Accessibility News March 31,2012 Update

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In this Issue

*Enhancing Accessibility in Post-Secondary Education (PSE) Institutions: A Guide for Disability Service Providers
*Bits and Pieces of Important News on the Campaign for a Fully-Accessible Ontario
*Seeing Opportunities for the Visually Impaired
*Mental Health Help Line Expands Across Northeast
*Open Letter: Ontario Budget 2012
*Do Social Networks Make Us Sick?
*McGuinty Freezes Social Assistance Level, Scales Back Child Benefit Gain
*Ontario Disability Employment Network Press Release

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ARTICLES:

Enhancing Accessibility in Post-Secondary Education (PSE) Institutions: A Guide for Disability Service Providers

The association is proud to announce the availability of a new, comprehensive guide on disability service
provision and accommodations at colleges and universities in Canada. This Guide is now available on the NEADS website

Read more at

Enhancing Accessibility in Post-Secondary Education (PSE) Institutions: A Guide for Disability Service Providers

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Bits and Pieces of Important News on the Campaign for a Fully-Accessible Ontario

Here are selections of important news and upcoming events of interest to all who support our campaign for a fully-accessible Ontario for all persons with disabilities:

Read more at

Bits and Pieces of Important News on the Campaign for a Fully-Accessible Ontario

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Seeing Opportunities for the Visually Impaired

Mary Helen Sprecher

last year, I was passing by one of Baltimore’s sports fields when I came across an Easter egg hunt in progress. It took me a minute to realize it wasn’t a typical egg hunt; the eggs were beeping, and the kids running around collecting them were blind.

Read more at

Seeing Opportunities for the Visually Impaired

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Mental Health Help Line Expands Across Northeast
18 people to be employed at Warmline sites in Sault Ste. Marie and Timmins

A call centre for people with mental health problems is expanding in northeastern Ontario.

It’s not a hot line for emergency calls it’s called a warm-line, and it’s for people who need to speak with someone about their problems.

Read more at

Mental Health Help Line Expands Across Northeast

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Open Letter: Ontario Budget 2012

By Alan Shaw

Dear Andrea Horwath Provincial NDP Leader,

On Tuesday March 27, 2012 the Provincial Liberal government will introduce the new Ontario 2012/2013 fiscal budget which as Premier, Dalton McGuinty has stated represents his most difficult budget ever, however it appears
many others are going to feel the pain, especially the most vulnerable members of Ontario, of which I’m one.

Read more at

Open Letter: Ontario Budget 2012

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Do Social Networks Make Us Sick?

Is there such as thing as Facebook Addiction Disorder? Mental health experts in Ottawa and around the world are now probing the dark side of social media to see what effect über-connectedness has on everything from eating to suicide.

Read more at

Do Social Networks Make Us Sick?

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McGuinty Freezes Social Assistance Level, Scales Back Child Benefit Gain

National PostTORONTO The provincial government is scaling back a planned hike in child benefits and freezing social assistance, Premier Dalton McGuinty said Sunday, as Ontario grapples with a solution to its $16-billion deficit.

Rather than rising by $200 per year in July 2013, the child benefit will rise by $100. It will increase by the same amount one year later.

Provincial social assistance programs which include Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program will be frozen.

Read more at

McGuinty Freezes Social Assistance Level, Scales Back Child Benefit Gain

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Ontario Disability Employment Network Press Release

Yes, its possible to save taxpayers millions while getting more people who have a disability into the workforce

Ontario spends $3.3 billion a year on disability income support, a figure that’s growing at a rate of 5% a year. Yet, its frustratingly difficult for many people who have a disability to find a meaningful place in the economy because of systemic roadblocks.

The Network recently released a report to Ontario’s Social Assistance Review Commission that includes 37 recommendations aimed at helping more people who have a disability find work,while also saving taxpayers millions.

