Accessibility News March 24,2012 Update

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In this Issue

*Austerity Mania Threatens Ontario’s Poor and Disabled
*LCO Releases Draft Framework for the Law as it Affects Persons with Disabilities
*Feds Look To Boost Web Accessibility
*“Nice City to Visit…Just Don’t Expect to Take a Shower!” – PUSH Northwest
*Green Shield Canada Donates $20,000 to Adult Transition Program for Youth with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus
*TD Bank Group Scholarship Helps Fix Inequality in Graduate Education for People With Disabilities
*Pinto Human Rights Code Review Restores Cancelled Thunder Bay Public Hearings After AODA Alliance Gets CBC to Cover its Earlier Cancellation
*Bringing Russia to the Disabled

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ARTICLES:
Austerity Mania Threatens Ontario’s Poor and Disabled
Published On Thu Mar 22 2012

A single person on the Ontario Disability Support Program gets a maximum of $1,064.
Melissa Addison-Webster

As a woman with quadriplegia receiving payments from the Ontario Disability Support Program, I am extremely concerned with the present “austerity” agenda the Ontario government is proposing.

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Austerity Mania Threatens Ontario’s Poor and Disabled

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LCO Releases Draft Framework for the Law as it Affects Persons with Disabilities
The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) today released for public feedback a Draft Framework for the Law as it Affects Persons with Disabilities. When completed, the Framework will assist in evaluating new or existing laws, policies and practices to ensure that they take into account the circumstances and experiences of persons with disabilities, and that they promote positive outcomes for these members of society within the context of society as a whole.

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LCO Releases Draft Framework for the Law as it Affects Persons with Disabilities

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Feds Look To Boost Web Accessibility
The Obama administration is asking for the public to weigh in on how to make government websites and other information technology more accessible for people with disabilities.

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Feds Look To Boost Web Accessibility

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“Nice City to Visit…Just Don’t Expect to Take a Shower!” – PUSH Northwest
Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) came into effect for the private sector. This means that persons with disabilities are thankfully able to enjoy an increasing amount of access to businesses in Thunder Bay. We are very pleased with the efforts being made!
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“Nice City to Visit…Just Don’t Expect to Take a Shower!” – PUSH Northwest

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Green Shield Canada Donates $20,000 to Adult Transition Program for Youth with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus
TORONTO, ON): A generous $20,000 donation from Green Shield Canada’s Community Giving Program has been instrumental in launching the new Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario (SB&H) Getting You There program to help vulnerable teens and young adults with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus (sb/h) successfully transition to adulthood.

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Green Shield Canada Donates $20,000 to Adult Transition Program for Youth with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus+


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TD Bank Group Scholarship Helps Fix Inequality in Graduate Education for People With Disabilities
March 8, 2012– Anita Kaiser always planned to be a physiotherapist or a chiropractor. That was until a car crash in 1996 left her paralyzed below her chest. She knew then her new focus would be rehabilitation research. Thanks to TD Bank Group’s unique scholarship for graduate students living with a disability, Anita has completed her Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Science.

Anita’s story is not commonplace for people with disabilities. In fact, only one in 10 working-age adults living with a disability has a university degree, compared to one in five without a disability. And even fewer adults with disabilities go on to complete a graduate degree.

That is what inspired TD to fund two more years of the TD Grant in Medical Excellence: A scholarship in Rehabilitation-Related Research for People with Disabilities, bringing their total support of this program to $750,000.

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TD Bank Group Scholarship Helps Fix Inequality in Graduate Education for People With Disabilities

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Pinto Human Rights Code Review Restores Cancelled Thunder Bay Public Hearings After AODA Alliance Gets CBC to Cover its Earlier Cancellation
THUNDER BAY PUBLIC HEARINGS WILL BE APRIL 4, 2012

The Review of Ontario’s Human Rights Code, which the McGuinty Government appointed Toronto lawyer Andrew Pinto to conduct, has announced that it has scheduled public hearings for its Review in Thunder Bay, to be held on April 4, 2012.

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Pinto Human Rights Code Review Restores Cancelled Thunder Bay Public Hearings After AODA Alliance Gets CBC to Cover its Earlier Cancellation

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Bringing Russia to the Disabled
Two women in St. Petersburg have established a travel company for people who cannot get around independently – fulfilling both their own dreams and those of their clients.

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Bringing Russia to the Disabled

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