Accessibility News October 13,2012 Update

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In this Issue

*BMO Study: Canadians Believe People with Disabilities Are Victims of Hiring Bias
*Municipalities Urged to Eliminate Barriers to Housing Services
*City hall accessibility problems
*Cohn: How Dalton McGuinty Can Undo the Welfare Legacy of Mike Harris
*Toronto Wheelchair Users Can’t Count on City’s Cabs
*Impact of Mental Illness Greater Than Cancer, Infectious Diseases: Report
*Accessibility Remains An Issue
*How the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Deals With Officers’ PTSD

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ARTICLES:

BMO Study: Canadians Believe People with Disabilities Are Victims of Hiring Bias

“With findings like these, there is an onus on all individuals in any given workplace business owners, leaders, managers and employees to check their biases at the door and pave the way for more inclusive and accessible workplaces. Businesses can start by reviewing and reworking recruitment practices, partnering with organizations that connect people with disabilities to job opportunities, and educating and training managers to feel confident discussing what their employees with visible or non-visible disabilities may need to enable their success,” said Ms. Kunkel.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2849

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Municipalities Urged to Eliminate Barriers to Housing Services

“The Human Rights Code is considered quasi-constitutional legislation. This means that unless a law specifically says otherwise, the code has primacy or takes precedence,”said Hall.

Under the law, the province and the municipalities it governs, have an obligation to reflect the principles and direction of the code in the laws and regulations they impose.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=2184

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City hall accessibility problems

Clark, who is afflicted with arthritis, and at one time was hobbling around with a cane, said it was demeaning to wait until someone opened the door for him so he could go through.

“The comment that someone can always open the door is offensive,” he said. “I want to open the door myself. That is what accessibility is about.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=2186

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Cohn: How Dalton McGuinty Can Undo the Welfare Legacy of Mike Harris

Premier Dalton McGuinty made poverty reduction a centrepiece of his government in good times when it seemed affordable. But in tough times, the price of doing nothing is equally unaffordable because welfare costs keep going up.

With his credibility on the line, how does McGuinty undo the Harris legacy all these years later?

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=2978

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Toronto Wheelchair Users Can’t Count on City’s Cabs

Advocates for people who use wheelchairs say the lack of accessible taxis in Toronto is discriminatory, as provincial laws state people with a disability cannot be charged more for a service than people without.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=2182

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Impact of Mental Illness Greater Than Cancer, Infectious Diseases: Report

The report stated that treatment for mental illnesses and addictions are often underused, and awareness of conditions and preventative measures are often lacking, even within the health care community.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2846

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Accessibility Remains An Issue

“It’s just not happening. It’s not being enforced. People aren’t being forced to pay that extra money to make sure that people can get in.”

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=2179

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How the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Deals With Officers’ PTSD

Bruce Kruger has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder connected with his 29-year OPP career. He talks about some of the experiences as an OPP officer.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=2969

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EVENTS

*Accessibility Camp Toronto at OCAD University
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*18th Annual Empowerment and Action Day “Active Living for Persons with a Disability”
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*Canadian retinal disease conference: Macular degeneration, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Stargardt disease, Usher syndrome & more
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