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In this Issue
*OHRC Report Strongly Links Mental Illness to Poverty, Unemployment
*Watchdog Pushed to Probe WSIB; Medical Advice From Doctors Routinely Ignored, Advocates say
*Toronto Star Reports on Massive Private Sector Violations of Ontarios Disability Accessibility Law and Continued Weak Enforcement Wynne Governments Reported Response Is Quite Troubling
*Winnipeg Man Who Seeks Death, Not Disability, a Sad Reality
*Bill Would Require Restaurant Menus in Braille
*Dont Ask for Guide-Dog Documents
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OHRC Report Strongly Links Mental Illness to Poverty, Unemployment
Those who suffer from mental illness or addiction are much more likely to be poor, unemployed and living in inadequate housing, especially when they also suffer from other forms of disability, a new report finds.
Compiled using federal data and published by the Ontario Human Rights Commission, data from the report suggests that regarding several factors housing,
income, employment, and attainment of education those who suffer from mental illness or addiction dont just face worse outcomes when compared to the general
population, they also fare worse than those who report other forms of disability.
Watchdog Pushed to Probe WSIB; Medical Advice From Doctors Routinely Ignored, Advocates say
Citing systematic disregard for professional medical assessments of injured workers, advocates have asked Ontarios government watchdog to launch an investigation into the provinces Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).
The 200-page submission made Friday to the provincial ombudsman by health professionals, workers, lawyers and labour groups blasts WSIB for ignoring the
medical advice provided by doctors treating injured workers in favour of so-called paper doctors who have not met patients directly.
The resulting clawbacks in medical benefits are having a devastating effect, the submission says.
Toronto Star Reports on Massive Private Sector Violations of Ontarios Disability Accessibility Law and Continued Weak Enforcement Wynne Governments Reported Response Is Quite Troubling
An excellent article published in the Toronto Star one month ago, while the AODA Alliance email Update service was off on holidays, remains current and
important! The Toronto Stars December 14, 2015 edition include a powerful report reported on the fact that there remains in Ontario massive private sector
non-compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and inadequate AODA enforcement by the Wynne Government, despite the fact that
the Government has unused budget on hand that could have been used to beef up AODA enforcement.
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Winnipeg Man Who Seeks Death, Not Disability, a Sad Reality
A disabled rights advocate says a Winnipeg man who wants a physician-assisted death reflects a bleak societal attitude:He would rather be dead than
disabled. For me its sad that he would rather die than be in a wheelchair, said Allen Mankewich, co-chair of the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities. And many people would agree with him.
Bill Would Require Restaurant Menus in Braille
Whenever I went out to a restaurant, it was always an awkward situation, to not know what is on the menu and to rely on people to let me know what I want,
said Mornis, who has been blind since birth and began learning to read Braille at the age of 3.
Dont Ask for Guide-Dog Documents
B.C.s new Guide and Service Dog Act instituted provincial certification
with the twin intentions of guaranteeing access rights for people with disabilities and preventing the public from fraudulently passing off pets as service dogs.
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