Accessibility News April 30,2016 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 8 years, 35 weeks, 2 days till a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

*FCC Adopts Real-Time Text Proposed Rulemaking
*YMCA of Greater Toronto Opens Its Most Accessible Centre Yet
*Family Protests Airlines Rejection of Special Seat for Son Who Has Cerebral Palsy
*Mertl: Here are 10 Reasons to Hire Workers With Disabilities
*CRA Hurting Disabled Canadians, Advocates Say
*Cuts Make for Lost Generation: Critics

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ARTICLES:

FCC Adopts Real-Time Text Proposed Rulemaking

The Federal Communications Commission today approved a proposal to utilize real-time text to ensure that people with disabilities who rely on text to communicate have accessible and effective telephone access.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/fcc-adopts-real-time-text-proposed-rulemaking/

YMCA of Greater Toronto Opens Its Most Accessible Centre Yet

Cooper Koo Family Cherry St. YMCA design goes above and beyond latest accessibility standards

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ymca-of-greater-toronto-opens-its-most-accessible-centre-yet/

Family Protests Airlines Rejection of Special Seat for Son Who Has Cerebral Palsy

Cathay Pacific had approved the seat months before but turned it away at Pearson, says mother of boy with cerebral palsy, who cant sit up without it.

Alastair Sharp, daughter Tallula, 3, son Sebastian, 7, and wife Kara found themselves turned away from a flight to Australia at Pearson Airport last week because the airline refused to let them use Sebastians special seat designed to help him sit upright.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/family-protests-airlines-rejection-of-special-seat-for-son-who-has-cerebral-palsy/

Mertl: Here are 10 Reasons to Hire Workers With Disabilities

In Ottawa, people who live with disabilities are often underemployed and only 43 per cent participate in the labour market, compared to 70 per cent of the general population.

With an aging workforce and shortage of young skilled workers, employees with disabilities offer a large untapped talent pool for employers.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/mertl-here-are-10-reasons-to-hire-workers-with-disabilities/

CRA Hurting Disabled Canadians, Advocates Say

Almost two years ago, Ottawa passed a bill to limit what consultants could charge when helping others file for the disability tax credit. But the bill didnt specify a limit and experts say the delay is hitting people with disabilities in their wallets.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/cra-hurting-disabled-canadians-advocates-say/

Cuts Make for Lost Generation: Critics

Jordan Boufford, 17, a teen with autism who greatly benefitted from Intensive Behavioural Intervention, is speaking out against a move by the provincial government to limit funding for the treatment to autistic children no older than four.

As families and activists battle against changes to an Ontario government-funded treatment for autistic children, a London teen whos been through it already is at the tip of the spear.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/cuts-make-for-lost-generation-critics/

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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FCC Adopts Real-Time Text Proposed Rulemaking

The Federal Communications Commission today approved a proposal to utilize real-time text to ensure that people with disabilities who rely on text to communicate have accessible and effective telephone access.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/fcc-adopts-real-time-text-proposed-rulemaking/

YMCA of Greater Toronto Opens Its Most Accessible Centre Yet

Cooper Koo Family Cherry St. YMCA design goes above and beyond latest accessibility standards

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/ymca-of-greater-toronto-opens-its-most-accessible-centre-yet/

Family Protests Airline’s Rejection of Special Seat for Son Who Has Cerebral Palsy

Cathay Pacific had approved the seat months before but turned it away at Pearson, says mother of boy with cerebral palsy, who can’t sit up without it.

Alastair Sharp, daughter Tallula, 3, son Sebastian, 7, and wife Kara found themselves turned away from a flight to Australia at Pearson Airport last week because the airline refused to let them use Sebastian’s special seat designed to help him sit upright.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/family-protests-airlines-rejection-of-special-seat-for-son-who-has-cerebral-palsy/

Mertl: Here are 10 Reasons to Hire Workers With Disabilities

In Ottawa, people who live with disabilities are often underemployed and only 43 per cent participate in the labour market, compared to 70 per cent of the general population.

With an aging workforce and shortage of young skilled workers, employees with disabilities offer a large untapped talent pool for employers.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/mertl-here-are-10-reasons-to-hire-workers-with-disabilities/

CRA Hurting Disabled Canadians, Advocates Say

Almost two years ago, Ottawa passed a bill to limit what consultants could charge when helping others file for the disability tax credit. But the bill didn’t specify a limit and experts say the delay is hitting people with disabilities in their wallets.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/cra-hurting-disabled-canadians-advocates-say/

Cuts Make for Lost Generation: Critics

By Patrick Maloney, The London Free Press
Monday, April 18, 2016

Jordan Boufford, 17, a teen with autism who greatly benefitted from Intensive Behavioural Intervention, is speaking out against a move by the provincial government to limit funding for the treatment to autistic children no older than four.

As families and activists battle against changes to an Ontario government-funded treatment for autistic children, a London teen who’s been through it already is at the tip of the spear.

Jordan Boufford, 17, has benefited from a decade-plus of so-called IBI therapy which the provincial Liberals will no longer fund for children older than age four and he met with heavy-hitting London MPP Deb Matthews, the deputy premier, during a recent protest outside her office.

An aspiring chef, Boufford’s social traits progressed tremendously over years of IBI, and he urged Matthews to make her government reverse the changes that have enraged autism advocates provincewide.

“I think it’s very unfair, to say the least,” Boufford, who is in high school and interning at a restaurant, said of the changes.

“It (IBI) helps me communicate and socialize and learn how to calm down. And that’s something I always do.”

