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In this Issue

*Christine Elliott Takes Action To Ensure Fairness For Ontarios Post-Stroke Patients
*Life in the Instant World for Those Who Must Wait
*Media Reports that a Guelph Childrens Play Centre Refused to Accommodate A Child with Cerebral Palsy
*Disability Laws Are Overwhelming Small Employers in Ontario, Canada Says Employment Lawyer Doug MacLeod
*Accessibility at Microsoft: More Challenges than Victories
*Torontos Bermuda Triangle For Access
*Making Accessibility Standards Work for Durham Businesses

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ARTICLES:

Christine Elliott Takes Action To Ensure Fairness For Ontarios Post-Stroke Patients

Toronto Christine Elliott, MPP for Whitby-Oshawa and Progressive Conservative Health and Long-term Care Critic, today stood in the Provincial Legislature to table the private members motion which would compel the Government of Ontario to take immediate action to find in-year savings to expand post-stroke recovery services to those between the ages of 20 and 64. Unless covered by private insurance, these post-stroke patients cannot receive the essential rehabilitation services needed for recovery.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/christine-elliott-takes-action-to-ensure-fairness-for-ontarios-post-stroke-patients/

Life in the Instant World for Those Who Must Wait

What would happen if you dropped the TV remote and could not change the channel for hours? You wait, and watch whatever is on that channel, until someone can pick it up for you.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/life-in-the-instant-world-for-those-who-must-wait/

Media Reports that a Guelph Childrens Play Centre Refused to Accommodate A Child with Cerebral Palsy

Another Illustration of How Far Ontario Still Must Go to Be the World Leader on Accessibility that the Wynne Government Claims We Have Become

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/media-reports-that-a-guelph-childrens-play-centre-refused-to-accommodate-a-child-with-cerebral-palsy/

Disability Laws Are Overwhelming Small Employers in Ontario, Canada Says Employment Lawyer Doug MacLeod

MacLeod believes another reason is because the cost of non-compliance is not a deterrent. Enforcement is virtually non-existence under AODA and the fines so far have been very small.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/disability-laws-are-overwhelming-small-employers-in-ontario-canada-says-employment-lawyer-doug-macleod/

Accessibility at Microsoft: More Challenges than Victories

For years Microsoft has left the blind with no access to Windows phones. Given that iOS and Android phones have had some form of nonvisual access for years, we find this frustrating, if not shameful. It is even more disheartening when we remember that, when Windows Phone was first released to the market in
2010, Microsoft made a very clear business decision not to include or support a screen reader for the Windows Phone platform.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/accessibility-at-microsoft-more-challenges-than-victories/

Torontos Bermuda Triangle For Access

By Victor Schwartzman

Recently Global TV News reported that some Toronto restaurants still deny guide dogs entry. Worse, when the Toronto Police were contacted and asked to help, the police denied they had any role in enforcing access law. When 311 was phoned, Global was told restaurants can deny entry to anyone they wish. Both positions are against the law.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/torontos-bermuda-triangle-for-access/

Making Accessibility Standards Work for Durham Businesses

The employment rate for persons with a disability is much higher than a person without a disability even though educations are equivalent or the same, explained Mr. DiPalma. Why is that important to businesses in Ontario? Its important because theres a skills gap out there.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/making-accessibility-standards-work-for-durham-businesses/

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