Accessibility News May 31,2014 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. Consider having them check that any of your new web site content is compliant with an Accessibility Audit.

Visit http://www.inclusivemedia.ca to find out more.

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In this Issue

*Lest You Forgot: The Wynne/McGuinty Legacy
*Ex-Dolphins Scout with Sick Wife: I was Fired for Working From Home *Orion Sued for Alleged Disability Discrimination
*Launch of New Library Service Provides Accessible Books to Over Three Million Canadians With Print Disabilities
*HUD Announces Alternative Accessibility Standard for Federally Funded Construction Projects
*Our Victory for Accessibility! Come to May 27, 2014 Parkdale-High Park All Candidates Debate *Ontario Liberals Just Dont Understand Mental Illness

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ARTICLES:

Lest You Forgot: The Wynne/McGuinty Legacy

With the upcoming election just around the corner, Ive compiled a list of Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynnes accomplishments, or lack of them with regards to the Disabled Community.

While she has tried to distance herself from him lately perhaps this video will remind you:

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/mcguinty-watch/

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Ex-Dolphins Scout with Sick Wife: I was Fired for Working From Home

A former Dolphins scout claims he was illegally fired by general manager Dennis Hickey.

From a public relations standpoint, its been a rough six months for the Miami Dolphins.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/ex-dolphins-scout-with-sick-wife-i-was-fired-for-working-from-home/

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Orion Sued for Alleged Disability Discrimination

MILWAUKEE Orion Energy Systems Inc. of Manitowoc violated federal law by firing an employee because of his disability, a mobility impairment, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleges in a lawsuit filed on Thursday.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/orion-sued-for-alleged-disability-discrimination/

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Launch of New Library Service Provides Accessible Books to Over Three Million Canadians With Print Disabilities

The Centre for Equitable Library Access officially launched its new national service which provides accessible library services and materials to Canadians with print disabilities. The announcement was made at the Canadian Library Associations National Conference in Victoria, BC.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/launch-of-new-library-service-provides-accessible-books-to-over-three-million-canadians-with-print-disabilities/

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HUD Announces Alternative Accessibility Standard for Federally Funded Construction Projects

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced recently that it is permitting developers of federally funded construction projects to use an alternative design standard to meet the accessibility requirements under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/hud-announces-alternative-accessibility-standard-for-federally-funded-construction-projects/

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Our Victory for Accessibility! Come to May 27, 2014 Parkdale-High Park All Candidates Debate

To Be Held Outside the Inaccessible Fern Avenue Public School AND Send in Questions on Disability Accessibility for the June 3, 2014 Televised Leaders Debate AND Other Ontario Election Accessibility News

May 26, 2014

Here are quick news items in our non-partisan blitz for accessibility during the lead-up to the June 12, 2014 Ontario general election:

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/our-victory-for-accessibility-come-to-may-27-2014-parkdale-high-park-all-candidates-debate/

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Ontario Liberals Just Dont Understand Mental Illness

Doing the right thing to improve services for those who are mentally ill is not about party politics but rather human decency. I realized that on Thursday after a verbal confrontation on my porch with my incumbent Liberal who made the mistake of knocking at my door. After that encounter, I read an article about Michael Wilson by Andre Picard in the Globe and Mail that put matters into perspective for me.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=4499

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eSSENTIAL Accessibility: helping organizations reach, serve and empower people with disabilities.

The eSSENTIAL Accessibility assistive technology app gives those who have trouble typing, moving a mouse, or reading a screen due to a variety of conditions such as stroke, paralysis or arthritis – the tools they need to navigate the Web. The app is free to the end-user and simple to use.

Organizations that feature the app on their websites are committed to making it easier for people with disabilities to access information online.

For more info, please visit http://www.essentialaccessibility.com

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aMENU: Accessible Restaurant Menus.

Visit the site at http://www.amenu.ca , Restaurant Owners visit http://www.amenu.ca/create/ and design your own Menu. In the Spotlight
*Museum Tavern Restaurant & Bar
http://www.amenu.ca/museum-tavern-restaurant-bar/
*Updated: 360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower
http://www.amenu.ca/360-restaurant/

Ex-Dolphins Scout with Sick Wife: I was Fired for Working From Home

A former Dolphins scout claims he was illegally fired by general manager Dennis Hickey.

