Accessibility News January 23, 2010 In this Issue 1) Message Board 2)Articles * CNIB off Base in Bid for Government Cash * McKeever 1st Paralympian to Compete in Winter Olympics * Chihuahua Human Rights Case Dismissed * Accessibility Challenges Still Ahead for Port Hope * Student Failed Exam, but Reinstated on Basis of Extreme Anxiety, Professor Says; Clinical problem that can affect functioning * Career Watch: The Disabled as IT Workers * Toronto Community Housing to make buildings more accessible * Lawyers Say Justice not Being Served * Election Rules Restrict VP Equity Bid * Graduate Student's iPhone App Gives Voice to Disabled Users * Universities Avoid Kindle Over Accessibility Barriers * Makati Turns Over Facilities for Special Kids to DepEd * Frustration of Employment Contracts - A little care can save you both frustration and pain. * Who Will Pay for Pro vince's Generous Plan for Full Accessibility? * Disabled Worshippers Struggle with Accessibility Issues at Church 3) Calendar of Events 4)Join the Coalition of Ontario Accessibility Ad visory Committees (COAAC) ---- Message Board Accessible Houses Peggy Stewart is a realtor with Royal LePage Triland Realty in London Ontario. Her special interest is in accessible housing. By far, the majority of clients Peggy works with have special needs. Many are in wheelchairs, some are deafened...there are many reasons to modify a house. To find a listing of available, accessible houses throughout the province visit http://www.accessiblehouses.ca/ or email her at email@example.com . Kawartha Lakes has been selected as one of the top 65 cities in Canada to compete to be on the "Monopoly Canada" edition game board! The 20 cities that receive the most votes will be included and the city with the most votes will assume the 'Boardwalk' space on the board. You can vote for your top 3 cities each day beginning today until February 7th at www.monopolyvote.ca . ---- Articles CNIB off Base in Bid for Government Cash The CNIB -- once known as the Canadian National Institute for the Blind -- wants the B.C. government to hand over $624,000 because of what it calls inequities in library funding for Canadians. It's hard to say no to the CNIB, because the charity has a wonderful reputation. But let's hope that the provincial government does its homework on this request. The facts do not support the CNIB's argument. Read more at http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1163 ------ McKeever 1st Paralympian to Compete in Winter Olympics Visually impaired cross -country skier's dream comes true Visually impaired cross-country skier Brian McKeever is about to make history. The 30-year-old Canmore, Alta., native has been named to Team Canada, becoming the first Paralympian to compete in a Winter Olympics. Read more at http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1170 ------ Chihuahua Human Rights Case Dismissed Alex Allarie says his service dog, a chihuahua Dee-O-Gee, helps him cope with his anxiety and depression, a psychiatric disability. (CBC)A fight over a chihuahua described as a disabled man's service dog has been dismissed by the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. Read more at http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1172 ------ Accessibility Challenges Still Ahead for Port Hope -The Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) is asking for council's assistance to make Port Hope a more accessible community for all who live there and for those who visit. Read more at http://www.aoda.ca/?p=315 ------ Student Failed Exam, but Reinstated on Basis of Extreme Anxiety, Professor Says; Clinical problem that can affect functioning A University of Manitoba professor is alleging a doctoral candidate twice failed his comprehensive examination, then appealed to be reinstated on the basis that he suffers from the disability of extreme examination anxiety. Read more at http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1165 ------ Career Watch: The Disabled as IT Workers Neil Jacobson, the founder and CEO of Abilicorp discusses the fit between Information Technology (IT) and people with disabilities and it how it could potentially influence hiring decisions in enterprise environments In what ways are people with disabilities superior employees? Read more at http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1167 ------ Toronto Community Housing to make buildings more accessible When Penny Lamy moved into her new accessible apartment in Regent Park last September, it was, s he said, "like a fog lifted." "I feel like I've had a fog lifted since I finally got settled," said Lamy, who must use an electric wheelchair to move around. "Other tenants are really excited there as well." Read more at http://www.aoda.ca/?p=311 ------ Lawyers Say Justice not Being Served "Complete hogwash and double-speak." That's the reaction of Brockville lawyer John Johnston to a Monday press release from Legal Aid Ontario announcing increas ed "access points" for local services despite the anticipated closure of legal aid offices in Brockville and Perth. Johnston said plans for a toll-free telephone number and expanded court services mask the true