Accessibility News Archives 2010

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Table of Contents 2010

January

Web Accessibility Myths

Date posted to site: January 30, 2010

There is a lot of good advice for the discerning web developer to find on the web on how to make a website accessible, unfortunately there is also plenty of bad or outdated advice out there as well. Here are a few of the myths of accessibility that you may hear.

Read more at
http://www.badeyes.com/?p=184

Dartmouth University Establishes New Student Disability Group to Talk About Campus Access

Date posted to site: January 29, 2010

Access By Leadership in Equity - a new student organization seeking to raise awareness about students with disabilities - has launched efforts to facilitate greater campus dialogue about accessibility in its first weeks in existence, according to co-directors Emily Broas '11 and Rebecca Gotlieb '12.

ABLE's goals include providing a peer-to-peer support network for students with disabilities, raising awareness about both visible and invisible disabilities, and improving College accommodations for these students by serving as a voice for the community.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1188

Municipal Bylaws Must Follow Human Rights Code: OMB

Date posted to site: January 28, 2010

CNW/ - Municipalities have to consider the needs of everyone - including people with disabilities or on social assistance - when making bylaws. The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) made that ruling late last week, saying "municipalities - and this Board - are bound by the (Human Rights) Code."

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=319

Is Web Accessibility a Human Right?

Date posted to site: January 28, 2010

The Web is now so tightly integrated into our society that it's second nature to obtain employment, access education, do commerce, get information, get entertainment and even build social relationships online. If the Web is now a permanent and integral part of our society, then is denying a group of people access to much of the Web a form of discrimination and a denial of a human right?

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1181

Police Taken by Surprise as Visually Impaired Block Road

Date posted to site: January 28, 2010

Visually-challenged protestors blocked the road outside BMC headquarters, in front of Azad Maidan, for almost two hours on Monday, to press for their demands of jobs in government and semi-government organisations.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1183

Sweeping Settlement Reached by the City of Oakland to Include People with Disabilities in Disaster Planning

Date posted to site: January 27, 2010

OAKLAND, Calif. – In a sweeping settlement announced today by Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) and the City of Oakland, Oakland has agreed to adopt an emergency plan which incorporates the needs of people with all types of disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1176

Angled Intersection Presents Challenges

Date posted to site: January 27, 2010

operations committee is recommending a traffic count in the village of Killaloe to determine if the minimum criteria for traffic signal installation is satisfied.

As previously reported in The Daily Observer, the county's accessibility advisory committee recommended a specialized traffic light for the village at the intersection of County Road 512 (Queen Street) and Lake Street be installed for safety reasons. The intersection has some unique properties as it essentially includes McCarthy's Lane and Water Street. The multiple intersections don't meet at a typical 90 degrees. Some of the intersections are offset, some come in at angles, while Queen Street features a curve at that point and is situated at the top of a hill.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=317

Service Dog Helps Woman Fight Mental Illness

Date posted to site: January 25, 2010

Jennifer Francis has a disability and requires a service dog - but there's nothing wrong with her sight, hearing or limbs.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1174

CNIB off Base in Bid for Government Cash

Date posted to site: January 23, 2010

The CNIB -- once known as the Canadian National Institute for the Blind -- wants the B.C. government to hand over $624,000 because of what it calls inequities in library funding for Canadians.

It's hard to say no to the CNIB, because the charity has a wonderful reputation. But let's hope that the provincial government does its homework on this request.

The facts do not support the CNIB's argument.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1163

McKeever 1st Paralympian to Compete in Winter Olympics

Date posted to site: January 23, 2010

Visually impaired cross-country skier's dream comes true

Visually impaired cross-country skier Brian McKeever is about to make history.

The 30-year-old Canmore, Alta., native has been named to Team Canada, becoming the first Paralympian to compete in a Winter Olympics.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1170

Chihuahua Human Rights Case Dismissed

Date posted to site: January 23, 2010

Alex Allarie says his service dog, a chihuahua Dee-O-Gee, helps him cope with his anxiety and depression, a psychiatric disability. (CBC)A fight over a chihuahua described as a disabled man's service dog has been dismissed by the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1172

Accessibility Challenges Still Ahead for Port Hope

Date posted to site: January 22, 2010

-The Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) is asking for council's assistance to make Port Hope a more accessible community for all who live there and for those who visit.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=315

Student Failed Exam, but Reinstated on Basis of Extreme Anxiety, Professor Says; Clinical problem that can affect functioning

Date posted to site: January 22, 2010

A University of Manitoba professor is alleging a doctoral candidate twice failed his comprehensive examination, then appealed to be reinstated on the basis that he suffers from the disability of extreme examination anxiety.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1165

Career Watch: The Disabled as IT Workers

Date posted to site: January 22, 2010

Neil Jacobson, the founder and CEO of Abilicorp discusses the fit between Information Technology (IT) and people with disabilities and it how it could potentially influence hiring decisions in enterprise environments

In what ways are people with disabilities superior employees?

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1167

Toronto Community Housing to make buildings more accessible

Date posted to site: January 21, 2010

When Penny Lamy moved into her new accessible apartment in Regent Park last September, it was, she said, "like a fog lifted." "I feel like I've had a fog lifted since I finally got settled," said Lamy, who must use an electric wheelchair to move around. "Other tenants are really excited there as well."

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=311

Lawyers Say Justice not Being Served

Date posted to site: January 21, 2010

"Complete hogwash and double-speak."

That's the reaction of Brockville lawyer John Johnston to a Monday press release from Legal Aid Ontario announcing increased "access points" for local services despite the anticipated closure of legal aid offices in Brockville and Perth.

Johnston said plans for a toll-free telephone number and expanded court services mask the true intentions of the provincial government to cut costs and jobs by closing local legal aid offices.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=313

Election Rules Restrict VP Equity Bid

Date posted to site: January 20, 2010

When buttons and posters are your only costs, the $250 student campaign budget is more than enough in the Ryerson Students' Union (RSU) elections. But for David Fourney, who may need to hire a sign language interpreter if he runs for vice-president equity, it means discrimination.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/deaf_articles.php?deaf=444

Graduate Student's iPhone App Gives Voice to Disabled Users

Date posted to site: January 20, 2010

Not many iPhone applications get reviews that call them life-changing.

Samuel Sennott, a doctoral student in special educaton at Pennsylvania State University's main campus, created an iPhone application that helps people with communication disabilities speak. He worked with David Niemeijer, an Amsterdam-based developer, to build the software, called Proloquo2Go.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1154

Universities Avoid Kindle Over Accessibility Barriers

Date posted to site: January 20, 2010

Three US universities have agreed not to use Amazon's e-book reader the Kindle until it is easily usable by blind people. A fourth settled a complaint from blind people's advocacy groups by saying that it will strive to use accessible devices in future.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1158

Makati Turns Over Facilities for Special Kids to DepEd

Date posted to site: January 20, 2010

More children with special needs are expected to be served in Makati City as the city government has turned over its state-of-the-art Special Education (SPED) Center building to DepEd-Makati which would provide them greater access to formal education.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1160

Frustration of Employment Contracts - A little care can save you both frustration and pain.

Date posted to site: January 19, 2010

This article should be of interest to anyone who has to draw employment agreements. It has some very good suggestions on how to deal with some situations that can become very difficult and expensive for employers.

Managing disability in the workplace remains one of the most challenging areas of employment law for managers, HR professionals and lawyers alike. A common - and difficult - question is how long can an employee be off work due to illness or injury before an employer can safely terminate the employment relationship without liability?

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1152

Who Will Pay for Province's Generous Plan for Full Accessibility?

Date posted to site: January 18, 2010

With the draft report finally in and before Minister of Community and Social Services Madeleine Meilleur, Toronto taxi industry leaders say the high standards of accessible service called for in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) must be supported by government funding.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=309

Disabled Worshippers Struggle with Accessibility Issues at Church

Date posted to site: January 18, 2010

Among the most humbling moments being confined to an electric wheelchair came when Shawana Bulloch realized it could prevent her from attending services at her Savannah church.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1150

Tips for Webmasters: Improve Your Websites' Accessibility

Date posted to site: January 16, 2010

By Geof Collis
Badeyes Design & Consulting
January 16, 2010

In anticipation of the upcoming Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Information and Communications Standard, I have put together some tips for Webmasters on how to make your website accessible.

Read more at
http://www.badeyes.com/?p=18

Cedar Hill Bylaw Violates Rights of Poor and Disabled, Municipal Board Says

Date posted to site: January 16, 2010

KITCHENER-A city bylaw that aims to clean up a downtown neighbourhood violates the rights of poor and disabled people and must be changed, says a provincial tribunal.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=443

Senior Says Strollers Make buses unsafe

Date posted to site: January 15, 2010

BARRIE - Disrespectful young mothers with strollers are making Barrie Transit a hostile and unsafe environment for mobility-impaired seniors, says frequent rider Kay Gibson, 69.

"They are scared to go out and get on the bus because of the jostling and because they can't sit at the front," she says, having heard from many neighbours in her Blake Street seniors' residence.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=442

It's Easy to Balance the Books at UPEI Ignoring Human Rights

Date posted to site: January 15, 2010

Wade MacLauchlan should be trying to expand the boundaries of accessibility at University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) we are fighting a battle that is so basic it was won decades ago in other places. If they can't get to class Wade, you aren't making UPEI accessible.

I was glad to learn last week that UPEI has a final solution for the disabled parking problem. They have installed one disabled spot within 6 feet of the McDougall building.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1146

Council of Canadians with Disabilities, A Call For Action

Date posted to site: January 14, 2010

Prime Minister Harper has prorogued the House of Commons. A new session will begin March 4th and a new session means a Throne Speech and a Budget.

Members of Parliament will be spending more time in their constituency offices in January and February. NOW is the perfect time for us to ensure that they know the priorities of Canadians with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1139

2011 Toyota Sienna To Feature Optional Auto Access Seat

Date posted to site: January 14, 2010

From Edmunds Inside Line - Toyota upped the ante in the minivan market on Monday at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show by rolling out an Auto Access Seat on its 2011 Sienna minivan that should make life easier for people with disabilities. The option will be available in February, but pricing has not been announced.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1137

Township Investigates Electronic Voting

Date posted to site: January 13, 2010

Elizabethtown- Kitley Township voters may get the chance to cast their votes electronically this coming election.

Council determined at its regular meeting Monday night to have township staff do costing on both telephone and Internet voting.

"This is a pure accessibility issue," township administrator-clerk Yvonne Robert told council.

The Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) recommends municipalities incorporate more than one method of casting a ballot.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=304

As "Reading" Evolves, Braille is Pushed Aside for Audio Books

Date posted to site: January 13, 2010

At 4 o'clock each morning, Laura J. Sloate begins her daily reading. She calls a phone service that reads newspapers aloud in a synthetic voice, and she listens to The Wall Street Journal at 300 words a minute, which is nearly twice the average pace of speech. Later, an assistant reads The Financial Times to her while she uses her computer's text-to-speech system to play The Economist aloud. She devotes one ear to the paper and the other to the magazine.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1133

Illiterates, Disabled Voters May Be AssistedBy E.T.

Date posted to site: January 12, 2010

Stressing that even illiterate or persons with disability cannot be deprived of their right of suffrage, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has ruled that in the May 10, 2010, fully automated polls, these persons may be assisted in the preparation of their ballots either by a relative within the fourth civil degree of consanguinity or affinity, or by any person of his confidence who belongs to the same household.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1131

Accessibility Group Gets Small Pay Raise

Date posted to site: January 11, 2010

Volunteers with the Perth County accessibility advisory committee will be paid more to attend meetings in 2010.

Perth County councillors approved paying the volunteers $97.71 a meeting -- the standard council committee rate for meeting which last less than three hours -- to a maximum of six meetings a year.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=302

Blindness Organizations and Arizona State University Resolve Litigation Over Kindle

Date posted to site: January 11, 2010

PHOENIX, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the American Council of the Blind (ACB), and Arizona State University (ASU), today announced a settlement agreement resolving litigation filed by NFB and ACB against the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) and ASU.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1129

CBC Radio1 Ottawa Interviews Minister Meilleur on the Customer Care Standard

Date posted to site: January 09, 2010

By Geof Collis

On December 31, 2009 CBC Radio1 Ottawa interviewed Minister Meilleur regarding the then soon to become Law Customer Care Standard. I was also interviewd after she spoke, you can listen to the interview or download it.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=292

Air Canada Told to Provide Nut-Free zone

Date posted to site: January 08, 2010

Air Canada has been told to create a special "buffer zone" on flights for people who are allergic to nuts.

The Canadian Transportation Agency has ruled that passengers who have nut allergies should be considered disabled and accommodated by the airline. The CTA has advised Air Canada to come up with an appropriate section of seats where passengers with nut allergies would be seated.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1127

More barriers drop

Date posted to site: January 07, 2010

Removing service barriers for people with disabilities means much more than simply making sure buildings are accessible, says a member of the mayor's disability advisory committee.

"Yes, ramps are important but it really goes way beyond ramps," said Ian Greaves, of Niagara Falls.

The main focus, he said, is education and a new government standard that came into effect Jan. 1 is a step in the right direction.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=290

Is ADHD Protected Under the Americans with Disabilities Act?

Date posted to site: January 07, 2010

The answer to the question is somewhat long and complicated. So we will begin with writing that while someone with ADHD may qualify for protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act, not everyone with the diagnosis of ADHD will qualify. And that may include you or your child.

The Americans with Disabilities Act was established by Congress in 1990. The purpose of the Act is to end discrimination against persons with disabilities when it comes to housing, education, public transportation, recreation, health services, voting, and access to public services. It also aims to provide equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

The ADA was written to offer protections to individuals with disabilities, not individuals with any particular diagnosis. The Americans with Disabilities Act seeks to protect individuals with significant impairments in function.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1125

Sledge Hockey: At the Age of 56, Joe Tavares is Preparing for the Ontario ParaSport Winter Games

Date posted to site: January 07, 2010

Way back in 1969, a hardworking nurse gave Joe Tavares an idea at a rehab centre for disabled children in Toronto.

Little did he know it would be a life-altering moment.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=440

Public Buildings to be Accessible in 2010

Date posted to site: January 05, 2010

As of the New Year, Muskoka's public sector offices will be more accessible for people with disabilities. It's the law.

The first deadline set by the provincial Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act of 2005 applies to public sector institutions and is coming up on Jan. 1. Muskoka's towns, townships and school boards that haven't already completed the necessary steps are working hard to get them done on time.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=288

Dementia Crisis Looms, study finds

Date posted to site: January 05, 2010

Preventive, coping measures urged by Alzheimer Society

It is feared Canada may have 1.1 million dementia sufferers by 2038.

OTTAWA - A new study by the Alzheimer Society of Canada says the country urgently needs a strategy to minimize the impact of the Baby Boomers' march toward dementia.

The study, Rising Tide: The Impact of Dementia on Canadian Society, suggests that 1.1 million Canadians will have Alzheimer's disease, or a related dementia, by 2038.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1123

Mail-in Votes Spell End to Ballot Boxes in Essex County

Date posted to site: January 04, 2010

For the first time, every municipality in Essex County will use vote by mail rather than traditional ballot boxes at multitudes of polling stations during the 2010 municipal election.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=286

Making a Brighter Future: SPARC BC Enthused Over The Accessible Community Bylaws Guide

Date posted to site: January 04, 2010

Do you ever wonder what your community will look like 25 years from now? This century has seen many changes with regards to accessibility awareness and city planning, and some of the biggest change has occurred in the past 10 years.

There is growing interest around accessibility legislation, and in British Columbia, SPARC BC (Social Planning and Research Council of BC) has just released a guide to accessibility bylaws it hopes will be a hit with municipalities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1118

Dad Fears for Daughter in Face of Disability Cutbacks

Date posted to site: January 04, 2010

An Alberta father fears budgetary cuts to organizations that assist people with disabilities will put his daughter's future in jeopardy.

In December, the provincial government announced it was cutting about $12 million in funding to people with disabilities. The province blamed those cuts on the economic downturn.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1121

Customer Care Standard is now Law but Still Lacks Teeth

Date posted to site: January 02, 2010

By Geof Collis

In case you don't already know, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act(AODA) Customer Care Standard became law on January 1st, 2010.

Now those living with disabilities in Ontario woke up to a much more accessible Province. Or did they?

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=281

New Rules Aim to Help Ontarians with Disabilities

Date posted to site: January 02, 2010

A new law took effect Friday in Ontario regulating how public bodies provide customer service to people with disabilities, part of a broader push to have the province be completely accessible by 2025.

But the new standards, which will eventually apply to the private sector as well, fall short of the changes that people with disabilities need to eliminate barriers in their day-to-day lives, several advocates said.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=279

Web More Accessible to Those with Disabilities

Date posted to site: January 02, 2010

In an effort to promote universal standards, the World Wide Web Consortium developed a set of guidelines for how an accessible site should look. They include providing text alternatives for images, providing captions for audio and video, and enabling all-keyboard navigation.

However, only a small portion of Web content meets the basic requirements for easy navigation, said Judy Brewer, director of the consortium's efforts.

"Most of us working in the Web accessibility field almost always find some level of accessibility barriers in Web sites. Businesses are doing better than they were doing some years ago, but there's still massive room for improvement," she said.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1116#more-1116

Disability Suit Targets University of Tennessee

Date posted to site: January 01, 2010

A Tennessee man and a South Florida advocacy group for people with disabilities are suing the University of Tennessee in federal court over what they say is a lack of equal access for disabled people to events held at Thompson-Boling Arena and Neyland Stadium.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1112

City ready for new accessibility standard

Date posted to site: January 01, 2010

The City of Belleville is fully prepared for Ontario's first accessibility standard when it comes into force Friday, says the chairman of the accessibility committee.

Read nmore at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=276

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February

Calling all Accessibility Advisory Committees (AAC) of Ontario, your voice needs to be heard!

Date posted to site: February 26, 2010

With the uneven implementation of the Customer Care Standard in School Boards, Hospitals and a broad range of community services and the absence of any meaningful enforcement mechanism, it is more important than ever that your voices be heard

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=342

City Council Chambers equipped to serve people with hearing loss

Date posted to site: February 26, 2010

Burlington City Council Chambers is now fitted with new assistive listening devices to accommodate people with hearing loss. Small, cordless, battery operated receivers are available during council and standing committee meetings to help people hear the proceedings more clearly.

"Our goal is to ensure Burlington is a place where all people, regardless of their ability, can fully access programs and services offered by our city. Ensuring that our facilities meet the needs of all citizens is important to sustaining a vibrant society, and enhancing customer service and direct citizen engagement," said Mayor Cam Jackson.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=224

Accessibility Being Tackled in Chatham-Kent

Date posted to site: February 26, 2010

Members of the Chatham-Kent accessibility advisory committee were congratulated at the Feb. 8 council meeting upon the submission of their 2010-2011 terms of reference.

The committee was created in 2002, and Coun. Marjorie Crew said, "if you look at the list of things they have accomplished and done over the last few years, it's quite amazing."

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=222

Businesses Honoured for Accessibility

Date posted to site: February 26, 2010

Area businesses and individuals were honoured for making the community more accessible on Tuesday.

The Chatham-Kent Accessibility Advisory Committee handed out its annual awards at the Thames Campus Arena.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=218

Proposed US Law Would Force Product Accessibility

Date posted to site: February 26, 2010

Manufacturers and suppliers of consumer technology devices in the US could be forced to make all their products accessible to blind consumers, if proposed legislation is passed by Congress.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1281

AccessibleTwitter.com Expands Features and Empowers Disabled Users to Access Twitter, the Popular Social Micro-Blogging Web Service

Date posted to site: February 24, 2010

Accessible Twitter, a web application that empowers disabled users to access Twitter, has updated its status from Alpha to Beta.

Accessible Twitter is a web application that enables users with disabilities and limited technology to use the popular social micro-blogging web service Twitter.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1272

Visually Impaired Skier Draws International Attention Upon Arrival at Olympics

Date posted to site: February 24, 2010

VANCOUVER, B.C. - The world's attention turned to Brian McKeever as he arrived at the Winter Olympics on Tuesday.

Eurosport, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Agence-France Presse, Reuters and the Japanese daily Sankei Shimbun were among the international media that came to hear the story of the visually impaired cross-country skier who is about to make history as the first winter athlete to compete in both the Olympics and Paralympics.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1278

Blind Association Seeks 4% Quota in Parliament

Date posted to site: February 24, 2010

Pakistan Association of the Blind (PAB) Monday sought four per cent reserved seats for special persons in the Parliament in the upcoming constitutional package, expected to be announced soon.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1274

Special Needs Children's Long Wait for Care

Date posted to site: February 24, 2010

Scores of Jamaican children with learning disabilities are being left behind by an inadequate education system that spews out illiterates 26,000 at a time.

The system not only fails to identify special-needs children, but expects them to compete without systematic intervention.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1276

Town Bylaw 'Discriminatory'

Date posted to site: February 24, 2010

A legal group is launching human rights complaints Tuesday (today) against Smiths Falls and three other Ontario municipalities, charging them with keeping "offensive, discriminatory" bylaws in place.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=451

Assistive Technology Helps Dementia Sufferers Get Through the Day

Date posted to site: February 23, 2010

Tens of millions of elderly people in the EU suffering from mild dementia may be able to look after themselves, and free up their carers, thanks to a newEuropean-developed system.

One of the first and most debilitating symptoms of dementia is short-term memory loss, which means care is required for people who are otherwise quite capable of looking after themselves. They can perform tasks, but they forget them or how to do them.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1270

Please Resist CNIB's Fundraising Campaign; Library Services for Blind Should be Through Public Library System, not Charity

Date posted to site: February 20, 2010

Canadian Federation of the Blind's Letter to Premier Campbell

Canada needs a coordinated partnership between local and provincial libraries, as well as a nationwide clearinghouse for materials in alternate formats such as Braille, large print, and audio. The clearinghouse must be part of the library system, not an arm of CNIB, which is a private charity. Bowing to CNIB pressure now will delay, or perhaps even prevent, the development of the kind of unified service delivery system we need.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1252

Recruiting Now for Survey on Synthesized Speech and Audio Description

Date posted to site: February 20, 2010

IBM Research-Japan and WGBH's Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) are conducting a joint study via an online survey on the applicability of speech synthesis for audio description of Web-based video.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1262

Card Readers Draw Complaint

Date posted to site: February 20, 2010

Retailers' use of fixed devices faces challenge by handicapped groups

Quebec associations for the handicapped are challenging retailers' use of immovable debit-card readers.

They say the practice of attaching bank-card readers to store checkout counters discriminates against certain handicapped customers - such as those in wheelchairs - who can't easily reach the counter.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1264

So, What Has Obama Managed to get Done? Ask U.S. Disabled

Date posted to site: February 20, 2010

At last, the United States is part of a UN strategy to stop discrimination

Being blind doesn't bother 30-year-old Bryan Garaventa. It's how others perceive him that's annoying.

"People see you and they see your disability, not the person," he says from his home in Pacifica, Calif. "It's basically ignorance - they think if you have a disability, you're not capable of thinking."