From a public relations standpoint, it’s been a rough six months for the Miami Dolphins.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/ex-dolphins-scout-with-sick-wife-i-was-fired-for-working-from-home/

Orion Sued for Alleged Disability Discrimination

MILWAUKEE Orion Energy Systems Inc. of Manitowoc violated federal law by firing an employee because of his disability, a mobility impairment, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleges in a lawsuit filed on Thursday.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/orion-sued-for-alleged-disability-discrimination/

Launch of New Library Service Provides Accessible Books to Over Three Million Canadians With Print Disabilities

The Centre for Equitable Library Access officially launched its new national service which provides accessible library services and materials to Canadians with print disabilities. The announcement was made at the Canadian Library Association’s National Conference in Victoria, BC.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/launch-of-new-library-service-provides-accessible-books-to-over-three-million-canadians-with-print-disabilities/

HUD Announces Alternative Accessibility Standard for Federally Funded Construction Projects

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced recently that it is permitting developers of federally funded construction projects to use an alternative design standard to meet the accessibility requirements under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/hud-announces-alternative-accessibility-standard-for-federally-funded-construction-projects/

Our Victory for Accessibility! Come to May 27, 2014 Parkdale-High Park All Candidates’ Debate

To Be Held Outside the Inaccessible Fern Avenue Public School — AND — Send in Questions on Disability Accessibility for the June 3, 2014 Televised Leaders’ Debate — AND — Other Ontario Election Accessibility News

May 26, 2014

Here are quick news items in our non-partisan blitz for accessibility during the lead-up to the June 12, 2014 Ontario general election:

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/our-victory-for-accessibility-come-to-may-27-2014-parkdale-high-park-all-candidates-debate/

Ontario Liberals Just Don’t Understand Mental Illness

Posted: 05/23/2014 6:22 pm

Doing the right thing to improve services for those who are mentally ill is not about party politics but rather human decency. I realized that on Thursday after a verbal confrontation on my porch with my incumbent Liberal who made the mistake of knocking at my door. After that encounter, I read an article about Michael Wilson by Andre Picard in the Globe and Mail that put matters into perspective for me.

When I introduced myself to my incumbent who was seeking my vote, his response was “oh the mental health man”. It deteriorated from there as I explained my displeasure with his government’s failures to implement any of the recommendations from the Conservative report co-chaired by Michael Wilson that they inherited in 2003 when they came into office or the recommendations of their all party select committee of 2010.

Before backing off my porch and scurrying down the street in search of his handlers, he explained that all politicians agreed to suspend the implementation of the select committee report while they focused on services for children. That is utter nonsense but he departed so quickly that I couldn’t challenge him on that.

This claim to be working on the children’s issues has been around for awhile. A friend provided me with a letter that she received on August 29, 2011 from Anne Bowlby who was the manager of mental health and addictions in the Ministry of Health. The letter was sent on behalf of the Minister of Health, Deb Matthews, as a reply to my friend’s complaints about lack of services. The letter explained that the government strategy, Open Minds Healthy Minds, would provide “fast access to high quality services, early identification and support and helping vulnerable kids with unique needs”.

She also stated that the government will be “working with experts and stakeholders to develop performance measures for monitoring and reporting wait times, client experiences and health outcomes, as well as to standardize public reporting across Ontario.”

As I said in my blog on March 11, there is no indication that any of this has been done three years later and that I was told that the government is working with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Services (ICES) to develop a scorecard and evaluation framework for the strategy. No advisory group, however, has been set up. And, a mark of their failure is a report by the Toronto Star on March 7 that parents of children with autism were complaining of confusion trying to navigate a convoluted system, lack of transparency about wait lists and how agencies make decisions about who is eligible for treatment and how long they get it.

How can you justify lack of action to help those with mental illness with an excuse that you are first helping kids when in reality you are ignoring them too.

In contrast is Michael Wilson who Andre described as “A button-down investment banker and no-nonsense Conservative politician known much more for a steely gaze on the bottom-line than a bleeding heart.” But at the same time, “Wilson, the former finance minister, has left an indelible mark on mental health research and care in Canada, a contribution matched by few others.”

