New Database Launched to Help Those With Autism Find Work

People with autism in Newfoundland and Labrador now have a new way of finding employment.

A new job seekers database was announced on Friday. It will connect people with an autism diagnosis to employers looking for workers.


IBM Research and Carnegie Mellon Create Open Platform to Help the Blind Navigate Surroundings

Scientists from IBM Research (NYSE: IBM) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) today announced the first of a kind open platform designed to support the creation of smartphone apps that can enable
the blind to better navigate their surroundings.


Deaf Metis Woman Wins Human Rights Case Against UBC, St. Pauls Hospital

A B.C. Human Rights Tribunal has awarded a deaf M├ętis woman lost wages and $35,000 for injury to her dignity and self-respect for not being provided with sign language interpreters during her University of B.C. medical residency.


Accessibility News October 17,2015 Update

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In this Issue

Full Accessibility of Voting in the October 19, 2015 Federal Canadian Election Remains an Unacceptable Uncertainty for Voters with Disabilities

In the final days leading up to the October 19, 2015 federal election, voters with disabilities still have no assurance from Elections Canada that the vote will be fully accessible to them. This shows all the more why we need a strong and effective Canadians with Disabilities Act.


AODA – New Deadlines Are Fast Approaching, And So Is A Compliance Audit

The IASR has rolling deadlines for various employment and information & communication accessibility requirements, and there are important deadlines approaching for small and large private employers in the beginning of 2016.


Opening the Web to the Disabled

By addressing web accessibility, stakeholders can merge the traditional (literacy) and the new (digital media) to open channels to PWDs for their personal growth and social advocacy. In the digital age, transforming PWDs into Netizens is one course for bridging the digital divide.


DOJ Puts Pressure on Schools and Ed Techs to Provide Accessible Educational Technology

In our last alert on the growing interaction between ed tech and disability law, we noted that the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) appears to be moving to extend the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) to reach entities other than schools that provide online educational programs and services.


Toronto to Stage International Paralympic Committee’s VISTA Conference in 2017

The biennial IPC Paralympic Scientific Award will also be presented in Toronto. This year the accolade went to Professor Jennifer Mactavish, the Dean of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies at Ryerson University, in recognition of the role she played in the re-inclusion of athletes with an intellectual impairment into the Paralympic programme.


The Earth Martian

By Victor Schwartzman

“Ramps and special busses and crosswalks are expensive, and the money could be spent elsewhere. Also, it is unpleasant to look at people with disabilities. Often they are not pretty. And their presence reminds us we might develop a disability ourselves! Who needs that? So what if they have skills society needs?