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1268

Disabled Lose Ottawa Bus Fight

Date posted to site: February 19, 2010

Senior and disabled transit riders appear to have lost a bid to win more ground at the front of the bus from stroller-pushing parents.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=450

No Fast Ruling on Google Digital Library Plans: Judge

Date posted to site: February 19, 2010

Supporters of Google's effort to create the world's largest digital library on the internet told a U.S. federal judge Thursday that it would benefit society, while opponents said it would infringe on copyright protections and violate the privacy of readers.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1260

Federal Offenders to Receive Mental Health Services Through Innovative Technology

Date posted to site: February 19, 2010

TORONTO, Feb. 18 /CNW/ - A bold new initiative soon to be implemented in federal prisons in Ontario will help to address the treatment needs for federal offenders with mental health issues.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1258

Talking Elevator Makes City Hall More Accessible

Date posted to site: February 19, 2010

St. Catharines city hall is becoming more accessible - with an elevator that now tells you which floor you're on and listening devices that mean you won't miss a word your city councillor is saying.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=339

Legal Aid Facing 'Troubling' Cuts

Date posted to site: February 18, 2010

Loss of researchers especially worrying, storefront lawyers say

Jack de Klerk had to act fast when a mentally ill man walked into a storefront law office on Queen St., fresh from an alarming legal defeat.

"He came to us and said, `I don't want to be evicted,'" de Klerk, clinic director at Neighbourhood Legal Services, recalled in an interview Wednesday.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=449

ACS to Provide Real-Time Passenger Information System to Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority

Date posted to site: February 18, 2010

Transit Information Instantly Delivered to Signs, Web Site and Smart Phones

The Passenger Information System will be implemented at Nashville's Music City Central transit center and at bus shelters along the city's new Bus Rapid Transit line. Message signs will have technology compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), allowing visually impaired passengers to hear information displayed on the signs at the transit center.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1256

Nortel's Disabled Workers Fight Pension Deal

Date posted to site: February 17, 2010

The Nortel pension and benefits deal is subject to court approval on March 3. (CBC)

Nortel employees on long-term disability leave say they will fight a deal reached between the failing company, themselves and Nortel pensioners.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1244

Work Harder to Erase the Stigma of Illiteracy

Date posted to site: February 17, 2010

Learning disabilities among Thai students should be recognised and rectified earlier, giving more people a better chance in life

The number of Thais who fail to develop their reading and writing skills to functional levels will increase if students with learning disabilities are not diagnosed and accommodated.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1247

Air Canada Unveils Proposals for Nut-free Buffer Zones

Date posted to site: February 17, 2010

Air Canada has been ordered to create a nut-free zone on flights to accommodate passengers with serious nut allergies in response to a complaint by two passengers.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1250

Federal Judge Issues Ruling Ordering the National Conference of Bar Examiners(NCBE) to Provide Needed Testing Accommodations to Blind Law School Graduate

Date posted to site: February 16, 2010

San Francisco, Calif. - A federal court has ruled that the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) will cause a blind law school graduate irreparable harm unless it provides her the technology-based testing accommodations she needs to take two exams required to become a member of the State Bar of California.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1241

Landlord Must Pay $10,000 to Disabled Tenant Refused Transfer

Date posted to site: February 15, 2010

TORONTO, Feb. 9 /CNW/ - After being refused a transfer five times by their landlord, Peter and Louise Dixon turned to the Human Rights Legal Support Centre for help. Mr. Dixon, a bilateral amputee, viewed several empty units in his building and was told they were not "suitable."

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=337

Elections Canada Must Open Door to Disabled

Date posted to site: February 13, 2010

Human rights tribunal orders improvements

Polio sufferer Peter Hughes is happy that disabled people no longer will be humiliated when they vote at polling stations.

In March 2008, Hughes went to vote in a federal byelection in Toronto Centre - when Bob Rae was elected - only to find the polling station was in a church basement and not accessible to disabled people.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1239

AODA Alliance Calls on All Parties to Strengthen Bill 231 to Prevent More Inaccessible Elections in Ontario

Date posted to site: February 13, 2010

The fallout continues from Elections Ontario's operating a polling station in the February 4, 2010 by-election that was inaccessible to voters with disabilities, and its then denying to the media that the polling station was inaccessible.

Read more at
http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/02082010.asp

Barrier-free Access to Courts & Tribunals: Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Date posted to site: February 12, 2010

When contemplating disability accommodations in legal proceedings, a lawyer might think instinctively about the rights of accused persons in criminal trials, or perhaps the common TV image of a lawyer in a wheelchair addressing an attentive jury.

Yet removal of disability barriers in courts and tribunals can benefit many people who have disabilities, including victims of crime, witnesses, litigants, the accused, jurors, or jurists.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1229

Accessible Sports the Focus of new Council

Date posted to site: February 12, 2010

Murray Howard and Darda Sales will serve as co-chairperson on the new Accessible Sports Council London and Area. The council, which was launched on Jan. 29, accepted a $2,300 cheque from ParaSport Ontario to help with start-up costs.

Darda Sales knows what it takes to overcome challenges while competing - and succeeding - at the highest level.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=448

Illiteracy in America

Date posted to site: February 12, 2010

Illiteracy is a common problem all across the world, and in some places more common than others. Illiteracy isn't just the inability to read , illiteracy prevents those who are illiterate from living a "Normal every-day life". How can a disease that through all of time has seemed incurable be cured, and a war that has seemed unwinnable be won? The answer to this question is this war cannot be completely won immediately but the fight can b increased fought harder. Over time the war can be won and the battle ended, but to do this everyone will have to fight. Focusing the attention of the people and starting at the beginning is the most basic way to begin the fight. Then focusing the attention and power of the Federal Government on the issue would be the second step. The final step would be focusing time and money through agencies and foundations towards illiteracy.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1233

Cuts to Disability Funding Prompt Legislature Protest

Date posted to site: February 12, 2010

Wendy MacDonald, president of the Alberta Association for Community Living, spoke at the rally. (CBC)The families of people with developmental disabilities held a protest at the legislature over cuts to a program that helps disabled adults live as independently as possible.

"This is not a political issue. This is a people issue," said Wendy MacDonald, president of the Alberta Association for Community Living.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1237

WIPO Workshop Focuses on Improving Web Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities

Date posted to site: February 10, 2010

GENEVA - A workshop hosted by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) from February 2 to 5, 2010, brought together over 180 persons from some 32 organizations to promote awareness about accessibility for people with disabilities and to encourage webmasters within the United Nations system and other organizations to implement principles of accessibility in their daily work.

Read more at
http://www.badeyes.com/?p=192

Inaccessible Toronto Polling Station in February 4, 2010 Provincial By-election Highlights Urgent Need for Strong Provincial Legislation to Ensure Accessible Provincial and Municipal Elections

Date posted to site: February 09, 2010

The February 5, 2010 Toronto Sun reported that a polling station in the February 4, 2010 Toronto provincial by-election was inaccessible to voters with disabilities. (Making this incident worse, Elections Ontario initially denied that the polling station was inaccessible.

Read more at
http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/02052010.asp

AODA - Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act Alliance Chair's 2009 Year-end Report

Date posted to site: February 09, 2010

It is my honour to provide you with my first Year-End Report since I took on the role of Chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance last February. We have accomplished a great deal in 2009 in our ongoing campaign for a barrier-free Ontario.

There has been progress over the past year. Yet Ontario clearly remains behind schedule to meet the goal, required under the AODA, to become fully accessible by 2025.

Read more at
http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/12232009.asp

Eroding Services Take Toll on Kids

Date posted to site: February 09, 2010

Members of a local advocacy group are hoping to 'bury' Ontario's premier in letters, pleading for the government to address what they call the neglect of mental health services for children.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=446

U of W to Offer Manitoba's First Disability Studies Undergrad DegreeProgram

Date posted to site: February 09, 2010

New program will focus on the social aspects ofdisability

There is a lot of interest and student demand for Manitoba's first Interdisciplinary Bachelor's in Disability Studies degree program.

After 10 years of planning, the University of Winnipeg is introducing Manitoba's first Interdisciplinary Bachelor's in Disability Studies degree program.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1224

Ontario's Disabled Fighting to Protect Their Voting Rights

Date posted to site: February 08, 2010

Activists for the province's disabled community are calling for tough legislation to protect their voting rights after Elections Ontario set up a polling station down a flight of stairs.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=329

Inclusion: More Than Mere Access

Date posted to site: February 08, 2010

This Presentation was originally delivered at the Collections, Connections and Communities Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, October 2, 2009. It was revised for presentation at the University of Toronto, February 3, 2010.

For many persons with a disability - even a life long history and museum lover like me - the prospect of a visit to a museum, art gallery or heritage property can be a rather intimidating event. However, this need not be the case.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=934

Social Inclusion for the Web

Date posted to site: February 08, 2010

We no longer think it is acceptable to discriminate against people on grounds of gender or race and, as a community, we expect provision to be made for people with disabilities in public transport and building design. However, when it comes to making sure web content is accessible to all users of the web, including people with disabilities, some designers, developers and clients just 'don't get it', to borrow a phrase popular with the geekerati.

We like to rejoice in the notion that all 'men are created equal with inalienable rights', or 'from each according to their ability, to each according to their needs', to take a more Marxist approach, however this hasn't always been the case.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1222

A Misleading Public-Relations Blitz Seems Aimed at Creating a Monopoly

Date posted to site: February 06, 2010

CNIB serves fewer than 10 per cent of the people who need alternatives to standard print.

If you're blind or have impaired vision or a physical or reading disability that makes print inaccessible to you, where do you go if you want to read a good book?

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1191

Hoping to See Change

Date posted to site: February 06, 2010

Eastend resident Brenda Cooke involved with Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians

Right now, Cooke points out, a blind person cannot walk into a library - funded by the public - and enjoy the same access as that of their fellow sighted citizens.

"That is a very serious inequality in our country," she stated. "And, right now it could take up to five years to produce a book in a format that a blind person could access and most times that material is provided through charity dollars rather than the tax base."

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1215

Man in Wheelchair has Trouble Voting in Toronto Centre Byelection

Date posted to site: February 05, 2010

Just a stone's throw away from Queen's Park - where legislators passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act just a few years ago - Elections Ontario set up a polling station that could only be accessed by going down a flight of stairs.

Local resident John Wood told the Toronto Sun that he had to abandon his wheelchair and struggle with help down the stairs to cast a ballot in the Toronto Centre byelection Thursday.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=327

Braille Illiteracy is a Growing Problem

Date posted to site: February 03, 2010

Ronnay Howard is 9 years old and legally blind with cornrows in her hair and a smile on her face.

She sits in front of a keyboard in the resource room for the visually impaired at Engleburg Elementary School, her small hands moving methodically over six large keys.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1206

Access Remains Unequal: Disabled

Date posted to site: February 03, 2010

Homes, stores, sidewalks difficult to get to for many

Oceanside streets, stores, parking areas and houses are failing many with wheelchairs, scooters and walkers, say members of a group seeking to improve accessibility.

They say homes of friends and family are often off-limits for lack of level entrances or accessible washrooms; most disabled parking spaces are too narrow for chair lifts; few curbs are lowered to allow access; doors at some malls can be difficult or impossible to open; and more store merchandise should be accessible to people in wheelchairs.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1209

Put 'Handi' Back in Our Handi-Transit

Date posted to site: February 03, 2010

Transportation was the primary issue around which people with disabilities first organized back in the mid 1970s. This led to the eventual creation of a Handi-Transit system in 1976.

Since then, much progress has been made. However, many barriers still exist with new ones being erected almost daily.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1211

Badeyes Design & Consulting Partners with eSSENTIAL Accessibility™

Date posted to site: February 02, 2010

To further its commitment to web accessibility, Badeyes Design and Consulting has partnered with eSSENTIAL Accessibility™ in order to add another layer of accessibility to sites it designs.

With the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) now in force it makes even more sense to make websites as accessible as possible and eSSENTIAL Accessibility™ helps us do just that.

Read more at
http://www.badeyes.com/?p=186

Mobility Transit Draws Fire

Date posted to site: February 02, 2010

It takes a lot to get Aurora's Tyler Barker upset, but York Region Transit's Mobility Plus service has been making a pretty good go of it lately, he says.

Mr. Barker, who relies on a wheelchair to get around, said he has had his issues with YRT's accessible transit service for people with disabilities since he started using the service to get from home to school at Seneca College's Newnham campus in Toronto in September.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=321

Employment Insurance Extension To Self-Employed Canadians Comes Into Effect

Date posted to site: February 02, 2010

Represents One Of The Most Significant Enhancements To The EI Program In A Decade

As of January 31, self-employed Canadians are able to register for the Employment Insurance (EI) program, which will extend to them maternity, parental, sickness and compassionate care benefits, collectively called special benefits.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1196

Handicap Parking Cheaters Tagged by iPhone APP

Date posted to site: February 01, 2010

The Parking Mobility iPhone app helps people report those who use handicap parking spots without a permit. (CBC)

A western Canadian non-profit company is making it easier to catch people who use handicap parking spots without a proper permit.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1194

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March

Online Social Networks Bridge Gaps for Chronically Ill

Date posted to site: March 31, 2010

Amy Tenderich, who has diabetes, writes a blog and manages the social network Diabetic Connect from home in Millbrae, Calif.

For many people, social networks are a place for idle chatter about what they made for dinner or sharing cute pictures of their pets. But for people living with chronic diseases or disabilities, they play a more vital role.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1376

First Day of Public Hearings Show Resounding Support for Our Call for Bill 231 to be Strengthened to Ensure Fully Accessible Elections for Ontarians with Disabilities

Date posted to site: March 30, 2010

On March 24, 2010, the Legislature's Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly's public hearings heard a resounding, unanimous call from all community organization presenters, from the Ontario Human Rights Commission, and from several individuals with disabilities. They called for Bill 231 to be significantly strengthened to ensure fully accessible elections for persons with disabilities.

Bill 231 is the Government's proposed new legislation to modernize elections in Ontario. The AODA Alliance has called for that bill to be strengthened to ensure that all provincial and municipal elections in Ontario are fully accessible for voters and candidates with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/03282010.asp

You can now download and listen to an MP3 file of the AODA Alliance's 13-minute March 31, 2010 presentation on Bill 231 to the Ontario Legislature's Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly. Just go to:
http://www.aodaalliance.org/docs/media/03 10-lepofsky-presentation-bill-231.mp3

My Second Open Letter to Ontario Members of Parliament.

Date posted to site: March 30, 2010

By James Homuth

Two weeks ago, I sent the first of my letters to Ontario's members of parliament. Specificly, I emailed the premier, the minister of community and social services, my local conservative member of parliament, and the leaders of both the conservatives and the NDP. I went into quite a bit of detail on the specifics of our problems with the way current disability arangements are set up. Surprisingly enough, the best response came from an unlikely source-the NDP, who actually went so far as to tell me roughly what they'd do differently were they in government.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=463

Dealing with Government Online to Become Easier for Australians with Disabilities

Date posted to site: March 30, 2010

Australians with disabilities will soon find it easier to access government information online.

Minister for Finance and Deregulation Lindsay Tanner and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities Bill Shorten said the Rudd Government had endorsed new website accessibility standards, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1371

AODA Alliance - Disability advocates slam weak elections Bill

Date posted to site: March 30, 2010

Urge accessible elections for voters with disabilities - Will present demands to Legislative Committee on March 31

TORONTO, March 30 /CNW/ - Because voters with disabilities still confront barriers impeding access to polling stations and voting independently, at 12:30 pm, Wednesday March 31, 2010 the AODA Alliance will press an Ontario Legislature Standing Committee at Queen's Park Room 151, to beef up the McGuinty Government's toothless Bill 231. They want fully accessible elections for over one million voters with disabilities. The Government's Bill 231 is supposed to modernize elections, including addressing barriers facing voters with disabilities.

Read mor at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=394

Educational Rights for Children with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD)

Date posted to site: March 29, 2010

Because many children with ADHD/ADD experience significant academic difficulties, it is very important for parents to be aware of the special educational services that public schools are required to provide. Unfortunately, many children with ADHD/ADD do not receive the services they are entitled to, and parents are often unaware of the assistance their child should be receiving.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1367

vote for Petition to Make JAWS for Windows Lease to Own

Date posted to site: March 29, 2010

As many of us know, the jaws for windows screen-reading software product, made by freedom scientific inc., is one of the most popular programs among blind and visually impaired people.

Unfortunately, it is also one of the most expensive.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1369

Dana Douglas Issues Urgent Recall Notice - Please Forward!

Date posted to site: March 27, 2010

Dear Community Members,

If you or someone you know is using a Nexus 1, 2 or 3 Rollator Walker (manufactured prior to Oct. 2008) then you need to know that Dana Douglas has issued an urgent recall for these walkers as there have been reports of the frames breaking which have led to injuries of users.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=462

Poverty Advocates Decry Loss of Diet Allowance

Date posted to site: March 26, 2010

Ontario is scrapping the Special Diet Allowance that helps people on social assistance pay extra food costs related to specific medical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=461

Attend the AODA Alliance's March 31 2010 Presentation on Bill 231 to the Legislature's Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly

Date posted to site: March 26, 2010

On March 24 and 31, 2010, the Legislature's Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly holds its public hearings on Bill 231. That bill is the McGuinty Government's proposed legislation for reforming Ontario's election laws. The AODA Alliance here offers helpful tips on preparing a written or oral presentation to the Standing Committee. These tips will help you whether you are scheduled to make an oral presentation, or are just sending in a written submission, or are doing both.

Everyone is welcome to come to the Ontario Legislature at Queen's Park to watch the Standing Committee hearings. We encourage you to come. We are especially eager for you to be present when the AODA Alliance presents for 15 minutes on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 starting at 12:30 noon.

Read more at
http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/03212010.asp

Expedia.com Launches New Accessibility Search Tools for Disabled Travelers

Date posted to site: March 25, 2010

Expedia.com®, the world's leading online travel agency, has launched a unique suite of search tools designed to help disabled travelers find and book accessible accommodations.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1365

Strangers In Our Own Land

Date posted to site: March 24, 2010

It was a very warm morning. The sun was shining and there wasn't a single cloud in the sky. I was eating breakfast at the hotel restaurant and rummaging through the local newspaper. I had reached the classified section when an attractive ad caught my attention. It stated the following:

Wanted immediately, college graduates, all majors. Our company has immediate openings in advertising, sales, public relations, writing categories, and numerous other challenging business fields. We are well known for our management trainee program. We welcome all applicants. Please see Mr. Hill at the El Dorado Dude Ranch, Suite 17, between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M., Mon- Wed. We are an E.O.E [1] firm.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1362

New Court Offers Local Help to Those With Mental Illness

Date posted to site: March 23, 2010

Every second Friday morning, there's a sitting of the Sault Community Court at the Queen Street courthouse.

At first glance, it appears to be no different than any other day in the Ontario Court of Justice -- the judge, Crown and lawyers are the same faces one normally would see dealing with people who have run afoul of the law.

But this is a mental health court, a recently-established program designed to help people with mental illness navigate their way through the criminal justice system.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=460

Ratification of Human Rights Treaty: What Does it Mean for Persons With Disabilities?

Date posted to site: March 22, 2010

The Federal Government proudly announced that it was the 84th nation to ratify the International Covenant on Human Rights for Persons with Disabilities. In the same breath, they pat themselves on the back to announce how much of a leader Canada is in implementing equality provisions as cited in our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and administratively through our Human Rights Codes. While political commentators, including this one, are pleased this was done, the plight of persons with disabilities is far from improved. In fact, many uninformed bigots continue to try to attack what few rights we have, as cited in a recent letter of mine in the local newspaper.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1360

Government of Canada Taking Action for Canadians With Disabilities

Date posted to site: March 22, 2010

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 20, 2010) -The Honourable DianeFinley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced funding for projects that highlight the contributions that people with disabilities make to Canada and their communities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1358

Equality Bill Makes Britain's Web Accessibility Law Harder to Access

Date posted to site: March 22, 2010

OPINION: The UK's law on web accessibility is being re-written in an apparent attempt to make it impenetrable. But even though algebra has replaced plain English, the duty to make information accessible to disabled people survives, thanks to a blind peer.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1356

AODA Alliance Updates

Date posted to site: March 20, 2010

Please Endorse the AODA Alliance Brief on Strengthening Bill 231 to Ensure Fully Accessible Elections for Voters and Candidates With Disabilities
http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/03172010.asp

Ontario Throne Speech Makes Progress on Disability Accessibility A Priority for the McGuinty Government
http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/03082010.asp

Faculty Members Get a Lesson in AODA

Date posted to site: March 20, 2010

Although faculty members may not traditionally view their classroom time as providing a 'service,' under new legislation teaching is considered a service professors provide to student 'customers.'

Staff members have completed training sessions geared towards the accessibility standards for customer service under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), which took effect on Jan. 1.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=369

Don't Condemn Patients to Park Bench or Prison

Date posted to site: March 19, 2010

WHO cares about acute psychiatric beds? Nobody apparently. That is, nobody does until they need one.

When relatives or friends become so severely mentally unwell that they can no longer take care of themselves and neither families nor community mental health teams can look after them, a hospital bed is an absolute necessity.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1354

Commissions Congratulate Nova Scotians for Work on International Disabilities Convention

Date posted to site: March 18, 2010

The Disabled Person's Commission and the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission today, March 17, congratulated the Nova Scotians who took a leadership role in the drafting and finalizing of the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1349

Canada's Woolstencroft Wins Paralympic Gold

Date posted to site: March 18, 2010

Standing at the top of the podium never gets old for alpine skier Lauren Woolstencroft, just harder.

Woolstencroft earned her second gold medal of the Paralympics Wednesday by winning the women's standing giant slalom. She finished 7.57 seconds ahead of silver medallist Andrea Rothfuss of Germany.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1346

Making the Mobile Internet Accessible for All

Date posted to site: March 18, 2010

A recent survey by WebAIM - a US-based non-profit organisation promoting web accessibility systems - found that a surprising 53% of people with a vision impairment were using a screen reader on a mobile device, showing clearly that an increased emphasis on the accessibility of mobile content and devices is overdue.

Read more at
http://www.badeyes.com/?p=198

OC Transpo Receives Penalty for Failing to Call Out Stops

Date posted to site: March 17, 2010

Ottawa - March 16, 2010-The Canadian Transportation Agency today issued a $12,500 penalty to OC Transpo for failing to comply with an order to call out major and requested stops on all of its routes.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=363

Disabled in B.C. Struggling: Advocate

Date posted to site: March 17, 2010

Quadriplegic Sylvia West says she can't make ends meet living in Vancouver on a government disability pension. (CBC)

As the Paralympic Games in Vancouver and Whistler showcase the extraordinary skills and support for some athletes with disabilities, the reality for many disabled in B.C. stands in stark contrast.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1344

Getting or Replacing an Accessible Parking Permit (APP)

Date posted to site: March 16, 2010

The Accessible Parking Permit (APP) is issued to individuals and entitles the vehicle in which it is displayed to be parked in a designated accessible parking space. The individual to whom the permit is issued must be in the vehicle and the permit must be visibly displayed on the dashboard or sun visor when it is parked in the designated accessible parking space. The permit holder may use the permit in any vehicle in which they are travelling. There is no fee for an APP.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=299

One-Stop Shopping for Athletes

Date posted to site: March 16, 2010

London has taken a lead role in establishing an accessible sports council for a largely under-serviced group of athletes.

