Accessibility News November 10,2012 Update

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In this Issue

*North Vancouver School District Discriminated Against Dyslexic Boy, Supreme Court Rules
*UPDATED: Handi-Van Fares Going Down
*Chance to raise awareness and promote inclusiveness
*Hamilton Woman’s Teeth At Stake in Council Decision
*McGuinty Government Takes Steps to Streamline Process for Developing New Accessibility Standards Under the AODA
*Community Event Accessibility Questioned

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ARTICLES:

North Vancouver School District Discriminated Against Dyslexic Boy, Supreme Court Rules

The B.C. Teachers Federation said the Moore family’s fight for their son is a victory for all children who aren’t getting the help they need in public schools across the country.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/north-vancouver-school-district-discriminated-against-dyslexic-boy-supreme-court-rules/

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UPDATED: Handi-Van Fares Going Down

“Providers of conventional transportation services may make the decision to charge less to a person with a disability than what is charged to passengers without disabilities as the City of Burlington has chosen to do in the past,” wrote ministry spokesperson Charlotte Wilkinson in an e-mail to the Post this week. “To be clear, the establishment of fares remains fully under the jurisdiction of municipalities. The goal of the transportation standard under the AODA (is) to ensure fare parity between people with disabilities and those without.”

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/updated-handi-van-fares-going-down/

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Chance to raise awareness and promote inclusiveness

PICKERING A young man’s dream, an Olympic gold medal and Angus were all part of an event to raise awareness of accessibility issues and the work the City of Pickering has been doing on the matter.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=609

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Hamilton Woman’s Teeth At Stake in Council Decision

Vote deals with two programs for low-income residents

Laura Cattari needs regular cleaning for her periodontal disease or her teeth could loosen and fall out. She worries what will happen if cuts are made to dental care under the city’s discretionary benefits program. Councillors vote on the cuts Wednesday. (Samantha Craggs/CBC)

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=3065

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McGuinty Government Takes Steps to Streamline Process for Developing New Accessibility Standards Under the AODA

BUT WILL THIS COUNCIL HAVE NEW ACCESSIBILITY STANDARDS TO DEVELOP?

As a positive step, on October 31, 2012 the McGuinty Government announced a new streamlined process for developing new accessibility standards, and for reviewing existing accessibility standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. It has decided to consolidate all this activity in the hands of one permanent body, the Accessibility Standards Advisory Council (ASAC). ASAC is established under section 31 of the AODA.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/mcguinty-government-takes-steps-to-streamline-process-for-developing-new-accessibility-standards-under-the-aoda/

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Community Event Accessibility Questioned

Would you tell a person in a wheelchair they were welcome to an event, so long as they kept their wheelchair at the door?

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/community-event-accessibility-questioned/

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AODA Enforcement

Having an Accessibility issue that isn’t being resolved because of lack of Enforcement?

Perhaps your solution is at enforcement.aoda.ca .

* Today We Begin Our Dial Dalton Campaign! Please Call the Premier’s Office to Ask How Premier McGuinty Plans to Keep His 14-Year-Old Promise to Effectively Enforce the Disabilities Act
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/today-we-begin-our-dial-dalton-campaign-please-call-the-premiers-office-to-ask-how-premier-mcguinty-plans-to-keep-his-14-year-old-promise-to-effectively-enforce-the-disibilities-act/
* Enforcing AODA: The Big Purple Elephant in the Room
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/enforcing-aoda-the-big-purple-elephant-in-the-room/

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EVENT

*Accessibility Camp Toronto at OCAD University
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1138

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