Read more at

Ontario Disability Employment Network Press Release

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*Macy’s Diner & Delicatessen

Macy’s Diner & Delicatessen


*360 Restaurant (CN Tower)

360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower


*The Pickle Barrel (Yonge/Eglinton)

The Pickle Barrel (Yonge/Eglinton)


*CÉlestin Restaurant

CÉlestin Restaurant

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Enhancing Accessibility in Post-Secondary Education (PSE) Institutions: A Guide for Disability Service Providers

The association is proud to announce the availability of a new, comprehensive guide on disability service
provision and accommodations at colleges and universities in Canada. This Guide is now available on the NEADS website

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2558

Bits and Pieces of Important News on the Campaign for a Fully-Accessible Ontario

Here are selections of important news and upcoming events of interest to all who support our campaign for a fully-accessible Ontario for all persons with disabilities:

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1755

Seeing Opportunities for the Visually Impaired

Mary Helen Sprecher

last year, I was passing by one of Baltimore’s sports fields when I came across an Easter egg hunt in progress. It took me a minute to realize it wasn’t a typical egg hunt; the eggs were beeping, and the kids running around collecting them were blind.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2556

Mental Health Help Line Expands Across Northeast

18 people to be employed at Warmline sites in Sault Ste. Marie and Timmins
CBC News Posted: Mar 27, 2012

A call centre for people with mental health problems is expanding in northeastern Ontario.

It’s not a hot line for emergency calls — it’s called a warm-line, and it’s for people who need to speak with someone about their problems.

Open Letter: Ontario Budget 2012

By Alan Shaw

Dear Andrea Horwath Provincial NDP Leader,

On Tuesday March 27, 2012 the Provincial Liberal government will introduce the new Ontario 2012/2013 fiscal budget which as Premier, Dalton McGuinty has stated represents his most difficult budget ever, however it appears
many others are going to feel the pain, especially the most vulnerable members of Ontario, of which I’m one.

Do Social Networks Make Us Sick?

Is there such as thing as Facebook Addiction Disorder? Mental health experts in Ottawa and around the world are now probing the dark side of social media to see what effect über-connectedness has on everything from eating to suicide.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2553

McGuinty Freezes Social Assistance Level, Scales Back Child Benefit Gain

By Lee Greenberg, The Ottawa Citizen

National PostTORONTO — The provincial government is scaling back a planned hike in child benefits and freezing social assistance, Premier Dalton McGuinty said Sunday, as Ontario grapples with a solution to its $16-billion deficit.

Rather than rising by $200 per year in July 2013, the child benefit will rise by $100. It will increase by the same amount one year later.

Provincial social assistance programs — which include Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program — will be frozen.

Ontario Disability Employment Network Press Release

Yes, its possible to save taxpayers millions while gettingmore people who have a disability into the workforce

Ontario spends $3.3 billion a year on disability income support, a figure that’s growing at a rate of 5% a year. Yet, its frustratingly difficult for many people who have a disability to find ameaningful place in the economy because of systemic roadblocks.

The Network recently released a report to Ontario’s Social Assistance Review Commission that includes 37 recommendations aimed at helping more people who have a disability find work,while also saving taxpayers millions.

Accessibility News March 24,2012 Update

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Visit www.inclusivemedia.ca to find out more.

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In this Issue

*Austerity Mania Threatens Ontario’s Poor and Disabled
*LCO Releases Draft Framework for the Law as it Affects Persons with Disabilities
*Feds Look To Boost Web Accessibility
*“Nice City to Visit…Just Don’t Expect to Take a Shower!” – PUSH Northwest
*Green Shield Canada Donates $20,000 to Adult Transition Program for Youth with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus
*TD Bank Group Scholarship Helps Fix Inequality in Graduate Education for People With Disabilities
*Pinto Human Rights Code Review Restores Cancelled Thunder Bay Public Hearings After AODA Alliance Gets CBC to Cover its Earlier Cancellation
*Bringing Russia to the Disabled

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ARTICLES:
Austerity Mania Threatens Ontario’s Poor and Disabled
Published On Thu Mar 22 2012

A single person on the Ontario Disability Support Program gets a maximum of $1,064.
Melissa Addison-Webster

As a woman with quadriplegia receiving payments from the Ontario Disability Support Program, I am extremely concerned with the present “austerity” agenda the Ontario government is proposing.

