Federal Disabilities Minister ‘Frustrated’ After Family Denied Residency Over Daughter’s Health Needs

Carla Qualtrough hopes to reverse presumption that people with disabilities burden the system

An advocate who says it is “unfair” that an American family was denied permanent residency due to the potential costs of their daughter’s health problems has found an ally in Canada’s minister of persons with disabilities.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/federal-disabilities-minister-frustrated-after-family-denied-residency-over-daughters-health-needs/

Committed to Technology Equality for People with Disabilities

The year 2017 will be remembered as a major milestone in the relationship between technology and equality.

Earlier this year, updates were finally approved to the Section 508 Amendment of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that transformed turn-of-the-century accessibility guidelines for procurement and services of the U.S. federal government to encompass modern challenges and solutions. This new set of requirements provides organizations with a roadmap toward creating inclusive technologies that can benefit all individuals, including people with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/committed-to-technology-equality-for-people-with-disabilities/

Accessibility News July 29,2017 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 7 years, 22 weeks, 3 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

*Built Environment Accessibility Audit, Largest in Manitoba History
*Toronto Looking to Crack Down on Misuse of Accessible Parking Permits
*Disabilities Advocates Split Over Guelph Housing Proposal
*Washrooms at Kirbys Beach are Officially Open for Business in Bracebridge
*A Robot to Help Visually Impaired Schoolchildren Find Their Way

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ARTICLES:

Built Environment Accessibility Audit, Largest in Manitoba History

Adaptability Canada is undertaking a campus-wide audit of the University of Manitobas built environment to identify accessibility barriers. The project
involves over 100 buildings and 560,000+ sq. metres of space. It is part of the universitys response to the Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) and its ongoing commitment to fostering and providing an accessible environment.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/built-environment-accessibility-audit-largest-in-manitoba-history/

Toronto Looking to Crack Down on Misuse of Accessible Parking Permits

The City of Toronto is looking to crack down on drivers who misuse parking permits to park in spots for people with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/toronto-looking-to-crack-down-on-misuse-of-accessible-parking-permits/

Disabilities Advocates Split Over Guelph Housing Proposal

Angel Oak Communities wants to build a self-sustaining community hub aimed at helping people with disabilities, but some advocates say the approach evokes dark institutional past.

Mark Enchin, left, and his step-daughter Carly Hatton, hang out in the courtyard of the Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph on Friday, July21, 2017. Enchin
want to use the space to build a sustainable and affordable community hub for various groups of people to live and work together.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/disabilities-advocates-split-over-guelph-housing-proposal/

Washrooms at Kirbys Beach are Officially Open for Business in Bracebridge

A separate universal washroom, compliant under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act is new to the facility. The new accessible washroom features a larger space for manoeuvring in a wheelchair, signage, automatic door opener, emergency alarm, grab bars, accessible plumbing fixtures and hardware, and a baby change table.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/washrooms-at-kirbys-beach-are-officially-open-for-business-in-bracebridge/

A Robot to Help Visually Impaired Schoolchildren Find Their Way

Alexandre Foucqueteau has taught Cellulo, a little hand-sized robot, how to help visually impaired children find their bearings and avoid obstacles in the classroom.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/a-robot-to-help-visually-impaired-schoolchildren-find-their-way/

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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Built Environment Accessibility Audit, Largest in Manitoba History

Adaptability Canada is undertaking a campus-wide audit of the University of Manitoba’s built environment to identify accessibility barriers. The project involves over 100 buildings and 560,000+ sq. metres of space. It is part of the university’s response to the Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) and its ongoing commitment to fostering and providing an accessible environment.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/built-environment-accessibility-audit-largest-in-manitoba-history/

Toronto Looking to Crack Down on Misuse of Accessible Parking Permits

The City of Toronto is looking to crack down on drivers who misuse parking permits to park in spots for people with disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/toronto-looking-to-crack-down-on-misuse-of-accessible-parking-permits/

Disabilities Advocates Split Over Guelph Housing Proposal

By Alex McKeenStaff Reporter
Mon., July 24, 2017

Angel Oak Communities wants to build a self-sustaining community hub aimed at helping people with disabilities, but some advocates say the approach evokes dark ‘institutional’ past.

