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In this Issue
*AODA Alliance Writes New Minister Responsible for Implementing and Enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act to Urge Priorities for Prompt Action
*Groundbreaking Report: The Cost of Exclusion
*Using Technology To Mitigate Cognitive Disabilities
*Doing Business in Ontario: New Employment Laws Are Overwhelming Small Businesses
*Scientists Link Environment, Inclusion in Adults with Disabilities
*Pollyanna and Kafka Debate The B.C. Accessibility Summit
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AODA Alliance Writes New Minister Responsible for Implementing and Enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act to Urge Priorities for Prompt Action
The decision on which new accessibility standards to develop lies with you as the minister responsible for the AODA. Please quickly announce the next standards to develop, and direct the Accessibility Standards Advisory Council ASAC to get right to work on developing them.
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Groundbreaking Report: The Cost of Exclusion
A new report commissioned by CBM in partnership with the International Centre for Evidence in Disability shows for the first time the economic cost of excluding people with disability not only to the individual, but also to their family, carers and society at large.
Using Technology To Mitigate Cognitive Disabilities
My Bionic Brain® (by Cognitive Harmonics) is an iPad-based work and personal life management tool designed to meet the needs of individuals with cognitive disabilities. The product enables organization and productivity at home and work by teaching skills that compensate for short-term memory impairment, disorientation, loss of emotional control, and difficulty with organization and time management.
Doing Business in Ontario: New Employment Laws Are Overwhelming Small Businesses
I suspect the Ontario government is trying to educate small employers about their obligations under AODA. However, the reality is, this kind of training is not a priority and likely will not become a priority until the Ontario government starts enforcing this legislation. Fines for non-compliance are significant.
Scientists Link Environment, Inclusion in Adults with Disabilities
An association between the built environment and disability-related outcomes for adults with physical impairments has been made by researchers. These findings focus attention on the environment as an important factor in disability-related outcomes.
Pollyanna and Kafka Debate The B.C. Accessibility Summit
By Victor Schwartzman, with Pollyanna and Franz Kafka
On June 16 the British Columbia Government held the Accessibility Summit. Premier Clarke committed her Government to passing new legislation that will improve access for persons with disabilities. She has not said anything since about that new legislation, but Im sure she meant every word.
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