Human Rights Review Bypasses Thunder Bay

AcNews Note: From all that Accessibility News has read we have come to the opinion that Mr Pinto has something against David Lepofsky and the AODA Alliance, if not the Disability Community at large and should be replaced, we feel his judgement is biased against another Lawyer and there is no place for his decisions, unless he can explain his position on such a crucial matter as this.

Organizers cite lack of interest

David Lepofsky is the chair of the lobby group, Accessibility for Ontarians With Disabilities Act Alliance. He blamed poor marketing and poor communication for lack of interest.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1713

Visually-impaired Never Lose Sight of Their Goals

Champions Team Ontario from K-W Granite Club were winners of the Canadian Visually-impaired curling championship in Ottawa last week.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2480

Accessibility News February 18,2012 Update

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In this Issue

*Providing Emergency and Public Safety Information for People With Disabilities Guide
*CRTC Tests 911 Texting for Hearing and Speech Impaired
*How Might We Design an Accessible Election Experience for Everyone?
*Toronto Police Need to Improve the Way They Deal With Mentally Ill People
*Windows 8 adds Help for Visually Impaired, Physically Challenged
*People are Last at George Pearson Centre

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CRTC Tests 911 Texting for Hearing and Speech Impaired

People with speech and hearing disabilities will soon be able to communicate with 911 services via text messages.

During the three-month pilot project announced by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, volunteers registered with their phone provider will make test phone calls to 911, and the dispatcher will respond with a text message to the user’s cellphone. The user can then text their situation back to the dispatcher.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2478

How Might We Design an Accessible Election Experience for Everyone?

We are calling on everyone, including voters, non-voters, election officials, people with disabilities, designers, engineers, and students, to help us
make elections more accessible for everyone.

We invite you to join us in this challenge.

Read more at
http://www.openideo.com/open/voting/brief.html

Toronto Police Need to Improve the Way They Deal With Mentally Ill People

After Toronto police fatally shot a mentally ill man last week, advocates for the mentally handicapped are understandably nervous. Suggestions by the city’s deputy police chief that provincial law be changed to let front-line officers use Tasers are even more concerning. Especially after the death of a confused man who died after being Tasered by an RCMP officer at Vancouver airport in 2007.

There has been a sad string of fatalities involving Toronto police and mentally ill people. In August, a man died after mistakenly being tackled by two police officers. In October, a North York woman with a history of mental illness was shot dead by police after brandishing a knife outside her home. Police officials point out that incidents like these have declined over the years: only 63 people were injured or killed after two million calls for service. But despite commitments from the very top of the force, tragedies keep happening.

Windows 8 adds Help for Visually Impaired, Physically Challenged

Accessibility features expanded, made easier to insert in applications

Windows 8 beefs up accessibility features that enable those who are blind, nearsighted, hard-of-hearing and who have mobility impairments to navigate PCs.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2473

People are Last at George Pearson Centre

This is part one of a two-part series.
By Paul Caune and Victor Schwartzman

Late last year one of Canada’s health authorities proved yet again that people with disabilities do not have a practical way to enforce their civil rights.

The George Pearson Centre is a sixty year old nursing home in Vancouver, British Columbia, for adults with disabilities.  On November 8, 2011, two top executives of the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (VCH) met with residents of the institution.  The meeting was recorded with the knowledge of the participants.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2470

Accessibility News February 11,2012 Update

Inclusive Media and Design Inc is a proud supporter of Accessibility News.

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

*Use These Helpful Tips for Making a Presentation to the Pinto Human Rights Code’s Public Hearings or Sending in Written Submissions
*EnAbling Change Program
*Families of Disabled Adults Angry After $300K Program Cut
*More Problems With Pinto Human Rights Review
*StatsCan Accused of Not Accommodating Blind Man
*Facebook Takes a Toll on Your Mental Health
*Deaf Man Cleared of G20 Charges
*Woman says parents deserve apology from federal agency
*Shocking Discrimination Case Needs Sorting Out”
*White Canes are a Vital Aid for Visually Impaired

Use These Helpful Tips for Making a Presentation to the Pinto Human Rights Code’s Public Hearings or Sending in Written Submissions

AND SEND US FEEDBACK ON OUR DRAFT BRIEF TO THE PINTO HUMAN RIGHTS CODE REVIEW

It can be easy to give the Pinto Human Rights Review your feedback on Ontario’s system for enforcing human rights. The Pinto Human Rights Code Review is going ahead with its public hearings next week. This is so even though we asked it to postpone these, so more people can learn about them and take part. The Pinto Review is seeking the public’s feedback on how well Ontario’s system for enforcing human rights is working.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1698