Accessibility News November 5,2011 Update

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In this Issue

*Macy’s Diner Leads the Way in Restaurant Menu Accessibility
*AODA Alliance: 10 Year Anniversary of Another Important Date in Our 17-Year-Long Campaign for a Barrier-Free Ontario
*AODA Alliance Writes New Minister Responsible for the AODA to List Key Accessibility Priorities
*Consolation Prizes
*PS Can’t Find Enough Disabled Staff: Watchdog; Recruitment Rate Has Declined for Three Years
*Sign up for the best government program in Canada
*Law Grad’s Discrimination Claim Denied Once Again
*Taco Bell Awaits Sanctions in Accessibility Suit

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ARTICLES:

Macy’s Diner Leads the Way in Restaurant Menu Accessibility

By Geof Collis

Some Restaurants offer Large Print or Braille menus, but what if you cant read either?

Others put it on their website, a PDF, but neither is accessible and still others think because they put it on Facebook that magically solves the issue, however Facebook is notoriously inaccessible.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1546

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AODA Alliance: 10 Year Anniversary of Another Important Date in Our 17-Year-Long Campaign for a Barrier-Free Ontario

Saturday, November 5, 2011 is the tenth anniversary of an important date in our campaign that started in 1994 for a barrier-free Ontario for all persons with disabilities.

On November 5, 2001, Ontario’s Conservative Government under Premier Mike Harris introduced Bill 125, the proposed Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2001 (ODA), into the Ontario Legislature. That day the bill received First Reading. Responsible for the bill’s development was then Citizenship Minister, Cam Jackson.

Read more at
http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/11042011.asp

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AODA Alliance Writes New Minister Responsible for the AODA to List Key Accessibility Priorities

The Honourable John Milloy has been appointed to serve as the new Ontario Ministry for Community and Social Services, with responsibility for implementing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The AODA Alliance has just written Minister Milloy to congratulate him on his appointment, and to identify some key priorities for his Ministry.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1536

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Consolation Prizes

For decades, voters with disabilities and their supporters have pushed for reforms of health care and social service bureaucracies. And there have been some real successes: curb cuts, liberating people from institutions, the Registered Disability Savings Plan. Tragically, says Paul Caune (Executive Director of Civil Rights Now! www.civilrightsnow.ca), advocates have failed much more often than they have won. One reason for this is that they have allowed their reforming energy to be dissipated by accepting consolation prizes.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2340

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PS Can’t Find Enough Disabled Staff: Watchdog; Recruitment Rate Has Declined for Three Years

The federal government can’t recruit enough disabled people into the public service and should develop new strategies that will attract them to federal work, says Canada’s staffing watchdog.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2338

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Sign up for the best government program in Canada

Imagine a savings program where the federal government gives a man or woman up to $3 for every $1 contributed by that man or woman – to a lifetime maximum of $70,000. Wouldn’t people flock to that program? Wouldn’t the
Treasury be all but emptied?

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2336

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Law Grad’s Discrimination Claim Denied Once Again

A law graduate who lost her discrimination claim against her articling principal has once again found herself stymied at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1531

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Taco Bell Awaits Sanctions in Accessibility Suit

Taco Bell is expected to appeal ruling that it violated Americans with Disabilities Act

A recent federal court decision that found Taco Bell in violation of federal and state laws protecting the rights of customers who use wheelchairs or scooters should motivate restaurant operators to comply with access rules, attorneys say.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1528

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EVENTS

*Audio Described Broadway Musical, Mary Poppins, at the Princess of Wales Theatre
http://www.accessibilityclassifieds.com/?p=995

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