Accessibility News April 9,2016 Update

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In this Issue

*A Lot More Needs To Be Done To Help Blind People Use The Internet
*Barrier-Free BC Urges Provincial Government to Just Say Yes to a British Columbians with Disabilities Act
*ADVANCING INCLUSION FOR 25 YEARS
*Ontario Decides to Give First Responders Workplace Insurance Coverage for PTSD
*Properties Must Be Accessible to People with Disabilities Before Occupancy Federal Court Rules
*The Wynne Government Wants the AODA Alliance to Volunteer its Time to Give Input on its Flawed Proposal for a Private Accessibility Certification Process
*Families Devastated by Changes to Ontario Autism Program

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ARTICLES:

A Lot More Needs To Be Done To Help Blind People Use The Internet

Facebooks new blind-friendly feature puts a small dent in a big problem.

For the blind, navigating the digital world can be as tricky as moving through the physical one.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/a-lot-more-needs-to-be-done-to-help-blind-people-use-the-internet/

Barrier-Free BC Urges Provincial Government to Just Say Yes to a British Columbians with Disabilities Act

A grassroots movement of organizations and individuals representing British Columbias residents with disabilities officially launched a province-wide campaign on the steps of the Legislature today. Barrier-Free BC called on the provincial government to Just Say Yes and enact a British Columbians with Disabilities Act.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/barrier-free-bc-urges-provincial-government-to-just-say-yes-to-a-british-columbians-with-disabilities-act/

ADVANCING INCLUSION FOR 25 YEARS

Twenty-five years ago, a small group of people labelled with an intellectual disability began proving that quote to be true. That group was the beginning of a legacy that would become People First of Canada (PFC). Today, People First of Canada is the national voice of people who have been labelled with an intellectual disability.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/advancing-inclusion-for-25-years/

Ontario Decides to Give First Responders Workplace Insurance Coverage for PTSD

First responders no longer have to prove that their PTSD is related to their job CBC News Posted: Apr 06, 2016

Evidence shows that first responders are at least twice as likely compared to the general population to suffer from PTSD, due to the risk of frequent exposure to traumatic stressors, the province says.

The president of the Superior North professional paramedics association says hes pleased the Ontario government unanimously passed legislation today that recognizes PTSD as a work-related illness.

Under the new law, it will be easier, and quicker for paramedics, firefighters, and police officers to access treatment for mental health issues, Ryan Ross said.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/ontario-decides-to-give-first-responders-workplace-insurance-coverage-for-ptsd/

Properties Must Be Accessible to People with Disabilities Before Occupancy Federal Court Rules

Equity Residential, the nations largest developer of multi-family housing, must comply with the Fair Housing Act by ensuring that properties are accessible to people with disabilities before they are occupied, not afterwards, according to a decision by the U. S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/properties-must-be-accessible-to-people-with-disabilities-before-occupancy-federal-court-rules/

The Wynne Government Wants the AODA Alliance to Volunteer its Time to Give Input on its Flawed Proposal for a Private Accessibility Certification Process

but Charges $120 to Give Us Basic Information Weve Requested About That Program that We Are Entitled to Get Under the Freedom of Information Act

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/the-wynne-government-wants-the-aoda-alliance-to-volunteer-its-time-to-give-input-on-its-flawed-proposal-for-a-private-accessibility-certification-process/

Families Devastated by Changes to Ontario Autism Program

Overhaul means hundreds of children 5 and over no longer eligible for intensive treatment funded by the province

After two years on the wait list, Janet Ashers 4-year-old son Benjamin started autism treatment this week in Toronto. But new rules announced this week mean he is no longer eligible after he turns 5 next month.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/families-devastated-by-changes-to-ontario-autism-program/

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