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.


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.

Unstoppable Elio: Blizzard

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

By CHRISTINA BLIZZARD, Queen’s Park Columnist

Elio Reggillo is hard-working, fiercely independent and lives life with more courage and dignity than anyone I can think of.

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.

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.


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,”
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.


Accessibility News March 19,2011 Update

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In this Issue

1) Message Board
*The McGuinty Watch
*Talking Traffic Signals Coming Soon
*Please Tell the McGuinty Government if You Endorse the AODA Alliance’s Finalized Brief on the Draft Integrated Accessibility Regulation
*Direct Access: Extend Reduced TTC Fares to People With Disabilities, Group Urges
*Adoption of Google Apps Program Discriminates Against the Blind
*(4201) Governor’s Plan is Detrimental to Blind and Deaf Students
*Fiorito: Ontario About to Cut Services for Deaf-Blind
*Accessibility is Opportunity for All
*City Won’t Install ‘Disability’ Traffic Signs
*AODA: Common Misconceptions About Proposed Accessible Built Environment Standard
*761-Unit Second Phase of Mason Homes Subdivision OK’d
*House of Commons Approves Changes Proposed by the Minister of Veterans Affairs to the New Veterans Charter
3) Classifieds, Events, Surveys
4)Thanks for Your Support

Talking Traffic Signals Coming Soon

WOODSTOCK— Crossing busy intersections in the city are about to get easier for the visually impaired.

Starting this year, two main intersections will be retrofitted with audible pedestrian signals.


Please Tell the McGuinty Government if You Endorse the AODA Alliance’s Finalized Brief on the Draft Integrated Accessibility Regulation

Please contact the McGuinty Government to say if you or your organization endorses our just-released finalized brief on the Government’s February 1, 2011 draft of the Integrated Accessibility Regulation that it proposes to enact under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Below we give you contact information on how to let the Government know what you think.


Direct Access: Extend Reduced TTC Fares to People With Disabilities, Group Urges

By Helen Henderson
Disabilities Reporter

Somewhere warmer than here they’re playing baseball — a spring-training ritual that usually thaws our collective spirits north of the 49th parallel. But
it’s not just the weather that’s keeping Toronto’s climate colder this year.

There’s a distinct chill emanating from City Hall toward anyone or anything that might stand in the way of the success of the nascent right-wing advocacy
group dubbed Ford Nation. That would include those of us who believe spending money on inclusion pays off for all taxpayers.

Adoption of Google Apps Program Discriminates Against the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind people in the
United States, today requested that the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, investigate civil rights violations
committed by New York University (NYU) and Northwestern University against blind faculty and students. The NFB made the request because
the schools have adopted technology that is not accessible to the blind.