With some seed funding from ParaSport Ontario, several London and area individuals from sports teams and community organizations have established the Accessible Sport Council London and Area.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=458

Canada's McKeever Wins Paralympic Gold

Date posted to site: March 16, 2010

Visually impaired cross-country skier Brian McKeever has won Canada's first gold medal of the Paralympics.

He finished first in Monday's 20-kilometre race for the visually impaired with a time of 51 minutes 14.7 seconds in Whistler, B.C. Nikolay Polukhin of Russia was second in 51:55.6 while Vasiki Shaptsiaboi was third in 52:22.5.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1340

2011 census to probe how many are disabled

Date posted to site: March 16, 2010

If all goes well, the 2011 Census will refine its questionnaire in a bid to determine how many to Indians really suffer from disability.

The 2001 census came up with a figure of 2.13 percent of the Indian population. This, experts say, is way off the mark.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1342

Athletes Strive for Recognition

Date posted to site: March 15, 2010

Paralympic competitors train as hard as Olympic athletes and frequently compete on the same courses, yet they get a fraction of the support and acknowledgement.

As the 2010 Paralympic Games get underway in Vancouver some hope that is starting to change.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1336

Double Discrimination Faced by Women With Disabilities in the Workplace

Date posted to site: March 15, 2010

In today's society, disability is equated to being an illness. Although individuals with disabilities tend to face discrimination in society, the Canadian government acknowledges the importance of shifting away from the "stigma" and the biomedical approach when discussing disability. Their goal is to provide individuals with disabilities with independent living, social inclusion, control and social support. In order to achieve these goals, many changes needed to be made.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1338

Transit Windsor Accused of Providing Inconsistent Service to Handicapped Woman

Date posted to site: March 15, 2010

Transit Windsor has been accused of providing inconsistent service to Sheena Kerr, a handicapped woman who depends on city buses for transportation.

The caregiver for a handicapped woman says Transit Windsor may claim to have handicapped-accessible buses on routes, but the service frequently depends on who is driving the bus.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=456

CNIB Workers Prepare to Picket

Date posted to site: March 13, 2010

Workers at Winnipeg's Canadian National Institute for the Blind are preparing to walk off the job on Monday.

Union members on Thursday voted down the CNIB's final contract offer, after negotiating with management for close to a year.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1333

Accommodations for Disabled Have Taken Root

Date posted to site: March 13, 2010

Some gains for people with disabilities have turned out to be losses

One of my first assignments as a reporter at The Vancouver Sun was to head out to a city parking lot to keep my eyes on the then-new spots with the blue signs warning: "Disabled parking only."

It was 1983. It did not take long for my story to materialize.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1331

Canada Ratifies UN Treaty for Disabled Rights

Date posted to site: March 12, 2010

Canada has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on the eve of the Paralympic Games in Vancouver.

"Canada is committed to promoting and protecting the rights of persons with disabilities and enabling their full participation in society," Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said Thursday after delivering the ratified document to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in New York City as activist Traci Walters looked on, beaming, from her wheelchair.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1328

Promoting Rights of Disabled New Foreign Policy Focus: Cannon

Date posted to site: March 12, 2010

UNITED NATIONS - Promoting the rights of disabled people around the world will become a key foreign policy focus for Canada, Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said at the United Nations Thursday.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1326

Woodstock's Overall Committees Budget Drops for 2010

Date posted to site: March 12, 2010

The budget presentations by the chairs of the city's advisory committees didn't provoke much of a response from councillors.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=264

Combine Paralympics and Olympics, founder urges

Date posted to site: March 11, 2010

First competitions for people with disabilities were in rehabilitation hospitals

The Paralympic Torch is passed on in a relay around Riley Park, close to venues for the Paralympics on Wednesday.

The founder of the International Paralympic Committee wants to see the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games combined to take advantage of the kind of public support Canadians showed at the 2010 Olympics.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1320

Elite Athletes Who Need a Helping Hand

Date posted to site: March 11, 2010

Team Canada sledge hockey captain Jean Labonte: hopes people will look beyond Paralympians' disabilities to their athletic performances.

Most able-bodied folks aren't comfortable with disability, despite national heroes like Terry Fox and Rick Hansen.

My dad spent most of his last five years in a wheelchair. Once people saw the chair, many treated him as if his disability was contagious. In that chair, my father was invisible, inanimate, a gimp.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1324

IBM to Collaborate With Universities to Make Mobile Devices More Accessible

Date posted to site: March 11, 2010

Could Help Make eGovernment Services and Economic Opportunity Available to More Populations

PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM), the National Institute of Design (NID) of India and Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo (RCAST) today announced a new collaborative research initiative to explore an open, common user interface platform for mobile devices, to make them easier to use for disadvantaged populations around the world.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1322

Guelph Man Gets His Wheelchair-Accessible Door

Date posted to site: March 11, 2010

GUELPH - Matt Wozenilek can't wait to try out the wheelchair-accessible door at his neighbourhood 7-Eleven store after taking the company to the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and winning.

Wozenilek, 58, can't get around without a wheelchair and didn't like that he couldn't enter the 7-Eleven store at Stevenson Street North and Speedvale Avenue - the only convenience store in his neighbourhood - without someone opening the door for him.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=359

Seeing-Eye Dog Refused Entry to Restaurant

Date posted to site: March 11, 2010

manager of a Subway restaurant has apologized to a visually impaired Ottawa man who was refused service at the restaurant because he wasn't allowed to bring his seeing-eye dog inside, and advocacy groups for the blind say this happens far too often.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=361

Paralympic Winter Games TV Schedule announced

Date posted to site: March 10, 2010

Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium announced today it would broadcast fifty-seven hours of high-definition television coverage of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in English and French.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1316

Supports Cut for Low-Income B.C. Residents

Date posted to site: March 09, 2010

Minor savings to province signal a devaluation of vulnerable people

On April 1, a number of dental, preventive health and medical services for people struggling to live on disability assistance and income assistance will be cut back.

This is not a fool's joke; it is Liberal government social policy.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1314

Study Focuses on Disability and Employment Among Working-Age Immigrants in the U.S.

Date posted to site: March 09, 2010

Currently, foreign-born people make up approximately 13 percent of the total U.S. population. As the immigrant population grows, understanding its disability status and employment characteristics becomes increasingly important. People, both native and foreign-born, with disabilities make important contributions to our society, and many individuals continue to work despite a wide range of impairments. A new study by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital focuses on disability and employment among working-age immigrants in the United States.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1312

The Proposed Accessibility Exception to Copyright

Date posted to site: March 08, 2010

The disabled in India are, for the most part, an invisible minority with disability, and often the disabled themselves, being stigmatised. In a country where access to information and education is limited by a variety of factors, including class and caste, persons who have disabilities tend to be far more disadvantaged than the average person of their own caste and class would be.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1304

Guest Commentary: A Moral Dilemma: "Scentual" Pleasure at the Expense of the Fundamental Rights and Freedoms of Others

Date posted to site: March 08, 2010

Hundreds of Canadians have contacted the Canadian Human Rights Commission to find out whether their rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms are being violated because they are unable to access basic services, social and cultural events in their community without becoming ill from fragrance exposure.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1307

Noor Dubai Exceeds Target One Year Later

Date posted to site: March 08, 2010

The charity Noor Dubai, started by Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, has reached its first year anniversary - and exceeded its goals.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1302

Scanners to Help Blind in Kitchen

Date posted to site: March 06, 2010

Blind people in Switzerland will soon have help telling their ravioli from their tinned fruit in the kitchen as a new loud-speaking device able to decipher 50,000 products was launched Monday.

"It is almost indispensable for a blind person who wants to live independently," the spokesman for the Swiss union for the blind that will sell the device, told AFP.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1300

Accessible Inter-City Transportation

Date posted to site: March 06, 2010

Highway coaches are available for people with mobility issues.

After twenty-five years in the industry, I took it for granted that it was common knowledge this service was available. However, I discovered that many people did not realize that with a minimum of twenty four hours notice, an accessible highway coach can be made available to anyone with mobility issues.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=260

Stage Set for Paralympic Games

Date posted to site: March 05, 2010

Canada's Paralympic team has set a lofty goal of winning enough gold medals to finish among the top three countries. (Nigel Armstrong/Canadian Press)

As the curtain is drawn on Vancouver's Olympic Games, the stage is being set for Canada's first Winter Paralympics.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1298

Accessibility Standards for Customer Service: A Student Perspective

Date posted to site: March 04, 2010

years ago, the Government of Ontario passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), which will update accessibility standards across the province. The act rolls out in five parts, with 2025 as the goal for a fully accessible Ontario. The first part, Accessibility Standards for Customer Service, came into effect on January 1 of this year, and requires every service provider to take part. This includes the faculty, staff and student monitors here at Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD).

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=357

Smiths Falls to Remove two Provisions in Bylaws Accused of Being Discriminatory, will Study Third

Date posted to site: March 04, 2010

EMC News - While the Human Rights Legal Support Centre (HRLSC) is happy that the Town of Smiths Falls is planning to withdraw the "most offensive" provisions of the town's Zoning Bylaw and Official Plans related to group homes, it is still concerned about the distancing requirement.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=454

Torch Bearers Named for the Vancouver 2010 Paralympics

Date posted to site: March 04, 2010

VANCOUVER, B.C., (March 3, 2010) - The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) is proud to announce the 25 torch bearers it has selected to take part in the Paralympic Torch Relay for the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. These individuals have been selected for their outstanding contribution to the Paralympic Movement. The relay will raise awareness for the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, which will be held from March 12 - 21, 2010 in Vancouver and Whistler.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1296

People With Disabilities Deserve Jobs: Official

Date posted to site: March 03, 2010

With the help of a new community support campaign, it's going to be easier for people with disabilities to showcase their talent as part of Ontario's workforce.

"We want to ensure that all Ontarians have the opportunities and tools they need to reach their full potential," said Kristen Tedesco, communications coordinator for the Ministry of Community and Social Services.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=453

Guest Commentary: Stigma & Sensitivities: Must They Coexist?

Date posted to site: March 03, 2010

Those with environmental sensitivities look just like anyone else, yet their bodies react very differently to such things as automobile exhaust, moulds, fragrances, tobacco smoke and pesticides. While reactions often effect the respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive and/or muscular systems, most everyone with environmental sensitivities experiences neurological symptoms such as headaches, depression, insomnia, anxiety, coordination problems, difficulties with memory and concentration, feeling spaced out, etc. These types of symptoms can have a strong impact on employability.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1291

The Serotek Ultimatum

Date posted to site: March 03, 2010

Serotek declares war on the traditional adaptive technology industry and their blind ghetto products. With this announcement we are sending out a call to arms to every blind person and every advocate for the blind to rise up and throw off the tyranny that has shaped our lives for the past two decades. It is a tyranny of good intentions - or at least what began as good intentions. But as the proverb says, "the road to hell is paved with good intentions."

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1294

A Federal Agenda that Includes 'Us'

Date posted to site: March 02, 2010

Our elected members of parliament will return to work this week. And with that comes the expectation that some work will finally get done. Over these last few years disability issues have taken a backseat on the national agenda. This has been a real disappointment for me and for many of my colleagues.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1287

Special Diet Program Contravenes Human Rights: Province Considers Scrapping Program in Response

Date posted to site: March 02, 2010

/CNW/ - The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal recently found that the provincial Special Diet Allowance (SDA) program violates the Human Rights Code in the way it provides benefits to three individuals. These three individuals are lead complainants in a Tribunal proceeding that involves complaints from nearly 200 other people.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=452

Making Vancouver accessible to all

Date posted to site: March 02, 2010

Vancouver's hosting of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games is benefitting one very deserving group of travellers: Those with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1289

Vancouver Olympics Web sites are inaccessible to disabled people

Date posted to site: March 01, 2010

Testing shows Vancouver2010.com and CTVOlympics.ca are almost impossible to use for some people with physical disabilities, and hard to use and understand for blind or deaf people.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1285

Coalition on Emergency Preparedness for People With Disabilities

Date posted to site: March 01, 2010

- Inclusive Emergency Preparedness Canada (IEPC) is developing training materials for emergency reception centres and shelter staff and volunteers on how best to assist people with disabilities during an emergency or disaster.

TORONTO, Feb. 26 /CNW/ - Ontario-wide - Natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina, the Asian tsunami and other catastrophic events have keenly demonstrated the need for emergency preparedness for government, businesses, households and individuals. When planning for disasters or emergencies, special consideration needs to be taken to include people with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=354

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April

FCC Releases First-Ever Paper On Accessibility & Technology Issues

Date posted to site: April 30, 2010

"Washington, D.C. [April 23, 2020] - Today, the Federal Communications Commission issued the agency's first-ever working paper addressing accessibility and technology issues. Part of a series of working papers released in conjunction with the National Broadband Plan, the paper considers the numerous barriers to broadband usage faced by people with disabilities, including inaccessible hardware, software, services, and web content and expensive specialized assistive technologies.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1421

Making Concordia Accessible to All Congress Delegates

Date posted to site: April 30, 2010

Concordia has a long history of being an accessible environment. If anyone knows it how to make it more so, it's Leo Bissonnette.

Bissonnette, who's been at Concordia since the 1974 merger alternating between student, staff and part-time teacher, is currently the Coordinator for the Access Centre for Students with Disabilities. His knowledge of how to make the university accessible is his contribution to Congress this spring as Local Arrangement Coordinator for Canadian Disabilities Studies Association (CDSA).

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1419

City Lets Deaf Community Know It Isn't Forgotten

Date posted to site: April 29, 2010

Belleville's hard-of-hearing and deaf community is getting better insight into how the municipality works.

New equipment which allows hard-of-hearing residents to listen in during council meetings and the inclusion of a sign language interpreter at some meetings will break down barriers for a large number of residents in Belleville.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=352

Barrett's Private Member's Bill Lauded

Date posted to site: April 29, 2010

Toby Barrett's private member's bill received sincere praise from one of those who would be affected most.

You did a good job today, Mike Cerna said following the Haldimand-Norfolk MPP's presentation to the Ontario Disabilities Network Building Capacity and Enhancing Quality in Employment Services workshop Monday at the Gyulveszi Centre. Thank you.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=472

Internet Needs to Have More Accessibility to Poorer Countries, Berners-Lee and Weitzner Say

Date posted to site: April 29, 2010

In an afternoon session led by Lee Rainie, Tim Berners-Lee and Danny Weitzner of NTIA (National Telecommunications and Information Administration) discussed the future of the World Wide Web and its accessibility to poorer countries and areas within the US.

"The overall motion is very much forward," Berners-Lee said. "We could get to where the Internet could become socially unstable If someone understands the technology in ways we don't understand it, they can use it in ways we think is unfair"

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1417

Cobourg Held Up as Pioneer in Accessible Voting

Date posted to site: April 29, 2010

CCOBOURG-- Willowdale MPP David Zimmer is holding up the Town of Cobourg as an example to emulate, as debate goes on at Queen's Park over updates to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=440

No Online Option

Date posted to site: April 28, 2010

Voters looking to phone, mail or cast their ballot by internet won't get the chance this October after a recommendation was voted down by city council Monday night.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=437

Opening Doors in Pickering

Date posted to site: April 27, 2010

Accessibility advisory committee planning for barrier-free city

PICKERING -- Doors must be open to all Ontarians by 2025, and a group of Pickering volunteers hopes to whip Pickering into shape for the Province's goal of full accessibility.

"They all have the right to the same quality of life that we enjoy today," said Keith Falconer, chairman of the Pickering accessibility advisory committee.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=348

Disabled Cry Foul Over Cuts

Date posted to site: April 27, 2010

Like many people who depend on Brockville's para transit system, Mary Ann Greenwood worries it will soon be harder to get a ride.

Greenwood, whose son, Paul Murrell, 31, has tuberous sclerosis and requires a wheelchair to get around, has already had to reduce the number of times she uses para transit. She worries those opportunities will decrease even more when the city's new para transit contract takes effect May 1, effectively reducing the number of available buses from a maximum of four to two.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=346

Sarnia Issues Challenge to Ontario Mayors to Employ People Who Have a Disability

Date posted to site: April 27, 2010

The mayor of Sarnia is hoping to "start a prairie fire" across the province when it comes to including people who have a disability as part of the workforce.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=471

Everyone's Suddenly Become an 'Accessibility Expert'

Date posted to site: April 24, 2010

Just like dandelions in Spring Web Accessibility Experts are popping up all over the place!

Now that the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Customer Care Standard is Law and the Information and Communications Standard is soon to follow,websites are showing up claiming all kinds of expertise.

They are experts in Customer Care, Web Accessibility, cleaning windows and I'll bet Transportation and the Built Environment before too long.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=435

B.C. Changes Eyewear Regulations

Date posted to site: April 24, 2010

The B.C. government is deregulating the prescription eyewear industry - a move that optometrists say could put people's eyesight at risk.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1415

Civil Rights Division Pushes for Internet Accessibility

Date posted to site: April 23, 2010

A Justice Department official told a House Judiciary panel Thursday that the Civil Rights Division will continue to push for accessibility on the internet for Americans with disabilities.

Samuel R. Bagenstos, the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, said that division has worked to ensure that websites for state and local governments and public accommodations comply with the American with Disabilities Act and are accessible by assistive technologies, such as text readers or Braille displays, which convert text to Braille for blind web users.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1413

Interim Mental Health Report Released

Date posted to site: April 22, 2010

Dufferin-Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones says an interim report by an Ontario Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions confirms a need to reform the current health care system.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=470

People With Disabilities Make Good Employees

Date posted to site: April 22, 2010

A company that avoids hiring physically challenged people does so to its detriment, says Ontario's Lt.-Gov. David Onley.

They're not only as capable as non-disabled hires, they often top their performance.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1411

No New Vehicle, No Access

Date posted to site: April 21, 2010

Cabs that can take wheelchairs are wearing out; drivers hope for provincial subsidy

Two cab drivers who provide the only wheelchair accessible taxi service in the Halifax Regional Municipality are threatening to take their specialized minivans off the road unless they get a subsidy from the province.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1409

Electronic Voting on the Rise

Date posted to site: April 21, 2010

Renfrew undecided whether to go electronic

Alternative voting method. Stephen Beamish of Dartmouth-based Intelivote addresses Renfrew council. The business will provide electronic voting systems for about 30 Ontario municipalities in the October 2010 election Steve Newman

Forget about the old paper ballot. Several Renfrew County municipalities are making the move to electronic voting for the October 2010 municipal election.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=429

Disability Rights: Coming of Age at UN

Date posted to site: April 20, 2010

It takes a long time to clear security at UN headquarters these days. But after waiting nearly eight years for the moment, I was in no rush. Last Thursday, with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as witness, the government of Canada took the final step towards ratifying the new UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD); and I had a ringside seat!

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1407

A Chance to Make it Right for Disabled Voters

Date posted to site: April 20, 2010

Retired Unitarian minister Peter Hughes had to enter a polling station on the seat of his pants.

"That's all I could do. They didn't have a good railing and I didn't want to fall," said Hughes, 57, who had polio as a child.

Post-polio syndrome has him using a walker to get around, but to vote in the March 17, 2008 federal by-election, Hughes had to descend the stairs of Toronto's St. Basil's Church on his rear end, while another voter carried his walker. It was the only way Hughes could get inside.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=426

Disabled Voters Snubbed

Date posted to site: April 17, 2010

It is widely recognized that disabled Ontarians are poorly served when attempting to cast an election ballot. Barriers haven't yet been eliminated at many polling places, some of which feature multiple steps or doorways too narrow to accommodate a scooter.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=412

There Should Be No Barriers to Voting in Ontario

Date posted to site: April 17, 2010

Bill 231, a series of amendments to the Election Act, is now before the legislature, but it is not enough to take into account the full needs of voters with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=342

AODA Alliance Updates

Date posted to site: April 17, 2010

April 17, 2010

Recap of Progress to Date in our Campaign for Fully Accessible Elections in Ontario -and More on Options for Accessible Voting Technology -and our Recent Exchanges with Elections Ontario and the Ontario Government on Elections Accessibility Issues

See http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/04112010.asp
and
http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/04122010.asp

Lieutenant-Governor Talks Accessibility at Ajax Event

Date posted to site: April 17, 2010

AJAX -- When it comes to accessibility, it's places like Lakeridge Health in Durham that are showing the way for other organizations, said Lt.-Gov. David Onley in Ajax on Wednesday.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=419

Apple's iPad Brings Easy Reading to the Blind

Date posted to site: April 16, 2010

Ask any PC-loving computer nerd why Apple products have become the de facto choice of the masses, and you'll likely hear something like, "People buy Apple products because they're pretty." That may be true for many, but one group of consumers who care little for Apple's prodigious aesthetics are the blind.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1405

Document Accessibility Should Begin at the Author Level

Date posted to site: April 13, 2010

Apr 9, 2010, By
Deborah Kaplan and Monir ElRayes

The ability to access and process electronic information has become one of the most important factors in leading a full and productive life in today's knowledge-based society. This makes access to electronic information critical for people with disabilities who are seeking employment and other opportunities.

Read more at
http://www.badeyes.com/?p=205

Bias Against Obese People Increasing, Study Says

Date posted to site: April 13, 2010

With more people becoming obese, it would stand to reason attitudes toward obese people should be getting more tolerant. But a major new study shows the opposite is true.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1399

No Child Left Behind Made Sure Students with Learning Disabilities Count, Now Let's Make Sure They Graduate

Date posted to site: April 13, 2010

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), reauthorized as No Child Left Behind under President George W. Bush's administration, is up for renewal.

President Barack Obama has called for Congress to vote on this education bill before the fall 2010 elections. Here, the National Center on Learning Disabilities outlines how this overarching federal education law affecting kindergarteners through high schoolers can be improved to ensure greater academic success and higher graduation rates for students with ADD/ADHD and LD.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1396

Coyle: Province's Silence on Mental Health Leaves Advocates Fearing for the Future

Date posted to site: April 12, 2010

In politics, as in detective stories, the most meaningful clue is sometimes the dog that doesn't bark. And mental health advocates in Ontario might be drawing nervous conclusions from the silence.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=468

Sweeping Landmark Class Action Settlement Paves the Way for Improved Sidewalk Access for People with Disabilities

Date posted to site: April 12, 2010

In an unprecedented settlement announced today, two individuals with disabilities, two disability rights organizations, and the California Department of Transportation ("Caltrans") have reached a comprehensive plan that will provide access for persons with mobility and vision disabilities to 2,500 miles of sidewalk and Park and Ride facilities across the State of California that are owned or maintained by Caltrans.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1394

Essex County Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) Leads the Way!

