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					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)

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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 peggy@accessiblehouses.ca .

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 .

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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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
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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

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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 COAAC-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

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