “group factor”. This is part of the ongoing international scandal of how Canada abuses its citizens who have disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2605

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Students of Brantford School for the Blind Launch Abuse Claim

Bob Seed, who manages a community-based radio station in Thunder Bay, Ont., is the lead plaintiff in a class-action bid against a provincially-run school for the blind and visually impaired.

The bid claims the school sexually and physically abused residents dating back to the 1950s.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=2424

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