Basic Income Proposal Could Eliminate Poverty for People With Disabilities

Changes to benefit system modeled on systems for seniors and Canada Child Benefit Benefit would replace welfare for working age people with severe disabilities

The  Caledon Institute has presented a proposal,  Caledon Basic Income Plan, to overhaul Canada’s patchwork and failing system of social supports for working age Canadians who are severely disabled and living in poverty.


Digital Inclusion: First British Standard to Promote Web Accessibility Globally

Growing dependence on the internet for business and personal use has introduced a very real challenge to website owners. The internet should help improve our lives, and yet, how does it benefit those who are unable to access websites with ease? The need to make the web more universally accessible has become increasingly urgent.

As a result, BSI has developed the first British Standard to fully address the challenge of digital inclusion. Building on guidance published in 2006, the
new BS 8878 Web Accessibility Code of Practice presents a fully up-to-date, detailed guide for businesses and organizations to make web products more accessible to disabled and older users. By increasing the accessibility of these interfaces, the web will inevitably become more usable for all.

Penn State Discriminates Against Blind Students and Faculty

Baltimore, Maryland (November 12, 2010): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the nation’s oldest and largest organization of blind people, announced today that it has filed a complaint with the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, requesting an investigation of Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) for violating the civil rights of blind students and faculty.  The NFB filed the complaint because a variety of computer- and technology-based services and Web sites at Penn State are inaccessible to blind students and faculty.  Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act requires public state universities to offer equal access to their programs and services. 


Blind Woman Wins Case Against Federal Government

Donna Jodhan successfully sued the federal government because she was unable to apply online for a government job. (CBC)

A blind Toronto woman who sued the federal government because she is unable to apply online for a government job has won her case.

A Federal Court judge in Toronto ruled Monday that the government has 15 months to make its websites accessible to visually impaired users.


Accessibility Committee Recommends Upgrades

CORNWALL– An accessibility advocacy group has cited in an annual report a number of detriments for disabled people at city-operated facilities.

“Past (accessibility) committees didn’t do building audits, but our committee has been pro-active with (on-site inspections),” said Ben Caron, the outgoing
chair of the accessibility advisory committee.


Accessibility Barriers Result In Feeling of Isolation

Prior to the Oct. 25 municipal vote, City Scope teamed up with accessibility advocate Ed McLachlan to expose members of council and aldermanic candidates to the frustrations encountered by city residents dealing with accessibility issues in their daily routine.


Accessibility News November 27th, 2010 Update

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In this Issue

1) Message Board
*Join Our Call for Strong New Accessibility Standards – and Distribute Our New Leaflet!
*Accessibility Woes
*Your PDF’s are like Rolls of Toilet Paper!
*In Their Own Voices
*Regina Mom Pushes for Accessible Playground
*Full ccessibility in Kerr Hall ‘Just Impossible’
*AODA Alliance Asks McGuinty Government to Report on its Efforts on Unkept 2007 Election Promises
*Private Member’s Bill Aims to Better Protect Service Animals and Police Dogs
*Seeking Your Opinion Regarding APS Street Identification Messages and Other APS Features
*Diane Finley Responsible for Disability Has Inaccessible Office
*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
*Mall cop tries to eject boy’s service dog
*Children with autism in Ontario face an uphill battle when seeking provincially funded treatment, reports Pauline Tam
3) Classifieds
4) This and That

Join Our Call for Strong New Accessibility Standards – and Distribute Our New Leaflet!

Please add your voice to our call for the McGuinty government to enact strong and effective new accessibility standards, to be enacted under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

So far, the Government has proposed a very weak accessibility standard. We are calling for it to be substantially strengthened, and have offered constructive suggestions.


Accessibility Woes

November 25, 2010

On a wall in a classroom in the basement of Queen Elizabeth Collegiate and Vocational Institute is a poster that includes the phrase “Accessibility for

The irony is staggering.

For Heaven Smith, 16, who has cerebral palsy and has been in a wheelchair since kindergarten, her two-plus years at QECVI have been an accessibility nightmare.

The school, which opened in 1955, does not have an elevator, making it impossible for the Grade 11 student to attend classes on the second floor or in the basement — except for when her father, Ken, straps her into a manual wheelchair and takes her down the stairs to the basement so she can attend art class, one of her favourite courses.

Your PDF’s are like Rolls of Toilet Paper!

By Geof Collis

Why is it so much trouble to get people to understand that making documents accessible, especially the Portable Document Format (PDF) doesn’t just benefit people like myself, but everyone who has to read hundreds of 6, 30 or 300 page documents as part of their job description or just trying to educate themselves.