Accessibility News July 26,2014 Update

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In this Issue

*Disabled Man Reports Hurtful Comments to TTC 400 Says Booth Collector Called Him a Diddler
*Harper Government Supports Innovative Pilot Program Assisting Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder Obtain Employment in the IT Industry
*PRESS RELEASE : DUCERE TECHNOLOGIES LAUNCHES LECHAL Worlds first interactive haptic footwear
*No Rest for the Weary: More AODA Compliance Required in January 2015
*Toronto Cancels Plan to Allow Online, Phone Voting for Disabled Citizens in 2014
*No More Wait Lists for Disabled in Ontario, All-Party Report Urges
*Seven Reasons why disabled Canadians are Losing CPP Benefits
*How Accessibility is Redefining Personalization
*Access Health Clock Announced

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ARTICLES:

Disabled Man Reports Hurtful Comments to TTC 400 Says Booth Collector Called Him a Diddler

Disabled man Kevin Rogers, 51, alleges a TTC collector verbally abused him, prompting Rogers to file a complaint with the TTC. (Maryam Shah/Toronto Sun)

TORONTO Kevin Rogers simply wanted to ride the subway with his family to Ripleys Aquarium on a sunny weekday.

Instead, he says he got an earful from a TTC booth collector who accused him of being a diddler in front of other people.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=4602

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Harper Government Supports Innovative Pilot Program Assisting Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder Obtain Employment in the IT Industry

Today, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, together with the Honourable Mike Lake, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry and Member of Parliament for EdmontonMill WoodsBeaumont, announced an investment of $150,000 in support of a pilot program that is providing Information Technology (IT) skills training and career opportunities for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/harper-government-supports-innovative-pilot-program-assisting-individuals-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-obtain-employment-in-the-it-industry/

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PRESS RELEASE : DUCERE TECHNOLOGIES LAUNCHES LECHAL Worlds first interactive haptic footwear

Ducere Technologies announced the launch of the worlds first interactive haptic footwear under their wearable technology brand LECHAL (pronounced lay-ch-al, meaning take me there in Hindi).

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/press-release-ducere-technologies-launches-lechal-worlds-first-interactive-haptic-footwear/

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No Rest for the Weary: More AODA Compliance Required in January 2015

Employers who still have less than fond memories of trying to comply with the requirements of Ontarios Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 relating to Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standards are now facing a new challenge: complying with additional AODA requirements that come into force on Jan. 1, 2015.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/no-rest-for-the-weary-more-aoda-compliance-required-in-january-2015/

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Toronto Cancels Plan to Allow Online, Phone Voting for Disabled Citizens in 2014

The cancellation profoundly disappointed one member of the citys disability issues committee. The city says there isnt enough time to get the system ready.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/toronto-cancels-plan-to-allow-online-phone-voting-for-disabled-citizens-in-2014/

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No More Wait Lists for Disabled in Ontario, All-Party Report Urges

No more wait lists. One provincial minister in charge. And recognition that all people with developmental disabilities have the right to services throughout their lives. Those are the key recommendations in a long-awaited report released by the Select Committee on Developmental Services.

Gloria Noseworthy has been waiting three years for adult funding for her 23-year-old son Zachariah, above right, who has autism and other medical conditions. She hopes the reports recommendations are implemented soon.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/?p=4597

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Seven Reasons why disabled Canadians are Losing CPP Benefits

There are serious problems at the Social Security Tribunal and the Canada Pension Plan Disability Program, especially for people trying to appeal decisions on their ineligibility for this disability pension benefit.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/seven-reasons-why-disabled-canadians-are-losing-cpp-benefits/

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How Accessibility is Redefining Personalization

Accessibility that is grounded in a companys values can bridge individual differences, better connect with customers, enable a diverse pool of talent in the workplace, and improve the standard of living for all members of society.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/how-accessibility-is-redefining-personalization/

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Access Health Clock Announced

By Victor Schwartzman

Recently Accessibility News reposted an article by Michelle Diament about a 2013 study. 256 randomly selected medical practices in four major American cities were surveyed about access. The result? 22% could not accommodate a hypothetical patient who used a wheelchair and required assistance moving from the wheelchair to an examining table.

Read more at
http://www.aoda.ca/access-health-clock-announced/

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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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aMENU: Accessible Restaurant Menus.

Visit the site at http://www.amenu.ca , Restaurant Owners visit http://www.amenu.ca/create/ and design your own Menu.

In the Spotlight

*Quinns Steakhouse & Irish Bar
http://www.amenu.ca/quinns-steakhouse-irish-bar/
*Shopsys Deli, Restaurant & Catering
http://www.amenu.ca/shopsys-deli-restaurant-catering/