Accessibility News September 8,2012 Update

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In this Issue

*AODA Alliance Releases a Report Card on the McGuinty Government Record at Keeping Its Twelve 2011 Election Promises on Disability Accessibility
*Air Canada Says No Room for Boy’s Wheelchair
*Helping One Another Through King’s Accessibility Committee
*Public Meeting on Metrolinx’s Accessibility Initiatives
*Games Jobsworth Bars Ex-Minister Blunkett from Paralympic Opening Ceremony Because of His Guide Dog
*Justice Department Settles with Sacramento, Calif., Public Library Authority Over Inaccessible “E-Reader” Devices

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ARTICLES:

AODA Alliance Releases a Report Card on the McGuinty Government Record at Keeping Its Twelve 2011 Election Promises on Disability Accessibility

The Government’s delay in keeping all its 2011 election promises to Ontarians with disabilities sets Ontario even further behind schedule in reaching the mandatory goal of full accessibility by 2025 that the AODA requires.

Read more at

AODA Alliance Releases a Report Card on the McGuinty Government Record at Keeping Its Twelve 2011 Election Promises on Disability Accessibility

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Air Canada Says No Room for Boy’s Wheelchair

Air Canada is encountering turbulence from a boy with disabilities and his parents after the airline said they could not fit his wheelchair on their plane.

Ten-year-old Chase Baker has spinal muscular dystrophy and wasn’t supposed to live past age two, and now he depends on a sophisticated wheelchair for transportation.

Read more at

Air Canada Says No Room for Boy’s Wheelchair

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Helping One Another Through King’s Accessibility Committee

Being part of the process to affect a change in awareness is what keeps volunteers of the Township’s Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) going.

Read more at
http://www.coaac.ca/?p=600

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Public Meeting on Metrolinx’s Accessibility Initiatives

You are invited to share your ideas with us on how Metrolinx and its operating divisions, GO Transit, PRESTO and Air Rail Link, can make it easier for people with disabilities to travel around our region.

Read more at
http://www.metrolinx.com/en/aboutus/accessibility/accessibility_meetings.aspx

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Games Jobsworth Bars Ex-Minister Blunkett from Paralympic Opening Ceremony Because of His Guide Dog

Former Home Secretary David Blunkett was invited to the Paralympic opening ceremony as a guest of Channel 4 But when Mr Blunkett arrived, he was told he couldn’t take his seat because he was with his guide dog Cosby

An official then gave him alternative seating in an ‘exposed, blustery gantry’

Read more at

Games Jobsworth Bars Ex-Minister Blunkett from Paralympic Opening Ceremony Because of His Guide Dog

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Justice Department Settles with Sacramento, Calif., Public Library Authority Over Inaccessible “E-Reader” Devices

The Justice Department announced today that it and the National Federation of the Blind have reached a settlement with the Sacramento Public Library Authority in Sacramento, Calif., to remedy alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Read more at

Justice Department Settles with Sacramento, Calif., Public Library Authority Over Inaccessible “E-Reader” Devices

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