Accessibility News September 17,2016 Update

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In this Issue

*Over Two Short Days, Our Accessibility Issues Come Up Twice in Ontarios Legislature and Also in the Toronto Star
*Expert Panel was Dismayed by Liberals Plan to Put Age Cap on Autism Services
*TTC Still Has Big Ticket Items to Address When it Comes to Accessibility
*MPP Coe Introduces Legislation to End Age Discrimination Against Stroke Patients
*Attend the Toronto Transit Commissions September 15, 2016 Annual Public Forum on Accessible Transit to Recount Accessibility Barriers You Face on TTC
*Ailing Senior Says Greyhound Gave Her a Rough Ride
*Premier Wynnes Throne Speech Offers 1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities Nothing new
*Hurt Workers Forced Into Humiliating Jobs
*Top UN Officials Highlight How Paralympic Games Show That Ability, Not Disability, Defines a Persons Accomplishments

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Over Two Short Days, Our Accessibility Issues Come Up Twice in Ontarios Legislature and Also in the Toronto Star

We are very busy advocating on accessibility in Ontario on so many fronts at once, from pressing for an Education Accessibility Standard, to trying to get the AODA effectively enforced, to scanning the recent Throne Speech for accessibility issues, to advocating for more accessibility in our public transit
systems in Ontario. All your work at the grassroots helps yield results, like those we report here.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/over-two-short-days-our-accessibility-issues-come-up-twice-in-ontarios-legislature-and-also-in-the-toronto-star/

Expert Panel was Dismayed by Liberals Plan to Put Age Cap on Autism Services

In a letter last spring, expert advisers said autism program was premature and not in keeping with its recommendations

Parents like Jessica Perusco of Mississauga, whose daughter Lucia, right, turned five in July, are still in a state of uncertainty. Lucia started IBI in May but Perusco says because of her age, its unclear how long the therapy will continue.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/expert-panel-was-dismayed-by-liberals-plan-to-put-age-cap-on-autism-services/

TTC Still Has Big Ticket Items to Address When it Comes to Accessibility

For most transit riders, problems on the TTC are an inconvenience. But for people who use mobility devices or have physical or cognitive disabilities, when the transit system fails, it can severely limit their autonomy, and even be dangerous.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ttc-still-has-big-ticket-items-to-address-when-it-comes-to-accessibility/

MPP Coe Introduces Legislation to End Age Discrimination Against Stroke Patients

MPP Coe Introduces Legislation to End Age Discrimination Against Stroke Patients

QUEENS PARK Today, Whitby-Oshawa MPP Lorne Coe introduced legislation which will ensure that all patients, regardless of age, who are recovering from a stroke have access to the care and physiotherapy they need and deserve.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/mpp-coe-introduces-legislation-to-end-age-discrimination-against-stroke-patients/

Attend the Toronto Transit Commissions September 15, 2016 Annual Public Forum on Accessible Transit to Recount Accessibility Barriers You Face on TTC

Are Public Transit Authorities Across Ontario All Annually Holding These Mandatory Public Forums for Public Transit Riders with Disabilities?

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/attend-the-toronto-transit-commissions-september-15-2016-annual-public-forum-on-accessible-transit-to-recount-accessibility-barriers-you-face-on-ttc/

Ailing Senior Says Greyhound Gave Her a Rough Ride

Company vows to step up training on accessibility after repeated complaints that drivers refused to lower bus

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ailing-senior-says-greyhound-gave-her-a-rough-ride/

Premier Wynnes Throne Speech Offers 1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities Nothing new

This Throne Speech is called A Balanced Plan to Build Ontario Up for Everyone, but nothing in it ensures that 1.8 million Ontarians with disabilities will be treated as part of everyone, said David Lepofsky, chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance which spearheads the
non-partisan campaign for accessibility in Ontario, and who was at Queens Park for the Throne Speech.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/premier-wynnes-throne-speech-offers-1-8-million-ontarians-with-disabilities-nothing-new/

Hurt Workers Forced Into Humiliating Jobs

Experts and injured worker advocates say the boards return-to-work program is not actually evidence-based at all. Instead, they say, in practice the policy cloaks cost-cutting measures in misunderstood and poorly applied research. The result, critics argue, is that vulnerable workers are often forced back
to work too soon, sometimes against doctors orders, into modified jobs that can be demeaning and potentially harmful.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/hurt-workers-forced-into-humiliating-jobs/

Top UN Officials Highlight How Paralympic Games Show That Ability, Not Disability, Defines a Persons Accomplishments

The Paralympic Games [?] and this video shows that there should be no limits on what a child can aspire to in sport, in school or in life, said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake in a news release announcing the release of the video.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/top-un-officials-highlight-how-paralympic-games-show-that-ability-not-disability-defines-a-persons-accomplishments/

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