Baltimore Required to Improve Hiring Policies and Practices to Comply with Disabilities Act

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s administration settled a discrimination complaint brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, agreeing to ensure that hiring follows rules that forbid asking most job candidates to take medical exams.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/baltimore-required-to-improve-hiring-policies-and-practices-to-comply-with-disabilities-act/

5 Shocking Ways the Modern World Screws Blind People

Imagine you’re blind and a job has opened up in your city, just for you. The work is full-time or part-time, your choice, and they are willing to pick you up from your home and drop you off! Your environment is fully equipped to your needs, and you are paid based on your productivity! Sounds good so far? Now imagine it pays only a quarter an hour.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/5-shocking-ways-the-modern-world-screws-blind-people/

UK CAA Tighten Information Rules For Disabled Passengers

Content should be presented in a clear and easy to understand way and accessible for passengers with impairments such as blindness or low vision, deafness or hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, restricted movement, photosensitivity or any combination of these. The design of your websites should take into consideration existing international guidelines on website accessibility.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/uk-caa-tighten-information-rules-for-disabled-passengers/

Toronto Star Reports that Metrolinx Designed Underground Eglinton LRT Stations with Troubling and Preventable Barriers to Disability Accessibility and Safety

Metrolinx Refuses to Change These plans Despite the AODA, the Human Rights Code, the Charter of Rights, the Government Ten-Year Infrastructure Plan’s Accessibility Guarantees, and Premier Wynne’s Election Pledge Not to Use Public Money to Create New Accessibility Barriers

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http://www.aoda.ca/toronto-star-reports-that-metrolinx-designed-underground-eglinton-lrt-stations-with-troubling-and-preventable-barriers-to-disability-accessibility-and-safety/

Minister Duguid Forces Pollyanna To Kafka

By Victor Schwartzman, with Pollyanna and Franz Kafka

KAFKA: Well, he acknowledges the Government did not meet the deadline, offers no explanation or apology or even the information itself. His sole reason for not providing the information seems to be that the Alliance ignored the Government’s failure and wrote a submission anyway.

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http://www.aoda.ca/minister-duguid-forces-pollyanna-to-kafka/

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In this Issue

*AODA Alliance Writes New Minister Responsible for Implementing and Enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act to Urge Priorities for Prompt Action
*Groundbreaking Report: The Cost of Exclusion
*Using Technology To Mitigate Cognitive Disabilities
*Doing Business in Ontario: New Employment Laws Are Overwhelming Small Businesses
*Scientists Link Environment, Inclusion in Adults with Disabilities
*Pollyanna and Kafka Debate The B.C. Accessibility Summit

AODA Alliance Writes New Minister Responsible for Implementing and Enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act to Urge Priorities for Prompt Action

The decision on which new accessibility standards to develop lies with you as the minister responsible for the AODA. Please quickly announce the next standards to develop, and direct the Accessibility Standards Advisory Council ASAC to get right to work on developing them.

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http://www.aoda.ca/aoda-alliance-writes-new-minister-responsible-for-implementing-and-enforcing-the-accessibility-for-ontarians-with-disabilities-act-to-urge-priorities-for-prompt-action/

Groundbreaking Report: The Cost of Exclusion

A new report commissioned by CBM in partnership with the International Centre for Evidence in Disability shows for the first time the economic cost of excluding people with disability not only to the individual, but also to their family, carers and society at large.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/groundbreaking-report-the-cost-of-exclusion/

Using Technology To Mitigate Cognitive Disabilities

My Bionic BrainĀ® (by Cognitive Harmonics) is an iPad-based work and personal life management tool designed to meet the needs of individuals with cognitive disabilities. The product enables organization and productivity at home and work by teaching skills that compensate for short-term memory impairment, disorientation, loss of emotional control, and difficulty with organization and time management.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/using-technology-to-mitigate-cognitive-disabilities/

Doing Business in Ontario: New Employment Laws Are Overwhelming Small Businesses

I suspect the Ontario government is trying to educate small employers about their obligations under AODA. However, the reality is, this kind of training is not a priority and likely will not become a priority until the Ontario government starts enforcing this legislation. Fines for non-compliance are significant.

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http://www.aoda.ca/doing-business-in-ontario-new-employment-laws-are-overwhelming-small-businesses/