Accessibility News October 15,2011 Update

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In this Issue

*New Accessibility Standards Impact Ontario Restaurants
*Governments Ignore “Blindingly Obvious” Needs of Disabled Citizens
*Mental Health Advocates Find Police Training Inadequate
*Ralph Nader Calls For Stronger Actions to Ensure Equal Opportunity in Sports for All Americans
*National Federation of the Blind and Penn State Resolve Accessibility Complaint
*Disadvantaged Pay a High Price
*Another Fiasco at the Voting Polls

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New Accessibility Standards Impact Ontario Restaurants

have a policy on allowing people to use their own assistive devices (e.g. screen reader, cane, wheelchair, oxygen tank) to access your goods and services, your menu for example with regards to a screen reader (
Owners View a presentation www.amenu.ca/presentation );

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1231

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Governments Ignore “Blindingly Obvious” Needs of Disabled Citizens

From the wife of a voter who lived in GPC in 1991: “I took a well-adjusted, happy husband to a place where in two short weeks they traumatized him into a worthless-feeling, frustrated human being. He came home and cried in fear of what it would be like for him in the future if he could not speak out to communicate. He cried the next day for those he left behind. He did not dare complain while at George Pearson for fear that those who took care of him would make it worse. That’s an unspoken understanding all patients realize very soon.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2303

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Mental Health Advocates Find Police Training Inadequate

While Toronto police response to mentally ill assailants has improved over the years, mental health advocates argue not enough is being done to prevent unnecessary deaths, even after numerous recommendations by inquests.

The fatal confrontation between 52-year-old Sylvia Klibingaitis, shot dead outside her North York home on Oct. 7 after allegedly wielding a knife in front of police, is the fourth fatal confrontation between Toronto police and the mentally ill since 2008 — and at least the 14th since 1988.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=1763

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Ralph Nader Calls For Stronger Actions to Ensure Equal Opportunity in Sports for All Americans

League of Fans Outlines Necessary Steps to Re-Energize the Quest for a Level Playing Field in Athletics

Ralph Nader announced today that his League of Fans organization is launching a new initiative to accelerate the march toward equal opportunity in sports. Nader said pertinent federal and state laws need to be enforced more vigorously and new laws and policies enacted if the vision for equal opportunity in sports is to be realized.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2301

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National Federation of the Blind and Penn State Resolve Accessibility Complaint

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) announced today that they have reached an agreement that will resolve a complaint filed against Penn State by the NFB with the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights. There was no admission of any wrongdoing.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2299

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Disadvantaged Pay a High Price

Studies show as family income decreases, child’s risk of disorder increases

Robbie Babins-Wagner, CEO of the Calgary Counselling Centre, in a room used for treating children, says those who are vulnerable financially are also vulnerable to mental illness.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2296

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Another Fiasco at the Voting Polls

In pre-election advertising, Elections Ontario bragged about increased accessibility and more options for those who might be away, such as special ballots.

What good does all that do if bunches of people are dropped from the printed lists?

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1446

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