AODA Alliance Update: 2011 Priorities in Our Accessibility Campaign

We brought to public attention the troubling barriers in the Government-funded Presto Smart Card technology for paying public transit fares. We showed that the Government was forewarned about these barriers, and that the Government nevertheless persisted in spending public money, creating new barriers against persons with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=948

Advocate Says Province Underfunding DeafBlind

The executive director of Deafblind Services of B.C. says being both deaf and blind in the province of B.C. isn’t enough to receive assistance from the
provincial government.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1980

Blind Man Drives Car Independently

Blind Driver Avoids Dynamic Obstacles

Mark Anthony Riccobono, a blind executive who directs technology, research, and education programs for the organization, was behind the wheel of a Ford Escape hybrid equipped with nonvisual technology and successfully navigated 1.5 miles of the road course section of the famed track at the Daytona International Speedway.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1978

Cuts Threaten Bus Service to Toronto’s Deaf-Blind Community

Published On Mon Jan 31 2011
By Joe Fiorito
City Columnist

Nazar Strejko, who is deaf-blind, relies on the bus the passes by the Rotary Cheshire Home on Willowdale Ave. The route is in danger of being cut because of a lack of night riders.

Accessibility News January 29,2011 Update

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In this Issue

1) Message Board
2)Articles
*The Blind Have Rights, the Right to Unemployment, Unequal Access and Poverty
*Blind Man to Take to the Road at Daytona International Speedway
*Why Does Disabled Son Have So Many Fewer Choices in Life?
*People with Disabilities ‘Huge Untapped Pool of Labour’
*Town Asked to Reconsider Accessible Transportation Booking
*Transit for the Physically Challenged Moves Ahead
*Rowland Discusses Online Access
*New Technologies Bring Accessibility to Canadian School
*Ottawa Parents Appeal to Premier After U.S. Facility Refuses to Treat Mentally Ill Daughter  
*Get R-E-A-L: A Manifesto for Blind Citizens
*The Politics of Blindness: From Charity to Parity
*Cell Phones Utilizing Sign Language Increase Communication Between Deaf Friends and Family
*Service Dog Denial Leads to Charges for Eatery
3) Classifieds
4) This and That

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MESSAGE BOARD:

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ARTICLES:
The Blind Have Rights, the Right to Unemployment, Unequal Access and Poverty

Donna Jodhan how dare you Sue Us the Federal Government to give Equal Access to the Blind by way of our websites!

You want to get a Job with Us? You have the Right to be Unemployed.

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The Blind Have Rights, the Right to Unemployment, Unequal Access and Poverty

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Blind Man to Take to the Road at Daytona International Speedway

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the oldest and largest organization of blind people in the nation, announced today that Mark
Anthony Riccobono, a blind executive who directs technology, research, and education programs for the organization, will be the first blind individual
to drive a street vehicle in public.

Read more at

Blind Man to Take to the Road at Daytona International Speedway

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Why Does Disabled Son Have So Many Fewer Choices in Life?

I have two children. My son, Eric, is 18 years old and he has an intellectual disability.

Last year, he graduated from high school with a diploma, but I am very concerned about his life now. There are not many options.

Read more at

Why Does Disabled Son Have So Many Fewer Choices in Life?

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People with Disabilities ‘Huge Untapped Pool of Labour’

Ontario Disability Network executive director extols virtues of disabled workers

CAMPBELLFORD – Mark Wafer has helped almost 50 people with a disability enter the workforce over the past 15 years by hiring them to work at his seven Tim Hortons franchises in Scarborough. He was a guest speaker at a Business Appreciation Breakfast hosted by Community Living.

TRENT HILLS – The country’s growing shortage of workers would be less of a problem if more employers hired members of “Canada’s largest minority” – people with disabilities, says the executive director of the Ontario Disability Network (ODN).

Read more at

People with Disabilities ‘Huge Untapped Pool of Labour’

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Town Asked to Reconsider Accessible Transportation Booking

COBOURG — It’s amazing how a simple change in Cobourg’s Wheels accessible-transportation service has relegated more than 300 people who rely on the system to second-class status.

Read more at

Town Asked to Reconsider Accessible Transportation Booking

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Transit for the Physically Challenged Moves Ahead

Wellington North could be the testing ground for a transit system for mentally and physically challenged residents that could, if proven successful, spread across Wellington County.

Read more at

Transit for the Physically Challenged Moves Ahead

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Rowland Discusses Online Access

Rowland, most websites are not designed with accessibility in mind, and are only later made accessible to people with disabilities upon request.