Read more at

Austerity Mania Threatens Ontario’s Poor and Disabled

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LCO Releases Draft Framework for the Law as it Affects Persons with Disabilities
The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) today released for public feedback a Draft Framework for the Law as it Affects Persons with Disabilities. When completed, the Framework will assist in evaluating new or existing laws, policies and practices to ensure that they take into account the circumstances and experiences of persons with disabilities, and that they promote positive outcomes for these members of society within the context of society as a whole.

Read more at

LCO Releases Draft Framework for the Law as it Affects Persons with Disabilities

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Feds Look To Boost Web Accessibility
The Obama administration is asking for the public to weigh in on how to make government websites and other information technology more accessible for people with disabilities.

Read more at

Feds Look To Boost Web Accessibility

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“Nice City to Visit…Just Don’t Expect to Take a Shower!” – PUSH Northwest
Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) came into effect for the private sector. This means that persons with disabilities are thankfully able to enjoy an increasing amount of access to businesses in Thunder Bay. We are very pleased with the efforts being made!
shower.

Read more at

“Nice City to Visit…Just Don’t Expect to Take a Shower!” – PUSH Northwest

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Green Shield Canada Donates $20,000 to Adult Transition Program for Youth with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus
TORONTO, ON): A generous $20,000 donation from Green Shield Canada’s Community Giving Program has been instrumental in launching the new Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario (SB&H) Getting You There program to help vulnerable teens and young adults with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus (sb/h) successfully transition to adulthood.

Read more at

Green Shield Canada Donates $20,000 to Adult Transition Program for Youth with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus+


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TD Bank Group Scholarship Helps Fix Inequality in Graduate Education for People With Disabilities
March 8, 2012– Anita Kaiser always planned to be a physiotherapist or a chiropractor. That was until a car crash in 1996 left her paralyzed below her chest. She knew then her new focus would be rehabilitation research. Thanks to TD Bank Group’s unique scholarship for graduate students living with a disability, Anita has completed her Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Science.

Anita’s story is not commonplace for people with disabilities. In fact, only one in 10 working-age adults living with a disability has a university degree, compared to one in five without a disability. And even fewer adults with disabilities go on to complete a graduate degree.

That is what inspired TD to fund two more years of the TD Grant in Medical Excellence: A scholarship in Rehabilitation-Related Research for People with Disabilities, bringing their total support of this program to $750,000.

Read more at

TD Bank Group Scholarship Helps Fix Inequality in Graduate Education for People With Disabilities

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Pinto Human Rights Code Review Restores Cancelled Thunder Bay Public Hearings After AODA Alliance Gets CBC to Cover its Earlier Cancellation
THUNDER BAY PUBLIC HEARINGS WILL BE APRIL 4, 2012

The Review of Ontario’s Human Rights Code, which the McGuinty Government appointed Toronto lawyer Andrew Pinto to conduct, has announced that it has scheduled public hearings for its Review in Thunder Bay, to be held on April 4, 2012.

Read more at

Pinto Human Rights Code Review Restores Cancelled Thunder Bay Public Hearings After AODA Alliance Gets CBC to Cover its Earlier Cancellation

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Bringing Russia to the Disabled
Two women in St. Petersburg have established a travel company for people who cannot get around independently – fulfilling both their own dreams and those of their clients.

Read more at

Bringing Russia to the Disabled

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aMENU: Accessible Restaurant Menus.
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In the Spotlight
*Macy’s Diner & Delicatessen

Macy’s Diner & Delicatessen


*360 Restaurant (CN Tower)

360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower


*The Pickle Barrel (Yonge/Eglinton)

The Pickle Barrel (Yonge/Eglinton)

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