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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    the views and interests of persons with disabilities be similarly represented The Council is to provide advice and recommendations to government on new legislation that will put in place a system to proactively prevent and remove barriers to accessibility for persons with disabilities The Council will also make recommendations on long term accessibility objectives and other measures policies and practices the government can undertake to improve accessibility Under the Act the Council must include representatives of organizations for persons with disabilities as well as representatives from business and other organizations that will strive toward achieving greater accessibility for persons with disabilities The Minister of Labour and Immigration has consulted with organizations representing these groups The Minister has also consulted with the Association of Manitoba Municipalities given the significant role that municipalities will play under any new legislation proposed by the Council The Chair and Vice chair of the Council were chosen because of their very significant knowledge of issues relating to the disabled and accessibility Both have been members of and have acted as advisors to organizations relating to persons with disabilities Other members of the Council are also members of such organizations as Manitoba Deaf Association Urban Circle Training Centre City of Winnipeg Schizophrenic Association of Canada Retail Council of Canada Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities Manitoba Hotel Association Manitoba Restaurant and Foodservices Association Association of Manitoba Municipalities Members were selected because of their expertise in accessibility issues or because they represent a sector that has the ability to reduce barriers to accessibility Essentially this strong cross section of stakeholders will assist in making recommendations to the Minister for sound legislation that will result in real change Members will consult with the organizations they represent however all members are to approach the meetings with some degree of confidentiality in mind in order to facilitate free discussion of the issues at hand Members may consult with the constituencies they represent and can share some general outlines of the items under discussion Some members have extensive experience working within the disability community and can similarly bring issues forward from the community The Council has the ability to create committees with the approval of the Minister and it is intended to create these by bringing in representatives of other organizations with expertise in issues relating to persons with disabilities and accessibility As the work of the Council progresses it is intended this expertise both in terms of the issues and technical knowledge will be called upon to ensure that the recommendations of the Council are the best that they can be Transparency and accessibility What arrangements are being put into place to ensure that non members and those without direct representation are able to follow the Council s progress as well as to have access to reports and other information that are being developed or considered by the Council People will be able to access summaries of discussions at all Council meetings read the Council s Terms of Reference and read

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    the areas of education and health We are pleased to provide a summary overview of Ontario s accessible customer service standards below While not shown in the summary the application and compliance deadlines for the standards vary by type and size of organzation These details are presented in downloadable Word or pdf versions of this summary You are also invited to review the actual Ontario regulation Accessibility Standards for Customer Service Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2005 Ontario Reg 429 07 Policies Practices and Procedures All providers of goods and services in Ontario will establish policies practices and procedures governing the provision of its goods and services to persons with disabilities to ensure that these are provided in a manner that respects the dignity and independence of persons with a disability is the same as for all other customers unless alternative measures are required for the person with a disability to use obtain or benefit from the goods or services provides them with the same opportunity as others to use obtain or benefit from the goods or services provides for their use of assistive devices and service animals considers a person s disability when communicating with them provides for the person with a disability to be accompanied by a support person with the cost if any of admission of the support person identified in advance requires that a person with a disability be accompanied by a support person if this is required to protect his her health and safety or the health and safety of others persons with a disability are advised when accessible services are not available due to a temporary disruption including reason for and expected duration of disruption and alternative services or facilities that are available will establish and make public a process for receiving and

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    on Facebook To increase decrease the font PC ctrl ctrl MAC command command Summary Discussion of Council s 2nd Meeting Now Posted Dec 13 2011 Following is the discusison summary as posted on the DIO s website ACCESSIBILITY ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING TUESDAY NOVEMBER 29 10 00 A M 2 00 P M ROOM 208 401 YORK AVENUE PRESENT Jim Derksen Chairperson Yvonne Peters Vice Chairperson Karen Pirnie Chris Summerville Jim Baker Scott Jocelyn Lanny McInnes Diane Scribe Niiganii Eileen Clarke Doug Momotiuk Andrew Donachuk Secretary ABSENT Judy Redmond Diane Driedger John Wyndels with regrets The Vice Chairperson opened the meeting and introduced Karen Pirnie who attended her first meeting of the Council The Council formally adopted the Terms of Reference without further changes Yvonne and Jim D agreed that the Guiding Principles in this document should be left unchanged in order to better reflect the wording contained in The Accessibility Advisory Council Act The Terms of Reference are now available on the Accessibility Advisory Council Website The Vice Chairperson gave the Council an overview of The Human Rights Code and the process for dealing with accessibility issues through the Human Rights Commission She pointed out some examples of systemic accessibility

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    elsewhere 3 I can easily find housing that is accessible to me with no barriers to my mobility 4 I can go shopping alone most of the time and be able to reach and obtain all of the items without assistance know that cashiers will notice I am there and can easily see and use the credit card machines I also don t have to worry about finding a dressing room I can use or that it s being used as a storage room 5 I can turn on the television and see people of my ability level widely and accurately represented 6 I am not called upon to speak as the token person for people of my mobility level 7 I can advocate for my children in their schools without my ability level being blamed for my children s performance or behaviour 8 I can do well in a challenging situation without being told what an inspiration I am 9 If I ask to speak to someone in charge I can be relatively assured that the person will speak directly to me and not treat me like I am stupid 10 I can belong to an organization class workplace and not feel that others resent my membership because of my ability level 11 I do not have to fear being assaulted because of my ability level If am abused by a partner I will have a safe place to go if I wish to leave 12 I can be reasonably assured that I won t be late for meetings due to mobility barriers 13 As I grow up from childhood I will not feel that my body is inferior or undesirable and that it should be fixed allowing me to feel confident in my current and future relationships 14

