Accessibility News September 22,2012 Update

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In this Issue

*Health-Care Providers Openly Discriminate Against the Mentally Ill
*Send Us Feedback on Our Draft Brief to the McGuinty Government on Its August 15, 2012 Draft Accessibility Regulation to Address Barriers in the Built Environment of Public Spaces
*Tech Accessibility Makes Strides for Deaf, Blind Students
*Making Video Gaming Accessible to All: guidelines to Help Game Developers Meet the Needs of the 20% of Gamers Who Have Disabilities
*OHRC Releases Consultation Report on Human Rights, Mental Health and Addictions

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ARTICLES:

Health-Care Providers Openly Discriminate Against the Mentally Ill

The biggest surprise in the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s all-encompassing report on mental health is how deeply embedded discrimination against people with mental disabilities is in the health-care system.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=2126

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Send Us Feedback on Our Draft Brief to the McGuinty Government on Its August 15, 2012 Draft Accessibility Regulation to Address Barriers in the Built Environment of Public Spaces

We have just released a draft brief to the McGuinty Government. It provides our input into the draft regulation that the Government is proposing to enact under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. That draft regulation addresses built environment barriers in public spaces. It also proposes some amendments to the Integrated Accessibility Regulation that the McGuinty Government enacted in 2011 to address barriers in employment, transportation, and information and communication.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=2124

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Tech Accessibility Makes Strides for Deaf, Blind Students

Until three years ago, the Mississippi School for the Deaf had no way of spreading emergency alerts or announcements to everyone at once. At least, not a way that deaf students and staff could understand.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2826

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Making Video Gaming Accessible to All: guidelines to Help Game Developers Meet the Needs of the 20% of Gamers Who Have Disabilities

Recent research by PopCap showed that as many as 20% of gamers are disabled. On top of that, 15% of adults have a reading age of below 11 years old, almost 10% of male gamers have some degree of red-green colour blindness, and many more have temporary impairments such as a broken arm, or situational such as playing in bright sunlight.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2824

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OHRC Releases Consultation Report on Human Rights, Mental Health and Addictions

The report points to widespread discrimination and harassment in employment as well as housing and services against people with mental health disabilities or addictions. This discrimination is demonstrated in stereotypes and negative societal perceptions about people with psychiatric and addiction disabilities rooted in institutional policies and practices, individual attitudes and some types of legislation.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=2122

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