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Ontario Deaf Students Fighting for Better Education

Deaf students say they are receiving an inferior education at provincially run schools, where teachers and principals won’t — or can’t communicate using sign language.

Zak Smith,an 18-year old student going into Grade 12 at E.C. Drury School for the Deaf in Milton, Ontario and his mother Barbara Dodd, right. Last spring Smith organized a movement to protest at his school because of concerns about the education that was being provided to the deaf students. By: Kristin Rushowy Education Reporter, Published on Sun Aug 31 2014

One Full Year to the Day After the Wynne Government Unveiled Its Planned Legacy for the 2015 Toronto Pan/ParaPan American Games, Where is the Comprehensive Plan for a Strong and Lasting Legacy of Improved Disability Accessibility?

August 28, 2014

SUMMARY

This is an important anniversary on the road to a fully accessible Ontario, but not a happy one. Today marks one full year since the Wynne Government held a carefully-staged news conference to make public its plans for the longterm legacy of the 2015 Toronto Pan/ParaPan American Games. The Ontario Government Minister speaking that day said not one word about a legacy of improved disability accessibility. The Games’ legacy is the long-term benefits to Ontario that will be left behind from the huge public investment in the 2015 Games.

AODA Alliance Chair Resorts to Freedom of Information Application to Unearth the Story on How and Why Metrolinx Designed the New Eglinton Subway with Barriers to Disability Accessibility and Safety

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE UPDATE UNITED FOR A BARRIER-FREE ONTARIO

August 27, 2014

SUMMARY

On August 22, 2014, David Lepofsky, who serves as the chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance, resorted to submitting a Freedom of Information application to Metrolinx. The key part of that application is set out below. In it, he asks Metrolinx to make public important information and documents concerning Metrolinx’s controversial decision to design several public transit stations on Toronto’s new Eglinton subway line with barriers to disability accessibility and safety.

UK CAA Tighten Information Rules For Disabled Passengers

Content should be presented in a clear and easy to understand way and accessible for passengers with impairments such as blindness or low vision, deafness or hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, restricted movement, photosensitivity or any combination of these. The design of your websites should take into consideration existing international guidelines on website accessibility.

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/uk-caa-tighten-information-rules-for-disabled-passengers/

Toronto Star Reports that Metrolinx Designed Underground Eglinton LRT Stations with Troubling and Preventable Barriers to Disability Accessibility and Safety

Metrolinx Refuses to Change These plans Despite the AODA, the Human Rights Code, the Charter of Rights, the Government Ten-Year Infrastructure Plan’s Accessibility Guarantees, and Premier Wynne’s Election Pledge Not to Use Public Money to Create New Accessibility Barriers

August 19, 2014

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE UPDATE
UNITED FOR A BARRIER-FREE ONTARIO

SUMMARY

Minister Duguid Forces Pollyanna To Kafka

By Victor Schwartzman, with Pollyanna and Franz Kafka
August 18, 2014

POLLYANNA: I went to Franz’s place even though the last time we met he wished I would wake up the next morning as a giant cockroach. But he was the only person who could help me.

KAFKA: I had never seen Pollyanna so…anxious. I liked that. It was a good response to life. Finally! I welcomed her in.

AODA Alliance Writes New Minister Responsible for Implementing and Enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act to Urge Priorities for Prompt Action

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE UPDATE UNITED FOR A BARRIER-FREE ONTARIO
August 14, 2014

SUMMARY

On August 14, 2014, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance wrote Mr. Brad Duguid, the new Ontario Minister for Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure. He is the new Ontario cabinet minister with lead responsibility for implementing and enforcing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Doing Business in Ontario: New Employment Laws Are Overwhelming Small Businesses

By Doug MacLeod,
August 12, 2014 9:41 am

On August 13, 2014 I am scheduled to tape an episode of Rogers TVs Business Fix which is hosted by Brian Brennan and David Rubin. To obtain a schedule for Business Fix, follow the link below.

I will be discussing two obligations that are imposed on Ontario employers; that is:

(i) Mandatory training under the Accessibility for Ontarians for Disabilities Act (AODA); and the Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA)

Pollyanna and Kafka Debate The B.C. Accessibility Summit

By Victor Schwartzman, with Pollyanna and Franz Kafka
August 11, 2014

POLLYANNA: I volunteered for this because Premier Christy Clarke is so like me. We both have sunny personalities. We both are can-do people. And we both do not like public school very much (although perhaps for different reasons, although I expect we both do not like tests!)

KAFKA: Why is anyone reading this when there is no point?

National Federation of the Blind Endorses Online Ballot Marking

Accessible Online Ballot Marking Provided by Everyone Counts Gives Visually Impaired Voters Ability to Cast Secure, Secret Ballot

Read more at
http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/national-federation-of-the-blind-endorses-online-ballot-marking/

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