Accessibility News November 14,2015 Update

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In this Issue

*Adult Autism Services Press Release
*Talking Buses to Help Those With Disabilities
*CNIB Seeks Government Money, But Wont Comment on Missing Funds
*Insights: Ontario Launches Workplace Accessibility Compliance Audits
*Independent Living Canada: Open Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau
*Deaf Advocates Angered Over Key Appointment
*Sheltered Workshops a Blessing for Developmentally Challenged or Slave Labour?
*Cornwall a Leader on Accessibility Front

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Adult Autism Services Press Release

Adult Autism Spectrum Service Providers Dismayed by Lack of Progress

Youth and adults with autism and Asperger Syndrome face the ongoing prospect of few services or supports

Ontario Partnership for Adults with Aspergers and Autism (OPAAA), composed of all the major autism service providers in the province, is troubled about the lack of services available to youth and adults on the autism spectrum. In their meeting last week, they heard more evidence of the lack of a uniform approach and understanding of the profiles of these individuals across the province.


Talking Buses to Help Those With Disabilities

Saskatoon Transit showed off its new automatic announcement system to reporters on Wednesday. The service provides a verbal announcement and visual cue for upcoming bus stops.


CNIB Seeks Government Money, But Wont Comment on Missing Funds

The Canadian National Institute for the Blind was at Province House today asking for more government funding for its therapy programs, but the non-profit
is refusing to discuss the thousands of dollars its spent on legal action against former lottery kiosk operators.


Insights: Ontario Launches Workplace Accessibility Compliance Audits

AMI Accessible Media Inc interviews a Government spokesperson and Geof Collis regarding the recent Government Audit initiative.

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Independent Living Canada: Open Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau

On behalf of Independent Living Canada, its members, and on behalf of every person living with a disability, I would like to extend our sincere congratulations for your election as Prime Minister. I also wanted to congratulate you for appointing two ministers living with a disability.


Deaf Advocates Angered Over Key Appointment

Protesters object as hearing person chosen to run agency that oversees schools for hearing-impaired


Sheltered Workshops a Blessing for Developmentally Challenged or Slave Labour?

Theres a growing controversy involving workshops that pay marginal wages and segregate people with intellectual disabilities from the rest of the community.

Louise Scott, a Colbrook manager, discusses their employee transition program.

Anthony Guenter, 36, has autism. For the last seven-and-a-half years, Guenter has worked in the dishwashing room at Sodexos cafeteria at Loblaw headquarters
in Brampton. He works from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. five days a week and earns more than minimum wage. His boss, Sean Callaghan, says Guenter is reliable and a very positive influence on morale.


Cornwall a Leader on Accessibility Front

From the hallways of the flagship Benson Centre to new play structures in community parks, the City of Cornwall is showing a commitment to making things accessible to all residents.


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