Equal Access Delayed is Equal Access Denied!

By Geof Collis

The Industry and World at large already knows what constitutes an accessible PDF and Government and Business are doing it as a matter of daily routine, so why do Ontarians have to wait until it is the Law of the land?

While our Government drags its feet on implementation of the Standard in question, thousands and thousands of inaccessible PDF’s will have been created and the equal access that Ontarians are supposed to be given under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)will be delayed.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=895

Ontario Mental Health System Faces Overhaul

Published On Wed Dec 29 2010
Rob Ferguson Queen’s Park Bureau

Ontario is going to change the way its “fractured” $3 billion mental health system works so that people get steered to the help they need, Health Minister
Deb Matthews said Wednesday.

Her comments followed a report from an expert advisory panel slamming the bureaucratic maze of agencies and government ministries offering a patchwork of services that often reach people too late — after they’ve had a breakdown or ended up in jail.

How Learning Disabled Can Make College a Reality

Most of the 3 percent or so of teens who have been diagnosed with learning disabilities struggle so much in high school that they give up on hopes of college, setting back their job and career prospects, according to statistics compiled by the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

But there are reasons for hope for anyone with attention deficit disorder, dyslexia or other common learning challenges. College admissions officers and
learning disability counselors recommend these steps:

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1899

Emotional Abuse of Workers vs. Those Who are Disabled

Monday, December 27, 2010
By Wheelchair Demon

The sad part about disability and/or the poverty story is that there are often times when we were led into the poverty trap due to circumstances beyond
our control. It could be a family break-up, the illness of a family member, alcoholism or addiction of a family member, attitudes of family and or society,
or a whole host of other things. It’s too bad society insists on judging the person and not the circumstances that led that person to where they are today.
Often, the circumstances are those of a tragedy, not that of laziness.

Read more at
http://wheelchairdemon.blogspot.com/2010/12/emotional-abuse-for-workers-vs-those.html

Autistic Adults Being Left Behind: Parents

By JAMIE LONG, Ottawa Sun
Last Updated: December 26, 2010 9:35pm

Martin Couture, left, stands with his mother Rolande and his father Laurent. Couture, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, has been unable to hold down a job, but is having a hard time getting financial support.

Ottawa is lagging behind the rest of Ontario in supporting adults with autism and their families, according to a local support group.

Group Opposes Contact Limits

The chairman of Kingston’s accessibility committee says the city is setting up unnecessary barriers to open communication.

Glenn Outhwaite and members of the Kingston Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee received a letter from city staff earlier this year that he says
restricts to whom they can talk.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=458

Accessibility News December 25,2010 Update

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In this Issue

1) Message Board
2)Articles
*Car Sound Bill Approved
*Workshops for Disabled ‘Antiquated,’ Says Advocate
*Chirping Crosswalk Changes Its Tune; Safety Matters
*BSI Accessibility Documentary Endorsed on United Nations Website
*Stuck on the Road
*Disability Rights Activist Still Waiting For a Fully Accessible Transit System
*No Human Rights Enforcement for Transit?
*Disabled Nortel Employees Face a Bleak Future
*BMO Survey: Canadians With Disabilities Not Taking Advantage of RDSPs
*Woman Gets Electric Wheelchair OK
*The Process of Civic Engagement
3) Classifieds
4) This and That

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MESSAGE BOARD:

Merry Christmas from Accessibility News!!

ARTICLES:
Car Sound Bill Approved

House OKs deadline for hybrid, electric levels to warn blind

Washington— The House voted 379-30 Thursday to give federal safety regulators 18 months to set minimum sound levels from quiet electric and hybrid vehicles to warn blind pedestrians.

Read more at

Car Sound Bill Approved

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Workshops for Disabled ‘Antiquated,’ Says Advocate

A national advocate for the disabled on Thursday called for an end to sheltered workshops after it was revealed that a Saskatchewan non-profit group pays a stipend of $150 a month for work on a recycling sorting line.

SASKATOON — A national advocacy organization is calling on Saskatchewan to move away from sheltered workshops for people with disabilities, saying the practice has “outlived its usefulness.”

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Workshops for Disabled ‘Antiquated,’ Says Advocate

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Chirping Crosswalk Changes Its Tune; Safety Matters

Canadian municipalities are finding themselves on opposite sides of an odd debate: whether to change the sound used to help the visually impaired
safely cross the street.

The reason for the proposed change? The chirping sound that has become commonplace at crosswalks from coast to coast sounds too much like the
northern cardinal.

Read more at

Chirping Crosswalk Changes Its Tune; Safety Matters

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BSI Accessibility Documentary Endorsed on United Nations Website

The UN has long been a proponent of human rights worldwide. This includes the rights of disabled persons, as integral members of society often overlooked in public service sectors. In an article recognising the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December, the UN endorsed BSI’s documentary “Overview: Way to Accessibility in Buildings and on the Web” as a way to encourage companies to make their services indiscriminately applicable to all consumers.

