Parents, Workers Lament Lack of Funding for Developmentally Handicapped

Mark Ribble, Leamington Post

With the new Ontario budget due out this week, advocates connected to Windsor and Essex County’s Community Living organizations took time last week to meet with the media regarding the lack of funding for supports and services.

Over 400 adults in Windsor and Essex County are on waiting lists for such services and that list continues to grow every year.

New ADA Regulations are Now in Effect

The first revised regulations to the Americans with Disabilities Act in 20 years took effect March 15. For the most part, compliance with the new regulations is not mandated until March 15, 2012. According to the Department of Justice, this delay allows businesses enough time to implement the new requirements.

However, attorney Matthew Fusco of ChamberlainD’Amanda explained the new regulations concerning accessibility and communication technology apply immediately to facilities constructed or revamped after March 15.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2066

Levelling the Playing field

By Vincent Man, The Daily Press
Posted March 28, 2011

The local sports scene is about to expand.

The Cochrane District Accessible Sport Council officially launched on Saturday with plans of providing people with various physical disabilities the opportunity to participate in sports.

Federal Candidates Challenged to Run Accessible Campaigns

For Canadians with disabilities who need alternate media (Braille, large print, accessible electronic files), accessible web sites that are screen reader
friendly, and sign language interpretation, making an informed choice will be difficult if election candidates do not run accessible campaigns.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2064

Council Web Accessibility ‘Should Be Built Into Procurement’

Website accessibility should be built into local authority software and IT systems procurement criteria, the leading annual review of all UK council websites
has found.

Note: While this is in the UK the subject is no less relevant here in Ontario.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1069

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In this Issue

1) Message Board
2)Articles
*The McGuinty Watch
*Mental Health Issues at Root of Most Youth Crime, Conference Told
*Mental-Health Issues in Canadian Prisons at All-Time High: Expert
*Disability Policy Fails Student
*Backward Step in Human Rights
*Few Businesses Accessible, Survey Finds
*You’re Not Really Disabled
*Unstoppable Elio: Blizzard
*Ontario Human Rights Commission Blasts Government’s Draft Accessibility Regulation as Raising Serious Problems Under the Human Rights Code
*Critique Illuminates Issues of the Blind Community
3) Classifieds, Events, Surveys
4)Thanks for Your Support

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ARTICLES:
The McGuinty Watch

To make it easier for you to see how the McGuinty Government has treated the Disabled Community over it’s Terms we’ve compiled some relevant articles for you to view

As they become available we’ll post more so check back once in a while before Election time.

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McGuinty Watch

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Mental Health Issues at Root of Most Youth Crime, Conference Told

Leschied described how many of the risk factors for mental health problems are also the risk factors for youth who get into trouble with the law. Poverty,
poor family life, violence or trauma in the home or school, lack of belonging, lack of academic achievement and, for some children, overexposure to violent or sexual images in pop culture, are all known red flags for both mental illness and anti-social behaviour. The difficulty is recognizing them and making sure the child gets the right help at the right time.

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Mental Health Issues at Root of Most Youth Crime, Conference Told

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Mental-Health Issues in Canadian Prisons at All-Time High: Expert

In North America, the problem has been exacerbated by a trend since 1960 to close down institutions for the mentally ill and treat people in the community. With the advent of certain drugs, that’s proved successful for many people, while others have fallen through the cracks, winding up homeless and incarcerated in correctional facilities.

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Mental-Health Issues in Canadian Prisons at All-Time High: Expert

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Disability Policy Fails Student

Beaudette said the Access Centre gives a blanket solution to unique learning disabilities.

“They don’t really give me anything that is really memory based,” he said. “It’s not like I don’t understand what’s going on, but when I go to write, I
mix things up and can’t remember things properly.”

Read more at

Disability Policy Fails Student

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Backward Step in Human Rights

Saskatchewan is poised to again lead Canada when it comes to human rights. But this time it would be a sad step backward. Bill 160, the government’s proposed changes to provincial human rights legislation, needs urgently to be withdrawn.

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Backward Step in Human Rights

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Few Businesses Accessible, Survey Finds

In a “silent” survey of 137 Haliburton businesses, only 25 per cent were accessible to people in walkers, wheelchairs or pushing strollers.

Fifty-six per cent were accessible to those using canes and 19 per cent were accessible to only able-bodied people.

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Few Businesses Accessible, Survey Finds

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You’re Not Really Disabled

By Womanist Musings

Since going public with the fact that I have a disability, I have written a lot about the difficulties that I have encountered with disableism, and people
who are TAB. Today, I would like to shift the conversation to talk about the policing that can sometimes occur in disabled communities.

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You’re Not Really Disabled

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Unstoppable Elio: Blizzard

Deaf, blind, and fiercely independent, Elio Reggillo is looking for Ontario’s Liberals to backtrack on changes to the intervenor program

Regillo, 39, is a devoted husband to wife Tracey, the proud father to three kids. He works two jobs to put food on the table.

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Unstoppable Elio: Blizzard

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Ontario Human Rights Commission Blasts Government’s Draft Accessibility Regulation as Raising Serious Problems Under the Human Rights Code

On March 18, 2011 the Ontario Human Rights Commission slammed the McGuinty Government’s draft Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR). It identifies serious flaws in the draft IAR from the perspective of the Human Rights Code. The IAR aims to address barriers facing persons with disabilities in transportation, employment, information and communication.

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Ontario Human Rights Commission Blasts Government’s Draft Accessibility Regulation as Raising Serious Problems Under the Human Rights Code

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Critique Illuminates Issues of the Blind Community

A must listen to Interview can be found at http://www.cbc.ca/video/news/audioplayer.html?clipid=1844589069

In The Politics of Blindness, Graeme McCreath shines a harsh light on the Reality faced by Canada’s blind community.

“Charitable donations are supposed to benefit the needy rather than the organization (CNIB),”
says McCreath, and notes that the current CEO of the organization is paid more than the prime minister of Canada.

“Of the over 300 full-time employees at the Toronto headquarters, nine take Home a salary of over $120,000 a year, a stunning award considering only two out of 10 working blind Canadians can get a job,” says McCreath.

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Critique Illuminates Issues of the Blind Community

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Mental Health Issues at Root of Most Youth Crime, Conference Told

Leschied described how many of the risk factors for mental health problems are also the risk factors for youth who get into trouble with the law. Poverty,
poor family life, violence or trauma in the home or school, lack of belonging, lack of academic achievement and, for some children, overexposure to violent or sexual images in pop culture, are all known red flags for both mental illness and anti-social behaviour. The difficulty is recognizing them and making sure the child gets the right help at the right time.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2062

Mental-Health Issues in Canadian Prisons at All-Time High: Expert

In North America, the problem has been exacerbated by a trend since 1960 to close down institutions for the mentally ill and treat people in the community. With the advent of certain drugs, that’s proved successful for many people, while others have fallen through the cracks, winding up homeless and incarcerated in correctional facilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2060

Disability Policy Fails Student

Beaudette said the Access Centre gives a blanket solution to unique learning disabilities.

“They don’t really give me anything that is really memory based,” he said. “It’s not like I don’t understand what’s going on, but when I go to write, I
mix things up and can’t remember things properly.”

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1067

Backward Step in Human Rights

Saskatchewan is poised to again lead Canada when it comes to human rights. But this time it would be a sad step backward. Bill 160, the government’s proposed changes to provincial human rights legislation, needs urgently to be withdrawn.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2058