Mark Enchin, left, and his step-daughter Carly Hatton, hang out in the courtyard of the Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph on Friday, July21, 2017. Enchin want to use the space to build a sustainable and affordable community hub for various groups of people to live and work together.

A proposal by a not-for-profit organization to turn an old Jesuit college into a residence and community centre aimed at people with disabilities has drawn the ire of some advocates who fear the plan will marginalize the building’s future residents.

Angel Oak Communities submitted a proposal to Ignatius Jesuit Centre in March for a “self-sufficient” community with about 70 residential units, the “majority” of which would be occupied by adults with disabilities, and the rest rented out as affordable housing units.

The Orchard Park building at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre, outside Guelph, would also house day programming for disabled adults, a bakery and a greenhouse (where the population could gain skills and earn an income), and its own renewable energy system.

Mark Enchin, real estate sales and marketing director of Angel Oak Communities, said that concerns about the project evoking institutionalization are unfounded, and that interest has been widespread in the Guelph community.

“We’re building a community centre that focuses on helping people with disabilities,” he said in an interview this week.

Enchin plans to sell about 50 lifetime leases on units for about $250,000 to $300,000 each to pay for the initial building costs. The preliminary budget for the building renovations totals roughly $15 million, he said in an interview. Money from the remaining rental units will pay for the ongoing operational costs in the building.

Community Living Ontario, a 70-year-old organization that oversees 100 local offices aimed at supporting people with disabilities within their communities and homes, is denouncing the proposal.

The organization cites concerns that it will segregate people with disabilities from the community and leave residents vulnerable to the kind of mistreatment and neglect that was common in historical institutions.

Yvonne Spicer, a Milton resident who is the past-chair of Community Living Ontario’s council of individuals with intellectual disabilities, said she is outraged by the plan.

“Institutions are not safe places for us,” Spicer said. “I’m for inclusion. I’m for people with disabilities being included in the community.”

Enchin, whose 24-year-old daughter is autistic, said he is trying to build a living situation for people with disabilities that can give aging family members peace of mind about how their loved ones will get by after they pass away.

The brief describes a “vision for an integrated, diverse community to enrich and support the core resident population.”

Enchin said that some of the plans described in the design brief may change based on consultations the not-for-profit has done in the community, including the proportion of residential occupants with disabilities.

The Jesuit Province of Canada has agreed in a letter of intent to enter into a rental agreement with Angel Oak Communities.

Lisa Calzonetti, operations director for the Ignatius Jesuit Centre, said her organization would not be entering into the agreement “if we thought it was anything even remotely akin to any form of institutionalization.”

Chris Beesley, CEO of Community Living Ontario, said that despite Enchin’s intention to oversee a project that is different from historical institutions, his organization is certain that the proposed model won’t have the positive effect Enchin is hoping for.

“It’s not because they’re trying to say, ‘Let’s denigrate and let’s try and do them harm.’ But they don’t know of the 150-year history that we’re aware of,” he said, referring to Ontario’s long history of institutionalization and the many stories of abuse that followed from it.

Enchin said that his project differs fundamentally from institutions because of its focus on community building.

“I’m not just putting this out for sale and taking the first 70 buyers,” he said.

Proposed building plans show dedicated spaces for “Staff/Guest/Short term occupant” in addition to residential suites at the site. Seven of the proposed units are set to be barrier-free.

Beesley said that he would feel differently about the project if Enchin succeeds in creating an “intentional community,” meaning one that demographically mirrors that of Guelph. He says he does not see that aim in Enchin’s talk about the project’s business model.

The proposal comes amid a housing crisis for people with disabilities in Ontario. A 2014 Ontario auditor general’s report says that the province’s waiting list for people with developmental disabilities would take 22 years to clear.

“If the choice isn’t between a rock and a hard place and parents right now, that’s what they feel this is the only option they see that might be feasible,” Beesley said.

The Ontario government closed its last government-run residential institution for people with disabilities in 2009, marking the end of a decades-long transition to a community-based support model. Enchin said that, if all proceeds as planned, renovations on the building should begin later this year.

