Accessibility News September 3,2011 Update

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In this Issue

*The McGuinty Watch
*AODA Alliance Holds Queen’s Park News Conference on Eeve of Election Campaign to Unveil the Political Parties’ Platforms on Disability Accessibility
*Disability Coalition Unveils Major Political Parties’ Election Pledges to over 1.5 Million Ontarians with Disabilities, at Queen’s Park News Conference
*Fiorito: Disabling Effect of Ontario Disability Benefits
*Festival Leads Way With Accessibility for Patrons
*Toronto Police Handcuffed Mentally Challenged Boy After ‘Uncontrollable’ Behaviour
*For an Independent Review of Ontario’s Human Rights Enforcement Ssystem, the McGuinty Government Appoints a Bill 107 Supporter, Who Publicly Opposed the AODA Alliance’s Position on Human Rights Enforcement
*Food or Dental Care: a Grim Choice for the City’s Poor
*Government of Canada New Standard on Web Accessibility Released

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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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AODA Alliance Holds Queen’s Park News Conference on Eeve of Election Campaign to Unveil the Political Parties’ Platforms on Disability Accessibility

The AODA Alliance has received and made public election commitment letters from four major political parties, the Liberals, NDP, Conservatives, and Green
Party. We set out links to each of these below, as well as to an issue-by-issue comparison of them.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1350

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Disability Coalition Unveils Major Political Parties’ Election Pledges to over 1.5 Million Ontarians with Disabilities, at Queen’s Park News Conference

At a Queen’s Park news conference this morning, a major disability community coalition unveiled election promises by the Liberals, NDP, PC and Green parties to make Ontario accessible for over 1.5 million Ontarians with disabilities.

“This is the fifth election where parties made written election pledges to us on tearing down barriers that block over 1.5 million Ontarians with disabilities from fully participating in jobs, goods and services,” said David Lepofsky, chair of the non-partisan grassroots AODA Alliance, a coalition widely recognized for spearheading the campaign to make Ontario fully accessible. “Over a million voters with disabilities is a huge population politicians can’t ignore.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1348

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Fiorito: Disabling Effect of Ontario Disability Benefits

“We can’t look after our basic needs. I’ve had to borrow money to buy clothes. I don’t mean party dresses. I mean a parka and boots to do my job in winter.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=1624

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Festival Leads Way With Accessibility for Patrons

Among some of the other services, the Festival offers wheelchairs to borrow, a variety of hearing assistance receivers, elevators, accessible washrooms and signage in colours geared for people with low vision.

Some of the renovations with accessibility in mind are subtle, and most patrons without a disability wouldn’t notice. For example, part of the countertop at the concession stand is low enough for someone in a wheelchair or scooter to reach.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1343

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Toronto Police Handcuffed Mentally Challenged Boy After ‘Uncontrollable’ Behaviour

A Toronto boy’s mother is threatening legal action after her nine-year-old autistic son was handcuffed by police at his daycare.

Police used handcuffs to restrain a nine-year-old mentally challenged boy who they say “became uncontrollable” at a Toronto daycare centre in July.

Autism Canada says the incident, which involved a boy with Asperger syndrome, highlights the need for federal guidelines to regulate how daycare facilities handle children with mental illness.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=1620

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For an Independent Review of Ontario’s Human Rights Enforcement Ssystem, the McGuinty Government Appoints a Bill 107 Supporter, Who Publicly Opposed the AODA Alliance’s Position on Human Rights Enforcement

Your Government has already populated the new human rights system with a number of people who were Bill 107’s architects and who stood along side Mr. Pinto in support of the Bill. Mr. Pinto is essentially being asked to judge the performance of his allies who work in a system that they collectively created.

The basic tenet of our justice system calls for a fundamental separation between, and independence of judiciary, prosecution and investigation.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1341

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Food or Dental Care: a Grim Choice for the City’s Poor

The woman went five years without any real dental work. The last two of those without the ability to chew. When she finally did get dentures, she spent hours savouring the ability to properly eat food.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=1615

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Government of Canada New Standard on Web Accessibility Released

The Standard on Web Accessibility( http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/pol/doc-eng.aspx?section=text&id=23601)
came into effect on August 1, 2011. This standard applies to all institutions listed in schedules I, I.1, and II of the Financial Administration Act and will be implemented in three phases over a two-year period.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2272

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