Accessibility News November 23,2013 Update

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In this Issue

*Angry Note Left on Wheelchair Accessible Van attracting attention
*Restaurant Owners, Serve Up Your Menu to a Hungry Mobile Audience!
*10 Tips to Enable People With Disabilities to Get Jobs
*Ontario Must Enforce Equality Rules for Disabled: Editorial
*A Win for Human Rights, Accessibility
*Ontario Government Knows Staggering 70% of Ontario Private Sector Organizations with 20 or More Employees Violating Disabilities Act’s Reporting Requirement
*Ontario Government Information Fee Discounts

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ARTICLES:

Angry Note Left on Wheelchair Accessible Van attracting attention

It’s a story that began with mean notes left on the windshield of a wheelchair lift van, but now, one woman’s story is prompting people in Saskatoon to take a second look at accessibility issues.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/angry-note-left-on-wheelchair-accessible-van-attracting-attention/

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Restaurant Owners, Serve Up Your Menu to a Hungry Mobile Audience!

And become AODA compliant at the same time

aMenu has now made it even easier for you to create and edit your own Menu while complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Integrated Accessibility Regulation.

Read more at
http://www.amenu.ca/restaurant-owners-serve-up-your-menu-to-a-hungry-mobile-audience/

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10 Tips to Enable People With Disabilities to Get Jobs

Fully 70 percent of working-age people with disabilities in America are not working. This leads to poverty, powerlessness and prison. So how can we, who care about people with disabilities, change that?

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/10-tips-to-enable-people-with-disabilities-to-get-jobs/

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Ontario Must Enforce Equality Rules for Disabled: Editorial

Ontario’s Liberal government must take action to prove that it will ­ finally ­ enforce its own equal access laws for the disabled.

Data collected by lawyer David Lepofsky, of the non-profit Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act Alliance. show that businesses in violation Ontario’s accessibility law are not facing fines or compliance orders.
Imagine a blind person with a guide dog is turned away from a store or restaurant. Not only is that refusal a sign of bad judgment, it’s also a
breach of Ontario’s accessibility law.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-must-enforce-equality-rules-for-disabled-editorial/

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A Win for Human Rights, Accessibility

A local accessibility advocate who took Kingston Transit and The City of Kingston to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario is due to receive a

$4,000 settlement on her complaint.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/a-win-for-human-rights-accessibility/

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Ontario Government Knows Staggering 70% of Ontario Private Sector Organizations with 20 or More Employees Violating Disabilities Act’s Reporting Requirement

But No Effective Enforcement, Despite Election Promises, Even Though Ample Unspent Budget for Implementing this Law

The Government has kept this embarrassing information from the public for months. Back on January 22, 2013, the AODA Alliance wrote the Government to find out how many organizations were complying with the Disabilities Act, and what the Government planned to do with those who don’t comply. For 287 days, the Government did not answer.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-government-knows-staggering-70-of-ontario-private-sector-organizations-with-20-or-more-employees-violating-disabilities-acts-reporting-requirement/

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Ontario Government Information Fee Discounts

By Victor Schwartzman

This week the Ontario Government announced a change in its policy on fees it charges to access public information. The breakthrough came when the Government apparently offered the AODA Alliance a discount on the AODA implementation information it has sought for almost the entire year.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-government-information-fee-discounts/

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Restaurant Owners Get Mobile!

For just $39.99 you can create and edit your own Menu that is not only Mobile friendly it is also AODA compliant, get started by going to www.amenu.ca/create/ .

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EVENTS
*Mad Students Society ­ peer support meeting for consumer/survivors of the mental health system
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1416
*2014 Abilities in Mind (AIM) Conference
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=1402

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