School board backpay case lesson for employers: legal expert

May 10, 2013|

A record-setting human rights case that cost the Hamilton public school board almost half a million dollars in back pay and damages should serve as a lesson for employers, a local legal expert says. The school board, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario ruled in February, failed to accommodate employee Sharon Fair’s disability. Fair suffered from anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder after seven years as the Hamilton-Wentworth District School

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Tips for Finding an Energy Efficient Elevator

April 8, 2013|

If you or someone you care about uses a wheelchair full-time, you may want to invest in an elevator to make your home fully accessible to them. There are many important factors to consider when looking for an elevator, but the most prominent may be price. It’s expensive to purchase an elevator, so why buy one that is going to cost you a fortune in energy costs over its lifetime?

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Disabled worker paid $1.25 per hour has viable human rights complaint

March 27, 2013|

In the early 1990s, Terri-Lynn Garrie was one of several employees with disabilities hired to work for Janus Joan Inc. for $1.00 per hour. While her pay was later increased to $1.25 per hour, other employees, without disabilities, were earning minimum wage or more, essentially for performing the same tasks. Janus Joan eventually terminated Garrie in the fall of 2009. In October 2009, she made a complaint to the Ontario

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Canadian Transportation Agency launches new resource tools for accessible transportation complaints

March 23, 2013|

OTTAWA: The Canadian Transportation Agency launched yesterday two new resource tools for travellers with disabilities and for transportation service providers to improve their access to and understanding of the Agency’s process for resolving disputes within the federal transportation network. These new client-centred resource tools explain the Agency’s approaches in resolving accessible transportation complaints between persons with disabilities and service providers of the federal transportation network. More specifically, the tools: .

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AccessForward – Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation training

March 22, 2013|

AccessForward offers free resources to help your organization meet the training requirements under Section 7 of the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation. . Curriculum Services Canada, in partnership with the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario, offers a range of free resources to help your organization train your staff about the province’s accessibility laws. The resources, available in English and French, include online training modules, videos, an implementer’s guide to the training requirement

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News anchor and Paralympian exchange stories on disability

March 21, 2013|

Almost everyone agrees that a lot of progress has been made, but that we may need many more International Days of Persons with Disabilities before the remaining obstacles to their full participation in society are dismantled. As the poet and writer Denise Bissonnette remarked in Dialect, a news magazine of the Saskatchewan Association for Community Living “We are far from the finish line of achieving True Inclusion!” What the International

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Joyce gets her ramp

March 13, 2013|

A Campbell River apartment owner and her building manager have been ordered to build a ramp for their disabled tenant and to pay her $15,000 for “injury to her dignity, feelings and self-respect.” In a hearing before a B.C. Human Rights tribunal Patricia Vermette, the owner of the Cedar Place apartments, and manager Alan Oakley have been ordered to build a ramp for 68-year-old Joyce Stewart who suffers from severe

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How The Mentally Disabled Are Lost In The Legal System

March 11, 2013|

Without legal aid, people with cognitive and learning disabilities cannot cope with the demands of the law Canadians with cognitive and learning disabilities are falling through the cracks of Canada’s legal system. They often lack the skills to deal with details like court dates, the demands for clear thinking and the pace of the courts. Unless they get legal aid, those living with mental disabilities are not being treated fairly

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What Hotels Should Consider When Serving People with Visual Disabilities

December 30, 2012|

Much like other public accommodations, hotels and other locales of transient lodging are required by the AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) to provide access and services to people with disabilities in a manner that takes into account their specific disability. This means that any person with a physical, mental health, sensory or developmental disability must have their needs accommodated to ensure that they have equitable access to hotels,

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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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