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In this Issue
*Wynne Government Seeks Public Feedback on Its Proposals to Amend Two Accessibility Standards that Would Do Little for People with Disabilities But would Break an Important Promise to Ontarians with Disabilities
*Proposed Ontario Changes to Accessibility Regulations
*Head-Mounted Virtual Reality Could Help People With Autism Learn Social Skills and Develop Employment Opportunities
*NDP Demands Liberal Government Enforce Accessibility Law for Ontarians With Disabilities
*Help Develop Ontarios Accessibility Certification Program
*Inclusion More Common At Charter Schools, Report Finds
*Discrimination Neither Inconvenient Nor Frivolous
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Wynne Government Seeks Public Feedback on Its Proposals to Amend Two Accessibility Standards that Would Do Little for People with Disabilities But would Break an Important Promise to Ontarians with Disabilities
On November 9, 2015, the Wynne Government made an important and deeply disturbing announcement. It posted online a short and problematic five-page summary
of amendments it proposes to make to the 2007 Customer Service Accessibility Standard and the 2011 Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation. Those
are the two accessibility standards that the Government has enacted in the past decade under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
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Proposed Ontario Changes to Accessibility Regulations
The Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure has proposed changes to the Customer Service Standard and Integrated Accessibility Standards regulations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If approved, the changes will be enacted on July 1, 2016, and take immediate effect.
Head-Mounted Virtual Reality Could Help People With Autism Learn Social Skills and Develop Employment Opportunities
Virtual reality technologies (VRTs) using head-mounted displays (HMDs) could help people with autism develop social skills and confidence according to a researcher from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol).
NDP Demands Liberal Government Enforce Accessibility Law for Ontarians With Disabilities
This government shouldnt be interested in accessibility for Ontarians facing barriers because its commercially viable or opens new markets; the government should be invested because its, in fact, the law.
Help Develop Ontarios Accessibility Certification Program
Province Takes Another Step Towards an Accessible Ontario by 2025
Ontario is seeking public input to develop a voluntary, third-party accessibility certification program which will recognize businesses and organizations that have championed accessibility.
Inclusion More Common At Charter Schools, Report Finds
About 10.4 percent of students at charter schools have disabilities compared to 12.5 percent of those attending public schools. Children with disabilities at charters, however, are far more likely to attend classes alongside their typically-developing peers.
Discrimination Neither Inconvenient Nor Frivolous
As the guide dog user at the centre of a case of discrimination, I am a further victim of B.C. Human Rights Tribunal member Jacqueline Beltgens classifying an unjustified taxi refusal as just an inconvenience. Her distorted perception is misleading some people into thinking discrimination is just fine.
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