Date posted to site: April 10, 2010

The Essex County AAC is paving the way for a more inclusive Ontario by being the first AAC to become a member of the www.COAAC.ca website.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=410

Ontario Tory MPP Barrett Proposes ODSP Improvements

Date posted to site: April 10, 2010

ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Program) is an odorous program that essential consigns people with disabilities to a life of despairing poverty, penalizing them for having acquired injuries, chronic illnesses, and work-interfering conditions. If you're not a "productive" member of society, then we shall make your life a living hell with no way out. Got CPP Disability, we'll take that away from you. Got victim compensation, even if you're a child, we'll take that away from you. Got assets and savings that'll allow you to pay for your extra and expensive medical needs or (gasp) repairs to your home, we won't cover you. If you try to work, even a little bit, your pathetic allotment shall be cut by taking 50% of your earnings to spiral you down further. And now we think you should go back to your cheap junk food diet, no more food supplements so that you can eat healthily like your fellow productive members of society.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=467

Learning the Price of Dignity and Also the Need to Dream Big

Date posted to site: April 10, 2010

I have lived in Thunder Bay my whole life. It's where I married and had a beautiful daughter. It's also where I lived in a shelter for three months after escaping my husband's alcohol-fuelled abuse. I was trying to teach at the college at the time, but the almost unbearable stress I was experiencing caused my seizures to increase to the point where I couldn't work and had to go on welfare for five years. Epilepsy and other problems such as multiple sclerosis and depression constricted my life. I felt as though I was living in a house of cards that could topple any second.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=466

AODA Alliance Updates

Date posted to site: April 10, 2010

Great Media Coverage of our Campaign to Strengthen Bill 231 - Premier McGuinty Reportedly Open to Consider New Voting Technology- Attend Standing Committee's April 14 2010 Clause-by-clause Debates on Bill 231

See http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/04072010.asp

You can now download and listen to an MP3 file of the AODA Alliance's 13-minute March 31, 2010 presentation on Bill 231 to the Ontario Legislature's Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly. Just go to:
http://www.aodaalliance.org/docs/media/0310-lepofsky-presentation-bill-231.mp3 and the text transcript at http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/04082010.asp

Rising Concern About Elevator, Accessibility at Durham Arena

Date posted to site: April 10, 2010

Plans that do not include an elevator in the Durham Arena sparked some concerns from members of the public this week. After a public information session held at the Durham Community Centre at the end of March, West Grey Coun. Carol Lawrence, chair of the building committee, brought forth the comments to council.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=408

Media Advisory - City of Sarnia Revokes Anachronistic By-laws Targeting Disabled

Date posted to site: April 09, 2010

On Monday, April 12 Sarnia City Council meets to enact new by-laws relating to group homes, throwing out regulations in their Zoning By-law and Official Plan that restricted where people with disabilities could live in supported housing.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=464

National Highway Safety Administration Report

Date posted to site: April 09, 2010

For the past year the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) has studied the impact of hybrid and electric vehicles on blind and visually impaired pedestrians.

Earlier this week NHTSA released phase I of a study entitled Quieter Cars and the Safety Of Blind Pedestrians.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1392

Figures of Speech: Audio-Describers Deliver Theatre to Imagination of Visually Impaired

Date posted to site: April 06, 2010

Narrated performance of The Miracle Worker is the first of its kind in Canada

Sitting in an audio booth above the stage, Teri Snelgrove describes The Miracle Worker to blind audience members during a performance at the Vancouver Playhouse.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1389

Disabled Parking Spots Still Abused, Advocates Say

Date posted to site: April 06, 2010

Despite crackdown, enforcement efforts seen as inadequate

Since she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1995, Randi Daniels has had countless arguments with scofflaws. She and her husband are used to pulling up to a designated parking space in a mall, only to find it occupied by a seemingly able-bodied person loading up heavy grocery bags.

"I've been sworn at, when I was using a walker," says the 61-year-old, who's now in a wheelchair. "I say to them, ';I hope you never, ever need this spot.'"

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=403

Welland May Be Most Accessible Community: Findlay

Date posted to site: April 06, 2010

WELLAND - Not being able to access offices at a city hall or the library or being visually impaired and unable to see crosswalk signals are challenges some people with disabilities face every day.

But Welland is complying with new accessibility legislation, including to install audible pedestrian crossings, retrofit buildings and purchase wheelchair accessible buses.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=307

Polling Station Was Spiked By Volleyball Game

Date posted to site: April 06, 2010

Disabled group pushing for legislation to protect rights

A provincial byelection polling station was bounced to a non-accessible site by a volleyball game, disability activists say.

Members of the Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act Alliance have been trying to find out since February why a Toronto Centre polling station was moved to a room that could be accessed only by stairs.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=405

Clients Unleash Litany of Complaints About CNIB

Date posted to site: April 05, 2010

Say charity operates more like corporation

NOW that CNIB workers are back on the job, a group of blind Winnipeggers says the recent labour dispute points to deeper troubles at the charity.

A half-dozen longtime clients of the CNIB's Winnipeg office told the Free Press the charity operates more like a corporation, with hefty executive salaries, a swanky new downtown Toronto headquarters and little accountability.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1386

Sign the GOVERNMENT OF CANADA Website Accessibility Petition

Date posted to site: April 03, 2010

Access to Canadian Government information and services is a right afforded to all Canadians under the provisions of Section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms:

"Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability."

The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC)is calling upon the Government of Canada to ensure that all information and services offered through Federal Government websites be made to comply with WCAG 2.0 guidelines by December 31, 2010. Sign the petition at http://www.petitiononline.com/GCWAP/petition.html

University Fails to Consult Union on AODA Implementation

Date posted to site: April 02, 2010

Recently, many CUPE3908 faculty received a notice from their Chairs that seemed to indicate they would be required to complete "COU/AODA Training".

The Union did not receive any notice of the University's plan for implementing the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), which comes into force gradually over the next few years. We are currently awaiting clarification of how this will affect our members.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=401

letter sent to IELA from Canadian Federation of the Blind (CFB)

Date posted to site: April 02, 2010

I am writing on behalf of the Canadian Federation of the Blind (CFB) in response to the NGO proposal you distributed. Our intent is to outline certain key points in our position regarding equitable library access for blind Canadians.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1381

People With Disabilities More Prone to Poverty

Date posted to site: April 02, 2010

The story you won't see on CBC Charlottetown but it's the same story on PEI

CBC Winnipeg - For many Manitobans there is a link between living in poverty and living with a disability.

Laurie Helgason, who requires a wheelchair after an unfortunate gym accident, believes there is a link between poverty and disability as employers are reticent to hire those with extra needs.

"All of us have the desire to do something with our lives," said Helgason. "But when you go to an employer with a disability he automatically thinks cost 'what will it cost me to employ this person.'"

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1378

Website Accessibility for the Blind Gaining Ground

Date posted to site: March 31, 2010

According to the National Coalition for Vision Health, the number of visually impaired and blind Canadians will double over the next 25 years. (iStock)" Ihave lived a very complex existence," says Valentina Gal, a novel writer and consultant based in Toronto who says technology is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it's essential for her writing. On the other, even the simplest of Google searches can turn into an hours-long marathon surfing session.

That's because Gal has been blind since birth. And like many visually impaired people, she finds that functioning in the online world is not easy. That's despite the fact there are text-to-speech screen readers, Braille printers and other tools to help the cause.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=397

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May

Seeking a New Deal on Dyslexia

Date posted to site: May 31, 2010

A NATION as self-confident as Australia doesn't expect to receive lessons in advanced education practices from such humble places as Irvinestown, a small village two hours west of Belfast in Northern Ireland.

Yet that's what Nola Firth found this year when she visited the 250 students at the village's St Paul's Primary School, where sophisticated and effective strategies were being used to deal with dyslexia.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1480

New Draft of BS8878 on Web Accessibility Published for Consultation

Date posted to site: May 31, 2010

The British Standards Institute has just released a new draft of the proposed new British Standard, BS 8878:2010: Web Accessibility - A Code of Practice.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1477

Pair Receive BMAAC Awards

Date posted to site: May 31, 2010

Two elevators installed at the Brockville Arts Centre have provided a lift for the Brockville Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee (BMAAC).

The elevators, which provide access to the stage and orchestra pit, were the brainchild of Brockville Concert Band conductor Lance Besharah, who was one of two city residents recognized by the committee on Tuesday.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=368

Changing Attitudes Reducing Stigma of Hearing Loss

Date posted to site: May 29, 2010

Rex Banks says it's no mystery why many people are reluctant to accept they no longer hear as well as they once did.

"It's a loss," says Banks, the Canadian Hearing Society's director of hearing health care. "People grieve."

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1470

Police, Mental Health Workers to Join Forces

Date posted to site: May 29, 2010

New initiative aims to steer mentally ill petty crime suspects out of justice system

Police in Calgary are teaming up with Alberta Health Services to provide treatment instead of jail for people with mental health and addiction issues who have been accused of petty crimes.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1472

Henderson: Discrimination, Disrespect a fact for people with disabilities, study finds

Date posted to site: May 29, 2010

A man enters a restaurant in a major mall with his fiancée. They are asked to leave because the restaurant says his wheelchair is a fire hazard.

A woman plans to spend a couple of hours out with friends. Because the ride she has booked to transport her and her wheelchair is 90 minutes late, she can spend only 20 minutes with her friends before she has to leave.

Are people with disabilities discriminated against in this country? You bet.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1474

Google Fixed the Accessibility Problem

Date posted to site: May 25, 2010

Submitted by Tom on Fri, 05/21/2010 - 22:14

Earlier I posted about how Google made its front page inaccessible to many people with disabilities. In the meantime, the problem got resolved, but this is not the end of story.

Just to recap, what happened was ten seconds after opening the Google front page, a sound started playing. It made it next to impossible for blind people to navigate the page with their screen reader. When you hear music, it is hard to understand your screen reader.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1467

'Safety Valve' Needed to Protect Employees With Self-Insured Plans, Many Say

Date posted to site: May 25, 2010

More than a million Canadians are counting on disability insurance plans that don't guarantee benefits if their employer goes bankrupt.

Advocates say it's time for regulations to protect them.

"An insurance that doesn't give any guarantee is not an insurance, so don't fool people," said Josée Marin, who only learned her own insurance fell into that category after her employer, Nortel Networks, filed for bankruptcy protection.

Now she is warning other Canadians they may risk they same fate.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1463

Denmark: Survey Results On The Web Accessibility Of Government Websites

Date posted to site: May 25, 2010

According to a survey conducted on behalf of the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation by a consulting firm specialising in information technology for people with disabilities, 52 % of the Danish government websites are not fully e-accessible to people with various types of disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1461

Deaf State Workers Sue Over Lack of Services

Date posted to site: May 24, 2010

Deaf and hard-of-hearing state employees in California are regularly denied sign language interpreters for meetings and have been left behind during emergency evacuations because of a failure to accommodate their disability, according to a lawsuit filed Friday.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1459

Dreams Really Do Come True: Husband, Wife Together at Last

Date posted to site: May 22, 2010

Ricky Brooks, 29, is holding court, jumpy with the news.

He's in the lobby of Saint-Vincent Hospital - hollering at the passing girls, jawing with the boys, his electric wheelchair spinning and beeping, his little horn honking.

A big kid with a broken body and a seriously large smile. It's just the way he rolls.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=478

Ensuring the Safety and Security of the Hearing Impaired, at Work and at Home

Date posted to site: May 21, 2010

The wail of a fire alarm and the ringing of the doorbell are effective warnings for people who hear them.

But for over 350,000 Canadians who are deaf or suffer major hearing loss, danger signals must be presented in a different way.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1454

A World of Rights

Date posted to site: May 20, 2010

Arlene Kanter hopes to fight for disabled rights.

For Arlene Kanter the fight for equal rights and social recognition for people with disabilities is a universal battle.

Here this year on a Fulbright scholarship to help Tel Aviv University establish the country's first academic program in disability studies, the Syracuse University College of Law professor says that what has struck her most since arriving in August is how myths and misconceptions about people with disabilities transcend local cultural and religious boundaries.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1452

Accessibility at Universities is 'a Moral Obligation': Advocate

Date posted to site: May 20, 2010

"Disability is one element of the identity that makes a person whole," says Rabia Kedhr, speaking in Brock's Sankey Chamber.

As a university student, Rabia Kedhr was accommodated, but she wasn't always included. And that's something higher education needs to change, she says.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=453

Accessibility Finally Within Reach

Date posted to site: May 20, 2010

If you can place one foot in front of another, then a flight of stairs isn't a daunting obstacle. If you can see the challenges that lie ahead, then a narrow, cluttered hallway isn't a death trap. And if you can hear the birds chirp in the morning, then placing an order at a favourite restaurant isn't often lost in translation.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=456

Envisioning New Meanings Launches New Website

Date posted to site: May 19, 2010

Envisioning New Meanings uses the power of image and story to transform the way people see disability and difference.

The website features photographs and digital stories created by women with disabilities and physical differences. The women's self portraits explore issues of identity and the meaning they find in their experiences, and capture their perspectives on life.

The women's art and stories are relevant to everyone. Whether we have a disability, difference or not, the images:

What can you envision for yourself?

Read more at
http://www.envisioningnewmeanings.ca

New Initiative Aims to Steer Mentally Ill Petty Crime Suspects Out of Justice System

Date posted to site: May 19, 2010

Police in Calgary are teaming up with Alberta Health Services to provide treatment instead of jail for people with mental health and addiction issues who have been accused of petty crimes.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1449

Mom Backs Disabled Son's Business Venture

Date posted to site: May 18, 2010

Anne Marie Fantin has worried about what job her son Eric could find ever since he entered grade school.

It sounds like a typical mom thing until you hear about the fear, anxiety and sadness that sometimes envelopes a parent with an intellectually challenged child.

"What happens to him when I'm gone? Who's going to take care of him and make sure they're living a quality of life they deserve?"

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=477

Web Accessibility: Text-only Versions

Date posted to site: May 17, 2010

One of the myths of web accessibility is that people with disabilities benefit from text-only versions. The truth is that practically nobody with a disability benefits in any way from a text-only version at all. Text-only versions may be of some benefit to people with slow Internet connections, but not to people with disabilities (unless they happen to have slow Internet connections). In almost every case, it would be better-much better, usually-to fix the original version than to create an alternative text-only version.

Read more at
http://www.badeyes.com/?p=218

Software Speaks Volumes to Hearing Impaired

Date posted to site: May 17, 2010

WELLAND - Accessing information just got easier for Wellanders who have hearing impairments.

The installation of new software called TextNet at Welland Civic Square allows deaf or hard of hearing citizens to communicate with municipal government employees by using their computers instead of struggling to get their message across over the telephone or in person.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=366

Calling Out Bus Stops Now a Human Right

Date posted to site: May 17, 2010

Grand River Transit is spending $2.5 million to improve service for blind and deaf passengers.

That's the cost to buy more technology to automate the announcement of bus stops, using speakers and digital readouts. By October, 161 buses (74 per cent of the fleet) will have this technology, already in use on express routes. All buses are planned to have it by 2014 as older buses are replaced.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=476

Bad Eyes Sees the PDF Light

Date posted to site: May 15, 2010

By Geof Collis
Badeyes Design & Consulting

Ok, you win!! I've been converted!!

I've been advocating for years the need for providing an alternate document along with the Portable Document Format (PDF) because all I ever received was an inaccessible PDF.

I asked nicely over and over again. I tried real hard to be patient. When push came to shove, I filed a Human Rights complaint. Still to this day your websites are littered with inaccessible PDFs. I almost gave up!!!

Well, almost.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=447

Blind Man Wants Better Voting Tools

Date posted to site: May 14, 2010

A Saskatoon man is calling for a better system to allow people with a visual impairment to vote with certainty and secrecy, conditions he says are currently lacking at provincial election time.

Robin East, who is legally blind, says he has only two options to mark a ballot: have someone help him, or insert his ballot into a sleeve that has braille on it, and hope his mark is correctly aligned.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1445

Changes to Government Parking Policy Will Unfairly Target Workers With Disabilities

Date posted to site: May 14, 2010

OTTAWA-The Public Service Alliance of Canada is concerned that impending changes to the federal government's parking policy will adversely affect workers with disabilities, creating a barrier that will make it more difficult to access their workplaces. PSAC represents 172,000 workers, the majority of whom are in the federal public sector.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1447

Our Government Shall Provide?

Date posted to site: May 14, 2010

Dear Editor:

According to the Service Canada website there are three requirements to be met to be eligible for the Canadian Pension Plan Disability plan. First, you must be under 65 years of age. Second, you had to have stopped work because of medical conditions and third, you had to have paid into CPP for at least 25 years and made valid contributions to the plan in three of the last six years.

Isn't it wonderful that we Canadians are so well provided for that if medically unable to work we don't have to worry about not having an income? It really makes paying all these taxes worthwhile. It's like paying on an insurance policy.

The website further states that at least 75 per cent of applications are decided within four months. Perfect! By the time your sick benefits from Employment Insurance run out your Canada Disability Pension should kick in.

Even though you are medically unfit, life is still manageable. We have come to learn not to believe everything you read even if it comes from the Canadian government.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1442

Why a Binding Treaty for the Visually Impaired at WIPO?

Date posted to site: May 13, 2010

The right to read for disabled people: Does the EU support a treaty for blind and other reading disabled people?
Session: Why a binding treaty for the visually impaired at WIPO?

Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen,

My name is Bárbara Martin and I am the Director of the Technical Office of European Affairs of ONCE, the Spanish National Organization of the Blind.

First of all, on behalf of the entire organisation, I would like to thank the European Blind Union (EBU) and Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue for allowing us to explain why we are so concerned about a binding treaty for the visually impaired at WIPO is needed. But before that, and very briefly, let me introduce ONCE to you:

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1440

Oratio for BlackBerry® Is Here

Date posted to site: May 12, 2010

Longueuil, QC, Canada and Barcelona, Spain - HumanWare and Code Factory announced that Oratio for BlackBerry(R) smartphones can be purchased. Formally known as Orator for BlackBerry smartphones, Oratio is a screen reader software solution that enables visually impaired users to access and operate BlackBerry smartphones using state of the art Text-To-Speech technology to convert the visual information displayed on the BlackBerry smartphone screen into an intuitive speech output. This enables users to use BlackBerry users to increase their independence and productivity in today's competitive world.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1436

Wanted: People With Disabilities to Work in High-Level Banking Jobs

Date posted to site: May 11, 2010

TORONTO, May 10 /CNW/ - JVS Toronto, a non-profit organization that helps people find jobs, is partnering with a major Canadian bank which is trying to place people with disabilities in high-level jobs. The challenge is finding the employees.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=474

No Money for Eye Drug: Province

Date posted to site: May 07, 2010

Lucentis is a drug injected to combat macular degeneration. (CBC)
Nova Scotia's Minister of Health says the province cannot afford to cover the costs of a drug used to treat age-related vision loss.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1430

AODA Alliance Updates

Date posted to site: May 07, 2010

Bill 231 Passes Third Reading Vote Today at Queen's Park -AODA Alliance Writes Elections Ontario to Call for Speedy Action on Elections Accessibility

May 3, 2010
Today, the Ontario Legislature passed Bill 231 on Third Reading. This is the last step that the Legislature needs to take on this proposed legislation. Bill 231 is the McGuinty Government's proposal to modernize Ontario elections, including addressing barriers impeding voters and candidates with disabilities.

See http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/05032010.asp

Canadian Civil Liberties Association Calls on Elections Ontario to Act Promptly to Ensure Fully Accessible Elections for Voters with Disabilities

On May 4, 2010, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association wrote Ontario's Chief Electoral Officer, Greg Essensa. (Letter set out at link below.) In their letter, the CCLA echoed our call for prompt action by Elections Ontario to ensure fully accessible elections in Ontario for voters with disabilities.

See http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/05052010.asp

MS patients Rally for Experimental Treatment

Date posted to site: May 06, 2010

Canadians with multiple sclerosis rallied across the country Wednesday to demand access to a controversial procedure not available in Canada or covered by provincial health insurance policies.

The procedure, developed by Italian researcher Dr. Paolo Zamboni, involves angioplasty to help ease the flow in neck veins of blood from the brain to the heart. Zamboni believes narrowed or blocked veins force blood to move backwards or reflux back into the brain and spine, causing damage.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1428

Access is a Right and Good Public Policy

Date posted to site: May 05, 2010

On May 30 the Province of Manitoba will kick off Manitoba Access Awareness Week (May 30 to June 5).

The week will be a celebration as well as a chance for the disability community to highlight accessibility issues.

At its core access for all Manitobans means equal opportunity for people with disabilities to participate fully in all aspects of community life. It is also referred to as full citizenship.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1426

Northumberland County Accessibility Forum

Date posted to site: May 04, 2010

The Northumberland County Accessibility Advisory Committee is pleased to host its second annual Accessibility Forum.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=355

HWDSB Opens its Doors to Be More Accessible and Inclusive

Date posted to site: May 04, 2010

Hamilton, ON - April 26, 2010: Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) has released two documents that build on a vision of an accessible school Board for all. Accessibility Standards for Customer Service Policy and the Draft Equity Policy Supporting Guidelines: Persons with Disabilities, part of the Board's Equity Policy, are now available for public feedback.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=444

Court: Theaters Must Offer Services for Disabled

Date posted to site: May 04, 2010

Theater owners have to make special devices available to ensure those with hearing and vision disabilities can enjoy the movies, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1423

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June

Australian Government Releases the Web Accessibility National Transition Strategy (NTS)

Date posted to site: June 30, 2010

It is our pleasure to announce that the Australian Government Web Accessibility National Transition Strategy (NTS) was released today by the Minister for Finance and Deregulation, the Honourable Lindsay Tanner, MP and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children's Services, the Honourable Bill Shorten, MP.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1542

Plants Hanging Too Low for Unsighted Residents

Date posted to site: June 28, 2010

-Denise Chamberlain is not tall. In fact, she is only 5 feet two inches tall. But the blind woman is certainly tall enough to walk regularly into the hanging plants that Cobourg parks department employees have hung from banner support poles.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=374

Deaf protester expected in court today

Date posted to site: June 28, 2010

Family and friends of Emomotimi Azorbo, a deaf protestor who was arrested Friday, waited at the west-end courthouse where all G20 bail hearings take place this morning in the rain.

Azorbo, 30, was arrested at the intersection of College and Yonge after when he did not heed police commands to stay off the road, his friends say.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1539

Mental Health Training Urged

Date posted to site: June 28, 2010

Report: Recommendations stem from an incident last fall at the UWO involving a student and campus and London police

Mental health awareness training should be a priority for University of Western Ontario police, says a just-released report stemming from a violent arrest caught on YouTube

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=487

Will the McGuinty Government Keep Its Election Promise of Effective Enforcement for the AODA?

Date posted to site: June 26, 2010

In the 2003 provincial election, Dalton McGuinty promised that the Disabilities Act his Government would pass would have effective enforcement.

Seven years later, and half a year after the first accessibility standard went into effect under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, we are only now learning some limited details about what enforcement there will be.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=500

Henderson: Enough with the Talk. It's Time for Action

Date posted to site: June 26, 2010

Time to get the lead out.

We've had enough committees, more than enough promises. If Ontario is serious about being an inclusive province, the time is now.

Time to get beyond the cumbersome committee process and establish an arms-length Ontario Accessibility Standards Board to lead the way.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=502

Blind Users See Digital Divide in New Generation Phones

Date posted to site: June 25, 2010

Smartphones can be pretty clueless when it comes to blind or visually impaired users.

For millions of consumers with normal vision, smartphones offer almost effortless conference calling, e-mailing and Internet browsing. They make it easy to find a gas station, a rental car or a recipe. Vast music libraries and video games are expected features for a device with a $200 to $600 price tag.