intentions of the provincial government to cut costs and jobs by closing local legal aid offices. Read more at http://www.aoda.ca/?p=313 ------ Election Rules Restrict VP Equity Bid When buttons and posters are your only costs, the $250 student campaign budget is more than enough in the Ryerson Students' Union (RSU) elections. But for David Fourney, who may need to hire a sign language interpreter if he runs for vice-president equity, it means discrimination. Read more at http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/press/deaf_articles.php?deaf=444 ------ Graduate Student's iPhone App Gives Voice to Disabled Users Not many iPhone applications get reviews that call them life-changing. Samuel Sennott, a doctoral student in special educaton at Pennsylvania State University's main campus, created an iPhone application that helps people with communication disabilities speak. He worked with David Niemeijer, an Amsterdam -based developer, to build the software, called Proloquo2Go. Read more at http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1154 ------ Universities Avoid Kindle Over Accessibility Barriers Three US universities have agreed not to use Amazon's e-book reader the Kindle until it is easily usable by blind people. A fourth settled a complaint from blind people's advocacy groups by saying that it will strive to use accessible devices in future. Read more at http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1158 ------ Makati Turns Over Facilities for Special Kids to DepEd More children with special needs are expected to be served in Makati City as the city go vernment has turned over its state-of-the-art Special Education (SPED) Center building to DepEd-Makati which would provide them greater access to formal education. Read more at http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1160 ------ Frustration of Employment Contracts - A little care can save you both frustration and pain. This article should be of interest to anyone who has to draw employment agreements. It has some very good suggestions on how to deal with some situations that can become very difficult and expensive for employers. Managing disability in the workplace remains one of the most challenging areas of employment law for managers, HR professionals and lawyers alike. A common - and difficult - question is how long can an employee be off work due to illness or injury before an employer can safely terminate the employment relationship without liability? Read more at http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1152 ------ Who Will Pay for Pro vince's Generous Plan for Full Accessibility? With the draft report finally in and before Minister of Community and Social Services Madeleine Meilleur, Toronto taxi industry leaders say the high standards of accessible service called for in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) must be supported by government funding. Read more at http://www.aoda.ca/?p=309 ------ Disabled Worshippers Struggle with Accessibility Issues at Church Among the most humbling moments being confined to an electric wheelchair came when Shawana Bulloch realized it could prevent her from attending services at her Savannah church. Read more at http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1150 ------ Calendar of Events Below is a list of upcoming events, for more details go to http://www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/events/. * Expanding the Reach: Empowering Women with Disabilities. Deadline:Thursday, January 28 * Disability and Sexuality: Globalizing Perspectives Deadline:Friday, January 29 * Law Commission of Ontario Issues Call for Research Papers on the Law as it Affects Persons with Disabilities Deadline:Friday, February 12 ---- Join the Coalition of Ontario Accessibility Ad visory Committees (COAAC) The COAAC is a province-wide group comprised of members of Accessibility Ad visory Committees (AACs) and includes related organizations and interested individuals who are also committed to serving and meeting the needs of persons with disabilities. The Coalition has been established to provide a connection between the AACs, and to share experiences, achievements and problem solving. It also allows for the development of a consensus on matters of primary concern and the opportunity to reflect to the legislators what is really required at the grass roots level to serve and meet the needs of persons with disabilities. The Coalition is, in other words, a clearinghouse and an instrument for action. To join the COAAC Mailing List send a blank email to COAACfirstname.lastname@example.org ---- Drive more traffic to your website by advertising on Accessibility News, or sponsoring our Newsletter, now with a circulation of 1272 members. For more details and to check out our New Rates go to www.accessibilitynews.ca/acnews/advertising . ---- Be sure to visit us on the web at www.accessibilitynews.ca. While you're there, have alook in the Archive section for items you might have missed. To unsubscribe from this Newsletter, send an email to email@example.com or just reply to this Update and state your intentions. 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