New Program for Mentally Ill Teens Will Help Them With Transition to Adulthood

By pauline Tam, The Ottawa Citizen May 25, 2011   

A new test program is being launched to better connect mentally ill young people, who are woefully underserved, with the right health and social services
as they enter adulthood.

Let’s Give the Blind Better Access to Online Learning

It is ironic that in an age when technology could erase so many barriers for blind students, colleges and universities are not paying enough attention to
accessibility in their online services.


Ease the Path to Work

A disability should not be a sentence to a life of crushing poverty.

Ontario’s disability support program is supposed to keep people from falling into destitution because of their disability and help find jobs for those who
can work.

Pursuing Equal Rights

by Jason Teakle
Brant News, May 22, 2011

Pursuing more rights for visually impaired Canadians was the focus of a conference held in Brantford over the weekend.

The national conference of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians took place at the Best Western Brant Park Inn, bringing members from across the country to the city.

Parents Demand Better Care Than Institutions Can Provide for Vulnerable

SYDNEY, N.S. — In the quiet moments after Myrtle Eveleigh visits her 20-year-old autistic grandson, she sometimes sits in her car and weeps.

Last September, he was locked alone in a constantly lit room at the Braemore adult residential centre in Sydney, N.S., for 15 days with occasional breaks.


Penalized for Working? Disabled Lose 50 Cents on Every Dollar Earned

Laurie Monsebraaten
Social Justice Reporter

Like everyone who receives a monthly cheque from Ontario’s disability support program, Sharon Burfind loses 50 cents on every dollar she earns in her part-time job.

Accessibility News May 21,2011 Update

In this Issue

1) Message Board
*The McGuinty Watch
*“Essential Accessibility” is “Not Essential to Meeting the Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR)
*Federal Government Not Complying with Web Site Accessibility Requirements, Study Indicates
*Young Woman Faces Insurance Hoops Due to Father With Huntington’s
*OC Transpo Formalizes its Accessible Customer Service Policy
*Emergency Department Visited Often By Adults With Intellectual Disabilities
*Ashley Smith Trapped in Vicious Cycle Before Death, Inquest Told
*Questionnaire Universal Kitchen Design
*Sarnia City Council and Mayor Distance Themselves From Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s Call for the Proposed Provincial Accessibility Regulation to be Weakened – Get Your Municipality to do the Same!
3) Classifieds, Events, Surveys
4)Thanks for Your Support



Federal Government Not Complying with Web Site Accessibility Requirements, Study Indicates

National Federation of the Blind Expresses Outrage, Demands Swift Action

A study that has just been published online in the journal Government Information Quarterly has found that of one-hundred Web sites operated by federal government agencies, over 90 percent do not comply with government accessibility guidelines and likely cannot be used by people who are blind or have other perceptual or motor disabilities.


Young Woman Faces Insurance Hoops Due to Father With Huntington’s

Theresa Boyle

When Katie Lingard was taking steps to set up a chiropractic practice four years ago, the soon-to-be graduate couldn’t help but notice she was being treated differently than her classmates by insurance companies who came to their college to drum up business.

OC Transpo Formalizes its Accessible Customer Service Policy

“This is great news for all OC Transpo riders,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “The new policy shows our commitment to providing public transit services that are customer-focused, safe, reliable and accessible to all persons.”