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In this Issue
*Accessibility in the Workplace A Competitive Edge
*Air Canada Innovates to Make In-Flight Entertainment Systems Accessible for Vision-Impaired Customers
*Firm Fined $266K for Harassment of Deaf Employee
*Wynne Government Holds Unneeded Pre-Consultation on Health Care Accessibility Barriers, Before It Sets Up Standards Development Committee to Consult on Health Care Accessibility Barriers
*Geauga County Public Library Adds Technology to Aid Hearing Impaired
*CNE Cancels Free Admission for People With Disabilities
*Positive Changes to the Ontario Disability Support Programs Medical Review Process
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Accessibility in the Workplace A Competitive Edge
Even more strikingly, the benefits of rolling-out accessible technologies across an entire organization were found to stretch well beyond the immediate value for employees with disabilities. 80% of private sector and 75% of public sector organizations highlighted that in doing so, they were able to increase productivity and efficiency among their entire workforce.
Air Canada Innovates to Make In-Flight Entertainment Systems Accessible for Vision-Impaired Customers
John Rae and Marcia Yale are pleased to have reached a settlement concerning a complaint they filed with the Canadian Human Rights Commission for passengers who are vision-impaired to more easily access Air Canadas in-flight entertainment (IFE) system. Both Mr. Rae and Mrs. Yale are vision-impaired.
Firm Fined $266K for Harassment of Deaf Employee
A Mississauga company found to have mocked, humiliated and launched a campaign of abuse designed to force a deaf employees resignation has been ordered by Ontarios top court to pay her $266,000.
Wynne Government Holds Unneeded Pre-Consultation on Health Care Accessibility Barriers, Before It Sets Up Standards Development Committee to Consult on Health Care Accessibility Barriers
More Delays on the Road to an Accessible Ontario Health Care System The Wynne Government Announces Unnecessary Pre-Consultation on Health Care Accessibility Barriers, Before Appointing the Overdue Standards Development Committee to Consult on Barriers in Ontarios Health Care System
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Geauga County Public Library Adds Technology to Aid Hearing Impaired
Many churches, subways, airports and universities already use telecoils, and users find it to be life changing, the release stated. Libraries are community spaces where people routinely share ideas and converse with each other, and this technology allows a wider patron base to enjoy the many resources their libraries provide.
CNE Cancels Free Admission for People With Disabilities
Advocates are blasting a CNE decision to eliminate free admission for people with disabilities.
The CNE is ending the long-standing policy of providing free admission, saying the change will respect the dignity and independence of all of our guests, including those with disabilities.
Positive Changes to the Ontario Disability Support Programs Medical Review Process
Concerns voiced by our communities about Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
medical reviews have been answered. The Minister of Community and Social Services recently announced that the process will be revamped.
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