Wilson was being honoured at a banquet on Wednesday evening by former parliamentarians but “Sprinkled among the audience of current and former politicians and scions of Bay Street — a virtual Who’s Who of the 1980s and 1990s power brokers in Canada — were physicians, basic researchers, community activists, and even mental health patients, all of them with a personal connection to Mr. Wilson.”

Wilson has been a tireless advocate for improvements to the mental health system since his son, Cameron, committed suicide in 1995 as the result of severe depression. While his accomplishments are numerous and well known, I have my own impression of him. Shortly after the Liberals came to power in Ontario in 2003, I was asked to cover a presentation he was giving at the Oakville Trafalgar Hospital west of Toronto by one of the papers that I freelanced for.

I gladly went and was surprised to find the talk in a small basement room of the hospital with all of about 30 or 40 people present. I was expecting a huge crowd in the main auditorium. And, despite a very bad cold, Wilson was there and eager to talk to this small group of ordinary folks about his passion for improving the mental health system. One comment he made I’ve quoted numerous times and dealt with the report he co-chaired called the Mental Health Implementation Taskforce. He said that he and his colleagues would continue to pressure the then newly elected Liberal government to implement those reforms.

The Liberals resisted, failed miserably and are still failing miserably. But the difference between Wilson and the present government was summed up by Picard’s final quote of a phrase that Wilson never tires of stating.
Those living with mental illness are not a lost cause, they are a just cause. We should care for the mentally ill as a matter of good conscience and good public policy.

Ontario Liberals do not understand that. Until they do, we will not see any improvements at all.

Reproduced from http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/marvin-ross/mental-illness_b_5380220.html

Accessibility News May 24,2014 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. Consider having them check that any of your new web site content is compliant well before the new year deadline with an Accessibility Audit.

Visit http://www.inclusivemedia.ca to find out more.

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In this Issue

*Lest You Forgot: The Wynne/McGuinty Legacy
*May 27 2014 All Candidates Debate in Hotly-Contested Toronto Riding Planned for Evidently-Inaccessible Location
*Elections Ontario Writes AODA Alliance to Say What It Is Doing to Remove Voting Barriers that Impede Voters with Disabilities And Other Ontario 2014 Election News on the Accessibility Front *New Guidelines Require Buildings to Be Accessible for Persons With Disabilities *AODA Alliance: 2014 Ontario Election Action Kit
*World Blind Union(WBU) Letter to All Governments
*Disability Report Opens Door to Greater Accessibility
*Ontario Betting Pools Damaged by Election News
*Disability Advocates Call on Party Leaders to Ensure Barrier-Free Ontario

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For a long term strategy in meeting the AODA and Section 508, Accessibility News recommends Accessibil-IT Inc for all your accessible PDF documentation needs. For more information email them at info@accessibilit.com or visit them on the web at: http://www.accessibilit.com

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ARTICLES:

Lest You Forgot: The Wynne/McGuinty Legacy

With the upcoming election just around the corner, Ive compiled a list of Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynnes accomplishments, or lack of them with regards to the Disabled Community.

While she has tried to distance herself from him lately perhaps this video will remind you:

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/mcguinty-watch/

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May 27 2014 All Candidates Debate in Hotly-Contested Toronto Riding Planned for Evidently-Inaccessible Location

NDP Candidate Refuses to Attend Despite Inaccessibility Liberal Candidate Announced She Will Attend PC Candidate Hasnt Responded

May 23, 2014 Toronto: We have received troubling word that an All Candidates Debate in an evidently inaccessible location, Fern Avenue Public School, 128 Fern Avenue, Toronto, is scheduled for 7 pm on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in Torontos hotly-contested Parkdale High Park riding. We had tweeted to all Ontario election candidates on Twitter, seeking pledges that no candidate will agree to attend an All Candidates Debate in an inaccessible location.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=4495

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Elections Ontario Writes AODA Alliance to Say What It Is Doing to Remove Voting Barriers that Impede Voters with Disabilities And Other Ontario 2014 Election News on the Accessibility Front

Elections Ontario wrote us on May 9 and 21, 2014 to list the voting options available for voters with disabilities. We set out those letters below.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/elections-ontario-writes-aoda-alliance-to-say-what-it-is-doing-to-remove-voting-barriers-that-impede-voters-with-disabilities-and-other-ontario-2014-election-news-on-the-accessibility-front/

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New Guidelines Require Buildings to Be Accessible for Persons With Disabilities

AHMEDABAD, INDIA: It is now mandatory for all new buildings in city to have a accessible design.