But for many in the blind and visually impaired community, the absence of physical buttons on most smartphones makes interactions with some devices virtually impossible.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1537

Attention: Consumers with Disabilities Help Disability Rights Advocates Oppose Energy Utility Rate Increases

Date posted to site: June 25, 2010

Editors Note: Sounds like this could apply here in Ontario as well.

California's biggest energy utilities are seeking to raise or redesign their rates in a way that will harm the state's low-income residents.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1534

Goar: A Province Where Everyone Can Live in Dignity

Date posted to site: June 23, 2010

The ambitious welfare reform blueprint presented to the Ontario government last week by the 11-member advisory council it appointed six months ago, is an accurate reflection of the hunger in the province for real solutions, not just administrative tinkering. But it isn't what the government asked for.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=486

Mcguinty Government Uses Public Tax Dollars to Develop Public Transit Smart Cards with Barriers Against People With Disabilities

Date posted to site: June 22, 2010

We want to bring to your attention a very troubling example that shows the need for the Ontario Government to develop a new, concerted policy, procedure and practice to ensure that it does not use public funds to create, perpetuate or exacerbate barriers against persons with disabilities in goods, services or facilities. This is also a compelling case showing why the forthcoming Information and Communication Accessibility Standard, which the Government is still developing, must effectively set strong accessibility requirements for electronic kiosks.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=497

"An Internal Survey Reveals That the Disability Award is the Preferred Option for the Majority of Veteran Beneficiaries" - Jean-Pierre Blackburn

Date posted to site: June 22, 2010

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 21, 2010) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), today made public the findings from an internal survey conducted by Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC)'s Disability Award program. The Disability Award is a lump-sum, tax-free payment available to Canadian Forces members and Veterans injured in service. It provides them with immediate financial help.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1531

Dispelling Four Myths About People With Disabilities Studying in the U.S.

Date posted to site: June 21, 2010

Are you or someone with a disability you know interested in studying in the U.S., but unsure about what to expect? Since the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities in 2008, people with disabilities have been uniting for equal access in all sectors of society and lives free from discrimination. Education for people with disabilities worldwide is improving, and so are opportunities to take advantage of study in the U.S. Learn more about reality versus stereotype on studying in the United States as a person with a disability.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1527

Autism Program Helps Students Cope

Date posted to site: June 21, 2010

Drew Kloeble graduates as one of the first participants in an autism program at Evan Hardy Collegiate

The Graduates is a series of profiles on some of the city's most inspiring graduates of 2010, those who faced significant challenges on their journey to earn a secondary school diploma.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1525

Will the McGuinty Government Fully Implement the Recommendations of the Government-Appointed Charles Beer Independent Review of the AODA?

Date posted to site: June 19, 2010

A very current question in our campaign for a fully-accessible Ontario is whether the McGuinty Government will fully implement the Report of the Government-appointed Charles Beer Independent Review of the AODA. The McGuinty Government received the Beer Report in February 2010, some four months ago. It did not release it to the public until May 31, 2010.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=491#more-491

Releasing Constraints: The Impacts of Increased Accessibility on Ontario's Economy

Date posted to site: June 19, 2010

In 2005, the Ontario Legislature passed the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act to improve accessibility across the province. The disability community saw the legislation as a milestone in the government's commitment to creating a level playing field for all Ontarians. But many businesses and municipalities across the province responded with skepticism, believing the act would result in increased costs and result in few benefits. However

Read more at http://www.aoda.ca/?p=494

Aging Drivers: Canada Needs Senior-Friendly Public Transit - Sooner, Not Later, say experts

Date posted to site: June 19, 2010

Bob Ferguson figures he'll drive for at least another two years. He'll be 90 then. His father drove until the age of 92.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1522

Canadian Transportation Agency Uses New Communications Tool to Improve Service to Persons With Disabilities

Date posted to site: June 18, 2010

Selected print publications from the Canadian Transportation Agency are now available as digital talking books - a major service improvement for persons with impaired vision or who cannot use print media.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1520

National Federation of the Blind Files Suit Against Four California Law Schools

Date posted to site: June 17, 2010

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the nation's oldest and largest organization of blind people, and three blind students who have applied or are considering applying to law school in California-Deepa Goraya, Bruce J. Sexton, and Claire Stanley-filed an amended lawsuit yesterday against the Law School Admissions Council and four California law schools for violating provisions of the California Disabled Persons Act, the Unruh Civil Rights Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1517

Commentary: Is Disability EVEN on the G-8/G-20 Radar Screen??

Date posted to site: June 16, 2010

By John Rae
June 16, 2010

At major local, national and international gatherings that discuss issues facing the future needs in our society, it is common to consider the inequities of women, the discrimination facing indigenous groups or racial minorities, and nowadays one can expect calls to discuss the future of our planet to be high on some groups' agendas. This is perfectly appropriate.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1515

Ombudsman 'Distressed' by Treatment of Children

Date posted to site: June 16, 2010

Ontario ombudsman Andre Marin released his annual report on Tuesday.

(Canadian Press) Dozens of Ontario families are still being asked to give up custody of their special needs children in order to get the care they need, Ontario's ombudsman said Tuesday.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=483

She Just Wanted to Ride the Bus

Date posted to site: June 16, 2010

When GO buses first arrived in Niagara, they were hailed by local politicians and transit buffs alike as a boon for the region.

If they looked at the fine print, however, they would have known GO bus routes in Niagara are accessible to everyone except those with disabilities.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=485

Sarnia-Lambton Recognizes Mayor with Hero Award

Date posted to site: June 16, 2010

Mike Bradley has 'changed the lives of many local residents'

Community Living Sarnia-Lambton (CLSL) is saluting a local mayor touted as "a champion for people living with disabilities."

The association tipped its hat to Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley by presenting him with a hero award recently. CLSL honoured Bradley "for his endless contribution and promotion of community inclusion and employment of persons with disabilities," says Bob Vansickle, supervisor of community employment options at CLSL.

Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=484

Report Offers Roadmap to Success for Postsecondary Students with Autism

Date posted to site: June 15, 2010

TORONTO, June 14 /CNW/ - A new report released today estimates that 5,800 students identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are currently in Ontario's publicly funded secondary schools. School staff expect that approximately 1,100 of these students will seek to enter college or university between 2009 and 2011.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1510

Do We Really Need to Label People?

Date posted to site: June 14, 2010

"Impaired."

Without a doubt, the I-word is the hands-down winner among terms offensive to Star readers when used in reference to people with disabilities. It's also, indubitably one of the most contentious and ubiquitous phrases in everything from media reports to human rights legislation.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1507

Don't Sideline Workers With Disabilities

Date posted to site: June 14, 2010

Halifax CBC Radio listeners' interest concerning the whereabouts of familiar host, Elizabeth Logan, was piqued recently when her co-host, Don Connolly, interviewed her about her diagnosis of lupus. She shared how the illness has impacted her energy levels and her ability to work the hours she had regularly maintained on Information Morning.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1505

Self-Harm Visits to Emergency Room (ER) a Greater Problem in Waterloo Region Than Across Province

Date posted to site: June 14, 2010

WATERLOO REGION - People intentionally hurt themselves in this area far more than across most of the province, ranking Waterloo Wellington third worst after the exceptionally high rates in Northern Ontario, according to a recent study.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=482

AODA Alliance Releases its Detailed Analysis of the Charles Beer Independent Review Report on the Effectiveness of the Government's Implementation of the AODA

Date posted to site: June 11, 2010

The AODA Alliance here releases a thorough analysis of the Charles Beer Independent Review of the Ontario Government's implementation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (about 20 pages). We hope you find this helpful as an explanation of what the Report found, and how much it responds to concerns and issues we have been raising.

The disability community advocated for the AODA to include a requirement that there be periodic independent reviews of the AODA's implementation, to get an independent assessment of how effective is this law and its implementation. The Charles Beer Independent Review shows that it was very important for this Independent Review process to be included in the AODA. It now remains to be seen whether the Government will implement this Report fully, or leave it to gather dust on some shelf.

Read more at
http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/06032010.asp

New Genetic Findings Expected to Accelerate Autism Testing and Development of Treatments

Date posted to site: June 11, 2010

Canadian and international scientists have uncovered key changes in DNA in individuals with autism. The Phase 2 results of the multinational Autism Genome Project Consortium, published in the June 9 advance online edition of Nature, substantiate the importance of genes as susceptibility factors in autism spectrum disorders.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1503

Many Thanks to Accessibility Advisory Committees

Date posted to site: June 10, 2010

By Suzanne Share
June 10, 2010

Now that the Built Environment Standard Committee for the Province of Ontario has completed their work, my first instinct was to talk about the experience and the outcome. Before putting fingers to the keyboard, another topic came to the forefront. The obvious and first thing to state is I owe a debt of thanks to the participants of a Yahoo Group the Coalition of Ontario Accessibility Advisory Committees (COAAC www.coaac.ca).

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=487

Open Letter to Members of the AODA Alliance

Date posted to site: June 09, 2010

Dear Alliance Members:

We are writing this open letter to the membership of the AODA Alliance to thank you for your tremendous efforts and your leadership in addressing accessibility-rights issues, as well as for the inspiration and support you have given those of us outside Ontario who are working to build on your experience and successes.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1501

A Review of the MoreKeyboard

Date posted to site: June 09, 2010

By John M. Williams

Computers are essential to my survival. As I glide through my sixties, the standard keyboard no longer meets my word processing needs. Because of declining vision and dexterity challenges, I need a keyboard with larger keys, various adjustable heights, larger letters and a lighter key touch. For over a year, I have been testing various keyboards and had not found one to address my needs. And so when I discovered the MoreKeyboard (www.morekeyboard.com}, I decided to try it. I am glad I did.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1499

Problems With Using Website Validation Services

Date posted to site: June 08, 2010

Amongst the basic skills that fledgling designers and developers should know is the art of website validation.

Website validation consists of using a series of tools such as W3C's Markup Validation Service that can actively seek out and explain the problems and inconsistencies within our work.

While the use of such tools has benefits (in the sense of being an automated fresh pair of eyes), a worrying trend of either over or under-dependence keeps rearing its ugly head.

Read more at
http://www.badeyes.com/?p=228

Designing Section 508 Compliant Web Sites Training

Date posted to site: June 07, 2010

Learn how to meet the Section 508 requirements when designing web sites or web applications.

Next class:
June 24, 2010 9 AM-1 PM
Alexandria, Virginia (near the metro)

For more info visit http://www.evengrounds.com/section-508-compliant-web-sites-training

The Strength and Potential of Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committees (MAACs)

Date posted to site: June 05, 2010

By Geof Collis

After reading the above named section from the Report of the Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/publications/accessibility/charles_beer/tableOfContents.aspx it has become even more apparent that a venue like www.coaac.ca along with its ListServe is exactly what Charles Beer is referring to.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=370

Report of the Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005

Date posted to site: June 05, 2010

Charting a Path Forward:
Charles Beer, Independent Reviewer

In June 2009, I was appointed by the Ontario government to conduct an independent review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA). The subject matter of this review is vitally important to the people of Ontario because accessibility for persons with disabilities strengthens our society, our economy and our quality of life.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?page_id=468

Group Protests Cut of Special Dietary Allowance

Date posted to site: June 04, 2010

EMC News - Over 30 demonstrators from CUPE, OPSUE and Ontario Coalition Against Poverty picketed the office of MPP Madeline Meillure on May 20, to protest the cut funding of the Special Dietary Allowance (SDA) from the Ontario budget.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=480

How to Make the Web Accessible to Everyone

Date posted to site: June 03, 2010

Despite a range of legislation and best practice advice, cyberspace is still far from equitable for those of us "non-standard" enough to be using adaptive or assistive technology.

Read more at
http://www.badeyes.com/?p=226

New ROM Program Allows Blind Visitors to Touch Exhibits

Date posted to site: June 03, 2010

Museum, which received $1.5-million gift from anonymous donor, also launching American Sign Language tours for the deaf

Anne Henderson crouches forward, running her gloved hand along the carved surface of the ancient burial tomb and feeling for the immortal God's "little tummy" that the museum worker tells her she will find. "It's actually a big tummy," Ms. Henderson says when she finally feels it, laughing. She reaches her arm up, and the museum guide, Elsie Lo, pulls her back to her feet.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1484

National Access Awareness Week

Date posted to site: June 03, 2010

Op-Ed from Honourable Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community and Social Services

Twenty-five years before he carried the Olympic torch in Vancouver, Rick Hansen inspired a nation by travelling 40,000 km around the world in his wheelchair. Rick shared a message that was the genesis of National Access Awareness Week - a message that is the foundation of our government's plan for a stronger, accessible Ontario.  

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=466

Hybrid Cars Not Noisy Enough, Group Says

Date posted to site: June 02, 2010

Pose risk to pedestrians, the blind Calls for addition of audible devices to help people detect presence of vehicles

The announcement that a new brand of electric car will soon be hitting the province coincides with Quebec Week for the Disabled and concerns over safety risks the quiet vehicles could pose to the blind.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1482

Student Creates Opportunity to Increase Accessibility

Date posted to site: June 02, 2010

Today, Pat Martin, NDP MP for Winnipeg Centre, will introduce a Private Member's Bill calling for an accessibility audit of federally regulated transportation systems. This initiative results from a high school student competition called Create Your Canada, where students were asked to draft a bill to change the way our country works. Sam Unrau, a Grade 12 student with disability at Argyle Alternative High School in Winnipeg, is the winner of the competition and his proposed Bill focuses on requiring the Government of Canada to undertake an accessibility audit of all federally regulated transportation systems.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1488#more-1488

Ontario Marks National Access Awareness Week

Date posted to site: June 01, 2010

McGuinty Government Breaking Down Barriers While Supporting Business

Ontario is celebrating National Access Awareness Week and marking the fifth anniversary of the province's groundbreaking Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=462

Mom Fights for School Supports for Son

Date posted to site: June 01, 2010

A London-area mother who spent years trying to get special education support for her son with ADHD is fighting a human rights case that could change the way children with the disorder are treated in Ontario classrooms.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=479

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July

Open Letter - Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA)

Date posted to site: July 31, 2010

By Catherine Gardner

Dear Premier Dalton McGuinty, (Open Letter)

Mr. McGuinty, I must ask how it is that people with disabilities can expect the AODA to have any enforcement teeth when the Leader of the Provincial Government which passed this AODA Act fails to provide accessibility at his own riding office!

Read more at
http://catherinegardner.ca/blog/?p=506

The ADA and the Web: Concerns and Misconceptions

Date posted to site: July 31, 2010

WebAIM is often approached by individuals and organizations concerned about "ADA compliance" of their web site. This is a bit of a misnomer. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 pre-dates and does not address web accessibility at all. That may soon be changing.

Read more at
http://www.badeyes.com/?p=236

Revision of Minority Advantage

Date posted to site: July 31, 2010

Government and University of Waterloo (UW) attempting to even out the playing field

In light of the Conservative Government's recent proposed changes to the hiring practices in the public sector, the topic of fair legislations and policies about equality and justice has been a controversial one.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1602

What is the Future of Screen Readers anyway?

Date posted to site: July 30, 2010

A week or so ago, the American Council of the Blind held a Future of Screen Readers panel as part of the Information Access Committee seminar at the ACB annual convention. Serotek was one of the companies invited to attend remotely via Skype. Other remote participants were GW Micro and NVDA.

Unfortunately technology failed (through no fault of Skype) and we remote participants did not get to contribute. But I thought the panel questions were extremely pertinent to all blind people and that it was important we add our voice to the conversation. So this blog post is Serotek's way of making sure our voice, and the voice of many who share our view, is also heard.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1599

Obama Marks 20th Anniversary of Disabilities Act

Date posted to site: July 27, 2010

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama marked Monday's 20th anniversary of a landmark law barring discrimination against people with disabilities by promising to boost government efforts at recruiting, hiring and retaining people with physical and mental limitations.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1597

Ontario Has Employment 'Bright Spots'

Date posted to site: July 24, 2010

Survey highlights need for more inclusion hiring practices

Communities in southwestern Ontario are showing promise when it comes to including people who have a disability in their local workforces.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=500

Annual Report 2009-2010: Educate Empower Act

Date posted to site: July 23, 2010

For the past year, the OHRC has been busy reviewing and commenting on areas where standards are being developed under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

Disability continues to be one of the most cited grounds in discrimination complaints so this will continue to be a priority. People continue to face issues like getting a ramp so they can enter their apartment building, or being put on the end of the list in hospital emergency rooms because they have a mental health issue.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=542

OC Transpo Drivers Fail to Call Out 1 in 4 Stop Requests

Date posted to site: July 23, 2010

OC Transpo failed to call out stops on bus routes about 25 per cent of the time in June, according to a monthly report released by the transit service.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=499

Infant is Returned to Blind Couple After State Places Her in Protective Custody

Date posted to site: July 23, 2010

Fifty-seven days after she was born, Mikaela Sinnett was home for the first time Tuesday with her parents, Erika Johnson and Blake Sinnett of Independence.

State officials had worried they were unable to care for her.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1595

Political Candidates Shouldn't Pay for Accessibility: Report

Date posted to site: July 22, 2010

A new report says accessibility costs should not be included towards spending limits for political candidates with disabilities, but at least one former politician says more is needed to remove barriers.

In a report released Tuesday, the Ontario Human Rights Commission said costs like sign-language interpreting and braille translation should be exempted.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=539

Celebrating Us!

Date posted to site: July 21, 2010

By John Rae
Notes for an address at the 7th Annual Simply People celebration at Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto,Tuesday, July 20, 2010.

Tonight is for us, and about us! Tonight is a time for us to celebrate our accomplishments and to redouble our efforts to bring about true equality for all persons with disabilities in Canada and around the world.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=535

Disabled Ontarians Can't Access New Transit Payment Method

Date posted to site: July 21, 2010

Prestocard is a new project meant to make it easier for Ontarians in the GTA, Hamilton and Ottawa to pay their transit fare. Throughout the summer people will be able to travel through various transit systems in Ontario simply by loading money onto a card using the phone, the website or a kiosk. Once the card is loaded with the desired amount, the traveler simply waves it in front of the station's reader and is on their way -- whether by bus, GO Train or subway.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=533

£30 Million Fund to Support Young Carers Launched

Date posted to site: July 21, 2010

A £30 million fund to support young people who care for a disabled or sick relative has been launched today.

Youth in Focus, a funding programme from the Big Lottery Fund, aims to provide support young carers and other vulnerable youngsters, such as those leaving youth offending institutions and young people leaving care.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1591

All America city discriminates against disabled

Date posted to site: July 19, 2010

Somerville - This past May, the Community Access and Inclusion Project took advantage of the HUD Annual Plan citizen comment period to send in a complaint regarding Somerville's continuing use of federal funds to roll out programs that treat residents with disabilities like second-class citizens.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1587

Wrong Attitudes: Need for Changes in Culture Seen

Date posted to site: July 19, 2010

Americans with Disabilities Act turns 20

The Americans with Disabilities Act became law 20 years ago this month. Its rules prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal opportunity for people with disabilities focus on four key areas.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1584

Essex County 8th Annual Accessibility Workshop Agenda OPENING DOORS AND MINDS

Date posted to site: July 17, 2010

This year's workshop will once again provide attendees with information on ways in which we can open up our community to people with disabilities. Topics such as planning for accessible communities and making our heritage accessible to everyone will be the focus of some of the concurrent workshops. Improve your understanding of some of the invisible disabilities such as dementia, mental health illnesses and non-verbal learning disabilities. Learn how technology can assist young adults as they transition into post-secondary education. Take the opportunity to visit the many booths at the Information Fair, all providing valuable information on resources and tools available to improve accessibility. Network and share best practices of accessibility initiatives within your community.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=389

Terminating a Disabled Employee Can Be a Costly Decision

Date posted to site: July 17, 2010

A recent decision from the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal serves as a reminder that employers should tread carefully when dealing with employees suffering from disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=528

The Martin Luther King for the Disabled

Date posted to site: July 17, 2010

For curb cuts and wheelchair ramps to the U.S. law that's helping disabled everywhere, a debt is owed to a determined California quadriplegic

BERKELEY, CALIF.-A man in an iron lung, who fought to be educated and live independently here, was one of the early activists for disability rights.

This month, the late Ed Roberts is being honoured for work that helped lead to the Americans With Disabilities Act, one U.S. law which has helped change the world for the better.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1582

Camp Does More Than Help Children With Physical Disabilities

Date posted to site: July 16, 2010

EMC News - For the first time visitor, Camp Merrywood looks like a typical children's summer vacation camp.

There are indoor and outdoor recreational and sports facilities, a swimming pool, community dining hall and the accommodation buildings with wilderness sounding names such as loon, blue heron, moose, bear, maple and pine. But a tour of its facilities reveals subtle differences, such as lower washroom counter tops for wheelchair accessibility, that make the summer retreat a welcoming place for the special children who spend time and have fun there. Located on a narrow peninsula that juts out into Rideau Lake between Perth and Smiths Falls, Merrywood gives the experience of being at camp to youngsters with physical disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=497

PharmaPrix to Make Debit-Card Readers Accessible to Handicapped Customers

Date posted to site: July 16, 2010

Pharmaprix drug stores have agreed to make their debit card readers more accessible to handicapped customers, following an agreement with the Quebec Human Rights Commission.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1580

City of London Embraces Sarnia Mayor's Hiring Challenge

Date posted to site: July 13, 2010

The City of London is joining other Ontario municipalities by including people who have a disability on its payroll.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=496

With New Technology, Few Blind Canadians Read Braille

Date posted to site: July 13, 2010

It was once the most relied upon method of communication for the blind, but now Braille is the latest victim to technology.

Fewer than 10 per cent of the visually impaired use it, and many wonder if the dying language can be revived.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1578

New Accessibility Committee Member Has Definite Ideas

Date posted to site: July 10, 2010

COBOURG - The newest member of Cobourg's accessibility advisory committee, 24-year-old Marty Cunningham, already has a couple of ideas about changes that might be needed on the accessibility front.

For him, a number-one concern is curb cuts that are not really structured to maintain the structural integrity of his motorized wheelchair.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=385

Integrating People With Disabilities (PWD) Into the Workplace

Date posted to site: July 09, 2010

Making diversity a priority in Canadian organizations is imperative - not just because it is the right thing to do, but because it is critical to the future success of our businesses and our economy.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=517

Deaf Woman's Dog Gets No Respect

Date posted to site: July 09, 2010

Hearing Impaired HP Help Desk employee, Michele Simpson, was kicked off an STO bus on Wellington St. because she was assisted by a special hearing dog.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=494

Local Families Challenged by Lack of Autism Therapists

Date posted to site: July 09, 2010

Parents of autistic children in this area are having trouble finding the home therapists they need to help their children find ways to communicate and learn effectively.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1574

Amputee Has His Artificial Leg Ripped off by Police and Is Slammed in Makeshift Cell during G20 Summit

Date posted to site: July 08, 2010

John Pruyn wasn't much in the mood for celebrating Canada Day this year.

