Accessible Signs, Parking Spaces and Ramps: How These are Invaluable to People with Disabilities

December 20, 2012|

Easy access to facilities helps not only the people with disabilities, but also the establishments that serve them. Having clearly marked accessible parking spaces, ramps and accessible signage in general helps people with disabilities locate and gain access to your establishment and can benefit everyone. By providing people with the ability to access information on how to get to you and your services, they will be able to provide you

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Human rights victory for St. Catharines worker

December 9, 2012|

Overturning its previous decision, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has ruled that paying an intellectually disabled St. Catharines woman $1.25 an hour was allegedly ongoing discrimination every time she received a paycheque. In what’s being called a precedent-setting ruling, the three-member panel found this week that the practice of paying Terri-Lynn Garrie less than employees who did not have developmental disabilities was not a single act of alleged discrimination. Instead,

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Starting a company while coping with mental illness

December 7, 2012|

A few years ago, during one of her regular visits to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Sandra Rotman had an idea. At the time, the high-profile philanthropist was being treated for anxiety. The experience made her stronger, she says, but also led her to mull over she could help others with mental-health issues. She knew difficult it can be for someone with mental illness to find

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Enhancing Accessibility in Post-Secondary Education Institutions: A Guide for Disability Service Providers

December 5, 2012|

Ottawa, March 29, 2012 – The association is proud to announce the availability of a new, comprehensive guide on disability service provision and accommodations at colleges and universities in Canada. This Guide is now available on the NEADS website. It is the product of research conducted by the Government of Canada’s Office for Disability Issues and is a resource designed with direct input from Canadian campus disability service providers and

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Unquenchable spirit meets disabled body

December 4, 2012|

The London Paralympics helped to ‘define ability over and above disability’, its organising chief, Sebastian Coe, said recently. TV personality Masingita Masunga is a shining example of what he means. Johannesburg – Within five minutes of our sitting down at an alfresco eatery in Sandton, a fan walks up to Masingita Masunga. He recognises her from her TV talk show Masingita With Confidence, broadcast on Soweto TV, and greets her

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Five Areas You Must Cover When Looking For Disability Insurance

December 3, 2012|

Even if you don’t have a disability, disability insurance is something that you should consider looking into. Statistics show that many Americans, at one point or another, will be out of work due to an injury. You may think because you work in an office, that disability insurance isn’t something you could use. However, there are many reasons that you might be unable to work, and might need a disability

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Parents win fight for learning-disabled son

November 17, 2012|

Top court rules special education for North Vancouver student is not ‘dispensable luxury’ A ruling from Canada’s top court that the North Vancouver school district discriminated against a dyslexic student when it cut services that were essential to him sends an important message to all school trustees, legal experts said Friday. “This is a warning to them,” said Frances Kelly of the Community Legal Assistance Society, who represented Rick Moore

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Municipalities urged to eliminate barriers to housing services

October 19, 2012|

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) is calling on municipalities across Ontario to review their zoning and rental licensing bylaws to eliminate barriers to housing services for people with mental health issues or addictions. Barbara Hall, the OHRC’s chief commissioner, delivered the message in a recent speech to municipal staff, council members and the public at the Midland Public Library. “Talking about zoning, housing and bylaws in terms of human

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Accommodating scent sensitivities in the workplace

October 17, 2012|

Employers must accommodate employees with disabilities to the point of undue hardship under the Ontario Human Rights Code. The accommodation of scent sensitivities arose in a recent decision of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (the “Tribunal”). It raises questions as to what is considered undue hardship when accommodating an employee with a sensitivity to scents.   In Kovios v. Inteleservice Canada Inc., the employer operated a call centre in a

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Reasons for Making Web Videos Accessible

August 19, 2012|

Ten Reasons to Describe Your Web Videos Video Description helps to focus on details that may go missing, even for sighted viewers. Learn names and labels that you wouldn’t get from the dialog alone. Multi-task while listening to video described content. Turn television into radio, and listen to your favorite shows Put video described shows on your iPod, and listen while walking, jogging, or driving. Provide additional language support for

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