Accessibility News March 19,2011 Update

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In this Issue

1) Message Board
2)Articles
*The McGuinty Watch
*Talking Traffic Signals Coming Soon
*Please Tell the McGuinty Government if You Endorse the AODA Alliance’s Finalized Brief on the Draft Integrated Accessibility Regulation
*Direct Access: Extend Reduced TTC Fares to People With Disabilities, Group Urges
*Adoption of Google Apps Program Discriminates Against the Blind
*(4201) Governor’s Plan is Detrimental to Blind and Deaf Students
*Fiorito: Ontario About to Cut Services for Deaf-Blind
*Accessibility is Opportunity for All
*City Won’t Install ‘Disability’ Traffic Signs
*AODA: Common Misconceptions About Proposed Accessible Built Environment Standard
*761-Unit Second Phase of Mason Homes Subdivision OK’d
*House of Commons Approves Changes Proposed by the Minister of Veterans Affairs to the New Veterans Charter
3) Classifieds, Events, Surveys
4)Thanks for Your Support

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MESSAGE BOARD:

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ARTICLES:
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.

Read more at

McGuinty Watch

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Talking Traffic Signals Coming Soon

WOODSTOCK— Crossing busy intersections in the city are about to get easier for the visually impaired.

Starting this year, two main intersections will be retrofitted with audible pedestrian signals.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=525

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Please Tell the McGuinty Government if You Endorse the AODA Alliance’s Finalized Brief on the Draft Integrated Accessibility Regulation

Please contact the McGuinty Government to say if you or your organization endorses our just-released finalized brief on the Government’s February 1, 2011 draft of the Integrated Accessibility Regulation that it proposes to enact under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. At the link below we give you contact information on how to let the Government know what you think.

Note: Even though the deadline has past we urged you to still give feedback.

Read more at

Please Tell the McGuinty Government if You Endorse the AODA Alliance’s Finalized Brief on the Draft Integrated Accessibility Regulation

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Direct Access: Extend Reduced TTC Fares to People With Disabilities, Group Urges

Somewhere warmer than here they’re playing baseball — a spring-training ritual that usually thaws our collective spirits north of the 49th parallel. But
it’s not just the weather that’s keeping Toronto’s climate colder this year.

There’s a distinct chill emanating from City Hall toward anyone or anything that might stand in the way of the success of the nascent right-wing advocacy
group dubbed Ford Nation. That would include those of us who believe spending money on inclusion pays off for all taxpayers.

Read more at

Direct Access: Extend Reduced TTC Fares to People With Disabilities, Group Urges

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Adoption of Google Apps Program Discriminates Against the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind people in the
United States, today requested that the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, investigate civil rights violations
committed by New York University (NYU) and Northwestern University against blind faculty and students. The NFB made the request because
the schools have adopted technology that is not accessible to the blind.

Read more at

Adoption of Google Apps Program Discriminates Against the Blind

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(4201) Governor’s Plan is Detrimental to Blind and Deaf Students

One can almost assume, after reading state Budget Director Bob Megna’s above article, that a second line of the headline was omitted because of spacing problems on the page. Indeed, readers might be inclined to think the missing line was: “…If government doesn’t care about effectively educating deaf and blind students.”

Read more at

(4201) Governor’s Plan is Detrimental to Blind and Deaf Students

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Fiorito: Ontario About to Cut Services for Deaf-Blind

Barber Terry, who didn’t give his last name, gives Cyril Cassell a haircut with the help of intervenor Thomas Gaffney.

Cyril Cassell had errands to take care of; he needed a haircut, and a bag of groceries. That sounds simple enough: hop on the bus, jump in the barber’s
chair, and grab a piece of salmon on the way home.

Read more at

Fiorito: Ontario About to Cut Services for Deaf-Blind

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Accessibility is Opportunity for All

Where is the threshold between cost of accessibility and benefit to society? And who draws that line?

Read more at

Accessibility is Opportunity for All

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City Won’t Install ‘Disability’ Traffic Signs

Saskatoon resident Robin East, national president of the Alliance for the Equality of Blind Canadians, said he agrees with the city’s assessment.

“The blind community . . . don’t want to go around with a label, ‘We’re blind, look out for us, ‘ ” he said. ”

Read more at

City Won’t Install ‘Disability’ Traffic Signs

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AODA: Common Misconceptions About Proposed Accessible Built Environment Standard

Answer: No, the final proposed accessible built environment standard is not yet a regulation.

Why the misconception? Because numerous organizations concerned with the accessible built environment have copies of the final proposed standard, and they are already using it in their decision making processes. There is nothing wrong in using the proposed standard for informational purposes remembering that current laws prevail until the standard becomes regulation in whole or in part.

Read more at

AODA: Common Misconceptions About Proposed Accessible Built Environment Standard

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761-Unit Second Phase of Mason Homes Subdivision OK’d

Council for Persons with Disabilities criticizes sidewalks on only one side of some streets

Terry Wilson, with the Council for Persons with Disabilities, told council the city’s accessibility advisory committee didn’t have a chance to provide input
on the application before it went to the planning committee two weeks ago.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=523

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House of Commons Approves Changes Proposed by the Minister of Veterans Affairs to the New Veterans Charter

The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture),
today welcomed the House of Commons’ swift approval of legislation, which significantly enhances financial support for injured Canadian Forces members and Veterans. 

Read more at

House of Commons Approves Changes Proposed by the Minister of Veterans Affairs to the New Veterans Charter

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