Accessibility News November 19,2011 Update

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In this Issue

*AODA Alliance Calls on Independent Review of Ontario’s Human Rights Enforcement to Hold Open,ACcessible Public Hearings
*COAAC Updates
*Concerns Grow Over Accessible Taxi Service
*NonProfits and The Act
*Please Endorse the AODA Alliance’s Request of the Human Rights Tribunal, Human Rights Commission and Human Rights Legal Support Centre to Disclose Details on Enforcement of Human Rights in Ontario
*Accessibility is a Global Mandate
*ADULTS COUNT! A Survey on Youth and Adults with ASDs in Ontario
*Roseman: Are Your Disability Benefits at Risk?
*The Accessible Campus in California: An Example for the Nation;
*Equal Education Needed for Deaf
*Pathways, Potholes, Paradoxes and Possibilities
*Blind Canadians Question Government’s Motives in Appealing Landmark Internet Access Case

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ARTICLES:

AODA Alliance Calls on Independent Review of Ontario’s Human Rights Enforcement to Hold Open,ACcessible Public Hearings

The AODA Alliance has written Mr. Andrew Pinto, the Toronto lawyer whom the McGuinty Government appointed to
conduct an Independent Review into Bill 107. Bill 107 is the legislation that privatized the enforcement of human rights in Ontario.

We asked Mr. Pinto to hold public hearings or forums around Ontario that are open, accessible, and not “invitation-only”. We also offer a list of the issues that the Independent Review should consider. We ask Mr. Pinto to let us know about his plans for conducting this Independent Review.

Read more at
http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/11172011.asp

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COAAC Updates

Essex County:
International Day Of Persons With Disabilities
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=564

Accessibility Workshop Information Now Available
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=558

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Concerns Grow Over Accessible Taxi Service

Taxi driver Haile Mebrahtu says it’s almost impossible to keep to the schedule set by the TTC. (CBC)

Toronto’s auditor general is reviewing the operations of TTC Wheel-Trans as concerns grow over its accessible taxi service in the city, CBC News has learned.

The Toronto Transit Commission provides door-to-door accessible transit service for people with physical disabilities using accessible buses and contracted taxis.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=1885

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NonProfits and The Act

Guiding Principles and Assumptions

For many organizations in the Nonprofit Sector, the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Customer Service Standard reflect the existing organizational values, mission, vision, and service commitment.

The AODA Standards provide the opportunity to encourage innovation and systems transformation. The reduction or elimination of socially and institutionally structured inequalities will extend far beyond enhancing individual and collective well being.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1572

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Please Endorse the AODA Alliance’s Request of the Human Rights Tribunal, Human Rights Commission and Human Rights Legal Support Centre to Disclose Details on Enforcement of Human Rights in Ontario

We have just written the three major public agencies responsible for the enforcement of human rights in Ontario. We asked each for detailed information and statistics on the way human rights are being enforced now in Ontario.

Read more at
http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/11152011.asp

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Accessibility is a Global Mandate

December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. On this December 3, the global celebration has an appropriate theme, “Together for a better world for all: Including persons with disabilities in development”.

Some people are unaware of a global mandate to achieve accessibility, and may feel isolated when their specific jurisdiction introduces new laws benefitting people with disabilities. Understanding we are all moving in the same direction, albeit using varying methods and timelines, is important when making decisions in your organization.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1567

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ADULTS COUNT! A Survey on Youth and Adults with ASDs in Ontario

It has been two decades since there has been a provincial survey on youth and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Ontario. Since the 1990s, there have been major changes to the population of adults that are identified with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, but few changes to funded services.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1004

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Roseman: Are Your Disability Benefits at Risk?

If you have a long-term disability plan at work, you need to ask if the plan is underwritten by an insurance company.

Some companies have moved to a self-insured arrangement, under which they set aside money to pay for their employees’ disability benefits.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2356

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The Accessible Campus in California: An Example for the Nation;

The second element of our approach is what is often referred to as universal design. That is changing how people develop technologies, online applications, and the like so accessibility is built into those designs and
not bolted on as an afterthought. This is something I am really passionate about. The concept started with the focus on physical spaces and tools, and it has already made a difference in many ways for every one of us: things like curb cuts, automatic doors, speaker phones, ergonomic keyboards, motion sensor lighting, even potato peelers. But the electronic world, as in daily life, is a place where, when you make things more accessible, they work better for everybody.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2354

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Equal Education Needed for Deaf

A lack of public understanding is causing a lack of education among deaf people, a provincial authority says.

“All children need an education … an equal education,” Dean Walker, executive director of the Ontario Association of the Deaf

(OAD), said Saturday at Belleville’s Sir James Whitney School.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1559

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Pathways, Potholes, Paradoxes and Possibilities

By: John Rae

Technology has made it possible for some individuals with disabilities to live more independent lives, yet much of the world’s new technology is not developed with us in mind, often requiring work around or expensive
adaptations.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2349

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Blind Canadians Question Government’s Motives in Appealing Landmark Internet Access Case

On November 15 and 16, 2011 the Federal Court of Appeal will hear the Canadian government’s appeal of the landmark decision that was handed down by the Federal Court in the landmark Jodhan case. In that decision, the Federal Court ordered improved access to government information and services for the blind community. Members of the nationwide Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians are asking why the government is appealing this important decision.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2351

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CLASSIFIEDS

*2005 Dodge Grand Caravan Wheelchair Van with Braun Conversion
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EVENTS

*Audio Described Broadway Musical, Mary Poppins, at the Princess of Wales Theatre
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=995

SURVEYS

*ADULTS COUNT! A survey on youth and adults with ASDs in Ontario
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1004

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