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In this Issue
*A Great New Tool in Our New Blitz to Get Every Member of the Ontario Legislature to Press the Government for New Action on Disability Accessibility
*Scientists Target Smartphone Technology to Improve Hearing Devices
*New Alliance Offers Voice to Disabled
*Please Use and Widely Circulate the AODA Alliances New Action Kit Which We Unveil Today
*Workers Must Play Active Role in Accommodation
*Sobeys Employee Hopes Viral Picture Sends Bigger Message About Lending a Hand
*Nothing to Cheer for
*Ontarians Like Online Voting, but Turnout Boost May Be Minor, Study Suggests
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A Great New Tool in Our New Blitz to Get Every Member of the Ontario Legislature to Press the Government for New Action on Disability Accessibility
Now Available On Youtube: TVOntarios The Agenda with Steve Paikin Featuring an Interview with Former Lieutenant Governor David Onley and AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky
Scientists Target Smartphone Technology to Improve Hearing Devices
Dr. Issa Panahi, associate professor of electrical engineering in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering, is part of a UT Dallas research team looking
to tap into the power of smartphones to boost the quality of hearing assistive devices.
New Alliance Offers Voice to Disabled
People with disabilities will be represented in government policy-making by five advocacy groups, under new funding arrangements.
Please Use and Widely Circulate the AODA Alliances New Action Kit Which We Unveil Today
Today we unveil an important new ten-page Action Kit, set out below. It gives you easy-to-use tips on how to reach out to your member of the Ontario Legislature,
and to the media, to press for the Ontario Government to speed up action to get Ontario back on schedule for becoming fully accessible to over 1.8 million Ontarians with disabilities by 2025. Please read this Action Kit.
Workers Must Play Active Role in Accommodation
Unfortunately, many employees decide they are entitled to accommodation but are of the mistaken view they can insist upon their ideal form of accommodation
while refusing to provide medical documentation or otherwise assist in the process of determining the need for accommodation and the appropriate form thereof.
Sobeys Employee Hopes Viral Picture Sends Bigger Message About Lending a Hand
Mary Cogswell has been legally blind since 1987, and she said it often makes it difficult for her to do her everyday tasks like getting groceries.
HALIFAX A picture of a Sobeys employee walking a legally blind customer home has gone viral and touched the heartstrings of many people.
Nothing to Cheer for
The building code has always been out of date on accessibility, he explained. Issues like how to position seats in a stadium are typically not adequately
addressed, which is why we need the government to do a better job under the Disabilities Act.
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Ontarians Like Online Voting, but Turnout Boost May Be Minor, Study Suggests
Voters and election administrators were satisfied with online ballots in many of last falls Ontario municipal races, according to a new study, but the digital shifts impact on declining turnout appears to be modest.
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