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BSI Accessibility Documentary Endorsed on United Nations Website

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Stuck on the Road

Yesterday I was walking home from doing errands at the grocery store, pharmacy, bank, etc. The snow was ankle-high, but thankfully the sidewalks had been shoveled, so that I didn’t have to wade through too much snow. Coming the other way, presumably headed to the same shopping complex I’d just left, was a guy in a power chair. He wasn’t on the sidewalk, though; he was in the road, hugging the curb, dodging 30-mile-an-hour traffic. He must’ve seen me looking at him because he looked back at me and explained, “It’s the snow. I can’t get to the sidewalk.”

I was confused. The sidewalk had been cleared. Why was he still…?

Oh. As I walked further, I realized that the sidewalk had indeed been cleared; but at the curb cuts on both sides of each block, where the snow plow had
left the usual piles, the snow crew had only scooped out a narrow pathway, about a foot wide, through each big pile of snow.

Needless to say, the average wheelchair cannot fit through a foot-wide gap; so my neighbor had been forced to trust luck and the judgment of the average
Ohio driver–not exactly a good trade for being able to get to the grocery store.

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Stuck on the Road

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Disability Rights Activist Still Waiting For a Fully Accessible Transit System

For nine months, Anne Abbott waited for the Toronto Transit Commission to fix the elevator at the Yonge and Bloor subway station in downtown Toronto so she and other disabled commuters could get to work, attend school, visit friends and be active members of their communities.

“It took the busiest shopping time of the year for the TTC to actually do something about this situation,” said Abbott at Monday’s rally and leafleting
action for a free and accessible public transit system in Toronto.

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Disability Rights Activist Still Waiting For a Fully Accessible Transit System

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No Human Rights Enforcement for Transit?

Saturday, December 18, 2010
By Wheelchair Demon

On Friday, I went through an exercise of major frustration. I phoned all over the place trying to find enforcement for a human rights settlement against
Kingston Transit that was made in 2006 through the Human Rights Commission.

At this point I have already spent 6 months trying to get the Kingston Transit routes, that were once declared as being “Fully Accessible” back to being
that way. But so far, it has been to no avail. For reasons I cannot explain, the transit manager has decided that, because of bus stop design and safety
issues, the accessibility of routes can be diminished by simply renaming the routes as “Easier Access” routes.

Read more at
http://wheelchairdemon-transit.blogspot.com/2010/12/no-human-rights-enforcement-for-transit.html

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Disabled Nortel Employees Face a Bleak Future

OTTAWA—Earlier this month, forty-seven Conservative Senators killed proposed legislation designed to protect employees on long-term disability — then promptly
headed off for an evening of Christmas cheer.

The irony was not lost on the roughly 400 employees of bankrupt Nortel Networks Corp., who have very little to celebrate this holiday season.

Read more at

Disabled Nortel Employees Face a Bleak Future

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BMO Survey: Canadians With Disabilities Not Taking Advantage of RDSPs
list of 3 items
• Only five per cent of Canadians with disabilities hold RDSP accounts
• A mere one in 10 of those impacted claim to be knowledgeable about the program
• Almost half have never heard of RDSPs
list end

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BMO Survey: Canadians With Disabilities Not Taking Advantage of RDSPs

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Woman Gets Electric Wheelchair OK

Province acknowledges assisted devices programis struggling with backlog of applications 

Mary Comeau, 35, shown with her friend Don Hull, 47, outside the Montfort Hospital, has been getting by with a borrowed manual wheelchair, but needed an electric model. The final step in approving the wheelchair occurred Friday: the supplier received an order number.

OTTAWA — An Ottawa woman struggling with a disability as well as cancer is to receive a power wheelchair today – after waiting five months for Health Ministry officials to approve her application.

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Woman Gets Electric Wheelchair OK

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The Process of Civic Engagement

By John Rae

John Rae is 1st Vice President of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians, and a member of CCD’s National Council. The following are notes
for a presentation at ARCH Disability Law Centre’s 30th Anniversary Symposium, Toronto, December 13, 2010.

Pursuing civic engagement in a democracy can take many forms, from organizing our own groups, writing letters to the appropriate officials or
the editor of one’s local newspaper, monitoring and making presentations to
Parliamentary committees, filing legal challenges, pickets and demonstrations, to today’s increasing emphasis on participating in the electoral process
by voting, as campaign workers or even as candidates hoping to get elected to office.

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The Process of Civic Engagement

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Car Sound Bill Approved

House OKs deadline for hybrid, electric levels to warn blind

Washington— The House voted 379-30 Thursday to give federal safety regulators 18 months to set minimum sound levels from quiet electric and hybrid vehicles to warn blind pedestrians.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1897

Workshops for Disabled ‘Antiquated,’ Says Advocate

A national advocate for the disabled on Thursday called for an end to sheltered workshops after it was revealed that a Saskatchewan non-profit group pays a stipend of $150 a month for work on a recycling sorting line.

SASKATOON — A national advocacy organization is calling on Saskatchewan to move away from sheltered workshops for people with disabilities, saying the practice has “outlived its usefulness.”

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1895

Chirping Crosswalk Changes Its Tune; Safety Matters

Canadian municipalities are finding themselves on opposite sides of an odd debate: whether to change the sound used to help the visually impaired
safely cross the street.

The reason for the proposed change? The chirping sound that has become commonplace at crosswalks from coast to coast sounds too much like the
northern cardinal.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1891