Elections Ontario Categorically Refuses to Deploy Telephone and Internet Voting in Any By-election IN 2012

As we detailed in our May 14, 2012 letter to you, Elections Ontario has been on notice for at least two years of the need to be ready to test telephone and internet voting in a by-election in 2012. Fully a year and a half ago, on December 3, 2010, Elections Ontario committed in writing: “We plan to be ready for this testing in by-elections held after January 1, 2012…” Elections Ontario’s refusal to do so, set out in Ms. Wells’ May 22, 2012 letter to us, is a breach of that important commitment.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1807

UC Students Design a Better Pill Bottle for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Ma agreed, “It was powerful to hear the stories of those we interviewed in the early stages of the design process. These consumers, many of them elderly, are paying hundreds of dollars more than their sighted counterparts in order to aurally differentiate their medications. So the challenge becomes to create the best solution for the most number of people at the lowest cost, and we’re pretty confident that we’ve achieved something like that with this project.”

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Walgreens Expands Disability Employment Effort Nationwide

The nation’s largest drugstore chain is dramatically increasing its efforts to hire people with disabilities.

Walgreens officials said they plan to implement a training program in every state by the end of 2013 that’s designed to help people with disabilities land jobs in the company’s retail stores.

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‘Crazy’ Dave Won’t Give Up Fight

By Greg Peerenboom greg.peerenboom@sunmedia.ca

CORNWALL — A local organic farmer has renewed his fight to change what he claims are discriminatory ODSP legislation.

“Crazy” Dave Thomasson has filed an application to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

Thomasson, who is bi-polar, wants a judge to squash a ruling by Ontario Disability Support Program official Sylvie Charron.

He’s Right – We Should Be Ashamed

And poverty leaves vulnerable, as York University health researchers reported in 2010, the 83 per cent of Canadian families without access to regulated day care, people whose 30 per cent of total health costs aren’t covered by medicare and the 40 per cent of disabled who are shut out of the work force – all this at the bottom, or close to it, of OECD rankings, and all this because of a lack of public spending by governments more inclined to speak harshly and carry big sticks.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2641

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In this Issue

*Would You Hire This Man?
*Manitoba Human Rights Commission Speaks Up! So Do We! How About You?
*Ontario Students Face Long Waits for Mental Health help, Warns New Report
*Woman Says She Was Humiliated at Centre in the Square
*“We’ve Been Betrayed”
*AODA Alliance Calls on Elections Ontario to Provide Telephone and Internet Voting in Upcoming Kitchener-Waterloo By-Election
*Writing Good Link Text

Would You Hire This Man?

By Charlotte Prong Parkhill
Kitchener Post staff

William Haines lost his job when the factory he worked in went bankrupt in November 2011. Like many Canadians, he’s had a hard time finding another one.

But he faces an additional barrier — he’s completely deaf.

Manitoba Human Rights Commission Speaks Up! So Do We! How About You?

By Victor Schwartzman and Paul Caune

The article expressed concern that human rights organizations, including the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, did not have a systemic approach to human rights issues, with the result that the same problems have continued for a decade. Examples of how things work at the Commission were included in the article to illustrate the point.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=2636

Ontario Students Face Long Waits for Mental Health help, Warns New Report

Louise Brown
EDUCATION REPORTER

Ontario students with mental and emotional troubles wait an average of seven days to see a campus counselor – and some wait months, warns a new report that calls for more front-line help to tackle what has been hailed as a mental health crisis across Canada’s ivory tower.

Woman Says She Was Humiliated at Centre in the Square

Pettit questioned the customer service training the staff receives, which Nuhn confirmed is compliant to the guidelines set by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act to provide improved services to people with disabilities.

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http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1805