Accessibility News December 24,2016 Update

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In this Issue

*Durham Regional Council Passes 2016 Accessibility Report
*Accessible WorkPlace AODA Deadlines
*How Do Deaf-Blind People Communicate?
*5 Ways New Technologies are Empowering People with Disabilities
*No Christmas Joy for Disability Camp Supporters
*Gravenhurst woman starts up online store to help special-needs kids, families

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Durham Regional Council Passes 2016 Accessibility Report

Durham Regional Council has passed The Regional Municipality of Durhams 2016 Accessibility Report, a document that outlines completed initiatives that will help to further eliminate barriers across Regional operations.


Accessible WorkPlace AODA Deadlines

The Accessible Employment Standard comes into effect for businesses and non-profits: January 1, 2016 for businesses and non-profits with 50+ employees January 1, 2017 for businesses and non-profits with 1-49 employees


How Do Deaf-Blind People Communicate?

Deaf-blind people have many different ways of communication.
The methods they use vary, depending on the causes of their combined vision and hearing loss, their backgrounds, and their education.


5 Ways New Technologies are Empowering People with Disabilities

While the term adaptive technology is fairly new, throughout history humanity has used technology to make life easier for the sick and disabled. As a matter of fact, one of the oldest and most recognizable examples of adaptive technology is the simple cane used by the blind. Today, adaptive tech is so advanced
that it can sometimes border on science fiction. Here are five new technologies that are empowering people with disabilities.


No Christmas Joy for Disability Camp Supporters

The Ontario government has dropped a lump of coal in the stocking of a group trying to save a northern Ontario lodge for the disabled.


Gravenhurst woman starts up online store to help special-needs kids, families

Natalie Edwards of Gravenhurst may have started Canadas first online store for toys and tools geared for special-needs kids and families.


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