Accessibility News October 5,2013 Update

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In this Issue

*Trent Becomes First University in Canada to Introduce MV-1 Accessibility Vehicle
*Wynne Government Proposes to Charge AODA Alliance Chair $2,325 to Answer His Freedom of Information Request on Government Plans for Keeping Its Promise to Effectively Enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
*Because the Ontario Government Announced No Plans for a Disability Accessibility Legacy for the 2015 Toronto Pan/ ParaPan American Games, the AODA Alliance Urges the Government to Adopt Our Proposal for the Games’ Accessibility Legacy
*New Laws Promised for Seniors and Disabled; Parties Speak Out on Access and Inclusion
*Fake Service Dogs, Real Problem
*Federal Prison Staff Mishandling Mentally Ill Women Inmates: Ombudsman
*Paranoia About Politicians: Is There A Down Side?

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ARTICLES:

Trent Becomes First University in Canada to Introduce MV-1 Accessibility Vehicle

New vehicle will assist those with disabilities to access facilities throughout Trent’s Peterborough campus

A new, fully accessible vehicle introduced at Trent University in Peterborough is a Canadian first, providing full access to campus facilities for students with disabilities, and affirming Trent as a leader in accessibility and student wellness.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/trent-becomes-first-university-in-canada-to-introduce-mv-1-accessibility-vehicle/

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Wynne Government Proposes to Charge AODA Alliance Chair $2,325 to Answer His Freedom of Information Request on Government Plans for Keeping Its Promise to Effectively Enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

How Free is “Freedom of Information”?

Ontario’s Wynne Government has told AODA Alliance chair David Lepofsky to pay approximately $2,325.00 if he wants an answer to his request under the Freedom of Information Act for information on the Government’s plans and actions to keep its election promise to effectively enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/wynne-government-proposes-to-charge-aoda-alliance-chair-2325-to-answer-his-freedom-of-information/

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Because the Ontario Government Announced No Plans for a Disability Accessibility Legacy for the 2015 Toronto Pan/ ParaPan American Games, the AODA Alliance Urges the Government to Adopt Our Proposal for the Games’ Accessibility Legacy

If so much public money is to be spent on this event, on new infrastructure, on catering to so many tourists, on publicity, and on reaching the public with a new message of inclusive sport, arts and recreation, the needs of over 1.7 million Ontarians with disabilities should not be left out!

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/because-the-ontario-government-announced-no-plans-for-a-disability-accessibility-legacy-for-the-2015-toronto-pan-parapan-american-games-the-aoda-alliance-urges-the-government-to-adopt-our-proposal-f/

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New Laws Promised for Seniors and Disabled; Parties Speak Out on Access and Inclusion

Nova Scotia has the highest rate of disability in the country, averaging at one-fifth of the population. This number typically does not include the increasing number of seniors, many of which often age into disability. So the numbers, in effect, are much higher, and they will continue to increase.

If the Parties vying to form the government think the current pressures of public policy are challenging, wait till they see what will happen if nothing is done to address the needs and challenges of aging and disability.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/new-laws-promised-for-seniors-and-disabled-parties-speak-out-on-access-and-inclusion/

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Fake Service Dogs, Real Problem

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) website defines service animals as
dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people
with disabilities. That’s a very clear, concise definition.

So why does an online ad elsewhere read, “Identification for your service dog will reduce conflict. Get yours before the law changes!”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/fake-service-dogs-real-problem/

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Federal Prison Staff Mishandling Mentally Ill Women Inmates: Ombudsman

Correctional Service watchdog Howard Sapers reports ongoing concerns about the capacity of Correctional Service of Canada to manage mental illness.

“Under no circumstances should a non-consenting” offender who is strapped in be “subject to forced medical injections,” says Sapers. Restraint equipment should not be used on a self-harming offender “for punitive, administrative or retaliatory purposes.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/federal-prison-staff-mishandling-mentally-ill-women-inmates-ombudsman/

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Paranoia About Politicians: Is There A Down Side?

1. Written commitments and $25 will get you a cab ride to the Legislature in Toronto, if you live close by, not including tip. Making a written
commitment, as did the Premier and other politicians guaranteeing their support for AODA and its underlying principles, often means you have an autograph.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/paranoia-about-politicians-is-there-a-down-side/

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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/
* “Subsidized Transportation Program” not Accessible for People with Disabilities in County of Brant?
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/subsidized-transportation-program-not-accessible-for-people-with-disabilities-in-county-of-brant/
* Government Not Enforcing Disabilities Act, Says Advocate
http://enforcement.aoda.ca/government-not-enforcing-disabilities-act-says-advocate/

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