Accessibility News September 17,2011 Update

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In this Issue

*The McGuinty Watch
*Just a Little of Your Time Helps Our Non-Partisan Election Campaign for a Fully Accessible Ontario for Ontarians with Disabilities
*Eye-Tracking Technology Could Benefit Disabled Children
*After Injury, a Job Can Be Vital Medicine
*Physically Disabled Residents Ask City and Businesses to Consider Mobility Needs
*Blind Woman Can’t Hitch a Ride with DARTS, Can’t Get to Work
*Esso Worker Bars Blind Athlete; Medal-Winning Rower Ordered from Gas Bar Because of Her Dog
*AODA Alliance Urges PC Leader Tim Hudak to Commit to Strengthen, and Not Weaken Efforts to Make Ontario Fully Accessible to Over 1.5 Million Ontarians with Disabilities
*CNN.COM Sued by Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing for Lack of Captioning Videos on Its Website
*Enabling Behaviour
*Make mental health treatment an issue

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ARTICLES:

The McGuinty Watch

To make it easier for you to see how the McGuinty Government has treated the Disabled Community over it’s Terms we’ve compiled some relevant articles for you to view

As they become available we’ll post more so check back once in a while before Election time.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?page_id=928

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Just a Little of Your Time Helps Our Non-Partisan Election Campaign for a Fully Accessible Ontario for Ontarians with Disabilities

Use Our ew 2011 Eelection Action Kit!

Please help our non-partisan 2011 election campaign for a fully accessible Ontario. We just ask for a few minutes. If you have more time to give, you can accomplish even more.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1381

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Eye-Tracking Technology Could Benefit Disabled Children

A computer program that could allow children with disabilities to explore their creative side is being developed by researchers at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2281

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After Injury, a Job Can Be Vital Medicine

“Employers in particular, but Canadians in general, have to come to a place where hiring someone with a disability isn’t doing them a favour… they’ll be productive, they’ll be on time, they’ll be loyal, they’ll be hardworking,” he said.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2279

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Physically Disabled Residents Ask City and Businesses to Consider Mobility Needs

Traveling down a street in Leduc shouldn’t be hard for pedestrians but for those in a wheelchair, visiting stores on the main drag can prove to be difficult.

The lack of wheelchair ramps, few wheelchair door buttons and high steps into stores are some of the issues that prevent the physically disabled from entering the shops, leaving many residents frustrated and discouraged.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1376

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Blind Woman Can’t Hitch a Ride with DARTS, Can’t Get to Work

The Ontario government is demanding municipalities improve services. The Accessible Transportation Standard, (regulated under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act), became law on July 1.

The new ‘standard’ will apply to buses, subways, streetcars, light rail, specialized transportation (e.g. DARTS), taxicabs and public school transportation.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1378

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Esso Worker Bars Blind Athlete; Medal-Winning Rower Ordered from Gas Bar Because of Her Dog

In just over a week, Victoria Nolan has gone from winning silver at the World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia, to being told she and her guide dog weren’t welcome at an Esso station.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1374

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AODA Alliance Urges PC Leader Tim Hudak to Commit to Strengthen, and Not Weaken Efforts to Make Ontario Fully Accessible to Over 1.5 Million Ontarians with Disabilities

Accessibility News Note: Mr Hudak, the fact that the AODA Alliance has to even write you a letter asking you to take a position on an issue so vital to the Disability Community is very disappointing to say the least.

AODA Alliance wrote Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak. We asked him to reconsider his party’s platform. We urge him to commit to strengthen, and not weaken Ontario’s efforts to achieve a fully accessible province for over 1.5 million Ontarians with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1369

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CNN.COM Sued by Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing for Lack of Captioning Videos on Its Website

The internet has revolutionized the speed of reporting and the ability to access news information. Within hours of a story breaking, videos are posted on news websites allowing the public to access critical information. Yet, CNN.com one of the largest media and entertainment companies in the world, refuses to provide any captioning of its on-line videos, excluding the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities from accessing video news content on its website.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2275

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Enabling Behaviour

Think ahead

Set a schedule for addressing AODA’s four other accessibility standards. Even though making websites and communications material accessible are a few years out, why procrastinate? Says Taylor: “As opposed to waiting until 2017 and having conniptions, figuring out how to achieve them and working within a business plan to do that now makes a lot of sense.”

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1367

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Make mental health treatment an issue

Ontario citizens should make mental health treatment an issue in this election. I have a daughter suffering with mental illness stemming from complications at birth. Her life and the lives of all those connected to her have been ruined by a mental health system that doesn’t work despite the millions of dollars being poured into it.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=1654

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