Toronto police settle G20 human rights case against paraplegic man

March 8, 2012|

By Wendy Gillis, Staff Reporter, Toronto police have settled a human rights claim filed by a paraplegic man arrested during the G20 summit, but the terms will not be made public due to a confidentiality clause. Gabriel Jacobs, a panhandler paralyzed from the waist down, filed a claim with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario last year, after he was arrested during the 2010 summit and later released without

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Are Your Employees Comfortable Disclosing Disability?

March 6, 2012|

Americans with disabilities are most likely to disclose their disability when they need an accommodation or have a supportive supervisor and are least likely to do so if they fear they will lose a job, or fail to gain one, by doing so. But lack of disclosure could impact the workplace in a number of ways, an expert suggested. . Speaking during a Jan. 18, 2012, webinar titled “Disability Disclosure

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Interviewing Candidates with Disabilities

February 3, 2012|

Job interviews play a critical role in the hiring process, allowing employers the opportunity to identify the individual who possesses the best mix of knowledge, skills and abilities for the position available. When interviewing a candidate with a disability, some employers find themselves nervous about how to act or uncertain about how to act and what they can ask. Below is guidance on navigating the interview process with candidates with

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Deaf Man Fights DND Over Lost Job

February 1, 2012|

By Jerome Lessard, The Intelligencer   Jeffrey Stringer has won the first round of a five-year discrimination battle with the Department of National Defence. But the hearing-impaired former drafting technician at 8 Wing/CFB Trenton said he is not done fighting. Recently, the Department of National Defence (DND) was ordered to pay the 41-year-old civilian more than $27,000 for failing to provide him with a sign language interpreter. When hired as

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Human Rights Complaint Says Toronto Zoning Restrictions Discriminate Against People with Disabilities

January 30, 2012|

By Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press   Ontario’s human rights tribunal will weigh a challenge to Toronto’s zoning rules that experts say could affect how municipalities across the country integrate housing for people with mental illness or disabilities. City lawyers had asked the tribunal to throw out a complaint against rules that restrict the number and location of group homes, residential care facilities and other types of supportive housing. The

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Guard against workplace assumptions

January 24, 2012|

Noble motives may elicit a heavenly reward. But they never spare employers from the wrath of human rights commissions. When Holly Graham, a mobile patrol security officer with Ottawa-based Response Security & Investigations, unexpectedly became pregnant, she informed the owner of the company, Dennis Condie. Condie leaped into action, removing Graham from the schedule, he said, because the position was hazardous to her and her baby. Graham was told to

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Disabled Man Wins Tenancy Battle

January 22, 2012|

By Sarah Simpson, Citizen Betty James is hoping she’s nearing the end of a years-long battle with a local mobile home park whose aim it was, she claims, to deny her disabled son a place to live. It all started back in May of 2009. James’s son Brian, then 55 years old, was living temporarily in an apartment after the mobile home park he’d been a model resident in for

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Searchable Online Accommodation Resource (SOAR)

January 20, 2012|

Job Accommodation Network’s (JAN) Searchable Online Accommodation Resource (SOAR) system is designed to let users explore various accommodation options for people with disabilities in work and educational settings. These accommodation ideas are not all inclusive. If you do not find answers to your questions, please contact JAN directly. The staff of experienced consultants is happy to discuss specific accommodation needs in a confidential manner. JAN receives thousands of accommodation-related inquiries

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Proving They Can Do the Job

January 18, 2012|

By Darah Hansen, Postmedia News; Vancouver Sun Ken Hall had only been working at the Bank of Montreal a few days when he found himself face-to-face with a particularly tactless customer. “Oh, wow. They’re hiring people like you here?” a woman asked him as she stared with surprise at his wheelchair. Hall wasn’t fazed. The ex-wheelchair basketball champ and Paralympic gold medallist has spent much of his adult life answering

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Remarkable Woman: Karen Meyer Hearing Impaired Journalist

January 12, 2012|

Covering disability issues for WLS-TV is second nature to this journalist, who has been profoundly deaf since birth. Standing outside WLS-TV’s fishbowl-like studio on State Street, I watch Karen Meyer laugh with the midday news anchors. When the producer starts counting down, marking the time until the news comes back from commercial, Meyer quickly composes herself and waits with laserlike focus for her cue. As she introduces her segment, she

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