new Accessibility App for Disabled Travelers

This online tool can make it infinitely easier to organize and plan travel, whether you’ll be traveling in a wheelchair, with a stroller, or with sight
or auditory disabilities. The tool can be accessed by computers, iPads, iPhones, BlackBerry Torch, and Android devices. 

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2307

The Six D’s

Paul’s rules of thumb are: “Don’t assume the public servant is on your side. Always keep notes. Never meet a public servant by yourself. Never agree at the time on anything, say you want to think about it. Only have prearranged meetings. Hope is not a plan. Be a honey badger.”

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2305

Accessibility News October 15,2011 Update

Inclusive Media and Design Inc

Inclusive is ready to caption and video describe all your video for web, DVD, and computer desktop. They can also assist you in understanding and implementing Ontario’s AODA Integrated Standards’ media requirements.

Visit www.inclusivemedia.ca to find out more.

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In this Issue

*New Accessibility Standards Impact Ontario Restaurants
*Governments Ignore “Blindingly Obvious” Needs of Disabled Citizens
*Mental Health Advocates Find Police Training Inadequate
*Ralph Nader Calls For Stronger Actions to Ensure Equal Opportunity in Sports for All Americans
*National Federation of the Blind and Penn State Resolve Accessibility Complaint
*Disadvantaged Pay a High Price
*Another Fiasco at the Voting Polls

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Disability Awareness Consultants

Governments Ignore “Blindingly Obvious” Needs of Disabled Citizens

From the wife of a voter who lived in GPC in 1991: “I took a well-adjusted, happy husband to a place where in two short weeks they traumatized him into
a worthless-feeling, frustrated human being. He came home and cried in fear of what it would be like for him in the future if he could not speak out to
communicate. He cried the next day for those he left behind. He did not dare complain while at George Pearson for fear that those who took care of him
would make it worse. That’s an unspoken understanding all patients realize very soon.”

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2303

Mental Health Advocates Find Police Training Inadequate

Published On Tue Oct 11 2011
Josh Tapper Staff Reporter

While Toronto police response to mentally ill assailants has improved over the years, mental health advocates argue not enough is being done to prevent unnecessary deaths, even after numerous recommendations by inquests.

The fatal confrontation between 52-year-old Sylvia Klibingaitis, shot dead outside her North York home on Oct. 7 after allegedly wielding a knife in front
of police, is the fourth fatal confrontation between Toronto police and the mentally ill since 2008 — and at least the 14th since 1988.

Ralph Nader Calls For Stronger Actions to Ensure Equal Opportunity in Sports for All Americans

League of Fans Outlines Necessary Steps to Re-Energize the Quest for a Level Playing Field in Athletics

Ralph Nader announced today that his League of Fans organization is launching a new initiative to accelerate the march toward equal opportunity in sports. Nader said pertinent federal and state laws need to be enforced more vigorously and new laws and policies enacted if the vision for equal opportunity in sports is to be realized.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2301

National Federation of the Blind and Penn State Resolve Accessibility Complaint

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) announced today that they have reached an agreement
that will resolve a complaint filed against Penn State by the NFB with the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights. There was
no admission of any wrongdoing.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2299

Disadvantaged Pay a High Price

Studies show as family income decreases, child’s risk of disorder increases 

Robbie Babins-Wagner, CEO of the Calgary Counselling Centre, in a room used for treating children, says those who are vulnerable financially are also vulnerable to mental illness.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2296

Another Fiasco at the Voting Polls

In pre-election advertising, Elections Ontario bragged about increased accessibility and more options for those who might be away, such as special ballots.

What good does all that do if bunches of people are dropped from the printed lists?

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1446

Accessibility News October 8,2011 Update

Inclusive Media and Design Inc

Inclusive is ready to caption and video describe all your video for web, DVD, and computer desktop. They can also assist you in understanding and implementing Ontario’s AODA Integrated Standards’ media requirements.

Visit www.inclusivemedia.ca to find out more.

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In this Issue

*AODA Alliance: What We Accomplished in Our Successful 2011 Election Campaign for Accessibility
*Put the AODA Customer Service Feedback Process to Work!
*Internet Voting in Advance Polls a Great Success in Markham, Report Finds
*aUntargeted and Untapped, are the Disabled a Winning Labour Source for the Supply Chain Sector?
*U.S. Representatives Stearns and Bishop Introduce Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act
*Fully Accessible Voting Not Yet A Reality in Ontario- A Priority for Our Next Legislature – and Listen to AODA Alliance Chair’s Interview on CFRB Radio
*On Live TV, AODA Alliance Chair Asks PC Leader Tim Hudak for Disability Accessibility Election Commitment