Accessibility News March 26,2011 Update

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In this Issue

1) Message Board
*The McGuinty Watch
*Mental Health Issues at Root of Most Youth Crime, Conference Told
*Mental-Health Issues in Canadian Prisons at All-Time High: Expert
*Disability Policy Fails Student
*Backward Step in Human Rights
*Few Businesses Accessible, Survey Finds
*You’re Not Really Disabled
*Unstoppable Elio: Blizzard
*Ontario Human Rights Commission Blasts Government’s Draft Accessibility Regulation as Raising Serious Problems Under the Human Rights Code
*Critique Illuminates Issues of the Blind Community
3) Classifieds, Events, Surveys
4)Thanks for Your Support



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The McGuinty Watch

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Mental Health Issues at Root of Most Youth Crime, Conference Told

Leschied described how many of the risk factors for mental health problems are also the risk factors for youth who get into trouble with the law. Poverty,
poor family life, violence or trauma in the home or school, lack of belonging, lack of academic achievement and, for some children, overexposure to violent or sexual images in pop culture, are all known red flags for both mental illness and anti-social behaviour. The difficulty is recognizing them and making sure the child gets the right help at the right time.



Mental-Health Issues in Canadian Prisons at All-Time High: Expert

In North America, the problem has been exacerbated by a trend since 1960 to close down institutions for the mentally ill and treat people in the community. With the advent of certain drugs, that’s proved successful for many people, while others have fallen through the cracks, winding up homeless and incarcerated in correctional facilities.



Disability Policy Fails Student

Beaudette said the Access Centre gives a blanket solution to unique learning disabilities.

“They don’t really give me anything that is really memory based,” he said. “It’s not like I don’t understand what’s going on, but when I go to write, I
mix things up and can’t remember things properly.”



Backward Step in Human Rights

Saskatchewan is poised to again lead Canada when it comes to human rights. But this time it would be a sad step backward. Bill 160, the government’s proposed changes to provincial human rights legislation, needs urgently to be withdrawn.



Few Businesses Accessible, Survey Finds

In a “silent” survey of 137 Haliburton businesses, only 25 per cent were accessible to people in walkers, wheelchairs or pushing strollers.

Fifty-six per cent were accessible to those using canes and 19 per cent were accessible to only able-bodied people.



You’re Not Really Disabled

By Womanist Musings

Since going public with the fact that I have a disability, I have written a lot about the difficulties that I have encountered with disableism, and people
who are TAB. Today, I would like to shift the conversation to talk about the policing that can sometimes occur in disabled communities.



Unstoppable Elio: Blizzard

Deaf, blind, and fiercely independent, Elio Reggillo is looking for Ontario’s Liberals to backtrack on changes to the intervenor program

Regillo, 39, is a devoted husband to wife Tracey, the proud father to three kids. He works two jobs to put food on the table.



Ontario Human Rights Commission Blasts Government’s Draft Accessibility Regulation as Raising Serious Problems Under the Human Rights Code

On March 18, 2011 the Ontario Human Rights Commission slammed the McGuinty Government’s draft Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR). It identifies serious flaws in the draft IAR from the perspective of the Human Rights Code. The IAR aims to address barriers facing persons with disabilities in transportation, employment, information and communication.



Critique Illuminates Issues of the Blind Community

A must listen to Interview can be found at

In The Politics of Blindness, Graeme McCreath shines a harsh light on the Reality faced by Canada’s blind community.

“Charitable donations are supposed to benefit the needy rather than the organization (CNIB),”
says McCreath, and notes that the current CEO of the organization is paid more than the prime minister of Canada.

“Of the over 300 full-time employees at the Toronto headquarters, nine take Home a salary of over $120,000 a year, a stunning award considering only two out of 10 working blind Canadians can get a job,” says McCreath.



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