Cynthia Boufford, Jordan’s mother, says they’re obviously not fighting for themselves but for the next generation of autistic kids who would benefit greatly from years of IBI.

“At (age) nine (after a few years of the therapy), he couldn’t cut his own food,” she said. “Now, he can dice carrots better than I can. He wants to be a chef.”

“All your dreams for your kid are tied up in that therapy, and they’re taken away” by the province’s decision, Cynthia Boufford said.

The Ontario Liberals have unveiled the new Ontario Autism Program, which has more than $300 million in funding but the plan will cut off children age five and older from the intensive behavioural intervention (IBI) therapy that families like the Bouffords so love.

That includes children older than five who’ve been languishing, some for years, on a waiting list.

The Liberals have reportedly said the changes will mean 16,000 more children will get treatment, though they’ll mostly get so-called ABA (applied behaviour analysis) therapy, which many activists consider far inferior to IBI.

According to the website autismspeaks.org, autism spectrum disorder and autism are general terms for a group of “complex disorders of brain development” characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication and repetitive behaviours.

The Canadian Press reports as of last year there were 2,192 kids on Ontario’s IBI waiting list.

Londoner Robert Brennan says his autistic seven-year-old grandson, Warren, was recently told he was seventh on the list until the list was nuked by the program changes.

He’s urging the Ontario Liberals to ease in the changes and honour the existing wait list.

“Don’t leave kids behind,” he said. “The way it’s modelled right now, an entire generation of kids including my grandson will get lost.”

pmaloney@postmedia.com

Reproduced from http://www.lfpress.com/2016/04/17/cuts-make-for-lost-generation-critics

Accessibility News April 23,2016 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 8 years, 36 weeks, 2 days till a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

*Even More Media Coverage of Problems with Accessible Customer Service in Ontario
*The Blind Leading the Blind: How Berkeley Alums Are Designing an Inclusive World
*Despite Ongoing Issues, Ontario Plans to Reduce Small Business Accessibility Requirements
*Major Gaps in Ontario Disability Act When it Comes to Service Dogs
*Put Ministry of Health in Charge of Inmates Health Care, John Howard Society Says
*Important Information About the Schedule 1 Lawsuit, Clegg v. Ontario

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

ARTICLES:

Even More Media Coverage of Problems with Accessible Customer Service in Ontario

More Media Coverage on Recurring Denials of Accessible Customer Service in Ontario

Recent media coverage, set out below, once again shows the harm Ontarians with disabilities must suffer, because of the Wynne Governments ongoing failure to keep its promise to effectively enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/even-more-media-coverage-of-problems-with-accessible-customer-service-in-ontario/

The Blind Leading the Blind: How Berkeley Alums Are Designing an Inclusive World

Joshua Miele has been blind ever since a violent acid attack took away his vision before his 5th birthday. But he says he no longer spends time wishing he could see. Instead, from his office at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco, he dreams up new technologies for the blind, and
helps turn those visions into reality: maps that can talk, YouTube videos that can speak, electronic gloves that can text.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-blind-leading-the-blind-how-berkeley-alums-are-designing-an-inclusive-world/

Despite Ongoing Issues, Ontario Plans to Reduce Small Business Accessibility Requirements

Currently, companies with more than 20 employees must have a written policy on accessibility.
But that is soon expected to apply only to businesses with more than 50 employees.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/despite-ongoing-issues-ontario-plans-to-reduce-small-business-accessibility-requirements/

Major Gaps in Ontario Disability Act When it Comes to Service Dogs

Every day when Wesley Taylor and his service dog leave the house, he prepares to go to battle with Mississauga transit employees.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/major-gaps-in-ontario-disability-act-when-it-comes-to-service-dogs/

Put Ministry of Health in Charge of Inmates Health Care, John Howard Society Says

Ontarios John Howard Society is urging the province to put the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in charge of inmates health, taking away the responsibility now held by jail superintendents.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/put-ministry-of-health-in-charge-of-inmates-health-care-john-howard-society-says/

Important Information About the Schedule 1 Lawsuit, Clegg v. Ontario

This lawsuit is about twelve places where people with disabilities lived. The government of Ontario was in charge of these places. The lawsuit says the government did not protect people who lived at these places.

You can find a list of the twelve places and more information about the lawsuit at: http://goo.gl/YBosX5

Lawyers for people who lived at these places have talked to the government. They made an agreement to end the lawsuit without a trial. This agreement is called a settlement.

On April 25th, 2016, at 10 in the morning, the Court will decide if the settlement is fair and reasonable. You can go to Court on April 25.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/important-information-about-the-schedule-1-lawsuit-clegg-v-ontario/

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

Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ea11y or connect with us on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=59891 .

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Even More Media Coverage of Problems with Accessible Customer Service in Ontario

More Media Coverage on Recurring Denials of Accessible Customer Service in Ontario

Recent media coverage, set out below, once again shows the harm Ontarians with disabilities must suffer, because of the Wynne Government’s ongoing failure to keep its promise to effectively enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/even-more-media-coverage-of-problems-with-accessible-customer-service-in-ontario/

The Blind Leading the Blind: How Berkeley Alums Are Designing an Inclusive World

Joshua Miele has been blind ever since a violent acid attack took away his vision before his 5th birthday. But he says he no longer spends time wishing he could see. Instead, from his office at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco, he dreams up new technologies for the blind, and helps turn those visions into reality: maps that can talk, YouTube videos that can speak, electronic gloves that can text.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/the-blind-leading-the-blind-how-berkeley-alums-are-designing-an-inclusive-world/