Accessibility News February 11,2012 Update

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In this Issue

*Use These Helpful Tips for Making a Presentation to the Pinto Human Rights Code’s Public Hearings or Sending in Written Submissions
*EnAbling Change Program
*Families of Disabled Adults Angry After $300K Program Cut
*More Problems With Pinto Human Rights Review
*StatsCan Accused of Not Accommodating Blind Man
*Facebook Takes a Toll on Your Mental Health
*Deaf Man Cleared of G20 Charges
*Woman says parents deserve apology from federal agency
*Shocking Discrimination Case Needs Sorting Out”
*White Canes are a Vital Aid for Visually Impaired

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Use These Helpful Tips for Making a Presentation to the Pinto Human Rights Code’s Public Hearings or Sending in Written Submissions

AND SEND US FEEDBACK ON OUR DRAFT BRIEF TO THE PINTO HUMAN RIGHTS CODE REVIEW

It can be easy to give the Pinto Human Rights Review your feedback on Ontario’s system for enforcing human rights. The Pinto Human Rights Code Review is going ahead with its public hearings next week. This is so even though we asked it to postpone these, so more people can learn about them and take part. The Pinto Review is seeking the public’s feedback on how well Ontario’s system for enforcing human rights is working.

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Use These Helpful Tips for Making a Presentation to the Pinto Human Rights Code’s Public Hearings or Sending in Written Submissions

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EnAbling Change Program

Ontario is looking for non-profit organizations that want to be leaders in helping others meet the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.

The EnAbling Change Program provides financial support and expertise to organizations so they can educate an industry or sector on their obligations under the act.

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EnAbling Change Program

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Families of Disabled Adults Angry After $300K Program Cut

Several dozen Ottawa families are angry after the province cut funding to a program that advocates for their adult disabled children.

For five years, Ottawa-based Citizen Advocacy has been running the Real Plans for Real Life program, which finds day programs, jobs and respite care for parents of developmentally disabled adults.

It was run through $300,000 in funding for the Ontario Ministry of Social Services. But the ministry said the money is being moved to the provincial Service Coordination office, which provides some services for the disabled, but doesn’t provide the same long-term planning aid for disabled clients.

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Families of Disabled Adults Angry After $300K Program Cut

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More Problems With Pinto Human Rights Review

There seems to be real disorganization, poor planning and grossly inadequate outreach to the public at the Andrew Pinto Independent Review of Ontario’s system for enforcing human rights. In our many years of experience with public consultations on different issues, we and our predecessor coalition, the Ontarians with Disabilities Act Committee, have never encountered a situation quite like this. Taken together, this calls into question how interested the Pinto Review is in hearing from the public.

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More Problems With Pinto Human Rights Review

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StatsCan Accused of Not Accommodating Blind Man

Statistics Canada is facing more criticism over its ability to survey people with disabilities with two complaints in as many days.

Earlier this week, a Fredericton woman was seeking an apology from the federal agency after her profoundly deaf parents were told no signing services were available to help them complete a survey.

Now, a blind Fredericton man is questioning why Statistics Canada’s surveys aren’t more accessible.

Read more at

StatsCan Accused of Not Accommodating Blind Man

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Facebook Takes a Toll on Your Mental Health

Facebook’s initial public offering of stock is likely to make a lot of developers and designers of the site very wealthy. But for many users, frequent Facebooking may not be so beneficial.

According to three new studies, Facebook can be tough on mental health, offering an all-too-alluring medium for social comparison and ill-advised status updates. And while adding a friend on the social networking site can make people feel cheery and connected, having a lot of friends is associated with feeling worse about one’s own life.

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Facebook Takes a Toll on Your Mental Health

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Deaf Man Cleared of G20 Charges

The Crown has withdrawn criminal charges against Emomotimi Azorbo, the deaf man who says his Charter rights were violated when he was arrested at a G20 protest and then denied access to an adequate interpreter.

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Deaf Man Cleared of G20 Charges

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Woman says parents deserve apology from federal agency

A Fredericton woman wants an apology from Statistics Canada for the way it treated her profoundly deaf parents after they asked for an interpreter’s help with a survey.

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Woman says parents deserve apology from federal agency

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Shocking Discrimination Case Needs Sorting Out”

There’s a shocking legal matter that needs sorting out involving a group of workers with developmental disabilities in St. Catharines, Ont., who, according to allegations put to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, earned $1.25 an hour or less for 10 years.

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Editorial: Shocking Discrimination Case Needs Sorting Out”

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White Canes are a Vital Aid for Visually Impaired

KITCHENER — Friendly help from strangers is a pleasant surprise for Carrie Speers as she finds her way with a white cane.

“Some people are so helpful, they go out of their way and it’s just so heart warming,” the Kitchener woman said.

But she’s also been surprised by people who are annoyed or yell when she accidentally bumps into them, even after explaining her limited vision. Some people avoid her.

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White Canes are a Vital Aid for Visually Impaired

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