Toronto Cancels Plan to Allow Online, Phone Voting for Disabled Citizens in 2014

The cancellation “profoundly disappointed” one member of the city’s disability issues committee. The city says there isn’t enough time to get the system ready.


No More Wait Lists for Disabled in Ontario, All-Party Report Urges

By: Andrea Gordon Feature Writer, Laurie Monsebraaten Social justice reporter, Published on Tue Jul 22 2014

No more wait lists. One provincial minister in charge. And recognition that all people with developmental disabilities have the right to services throughout their lives. Those are the key recommendations in a long-awaited report released by the Select Committee on Developmental Services.

Gloria Noseworthy has been waiting three years for adult funding for her 23-year-old son Zachariah, above right, who has autism and other medical conditions. She hopes the reports recommendations are implemented soon.

Calling the situation urgent, the all-party committee said it was deeply troubled and alarmed by the range of barriers confronting persons with developmental disabilities. As a result, they said, many families feel pushed to the brink of disaster.

Seven Reasons why disabled Canadians are Losing CPP Benefits

There are serious problems at the Social Security Tribunal and the Canada Pension Plan Disability Program, especially for people trying to appeal decisions on their ineligibility for this disability pension benefit.


How Accessibility is Redefining Personalization

Accessibility that is grounded in a company’s values can bridge individual differences, better connect with customers, enable a diverse pool of talent in the workplace, and improve the standard of living for all members of society.


Access Health Clock Announced

By Victor Schwartzman

Recently Accessibility News reposted an article by Michelle Diament about a 2013 study. 256 randomly selected medical practices in four major American cities were surveyed about access. The result? 22% could not accommodate a hypothetical patient who used a wheelchair and required assistance moving from the wheelchair to an examining table.


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In this Issue

*Survey Suggests Federal Network Complexity is Limiting Data Center Consolidation
*Federal Plan to Help Mentally Ill Female Inmates on Hold
*First ADA ATM Accessibility Class Action Lawsuit Is Filed In Atlanta
*EOC Sues Toys R Us for Disability Discrimination
*Doctors Turning Away Patients With Disabilities
*App Will Help Blind Users Navigate Minneapolis
*Chicago RTA Highlights Accessibility of Regions Transit Systems
*FCC OKs Online Clip Captioning Rules

Survey Suggests Federal Network Complexity is Limiting Data Center Consolidation

Anti-social: Feds wonder why social media companies drag feet on accessibility issues

A panel held at the FCC Thursday to discuss how to open up social networks to the disabled was missing a key contingent: the social media companies themselves.


Federal Plan to Help Mentally Ill Female Inmates on Hold

Program to move federal inmates was spawned from inquest into Ashley Smith’s disturbing death

Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney announced a pilot project to house female mentally ill federal inmates in Brockville, Ont., last year, but the effort has since stalled due to funding disagreements.


First ADA ATM Accessibility Class Action Lawsuit Is Filed In Atlanta

The first of what is likely to be many Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ATM accessibility class action lawsuits against Atlanta-area banks was filed in federal district court.


EOC Sues Toys ‘R’ Us for Disability Discrimination

Retailer Refused to Provide Accommodation or Hire Deaf Applicant, Federal Agency Says

Toys “R” Us, Inc., one of the world’s largest retailers of toys and juvenile products, violated federal law when it first refused to provide an interpreter for a deaf applicant and then failed to hire her, the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged.