Accessibility News November 26,2011 Update

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In this Issue

*The CLBC Controversy
*Apple’s AssistiveTouch Helps the Disabled Use a Smartphone
*Three Developments in Our Quest for Internet and Telephone Voting to Promote Accessibility for Voters With Disabilities
*Ontario: Macy’s Diner Leads the Way in Restaurant Menu Accessibility
*Cities Study How to Become Age-Friendly
*OPSEU to Frances Lankin: Improve Income Assistance for People With Disabilities
*McGuinty Government Ducks Complaint About Its Contraversial Choice of Whom to Conduct Independent Review of Bill 107
*Everyone Has a Role to Play

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ARTICLES:

The CLBC Controversy

“We must never forget BC public sector unions fought against liberating people with disabilities from institutions such as Woodlands. They have also stymied reform at Vancouver’s George Pearson Centre for decades. As recently as 2005, they lied about the quality of care there.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2366

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Apple’s AssistiveTouch Helps the Disabled Use a Smartphone

By David Pogue

Plenty has been written about the new iPhone 4S, with its voice-controlled virtual assistant Siri, and about iOS 5, its software. But in writing a book about both, I stumbled across an amazingly thoughtful feature that I haven’t seen a word about: something called AssistiveTouch.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2364

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Three Developments in Our Quest for Internet and Telephone Voting to Promote Accessibility for Voters With Disabilities

Here are three recent developments in our campaign to make elections in Ontario fully accessible for persons with disabilities:

* On November 17, 2011, Elections Ontario responded to our October 28 letter, in which we had asked for a progress report on internet and telephone voting. Elections Ontario defers most of our inquiries to the future.
* Toronto Star columnist Martin Regg Cohn supports the need for internet voting to help fight low voter turnout.
* The state of Oregon experiments with use of the iPad to make voting more accessible for some voters with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1579

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Ontario: Macy’s Diner Leads the Way in Restaurant Menu Accessibility

By Sandra Rhodda

Now Ontarian restaurateurs have a solution in aMENU a website developed by Geof Collis where participating restaurants can place their menus so that they can be accessed not only with assistive devices but portable devices such as mobile phones. Menus can be read before a patron even gets to an establishment. The first restaurant leading the way by participating is Macy’s Diner & Delicatessen

Read more at
http://www.accesstourismnz.org.nz/2011/11/ontario-macy%e2%80%99s-diner-leads-the-way-in-restaurant-menu-accessibility/

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Cities Study How to Become Age-Friendly

TORONTO Lucy Howe rides a scooter to get around but she bounces uncomfortably when the sidewalks are rough and cracked. Curb cuts that form ramps for getting across the street aren’t always wide enough for the scooter, and it’s especially difficult in winter.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2358

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OPSEU to Frances Lankin: Improve Income Assistance for People With Disabilities

The union representing workers at the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) calls on the provincially-appointed Commission for the Reform of Social Assistance (CRSA) to improve the program instead of downloading it to municipalities.

OPSEU has drafted an ODSP Business Case submission upon the request of the Commission’s co-chair, Frances Lankin, in advance of a CRSA Options Paper to be released in December of 2011. Frances Lankin told the union at a meeting on October 12 that the Options Paper could include a recommendation to download ODSP onto municipalities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=1900

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McGuinty Government Ducks Complaint About Its Contraversial Choice of Whom to Conduct Independent Review of Bill 107

The McGuinty Government recently wrote a letter to a prominent Toronto human rights activist, to respond to complaints about the Government’s choice of whom to conduct the mandatory Independent Review of Bill 107. Its letter essentially ducks the complaint.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1577

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Everyone Has a Role to Play

BY TODD HUMBER

Almost a decade ago, I had an informal conversation with a senior HR professional who expressed contempt at performance management models that identified and eliminated the bottom 10 per cent of employees.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1575

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SURVEYS
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