How could he be after the way he was treated a few days earlier in Toronto by figures of authority most of us were brought up to respect, our publicly paid-for police forces who are supposed to be there to serve and protect peaceful, law-abiding citizens like him.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=493

Goar: The Disabled are the Forgotten Poor

Date posted to site: July 07, 2010

Spare a thought - or a bit of your Wednesday afternoon, if you can - for the quarter of a million disabled Ontarians who live in government-imposed poverty.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=491

Disability and Professional Identity: Negotiated Change for Fitness to Practice

Date posted to site: July 07, 2010

Policy makers recognize that the employment challenges encountered by disabled people are due to a complex matrix of attitudes, hostile environments and disabling barriers (Barnes, 1992: Burchardt, 2005). Hence, established explanations for the challenges disabled people seem to experience in the labour market are no longer viewed as fitting by the same people and their organizations.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1568

Many with Rheumatoid Arthritis Not Getting Needed Care

Date posted to site: July 07, 2010

Nearly 60 per cent of Ontario residents with rheumatoid arthritis aren't given quick access to a specialist, even though early treatment is critical, a new report finds.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=492

Quiet Hybrids: An End to Their Sounds of Silence?

Date posted to site: July 06, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) - The age of the silent hybrid may be coming to an end.

Gas-electric hybrids, propelled by electric motors at low speeds, are well-known for their quiet ride and great mileage. But their silence isn't always golden.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1558

Call for Papers: Implementing eAccessibility as a Service Quality Factor

Date posted to site: July 06, 2010

The ePractice Journal has embarked on its next issue "Implementing eAccessibility as a service quality factor".

The forthcoming issue (volume 10) of the Journal has released a Call for Papers and encourages prospective article contributions. This Journal will consist of 8 papers, 4 of which have already been filled. There are 4 remaining slots open.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1556

The OHRC Introduces a New Resource for Human Rights and Mental Health

Date posted to site: July 05, 2010

The Ontario Human Rights Commission has serious concerns about the degree to which people with mental health disabilities experience discrimination in areas such as employment, housing, and services. Discriminating against someone because they have a mental health disability or addiction is a violation of Ontario's Human Rights Code.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=511

New Helping Hand for Those With Disabilities

Date posted to site: July 05, 2010

Artist Clare Hooper has an intellectual disability and is schizophrenic.

WHEN Clare Hooper left high school, she attended a special community centre to learn life skills and go on group excursions. As a person with intellectual disabilities and schizophrenia, she was given little choice. The government-funded centre offered her two days of activities with 30 others. And as her mother, Helen, remembers, Ms Hooper was ''bored and unfulfilled''.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1553

Blind driver to take wheel in demonstration

Date posted to site: July 05, 2010

Addison Hugen, a blind student, is shown participating in the 2009 YouthSlam, a science camp for blind students, in College Park, Md. (National Federation of the Blind/Associated Press)

Getting behind the wheel has long been considered impossible for the blind, but that could soon change.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1546

President's Message: Looking at the ADA on Its 20th Anniversary

Date posted to site: July 05, 2010

by Mitch Pomerantz
THE BRAILLE FORUM, Volume XLIX July 2010 No. 1

In my May 2008 President's Message, "ACB and the ADA Restoration Act," I discussed the Americans with Disabilities Act in the context of the then-proposed ADA Amendments Act. At the time I expressed serious concern over opening up the ADA to amendments, either positive or negative, given the existing political climate. Fortunately, it turned out that my concern was unfounded since the legislation passed without any narrowing of its scope.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1550

Accept No Substitutes!

Date posted to site: July 03, 2010

By Geof Collis
Bad Eyes Design & Consulting

For the longest time I've was advocating against the Portable Document Format (PDF), none of them were accessible to my screen reader so I"Settled" for plain text, to me it was the lesser of evils. At no time did I ever care for the Microsoft Word format, next to an inaccessible PDF it was just as bad.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=507

Program axed

Date posted to site: July 03, 2010

By Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com

There's good news and bad news associated with Ontario's Workplace Safety and Insurance Board's decision to cut a controversial $150-million injured worker retraining program, says the secretary-treasurer of the Thunder Bay and District Injured Workers Support Group.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=490

Mayoral Candidates Debate Disability Issues

Date posted to site: July 01, 2010

Peter Athanasopoulos apologized to six mayoral candidates: the wheelchair-accessible cab he ordered had arrived 30 minutes late.

His difficulties reaching a debate on disability issues in Toronto, a city whose subway stations won't be guaranteed accessible until 2024, underscored Athanasopoulos's argument transportation is a "huge issue" for people like him.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=488

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August

Brain-Injured Man Mistreated on Bus: Family

Date posted to site: August 31, 2010

David Wilcox, 52, was in a car accident 25 years ago that left him with brain damage and slurred speech. (CBC) The family of a Nova Scotia man with brain damage plans to file a complaint after he said he was humiliated by an Acadian Lines bus driver on Saturday.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1668

Please Endorse the AODA Alliance's Brief to Elections Ontario on Proposed Polling Station and Returning Office Site Accessibility Standard

Date posted to site: August 31, 2010

The AODA Alliance has submitted a brief to Elections Ontario on a proposed accessibility standard for sites for polling stations and returning offices in provincial elections.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=598

Sorbara Advised Jail for Aggressive Autistic Teen, Mom Claims

Date posted to site: August 30, 2010

TORONTO - A co-founder of the Ontario Autism Coalition accused a Liberal provincial politician of suggesting she should have her autistic son jailed to get better treatment for him, but Greg Sorbara said his comments were misrepresented and he was set up.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=510

Was the Ontario Government Forewarned That the Presto Smart Card Technology for Paying PUBLIC Transit Fares has Disability Barriers?

Date posted to site: August 28, 2010

Presto Systems, a part of the Ontario Government, has designed a Smart Carb system to let public transit passengers load their money on one Smart Card and then use that Smart Card for paying fares on different public transit systems in Ontario. Presto Systems told the AODA Alliance it is committed to ensure its Smart Card technology is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=594

School Board Loses Rights Complaint

Date posted to site: August 27, 2010

Autistic child denied transportation from clinic to school

OTTAWA-The Ottawa Catholic School Board discriminated against a five-year-old autistic boy when it denied him transportation from a private clinic to his school, says the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=592

Tim Hortons Entraps Toronto Police Service

Date posted to site: August 27, 2010

TIM HORTONS HAS NOW ENTRAPPED AND EMBARRASSED THE BEST AND BRAVEST OF THE TORONTO POLICE SERVICES. CTV caught Toronto Police flat footed and red handed parking illegally in parking required for people with disabilities, our veterans and maturing parents.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=588

Canadians with Disabilities Ignored in Shaw Takeover of Canwest TV, Group Says

Date posted to site: August 27, 2010

Organizations and individuals who advocate and serve on behalf of Canadians with disabilities are sharply critical of the planned acquisition of Canwest Global by Shaw Communications.

The group questions Shaw's failure to address accessibility needs in its $2 billion takeover of what it's calling Canada's second largest television system.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1666

Waitlist Numbers for ARCH Funding are Staggering

Date posted to site: August 27, 2010

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

Truth is, the going has been tough for a very long time for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Ontario. Faced with a deplorable shortage of funding for crucial services, thousands of families are sinking under the weight, exhausted and impoverished, left languishing on waiting lists that just keep growing.

Read mor at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=508

Accessible Housing a Right: PUSH

Date posted to site: August 27, 2010

A human rights group for people with disabilities is calling for an inquiry if their questions about funding for accessible housing are not answered.

Ron Ross, president of Persons United for Self Help (PUSH), said there are more than 300 people in Thunder Bay who have been waiting for up to 10 years for accessible, supportive community housing and home support care. Many of them, ranging in age from 16 to 65, have been forced to live with relatives, in institutions or in what he called "inadequate" housing.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=590

Report Urges Changes to Mental Health Care in Ontario.

Date posted to site: August 27, 2010

TORONTO - Ontario's "fractured" system for dealing with those struggling with mental health and addiction problems needs a "radical transformation" if people are to receive the help they need, according to a new report backed by members of all three major political parties.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=509

Breaking Down Job Barriers

Date posted to site: August 26, 2010

Group urges hiring people with disabilities

People with disabilities make up 16% of a community's population, says an organization pushing to create more job opportunities for them.

"That's a pretty significant number of people who are precluded from the workforce," said Joe Dale, executive director of the Toronto-based Ontario Disability Employment Network which tries to help find employment for those with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=507

Blind Student Checks Tech for College's Accessibility

Date posted to site: August 25, 2010

BARRIE - Georgian College student Matthew Campbell identifies - and removes - barriers many of can't see.

That's because he's blind.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=583

Ottawa Makes Voting Easier for Disabled

Date posted to site: August 24, 2010

Will use Voter Assist Terminals in Oct. 25 municipal election

Voting in municipal elections in Ottawa is about to get much easier for people with disabilities.

Machines that allow people with disabilities more independence and privacy while voting will be introduced in this fall's Oct. 25 election.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=579

Online Education And Advances In Educational Technology Are Becoming More Of An Obstacle For Blind Students

Date posted to site: August 24, 2010

Insider Higher Ed reported that advocates for the blind are worried that online education is becoming more and more inaccessible, especially as e-learning materials become more technologically sophisticated.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1661

Groups Want Input on Ontario's New Nutrition Supplement

Date posted to site: August 23, 2010

Health and social advocates say they are still waiting for promised Ontario government consultation on the design of a program to replace the special diet allowance that helps about 165,000 people on social assistance.

Many are worried the new, more restrictive program, announced in last spring's budget, has already been designed - without community input - and may be unveiled as early as next month.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=506

Update: Access for Sight Impaired Consumers Board Backs Human Rights Complaint

Date posted to site: August 23, 2010

For those who have been closely following and in some cases, contributing valuable information that assisted us with our human rights complaint regarding accessible pedestrian signals, we are pleased to announce that the hearing will not proceed on August 23 2010 inasmuch as the parties have agreed to work together on the issues raised in the complaint.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1659

Police Constable Experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Should Have Been Accommodated on the Job

Date posted to site: August 21, 2010

In a decision on June 16, 2010, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario found that the Toronto Police Services Board discriminated against a new recruit, Ariyeh Krieger, by not accommodating his mental disability to the point of undue hardship.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=560

PARTICIPANTS NEEDED for a Study of Cell Phone Based Emergency Services

Date posted to site: August 21, 2010

Researchers at the Neil Squire Society in cooperation with the Canadian Association of the Deaf, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities are conducting a study to look at how emergency calls and emergency disaster alerts on cellular phones can be made more accessible.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1647more-1647

The Struggle to Get Help for an Autistic Child

Date posted to site: August 21, 2010

'The system for our kids is not working'

WATERLOO REGION - Stacey Berton-Young was grief-stricken when her son was diagnosed with autism.

Since then, desperation and fear have become a part of her daily life.

"Everything has been a battle and a wait list," she said.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=505

Now Hear This. It's Time to Turn Down the Volume

Date posted to site: August 20, 2010

Associated PressMatthew Brady, 17, of Foxborough, Mass., poses for a portrait in his home while wearing ear phones and displaying an iPod, Friday.

Brady, who has some mild hearing loss, used to listen to the device while running on a treadmill with the volume turned up. A stunning number of teens have lost a little bit of their hearing _ nearly one in five _ and the problem has increased substantially in recent years, a new national study has found.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1642

Autism Funding Falls flat

Date posted to site: August 20, 2010

Neilburg couple says new money from Sask. government would be better spent on education

The Saskatchewan government is stepping up with a $2.5 million increase in funding for people dealing with autism spectrum disorder, money one Neilburg family says should be aimed towards the education system.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1640

Call for Nominations for the 2010 Celebration of People awards is now open!

Date posted to site: August 20, 2010

It's that time of year again!

You can nominate and put the spotlight on individuals and organizations in our community who promote inclusion of people with disabilities and excellence by their personal or corporate example.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=504

Lifetime Networks Merges With Citizen Advocacy Ottawa

Date posted to site: August 19, 2010

OTTAWA, August 18, 2010 - Following many months of research, discussions and negotiations, the Board of Directors of Citizen Advocacy Ottawa is pleased to announce Lifetime Networks as a new program of Citizen Advocacy. Created by and for families who have a relative with a disability, Lifetime Networks facilitates the establishment and continuance of a loving and caring Personal Support Network in the lives of people with a disability. The program offers workshops on topics of interest to families who have a member with a disability and also features social activities that foster inclusion and provide opportunities for families to network.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=503

City of Toronto 2010 Municipal Election Accessibility Plan

Date posted to site: August 18, 2010

The City of Toronto recently released its "2010 Municipal Elections Accessibility Plan (Plan)". In the introduction of the Plan it is stated:

The Election's Accessibility Plan supports and strengthens the City's commitment and efforts to respond to the needs of persons with disabilities. The focus of this Plan is to ensure that electoral services are accessible to all electors and candidates, to identify and eliminate barriers for persons with disabilities and to create a positive voting experience.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=553

Government Turns It's Back on Intelectually Disabled Adults

Date posted to site: August 18, 2010

Mom Saves Taxpayers Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars Now Government Turns Their Back on Intelectually Disabled Daughter

My name is Roseanna Vachon and I have been advocating on behalf of adults with intellectual disabilities. I understand that you have been made aware of the Trillium Lakelands District School Board's (TLDSB) decision to cease bus transportation for our adults. My daughter, Brandy, has used the bus, post secondary for over 15 years. She is one of seven affected individuals.

For many years, I personally made these arrangements directly with TLDSB's Transportation Department for this yearly service.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=555

AODA Alliance Calls on Ontario Government to Halt Deployment of Presto Public Transit Smart Card System Until Disability Barriers are Removed

Date posted to site: August 16, 2010

The AODA Alliance has called on the Ontario Government to halt deployment of the Government-financed Presto System Smart Card technology for paying public transit fares in Ontario, until disability barriers that the AODA Alliance identified in this new technology are removed. The August 12, 2010 Toronto Star includes a prominent article reporting on this.

Read more at
http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/08122010.asp

McGuinty Government Issues Weak Final Response to Beer Independent Review of AODA

Date posted to site: August 12, 2010

Government Does Not Promise the New Leadership or Transformative Change that Charles Beer Recommended

On August 11, 2010, the McGuinty Government released a weak and inadequate final response to the Government-appointed Charles Beer Independent Review of the AODA. (5-page text set out below)

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=548

Americans Fear Blindness More Than Heart Disease Survey Finds

Date posted to site: August 12, 2010

Most Americans fear blindness more than getting heart disease, the primary killer of both men and women in the United States, according to the findings of the f"Eye on Eyesightf" survey.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1635

No Paper Ballots for Cobourg

Date posted to site: August 11, 2010

The Town of Cobourg was so pleased with how electronic voting went in the 2006 election that only cellphone and Internet options will be offered this fall's municipal election.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=545

Muslims Eject Guide Dogs From Buses: Guide Dog Row

Date posted to site: August 11, 2010

THE transport minister has intervened to stop guide dogs and their blind owners from being ordered off buses because Muslim drivers or passengers consider the animals unclean.

The refusal, for religious reasons, to carry even guide dogs has become so widespread that it was raised in the House of Lords last week by Lord Monson, a crossbench peer.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1633

Web Accessibility for Cognitive Disabilities and Learning Difficulties

Date posted to site: August 10, 2010

By Ian Pouncey
4 Aug, 2010

Web accessibility for people with cognitive disabilities and learning difficulties is one of the most overlooked subtopics of general web accessibility, despite it affecting the largest numbers. A large part of it is that there are so many conditions to understand in this area (far more than say visual or hearing impairments) and a lack of educational information available for learning about it.

Read more at
http://www.badeyes.com/?p=241

Are Braille's Days as the Great Equalizer Over?

Date posted to site: August 10, 2010

Keith Gillard taps away on his computer's Microsoft Egronomic keyboard at his home in Edmonton, Aug. 4, 2010. "Braille is not necessary to have a full and complete life as a blind Canadian," he says.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1631

Access for Sight Impaired Consumers Board Backs Human Rights Complaint

Date posted to site: August 09, 2010

IN January 2008, the Access for Sight Impaired Consumers (ASIC) Board approved a motion to back the filing of a human rights complaint against the City of Richmond. The complaint seeks to resolve the City's unwillingness to provide access to public information in an audio format - specifically street names at controlled intersections equipped with an accessible pedestrian signalling (APS)device.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1623

Disability Groups Suing New York City (NYC) MTA Over Transit Cuts

Date posted to site: August 09, 2010

(New York - Ailsa Chang, WNYC) Anthony Trocchia used to go to Manhattan every weekend - to shop, go to the movies, people-watch in the park and visit his best friend in the East Village. But since the B39 bus was cut June 27, Trocchia has been to Manhattan only once.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1621

Disabled Australians Subjected to Hate Crimes

Date posted to site: August 09, 2010

Brisbane- research reveals thousands of Australians with disabilities are increasingly being subjected to hate crimes.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1625

Fair Board Backs Off, Admits Bad Move

Date posted to site: August 07, 2010

Against a rising tide of public outrage, Western Fair has pulled the plug on plans to charge the disabled and their attendants admission to next month's fair.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=502

Air Canada Fixes Dying Boy's Busted Wheelchair

Date posted to site: August 06, 2010

Hundreds on Twitter criticize airline for breaking Tanner Bawn's wheelchair

A terminally ill boy whose specialized wheelchair was broken on an Air Canada flight from Toronto to New York has been given it back after the airline had it fixed.

Tanner Bawn, 10, his aunt and his mother arrived at La Guardia Airport on Wednesday and discovered the boy's $15,000 custom wheelchair in pieces. The boy, a native of Kamloops, B.C., suffers from Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1616

If You Can't Stand Up, Stand Out!

Date posted to site: August 06, 2010

Written By: Cory Woodard

It is two days before I am supposed to move into my apartment and begin my third year of college at the University of West Georgia, but that may not be happening now as of yesterday. I have been looking forward to beginning this year and have had my classes picked out for months, tuning my schedule down to the perfect one. I even have plans to audition for the theatre department mid-August. The problem is not the tuition finances or other circumstances that normal college students may encounter- the problem is that I need a caregiver because I am in a wheelchair and cannot take care of myself without daily assistance.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1618

Blind Canadians Demand Halt to the Attack on Employment Equity

Date posted to site: August 05, 2010

The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) is calling on the Federal Government to stop its attacks on Employment Equity.

"All fair minded Canadians object to recent insinuations that unmerited candidates from equity-seeking groups are taking over all the jobs of 'qualified white candidates', thanks to Federal Employment Equity measures", says John Rae, 1st Vice President of AEBC, a nationwide organization of blind and partially sighted Canadians. "If this were true, statistics would tell us that whites are no longer being hired by the federal public service, but no one has had the gall to suggest this," adds Rae.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1612

Hard of Hearing Association Urges Government to Keep Long Form Census

Date posted to site: August 05, 2010

EMC News - The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association, a national organization representing millions of Canadians who live with hearing loss, urges the federal government to immediately revoke its recent decision to eliminate the mandatory long form Canadian census questionnaire.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1614

Scrapped Mandatory Census Cuts Even Deeper for Disability Advocacy Group

Date posted to site: August 04, 2010

Disability advocacy groups have major challenge ahead following cuts to the census and StatsCan's disability survey

Making the long-form census voluntary instead of mandatory is not the first change to the way Statistics Canada collects data since the Conservatives took office. Several surveys have been discontinued.

The Participation and Activity Limitation Survey (PALS), Statscan's major data collection on individuals with disabilities, was cut by the government department that paid for it, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=501

Letters to the Editor: Transportation for People With Disabilities

Date posted to site: August 03, 2010

Re: Meeting the need

On July 29, Kourtney Stevenson of Moncton submitted a letter to the Times & Transcript regarding Ability Transit.

That letter could not have better articulated the plight that too many New Brunswick residents with disabilities face each day. For several years, transit departments across Canada have been receiving funding from Ottawa to rejuvenate their fleets.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1609

New Report: Council Websites are Getting Slightly Worse

Date posted to site: August 02, 2010

Using websites is now second nature to over 80% of the UK population, with web users going online to browse, shop, book tickets etc. So why is it in our latest annual council usability report, looking at the top 20 council websites, that there's been a slight dip in the usability of council sites?

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1607

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September

Mayoral Candidate Walks Into Accessibility Issue

Date posted to site: September 30, 2010

Mayoral candidate Julie Hryniewicz says she wants to make sure Sault Ste. Marie's waterfront boardwalk -- and the rest of the city -- is accessible.

She stumbled on what life can be like in a wheelchair or scooter during an afternoon walk along the boardwalk Monday.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=428

eBay, National Federation of the Blind Work Together to Help Blind Web Users

Date posted to site: September 30, 2010

In a large lab filled with rows of computers and other devices at the National Federation of the Blind, a small team of technical analysts works with gadgets and websites to test how easily they can be used by the blind.

The latest site to pass muster is also one of the web's largest and busiest: the online auction site eBay.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1720

New Call Out System Calling Out Wrong Stops and Is Not Accessible!

Date posted to site: September 30, 2010

Community Advocate, Catherine Gardner who is running in College ward says some of the buses equipped with the new automated stop system have flaws including calling out wrong stops, stops not showing on the display panel, and the equipment not being accessible to persons with disabilities including those who use wheelchairs/ scooters and those who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

Read more at
http://catherinegardner.ca/blog/?p=836

Accessibility on TTC Needs Work, Residents Say

Date posted to site: September 29, 2010

Valentina Gal says the TTC has great customer service.

But its maintenance practice — or lack thereof —has become a major accessibility issue, she says.

This issue was addressed by the five leading mayoral candidates who assembled at Trinity Bellwoods Church on Wednesday for a debate focused ways to improve inclusion for those living with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=690

Many Aging HomeOwners Exploring Accessibility Options

Date posted to site: September 29, 2010

Paul Nunes and his wife, Elizabeth Waller, lived 25 years in their dream house in Fairport.

They raised two daughters who played under a stately maple tree in an ample backyard. When the family pushed at the walls, Nunes and Waller added a music room for his piano and many other instruments.

But dreams change and needs grow bigger than space for the Steinway.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1716

University of British Columbia Press Becomes First Canadian Publisher to Partner with Bookshare

Date posted to site: September 29, 2010

September 28, 2010, Vancouver, BC and Palo Alto, CA, USA -The University of British Columbia Press (UBC Press), one of the largest university presses in Canada, has entered into an agreement with Bookshare® granting world rights to its collection. UBC Press offers a unique perspective through the generation and transfer of knowledge across many subject areas.

UBC Press is a leading publisher of books in political science, Aboriginal studies and law for postsecondary educational, professional and scholarly audiences. Other areas of particular strength in the collection include titles in Asian studies, history, environmental studies, health policy and sexuality studies.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1718

City Slow to Accommodate the Disabled

Date posted to site: September 28, 2010

I just read the Whig-Standard's latest report about how the Grand Theatre will need a third renovation to make the stage accessible. I can't believe it. Requests to make the stage accessible have been made ever since feedback was first solicited from the disability community prior to the city doing the first renovation.

When it was completed, and it was announced that a second renovation would be needed to fix the washroom and the lift, I wrote a letter to the city to again ask for stage access. I also asked why the city did not use widely accepted measurements that were written by engineers in London, Ont., and have since been adopted in Kingston.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=425

Update: University of Winnipeg Nixes Disabled Service Cuts

Date posted to site: September 28, 2010

The University of Winnipeg will not proceed with proposed cuts to services for disabled students.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1710

NZ: Great for a Holiday, Except if You Have a Disability

Date posted to site: September 28, 2010

Although guide dogs are legally protected from discrimination in New Zealand, if you're coming to the Rugby World Cup next year, you'd better check whether your accommodation will accept them.

