Accessibility News February 12,2011 Update

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In this Issue

1) Message Board
2)Articles
*The McGuinty Watch
*Leal Calls for Update of Ontario Assistive Devices Program
*Sexuality of the Disabled Often Overlooked
*Disability tax credit claims probed
*Cobourg Wheels Users Will Have Weekend Access
*Survey and Open House to Investigate the Installation of Audible Pedestrian Signals
*Deaf Lawyer Nominated by Green Party in Upcoming Ontario Election
*Canadian Registry of Therapy Animals and Service Animals (CRTASA) Petition
*I-Voting Breaking Down Accessibility Barriers at Next NSW State Election
*Legal Setback for Election Do-Over
3) Classifieds
4) This and That

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MESSAGE BOARD:

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ARTICLES:
The McGuinty Watch

To make it easier for you to see how the McGuinty Government has treated the Disabled Community over it’s Terms we’ve compiled some relevant articles for you to view

As they become available we’ll post more so check back once in a while before Election time.

Read more at

McGuinty Watch

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Leal Calls for Update of Ontario Assistive Devices Program

Two Peterborough recipients of Ontario Disability Support Program benefits don’t qualify for coverage for specialized othopedic shoes, leg braces

A provincial program that helps provide personalized assistive devices — such as prosthesis, wheelchairs, hearing aids and respiratory equipment — for people who have long-term physical disabilities probably needs to be updated, Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal says.

Read more at

Leal Calls for Update of Ontario Assistive Devices Program

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Sexuality of the Disabled Often Overlooked

Doctors and other health care providers often have problems discussing sex with disabled patients, experts on disability say.

While few caregivers would think twice about assisting a person with disabilities in the bathroom, many feel squeamish about advising or assisting that
same person in the bedroom.

Read more at

Sexuality of the Disabled Often Overlooked


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Disability tax credit claims probed

J & J Canadian Grants Company is under investigation by the Canada Revenue Agency.

The Canada Revenue Agency suspects many Canadians may have received hefty tax refunds or credits for disabilities they or their family members don’t have, CBC News and the Toronto Star have learned.

Read more at

Disability tax credit claims probed

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Cobourg Wheels Users Will Have Weekend Access

Off hours reservation system put in place

COBOURG — Cobourg Wheels service users will once again be able to book trips on weekends through a new agreement with Coach Canada.

As of Saturday, Feb. 26, registered users of the Wheels service, which provides transportation to frail seniors and people with disabilities, will be able
to call Coach Canada’s dispatch office to make reservations during the weekend. Users had previously contacted provider Van Taxi directly to make reservations during the weekend, but that service was discontinued in December.

Read more at

Cobourg Wheels Users Will Have Weekend Access

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Survey and Open House to Investigate the Installation of Audible Pedestrian Signals

The Norfolk County Accessibility Advisory Committee invites members of the public and other interested parties to attend an open house and complete a brief survey to determine the need and preferred location for the installation of audible pedestrian signals in the community of Simcoe.  The open house will take place on Wednesday February 23 from 5-7:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Talbot Gardens Arena, located at 10 Talbot Street North, Simcoe. 

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=511

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Deaf Lawyer Nominated by Green Party in Upcoming Ontario Election

Scott Simser, a deaf lawyer, is nominated by the Green Party of Ontario for the Ontario election of October 6, 2011

In Kanata, west of Ottawa, Scott Simser was officially nominated by the Green Party of Ontario constituency association in the local
riding of Carleton-Mississippi Mills to run in the general election of Ontario currently scheduled to take place on October 6, 2011.

Read more at

Deaf Lawyer Nominated by Green Party in Upcoming Ontario Election

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Canadian Registry of Therapy Animals and Service Animals (CRTASA) Petition

Your Vote is Our Voice! Please sign this petition.

CRTASA has launched the petition to help support a Centralized Registry for Therapy and Service Animals in Canada and the USA and to establish a Universal Photo Identification Card for Therapy & Service Animals.

Please sign this petition and share it with your associates to help us reach our goal of 5,000,000 signatures. We care deeply about this cause, and hope
you will support our efforts to opening Society’s Doors and Minds to Service Animals across North America.

Canadian Registry Therapy Animals and Service Animals Support CRTASA’s Registry of Therapy & Service Animals:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/913/918/347/

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I-Voting Breaking Down Accessibility Barriers at Next NSW State Election

Blind Citizens Australia is proud to announce that at the March 2011 election, the iVote will become available for any person with a disability living in
NSW.

iVote is the general term which has been given to the two major innovations which will be utilized in the 2011 State Election; Phone and internet voting.

Read more at

I-Voting Breaking Down Accessibility Barriers at Next NSW State Election

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Legal Setback for Election Do-Over

Application thrown out on technicality

A fight for a municipal election do-over has been thwarted by serious legal setbacks, but the two residents driving the battle say it’s not over yet.

Cambridge’s Thomas Vann and Debbie Vitez had filed an application in Kitchener’s Superior Court demanding that results of October’s municipal election be scrapped due to insufficient accessibility to voting polls.

Read more at

Legal Setback for Election Do-Over

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CLASSIFIEDS

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