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In this Issue
*LETTER: A Step in the Right Direction
*Press Release: Statement issued to Media by Durham Region Stroke Recovery Group, Whitby, Ont.
*Benetech Establishes Global Certified Accessible Program to Ensure Content Serves All Students Equally
*AODA Alliance Asks the Wynne Government for Updated Specific Information on What It Is Doing to Keep Its Promise to Effectively Enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act *Accessibility Equipment Added To Sandpoint Beach
*Binbrook Conservation Area Sees Many Improvements
*When I’m Not Here, the Dog is Her Comfort
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LETTER: A Step in the Right Direction
Oro-Medonte council should be applauded for moving our township into the 21st Century by recently deciding to include electronic voting in the next municipal election.
The 2018 voting process will now include options for paper ballot in advance polls, in addition to telephone and Internet voting for a longer period of time (a week to 10 days).
Press Release: Statement issued to Media by Durham Region Stroke Recovery Group, Whitby, Ont.
Despite new healthcare law passed at Queens Park in 2016 the Wynne Liberal Government continues to discriminate against our adults by denying much needed and time sensitive OHIP funded stroke treatment/physiotherapy to our Post-Stroke Patients/Survivors between the ages of 20 and 64.
This age discrimination is preventing our adults from returning to work or continuing their Post-Secondary studies. Our adults are huge contributors to Ontario Society and are deserving of proper and timely healthcare/treatment after suffering a stroke.
Benetech Establishes Global Certified Accessible Program to Ensure Content Serves All Students Equally
Global Certified Accessible ensures students unable to read standard print due to blindness, low vision, dyslexia, or a physical disability have equal access to the same content as their peers. The program has a global footprint in order to serve students around the world. Benetech developed the certification standards and serves as the lead certification provider for North America. Dedicon provides certification for mainland Europe, Royal National Institute of Blind People for the United Kingdom, and Vision Australia for Australia.
AODA Alliance Asks the Wynne Government for Updated Specific Information on What It Is Doing to Keep Its Promise to Effectively Enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
Two weeks ago, on June 12, 2017, the AODA Alliance wrote Ontarios Accessibility Minister, Tracy MacCharles. We asked for specific updated data and information on the Governments efforts at enforcing the AODA. The Ontario Government has promised to effectively enforce this law. We set our June 12, 2017 letter out below. It is followed by links to key background material on this issue.
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Accessibility Equipment Added To Sandpoint Beach
New accessibility equipment is now in place at Sandpoint Beach.
The two Mobi Chairs have been added that will allow individuals to roll along the new accessible beach mats right into the water where they become floating wheelchairs.
Binbrook Conservation Area Sees Many Improvements
Collectively, the improvements are part of our having greater accessibility. A big part of what we do is provide a public service, he said, noting that these upgrades are all part of the park becoming compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
When I’m Not Here, the Dog is Her Comfort
The rights of people who live with a disability to be accommodated with their service animal falls under both the Ontario Human Rights Code and the AODA the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
Specifically, in the human rights code: The duty to accommodate may require waiving or changing a rule (for example, allowing guide dogs or other service animals in a building with a no pets policy.)
eSSENTIAL Accessibility: helping organizations reach, serve and empower people with disabilities.
The eSSENTIAL Accessibility assistive technology app gives those who have trouble typing, moving a mouse, or reading a screen due to a variety of conditions – such as stroke, paralysis or arthritis – the tools they need to navigate the Web. The app is free to the end-user and simple to use.
Organizations that feature the app on their websites are committed to making it easier for people with disabilities to access information online. For more info, please visit http://www.essentialaccessibility.com
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