Access Tourism (AT) is tourism, travel, and hospitality for people with disabilities (pwds), seniors, and others needing better access and New Zealand's much acclaimed tourism market lags behind the rest of the world in this respect.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1714

Shoppers Drug Mart / Home Health Care(SHHC) Service Inadequate

Date posted to site: September 28, 2010

By Douglas Bentley

To Whom it May Concern

As a SHHC customer, and wheelchair user for 34 years, I have never had such problems with w/c maintenance than I have had with Shoppers Home Health Care.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=678

Notice to Members of the Public Wishing to Serve on the Eelections Ontario Accessibility Advisory Committee

Date posted to site: September 27, 2010

The Chief Electoral Officer of Ontario invites applications from members of the public who are interested in serving on the Elections Ontario Accessibility Advisory Committee (EOAAC).

Elections Ontario is seeking volunteers from across the Province to serve on the Committee which will provide advice to enhance access by voters with disabilities to the provincial electoral process. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=675

Disabled Services Cut at University of Winnipeg

Date posted to site: September 27, 2010

Disabled students say they're appalled that the University of Winnipeg is apparently cutting services they count on.

Officials claim they have experienced a 20 per cent increase in the number of disabled students enrolled and cannot afford to provide some services.

The cuts include assistance with note-taking and providing additional time for writing exams.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1708

Accessibility Reforms 'Very Weak'

Date posted to site: September 24, 2010

The path to an accessible Ontario is still littered with stumbling blocks and is way too long - not to mention excruciatingly slow.

We've been lumbering through committee after committee, tinkering with standards sector by sector, frittering away the 15 years remaining to the blurred 2025 deadline when all the barriers are supposed to disappear.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=673

Report Finds Serious Gaps in the Planning and Delivery of Mental Health Services for Federally Sentenced Offenders

Date posted to site: September 24, 2010

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 23, 2010) - The Office of the Correctional Investigator (OCI) released today an independent report that finds serious funding, implementation and accountability gaps in the delivery of mental health care services in federal corrections.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1706

Should Sighted Developers Use Screenreaders To Test Accessibility?

Date posted to site: September 23, 2010

There is some controversy about the idea of sighted web designers and developers using screenreading software to test web sites for accessibility. Some people suggest one must use a screenreader to test their sites. Others believe it is counter productive. I think that very few sighted people can get the correct results by using screenreaders to test a website. I further think that too many people think that the accessibility testing is complete once they've used a screenreader on their website.

Read more at
http://www.badeyes.com/?p=249

Texting Revolution Allows Deaf to Communicate on Own Terms

Date posted to site: September 22, 2010

New technologies such as the iPhone 4's video chat software have profoundly changed millions of lives

Gone are the days of a deaf person driving to someone's house just to see if they are home. Wives text their deaf husbands in the basement, just as a hearing wife might yell down the stairs. Deaf teens blend in with the mall crowd since they're constantly texting, like everyone else in high school.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1702

There's No Need To Fear the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

Date posted to site: September 21, 2010

It's true that Ontario's businesses will incur extra costs to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). It's true that you will have to change the way you operate, expending more time, money and effort-at least initially. So maybe you're afraid of that. But consider that most people have no idea what not accommodating disability already costs Ontarians through taxes, health care and social services.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=667

Wounded Soldiers to Get Better Benefits

Date posted to site: September 20, 2010

OTTAWA-The federal government will boost the help it provides the most seriously wounded and junior rank soldiers injured in Afghanistan, the Star has learned.

The move comes after the Conservatives, who boast about their support for the military, faced sharp criticism they were short-changing Canada's newest generation of veterans returning from Afghanistan with grievous injuries.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1697

Re: Announced Closure of the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial School for the Deaf

Date posted to site: September 20, 2010

Dear Hon. Dr. Darin King, Minister of Education

The announcement of the closure of the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial School for the Deaf (NSD) has sparked an outcry of concern from individuals and organizations, including The Canadian Hearing Society. The accommodation needs and accessibility requirements of accessible education for Deaf and hard of hearing students must be fully understood and the ramifications of this decision fully considered. Students, families and educators from NSD are now facing the government's decision without being duly considered or given choices.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1695

What would Rick do?

Date posted to site: September 20, 2010

By Karen Sinclair, The Ottawa Citizen September 19, 2010

John Richard "Rick" Sinclair was born in Richmond Hill on Nov. 29, 1947 and died June 30 in Ottawa, age 62.

'Karen puts HP sauce on everything, even ice cream!" This scurrilous tale was told by my husband Rick to my stepsons, Mark and James, who were nine and seven years old, respectively, when they came into my life.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=664

Stevie Wonder Strikes Chord in UN Appeal for Disabled

Date posted to site: September 20, 2010

GENEVA - Blind U.S. soul music star Stevie Wonder struck up a singalong at a UN agency Monday as he urged countries to unlock access to copyrighted material that disabled people need for their education and livelihoods.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1700

Disabled Only Ones to Make Concessions in Kawartha Lakes Council's Election "Compromise"

Date posted to site: September 18, 2010

By Geof Collis

In a recent article and Television Interview Blind Voter Lashes Out Over City’s Mail-In Ballots I had brought to light the discrimination shown by a Majority of City Council with regards to the voting process they adopted.

I decided to investigate further and wasn't any happier with how Council chose Mail In Ballots.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=658

Province Discriminates Against Addicts, Court Finds

Date posted to site: September 17, 2010

Denying long-term government support payments to alcoholics and drug addicts violates the province's Human Rights Code because it discriminates on the basis of disability, the Ontario Court of Appeal has affirmed.

In a 3-0 decision Thursday, the court dismissed an appeal from the director of the Ontario Disability Support Program, who argued that provincial legislation preventing addicts from drawing long-term disability benefits was meant to assist them in their recovery.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=661

Disabled Hunter's Response to Hurtak's "Thorny Issue"

Date posted to site: September 17, 2010

One cannot be a non-disabled hunter and understand what it's like. When the article on disabled hunting was written (The thorny issue of disabled hunting, Townsman/Bulletin, Sept. 7)the writer ought to have talked to a disabled hunter to present both sides of the story and to prevent the release of incorrect information.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1693

AODA Alliance Update: Send Us Feedback on Our Draft Brief on the Government's Summary of Proposed Integrated Accessibility Standard

Date posted to site: September 16, 2010

We are very eager for your feedback. The AODA Alliance has just prepared a draft brief to the Ontario Government. It offers our input on the Government's September 2, 2010 summary of its proposed integrated accessibility standard.

We want to know what you think of our draft brief. Are there things we should add or change? The Government has given the public until October 16, 2010 to submit any responses to its summary of the proposed integrated accessibility standard. We therefore need your feedback by October 1, 2010 so we can do our best to prepare our final brief to the Government on schedule.

Read more at
http://www.aodaalliance.org/strong-effective-aoda/09152010-2.asp

Making the Law Work for Persons with Disabilities

Date posted to site: September 15, 2010

A Law Reform Project of the Law Commission of Ontario

How do we make sure that the law takes into account the everyday lives of persons with disabilities? The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) is working on a project to address this question.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=650

Accommodating Candidates With Disabilities

Date posted to site: September 14, 2010

With municipal elections set to take place across the province this fall, it's a good time for discussions on the need to accommodate candidates with disabilities.

Barbara Hall, chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, raised the issue recently in her annual report for 2009-10.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=648

Online Tool Aids Students

Date posted to site: September 14, 2010

Mental health: There are indications struggles are on the rise for students

Sometimes, it means being down about getting a bad mark, missing home or not fitting in.

Other times, it means feeling hopeless, depressed and suicidal.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1691

Terminating Long-Absent Employees: 'Frustration' Isn't Just a Legal Term

Date posted to site: September 14, 2010

When an employee is absent because of long-term disability, employers naturally wonder how long they must wait before the employment contract has been "frustrated."

If it has, the employment contract can be terminated. According to the recent Ontario decision of Naccarato v. Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd.,

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1689

Sailors With Disabilities Gather in Vancouver for Mobility Cup

Date posted to site: September 13, 2010

VANCOUVER - Sailors from around the globe will be in Vancouver this week to participate in the 20th annual Mobility Cup, an international regatta for disabled sailors.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1687

Registration for Essex County Accessibility Workshop Now Open

Date posted to site: September 11, 2010

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=421

Accessibility and the Law: How good UX can keep you out of court

Date posted to site: September 11, 2010

Website accessibility is obviously an integral part of user experience; a negative user experience is certain to occur when a consumer cannot access a commercial website, which, in turn, almost always carries negative business consequences. To make matters worse, an inaccessible website may also expose the site owner and/or designer to legal liability.

Read more at
http://www.badeyes.com/?p=246

Posting of Final Proposed Accessible Built Environment Standard/Publication de la proposition finale de Norme d'accessibilité au milieu bâti

Date posted to site: September 10, 2010

NOTICE:
The Final Proposed Accessible Built Environment Standard, as part of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, has now been posted on the Ministry of Community and Social Services' website.

The final proposed standard was developed by an external Accessible Built Environment Standards Development Committee (ABE-SDC). This external committee included representatives from the disability community as well as the public and private sectors.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=625

Help Wanted-New Program Will Open Doors to Lasting Employment and Meaningful Careers for Adults with Disabilities in Ottawa Region

Date posted to site: September 10, 2010

BMO Financial Group and JVS bringing successful pre-employment training and support program to Ottawa area - In 2001, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities (26 per cent) was more than 5 times higher than the unemployment rate for people without disabilities (5 per cent). This ratio has not improved.

Innovative pre-employment training program aims to shatter glass ceilings for people with disabilities - Job retention is extremely high for people who have graduated through the pre-employment program - nearly 70 per cent

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=514

Union Backs Some of Scathing Report

Date posted to site: September 10, 2010

The union representing thousands of federal prison guards who work in penitentiaries in Kingston says a scathing report released Wednesday by the prison ombudsman has it partly right.

Correctional investigator How -ard Sapers says Correctional Service Canada has failed to fix chronic problems that contribute to inmate deaths behind bars.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=516

Study: Mental Health Absences Cost Canada $51 Billion

Date posted to site: September 10, 2010

Toronto, Ontario, Canada (AHN) - About 20 of 145 days of short-term leaves taken yearly by every 1,000 Canadian employees are related to mental health problems, according to a study released Wednesday by the Center for Addiction and Mental Health.

On a yearly basis, the cost to the Canadian economy of the absences reaches $51 billion, making this kind of leave the most costly disability for Canadian firms. The amount is twice the cost of a leave for physical ailment.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1681

UN Mulls Noisier Hybrid, Electric Cars as Safety Measure

Date posted to site: September 10, 2010

A U.S. Department of Transportation study found that the rate of accidents involving hybrid electric vehicles was twice as high as normal cars in certain situations.

Kenneth Feith, who is from a UN group trying cut vehicle noise for over 30 years, admitted it was quite a surprise when he got a request for electric and hybrid cars to make more noise. "My response was, 'you're crazy'," he recounted.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1683

New Yorkers With Disabilities Face Barriers to Voting: Advocacy Groups Sue for Discrimination

Date posted to site: September 09, 2010

New York, New York - A lawsuit filedthis week in Federal District court in the Southern District of New York alleges that the Board of Elections in the City of New York discriminates against registered voters with mobility and vision disabilities, because it fails to ensure that polling places are accessible on Election Day.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1677

Class Action by Disabled Employees Against the Social Security Administration Will Go Forward

Date posted to site: September 09, 2010

A group of disabled employees of the Social Security Administration has secured another victory in a class action before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

On August 25, 2010, the EEOC Office of Federal Operations affirmed the October 8, 2008 decision of the Administrative Judge to certify the case as a class action. The action alleges that the Social Security Administration discriminates against employees with targeted disabilities by creating a glass ceiling and limiting promotions and other career advancement opportunities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1679

In Case of Emergency, Break Glass: People With Disabilities and Disaster Preparedness

Date posted to site: September 08, 2010

Last week, Hurricane Earl appeared to be bearing down on the Eastern Seaboard on the United States, and there were a number of stories about communities preparing for evacuation, or weathering out the storm. Watching the news unfold, I noted a pretty glaring absence in the coverage: Any discussion, at all, of people with disabilities. Ever since Hurricane Katrina, the US government has been aware that there are significant gaps in disaster preparedness planning for the disabled community. Several reports since then have suggested that, despite policy changes, most communities are still not ready to deal with the evacuation of their disabled residents.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1674

CITY TV Reporter Leaves T.O. - Accessibility an Issue

Date posted to site: September 07, 2010

Toronto for me won't be the same without Tara Weber wheeling around and chasing stories.

Sadly Citytv is losing the top-notch reporter to Calgary. But there is more to this story than a job offer for a much sought-after on-air talent.

And perhaps some lessons learned?

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=621

TRANSIT: Niagara GO Service Now Takes Wheelchairs

Date posted to site: September 06, 2010

Niagara's GO buses have started making time for disabled residents.

Starting Saturday, the popular transit buses will be able to spend more time at each stop along the routes between Niagara Falls and Burlington, allowing riders with wheelchairs or scooters to get aboard.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=619

Kindle Accessibility Review: How Far Has Amazon Opened the Door to the Blind?

Date posted to site: September 06, 2010

The Kindle is an electronic book reading device produced by Amazon that provides access to hundreds of thousands of in-copyright books and well over a million more that are either out of print or in the public domain. In other words, it's pretty safe to say that if it's not available on the Kindle it's not available in e-book format.

The question we must ask is, "how effectively does the new Kindle 3 make the books in this vast library accessible to blind readers"?

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1672

Blind Voter Lashes Out Over City's Mail-In Ballots

Date posted to site: September 04, 2010

KAWARTHA LAKES - A blind city voter has lashed out at politicians who chose mail-in ballots for the Oct. 25 municipal election.

Geof Collis said he is "appalled" by the decision, which he says has "effectively discriminated against me and others, ensuring that my right to vote is neither private nor independent.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=607

Loss of Funeral Subsidy Sparks Donations for Ajax Boy's Casket

Date posted to site: September 04, 2010

When Donna Smith bought a fancier casket for her son's funeral, she lost burial subsidy

AJAX -- No one wants to buy a coffin for their child.

But when Donna Smith spotted the white and gold casket patterned with doves, she knew it was what she wanted for her son. The popular Grade 9 student with Down's syndrome died abruptly in July, mere hours after learning his summer flu was actually leukemia.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=513

McGuinty Government Gives 45 Days for Public Comment on Its Just-Rleased Summary of Proposed New Accessibility Standards

Date posted to site: September 03, 2010

The McGuinty Government has just released a detailed summary of the contents of the proposed accessibility standard it is planning to pass into law. It is proposing a single integrated standard to address barriers in transportation, employment, and information and communication.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=609

Voter Access Improved: city News

Date posted to site: September 03, 2010

Pauline Baker has always found it hard to vote for St. Catharines politicians.

No, she's not particularly cynical about local politics.

The 68-year-old, who has multiple sclerosis and needs a scooter to get around, just has trouble getting into her local polling station.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=612

Premier Leaves it to Community and Social Services Minister to Respond to Beer Report

Date posted to site: September 02, 2010

Conservatives Criticize Government's Failure to Implement More of Charles Beer's Recommendations

We update you on two letters to the AODA Alliance from the Ontario Government, and a news release from Ontario's Progressive Conservative Party. These all concern the fate of the Report earlier this year of the Government-appointed Charles Beer Independent Review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=603

Whitehorse to Enforce Disabled Parking Law

Date posted to site: September 02, 2010

Parking illiegally in a disabled spot can result in a $250 fine.

The City of Whitehorse will start issuing fines Wednesday to motorists who illegally park in disabled parking spots, including on privately-owned parking lots and shopping malls.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=417

GettingHired.com, Nation's Largest Disability Employment Portal, Bolsters Service Offerings for Employers

Date posted to site: September 02, 2010

Exclusive partnership with HirePotential, Inc. provides specialized training courses for national employers on The Accommodation Process, Disability Etiquette Training, OFCCP Compliance, Disability Awareness Training for Recruiters/Hiring Managers and Tax Credit Utilization

BEDMINSTER, N.J., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- GettingHired.com, the nation's largest disability employment portal, announced the signing of an exclusive agreement with HirePotential, Inc. to provide specialized training to major employers related to disability employment readiness. The series of courses, including specialized training on The Accommodation Process, Disability Etiquette Training, OFCCP Compliance, Disability Awareness Training for Recruiters and Hiring Managers as well as Tax Credit Utilization, will allow employers to be better prepared to take full advantage of hiring talented people with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1670

Ontario's Mental-Health System Needs to Be Fixed now

Date posted to site: September 02, 2010

Implementing the recommendations of a legislature committee would launch a new era of compassion, care and safety

What a cruel juxtaposition of events.

Last Thursday, a committee of the Ontario Legislature released a hard-hitting report on the need to fundamentally transform the province's mental-health and addictions system.

Then, on Sunday, as if to underscore the urgency of implementing their recommendations, Toronto Police shot to death 25-year-old Reyal Jensen Jardine-Douglas. The shooting is still under investigation, but his "crime" seems to have been to suffer from mental illness.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=512

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October

Are You an AccessaPhobe?

Date posted to site: October 30, 2010

By Geof Collis

If you get "Slammed" by the Human Rights Commission because your Legislation falls short of Human Rights requirements then you're an AccessaPhobe.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=737

City of Toronto: Survey on the Voting Process for the October 25th Election

Date posted to site: October 29, 2010

The City of Toronto Elections Office is now conducting a market research survey to find out how Torontonians found the voting process in the most recent municipal election.

Your feedback will facilitate a better understanding of how the City can provide the best service possible for voters at elections. It will also help us make voting more accessible for residents with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=735

3 Provinces Get Failing Grades on ADHD: Report

Date posted to site: October 28, 2010

Schools systems in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec earned grades of unsatisfactory/fail.

"Using the terminology of provincial report cards, three provinces received a grade of 'unsatisfactory,' " according to the report. "However, we would like to go so far as to say they are actually failing to provide access to services."

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1769

An Open Letter From the CEO - and a Call To Action for Canadian Employers

Date posted to site: October 27, 2010

"When in greeting, you touch my hand. What knuckled shutters open? What fear do you unlearn?"

These are the words of American artist and poet Laura Hershey, who has spinal muscular atrophy. They are part of a labour awareness campaign for National Disability Employment Awareness Month or "NDEAM 2010" which occurs annually in October, both in the US and Canada. As employers assess their current and future hiring needs, it is important to remember that "talent has no boundaries, and that workforce diversity includes people with disabilities".

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=733

Accessibility Coalition Decries CRTC Decision on Shaw and Canwest

Date posted to site: October 26, 2010

A coalition of Canada's accessibility organizations has condemned the CRTC's ecision to approve Shaw's acquisition of the former Canwest television and specialty TV services.

"The CRTC's dismissal of recommendations that would have increased and improved accessible television content across Canada for all Canadians with visual or hearing disabilities, means that this country has lost a rare opportunity to make real and permanent progress towards a 100% accessible broadcast day," said Beverley Milligan, Acting President and CEO of Media Access Canada (MAC).

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1765

Disabled Rights Activist Challenges Guelph's Bookshelf Over Accessibility

Date posted to site: October 25, 2010

GUELPH - Matt Wozenilek holds a copy of The Bookshelf's Off the Shelf publication. It lists events at the popular downtown bookstore and cinema, many of which he said he can't attend because he is in a wheelchair.

"Very few of (the events), unless it is on the main floor, can I attend," Wozenilek said.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=728

Transit Fighter Loses Human Rights Battle

Date posted to site: October 25, 2010

A St. Catharines woman who took Niagara Region to a human rights tribunal over the lack of a regional transit service has lost her case.

Angela Browne said she'll ask for a reconsideration or appeal the decision.

"I'm very disappointed. Disappointed in this Region," she said after receiving the decision from the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario Friday.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=730

Full-Service Gas Stations Running on Fumes

Date posted to site: October 25, 2010

Rita Green scoured Guelph's full slate of gas stations this week, calling each one to find out which offer full service. She found local evidence of the trend that is sweeping the country: The full-service gas station is going the way of the Studebaker.

"I found four in total that still offer full service," said Green, who is concerned that the growing senior population and the disabled in the city will have an increasingly difficult time finding a station that will pump their gas.

Local advocates for the elderly and disabled agree that the trend away from full service is causing major problems for the frail and disabled.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=520

The Blind Leading the Blind

Date posted to site: October 25, 2010

CNIB, the organization has distanced itself from its original meaning, as an institute for the blind.

CFB, by contrast, focuses on the blind. The little federation offers what it sees as a gap in the support offered by its well-established counterpart.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1763

Government Turns It's Back on Intelectually Disabled Adults, Yet Again

Date posted to site: October 22, 2010

By Roseanna Vachon

Why would Liberal MPP Rick Johnson criticize the Progressive Conservatives for trying to assist the intellectually disabled? As a parent of an intellectually disabled adult, I came to him for help but no resolution was forthcoming. He indicated that it was a School Board decision and not a provincial government issue.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=725

Disabled Woman's Transit Complaint Ignored

Date posted to site: October 22, 2010

A Winnipeg woman is hoping to drive the issue of transit services for the disabled onto the agenda for people seeking office in the upcoming civic election.

Emily Reimer lives in the Point Douglas area, uses a walker to get around and is clamouring for Handi-Transit to pick her up for rides from the rear of her home, which is more accessible for her.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1761

Canada's Transportation Terminals Making Travel Information More Accessible to Persons With Disabilities

Date posted to site: October 21, 2010

The Canadian Transportation Agency today released a report finding that Canada's transportation terminals are becoming more accessible to persons with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1758

Braille Embosser Unveiled in Orangeville

Date posted to site: October 21, 2010

The embosser was purchased to further enhance accessibility for the town's residents. The "Juliet Pro 60" is a Braille embosser, which uses software to translate ordinary language into Braille.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=443

Device Helps Blind Voters Cast Ballots

Date posted to site: October 20, 2010

THE upcoming federal byelection in Winnipeg North will be the nation's testing ground for an automated-talking voting device that helps the blind and disabled vote without a pencil and paper ballot.

A Parliamentary committee approved the device Monday, with approval from the Senate expected shortly.

The use of the technology will be a first for any Canadian federal election, although some cities already use it in municipal elections.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1756

Direction Provided to Air Canada on Accommodating Travellers with Peanut or Nut Allergies

Date posted to site: October 20, 2010

The Canadian Transportation Agency today issued a decision providing direction to Air Canada on how to accommodate travellers disabled by peanut or nut allergies.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1752

Human Rights Legal Support Centre Serves Town of Whitby

Date posted to site: October 20, 2010

HUMAN RIGHTS LEGAL SUPPORT CENTRE SERVES DEMAND LETTER ON THE TOWN OF WHITBY SO-CALLED "CENTRE OF ACCESSIBILITY EXCELLENCE" FOR REFUSING HUMAN RIGHTS TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=722

Ontario Human Rights Commission Slams McGuinty Government's Proposed Integrated Accessibility Standard as Falling Short of Human Rights Requirements

Date posted to site: October 19, 2010

The Ontario Human Rights Commission has just made public its POWERFUL October 15, 2010 submission to the Ontario Government, giving feedback on the Government's proposed integrated accessibility standard. (12 pages, set out at the link below)

In it, the Commission, the Government's lead human rights watchdog, resoundingly slams the Government for proposing so weak and inadequate an accessibility standard. That standard is supposed to address barriers facing persons with disabilities in transportation, information and communication, and employment.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=717

New Measures to Help Disabled Vote

Date posted to site: October 19, 2010

With one week to go before election day, officials are working to ensure that the city is able to meet the needs of all voters.

