Accessibility News November 3,2012 Update

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In this Issue

*Recruitment Begins for Committee to Review the Customer Service Standard
*Disabled From Abroad Share Their Stories
*AODA Alliance Makes Public an Open Letter to All Candidates for Leadership of Ontario’s Liberal Party, Seeking Commitments on Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities
*Shocking Ashley Smith Video Revealed; Inquest Sees Footage of Inmate Shackled, Injected Against Her Will
*New Approach to Welfare Recommended
*Welcome to the AO Do Da Do Da Day
*Guelph Woman Helps Deaf in the Philippines
*Today We Begin Our Dial Dalton Campaign! Please Call the Premier’s Office to Ask How Premier McGuinty Plans to Keep His 14-Year-Old Promise to Effectively Enforce the Disabilities Act

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ARTICLES:

Recruitment Begins for Committee to Review the Customer Service Standard

The Ontario Government is looking for individuals who want to play a leadership role in improving accessibility for people with disabilities and help organizations meet the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and accessibility standards.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/recruitment-begins-for-committee-to-review-the-customer-service-standard/

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Disabled From Abroad Share Their Stories

Activists for the rights of the disabled have recently criticized the Korean government for grouping disabled people into levels and determining their amount of assistance according to their level. These levels don’t exist in New Zealand. No one fails to receive support on the grounds that their disability is not serious enough. The qualification for receiving the services of an assistant are not strict, and there is no limitation on the length of service. Black, who can use both of her hands, is provided support from a home care assistant in cleaning, doing laundry and other chores for four hours a day. If she had been born in South Korea, she would not have qualified for such assistance.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/disabled-from-abroad-share-their-stories/

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AODA Alliance Makes Public an Open Letter to All Candidates for Leadership of Ontario’s Liberal Party, Seeking Commitments on Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty recently announced that he will step down as leader of the Ontario Liberal Party. The Ontario Liberals are now holding a leadership race to replace Mr. McGuinty. Whoever wins that race at the January 25, 2013 Ontario Leadership Convention will immediately become Ontario’s next premier.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-makes-public-an-open-letter-to-all-candaidates-for-leadership-of-ontarios-liberal-party-seeking-commitments-on-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities/

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Shocking Ashley Smith Video Revealed; Inquest Sees Footage of Inmate Shackled, Injected Against Her Will

“How can it get worse?”
Ashley Smith asks the question in a childlike moan.

Aboard a small government plane, 33,000 feet in the air somewhere between Saskatoon and Montreal, the teen inmate can’t fathom a fate worse than what has just befallen her in a period of six minutes.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/shocking-ashley-smith-video-revealed-inquest-sees-footage-of-inmate-shackled-injected-against-her-will/

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New Approach to Welfare Recommended

An overhaul recommended for Ontario’s social assistance system could improve life for welfare recipients, but may leave the disabled behind, advocates say.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=3040

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Welcome to the AO Do Da Do Da Day

By Axel Krueger

When will this province and country take a Viagra and read the words of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms? Apparently, the only thing this government can accomplish where the “citizens”, with disabilities can do, is further discriminate against them by continuing to show that this 17% of it’s population have no rights to the rights covered under the Canadian Charter as do the rest of the country’s citizen’s.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/welcome-to-the-ao-do-da-do-da-day/

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Guelph Woman Helps Deaf in the Philippines

When she learned impoverished hearing impaired people in the region have no access to public services, she found a mission.

“It’s something that’s been close to my heart for obvious reasons, having a mom that’s deaf and growing up surrounded by deaf people,” she said. “It has always been a passion of mine to help the deaf community.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/guelph-woman-helps-deaf-in-the-philippines/

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Today We Begin Our Dial Dalton Campaign! Please Call the Premier’s Office to Ask How Premier McGuinty Plans to Keep His 14-Year-Old Promise to Effectively Enforce the Disabilities Act

Starting right now, and for the following days, please join our Dial Dalton blitz. Fourteen years ago today, Dalton McGuinty first publicly promised to enact a strong Disabilities Act with effective enforcement. In 2005, the McGuinty Government passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) with helpful enforcement provisions, but these are useless if the Government doesn’t fully and effectively use them.

Read more at
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/today-we-begin-our-dial-dalton-campaign-please-call-the-premiers-office-to-ask-how-premier-mcguinty-plans-to-keep-his-14-year-old-promise-to-effectively-enforce-the-disibilities-act/

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