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In this Issue
*Disability Community Has Lost a True Champion in Jim Flaherty *New Communications Technology Reconnecting People who are Deaf-Blind *Families Sue Disney; Claim Park Violates Americans with Disabilities Act(ADA) *Universities Breaking Distance Barriers with Fuze Video Collaboration *Ontario Proposes Business Climate Act, Will Sue God If It Does Not Work
*Please Email the Ontario Government to Say If You Endorse Our Final Brief on the Initial Proposed Revisions to the 2007 Customer Service Accessibility Standard
*Update: Kathleen Wynne: Reverse Cuts to Students With Disabilities at the Provincial Schools
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Disability Community Has Lost a True Champion in Jim Flaherty
Outside of financial circles, Jim Flaherty is best remembered as a relentless champion of Canadians with disabilities.
New Communications Technology Reconnecting People who are Deaf-Blind
Gayle Aamold, a 72-year-old grandmother from Hartford, South Dakota, is computer savvy. Shes a whiz on email, surfing the internet, posting on Facebook and calling with Skype. But her low vision and hearing combined with a failing computer eventually made communicating with her family more and more difficult.
Families Sue Disney; Claim Park Violates Americans with Disabilities Act(ADA)
Sixteen families are suing the Walt Disney Corporation, claiming it does not provide adequate access to rides for theme park visitors with autism.
Universities Breaking Distance Barriers with Fuze Video Collaboration
Hearing impaired students in disparate locations learning together through a rich visual experience. Nursing school students interning at hospitals able to remotely attend classes. Fuze video collaboration technology is enabling leading universities across the U.S. to eliminate distance and other barriers to make these types of enriched learning environments a reality.
Ontario Proposes Business Climate Act, Will Sue God If It Does Not Work
By Victor Schwartzman
Pundits who worried that we would take no further action on implementing the AODA access legislation stuff were wrong, Minister Eric Hoskins announced at a media conference recently. We are aware many felt we would simply wait for Dean Mayo Moran to hand in her report later this year or hopefully next year.
Please Email the Ontario Government to Say If You Endorse Our Final Brief on the Initial Proposed Revisions to the 2007 Customer Service Accessibility Standard
We have sent the Ontario Government our finalized April 4, 2014 brief on the initial proposal for revisions to the 2007 Customer Service Accessibility Standard. We strongly encourage you to let the Government know if you endorse and support our brief. Take a moment to email the Government to let it know. You can send an email to the Government at: http://www.CSStandardFeedback@ontario.ca
Update: Kathleen Wynne: Reverse Cuts to Students With Disabilities at the Provincial Schools
April 8, 2014
Dear Premier; firstname.lastname@example.org
In one of your most recent budget announcements you have committed to 300 million dollars for front line staff who work with vulnerable people in Ontario. We ask that you consider using as small fraction of this funding for The Provincial Schools for Students who are deaf, deaf-blind, blind and learning disabled. Over 18500 hours of direct service have been cut by our Senior Management Group and to date there has been no resolve to the issue. We understand that this announcement may be for the Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program, however we work with students who are the future and require proper funding now.
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