Accessibility News November 20, 2010 Update

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In this Issue

1) Message Board
2)Articles
* AODA Alliance Gets McGuinty Government to Take a Second Look at Presto Smart Card Disability Barriers -But Government Won’t Halt Presto’s Deployment Until Barriers are Removed
* Disabled Group Fights for Accessible Units
* Examining Ontario’s New Disability Law
* Accessibility Challenges
* Mentally Ill Offenders Swamping Prisons
* OHRC Launches Survey on Discrimination Based on Mental Health and Addiction Disabilities
* Voluntary Codes of Conduct Improving Air Carrier Aaccessibility for Persons With Disabilities (PWD)
* City Aims to Curb Disabled Parking Spot Abuse
3) Classifieds

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Message Board

Accessibility Classifieds:

Check out www.accessibilityclassifieds.com and add your “Free Listing”
on topics related to Accessibility and Disability.

This week we have 2 new Listings.

AODA:

A new “Contact” section has been added to make it easier to send messages to Government Departments like the Accessibility Directorate and the Minister of Community and Social Services, visit http://www.aoda.ca/?page_id=768.

If you have any other email addresses you’d like to see added just email them to us using the form there.

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Articles

AODA Alliance Gets McGuinty Government to Take a Second Look at Presto Smart Card Disability Barriers -But Government Won’t Halt Presto’s Deployment Until Barriers are Removed

Will New Accessibility Standards Prevent This From Happening Again?

Under pressure from the AODA Alliance, the McGuinty Government has agreed to take a second look at barriers impeding persons with disabilities when using the Presto Smart Card for paying public transit fares in Ontario. Recent correspondence from the Ontario Government to the AODA Alliance confirms this.

The Government hasn’t denied that these barriers against transit riders with disabilities exist. However, it has not agreed to halt deployment of the new
inaccessible Presto technology, created with taxpayers’ money, until these barriers are fixed.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=823

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Disabled Group Fights for Accessible Units

An advocacy group for the disabled is frustrated by the fact that Charlottetown has no rules requiring developers to supply accessible units
in new apartment buildings.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1801

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Examining Ontario’s New Disability Law

Public sector organizations, such as universities, have been legally required to draft an annual accessibility plan under the original Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001 and share it for public viewing. This is reinforced by the implementation of AODA. This accessibility plan is made to contain initiatives that the university has taken to support staff and students with disabilities. Other university-wide initiatives are also mentioned in this plan, such as the creation of wheelchair-accessible bathrooms and elevators.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=819

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Accessibility Challenges

A few months ago the course of my life changed direction and I’ve found myself dependant on crutches and a wheelchair while wearing a cast. Mine was a complex injury that was not going to heal quickly. Due to the prolonged length of time, I’ve had first hand experience on trying to function in a community not always accessible to the disabled.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=817

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Mentally Ill Offenders Swamping Prisons

A steep increase in mentally ill offenders is flooding prisons and psychiatric institutions, confounding officials whose job is to find accommodation and
treatment for them.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=524

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OHRC Launches Survey on Discrimination Based on Mental Health and Addiction Disabilities

TORONTO, Nov. 16 /CNW/ – The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) launched a survey today to learn more about the human rights issues and barriers people with mental health and addiction disabilities face. The survey kicks off a broader consultation process on human rights and mental health related issues.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=775

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Voluntary Codes of Conduct Improving Air Carrier Aaccessibility for Persons With Disabilities (PWD)

OTTAWA, Nov. 15 /CNW/ – The Canadian Transportation Agency has found that Canada’s major air carriers are improving onboard accessibility for persons with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1797

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City Aims to Curb Disabled Parking Spot Abuse

The city of Ottawa is cracking down on drivers who park illegally in spots reserved for disabled people.

In 2010, Ottawa officials have issued close to 1,000 fines to people parking without a proper permit in spaces reserved for the disabled, or who are using
a permit illegitimately. And, officials say, there has even been a rise in the number of fake permits.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1794

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Classifieds

Accessibility News has started up a new website we hope you’ll take advantage of.

Check out www.accessibilityclassifieds.com for listings related to Accessibility and Disability.

You can also add your own “Free” listing in areas such as:

• Employment.
• Events.
• Buy and Sale items from Automobiles to Appliances to Housing.
• And much more…

There are 2 new Listings.

Calendar of Events

Below is a list of upcoming events, for more details go to http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/events/.

From this point on anyone wishing to add an Event can now go to www.accessibilityclassifieds.com
and add your own Event anytime you wish.

*  Celebration of People Awards
Deadline:Thursday, December 02

* ARCH Disability Law Centre 30th Anniversary Celebratory Symposium
Deadline:Monday, December 13

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