Accessibility News September 24,2011 Update

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In this Issue

*The McGuinty Watch
*New Accessibility Standards Impact Ontario Restaurants
*Hit Them With the Statistics
*Province, Developmental Service Employers in Durham Region Must Rethink Options to Stabilize Supports and Avoid Service Disruptions
*Tories Silent on Accessibility Improvements for Disabled
*PC Candidate Agrees to Urge Tim Hudak to Make Accessibility Commitments – And Other Media Election Coverage of Disability Accessibility Issues
*Toronto Star Reports That Conservatives Promise to Cut at Least 30% of Ontario Regulations – Are New Accessibility Regulations on That Large Chopping Block?
*Use Options for Accessible Voting for Voters With Disabilities in This Ontario Election
*DOT Seeks Websites and Kiosks Accessible to Disabled
*City of Kawartha Lakes Uses AODA as Defense Against Disabled

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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.

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McGuinty Watch

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New Accessibility Standards Impact Ontario Restaurants

have a policy on allowing people to use their own Assistive devices (e.g. screen reader, cane, wheelchair, oxygen tank) to access your goods and services, your menu for example with regards to a screen reader;

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New Accessibility Standards Impact Ontario Restaurants

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Hit Them With the Statistics

Re: Real issue for campaign, Editorial Sept. 18

Your editorial on the need to find a catchy focus with which to frame the sorry state of mental health services for the provincial election campaign left me wondering why the Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Alliance don’t use the very obvious budget numbers that should shame our province into action.

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Hit Them With the Statistics

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Province, Developmental Service Employers in Durham Region Must Rethink Options to Stabilize Supports and Avoid Service Disruptions

Front line staff at Durham region agencies, supporting people with a developmental disability, say the
province and developmental services (DS) sector employers are short-changing individuals needing community-based supports by under-resourcing the sector and refusing to resolve issues affecting service quality.

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Province, Developmental Service Employers in Durham Region Must Rethink Options to Stabilize Supports and Avoid Service Disruptions

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Tories Silent on Accessibility Improvements for Disabled

The Tories are the only mainstream party refusing to commit to advancing the cause of making Ontario a fully accessible province, says a lawyer and disability rights advocate.

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Tories Silent on Accessibility Improvements for Disabled

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PC Candidate Agrees to Urge Tim Hudak to Make Accessibility Commitments – And Other Media Election Coverage of Disability Accessibility Issues

With the election campaign in full swing, we have more news than usual, and so we are circulating more Updates than usual. Here’s the latest.

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PC Candidate Agrees to Urge Tim Hudak to Make Accessibility Commitments – And Other Media Election Coverage of Disability Accessibility Issues

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Toronto Star Reports That Conservatives Promise to Cut at Least 30% of Ontario Regulations – Are New Accessibility Regulations on That Large Chopping Block?

Those regulations could end up on the chopping block. Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party has pledged to cut at least fully 30% of all Ontario regulations if they are elected in the October 6, 2011 Ontario election, according to the September 19, 2011 Toronto Star. It reported: “If elected, Hudak told small
business owners, he plans to appoint a cabinet minister to identify red tape and reduce regulatory requirements by at least 30 per cent.”

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Toronto Star Reports That Conservatives Promise to Cut at Least 30% of Ontario Regulations – Are New Accessibility Regulations on That Large Chopping Block?

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Use Options for Accessible Voting for Voters With Disabilities in This Ontario Election

It is very important that every eligible voter, including all voters with disabilities, votes in the October 6, 2011 Ontario election. This update gives you current, detailed information from Elections Ontario on options you can use to increase accessibility of voting to voters with disabilities. We hope this helps you ensure that you can exercise your fundamental democratic right to vote.

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Use Options for Accessible Voting for Voters With Disabilities in This Ontario Election

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DOT Seeks Websites and Kiosks Accessible to Disabled

A new regulation that would require airlines to make their websites accessible to individuals with disabilities and ensure that their ticket agents do the same, has been proposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The DOT also wants airlines to make automated airport kiosks at U.S. airports accessible to passengers with disabilities.

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DOT Seeks Websites and Kiosks Accessible to Disabled

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City of Kawartha Lakes Uses AODA as Defense Against Disabled

Geof Collis

There was nothing really difficult about my request, just common sense I would think however the Coordinator quoted the
Integrated Accessibility Standards which in essence said that my accessibility issue did not need to be addressed by Law until 2014.

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City of Kawartha Lakes Uses AODA as Defense Against Disabled

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