Accessibility News October 26,2013 Update

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In this Issue

*McWynnety Government Update, Month 9: Where’s the Enforcement?
*Jury AWARDS BLIND WAR VET $160,000 FOR DISCRIMINATION BY CREDIT UNION
*Video Could Transform How Schools Serve Teens With Autism
*The Ontario Government Commits to More Open Government, but Keeps Dragging Its Feet on Answering the AODA Alliance Chair’s Freedom of Information Application, Submitted to Unearth the Government’s Plans for Effectively Enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
*News Release: FEMA and National Public Radio Work Together to Increase Emergency Alert Preparedness for People Who Are Deaf
*The Not-So-Hidden Cause Behind the A.D.H.D.
Epidemic
*Top Ten Halloween AODA/Ontario Disability Trick And Treats Played On People With Disabilities!

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ARTICLES:
McWynnety Government Update, Month 9: Where’s the Enforcement?

Note: The AODA Alliance has yet to get a response from this request.

AODA Alliance Presses McGuinty Government for Specifics on How It Plans to Keep Its Oft-Repeated Election Pledge to Effectively Enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act

On January 22, 2013, the AODA Alliance wrote Community and Social Services Minister John Milloy, who has lead responsibility for implementing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. We asked the minister for specific details on the Government’s plans to keep its promise to effectively enforce the AODA. This letter is set out below.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-presses-mcguinty-government-for-specifics-on-how-it-plans-to-keep-its-oft-repeated-election-pledge-to-effectively-enforce-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-act/

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Jury AWARDS BLIND WAR VET $160,000 FOR DISCRIMINATION BY CREDIT UNION

A Federal jury awarded Army Sgt. Major Jesse Acosta $160,000 in a legal
victory finding that Huntington Beach-based NuVision Credit Union violated
the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and the Unruh Act by denying
Jesse Acosta a loan because he could not produce a valid driver’s license.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/jury-awards-blind-war-vet-160000-for-discrimination-by-credit-union/

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Video Could Transform How Schools Serve Teens With Autism

Video-based teaching helps teens with autism learn important social skills, and the method eventually could be used widely by schools with limited resources, a Michigan State University researcher says.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/video-could-transform-how-schools-serve-teens-with-autism/

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The Ontario Government Commits to More Open Government, but Keeps Dragging Its Feet on Answering the AODA Alliance Chair’s Freedom of Information Application, Submitted to Unearth the Government’s Plans for Effectively Enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Hard as it may be to believe, we now face yet more delays in our effort to get the Ontario Government to keep its 2003 and 2011 election commitments to effectively enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/the-ontario-government-commits-to-more-open-government-but-keeps-dragging-its-feet-on-answering-the-aoda-alliance-chairs-freedom-of-information-application-submitted-to-unearth-the-governm/

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News Release: FEMA and National Public Radio Work Together to Increase Emergency Alert Preparedness for People Who Are Deaf

WASHINGTON —The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced a cooperative pilot project with National Public Radio’s (NPR’s) technology research and development group, NPR Labs, to demonstrate the delivery of the first-ever, real-time emergency alert messages to people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing in five Gulf states.
Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/news-release-fema-and-national-public-radio-work-together-to-increase-emergency-alert-preparedness-for-people-who-are-deaf-or-hard-of-hearing/

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The Not-So-Hidden Cause Behind the A.D.H.D. Epidemic

Hinshaw compared the rollout of these school policies with incidences of A.D.H.D., he found that when a state passed laws punishing or rewarding schools for their standardized-test scores, A.D.H.D. diagnoses in that state would increase not long afterward.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-not-so-hidden-cause-behind-the-a-d-h-d-epidemic/

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Top Ten Halloween AODA/Ontario Disability Trick And Treats Played On People With Disabilities!

By Victor Schwartzman

Halloween and AODA: have a holiday and the implementation of a law ever matched so perfectly? Both are scary. Both are reminders of how hopes can haunt us. But they match mostly because with AODA the Government played on the community a reverse trick or treat.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/top-ten-halloween-aodaontario-disability-trick-and-treats-played-on-people-with-disabilities/

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AODA Enforcement
Having an Accessibility issue that isn’t being resolved because of lack of Enforcement?

Perhaps your solution is at enforcement.aoda.ca .

* Activist Launches Accessibility Audit of Businesses; Posts Results Online
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/activist-launches-accessibility-audit-of-businesses-posts-results-online/
* Government Not Enforcing Disabilities Act, Says Advocate
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/government-not-enforcing-disabilities-act-says-advocate/

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