Original at https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/07/24/disabilities-advocates-split-over-guelph-housing-proposal.html

Washrooms at Kirby’s Beach are Officially Open for Business in Bracebridge

A separate universal washroom, compliant under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act is new to the facility. The new accessible washroom features a larger space for manoeuvring in a wheelchair, signage, automatic door opener, emergency alarm, grab bars, accessible plumbing fixtures and hardware, and a baby change table.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/washrooms-at-kirbys-beach-are-officially-open-for-business-in-bracebridge/

A Robot to Help Visually Impaired Schoolchildren Find Their Way

Alexandre Foucqueteau has taught Cellulo, a little hand-sized robot, how to help visually impaired children find their bearings and avoid obstacles in the classroom.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/a-robot-to-help-visually-impaired-schoolchildren-find-their-way/

Accessibility News July 22,2017 Update

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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.

The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 7 years, 23 weeks, 3 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

*Help Us Make Transportation Services in Ontario Accessible to Passengers with Disabilities
*New Pedestrian-Activated Crossing Signals Provide Safe Passage in Downtown St. Marys
*Uber Discriminates Against Riders With Disabilities, Class-Action Suit Says
*Wynne Government Extends to July 31, 2017 the Deadline for Answering the Governments Education Barriers Survey and for Giving Feedback on Draft Reforms to Ontarios Transportation Accessibility Standard
*nTIDE June 2017 Jobs Report: Ongoing Job Growth Reflects Americans with Disabilities Striving to Work
*Microsofts New iPhone App Narrates the World for Blind People

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:

Help Us Make Transportation Services in Ontario Accessible to Passengers with Disabilities

By July 27, 2017 Please Send Us Feedback on the draft Brief by the AODA Alliance and ARCH Disability Law Centre on the Transportation Standards Development
committees Draft Recommendations for Improving the 2011 Transportation Accessibility Standard

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/help-us-make-transportation-services-in-ontario-accessible-to-passengers-with-disabilities/

New Pedestrian-Activated Crossing Signals Provide Safe Passage in Downtown St. Marys

With the new crossing signals, all three of St. Marys downtown intersections are compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/new-pedestrian-activated-crossing-signals-provide-safe-passage-in-downtown-st-marys/

Uber Discriminates Against Riders With Disabilities, Class-Action Suit Says

All around Valerie Joseph, there is a fleet of Uber cars rolling by on New York City streets.

But though she could really use the ride-hailing app, Ms. Joseph said she does not bother because Uber has so few wheelchair-accessible cars to dispatch. Its plain unfair, said Ms. Joseph, 41, who relies on a wheelchair.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/uber-discriminates-against-riders-with-disabilities-class-action-suit-says/

Wynne Government Extends to July 31, 2017 the Deadline for Answering the Governments Education Barriers Survey and for Giving Feedback on Draft Reforms to Ontarios Transportation Accessibility Standard

Wynne Government Responds to AODA Alliance Letter But Doesnt Answer Our Concerns With the Governments Consultation on Education Accessibility Barriers

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/wynne-government-extends-to-july-31-2017-the-deadline-for-answering-the-governments-education-barriers-survey-and-for-giving-feedback-on-draft-reforms-to-ontarios-transportation-accessibility/

nTIDE June 2017 Jobs Report: Ongoing Job Growth Reflects Americans with Disabilities Striving to Work

As the nation implements the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, vocational rehabilitation (VR) services are evolving to better serve people with significant disabilities.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/ntide-june-2017-jobs-report-ongoing-job-growth-reflects-americans-with-disabilities-striving-to-work/

Microsofts New iPhone App Narrates the World for Blind People

Microsoft has released Seeing AI a smartphone app that uses computer vision to describe the world for the visually impaired. With the app downloaded, the users can point their phones camera at a person and itll say who they are and how theyre feeling. They can also point it at a product and itll tell
them what it is. All of this is done using artificial intelligence that runs locally on their phone.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/microsofts-new-iphone-app-narrates-the-world-for-blind-people/

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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Help Us Make Transportation Services in Ontario Accessible to Passengers with Disabilities

By July 27, 2017 Please Send Us Feedback on the draft Brief by the AODA Alliance and ARCH Disability Law Centre on the Transportation Standards Development committee’s Draft Recommendations for Improving the 2011 Transportation Accessibility Standard

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/help-us-make-transportation-services-in-ontario-accessible-to-passengers-with-disabilities/