During the workshop, Raju Param from Handicap International told journalists that people are not yet sensitive to issues related to persons with disabilities and their needs.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/new-guidelines-require-buildings-to-be-accessible-for-persons-with-disabilities/

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AODA Alliance: 2014 Ontario Election Action Kit

Introduction Its Time for Grassroots Action!

This Election Action Kit gives you quick and easy ways to help our non-partisan campaign to get stronger accessibility pledges from the political parties that want our votes. You dont need to be into politics or a veteran community grassroots advocate. Use our action tips! You just need to spend a few minutes. Circulate this Action Kit to others. Get them to do the same!

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-2014-ontario-election-action-kit/

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World Blind Union(WBU) Letter to All Governments

Six months ago governments put aside their differences and agreed an historic, ground-breaking treaty to help us end the book famine in which just a few percent of books are ever available in formats we can read. But this treaty must be ratified by at least 20 countries come into force, so that we can actually benefit from it. An un-ratified treaty is just a piece of paper.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/world-blind-unionwbu-letter-to-all-governments/

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Disability Report Opens Door to Greater Accessibility

VICTORIA As the B.C. government releases a report summarizing what was heard throughout a disability white paper consultation, it has taken an important first step with a commitment to create an accessibility secretariat.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/disability-report-opens-door-to-greater-accessibility/

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Ontario Betting Pools Damaged by Election News

By Victor Schwartzman

Office betting pools on the current Ontario election have been badly damaged due to actions of all three major political parties. Office staff who engaged in the election by betting on events during it have been unable to place the bets they want. Bookies are outraged.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ontario-betting-pools-damaged-by-election-news/

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Disability Advocates Call on Party Leaders to Ensure Barrier-Free Ontario

Accessibility advocates arent impressed so far with how party platforms are meeting the provinces obligation to be barrier-free by 2025.

Ontario has a long way to go before its fully accessible to people like Laurier University student Chantal Huinink, whose story of a horror trip to Waterloo was told by the Star in January.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/disability-advocates-call-on-party-leaders-to-ensure-barrier-free-ontario/

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eSSENTIAL Accessibility: helping organizations reach, serve and empower people with disabilities.

The eSSENTIAL Accessibility assistive technology app gives those who have trouble typing, moving a mouse, or reading a screen due to a variety of conditions such as stroke, paralysis or arthritis – the tools they need to navigate the Web. The app is free to the end-user and simple to use.

Organizations that feature the app on their websites are committed to making it easier for people with disabilities to access information online. For more info, please visit http://www.essentialaccessibility.com

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aMENU: Accessible Restaurant Menus.

Visit the site at http://www.amenu.ca , Restaurant Owners visit http://www.amenu.ca/create/ and design your own Menu.

In the Spotlight
*Museum Tavern Restaurant & Bar
http://www.amenu.ca/museum-tavern-restaurant-bar/

May 27 2014 All Candidates Debate in Hotly-Contested Toronto Riding Planned for Evidently-Inaccessible Location

NDP Candidate Refuses to Attend – Despite Inaccessibility Liberal Candidate Announced She Will Attend – PC Candidate Hasn’t Responded

May 23, 2014 Toronto: We have received troubling word that an All Candidates Debate in an evidently inaccessible location, Fern Avenue Public School, 128 Fern Avenue, Toronto, is scheduled for 7 pm on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in Toronto’s hotly-contested Parkdale High Park riding. We had tweeted to all Ontario election candidates on Twitter, seeking pledges that no candidate will agree to attend an All Candidates Debate in an inaccessible location.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/may-27-2014-all-candidates-debate-in-hotly-contested-toronto-riding-planned-for-evidently-inaccessible-location/

Elections Ontario Writes AODA Alliance to Say What It Is Doing to Remove Voting Barriers that Impede Voters with Disabilities – And Other Ontario 2014 Election News on the Accessibility Front

Elections Ontario wrote us on May 9 and 21, 2014 to list the voting options available for voters with disabilities. We set out those letters below.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/elections-ontario-writes-aoda-alliance-to-say-what-it-is-doing-to-remove-voting-barriers-that-impede-voters-with-disabilities-and-other-ontario-2014-election-news-on-the-accessibility-front/