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.


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.


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.


Accessibility News March 26,2011 Update

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In this Issue

1) Message Board
*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

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.


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.


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.”


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.