City clerk Nancy Wright- Laking said all municipalities are required to have accessible-voting options.

Peterborough has always been a leader when it comes to accessibility, she said, and has taken additional steps to make sure everyone is able to cast a ballot.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=719

Potential Changes for the Next Edition of the Building Code: First Round of Consultation (October - November 2010)

Date posted to site: October 16, 2010

The Building Code Act, 1992 (the Act) is the legislative framework governing the construction, renovation, change of use and demolition of buildings in Ontario. The Building Code is a regulation authorized by the Act, and sets out detailed administrative and technical requirements.

The current edition of the Building Code was released in 2006. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) has begun work on the development of the next edition of the Building Code. Consistent with broader government priorities, the main themes of the next edition are expected to include support for the economy, promoting a greener Ontario, enhancing barrier-free accessibility and increasing public safety.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=714

A Study in Contrasts: Accessibility and the California State Government

Date posted to site: October 16, 2010

I try to do as many things online as possible, so on the off chance that the Department of Motor Vehicles would let me, I went to their website to see if I could enter an online address change. As it turns out, I could! Hooray! But what really interested me was that the DMV's website is covered in multiple notices about accessibility. Starting right at the top of the page: The topline navigation on the DMV website is skip navigation.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1750

Bus Drivers Win Round in Absenteeism Fight

Date posted to site: October 16, 2010

The union representing Metro bus drivers has won a ruling that finds a company crackdown against absenteeism was unfair to the disabled.

A crackdown against chronic absenteeism by transit bus drivers in Metro Vancouver discriminated against people with disabilities, the B.C. Court of Appeal declared in a written decision released Friday

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1748

University of Iowa (UI) Focuses on Web Accessibility

Date posted to site: October 15, 2010

Twenty years ago, it was enough to guarantee a physically disabled person access to a school. Not anymore.

Now, officials are working to broaden the scope of their assistance, trying to improve educational technology for a wider range of students.

University of Iowa officials are establishing programs to improve web accessibility for disabled students, making sure people with a variety of disabilities, from dyslexia to blindness, can easily view university websites.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1746

Employers May Be Legally on the Hook for Mental Injury

Date posted to site: October 13, 2010

A new report from the Calgary-based Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) suggests that employers who neglect psychological safety in the workplace could be legally liable for mental injury inflicted on workers.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1742

Region of Peel Adopts 2010 Accessibility Plan

Date posted to site: October 12, 2010

BRAMPTON, ON. (Oct. 8, 2010) - The Region of Peel has adopted its eighth Accessibility Plan.The2010 Accessibility Planrepresents the ongoing process of ensuring Regional programs and services are accessible to individuals with disabilities.

"As a community, we have made significant strides in raising awareness and improving accessibility for residents, customers and employees who live, work and play in our region," says Emil Kolb, Regional Chair. "It is our partnerships with other levels of government, private sector businesses, like-minded organizations, and most importantly, the residents of Peel that allow us to continue to break down barriers to ensure accessibility remains a top priority in Peel Region."

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=441

Australia Misses the Plane on Accessible Tourism

Date posted to site: October 12, 2010

New Zealand holds its Inaugural Access Tourism Conference recognising the significance of the growing accessible tourism market.

The Auckland University of Technology held New Zealand's Inaugural Access Tourism Conference. The conference marked a significant shift in thinking acknowledging the economic arguments for Accessible Tourism and moving the focus away from the traditional disability rights of the past.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1738

Disabled Drivers Helpless at Pumps; Quadriplegic Lawyer Mark Woitzik Joins Chorus Lamenting Decline of Full-Service Gas Stations

Date posted to site: October 12, 2010

They've been disappearing for years, and today there isn't a single full-service gas station left in Whitby.

And that means Mark Woitzik is in trouble.

Self-service stations present an insurmountable challenge for the quadriplegic, who drives a specially adapted vehicle, since he can't pump his own gas.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/mobility_articles.php?Mobility=518

BSI Documentary Points the Way to Accessibility in Buildings and Web

Date posted to site: October 12, 2010

LONDON - 12 October, 2010 - Why are accessibility standards important? How do standards help designers? How can we make the World Wide Web wider? With a new documentary on accessibility, BSI Group provides some answers to the many questions on buildings accessibility and web accessibility. This is how the world's first national standards body has chosen to celebrate World Standards Day on 14 October.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1740

Brief of the AODA Alliance to the Ontario Government on its September 2, 2010 Summary of the Proposed Integrated Accessibility Standard

Date posted to site: October 09, 2010

"3. This proposed standard will not put Ontario in any position to claim that it is a world leader in advancing accessibility. In a number of important areas, this proposed integrated accessibility standard would set an example that we would urge other provinces and countries not to follow."

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=700

Researchers Creating Global Rights-Monitoring Network for Persons With Disabilities (PWD)

Date posted to site: October 08, 2010

Disability Rights Promotion International provides innovative response to UN's Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

If you pass a law to prevent discrimination against persons with disabilities, how do you know whether it's being enforced, let alone making a difference?

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1736

OPINION: The CRTC listened, but Shaw didn't

Date posted to site: October 07, 2010

LAST WEEK, FIVE NATIONAL organizations representing millions of Canadians with disabilities asked the CRTC in Calgary for an enduring legacy that would make Canada's television broadcasting system completely accessible.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1734

Blind American Traveller Barred From Dubai Flight Over Disability; FlyDubai Airline Apologizes

Date posted to site: October 06, 2010

A blind American traveller says a Dubai airline refused to allow him to fly because of his disability.

Zuhair Mahmoud says he was told by FlyDubai airline staff members that the carrier's policies did not allow blind travellers to fly unless accompanied by someone else.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1730

Transit Raises Accessibility Concerns

Date posted to site: October 06, 2010

While the city has given itself top marks for adhering to provincial accessibility standards, one department has expressed concern over the "aggressive" timeline in which to meet them.

In a report to council on the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, CAO Colin Briggs noted the Ministry of Community and Social Services is seeking input on its proposed integrated standard, which would apply to transportation, employment and information and communications.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=695

Council Angry Over AODA Proposals

Date posted to site: October 06, 2010

Hefty fines, extra costs possible for municipality

Not even an adorable puppy could distract West Perth council from the "stick" behind the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

Shelby Wilson, accessibility coordinator for Perth County, combined training a service dog with seeking input from council on proposed AODA regulations at council's Sept. 27 meeting.

And while the puppy may have warmed hearts, the proposed rules, including hefty fines for individuals and organizations, extra costs and extra requirements, raised tempers.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=698

Public Invited to Consult on City of Kingston 2011 Accessibility Plan

Date posted to site: October 05, 2010

Series Of Meetings Set For End Of October

The City is holding a series of public meetings to invite input regarding the City's 2011 Accessibility Plan.

A draft of the Plan will be available for review in mid-October.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=433

City of St. Catharines Plans for an Inclusive Election Experience

Date posted to site: October 04, 2010

An election website that talks to users.

Tables that stand at different heights.

Advance polls located on accessible transit routes and more accessible parking reserved for people with disabilities at polling stations.

These are just some of the changes that have been made this municipal election to make the democratic process even more inclusive.

Read mroe at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=430

Canada's Programs for Disabled too Complex, says OECD

Date posted to site: October 04, 2010

Canadians with disabilities or health problems are caught in a complex web of federal and provincial programs that make it almost impossible for them to join or remain in the workforce, says a new OECD report.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1728

New Mayor Must Create a Culture of Inclusion

Date posted to site: October 02, 2010

What sort of sway will the incoming mayor of Toronto have with Queen's Park?

The relationship could be key to the pace and tenor of change throughout the province. As the sixth largest public sector organization in the country, Toronto is in a position to become a role model.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/all_articles.php?all=517

From the Floor Up, Library Improves Accessibility Services

Date posted to site: October 02, 2010

New carpet aids people with low vision

As you walk in through the main door of the University library, you may notice a section of carpet that forms a black line leading away and then turning left. Touch it, and you'll find that black line is also a different texture than the rest of the carpet. Follow it, and you'll end up at the newly-rename Library Accessibility Services office.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=692

Canadian Registry of Therapy Animals and Service Animals (CRTASA) Launches New Service

Date posted to site: October 01, 2010

CRTASA is the new centralized registry service in Canada aiming to ease access to public places for all people with disabilities and their service animals, whether trained guide dogs or another species of animal officially trained and certified by a licensed training facility, to assist an owner with special needs.

Species of service animals that CRTASA registers includes guide dogs as well as the Capuchin Monkey and the miniature-horse/pony or any officially trained service animal by a licensed and certified training facility and member in good standing with their respective professional association.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1725

21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Legislation Passes

Date posted to site: October 01, 2010

AAPD Applauds U.S. Congress for Passing New Accessibility Law for People with Disabilities

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1722

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November

Full ccessibility in Kerr Hall 'Just Impossible'

Date posted to site: November 25, 2010

For Ryerson students using a wheelchair, getting to a class in Kerr Hall could be dangerous and nearly impossible. The ramps leading to the entrances are too steep, the doorways are too narrow and the pavement is cracked and heaved.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=835

Regina Mom Pushes for Accessible Playground

Date posted to site: November 25, 2010

A Regina mother is encouraging the city to build a new wheelchair-accessible playground.

Cindy Leggott, who uses a wheelchair to get around, wants to see an accessible playground built near Jean Vanier Elementary School.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1816

AODA Alliance Asks McGuinty Government to Report on its Efforts on Unkept 2007 Election Promises

Date posted to site: November 24, 2010

On November 12, 2010 we wrote to Community and Social Services Minister Madeleine Meilleur, the McGuinty Government's cabinet minister with lead responsibility for implementing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. We asked what the Government has done up to now, and what it plans to do in the final year of this term in office, on three important 2007 election promises to Ontarians with disabilities, namely:

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=833

AODA Alliance Calls on Elections Ontario to Provide Internet and Telephone Voting and More Than One Accessible Voting Machine Per Riding in the October 2011 Ontario Election

Date posted to site: November 23, 2010

On November 18, 2010, the AODA Alliance wrote Chief Electoral Officer Greg Essensa, who has lead responsibility for administering provincial elections in Ontario. For the October 2011 Ontario election, we ask him to exercise his authority under new amendments to the Election Act, to provide more than one accessible voting machine per riding, and to provide internet and telephone voting. We request this to overcome barriers facing voters with disabilities who cannot mark their own paper ballot and verify their choice. See this letter, below, and an earlier letter from the Chief Electoral Officer to the AODA Alliance on elections accessibility.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=830

Diane Finley Responsible for Disability Has Inaccessible Office

Date posted to site: November 23, 2010

Ironically Federal Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Diane Finley has inaccessible constituency office

Bob Speller, Liberal candidate in the Haldimand-Norfolk riding, blasted Federal Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Diane Finley for having an office that is not wheelchair accessible.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1808

Seeking Your Opinion Regarding APS Street Identification Messages and Other APS Features

Date posted to site: November 23, 2010

In a collaberative effort between Access for Sight Impaired Consumers and the City of Richmond which evolved out of negotiations as to the manner in which accessible pedestrian signals (APS) would deliver intersection or street identification information, the City will be evaluating several installations from September 22 through November 30, 2010. Public feedback will be critical to the outcome of this evaluation period, particularly from pedestrians who are blind, sight impaired or deafblind.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1810

Private Member's Bill Aims to Better Protect Service Animals and Police Dogs

Date posted to site: November 23, 2010

Legislation proposed by Saskatoon Centre NDP MLA David Forbes would, if passed, make it an offence to interfere with a service animal.

Stephen Kaye once worked with a police dog who died while trying to disarm and subdue a subject.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1814

Mall cop tries to eject boy's service dog

Date posted to site: November 22, 2010

A Brandon, Man., woman says a security guard at a local shopping centre gave her son a hard time over his service dog.

"On the bottom - on both sides - it says she's a hearing dog," Joanne Wilkinson told CBC News, pointing out a bright red harness that shows the animal is a service dog and not a pet.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1806

In Their Own Voices

Date posted to site: November 22, 2010

Hope Technology School gives autistic students a new way to be heard.

On the same street as Stanford University, in Palo Alto, Calif., is another school you've probably never heard of: Hope Technology School. Hope Technology's student body comprises a mix of disabled and nondisabled students in grades pre-K through eight. Many of the disabled students are autistic and often have difficulty verbalizing even basic needs.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1803

Children with autism in Ontario face an uphill battle when seeking provincially funded treatment, reports Pauline Tam

Date posted to site: November 22, 2010

It has been more than two years since five-year-old Jackson Halden was diagnosed with autism and put on a waiting list for provincially funded therapy.

In that time, his parents, like many others in the same situation, have opted to pay for the treatment themselves. Knowing that the earlier children start therapy, the better, Dan Halden and Jude Pattenden maxed out their credit cards and relied on donations from relatives.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=42

AODA Alliance Gets McGuinty Government to Take a Second Look at Presto Smart Card Disability Barriers -But Government Won't Halt Presto's Deployment Until Barriers are Removed

Date posted to site: November 20, 2010

Will New Accessibility Standards Prevent This From Happening Again?

Under pressure from the AODA Alliance, the McGuinty Government has agreed to take a second look at barriers impeding persons with disabilities when using the Presto Smart Card for paying public transit fares in Ontario. Recent correspondence from the Ontario Government to the AODA Alliance confirms this.

The Government hasn't denied that these barriers against transit riders with disabilities exist. However, it has not agreed to halt deployment of the new inaccessible Presto technology, created with taxpayers' money, until these barriers are fixed.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=823

Disabled Group Fights for Accessible Units

Date posted to site: November 20, 2010

An advocacy group for the disabled is frustrated by the fact that Charlottetown has no rules requiring developers to supply accessible units
in new apartment buildings.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1801

Examining Ontario's New Disability Law

Date posted to site: November 18, 2010

Public sector organizations, such as universities, have been legally required to draft an annual accessibility plan under the original Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001 and share it for public viewing. This is reinforced by the implementation of AODA. This accessibility plan is made to contain initiatives that the university has taken to support staff and students with disabilities. Other university-wide initiatives are also mentioned in this plan, such as the creation of wheelchair-accessible bathrooms and elevators.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=819

Accessibility Challenges

Date posted to site: November 18, 2010

A few months ago the course of my life changed direction and I've found myself dependant on crutches and a wheelchair while wearing a cast. Mine was a complex injury that was not going to heal quickly. Due to the prolonged length of time, I've had first hand experience on trying to function in a community not always accessible to the disabled.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=817

Mentally Ill Offenders Swamping Prisons

Date posted to site: November 18, 2010

A steep increase in mentally ill offenders is flooding prisons and psychiatric institutions, confounding officials whose job is to find accommodation and treatment for them.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=524

OHRC Launches Survey on Discrimination Based on Mental Health and Addiction Disabilities

Date posted to site: November 17, 2010

TORONTO, Nov. 16 /CNW/ - The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) launched a survey today to learn more about the human rights issues and barriers people with mental health and addiction disabilities face. The survey kicks off a broader consultation process on human rights and mental health related issues.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=775

Voluntary Codes of Conduct Improving Air Carrier Aaccessibility for Persons With Disabilities (PWD)

Date posted to site: November 16, 2010

OTTAWA, Nov. 15 /CNW/ - The Canadian Transportation Agency has found that Canada's major air carriers are improving onboard accessibility for persons with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1797

City Aims to Curb Disabled Parking Spot Abuse

Date posted to site: November 15, 2010

The city of Ottawa is cracking down on drivers who park illegally in spots reserved for disabled people.

In 2010, Ottawa officials have issued close to 1,000 fines to people parking without a proper permit in spaces reserved for the disabled, or who are using a permit illegitimately. And, officials say, there has even been a rise in the number of fake permits.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1794

McGuinty Government Should Lead by Example

Date posted to site: November 13, 2010

By Geof Collis

It's bad enough that the McGuinty Government is dragging its feet and watering down the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) but in the interim, shouldn't they be leading by example?

Many Screen Reader users are probably aware but the Government has a bad habit of putting up inaccessible Portable Document Formats (PDF) on their website even to the point of putting out notices on the AODA in this inaccessible documentation.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=757

Employment for People with Disabilities

Date posted to site: November 13, 2010

First let's start with the facts, when it come to those of us living with disabilities, most of us want to work and find suitable jobs so that we can provide for ourselves and our families. And yes not everyone who has a disability is able to work, but for those of who can or want to we still face many barriers.

Sadly some employers are not interested in hiring people with disabilities, now none of them will come out and say this, but some are reluctant due to the fact that they really don't know how to handle some of the issue's we face. And sure some employer's are better than others, but unfortunately some even today are not open to creating jobs or employing people with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=760

Volunteers for Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) Needed

Date posted to site: November 12, 2010

Are you interested in disability issues? Are you interested in making a difference?

York Regional council is looking for citizen volunteers to serve on the York Region Accessibility Advisory Committee.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=448

Take the 2010 HAC Survey

Date posted to site: November 12, 2010

The 2010 Hearing Aid Compatibility Survey conducted by the Wireless RERC

The Hearing Aid Compatibility Act of 1988 (HAC Act) requires that landline telephones manufactured or imported for use in the United States after August 1989 be hearing aid-compatible. In 2003, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted rules to make digital wireless telephones (cellphones) compatible with hearing aids and cochlear implants.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1791

'Radical transformation' needed for mental health care, Kitchener forum told

Date posted to site: November 10, 2010

KITCHENER - Now is the time for a radical transformation of mental health and addictions care in Ontario, starting with a new provincial organization responsible for getting people the help they need.

"Nobody is in charge of mental health in Ontario," said Kevin Flynn, chair of a provincial committee that investigated the mental health and addictions system. "Nobody is accountable."

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/health_articles.php?health=523

Partnering Design and Accessibility

Date posted to site: November 09, 2010

RGD is pleased to welcom Accessibil-IT Inc. as its official Accessibility Partner. Committed to ensuring messages reach the intended target audience regardless of their ability, Accessibil-IT complements RGD's initiative to ensure all graphic design is made more accessible.

The partnership will not only help RGD to learn and promote accessible design practices, but will help the membership and industry as a whole to do the same.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=752

Survey on the Disappearance of Full Service Gas Stations

Date posted to site: November 08, 2010

ALL DRIVERS THAT HAVE A DISABILITY ARE EXPERIENCING THE CHANGE, IN THE PETROLEUM INDUSTRY, OF FULL SERVICE GAS STATIONS BEING CHANGED OVER TO SELF SERVE. BELOW IS A SHORT SURVEY FOR YOUR FEEDBACK AND COMMENTS. NOTE: THE AODA CUSTOMER SERVICE LEGISLATION ONLY STATES THAT SERVICE STATIONS MUST PROVIDE SERVICE, BUT,UNLIKE THE ADA,DOES NOT GIVE ANY DETAILS AS TO WHEN AND HOW THIS SERVICE IS TO BE PROVIDED.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=750

Consultation, Not Mandates, Focus of Proposed New Accessibility Law

Date posted to site: November 08, 2010

Winnipeg -- .A new accessibility law now in the works in Manitoba won't mean requirements for wheelchair ramps on every building or a mandate that businesses train their employees to accommodate people with disabilities. Not yet, anyway.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1786

Beware the "Enhancement" Masquerading as "Accessibility"

Date posted to site: November 06, 2010

By Geof Collis

This is another article in my line of previous Beware The Validation Sticker" and Beware The Charlatans."

In these articles I've pointed out things to be aware of when claims are made of web Accessibility, the most recent are "Talking" websites and "Accessibility Tools".

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=744

Disabled Not Responsible for Distance to Polls

Date posted to site: November 06, 2010

By Wheelchairdemon

I am writing to express my complete and utter dismay at the excuse being given to explain why the polls for the Cataraqui District were located so far away.

Deputy clerk John Bolognone was quoted as saying in the article, "Voter Woes Aplenty" printed last Wednesday, that it is because of strict new accessibility requirements that the polls had to be moved.

Quite frankly, I am shocked that he would use an excuse that basically scapegoats the disabled; the ones who are the least able to defend themselves and the ones who, in many cases, could not get out to vote because the added distance to get to a poll.

Read more at
http://wheelchairdemon.blogspot.com

Students with ADHD Need Access to Special Education

Date posted to site: November 04, 2010

LDAO supports the right of students with ADHD to equitable access to special education in Ontario

On October 27, 2010 the Centre for ADHD Advocacy, Canada (CADDAC) released its report card on access to special education for students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) across Canada. Ontario was one of only three provinces that received a failing grade.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=742

United Spinal Association Sues MTA for Inaccessible Subway Stations: Years of Systemic Failure to Make Improvements

Date posted to site: November 04, 2010

A lawsuit filed today in federal court for the Southern District of New York alleges that the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and the New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) discriminate against people who use wheelchairs, the elderly, and anyone else living with a mobility impairment.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1782

United Airlines Discriminates Against Blind Passengers

Date posted to site: November 04, 2010

The National Federation of the Blind, the nation's oldest and largest organization of blind people and the leading advocate for accessible technology, and three blind individuals-Michael Hingson, Mike May, and Tina Thomas-who reside in California and frequently fly United, filed a class-action lawsuit today in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against United Airlines.

United uses airport kiosks that employ touchscreen technology in a manner such that they cannot be used by blind passengers.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1779

Public Input Sought on Accessibility Laws

Date posted to site: November 03, 2010

The Manitoba government is seeking public input as it draws up legislation aimed at making the province more inclusive and accessible for seniors and people with disabilities.

The government released Tuesday a discussion paper outlining a vision of a barrier-free society, citing an expected 38 per cent rise in the number of Manitobans with disabilities by 2031.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1777

Farmer with Quadriplegia Designs Accessible Tractor

Date posted to site: November 03, 2010

Doug Barker can operate the tractor while seated inside his wheelchair.

Doug Barker is a farmer and quadriplegic who has designed a tractor that he can operate while seated inside it in his wheelchair.

Seventeen years ago, Barker, who farms near Teulon, broke his neck in six places.

"When I first got hurt, the doctor basically said you know, you're not going to ever use your legs again, or your arms," said Barker.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1775

Nunziata Denies Accusations of Harassment

Date posted to site: November 03, 2010

Councillor Frances Nunziata defended her treatment of a former assistant at an Ontario Human Rights Tribunal hearing into accusations she harassed him.

Nunziata said Tuesday she gave George Berger "numerous opportunities" to express concern with how he was being treated, but it wasn't until he was away on stress leave that she learned he was depressed.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=739

Case of Ashley Smith to be Heard in Coroner's Court

Date posted to site: November 01, 2010

TORONTO - Merely examining snippets of a teenage inmate's troubled life in the months before a strangulation attempt that went too far will not provide enough context to prevent similar deaths, the coroner's courts will hear Monday.

In the last 11 months of her life Ashley Smith was transferred 17 times between prisons and other facilities. The transfers spanned four of the five regions of the Correctional Service of Canada.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1773

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