Accessibility News July 16,2011 Update

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In this Issue

*The McGuinty Watch
*Cops Want Mental Health Supports Improved
*What is the Future for Enforcing Human Rights in Ontario?
*Sticking Up for Her Son
*Goar: Ontario Takes a Backward Step on Mental Health
*Commissioner Calls for Reform
*U.S. Weighs Rule Requiring Hybrids, EV Cars to Sound Pedestrian Alerts
*Officials Scramble to Keep Computers for Deaf and Blind
*Laurier Bike Lanes Form Disability Barrier


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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.



Cops Want Mental Health Supports Improved

York Regional Police responded to more calls about emotionally disturbed people last year than in 2009.
With that as a backdrop, a group representing Ontario’s police chiefs supports de-emphasizing police involvement with people with mental illness or addictions and better funding for support services.



What is the Future for Enforcing Human Rights in Ontario?

In the October Ontario election, an important issue for persons with disabilities will be the future of the enforcement of the Ontario Human Rights Code.

The Human Rights Code makes it illegal to discriminate against a person because of such things as his or her disability, in areas like employment, housing, and access to goods, services and facilities. This election issue concerns what you will have to do to enforce your human rights, if you feel you were the victim of a barrier that violates the Human Rights Code.



Sticking Up for Her Son

“They looked at it again, looked at it one more time and still denied us,” she said. “Is my son not disabled enough for the government to acknowledge it?”

In the letter the CRA sent to Roque, Marcus was deemed ineligible for the tax credit because “the restriction in performing the mental functions necessary for everyday life is not present all or substantially all the time.”



Goar: Ontario Takes a Backward Step on Mental Health

Shortly after the provincial Legislature adjourned for the summer, the Ministry of Health began negotiating the hand-off of Ontario’s
Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office, an independent provincial agency, to the Canadian Mental Health Association.



Commissioner Calls for Reform

Social assistance is administered through a broken system, says a representative from the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario.

“Tinkering won’t fix it,” said Commissioner Frances Lankin. “There’s some fundamental reform required.”



U.S. Weighs Rule Requiring Hybrids, EV Cars to Sound Pedestrian Alerts

Electric vehicles and hybrid cars could be required to sound alerts to pedestrians under a new proposal from the National Highway Traffic Safety

In a notice (pdf) posted yesterday on its website, the agency announced the
first steps toward a rule aimed at protecting pedestrians and bikers from
the nearly silent cars.



Officials Scramble to Keep Computers for Deaf and Blind

Computers were recently boxed for removal at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind.

In January 2010, state Sen. Emmett W. Hanger Jr. introduced legislation to exempt the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind
from the state’s centralized computer network, a one-size-fits-all system that was not designed to meet the school’s specialized education needs and costs
it tens of thousands of dollars a month.



Laurier Bike Lanes Form Disability Barrier

Editor Note: As usual Persons With Disabilities are always an “Afterthought”.

The cement curbs that separate bikes and vehicle traffic on Ottawa’s Laurier Avenue have drawn critics. (CBC)

The city of Ottawa says it is willing to alter the new segregated bike lanes on Laurier Avenue to make them more accessible to people with disabilities.


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