Staeger-Wilson: Disability community has much to offer

When exploring how diversity positively impacts our economic development we also need to include the disability community. Approximately one in five Americans has a disability; one in 10 has a severe disability. We are the largest historically excluded group that anyone can become a member of at any time. As our baby boomers age, as our disabled veterans return home, and as medical advancements continue to extend life, the number

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Wells Fargo to Pay $16 Million to End Disabilities Claims

Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC), the biggest U.S. home lender, agreed to pay as much as $16 million to resolve claims that the bank wouldn’t do business with deaf and hearing-impaired people using a telecommunications relay service, the Justice Department said. Hearing and speech impaired individuals were referred to a phone line for the deaf that asked them to leave a message that went unanswered, the government said in an

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Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001

The Ontarian’s with Disabilities Act, which passed in December 2001 required Public Sector organizations to make accessibility changes (ie: Municipalities, Transit Commissions, Universities, School Boards and Hospitals). Annual Accessibility Plans and Accessibility Advisory Committees were mandated to identify, remove and prevent barriers to persons with disabilities with respect to built environments, goods, services, programs, policies and procedures. Actual ODA legislation AccessOn.ca coverage of the ODA

4 General Types of Barriers

Physical Barriers Exist in a structural environment that interferes with or impedes a person with a physical disability from accessing a particular location or service. Communication Barriers Exist when an individual is unable to access information in a format they can use. Alternate forms of communication include such things as audiocassette, Braille, large print, closed captioned video and computer diskette. Systemic Barriers Occur when practices or policies are put in

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6 General Types of Disabilities

Physical Disabilities Includes physiological, functional and/or mobility impairments Can be fluctuating or intermittent, chronic, progressive or stable, visible or invisible Some involve extreme pain, some less, some none at all Characteristics of “Progressive” conditions and examples: These disabilities get worse over time but can fluctuate. Multiple Sclerosis – neurological deterioration Muscular Dystrophy – muscular disorders Chronic Arthritis – inflammation of the joints Characteristics of “Non-Progressive” conditions and examples: These disabilities

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Ontario to Launch Welfare Review

“Former StatsCan head and ex-United Way chief to take charge” Ontario is launching what it has billed to be the biggest review of social assistance programs in more than 20 years, with the goal of getting more people jobs and financial stability. Social Services announced the review at a media conference on Tuesday, saying it would benefit clients and taxpayers. Community and Social Services Minister Madeleine Meilleur announced Tuesday the

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Been Drinking?

SCENARIO… Daniel is looking for a new housekeeper. Due to the effects of *Friedreich’s Ataxia, Daniel is unable to manage housework, but is pretty independent otherwise. He places an ad on craigslist and on the local student employment electronic bulletin board. Next he creates a colorful yet easy-to-read flyer. Daniel makes trips to familiar places around town, posting the flyers where he knows they will be seen. Being respectful of

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Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA)

Under the Ontario Human Rights Code and the AODA, people with disabilities have the legal right to be free from discrimination in employment, services, goods, facilities and housing. Main Purpose of the AODA To achieve full access for all Ontarians by first developing and implementing, and then fully enforcing, Accessibility Standards on or before January 1, 2025. The AODA Vision An accessible Ontario in 20 years or less Will require:

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