“We have an affirmative duty to develop a comprehensive policy [regarding accessibility] in advance,” Rowland said.

Read more at

Rowland Discusses Online Access

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New Technologies Bring Accessibility to Canadian School

Over the last decade, the rise of technologies like text reading software, scanners, mp3 audio files, braille translation programs, large print textbooks
and specialized iPad applications have brought equality and accessibility to Canadian classrooms and students from primary to post-secondary levels.

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New Technologies Bring Accessibility to Canadian School

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Ottawa Parents Appeal to Premier After U.S. Facility Refuses to Treat Mentally Ill Daughter  

OTTAWA — In a case that shines a harsh light on the many challenges faced by Canada’s mentally ill, the parents of an Ottawa teen deemed too violent to
remain in care at a Utah treatment centre — the only place considered by the Ontario government appropriate for the girl — are appealing to Premier Dalton
McGuinty to find a suitable alternative in their daughter’s home province.

Read more at

Ottawa Parents Appeal to Premier After U.S. Facility Refuses to Treat Mentally Ill Daughter  

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Get R-E-A-L: A Manifesto for Blind Citizens

It is time for the CNIB and other relevant institutions to relinquish control over the lives of blind citizens. The Canadian government could facilitate
that by abolishing blind charities and replacing them with comprehensive services for blind people.

Read more at

Get R-E-A-L: A Manifesto for Blind Citizens

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The Politics of Blindness: From Charity to Parity

In his new groundbreaking book, “ The Politics of Blindness: from Charity to Parity
,” author Graeme McCreath does what no other person in the history of our country has done; he writes expertly and profoundly about the deplorable situation faced by blind Canadians, and brings our voices to life.

Read more at

The Politics of Blindness: From Charity to Parity

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Cell Phones Utilizing Sign Language Increase Communication Between Deaf Friends and Family

When your loved ones reside some distance from you, communication is usually enhanced with a quick text or a cell phone video chat. However this can have its drawbacks if either one of you is hearing impaired. This need prompted research by the University of Washington’s Engineering Department,
who began development of a device that is able to transmit sign language over cell networks.

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Cell Phones Utilizing Sign Language Increase Communication Between Deaf Friends and Family

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Service Dog Denial Leads to Charges for Eatery

Charges have been laid against a downtown Barrie restaurant and its owner for denying access to a blind woman.

Although the owner of the Dunlop Street establishment says it is a misunderstanding, many believe it’s a lack of understanding about the Blind Persons’
Rights Act that is to blame.

Read more at

Service Dog Denial Leads to Charges for Eatery

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The Blind Have Rights, the Right to Unemployment, Unequal Access and Poverty

Donna Jodhan how dare you Sue Us the Federal Government to give Equal Access to the Blind by way of our websites!

You want to get a Job with Us? You have the Right to be Unemployed.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1965

Blind Man to Take to the Road at Daytona International Speedway

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the oldest and largest organization of blind people in the nation, announced today that Mark
Anthony Riccobono, a blind executive who directs technology, research, and education programs for the organization, will be the first blind individual
to drive a street vehicle in public.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1976

Why Does Disabled Son Have So Many Fewer Choices in Life?

By Anne Marie Fantin, Windsor Star January 29, 2011   

Re: Families being left without support, by Christina Holley, Dec. 8.

I have two children. My son, Eric, is 18 years old and he has an intellectual disability.

Last year, he graduated from high school with a diploma, but I am very concerned about his life now. There are not many options.

People with Disabilities ‘Huge Untapped Pool of Labour’

Ontario Disability Network executive director extols virtues of disabled workers

JOHN CAMPBELL / THE INDEPENDENT
Jan 28, 2011 – 04:30 AM

CAMPBELLFORD – Mark Wafer has helped almost 50 people with a disability enter the workforce over the past 15 years by hiring them to work at his seven Tim Hortons franchises in Scarborough. He was a guest speaker at a Business Appreciation Breakfast hosted by Community Living Campbellford/Brighton. Jan. 19, 2011

TRENT HILLS – The country’s growing shortage of workers would be less of a problem if more employers hired members of “Canada’s largest minority” – people with disabilities, says the executive director of the Ontario Disability Network (ODN).

Town Asked to Reconsider Accessible Transportation Booking

By CECILIA NASMITH, NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY
Posted January 26, 2011

COBOURG — It’s amazing how a simple change in Cobourg’s Wheels accessible-transportation service has relegated more than 300 people who rely on the system to second-class status.