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    confirming that recommendations for accessibility rights legislation are one of the Council s first tasks The news release also announced that a new website see below has been developed to keep the public informed about the ongoing discussions of the Council as well as future opportunities for community involvement The New Website The new Council website also went live on Friday Significant content on the website includes Terms of Reference These set out the basic rules of engagement including mandate and guiding principles for the Council The terms include two important commitments related to public access as well as guidelines on conflict of interest Summaries of discussions at meetings will be posted on the site within 14 days of each meeting The Council will hold community based open houses to invite public feedback as they work to develop recommendations The conflict of interest guidelines are very general making it difficult to assess how or when a member s personal professional or employment interests might conflict with matters before the Council Profiles of Council Members Short biographies are provided for each of the 12 Council members The profiles describe member experience interests related to disability issues and their organizational affiliations The combined qualifications of members are very impressive Points of particular note are The 12th member just recently appointed is Karen Pirnie representing the Manitoba Council of Aging The representational responsibilities of members remain unclear This is of particular concern as any group with a representative can block consensus on recommendations for strong and effective legislation It is not clear if the Manitoba Human Rights Commission is or is not formally represented on the Council the short list of members cites the Commission the profiles of members with the longer bios do not Summaries of Discussions The discussion summary from the

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  • What's New | Barrier Free Manitoba
    Us on Twitter Join Us on Facebook To increase decrease the font PC ctrl ctrl MAC command command BFM 2 0 Launches on International Day Dec 02 2011 The new improved and expanded version of e Barrier Free Manitoba is launching on December 2 the day that major events are being held in Winnipeg to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities We are calling this BFM 2 0 as follow up to our work up that led to the passage of The Accessibility Advisory Council Act this past June Here s what s new This revised BFM web site you are already on it We have revised our web site to simplify navigation and to more clearly identify what s new on the site We have also added a search function so that you can more easily find specific resources of interest Follow Us on Twitter We recently joined the Twittersphere Going by the handle barrierfreemb we have now contributed over 220 tweets on fast breaking news related to disabilities and accessibility We follow and are followed by an expansive international network of groups and activists who share our passion for disability rights F U R if you are on Twitter please follow us If not visit us on Twitter site and take a gander It s a pretty amazing social media world Join Us on Facebook We now also have a Facebook page where we post our tweets and provide other comment The strength of Facebook is that you too can post comments on our page and discuss important issues with other Facebook members Please visit us and start or join the conversation Weekly World Digest of Disability Accessibility Rights Developments This is perhaps the most exciting of our new communication tools It provides a weekly update

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    Implementation Strong Legislation You Can Help Make Manitoba Barrier Free Spread the Word Endorse the Call Subscribe Follow Us on Twitter Join Us on Facebook To increase decrease the font PC ctrl ctrl MAC command command CRTC Must Support Accessibility Initiative Access 2020 Coalition Jan 30 2011 Bell Canada Enterprises has ignored Canadians with disabilities Its response to interventions concerning its proposed acquisition of one of Canada s largest English language broadcasters failed to address the issue of accessibility or even mention the word Access 2020 a coalition of the country s largest organizations of Canadians with disabilities filed a 73 page intervention with the CRTC about the BCE broadcasting purchase asking it to support the empirical studies technological innovation programming archives and education needed to enable Canada s communications system to become fully accessible to all by the year 2020 BCE s response to interveners did not refer to the Coalition and wrote that all Canadians with access to television can view the programming para 111 In fact noted Beverley Milligan Executive Director of Media Access Canada Over 800 000 blind Canadians cannot view the programming and another 1 2 million cannot hear it The current industry driven approach

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    Accessibility Legislation Models The Americans with Disabilities Act ADA The Disability Discrimination Act DDA The Disabilities Disabilities Discrimination Acts The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act AODA Other Resources Links Endorsers Effective Implementation Strong Legislation You Can Help Make Manitoba Barrier Free Spread the Word Endorse the Call Subscribe Follow Us on Twitter Join Us on Facebook To increase decrease the font PC ctrl ctrl MAC command command Judge orders federal government to make its websites accessible to the blind but Ottawa digs in Jan 30 2011 A judge has ruled that the federal government is breaching the equality rights of blind Canadians under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms by failing to comply with its own policies that require all its Internet websites to be fully accessible through audible screen reader devices The judge ordered the government to remedy the breach within 15 months However the government announced on January 11 2011 that it is appealing the decision to the Federal Court of Appeal In a 73 page ruling delivered on November 29 2010 Federal Court Judge Michael Kelen upheld the claim of Donna Jodhan a Toronto based legally blind owner of a consulting firm that advises businesses

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